Health 4 Women is a private Women’s Health Physiotherapy practice that has been associated with both The Royal Women’s Hospital and Frances Perry House since 1992. The Practice is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for women of all ages.
Health 4 Women provides physiotherapy assessment and treatment during pregnancy and postnatal recovery. Health 4 Women Physiotherapists also have expertise to treat bladder and bowel problems, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain. Treatments and exercise programs follow the principles of Evidence Based Practice.
Health 4 Women is accredited by Ramsay Health to provide inpatient physiotherapy services for both Maternity and Surgical patients in Frances Perry House.
Diploma of Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute), Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health (Pelvic Floor) (University of Melbourne), APA Member, Continence Foundation of Australia Member, Continence Foundation of Australia Physiotherapy Group (Victoria) Member. The founder of Health 4 Women Physiotherapy, Sheryl is passionate about Women’s Health, and has been since completing a student placement at The Royal Women’s Hospital (many years ago). Sheryl now has over 35 years of clinical experience and truly understands the specific needs of women throughout the different stages of their lives. Sheryl enjoys every aspect of her work, particularly the sense of reward when working with patients to achieve their goals. After identifying a need for Women’s Health Physiotherapy services in Gippsland she now shares her passion and expertise in Bairnsdale. She enjoys spending time on the Gippsland Lakes, with her growing family, and hopes to improve her golf game in the future.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (LaTrobe University), Bachelor Science (University of Melbourne), Master of Business Administration (Federation University) Sarah was inspired to become a Physiotherapist watching her mother Sheryl practicing from a young age. Now she has over 10 years experience working as a Physiotherapist, in the public and private sectors, both in Australia and the UK. Sarah has combined her clinical experience with tutoring in the Department of Physiotherapy at both LaTrobe University and the University of Melbourne and more recently working on two Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) funded projects focusing on Advancing the Scope of Physiotherapy. In her spare time Sarah enjoys travelling and spending time with her family and friends. In 2015, Sarah became a business partner at Health 4 Women Physiotherapy.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Honours (University of Melbourne), Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health (Pelvic Floor) (University of Melbourne) APA Member, Continence Foundation Australia Member, Women’s Health Training Associates (WHTA) Member Jenny has worked in Women’s Health in both the private and public sectors since graduating from Melbourne University. Jenny is passionate about helping her patients achieve their best. She has a keen interest in pelvic floor rehabilitation to manage conditions including incontinence, bowel dysfunction, prolapse and pelvic pain, along with recovery after birth and return to exercise. Jenny has completed her postgraduate training in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. She also has strong experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions in pregnancy, including back and pelvic pain. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and travelling. In 2015, Jenny became a business partner at Health 4 Women Physiotherapy.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne), Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health (Pelvic Floor) (University of Melbourne) Following the completion on her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009 Michelle entered private practice where her passion for pre and postnatal physiotherapy was born. After finishing her Post Graduate studies she travelled overseas and secured the lead Women’s Health Physiotherapist position at Royal London Hospital. Now back in Melbourne, Michelle also works in Continence management at St. Vincent’s Hospital. She has expertise treating both men and women with lower urinary tract symptoms. In her spare time Michelle loves hiking and camping and getting to the snow as much as possible over the winter months.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Honours (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Science – Honours (University of Melbourne) Since completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2009 Anna has worked in the private sector, gaining extensive experience assessing and managing a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. After experiencing lower back and pelvic pain during her pregnancies, Anna uses personal experience and knowledge to help her patients manage these conditions during pregnancy and after birth. She also has an interest in occupational rehabilitation – helping injured workers to remain at work or return to work safely. Outside of work, Anna enjoys spending time with her growing family, which includes two young daughters Olivia and Charlotte and son Edison.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy – Honours (University of Melbourne) Jessica graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. She started working in the public sector and it was here that her passion for Women’s Health first began. In 2013, she travelled to the UK, where she worked as a Physiotherapist within the NHS in both the acute and community settings. On returning from oversea, Jessica was keen to return to the field of Women’s Health Physiotherapy in which she has a special interest in pre and postnatal care, education classes, Pilates and exercise. In her spare time Jessica enjoys travelling, staying active and spending time with family and friends.
Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) After graduating from the University of Melbourne’s Doctor of Physiotherapy course at the end of 2015, Hayley travelled to Sri Lanka to volunteer, providing Physiotherapy care for children with special needs. Since returning to Australia, Hayley has worked both privately and at the Royal Women’s Hospital where she is developing a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. In her spare time Hayley enjoys cooking, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.
Masters of Women’s Health (University of Melbourne), B App Sc Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute), Post Grad Dip Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Lincoln Institute), Post Grad Cert in Women’s Health (Pelvic Floor) (University of Melbourne), APA Member, Continence Foundation of Australia Member, Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain. Maria Zuluaga has many years experience in the area of pain rehabilitation, headache, spine and pelvic pain. She co-edited and contributed to leading textbooks on headaches and on sports injuries management. She has also carried out research into injuries of the spine and nervous system. A firm believer in a holistic approach, Maria includes yoga, Pilates, dry needling and the latest findings of neurosciences in her clinical approach. Maria has developed her assessment techniques around empathetic and attentive listening and building a partnership to develop an individual health plan that empowers patients to continue healing beyond the clinical setting. In her spare time Maria enjoys travelling and choral singing.
Deb has been involved with Health 4 Women Physiotherapy since 2003 and has seen the practice move and grow. Deb is the compassionate, empathetic ear on the other end of the phone and will attempt to accommodate any patient request. She particularly enjoys supporting the Physiotherapists and building relationships with the patients and their families. Deb is a keen gardener at her Woodend property and a fabulous painter. She is the proud grandmother of three beautiful boys.
North Melbourne Practice
The primary practice is located at Suite 327, 55 Flemington Road, North Melbourne which is directly across the road from The Royal Women’s Hospital and Francis Perry House. Doctor’s referrals are not necessary to make an appointment. There is parking available either at the Hospital or in the locality. Babies and toddlers are welcome.
In 2012, in response to a growing need for specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapy services in the Gippsland region, Sheryl started Health 4 Women Bairnsdale. Located at the Bairnsdale Regional Health Service – Ross Street Campus, consultations can be booked by calling (03) 5152 0231.