Team

With extensive experience between us, the Renew team has strong ties with both the Australian and Victorian Institutes of Sport, and is trusted by World Class athletes through Rowing Australia, Hockey Australia and Tennis Australia, as well as current AFL and NRL premiership teams.

Stephanie Milic - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Andrew Fooks - Sports Physiotherapist

Melissa French - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Dan Mirecki - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Nicholas Guz - Myotherapist

Julia Pook - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Michael Dods - Myotherapist

Stephanie Milic- Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Stephanie is a physiotherapist with more than 12 years’ experience in Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy, and has just completed her final year of Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Steph has been a consultant physiotherapist to Tennis Australia for nine years, where the job continues to provide exposure to elite athlete injuries and the opportunity to travel and work onsite at tour events.

Steph’s focus is clinical pilates. She has instructed individual and group sessions for more than ten years and loves the positive changes pilates has on each individual and the way it assists them to achieve their goals or self-manage injuries.

General injury: Expertly works with general injuries, school-level sports participants, professional athletes. Passionate about helping clients build or renew optimum health. Steph has a special interest in shoulder injuries.

Pregnancy:  Works with women during and after pregnancy. Assessment of changing body’s pains, instabilities or muscle imbalances I Strengthening exercises I Careful management and nurturing of pregnancy’s and post pregnancy’s unique conditions.

Corporates & professionals: Successfully works with professionals with on-the-job pressures of extensive desk hours and frequent travel. Ergonomic assessments I Ergonomic education I Posture & strengthening exercises and pilates I Realistic daily routine changes I Increased well-being and productivity.

Steph competed at a national level in softball and track sprinting and developed a passion for fitness, injury management and the positive effect physiotherapy can have on life. As a co-owner of Renew Physiotherapy, she believes in its name and what it stand for - Renew (vb) – to give fresh life or strength to - and this is the core philosophy behind the clinic.

Andrew Fooks- Sports Physiotherapist

As an APA Sports-Titled Physiotherapist, Andrew’s passion is sporting injuries, ranging from amateur athletes through to elite sport. Andrew continues to work as a sports physiotherapist with the Victorian Institute of Sport in both the Rowing and Men’s Hockey programs. He has worked with Australian Rowing since 2011, with a particular focus on the Australian men’s four leading up to the 2012 London Olympics. Since 2012 he has taken on a role as a Sports Physiotherapist with the Australian Rowing Team travelling domestically and internationally.

Andrew has been involved in Victorian field hockey since 2000, including his role with the Victorian Vikings Team since 2006, and has travelled internationally with the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, the Kookaburras, since the commencement of coach Ric Charlesworth in 2008.

Andrew is skilled in identifying the possible mechanisms and causes behind musculoskeletal injuries, and is driven by the challenges of managing elite athletes – from both the perspective of injury management perspective and performance optimisation.

As a result of an extended period of lumbar spine pathology as a sporting teenager and the need to consult a physiotherapist, Andrew’s interest in the human body, mechanics and sport lead him to a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Andrew completed his undergraduate degree in 2001 at La Trobe University, and returned to La Trobe to complete a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2009.

Andrew’s active lifestyle is now occupied by mountain biking and snowboarding.

Melissa French- Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Melissa has been a physiotherapist for seven years and has experience in Clinical Pilates, Musculoskeletal conditions, Womens Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy.

Mel has a strong focus on Clinical Pilates, and incorporates this into her treatment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. She enjoys seeing the benefits that Clinical Pilates and exercise has on people of all ages.

Mel has an interest and passion for Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and Bowel Health. She recently completed her post graduate studies in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, with an emphasis on pelvic floor dysfunction and musculoskeletal conditions experienced during pregnancy. She enjoys combining her knowledge of these conditions with her Clinical Pilates expertise.

Mel is a keen runner and regular pilates participant herself, and enjoys most things outdoors – particularly the beach in summer!

Dan Mirecki- Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Dan has been a physiotherapist for 8 years and in particular enjoys working with musculoskeletal and sporting injuries.   Dan has been an elite hockey player having represented the Australian Men’s Hockey Team, the Kookaburras, and was also a member of the Victorian Institute of Sport for 10 years.  Having been an elite athlete and having managed a number of his own injuries during his career, he has a unique understanding of the frustrations that athletes experience.

Dan was appointed as Physiotherapist to the Victorian Institute of Sport Womens Hockey Program in 2017, and travels with the Victorian Womens Team,  the Victorian Vipers.

Dan has recently commenced his post graduate studies in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University and has a particular interest in treating lumbar spine and hip/groin injuries.   Dan has a passion for assisting clients achieve their goals, and approaches his treatment and management of injuries with a very positive attitude.

Nicholas Guz- Myotherapist

Nicholas is a myotherapist whose experiences surpass his years. His passion began from over 10 years’ playing state level soccer during which he developed a love for the human body and how it functions. This lead him to complete his Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in 2008 at ACST.

Upon completing his Advanced Diploma, Nicholas earned the exciting opportunity to work with the Richmond Tigers Football Club. In his five years at the club, he established himself as one of the leading therapists building a reputation that has led to many more experiences. These include working for the Australian Wallabies, the New Zealand National Cycling Track Team, the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Club, the Pakistani Hockey Team and many more individual elite athletes. Nicholas is currently a vital member of the myotherapy teams for Melbourne Storm, Essendon Football Club and the Victorian Institute of Sport’s Diving program.

After years of involvement in the elite sports industry, Nicholas quickly identifies problem areas and puts his skills into action to optimise every session. His expertise is not limited to athletes; he also treats general aches and pains that arise from everyday life. His own experience overcoming lower back pain have lead to a particular interest in this area and helping others overcome their problems too. Nicholas has a fantastic understanding of musculoskeletal conditions and, along with remedial massage, he is able to perform dry needling and myofascial release.

Nicholas has a passion for triathlons, cycling and running, in particular Ironman triathlons. He has currently competed in five ironman events including all Australia/New Zealand races and hopes to one day qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. From his personal experiences with endurance events, Nicholas has a strong understanding of the stresses these events place on your body, and the best methods to relieve such stresses.

Julia Pook- Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor

Julia completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University, graduating with honours in 2008.  She then completed training in Clinical Pilates. A continued interest in sports-related injuries while in practice has led Julia to her current study of Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.  

Julia has worked in a number of busy private physiotherapy clinics and she has extensive experience with rugby, athletics, long distance running and hockey.  She treats a wide variety of neck and back conditions. Julia has a particular interest in lower limb injuries and shoulder injuries, and often utilises clinical pilates techniques in the condition management journey.

As a junior athlete, Julia competed at a national level in hockey and middle distant track running. Exposed to physiotherapy at a young age drew her to the profession, and Julia is now particularly drawn to the problem solving nature of physiotherapy, the biomechanics and contributing factors involved in injury management and helping to guide people through the frustration and disappointment of an injury.

Michael Dods- Myotherapist

Michael completed his Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy at RMIT and is currently completing postgraduate study at Deakin University.

Michael joined the team at Renew Physiotherapy late last year. He also currently works as a Myotherapist at the Essendon Football Club and has previously worked at the Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). Michael has extensive experience treating professional and amateur athletes as well as the general public.

Michael’s dedicated practice is based on quality assessment and clinical reasoning underpinned by the importance of educating his clients on self treatment, pain science, being in optimal positions and developing movement systems with optimal range of motion. He believes in an integrated approach, which combines treatment and movement.

‘Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.’ Joseph H. Pilates