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.

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.

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.

Clare Berto

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Federation University)
  • Graduate Diploma of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Federation University)
  • Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science (Federation University)

Clare, a local who grew up in the Castlemaine and Central Victorian region, joins the Castlemaine Physiotherapy team having relocated back to Australia after a long a stint Europe. Having completed her Bachelors Degree, Graduate Diploma, and Masters Degree with thesis, at Federation University between 2010-15, Clare brings an incredible wealth of knowledge and expertise to the practice in her chosen field.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Clare is an expert in the prescription of exercise for people with an array of conditions. Having an especially keen interest in helping people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic conditions, neurological disorders such as Parkinsons, cardiovascular and cardio respiratory conditions and obesity.

The other area in which Clare works extensively is in the musculoskeletal fields. Seeing people for injury rehabilitation, post-surgery rehabilitation and for help in return to work and sport. Clare also regularly designs interventions for the older individual, from programs for osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, falls prevention and balance programs, and programs designed to help maintain independence into older age.

Many of the conditions, injuries and/or disabilities you may see Clare for could be compensated, or partially compensated under NDIS, DVA, Medicare, Workcover or TAC. Please talk to your GP, or the Castlemaine Physiotherapy office about this.

A woman of many talents, in her downtime you may find Clare using her building skills she picked up during her apprenticeship as a carpenter, or on a ski trip, having been a tour guide and leader throughout the Dolomites during her time Italy.

Dylan Crabbe

Major Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences – LaTrobe University (2016)
  • Master Of Physiotherapy – LaTrobe University (2018) 

Extra Qualifications and Experience

  • Qualified Vestibular Physiotherapist 
  • Pilates Instructor
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Frozen Shoulder Management Course
  • Dry Needling

Castlemaine Physiotherapy are excited to welcome Dylan to the team in 2022. Dylan moved back to the Central Victorian region and joins the team after a gaining experience in private practice physiotherapy across Melbourne over the previous several years. 

Dylan has a strong background in strength and condition training and coaching, including experience in training people in Powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting techniques. This strength and conditioning skillset enables Dylan to help in injury rehabilitation for everyone from children, through to Centurions, helping people back to their best after injury. Dylan also excels in helping people return to sport, at all levels, including from hip and knee injuries, with experience in managing ACL injuries also. He uses his well-rounded skills to help with all manner of other musculoskeletal issues also, from frozen shoulder management, to overuse and repetitive injuries, and low back and neck pain. 

Over the previous five years, Dylan has completed extensive extra training in Vestibular Physiotherapy, giving him a keen interest in in helping people with dizziness, vertigo, and BPPV. Along with time spent managing neurological conditions, helping people with Parkinson’s, MS and variety of other neuromuscular conditions manage their conditions also falls well within Dylan’s wheelhouse. 

In his time away from work you are likely to find Dylan spending time with his young family, lifting some heavy weights in the gym, or perhaps belting out one of his favourite tunes with his rock band.