Meet Our Team

Dr George Michael

Osteopath

BSc, MHSc, Dip Acu Upon completing his Masters (Osteopathy) Dr George Michael joined with Dr James Hagi in opening the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine in 1999. 15 years later the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine is a multifaceted clinic with a diverse and loyal patient base.

George’s passion for using a variety of modalities to treat patient’s musculoskeletal issues has driven the success of the Centre. George is also qualified in Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Medicine and Clinical Pilates. An avid rock climber and windsurfer as well as a father of four, George understands the impact of musculoskeletal issues not only on a patient’s wellbeing but also on their lifestyle.

Passionate about his industry and with a voracious appetite for knowledge George is also completing a range of qualifications with the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine and MINDD foundation.

Dr James Hagi

Osteopath

BSc, MHSc, Dip Acu Dr James Hagi has completed both a Bachelor of Nursing and his Masters (Osteopathy) and joined with Dr George Michael in opening the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine in 1999.

With a further qualifications in Acupuncture, Hyperbaric Medicine and Clinical Pilates, James has significant academic knowledge coupled with over 15 years of clinical experience.

James is focused on providing his patients a clear understanding of their treatment plan.

Dr Sophie Neophitou

Osteopath

Sophie graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy) Degree. As a competitive gymnast and dancer from a young age, Sophie suffered from musculoskeletal pain and injuries and sought help through Osteopathy. She developed a fascination with human anatomy and appreciates how important the relationship is between the body’s structure and its function. This led her to pursue a career in Osteopathy, promoting human health and well-being.

Sophie is passionate about treating people of all ages, tailoring each treatment individually to help patients achieve their goals. Sophie uses a wide range of techniques, exercise and lifestyle advice to help her patients’ back to health. She has a special interest in sports injuries, particularly dance.

Outside of the clinic Sophie enjoys being outdoors and grabbing a coffee with family and friends. She loves staying active and healthy, participating in various forms of dance and fitness classes.

Sophie is committed to continuing her professional development as an Osteopath within the health and fitness industry.

Dr Amanda Bowden

Osteopath

Amanda graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) and Masters of Health Science (Osteopathy). Amanda was first exposed to the field of Osteopathy when suffering from musculoskeletal injuries herself.

She has been dancing since a young age, performing at numerous events, as well as, teaching dance herself. This fuelled her fascination about the human body and the holistic approach of Osteopathy. Amanda has completed a 4 week placement in Mumbai, India working alongside orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and radiologists. She observed surgeries, took consultations and aided the rehab of patients.

This rare opportunity helped gain invaluable knowledge that she integrates into her osteopathic practice. Amanda thrives on working with patients to individualise their care, achieve goals and motivate them to take part in their health and wellbeing. Amanda is fun, friendly and enjoys an active lifestyle. If she isn’t in the clinic, she is probably at the family farm, camping, walking or taking photos of anything nature.

Dr Andrew Eskandar

Osteopath

Andrew began his training as an Osteopath in 1999 undertaking degrees in Clinical science and master in Health science (Osteopathy).
Andrew has played a significant role in the rehabilitation and management of injuries associated with the art of Karate. At one stage Andrew spent time in Japan working under a master.
Andrew has also taken a special interest in the rehabilitation of patient suffering from work place accidents. With extensive knowledge in the area of exercise rehabilitation, Andrew believes that the key to recovery is to empower the individuals to heal themselves.
Andrew also has a special interest in the management and prevention of chronic injuries. Combining his Osteopathy knowledge with exercise rehabilitation and nutrition, Andrews treatment approach is highly effective.
Now working at Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine, Andrew is available to treat you for any musculoskeletal related issues.
The clinic can be found at 300 Albert Road South Melbourne and can be contacted on 03 9699 2499
Practitioners are members of the Australian Osteopathic association.
Irene Spatt

Irene Spatt

CLINICAL PILATES INSTRUCTOR

Irene developed a strong health and fitness background , owning and running Kicks Gym in Prahran for 15 years. Irene then became involved in the introduction and pioneering of Clinical Pilates. Irene worked for many years assisting the teaching of the integration of clinical Pilates, into treatment and rehabilitation for patients. Irene has worked with elite athletes , including AFL teams, and peopled involved with performing arts , MSO , MTC and a wide range of artists. Irene, has now worked at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine for over 5 years, bringing her training and experience, and passion for helping patients have better treatment outcomes, through clinically tailored exercise programs .
Narelle Holland

Narelle Holland

CLINICAL PILATES INSTRUCTOR

With a background in classical ballet, Narelle first discovered her love of pilates as she worked to achieve her own optimum fitness and strength. She has also experienced the benefits of pilates as a successful rehabilitation program when recovering from her own injury. Narelle studied ballet at the Australian Ballet School, but after graduating decided to change her career path. She went on to study at Victoria University where she completed her Bachelor of Health Science in Clinical Dermal Therapy. After working for a few years in clinic with plastic surgery aftercare and dermal therapy, Narelle returned to her passion of pilates by completing her instructor course through Dance Medicine Australia. Narelle is a clinical pilates instructor with a strong personal and professional interest in using pilates for injury prevention and rehabilitation, and to provide individualised client care. She has worked in conjunction with the osteopaths at the Centre for Musculoskeletal Medicine for the past 10 years.

Ms Agnieszka Medasik

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Aga is certified in Manual Therapy, remedial massage and also mat and Clinical Pilates. She completed her physiotherapy degree at the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw in 2006. Agnieszka also holds a certificate in holistic therapies including Remedial Massage, Dry Needling, Kinesio taping and Manual Therapy. With her combined qualifications, Aga became a Chartered Physiotherapist in Republic of Ireland in 2012 and uses every opportunity to improve her skills by taking part in wide range of holistic courses both in Ireland and Poland. Agnieszka devotes her professional development to those who are suffering from sport injuries, arthritic joints, repetitive strain injuries, acute and chronic pain management, orthopaedic conditions and neck and back pain. Agnieszka believes that the best way to achieve a true sense of wellbeing is by combining traditional and holistic medicine and exercise. She is very passionate about Pilates and is trained as a clinical pilates instructor

Dr. Samuel Abdelmalek

Podiatrist

Sam is an expert Podiatrist who helps people by investigating the root causes of their complaints. After diagnosing a problem Sam works with patients to help them return to activity without pain and with increased movement.

Sam believes he has a responsibility to help people live healthier and more fulfilling lives through his knowledge of biomechanics and sports medicine.