The Rehabilitation Medicine Group was established in 2013 to provide a private and personalised approach to the rehabilitation of chronic pain and disability resulting from disease, injury or illness.
At its core is the philosophy of providing clinically excellent rehabilitation programs of education and exercise to enable a person to better manage their own health. We are passionate about providing the best evidence based rehabilitation solution for you to improve your ability to move, function, work, socialise and play. Dr Nathan Johns, a specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician, leads our team of rehabilitation clinicians.
Rehabilitation Medicine is a person-centred medical speciality focused on assisting people to achieve their goals. It has the advantage of being a team based specialty that utilises the knowledge and skills of allied health practitioners with additional expertise to achieve better health and functional outcomes. Rehabilitation Medicine focuses on the whole person including their psychological and social well-being, not just their affected body part.
The Australian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) is the peak professional organisation for Rehabilitation Medicine education and training in Australia and New Zealand. It is a Faculty of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP).
Dr Nathan Johns
Dr Johns is a specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician with over 15 years of expertise in managing chronic pain and disability. He graduated from Monash
University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (with honours) in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM,
RACP). He has speciality training and experience in all aspects of rehabilitation including pain management, neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedic
rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury and the rehabilitation of Older Adults. Dr. Johns is an examiner for the AFRM and has experience in medical
education. Dr Johns has consulted at Epworth Rehabilitation Brighton since 2006, admitting rehabilitation inpatients. His research interests include
chronic pain, deconditioning, aerobic training and rehabilitation following knee joint replacement. Dr Johns consults at the Rehabilitation Medicine
Group on Monday through to Thursday and is now performing home and residential care consultations as part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team. A valid
referral is required prior to appointments.
Dr Kal Fried
Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician
Dr Kal Fried is an experienced specialist in Sports and Exercise Medicine having attained Fellowship of the Australian College of Sports Physicians
in 1995. His practice has included working in the Victorian snowfields, at the Melbourne Football Club (AFL) and Collingwood Football Clubs and as
team doctor for the AFL Australian International Rules team. Dr Fried has also supported other elite sporting teams including the Australian Diamonds
netball team. Dr Fried is a medical advisor on the Clinical Panel for both the TAC and WorkSafe as well as practicing as an Independent Medical
Examiner. In addition to his sports medicine skills including ultrasound guided injection techniques, Dr Fried has particular interests in the neuroscience
of pain, treating persistent pain with desensitisation, exercise and conditioning prescription in injury and pain as well as general medical
condition management. Dr Fried joined the multidisciplinary team at the Rehabilitation Medicine Group in October 2016 to further his interest and management
of persisting pain. Dr Fried is consulting on Tuesday and Friday afternoon. A link to his pain website is here.
Darren Chun Kiat Lau is a qualified physiotherapist and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Darren specialises in chronic pain management
and general and neurological rehabilitation. Darren is a LSVT® BIG Certified Clinician and is able to deliver this intensive neuroplasticity program
for people with Parkinson's Disease. After studying physiotherapy at Melbourne’s LaTrobe University, Darren gained both experience and passion working
as part of the rehabilitation team at the Epworth Rehabilitation hospitals. Darren has an active treatment approach and utilises our on-site rehabilitation
gymnasium to retrain the body and the mind. Darren is part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team and is able to treat people in their home or residential
care facility. For Chinese speakers, Darren also speaks Mandarin and Cantonese. Darren consults Monday to Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons.
Daliah is an accredited occupational therapist with almost 20 years of clinical experience. After graduating from Latrobe University, Daliah has worked
in most aspects of multidisciplinary rehabilitation including chronic pain management, neurological including stroke and Parkinson's Disease, orthopaedics,
aged care and cardiac. She uses the principles of neuroplasticity to enhance recovery from chronic pain and stroke. Daliah has extensive experience
in home assessment, prescription of equipment and aids, return to work co-ordination and returning people to their recreations and life's enjoyments.
Daliah is consulting on Mondays and Wednesdays. Daliah is part of our Aged Care Rehabilitation Team and is able to visit homes and residential facilities
to provide assessments and treatments.
Dr Leah Levy
Dr Leah Levy joined the Rehabilitation Medicine Group team in September 2016. Dr Levy is a registered psychologist with specialist training in Clinical
and Health Psychology, including endorsement as a Clinical Psychologist by AHPRA. Dr Levy is passionate about working in rehabilitation and pain management
with a strong background in both hospital and private practice. This includes pain management at St George's Health Service's Pain Clinic for
Older People (current), Dorset Rehabilitation Centre and the Barbara Walker Centre for pain Management at St Vincent's Hospital. Dr Levy has worked
with people of all ages including in the oncology setting, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr Levy works collaboratively with patients towards
self-management using individualised cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness techniques. Dr Levy completed her Doctor of Psychology in 2011 with
her thesis entitled "Psychological, symptom, and decision-related distress in men with prostate cancer". Dr Levy consults on Monday and Thursday mornings.
Dr Rubina Alpitsis
Dr Alpitsis is a neuropsychologist with a Doctor of Philosophy from Melbourne University. After initially obtaining a science degree at Melbourne University,
Dr Alpitsis completed a Master of Psychology at Latrobe University. She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and the College of
Clinical Neuropsychologists. Dr Alpitsis has worked extensively with rehabilitation patients including those with traumatic brain injuries, stroke,
Parkinson's Disease and dementia. Dr Alpitsis works by appointment on Wednesdays.
Kerry has returned to The Rehabilitation Medicine Group as our medical receptionist, having been there at the start for the set-up. She is an experienced
medical receptionist, personal and executive assistant and business manager with a smile.