The Mercy Team
Director/Principal Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Qualifications: BSc Physiotherapy (2003), Masters of Philosophy (Physiotherapy Research), Clinical Masters Degree: Continence and Pelvic Health (Curtin University).
Michelle is the owner and Clinical Director of Mercy Physiotherapy, having taken over from John Annear in October 2023.
Michelle has 18 years experience as a physiotherapist working in a variety of different clinical areas. She is also a certified Pilates instructor and certified holistic health and nutrition coach (IIN). With a caring and empathetic approach, Michelle believes everyone has the power to heal themselves given the right tools and support. Michelle is particularly passionate about optimising pelvic health throughout the lifespan, supporting people to live their best lives with confidence and empowerment. Michelle has two young children who keep her very busy when she isn’t at work and ensure she has a deep understanding of the joys and challenges of motherhood.
Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University 2012. DMA Pilates Instructor 2019.
Tameka has been a part of the Mercy Physiotherapy team for over 5 years and is experienced in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and injury rehabilitation. Having trained in dance herself for 20 years, she has a special interest in dance and sport related injuries. She enjoys being part of the post-surgery journey with her patients and has a strong interest in exercise-based recovery. Here at the clinic, she takes a variety of classes including hydrotherapy, gym and Pilates as well as some of our ante/post-natal groups.
Tameka offers experience in treating acute sporting injury, back and neck care as well as a range of musculoskeletal and mobility problems. She feels that individualised and personal treatment plans are the key to a successful recovery, taking into consideration the patient’s lifestyle and goals. Tameka’s commitment to professional development has kept her up to date with the leading evidence-based practice and she is continually looking at ways of improving her skill set.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University 2012. Advanced Dry Needling Practitioner.
Mirella offers experience in both inpatient and outpatient setting and has a passion for orthopaedic surgery, particularly rehabilitation post joint replacement. Mirella also has a keen focus on the prevention and management of sporting injuries, developed over 10years experience with clubs including Perth Glory FC and WA State Representative Soccer Teams. Mirella has also trained in Pilates for Rehabilitation through Polestar Pilates Australia.
Mirella enjoys supporting women through the antenatal and postnatal periods and understands the importance of setting realistic goals and developing a client-centred approach to rehabilitation. Mirella has recently become a mum to two beautiful little girls herself and is excited to draw on that experience in her therapy.
Mirella is currently studying her postgraduate Clinical Masters in Continence and Pelvic Health at Curtin University.
Pelvic Health Physiotherapist
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy), Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Health Physiotherapy. To complete the clinical component of her Masters in 2023.
Sinead specialises in the management of bladder and bowel dysfunction in both men and women, as well as the treatment of pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, female sexual dysfunction and antenatal and postnatal disorders. Sinead is passionate about helping her patients optimise their pelvic health and overall quality of life through a combination of education, guidance with lifestyle modifications and exercise.
In her spare time, Sinead loves staying active with her Border Collie – Bowie, exploring the outdoors and spending time with friends and family.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy).
Achievements:Mel has worked at Mercy physiotherapy for 20 years. She has also been teaching in the Notre Dame Physiotherapy course for eight years.
Mel offers patients many years of experience in antenatal and postnatal care, both in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Mel aims to maximise patients wellbeing during this exciting time in their lives. She is currently working part time in the Family Birthing Unit (FBU) in the main hospital. Mel also runs our weekend ‘Preparation for Childbirth Classes’ and takes some of our antenatal aqua and postnatal aqua classes. Mel is a busy mother to three young boys.
Qualifications: Shanelle obtained her Diploma of Remedial Massage after honouring a strong calling to support the health and wellbeing of others through massage.
Specialties include: Pregnancy/remedial/relaxation/sports massage and trigger Point therapy.
Shanelle has a holistic approach, having undertaken training in pregnancy massage, cupping, reflexology, manual lymphatic drainage, myofascial release and trigger point therapy. Shanelle particularly enjoys working with women during pregnancy, assisting them to find relief from body stresses caused by changes to the musculoskeletal system during gestation and helping to heighten their awareness of how they can manage these changes.
Shanelle has a deep belief in the body’s ability to heal itself and enjoys working with her clients to achieve their personal wellness goals. Understanding how massage can benefit overall outlook, health and wellbeing, Shanelle is also passionate about using massage to support people experiencing mental health challenges.
Qualifications: Diploma of Remedial Massage, Practitioner of Pregnancy Massage, Reiki 1 & 2 & Postpartum Professional.
Specialties include: Pregnancy/ remedial/ relaxation/ trigger point therapy/ reiki.
Cathy is passionate about the therapeutic benefits of massage as it has played a big part in her own wellness journey. Having been a migraine sufferer, had over 10 years of IVF and struggled through sleep deprivation in the early days of motherhood. She found massage & reiki gave her a great sense of well-being, calm & energy. Believing massage reaches our entire nervous system not just our sore, tight muscles & ligaments.
Cathy’s passion lies in pregnancy and postnatal massage. Being a part of a nurturing village, supporting women & their families as they start on their parenting journey’s. As a mother of two she considers pregnancy and postnatal massage one of the most effective ways to take care of the changing body, helping women to feel relief from aches & pains, keeping calm & relaxed, get a better night’s sleep, and feel centered and strong for their births and the days and weeks following birth.
Cathy also offers fourth trimester support to clients outside of Mercy Physiotherapy. A modern day “Mothering” service for women throughout their pregnancies and into the first 6-8 weeks of motherhood.
Isabelle arrived in Australia in 1992 from Paris and joined Mercy Physiotherapy 11 years ago, bringing with her a strong background in Accounting. With this wealth of knowledge, since being with us, Isabelle has become the roots of the practice. She is the person behind the scenes, but often assists with most aspects of the practice.
When she is not keeping the practice in order, swimming and walking take up most of her spare time, along with a keen interest in reading and gardening.
Qualifications: BSc Physiotherapy
Eric is our inpatient physiotherapist providing physiotherapy services to ward patients within St John of God Mount Lawley Hospital. You will find Eric working hard supporting patients post orthopaedic or general surgical procedures with their recovery and rehabilitation to ensure a smooth transition home. Eric has extensive experience in this field and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill to our team.