Laurie Farrow

Laurie graduated 30 years ago from W.A.I.T. now Curtin University.

Laurie’s office bearing includes past President of OT Australia WA, past and current member of the OT National Council, a current member of the Registration Board, an adjunct senior lecturer at James Cook University and part time lecturer at universities throughout the nation. Laurie conducts post graduate courses in Functional Soft Tissue Medicine which has been running since 1994, in Perth, Townsville, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne and Brisbane, and is currently certificated through James Cook University in Townsville.

Laurie has spoken at many conferences worldwide and most recently spoke as guest of honor at the Singapore Malaysian OT Symposium in Langkawi and at the All India OT Conference in India. Laurie is regularly asked to speak to corporate industry in relation to optimizing executive performance and also has strong links with the corporate sector throughout Australia.

Laurie’s awards include: Occupational Therapy “Entrepreneur of the Year Award” 1994: Australian Gymnastics Association “Official of the Year” 1998: the “Australian Sports Medal” 2000 as part of the Australian Honours List. Laurie has represented Australia as treating practitioner at 8 World Championships and is currently the Managing Director of Health Central Occupational Therapy International.

Laurie has treated the elite athletic fraternity since the early 1990’s, treating professional ballet dancers and contemporary dancers, professional basketball players from the NBL and ex NBA, soccer players, gold medal Olympians in sailing, national track and field athletes, professional artistic skaters, badminton players, boxers etc.

Laurie also treats many of the professional musicians, dancers and singers who undertake concert tours to Perth.

Brett Zani

Brett is a Senior Occupational Therapist and has been treating at Health Central OTI since 2003 with a focus on sports and dance injury and improving athletic performance. Brett also has a particular interest in post surgical rehabilitation, frozen shoulder treatments and postural correction programs.

Brett treats clients from the SBL, NBL, WNBL, WAAPA, Youth Ballet WA and numerous other dance schools and sporting clubs in the greater metropolitan area. He is also available for seminars on a range of topics such as sports injury prevention and corporate health and he has helped design injury management programs for multiple sports clubs and recreation centres.

Brett graduated from Curtin University in 2003 and has completed post graduate soft tissue courses as well as facilitated soft tissue education seminars and tutorials. For over a decade he has supervised Occupational Therapy students and continues to do so. In 2007 Brett was awarded the Curtin University Fieldwork Supervision Award for his dedication to teaching and achieving high outcomes with students. Brett currently implements the Level One professional development program at Health Central OTI Brett is also the Chairman of the Noonan Syndrome Awareness Association (NSAA); a not-for-profit that works to increase awareness of Noonan Syndrome, reduce misdiagnosis rates and facilitate access to services.

Melissa Dougall

Melissa graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her degree she was to gain valuable experience working in soft tissue, aged care, paediatrics, disability, neuroscience, mental health and ergonomics.

Through an extensive background in ballet, contemporary and flamenco dance, Melissa achieved her Certificate IV in Dance and Performance, Advanced Primer Ano (Spanish Dance Society) and was awarded at the RAD Festival – Best Artistic Interpretation. Melissa was offered multiple scholarships throughout Europe, where she decided to live and study full-time, continuing her classical, neo-classical and contemporary training at the Academie de Danse Princess Grace – Monte Carlo. As part of her tenure, she worked with companies such as L’Opera de Monte-Carlos and Ballet Nice Mediterranean, and choreographers such as Jeroen Verbruggen.

Melissa has personally experienced the benefits of soft tissue treatment through injury management and prevention, and sports enhancement. She particularly found it key in helping her reach her full potential as a dancer.

Through Melissa’s comprehensive knowledge and experience gained as a dancer at an elite level, in conjunction with her studies in occupational therapy, she hopes to make a positive impact treating and helping other athletes, dancers and sports men and women. Helping them reach their potential through injury prevention, understanding their anatomy and physiology, mental health, nutrition and general well-being.

Melissa’s passion is helping people of all ages and interests achieve their goals, dreams and aspirations.

Jade Macdonald – Razvi

Jade graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout her studies, she gained valuable experience in soft tissue therapy, spinal rehabilitation and health promotion & vocational rehabilitation.

Due to participating in high-level swimming and tennis over the course of 15 years, Jade has experienced multiple injury setbacks whereby soft tissue therapy and a holistic approach aided her recommencement of optimal performance. The mental and physical challenges that Jade faced during these times allowed for personal growth.

Jade is enthusiastic in forever evolving her knowledge and strategies in regard to soft tissue while educating clients on holistic approaches to reach optimal physical, mental and emotional performance. In order to achieve this, she will help her clients recognise and practice correct routines, injury prevention, pre/during/post occupation habits, pain and tension relief, nutritional guidelines and breathing strategies through the recognition of diagnosis.