Dr Lyn Watson

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Dr Lyn Watson is a clinical Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapist who has been working exclusively in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder injuries for the past 25 years. She lives in Melbourne, Australia where she is the Clinical Shoulder Physiotherapy Specialist at Melbourne Shoulder Group and Melbourne Orthopaedic Group. 

Lyn graduated in 1986 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (Hons) from Latrobe University. She completed her post-graduate training in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1990 and was granted her Sports Physiotherapy title in 2000. Lyn was granted her Professional Doctorate in Physiotherapy from Latrobe University in 2016.

She has been conducting clinically relevant, published research since 1996. She is an Adjunct Professor of Research at Western University, Ontario Canada. She has published her research on Rehabilitation of Multidirectional Instability, Frozen Shoulder & Hydrodilatation, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, Glenohumeral Joint Instability, Scapula Biomechanics and Clinical Outcome Measures in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Manual Therapy and British Journal of Sports Medicine (see below). Her most recent research, a rehabilitation Program for MDI, has been validated in a RCT by Sarah Warby.

Lyn is currently working with:

  • shoulder surgeons at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group (Mr Greg Hoy and Mr Shane Barwood) collecting data and researching the long-term clinical outcomes of many common shoulder surgeries and their physiotherapy rehabilitation programmes

  • Tania Pizarri at Latrobe University, Melbourne Australia

  • Jacqui Sadi, Joy MacDermid and Ken Faber at Western University, Ontario Canada

She is the specialist shoulder physiotherapy consultant to a variety of national and international teams and individual athletes. She has been consulting to the Australian Cricket Team since 1994, and working with Australian Olympic Level Swimmers, Water Polo, Beach Volleyball, Sprint and Slalom Paddlers, Rowers and professional Tennis Players for over 20 years. Her clinical practice has a balance of elite athletes, weekend warriors, office workers and manual workers of all age groups. As such, she treats and specialises in the everyday typical shoulder conditions such as rotator cuff pathologies, instability, impingement and the stiff shoulder.

Lyn is an internationally renowned lecturer, course presenter and clinician. Over the last 25 years she has developed a logical and progressive approach to the assessment, diagnosis, rehabilitation and management of the shoulder and shoulder girdle. She has been teaching this approach in her Shoulder Physiotherapy courses throughout Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Italy, USA, South Africa and Asia since 1992. She also lectures on the Masters of Manipulative Therapy and Sports Physiotherapy programmes for both Melbourne and Latrobe Universities.


Simon Balster

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Simon Balster is a Shoulder Physiotherapist who has spent the last 18 years working exclusively in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of shoulder orthopaedic conditions.  Simon and Lyn are the founding partners of the Melbourne Shoulder Group

He consults at:

  • Melbourne Orthopaedic Group on Mondays & Fridays; ph 9573-9670

  • Melbourne Shoulder Group’s new practice at 305 High St, Prahran from 7th January 2019

Simon has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) majoring in Biochemistry from the University of Melbourne. He is also a member of Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists Australasia and is one of only five physiotherapists to have been awarded an affiliate membership of the Shoulder and Elbow Society of Australia. He’s a clinical supervisor and assessor of students completing their Sports and Musculoskeletal Masters of Physiotherapist at Latrobe University.

His opinion, guidance and management are regularly sort out by people of all demographics and from all over Australia. He’s a consultant shoulder Physiotherapist to high profile athletes and professional sporting organisations including members of:

  • Australia’s Olympic and Commonwealth Games Swimming and Track and Field teams,

  • Collingwood, Western Bulldogs and GWS Footballs Club,

  • Australian, Victorian and BBL cricket players,

  • Professional tennis & baseball players,

  • Australian ice hockey players

  • Professional racing car drivers.

He has also worked with professional artists includes internationally acclaimed conductors, concert pianists, dancers, painters and sculptors as well as every day weekend-warriors, mums and dads, grandparents and children with shoulder problems or injuries.

Simon and renowned shoulder physiotherapy specialist, Dr Lyn Watson, are founding members of the Melbourne Shoulder Group.  This group includes physiotherapists Ross Lenssen, Dr Sarah Warby, Kat Davis.  The group is based at Melbourne Shoulder Group in Melbourne and has professional and research associations with Mr Greg Hoy and Mr Shane Barwood at Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, Victoria House Medical Imaging, Dr Tania Pizzari at Latrobe University in Melbourne and Dr Jackie Sadi at Western University in Ontario Canada. 

Simon has worked closely with Dr Lyn Watson for twenty years. They are widely published and have been presenting their highly regarded Shoulder Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Courses around Australia and Overseas for the past 25 years (UK, Canada, France, Norway, USA).

Presentations:

  • Lyn Watson's Shoulder Physiotherapy Courses (Level 1, 2, 3 and The Sporting Shoulder) for the last 12 years

  • Invited Workshop Presenter at the Australian Hand Therapy Association 2019 National Conference

  • Invited International Presenter at 2018 Nice Shoulder Rehab Course in France

    • Presentation, Diagnosis and a Conservative Rehabilitation Program for Posterior Instability of the Shoulder (Presentation & Workshop)

  • International Faculty member at 44th Japan Shoulder Society 2017

    • Rehabilitation post-op Rotator Cuff Repair

    • Rehabilitation post-op Total Shoulder Replacement

  • Shoulder & Elbow Society of Australia 2016, Darwin

    • A published and clinical perspective on Posterior instability of the Shoulder

  • Australian Rules Football Grand Final Medical Symposium 2010

    • Conservative & Post-Op Shoulder Instability Rehabilitation in Australian Rules Football

  • Australian Tennis Open Medical Symposium 2011

    • Posterior Instability of the Shoulder

  • Specialist Physiotherapy Study Group 2010

  • Lifecare Physiotherapy Education Programme

  • Sports Physiotherapist APA Group Victoria

    • Assessment of the Shoulder in Swimming & Triathlon

  • Australian Sonographaphers & Radiologists National Conference 2010

    • Assessment of the Shoulder

  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome 2 Day Course

    • QLD APA (with Jane Rooney, Specialist Physiotherapist)


Ross Lenssen

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Ross Lenssen graduated from Auckland, New Zealand in 2008 and relocated to Melbourne to commence working with Lyn Watson. He currently works at Melbourne Shoulder Group.

Ross commenced working with the special interest of managing neck and shoulder injuries. Ross has a close working relationship with Lyn Watson since early 2009.  Lyn has closely mentored Ross with regards to diagnosing and managing shoulder injuries. Ross is now a well established shoulder physiotherapist and is a member of SEPA (Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists Australasia).

Ross was part of Lyn's po with her PhD research and tutors regularly at the courses she teachers. As of 2014, Ross has also started teaching some of the level 1 shoulder courses. He has also taught at the APA conference in Melbourne 2013 and on the APA sports level 2 courses in Melbourne 2013 and 2014. 

Through working with Lyn, Ross has developed relationships with the shoulder surgeons at the Melbourne Orthopedic Group.  Ross manages many of Lyn Watson's clients, particularly when she is away teaching or is temporarily unavailable. 

Ross has commenced his own professional doctorate in 2013 and is currently working on completing a systematic review.

Ross is also involved in assisting another PhD student from La Trobe University in a randomized controlled trial about multidirectional instability of the shoulder. 

Articles:
Freitag, J. Lenssen, R. Slimmon, D. Balster, S. To evaluate the effect of platelet-rich plasma injections in the novel non-surgical treatment of a partial rotator cuff tear. IJCRI. 2014; 5(7): 524-530

Ross is also author in several papers currently under publication.


Dr Sarah Warby

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Sarah Warby graduated from La Trobe University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours and completed her P.h.D in 2016. Sarah’s P.h.D revealed that a rehabilitation program focusing on scapula control (The Watson Program) significantly improved the outcomes of people with shoulder instability and she was awarded the 2016 Sports Medicine Australia ASICS medal for this research. Sarah has been working with Lyn Watson and the Melbourne Shoulder Group since 2012 and has a keen interest in treating all types of shoulder problems.

As well as her clinical practice, Sarah is involved in research and sessional tutoring at La Trobe University.

Sarah Warby graduated from La Trobe University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours. Her honours thesis in electrical stimulation of the shoulder was awarded the Bernard Retcher Research Prize in 2007.

Sarah has worked in private sports clinics in Melbourne, Wimbledon Greenwich, and for the British Military of Defense in the United Kingdom. Sarah has worked exclusively with shoulder conditions with Lyn Watson and the Melbourne Shoulder Team since 2012.

Sarah completed her P.h.D at La Trobe University in 2016. Sarah’s P.h.D revealed that a new rehabilitation program focusing on scapular control (The Watson Program) significantly improved the outcomes of people with Multidirectional instability. This research was a world first and she was awarded the 2016 Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) ASICS medal for this research.

Sarah divides her time between clinical practice, research and tutoring. Sarah currently practices in the assessment and treatment of all shoulder conditions at The Melbourne Shoulder Group. Sarah tutors on the Lyn Watson shoulder courses and casually for the undergraduate physiotherapy degree at La Trobe University. Sarah is involved in various shoulder research projects with Lyn Watson, Simon Balster, Tania Pizzari, Ross Lenssen, Jacqui French, Kat Davis, Charlotte Ganderton, Shane Barwood and Greg Hoy.

Affiliations:
Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists Australasia (SEPA)
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

Awards:
2016 ASICS Medal
2007 David Myers Medal
2007 Benard Retcher Research Prize
2007 Physiotherapy Award


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Jane Nailon

Jane Nailon is a highly accomplished physiotherapist with two decades of experience in private practice and with elite sporting teams. Jane graduated from La Trobe University in 1997 and undertook postgraduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy at Sydney University in 2006.

After graduating  Jane spent several years with the Victorian Institute of Sport as an athlete and professionally, looking after the women’s hockey and men’s soccer programs and at the Austin Hospital and Royal Talbot Rehabilitation centre.

Jane’s involvement in the VIS Mens Soccer program led to her becoming the first physiotherapist at the Melbourne Victory Football Club when it was established in 2004. She helped establish the physiotherapy team at the club and remained with them in their first 3 seasons before the birth of her first child.

Alongside her work in professional sport, Jane has also established a reputation for excellence in private practice, previously working at Prahran and Malvern Sports medicine centres and  at the North Sydney Sports Medicine Centre.

Jane has worked with Lyn Watson and Simon Balster for the last 17 years, during which time she completed their Level 1, level 2 and level 3 shoulder physiotherapy courses. She now assists in teaching these courses.


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Katherine Davis

Kat graduated from Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland in 2013 after completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science.  She worked for a few years in Brisbane and then was asked to relocate to Melbourne by Lyn and Simon to join the Melbourne Shoulder Group.  Kat has been working with the Melb.Sh.Group for the last 3 years and has developed enhanced physiotherapy skills in the diagnosis, assessment and rehabilitation of shoulder and shoulder girdle related pain and injuries and is currently training under leading shoulder physiotherapists in Melbourne to gain further knowledge and experience in her area of interest with her goal to specialise.

During her clinical practice time in Brisbane, she worked at Allsports Physiotherapy clinics and was the sole physiotherapist for both high grade GPS rugby union and Grange Thistle soccer teams. She has also completed training in clinical Pilates through DMA and enjoys incorporating this aspect in to developing patient specific exercise programs for the rehabilitation and prevention of sports and postural related injuries.

Kat works alongside leading shoulder orthopaedic surgeons at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group and assists with presenting and tutoring at Level 1 and 2 Lyn Watson Shoulder courses.  As Kat herself has come from a sporting background she understands the importance of a holistic and individualised rehabilitation program to ensure optimal patient management.


Daniel Verdon

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Dan graduated in 2010 from La Trobe University in Melbourne and has since been nurturing a special interest in shoulder pathology. He has completed advanced training with Lyn Watson and works closely alongside the rest of the Melbourne Shoulder Group team.

Dan has a passion for evidence based practice, contributing to the evolution of the physiotherapy profession through a number of shoulder research projects. Dan works alongside leading shoulder orthopaedic surgeons at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group and tutors at the Lyn Watson Shoulder courses run for physiotherapists in both Melbourne and Canada.

Since graduating, Dan has been working in private practice to improve the lives of his clients through patient-specific management of shoulder issues, posture related problems, sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. His patients range from desk workers & weekend warriors, right through to high level elite athletes (both young and older). He is a strong believer in empowerment through education, empathy driven rehabilitation and holistic care.

Dan also undertakes a ‘Clinical Mentoring’ role in Camberwell, developing the skills of other physiotherapists in the team in addition to treating his own clients.


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Bonnie Kerr

Bonnie Kerr has joined the Melbourne Shoulder Team at their new Prahran practice. She graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy. She is also currently completing her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University. As well as her clinical practice, Bonnie is involved in teaching and supervising students through Exercise Research Australia in partnership with La Trobe University.

Bonnie has worked alongside Ross Lenssen for the past 3 years and has also assisted Sarah Warby with her research into the assessment and management of patients with multidirectional instability (MDI). 

Outside of her clinical practice, Bonnie has previously worked with local AFL teams and is currently the physiotherapist for the Australian Women’s Under 25’s Wheelchair Basketball team, travelling with them both domestically and internationally including the 2019 World Championships. This has given her substantial upper limb sporting experience.

Bonnie has been involved with the Australian Physiotherapy Association in organising and running professional development courses for physiotherapists as well as holding committee positions.

Despite having a special interest in treating and managing shoulder conditions, Bonnie is available to assist patients with lower limb rehabilitation including hip, knee, ankle and spinal conditions. She is trained in the Good Living with Osteoarthritis (GLA:D) program and currently runs these classes in conjunction with gym and Pilates based group rehabilitation.Before commencing her Physiotherapy profession, Bonnie resided in NSW and has been fortunate in leading a physiotherapy volunteering program in Nepal and Cambodia.


Alison Low

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Alison Low is a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2016) with over 25 years of experience. She moved to Melbourne with her family a few years ago having owned a successful private practice in Perth.

Alison travels with the Australian Athletics team, recently attending the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. She has been part of the past few IAAF World Championships and was involved with the team in the lead up to the Rio Olympics. She also works locally with these athletes at the Victorian Institute of Sport. In the past Alison has provided physiotherapy service to the Western Australian Institute of Sport looking after such sports as netball, rowing, Winter Olympic sports (skeleton and bobsled) and sailing.

She has been a clinical tutor and lecturer on Masters programs at both Curtin University Perth and the University of Western Australia and has lectured for many years on APA level 1 and 2 Sports Courses. She is still involved in a clinical mentoring role with emerging physiotherapists.

Alison also has a special interest in shoulders and adolescent athletes as well as lower limb overuse injuries and low back pain.