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Exercise Physiologists

Reuben-IndividualReuben Vanderzalm, Accredited Exercise Physiologist / Director

Reuben is one of the two directors at AEP, of which was established in 2006. He has over 10 years’ experience as an exercise physiologist in a variety of clinical settings including the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Centre for Physical Activity in Ageing, numerous GP clinics and private practice.
Reuben actively maintains links with Adelaide’s Medicare Locals and attends regular conferences and workshops both interstate and locally to ensure AEP services and practices are of the highest professional standard.
Reuben enjoys the variety of assisting patients suffering from any one or combination of chronic conditions. He has worked extensively with patients in the areas of obesity and mental health, and has an interest in diabetes prevention and management.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement), Cert III and IV Fitness, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Chris-Ftinogiannis-IndividualChris Ftinogiannis, Accredited Exercise Physiologist / Director

Chris is one of the directors of AEP Health Group with over 16 years experience as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Commencing his career in 1996 at RAH’s Centre for Physical Activity in Aging, he was responsible for cardiac and stroke rehabilitation programs until 2006 when he established AEP Health Group with Reuben Vanderzalm. Chris has extensive knowledge in exercise therapy as a mode of treatment for patients suffering from various chronic conditions, functional assessments and musculoskeletal injuries.
Chris leads AEP Health Group Workhealth division with particular interest in health assessments and rehabilitation following work related injuries and work hardening programs. Chris has also worked extensively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in the establishment of health and lifestyles programs. Chris was nominated in 2011 for recognition of a non-Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, for his contribution to the community.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Exercise & Sports Science), Cert. Clinical Rehab, Functional Capacity Evaluator with WorkHab, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Sara-IndividualSara Slayman, Accredited Exercise Physiologist (Currently on maternity leave)

Sara has been working in chronic disease management since completing university in 2006 and has developed a wealth of experience in many clinical conditions. Sara has a passion for helping people especially in areas of weight loss and bariatric surgery. Her other speciality areas include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis (OA) and joint replacement rehabilitation. Sara is a qualified lungs in action instructor and developed AEP’s pulmonary rehabilitation program.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement), Graduate Diploma Clinical Rehabilitation, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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skyeSkye Cibich, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Skye has been working at AEP since 2008. She has had extensive experience working with a wide variety of clients with chronic health conditions. Skye has experience working in GP clinics, home and private consulting environment. Skye’s friendly and understanding nature allows her to communicate effectively with a wide variety of cliental. As well as helping others, she has a keen interest in maintaining her own health and fitness. She has represented Australia in the Age Group World Triathlon Championships in 2009 and again in 2012. Skye co-manages the Noarlunga Clinic.
Clinically, Skye has a keen interest in chronic fatigue management, exercise pre and post bariatric surgery, Type II Diabetic management and exercise prescription to assist couples in the area of fertility and pregnancy.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement), Cert III and IV Fitness, Current Senior First Aid & CPR. 

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WebTomlowresThomas Pretlove, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Thomas has been employed with AEP since May 2009. Prior to this he completed clinical training at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre where he gained experience with patients with multiple chronic diseases and co-morbidities.

Predominantly working from the Woodville clinic Thomas regularly consults with new patients to educate them on the importance of regular structured activity and the impact this has on improving one’s health. With a broad experience in multiple co-morbidities, patients can be assured that a tailored exercise plan can be developed for use in clinic or at home.

Thomas specialises in areas of diabetes management and prevention, musculoskeletal assessment and ongoing rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in assisting patients with weight management and as such has co developed AEP’s medically based weight loss service.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Current Senior First Aid & CPR, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist.

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Caelum-Individual-ST-MARYS-32Caelum Schild, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Caelum has been working at AEP Health Group since the beginning of 2010. Over this period of time he has gained a broad range of clinical experience from the Royal Adelaide Hospital, GP clinics and private practice. His friendly and positive nature are strengths when educating patients about exercise and their health.

Caelum manages AEP’s Edwardstown clinic, where he consults and facilitates supervised group sessions for patients with numerous chronic conditions. He is also a Program Director of The Wellness Assistant, a complete online solution that sets new standards in workforce health and wellness.

Clinically, Caelum has worked extensively with patients in the areas of type 2 diabetes, musculoskeletal rehabilitation and cancer rehabilitation. He has a special interest in weight management, cardio-metabolic conditions, dysautonomia and has co developed AEP’s medically based weight loss service.

Caelum has completed additional training in the field of Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and is using this to successfully help patients guide their own exercise prescription and identify systemic health trends for optimal outcomes. This is a crucial tool, particularly for patients with dysautonomic conditions.

Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Level 1 Sports Trainer, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Keith-Individual-ST-MARYS-39Keith Whitcher, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Keith has been employed with AEP since May 2011. Prior to this he completed clinical training as an Exercise Therapist where he gained experience assisting patients with multiple chronic diseases and co-morbidities in both a gym and hydrotherapy environment.

Keith is the co-manager of the Noarlunga clinic and regularly consults with new patients to educate them on the importance of regular structured activity and the impact this has on improving one’s health. He has broad experience working with patients who have multiple co-morbidities, establishing tailored exercise plans that can be developed for use at home or in a clinical setting.

Keith has a special interest in workplace rehabilitation, aboriginal health, pre and post bariatric surgery consultations and sports specific testing and prescription for athletes.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Stephanie-Individual-NORLUNGA-06Stephanie Gordon, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Steph started working at AEP in September 2012. Since then she has gained experience working with people with a range of different health conditions and ailments in both a clinic and home based setting. She undertook post graduate studies at The University of Notre Dame where she worked closely with some of Australia’s top exercise physiologists gaining extensive knowledge in pre and post-operative orthopaedic patients including hip and knee replacements. She has also worked as a heart technician where she attained widespread knowledge in all cardiac related conditions and the role that exercise plays in the management of them. Steph is an advocate of implementing exercise into daily living activities and making it enjoyable.
Steph specialises in the management of cardiac related health conditions. She has developed AEPs cardiac rehabilitation program and maintains close links with referring cardiologists and nurses. She also has an interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and exercise for neuromuscular disorders. 
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Graduate Diploma (Exercise Science), Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Adam-Browne-IndividualAdam Browne, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Adam began working at AEP in 2014. He has completed his studies in Clinical Exercise Physiology where he specialised in Multiple Sclerosis rehabilitation and in Strength and Conditioning where he has developed a vast knowledge of exercise prescription in a variety of clientele from athletes to the elderly. Also currently working at the Central District Football Club as the conditioning coach he has experience in injury prevention and rehabilitation.
With a unique skill set AEP regard Adam as their "all-rounder". He enjoys working with patients suffering chronic conditions while also has a special interest and passion for sports testing and athlete conditioning. He is a friendly and positive individual who is passionate about helping others achieve their goals and to optimise quality of life.
Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement), Graduate Diploma (Clinical Rehabilitation), Master of Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning), Master of Exercise Science (Rehabilitation), Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Crista-Individual-ST-MARYS-31Crista Reid, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Crista is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who started working at AEP in 2014 after completing her studies at the University of Tasmania. Crista consults at both the Edwardstown and Noarlunga AEP clinics and also travels to treat Elderly Veterans in their own homes. Crista enjoys the challenge of keeping up to date with the latest research for treating a wide range of health conditions.

 

Aside from working with patients who have more common conditions such as Osteoporosis, injury rehabilitation, Obesity, chronic pain and mental health disorders, Crista has also had experience working with children with disabilities, amputees, gait disorders and stroke. Crista has done additional studies in assessing, educating and prescribing exercises for patients with Lung disease such as; COPD, Lung Cancer, Heart failure, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Asthma. Crista initiated the Lungs in Action programs across both of AEPs Southern clinics. 

Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. Exercise Science, Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Sam Rollison, Accredited Exercise PhysiologistWebSamRPhoto

Sam has been employed at AEP Health Group since the beginning of 2016. Prior to this, working as an Exercise Scientist, Sam gained experience working with a number of clients of a range of fitness levels and goals.

Sam has a special interest in treating patients with chronic pain, workplace injuries and cancer rehabilitation. Outside of AEP, Sam also coaches Powerlifting and has a great interest in strength and conditioning.

Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. App. Science (Human Movement & Health Studies), Graduate Diploma (Exercise Science),  Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

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Tom Adler, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Tom started with AEP at the beginning of 2018 after being a stand-out during his 5 week placement with AEP in 2017 through the University of South Australia.

Throughout Tom’s clinical placements he was able to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience working with a range of clients with chronic conditions and injuries. His placements included working in a commercial gym, which also provided the use of hydrotherapy as a rehabilitation service as well as working in an aged care residential home.

Tom’s friendly and easy-going personality allows him to build great client rapport and trust whilst providing assistance in prescribing suitable exercise programs. Tom is passionate in helping clients to reach their health and fitness goals allowing them to improve their overall quality of life as well as motivating them to create long term exercise habits.       

Qualifications: ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Accredited Exercise Scientist (AEP & AES), Bach. Clinical Exercise Physiology, Diploma of Fitness, Cert III and IV Fitness, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

 

Dietitians

Matt Summers - Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Sports DietitianMatt_Profile_Image-LO_RES.jpg

Matt started working at AEP in 2016. He has experience working in a clinical and private practice environment. In addition, Matt has several years experience in clinical research in intensive care at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Matt is strong advocate for individualised dietary lifestyle changes to improve overall health and wellbeing with sustained weight loss rather than fad diets. Matt has a particular interest in obesity and weight management, diet control of diabetes and weight maintenance in cancer patients.

Matt has completed his accreditation in Sports Nutrition at the Australian Institute of Sport and is an Accredited Sports Dietitian with Sports Dietitians Australia. Matt is currently the Sports Dietitian for the Adelaide United Youth team providing individual nutrition performance advice in addition to recommendations for team game day and training nutrition. Matt also provides sports nutrition advice to Central Districts Football Club in the team and individual setting and has previously worked with the Adelaide Crows. Matt has experience in nutrition and hydration for before, during and after exercise with a particular interest in endurance sports and team sports. Matt also has experience in providing sports nutrition education sessions to amateur sporting teams and clubs.

Matt continues to further his skills and knowledge in the area of nutrition and dietetics through involvement in the DAA continued professional development program.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science, Master of Dietetics, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist, Accredited Sports Dietitian.

 

Mattea Palombo - Accredited Practising Dietitian

Sarah McInerney - Accredited Practising Dietitian

Sarah completed her Masters of Dietetics at the University of South Australia in 2016. She has since experienced working as a clinical Dietitian in the hospital setting and in private practice. She started working with AEP in 2018. Her philosophy is about looking at her patient's as a whole, empowering them with the knowledge they need to make choices that will benefit them.

Sarah's areas of interest are IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and other gastro-intestinal disorders. She is also experienced in managing hyperlipidaemia, hypertension, weight loss and diabetes.

Sarah is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and regularly attends the continued professional development events they hold as well as presenting at professional development events for other Allied Health professions.

 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Nutrition and Food Science, Master of Dietetics, Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist

Physiotherapists

David Sadauskas - PhysiotherapistWebDavidSPhoto

David completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2014. For the first two years after graduating he has worked in hospital, aged care, and private musculoskeletal practice settings in the Riverland. Working in such a diverse setting has given him a great understanding of a vast range of clinical presentations in all age-groups.

 

Starting in 2017 at AEP's Ridgehaven and Woodville clinics, David is keen to see people of any health status reach their full function by reducing pain and facilitating movement with his wide range of treatment methods. More recently David has taken to the study of persistent pain conditions and is well versed in education and treatment of these complex pain-states. His greatest passion is to see chronic pain sufferers gain control of their pain and remove it altogether.

 

Out of the clinic room David pursues time outside in nature, enjoying rock-climbing and bouldering, hiking and camping, photography, motorsport, music and being involved in his local church. Most of all he enjoys the art of conversation, getting to know people and ensuring their treatment is both helpful and enjoyable.

 

Qualifications: Member Australian Physiotherapy Association, B. Physiotherapy, Current Senior First Aid & CPR.

 

Bill Pieri - Physiotherapist

Bill arrived at AEP Health Group in 2018 beginning his position in April. He completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2006. He has worked in a variety of settings spending the first two years of his career at Resthaven in a community outpatients setting, where he dealt with musculoskeletal and neurological conditions in older patients. This was followed by a short stint in Occupational Rehabilitation and a further two years in Private Practice. He then spent the last 8 years of his career split in Aged Care and running a small private practice. As a result, Bill has a keen interest in the wellbeing of the elderly, and particularly in assisting them to maintain their independence.

 

Bill has also worked closely with state level soccer teams, spending 6 years with the Adelaide Comets (now NPL State League 1) and is currently involved with Fulham United Football Club (currently NPL State League 2). Bill’s diverse work history has exposed him to experience in a range of conditions in all age groups.  He loves to interact with people of all backgrounds and cultures in his endeavours to solve their issues.

 

Out of the clinic room, Bill loves watching football, soccer and enjoys bush walking when the weather permits. He also participates in a friendly kitchen rivalry with his wife as they both enjoy cooking.

 

Qualifications: Member Australian Physiotherapy Association, B.Sc (Hons), B. App. Sc (Physiotherapy).

Office Staff

One of either Karen Hughes and Tanya Martens will be your first contact with AEP. They are always more than happy to assist you with any queries offering high quality, professional and friendly service.

Karen Hughes – Office ManagerWebKarenHPhoto

Karen has been with AEP since 2011. With a previous 12 years administration experience in numerous allied health professional settings, Karen’s skill set lends itself perfectly to AEP’s “behind the scene” matters. Karen is the office manager and plays an important role in developing administrative procedures to ensure AEP’s business systems are effective, efficient and most importantly up to date with an ever evolving health system.

Tanya-IndividualTanya Martens - Reception

Tanya is another member of the AEP administration team who is only more than happy to asssit with bookings or enquiries. Besides the day to day operations of making appointments and dealing with enquiries, Tanya manages AEP's patient waiting lists.