Meet the health professionals who practice at our clinic
Our team is highly skilled in a range of Eastern and Western medicine practices. We’re proud to be multicultural, too – among our staff are speakers fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Greek and Chinese. We’ve also had fun communicating – more or less! – in other languages such as Portuguese, Arabic and Albanian.
Read on to learn just how our team can help you improve your health.
Dr Karen Chan (doctor of traditional Chinese medicine), clinic director, physiotherapist and acupuncturist
B Physiotherapy | MAppSc Acupuncture | Australian Physiotherapy Association member | Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association member
Karen's motto: "Your health is your wealth. Be rich in happiness, laughter, love, knowledge and balance."
Karen graduated from University of South Australia in 1999. Initially spending time as the sole physio in Barmera, Riverland SA, she returned to her home city of Adelaide to take on the dual role as a private physio in Golden Grove and also as a senior physio at Modbury Public Hospital. This included the senior role in orthopaedic, paediatric, surgical, women's health, palliative care and the critical care unit. She also enjoyed the role of mentoring final year physio university students. She continued this role for 11 years, with the latter years as a visiting locum.
In 2004, Karen took over as director and principal Physio at Prospect Physio. She has extensive experience in Maitland, McKenzies and Mulligan techniques, dry needling and Japanese acupuncture. Her yearning for continued knowledge about the incorporation of Western and Eastern medicine led her to return to University to complete her Masters degree in Chinese acupuncture (RMIT, Melbourne), in which she is highly passionate in the field of fertility, menopause and stress management.
Karen also lectures part-time in Orthopaedics, Foundations and Research in Acupuncture at Adelaide's Endeavour College of Natural Health. She believes that integration of Western and Eastern philosophies can provide the most holistic and effective forms of treatment, and for ideal balanced health and wellbeing.
Outside of the physio/acupuncture world, Karen's loves include the beach, meditation, food and wine, photography and dog sitting.
Bicky Abraham, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapist
B Physiotherapy | M Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy | Australian Physiotherapy Association member
Bicky graduated in 2000 and has completed her masters in sports and manipulative physiotherapy at University of South Australia. She has extensive experience working both overseas and locally and has worked in private and public hospitals and in the aged care sector. She has previous professional attachment with overseas sporting and local football clubs for management of injuries. She has also been involved with mentoring and supervision of junior physiotherapists in which her expertise include examination and management of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and spinal pathologies.
Bicky's clinical interests lie in treatment strategies for soft tissue injuries, sports specific injuries, spinal problems and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
When she is not working, Bicky loves cooking, the cricket, and spending time with her beautiful family and friends.
Carmelo Scavone, physiotherapist
B Physiotherapy | Australian Physiotherapy Association member
Carmelo is professionally trained Italian physiotherapist specialising in upper body injuries, including neck, shoulder, arm and back pain, as well as post-trauma and surgery recovery, and chronic injury treatment.
Carmelo studied at three-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Italy's Università Degli Studi Di Milano and completed work placements at prestigious hospitals in Milan and Madrid. In 2014, he began working full time at a well-known Milan physiotherapy clinic.
After moving to Australia in late 2016, Carmelo obtained his Limited Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He began working with Prospect Physiotherapy and Health Plus Clinic in 2018.
As an Italian, Carmelo is – of course – completely obsessed with growing far too many veggies in his backyard, resulting in an astonishing annual haul of homemade jams and relishes. He rides his bicycle almost everywhere and is a keen Adelaide Bike Kitchen member.
Corey Donnellan, musculoskeletal physiotherapist
Corey graduated from the University of South Australia in 2000 and worked in Mildura at Sunraysia Physiotherapy and Sports injury Clinic for 3 years. He then moved overseas to England to further his career for another 3 years.
Corey has been working part time at Prospect Physiotherapy Clinic since 2006. His professional areas of interest include sports injuries, headaches, Pilates and orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Outside of work, Corey loves his sports of Tennis (current member of Sturt Lawn Tennis Club), golf, listening to music, travel and spending quality time with the family.
Mathew Ehrlich, podiatrist
B Podiatry | Sports Medicine Australia member | Australian Podiatry Association member
Mathew is the director of the SA Podiatry Clinic. He graduated, bachelor of podiatry, in 2002 from the University of South Australia and was awarded the JR Pickering prize for podiatric biomechanics.
Since graduating he has worked in both the public sector and in private practice. For the last nine years he has developed expertise in podiatric sports medicine and has worked extensively with leading South Australian orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, and physiotherapists. He has been trusted with the successful rehabilitation of both professional athletes right down to weekend warriors. He is also actively involved in Sports Medicine Australia, the Australian Podiatry Association, district cricket and the amateur football league.
Mathew’s areas of specialty include biomechanics of the lower limb and foot. This enables accurate diagnosis and treatment of lower limb and foot injuries. His scope of practice ranges from children requiring appropriate assessment, advice and in some cases treatment through to the elderly wishing to remain fit and active. He has advanced experience in manual therapy techniques including foot and ankle mobilisation. Western acupuncture and dry needling also form part of his practice. Working closely with leading orthopaedic surgeons, his understanding of various surgical techniques will contribute to a successful post operative foot and ankle rehabilitation.
His personal interests outside of work include spending time with his three young daughters, family and friends, fishing, organic gardening and food production.
Dr Karen Murphy (PhD), dietitian and senior research fellow
B M PhD Dietetics | Dietitians Association of Australia member | Nutrition Society of Australia member | International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids member | Australasian American Oil Chemist’s Society member
Karen is an accredited practicing dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia and is a senior research fellow at the University of South Australia. Her expertise includes targeting diet and lifestyle strategies for: healthy ageing, improving cardiovascular health, blood pressure and blood cholesterol control, managing type 2 diabetes, and good nutrition for older individuals.
Karen holds a Bachelor and Honours degree, a PhD and a Master of Dietetics. She has over 20 years' experience in the nutrition area. She has practiced as a nutritionist with the Port Power football club and was part of the team the year the club won their premiership.
Karen has recently completed further training with Sports Dietitians Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport and is now a sports dietitian. What do sports dietitians do? Sports dietitians provide accurate nutritional information and advice, based on sound scientific evidence, to promote healthy eating and enhance the health and performance of all active Australians, young and older.
As a Research Fellow, her research goal is to understand and scientifically substantiate the impact of dietary patterns including the Mediterranean diet, as well as healthy foods and bioactive nutrients on cardiometabolic health and cognitive performance through dietary intervention trials in adults. She has consolidated her research into studying the Mediterranean diet which contains a range of healthy foods and nutrients on heart health and cognitive and wellbeing.
Karen's research allows her to stay up to date with the latest health information and provides her with the opportunity to speak at events to the science and local community. She liaises with the media through radio, print media and through television. She is also a recipient of 25 research and travel awards; one of which is the prestigious South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2009) which recognises future leaders in science.
Karen belongs to several professional associations including the Dietitians Association of Australia, Nutrition Society of Australia, International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids and the Australasian American Oil Chemist’s Society.
In her spare time, she likes to spend time with her husband and 3 young children, exercise with Original Bootcamp North Adelaide, read autobiographies and bake.
Anne Rodgers, yoga and meditation teacher
Anne blends the practice of yoga with her love of mindfulness. She graduated as a Hatha yoga teacher with Yoga Spirit Studios in 2015 and has since complimented her training with Neal Ghoshal (restorative yoga). She has completed a Diploma of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing, is a Level 1 Teacher with Yoga Australia and is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction facilitator, trained by Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia.
Anne guides her students to replenish and regenerate the body mind connection with emphasis on breath awareness and balancing the central nervous system. Anne encourages slow mindful movements to bring greater awareness to the body and to quiet the mind. She has a keen interest to support students with responding to the pressures of daily life. Her sessions are peppered with enquiries for students to contemplate, that resonate beyond the dedicated yoga session.
Anne is currently a wellbeing mentor with Oasis Mindfulness, working with business professionals to reach their peak potential through mindfulness business practice and personal values. She uses 30 years of business wisdom to help individuals to find happiness and enjoy life, even in the most challenging of professional and personal circumstances.
Paula Murnane, matwork pilates instructor
Paula is originally from the Eyre Peninsula, recently relocated to Adelaide. Looking for work/life balance and to support her holistic lifestyle, she graduated as a matwork Pilates instructor with Studio Pilates in 2018 and founded Core360 Pilates.
Having practised Pilates for several years she can certainly vouch for the benefits of Pilates for the body. She enjoys teaching and supporting clients to improve postural alignment and control, core stability, spinal positioning, muscle tone and strength, improved flexibility and body-mind awareness as they work at their own level.
Paula continues to up-skill in Pilates, so you can look forward to ball, band and circle workouts in the coming months.
Maria (Mary) Knezevic, remedial massage therapist and receptionist
Massage and Myotherapy Association Australia member
Mary has been part of our team since 2007. She has completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy and is achieving great results. Whilst working in conjunction with our physiotherapists, acupuncturists and yoga instructor, Mary's bubbly personality makes our clients feel at ease while relieving their everyday stresses through massage. Mary has access to the most current information within the complementary therapies, has her Provider number and is registered with Hicaps for most Private Health funds.
On certain days, you will also find her at the Reception desk and has a natural ability to ensure patients are always welcomed into the clinic.
Away from work, Mary loves travelling, dancing, and is a loving dedicated mother to her 3 teenage children. She has a natural ability to calm babies and speaks 3 languages.
Sandra is our conscientious and super-friendly receptionist, who has been part of the Prospect Physiotherapy and Health Plus Clinic team since 2010.
Sandra comes from an IT and records management background. She enjoys meeting new people, swimming, travelling and going to the football.