Some New Faces at the Clinic

We now have a physio…

Introducing Arun Asokarajan

 

Arun graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Melbourne in 2009. He is passionate about helping his patients with their injuries and pain, providing thorough evidence-based therapies. He has an excellent grasp in treating musculoskeletal conditions, with emphasis on sports and spinal therapy.

Over the past 7 years, Arun has gained invaluable experience working both in Australia and overseas. He has worked alongside collegiate level athletes at Michigan State University, and locally with Melbourne Premier League Soccer at Kingston City, AFL at Beaumaris Football Club and World University Squash Championships at Monash University. He has also worked in Occupational Health with Kinetic Health and Medibank Health Solutions.

Arun prides himself in continuous personal development to deliver high quality care to all his patients. He has completed training in Dry Needling (Levels 1 and 2), DMA Clinical Pilates (Level 1, 2 and 3 of Floor, Reformer and Trapeze) and countless Sports Medicine and Spinal courses.

Outside of Physiotherapy, Arun loves travelling and is an avid basketball enthusiast. He brings the same level of vigor and commitment with sport to his professional life. His high achieving thirst for success resonates in his patient care.

Arun is starting with us at Carrum only, however we expect to introduce physiotherapy into Hastings shortly as well.   He currently is available at Carrum on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

 

And a dietitian –

Georgia Neophytou

B.Sc.(Nurtitional Therapy), Mast.Dietetics

“Hello, my name is Georgia Neophytou and I am the newest member to Atticus Health.

I am an accredited practicing dietitian, holding a degree in Bachelor of Science (Nutritional Therapy) from Victoria University and Masters of Dietetics from Deakin University. Having recently completed my Masters in 2015, I have previous working experience at a medical clinic and nursing home within Melbourne, in which I have been able to successfully deliver individualised care to patients with various medical conditions. I am also strongly passionate about empowering and helping others develop the skills and knowledge to achieve personal goals and optimise health and wellbeing.

During the initial consultation, a nutritional assessment will be completed which will involve discussion around your history, lifestyle and dietary patterns. From here, personal goals will be discussed and using evidence-based research, individualised nutrition advice and education will be provided. Services include; general healthy eating, weight management, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, gastrointestinal conditions including irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies and intolerances.

On a personal level, I love spending time with family and friends, cooking, going to the gym and taking the family dog for walks.

I really look forward to joining the team at Atticus Health and hope to make a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.”

Georgia works with Atticus full time and consults from Somerville, Hastings and Carrum.  Getting your diet right is a fundamental part of staying well.  It’s hard to change habits sometimes, but seeing a dietitian and really giving this part of your life the focus it deserves, can pay massive dividends.  As the saying goes “you are what you eat”.   Now, here’s an article which Georgia has kindly written about carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates. Do they really contribute to weight gain?

Many fear that carbohydrates contribute to weight gain. However, both the type and amount of carbohydrates are equally important to consider. Carbohydrates from wholegrain breads and cereals, rice, pasta, legumes and lentils, starchy vegetables, fruit and dairy, provide our bodies with energy to function optimally, fibre to assist with gut health and help keep our bowels regular.  They contain a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants; have a low GI (glycemic index) – making us feel fuller for longer; may assist with diabetes and weight management; and may also help reduce cholesterol levels. For these reasons, carbohydrates from the foods mentioned have an important place in the diet. The carbohydrates that are not recommended as part of a regular healthy eating pattern and should be limited include biscuits, cakes, pastry, potato crisps, chocolate and other confectionery, ice-cream, regular soft drink and cordial, fruit juice, sugar, jam, honey and maple syrup.

It is not only important to choose the right type of carbohydrate but also the amount you eat. Like with all foods, if too much is consumed this may contribute to weight gain and make it harder to manage your weight. A tip to help control your portion sizes at lunch and/or dinner include fill half your plate with vegetables (aim for 3 different coloured vegetables), one quarter of the plate with carbohydrates (rice, pasta, noodles, potato or wholegrain bread) and one quarter with lean protein (red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes).

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