Meet our team of experienced, post-graduate trained physiotherapists, who are highly skilled and able to provide a superior level of management.

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Graeme Kelly

Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Master of Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapy

Graeme completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2003 and Master of Manipulative and Sports Physiotherapy in 2012. He has been working in private practice since 2003. Graeme has a keen interest in sports injuries and has worked with the Adelaide University Hockey club for many years and was physiotherapist for Central Districts Football Club in the SANFL between 2012-2019.

Graeme has completed further study in Pilates, pelvic and spinal injuries and has trained as an acupuncturist and dry needling therapist. Graeme specialises in neck and back injuries, sports injuries, headaches, dizziness and vestibular rehabilitation.

Graeme currently consults at our Blakeview and Angle Vale clinics.

Vlad Xia

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)
Masters of Physiotherapy (Sports)

Vlad completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 1998 and commenced working immediately in private practice. In 2002 he completed his Master of Sports Physiotherapy degree and established Physio Optimum in Blakeview.

Vlad has been involved with treating athletes of various sports including state level football, netball, softball and soccer. Vlad held the role of head physiotherapist at the Central District Football Club (SANFL) for 5 years and has also previously worked as a clinical educator for the Masters post-graduate program at the University of South Australia.

Vlad’s clinical interests include the management of lower back and pelvic pain, hamstring and sporting injuries, spinal injuries and neck related headaches. He utilises a hands on and corrective exercise approach to treating his patients with emphasis on treating the underlying causes of conditions.

Vlad has undertaken further studies in acupuncture/dry needling and Mckenzies method and is a current member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association

Vlad currently consults at our Blakeview, Angle Vale and Mawson Lakes clinics.

Yang Hiro Kim

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Hiro graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He has also completed further training in Level 1 and 2 Dry Needling.

Having played soccer and worked as a sports trainer for many years, Hiro has gained a thorough knowledge of the management of many sports related injuries. He has also developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal, sports and occupational injury conditions as well as post-surgical rehabilitation.

Hiro offers a variety of treatments in an optimal balance between manual therapy and self-management, based on his clients’ individual needs in order to help them achieve better results, faster. His client-centred and gentle approach includes joint mobilisation, trigger point and myofascial therapy, dry needling, as well as prescribing functional exercise programs.

Hiro is currently physiotherapist for PAC Old Scholars soccer team, and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association for continuing professional development.

Hiro currently consults at our Blakeview and Angle Vale clinics.

Vim Arachchige

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Vim recently graduated from the University of South Australia in 2021 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Having been a swimmer for many years, Vim has seen many sports related injuries and as a result gained valuable knowledge in examining and managing such injuries.

Vim’s approach to treatment includes manual therapy and exercise prescription with the eventual goal of self-management. He has a strong hands on approach to therapy which allows him to pinpoint problem areas and treat as required.

Outside of physiotherapy Vim enjoys going to the gym, swimming and motorsport. With a particular interest in vintage European cars.

Vim is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is also looking to broaden his skill set through ongoing professional development courses. Vim currently practices at our Blakeview clinic.

James Wood

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 

James graduated from the University of South Australia in 2022 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours.

His interests are in sports injuries and spinal conditions and he utilises a combination of hands on and manual therapies along with exercise and education to achieve the best outcomes for his patients.

James has a friendly and patient-centred approach and works with his patients to manage their pain and achieve their goals.

Outside of work, James has a keen interest in most sports and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

James is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is looking to broaden his skillset through ongoing professional development courses.

James currently practices at our Blakeview and Angle Vale clinics.

Shafaq Nisar

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)

After graduating in 2016 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Shafaq worked in a private hospital for a number of years. She gained experience treating patients with musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopaedic and paediatric conditions. She has also spent a number of years working in the aged care sector. Her clinical areas of interest are in musculoskeletal and spinal conditions. Shafaq currently reviews research articles for a physiotherapy journal in Pakistan.

Shafaq is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She is fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. Outside of work, Shafaq enjoys spending time with her young family and exploring new places.

Acupuncture & Dry Needling

Acupuncture is an effective and natural form of health care that has been around for at least 2000 years. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of fine, sterilised needles into specific acupuncture spots around the body. Acupuncture helps relieve pain, muscle tension, anxiety, stress and can promote healing of injured body tissues. Conditions that may be helped …
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At Physio Optimum, our highly trained and experienced therapists provide the highest standards of treatment and management for your condition.