OUR CLINICAL TEAM

Dr Nathan Johns

Rehabilitation Physician 

Dr Johns is a specialist Rehabilitation Medicine Physician with 20 years of expertise in managing chronic pain and disability. He is the Director of the Rehabilitation Medicine Group. He graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 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 the Head of Unit – Rehabilitation Medicine at Peninsula Health. Dr Johns has consulted at Epworth Rehabilitation Brighton since 2006, admitting rehabilitation inpatients. His research interests include persistent post surgical pain and he is enrolled in PhD studies at Monash University. He is an adjunct lecturer at Monash University. Dr Johns consults at the Rehabilitation Medicine Group on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 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 consults on Tuesday and Friday afternoon. 

Darren Lau

Physiotherapist

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 Friday.

Dr Leah Levy

Clinical Psychologist 

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 Wednesday mornings.

Dr Joanne King

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr King is a registered and experienced clinical neuropsychologist having achieved a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) from Victoria University following a science degree in psychology. Dr King also has a Master in Human Nutrition and combines lifestyle management with psychological treatments to improve health and wellbeing. Dr King has extensive experience in the neuropsychological assessment and treatment of traumatic and acquired brain injury (eg. Stroke and Parkinson’s disease) having worked in inpatient and community rehabilitation settings. Dr King utilizes mindfulness integrated cognitive behavioural therapy to treat persistent pain and neurological conditions as well as irritable bowel syndrome, sleep impairment, depression, anxiety, stress and chronic fatigue. Dr King is consulting on Tuesdays.