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Stevens motto towards client are

The ability to simplify complexities and communicate clearly to clients is the most important tool a practitioner can have.

Steven is trained in the following:

  • Gait re-training and Running biomechanics
  • Lower limb dry needling and PNF release
  • Exercise prescription – Lower limb focused
  • Orthotic design and manufacturing

Steven’s Professional Journey

Steven completed his bachelor of Podiatry in 2011, as well as his certificates 3 and 4 in fitness. Since then he has undertaken a journey in elite sports medicine for 4 years, taught Podiatry undergraduates from 2014 – 2017 and started his own business, Melbourne Sports Podiatry. However, Steven wanted to make an impact to more than just people in sports, so he created the values behind The ACPAC in 2018. His passion as a result has moved into helping not only athletes but also the day to day parent, school kid, desk worker or recreational gym user to attain the same level of care as an athlete without the stigma.

About Steven the person

Growing up in Black Rock, Steven is the eldest of three. A passionate athlete, Steven at a young age represented Australia in martial arts, trained in short distance with Sandringham Athletics Club and played representative football and cricket. Sustaining significant injuries as a teenager including lower back stress fractures, a broken leg and osteitis pubis lead Steven into being a Podiatrist and Personal Trainer to better help himself and others. Currently, Steven still plays premier level cricket and is a running coach.


Joshua Slade

B.Sc, M.Chiro

Josh’s motto towards client care

To empower people to take control of their own health and wellness and to live life optimally and naturally.

Josh is trained in the following:

  • Diversifed manual technique
  • Saccro Occipital Technique (SOT)
  • Gonstead Technique
  • SD Prtotocol

Josh’s Professional Journey

Josh completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at RMIT Melbourne in 2016. Since then he has worked all around Victoria for Todd Clinics, predominantly treating people suffering from acute pain in rural and remote areas. As of this year Josh has permanently relocated to Cairns to lead a Physiotherapy clinic, but flies down once a month to work especially with the ACPAC. His strengths and passions include wellness care, injury prevention and rehabilitation, sports specific training and stress management.

About Josh the person

Josh is originally from the small coastal town of Portland in country Victoria. He played football and basketball at representative levels and due to the constant stresses on his body he often needed care for injury prevention and rehabilitation. His interest in sports and the body led him to Melbourne. He played VFL for Sandringham, all the while studying his Physiotherapy course. Physiotherapy has enabled him to provide helpful pain management techniques along with his movement focused health care philosophy.

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Michaels motto towards client care

“We tend to just live in our brains and not our body. We need to live in all our mind, body and spirit”

Michael is trained in the following:

  • Alpha Alignment
  • Ido Portal Method
  • Exercise prescription – Spinal and Upper Limb
  • Mobilisation and Manipulation – Full body

Michael’s Professional Journey

Michael completed his Osteopathic degree at Victoria University in 2015, receiving the prestigious award for student of the year from both supervisors and peers. After his degree, Michael sought to study and travel abroad to learn about the wider meaning of health. This entailed studying his Certificates 3 and 4 in fitness, as well as receiving training from one of the most renowned movement coaches in the world, Ido Portal. Returning back to Melbourne at the end of 2016, Michael begun practicing at Richmond Osteopathy full time and learning the art of Alpha alignment techniques to learn about how to flush the nervous system as well as its role on the mind, body and spirit.

About Michael the Person

Yes you guessed right, it’s Stevens younger and wiser brother. Michael also represented Australia in martial arts as a junior. Michael continued to excel in sports, representing Victoria twice as a representative cricketer, as well as playing 1st grade football for Brighton Grammar. However, mobility and flexibility were some of Michael’s biggest barriers in moving further with his sport. From being able to do the sideways splits as a child to not being able to move his hips and spine from lifting heavy weights in the gym, Michael decided to change his training in his early 20’s. He shifted his mindset and completely transformed his body through yoga, functional re-training and osteopathy to help him learn how to move freely again. A bubbly and opinionated person, he is an incredibly driven practitioner and person.



Simon motto towards client care

“Good communication and education are paramount in helping improve the client’s complaint, encouraging active recovery and increasing their understanding to prevent further re-injury from occurring in the future”

Simon is trained in the following:

  • Mobilisation and Manipulation
  • Soft tissue massage and counter strain techniques
  • Exercise prescription
  • Sports taping techniques

Simon’s Professional Journey

Before venturing into the world of Osteopathy Simon had always been involved in the sporting industry. After completing his first degree, a Bachelor’s in information systems, he spent the next 10 years working for companies including Nike, Puma and The Athletes foot. Simon first became interested in Osteopathy after seeking advice for several sporting injuries of his own sustained whilst playing Rugby Union. Simon enjoyed the approach and results Osteopathy offered and pursued a career in the field. He completed his Bachelor of Clinical Science and Master of Health Science at Victoria University. Simon believes every client is unique and that their treatment and rehabilitation programmes should be tailored to fit with their individual lifestyle. Simon has a keen interest in lower limb and shoulder complaints and working in a clinical setting he enjoys helping those people who sustain injuries get back to the activities they love best.

About Simon the Person

Simon was born and raised in Melbourne and played every sport available but somehow ended up with a passion for Rugby Union. It was his own injuries sustained over the years that motivated Simon to return to University and pursue a career in Osteopathy. Simon still plays rugby for the Melbourne RUFC, which he has been a member of for the past 17 years. In the off-season he tries to keep active by playing basketball, cycling, and heading to the gym but will admit sometimes the basketball might be on the PlayStation. Having been through several reconstructive surgeries in his time Simon understands what is needed from both sides of the client practitioner relationship when recovering from injuries.



Steph motto towards client care

“Looking at the shoulder to understand shoulder pain is like looking at a drop of water trying to understand the ocean”

Steph is trained in the following:

  • Exercise prescription
  • Dry Needling
  • Kinesology Taping
  • Redcord
  • Pilates
  • McKenzie method

Steph’s Professional Journey

Steph Graduated from The University Of Melbourne in 2010 with a bachelor of Physiotherapy, she has since completed her Post Graduate Certificate in sports physiotherapy as well as her Masters in sports physiotherapy. Steph has worked heavily with gymnastics since 2013, looking after the Victorian Mens gymnastics high performance program and the Victorian mens gymnastics team at the Australian Championships. She is also a Gymnastics Australia physiotherapist and has travelled locally and internationally with the Australian mens and womens teams to various competitions. In addition to her roles within gymnastics, Steph travels internationally with the Australian diving team. Previously Steph was the head physiotherapist for TAC cup’s Oakleigh chargers football club as well as SEABL’s Melbourne Tigers Basketball team. Steph also regularly works with a wide variety of circus performers.

About Steph the Person

Growing up in Gippsland Steph lead a very active lifestyle playing most sports at some point during her school years. The focus was on basketball and netball and these resulted in a number of injuries requiring Steph to spend quite a bit of time at the physio, encouraging her to take her career down the physio pathway. Steph has also suffered from chronic fatigue since 2004 and has spent a lot of time with other health professionals. This has lead to Steph widely expanding her knowledge on a variety of health conditions and her practice as a physiotherapist evolving to become a much broader and holistic approach to treatment.


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Director and lower limb enthusiast at the ACPAC

  • Graduated from Podiatry in 2011
  • Founder of Melbourne Sports Podiatry in 2014
  • Podiatry Tutor and Supervisor at the University of Latrobe 2014-2017
  • Running Coach for Lululemon
  • Accredited in Lower limb dry needling and soft tissue release

The other side to Steve

  • The eldest of 3 Steven is wrapped around his little sister’s finger
  • Has legs under his armpits and can run seriously quick
  • Worst injury – Stress fractures in the back, Hip and hand operation
  • Sporting History – Karate, Athletics, AFL and Cricket.
  • Does not have a foot fetish

Why did you become a Podiatrist?

Podiatry was a course that allowed me to focus on lower limb movement. With a love of running, Podiatry complemented my personal training qualifications to have a balance between providing strength and conditioning to my clients, as well as having the formal skills to alter bio-mechanics and release tension. This ultimately helps to alleviate pain and encourage better movement for all types of people, not just athletes.


    Podiatrist and Founder
  • Michael
    Masters in Osteopathy
  • Simon
    Masters in Osteopathy
  • Steph
    Specialised Sports Physiotherapist
    Podiatrist and Founder
  • Michael
    Masters in Osteopathy
  • Simon
    Masters in Osteopathy
  • Steph
    Specialised Sports Physiotherapist


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