Our Team

Each of our Physiotherapists has at least five years of training to achieve a high level of assessment skills, manual techniques and exercise design.

Together we have over seventy years of experience treating both chronic and acute conditions. We continue to keep up to date with the latest advances in the fast-growing science of Physiotherapy.

Our Physios

Anand Kumar

Major Qualifications:

  • Master of Orthopaedics, Sports and Manual Therapy (University of South Australia)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (India)
  • Master of Business Administration (Deakin University)
  • APA titled Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy

Extra Qualifications/Experience:

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach Level 1
  • Vestibular Physiotherapist, APA recognised
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Dry Needling
  • Occupational Health Physiotherapy Australia Level 1 and 2
  • GLA:D Instructor
  • Hydrotherapy Level 1
  • Bike Fit – Science of Cycling
  • Temporomandibular Joint (Jaw) assessment and treatment
  • Hand Splinting
  • Cognitive Functional approach for Management of Disabling Low Back Pain Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Anand completed his Master’s at the University of South Australia before working as a physiotherapist in Adelaide for several years. During this time he gained valuable experience in sports physiotherapy working with the South Australian Rugby Team, and professional SANFL side Central Districts.

In 2010 Anand relocated to Central Victoria and joined Castlemaine Physiotherapy where he is now a company director. Anand has continued to hone his skills with further education and qualifications. He has completed extensive study in Vestibular Physiotherapy – the study of dizziness and vertigo, including conditions such as BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). He is also a fully qualified Pilates instructor, with an extensive knowledge of both mat and reformer-based Pilates.

These additional studies have given Anand a keen interest in balance and dizziness disorders and low back pain. Other areas of interest include shoulder pain, jaw pain, headaches and hip and knee injuries. He is passionate about the preventative power of physiotherapy as well as the importance of strength and conditioning for improved health.

Outside of work Anand is a keen cyclist, having completed many events. He is also interested in strength training and powerlifting.

Charlotte Bathurst

Major Qualifications:

  • Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (The University of Melbourne)
  • Diploma in Physiotherapy (UK)
  • Member – Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Extra Qualifications/Experience:

  • Doctorate Module Radiology (The University of Melbourne)
  • Emergency Department Physiotherapist (St Vincent’s Hospital & The Northern Hospital)
  • Dry Needling
  • GLA:D Instructor

Charlotte completed her initial qualifications in the UK in 1982. She started working with Castlemaine Physiotherapy on a part-time basis in 2007, combining this with work in Community Health Services and Emergency departments in Melbourne. In 2019 she increased her time at Castlemaine Physiotherapy to four days per week.

Charlotte has a keen interest in both acute and chronic muscle and joint conditions. She is experienced in complex disease management, persistent or chronic pain, osteoarthritis and rheumatology. She also has a special interest in supporting the older, active individual, including those who experience falls and balance issues. She has been running the GLA:D program for hip and knee arthritis at Castlemaine Physiotherapy since 2018.

In her spare time, Charlotte enjoys building and cabinet making, having worked extensively on her own house. She also enjoys her two-wheeled transportation – both cycling and motorcycling, and has travelled much of the world on a motorbike.

Dan Doolan

Major Qualifications:

  • Master of Physiotherapy (The University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science (Federation University Australia)

Extra Qualifications/Experience:

  • Dry Needling
  • Hydrotherapy Instructor
  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1
  • Bike Fit – Science of Cycling
  • Qualified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor
  • TRX Exercise Instructor

Following the completion of his studies in Sydney in 2013, Dan relocated to Central Victoria to pursue a career in physiotherapy. He joined Castlemaine Physiotherapy in 2015 and is now a company director. Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Dan worked for several years as a personal trainer, along with stints working for a nutrition company, as a sports coach, and as a strength and conditioning coach for elite tennis programs. This range of experience has given Dan a broad base of skills to draw upon as a physiotherapist.

Dan treats all musculoskeletal issues, though he has a special interest in running-based sports including tennis, netball, cricket, hockey and all the football codes. He also has a keen interest in strength training for all ages; chronic back, neck and shoulder pains; headache treatment; repetitive strain injuries; and post-surgical rehabilitation.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys getting active in the gym, playing tennis, and running. He also enjoys being inactive with good food, a beer, and watching the mighty Collingwood Football Club in action.

Shweta Bhatt

Major Qualifications:

  • Master of Advanced Clinical Sport Physiotherapy (University of South Australia)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (India)

Extra Qualifications/Experience:

  • Dry Needling
  • Yoga Instructor

Shweta joined Castlemaine Physiotherapy after making the move from Adelaide at the beginning of 2020. Whilst in Adelaide she completed her Master’s degree whilst also spending extensive time working with NPL professional soccer/football club Adelaide City FC, and with Tennis South Australia tournaments.

During this time Shweta gained valuable experience in treating and managing all variety of sporting injuries. Her keen interest in musculoskeletal issues has led her to further develop her skills in Pilates and postural analysis. Shweta uses these skills to help people with all variety of musculoskeletal and chronic pain issues, using a mix of hands-on methods, exercise prescription, and postural exercise and awareness training.

A trip to the beach, practising yoga, and listening to music is what you are most likely to find Shweta doing on a day off … perhaps all three!

Charlotte Butler

Major Qualifications:

  • Master of Physiotherapy (La Trobe University)
  • Bachelor of Health Science (La Trobe University)

Extra Qualifications/Experience:

  • Qualified personal trainer and group exercise instructor

Charlotte is the newest member of Castlemaine Physiotherapy having recently finished her Master’s degree at La Trobe University in Bendigo in 2020. Prior to this Charlotte has had extensive experience working in the region as a personal trainer and group exercise instructor, and will be familiar to many people in the community for her work in this field.

Charlotte has a special interest in helping people with strength and conditioning, owing to her background in personal training and group exercise. She treats all musculoskeletal issues, having a keen interest in people with chronic or persistent pain. She’s also passionate about women’s health.

Outside of work, Charlotte is a keen weightlifter who loves music and singing. She couples this with a strong interest in farming and animals, spending much of her spare time working on the family farm.