Our Team

Larry Cohen : Principal Physiotherapist (PhD)

Larry is a highly skilled physiotherapist who specialises in treating back and neck pain, postural issues and scoliosis. He had a PhD from Sydney university researching sagittal spine posture and is certified in the Schroth Method according to Barcelona / Rigo principles and through the Egoscue University. Larry has a background in elite gymnastics and springboard diving and also has many years experience in endurance running and triathlons. His specialist knowledge and techniques have seen him appointed as a gymnastics coach and physiotherapist at both the Olympics Games and Special Olympics.

Qualifications:

  • B.Sc (Physiotherapy)
  • M.Sc. (Exercise Physiology)
  • PhD (Sydney University)
  • Advanced Certificates in Schroth (BSPTS) and Egoscue University (PAS) and SEAS.
  • Larry is Level II certified (advanced) in the conservative treatment of Scoliosis based on the BSPTS principled Schroth Method. The training was conducted by Dr Manuel Rigo of the Barcelona School at Scoliosis Rehab Inc in Wisconsin. He has completed his SEAS scoliosis treatment training at ISICO in Milan. Larry has also spent time observing Dr Rigo in the Barcelona clinic.
  • Larry also has advanced certificates in shoulder treatment, posture alignment therapy and acupuncture.

His passion and driving philosophy is about achieving the best outcomes for his patients utilising an amalgam of the latest techniques and theories while recognising there may sometimes be a need for invasive procedures. Where deemed appropriate Larry will then refer to a specialist. To further his holistic understanding and approach, Larry maintains a clinical and research interest in Spinal Deformity and regularly attends and speaks at international conferences and courses and clinics. He is on the board and education committee of SOSORT and is a member of the Spine Society of Australia.  Fun fact: Larry is learning how to surf – so be careful next time you go to the beach!

Shana-Lee Abkin: Physiotherapist 

After graduating from the University of Sydney, Shana-Lee worked in various hospitals in ICU, Orthopedics, Neuro Rehab, Pediatrics, Ortho Rehab, Hydrotherapy, and outpatients. Shana-Lee, like Larry, has a background in elite gymnastics and sports aerobics and is internationally certified in the BSPTS principled Schroth method of scoliosis treatment as well as advanced training in women’s health related issues.

Shana-Lee is one of Australia’s most highly qualified physiotherapists to address pregnancy-related pelvic, back and postural pain, Mastitis, dysfunction, and Scoliosis.
Fun fact: Shana-lee is a qualified coach in women’s artistic gymnastics .In her spare time, Shana-Lee loves spending time with her husband and her three sons. When she is not running after her boys, she enjoys running and swimming and hopes to start training for another marathon soon.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney
  • Schroth Certified (Conservative Management of Scoliosis) in Wisconsin USA by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physiotherapy School
  • Women’s Health Certifications for treating Incontinence, Prolapse, Pelvic Pain, and Pre and Postnatal women’s health related issues
  • Dry Needling Level 1 Certificate
  • Sarah Key’s Level 1 Certificate
  • Senior First Aid
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Coach
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Judge

 

Aimee Peek

Aimie Peek: Advanced Practice Physiotherapist

Aimie is from the UK with a specialist interest in treating headaches, migraine and neck pain. Aimie graduated as a physiotherapist in 2006 at the University of West of England, then completed her Master’s in Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2013 from the University of Birmingham, gaining admission to the highly accredited International Federation of Orthopedic Manual Therapists (IFOMPT). During this time she continued working as a clinical specialist and advanced practice physiotherapist treating people with headaches, migraine, spinal and upper limb conditions.

Aimie then moved to Sydney to complete her PhD on Brain neurochenicals in migraine, headache and pain at the University of Sydney in 2022 winning a highly regarded university prize for her thesis, and multiple awards both nationally and internationally for her research presentations. 

Aimie combines her clinical work treating patients with lecturing and ongoing research. Aimie lectures on Undergraduate, Masters and the new Doctor of physiotherapy degrees at the University of Sydney, and previously since 2012 at the University of Birmingham and Southampton in the UK.

Aimie’s research continues to use advanced brain imaging techniques to better understand mechanisms of migraine and headache and how these effect the development of migraine, treatment response and their relationship to clinical tests that are used day to day in clinics such as Uprightcare. She also sits on the scientific panel for the Australian Pain Society

Fun fact: Aimie has a completely irrational fear of fish, however, has managed to use self-hypnosis to overcome this to complete her diving training up to advanced open water, and complete two shark dives in Fiji.

Qualifications

  • PhD- University of Sydney- 2022
  • MSc Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy -University of Birmingham-2013

  • BSc Hons Physiotherapy – University of the South West of England-2006

  • Acupuncture- AACP- 2015

  • Injection therapy- University of Southampton- 2013 (UK only)

  • Non- medical prescribers course- University of South West of England- 2017 (UK only)

  • ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage- 2004

Niki Hauer: Remedial Massage Therapist, Exercise and Rehab, Yoga + Aerial Yoga Teacher 

Niki is a qualified hatha yoga teacher. She is a part of the Australian Natural Therapists Association and her qualifications include training in Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapy. She works in conjunction with our physios to deliver holistic care for our patients, especially those in chronic pain.

MASSAGE: Remedial massage can help to manage and relieve injuries, release muscle tension, increase blood flow and increase relaxation. Click here to learn more about Niki’s remedial, sports and Swedish massages.

YOGA: Niki’s style is relaxed and fun and focuses on flexibility, core strength, balance and relaxation through movement. Niki’s classes also feature breath-work exercises (pranayama) and mindfulness techniques.  UprightCare is one of the only physiotherapy clinics using aerial yoga as an adjunct to treatment. Niki works with our physiotherapists to help patients with injuries as well as function and mobility issues. Click here to learn more about our yoga classes

Fun fact: Niki loves surfing and doing the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Remedial, Sports and Swedish Massage Therapy
  • Hatha Yoga Teacher + Children’s Yoga Teacher
  • Yoga for Trauma + Pain Management Training
  • AntiGravity Aerial Yoga Teacher
  • Member of the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA)
  • First Aid, CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Certificates

 

Carol Power, Larissa Cohen and Mags Moloney: Key Support

Carol, Mags and Larissa are the backbones of UprightCare and help to support our team and our wonderful patients.