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Genia Barmakov

Physiotherapist & Acupuncturist
M.A.P.A, A.C.C.M.A

Genia works at our Elsternwick clinic on Tuesday's (9.00am-5.30pm), Wednesday's (1.30pm-6.00pm) and Friday's (9.00am-1.00pm).
Genia works from the rooms at Monash Obstetrics on Wednesday mornings from 9.00am-12.30pm.

Professional background/experience:

I have graduated as a Physiotherapist from Latrobe University in 2000.   My special interest in Women’s health started shortly after when I got a graduate position at Royal Women’s Hospital.  Since then I have also completed postgraduate studies in Women’s Health at Melbourne University and I have over 15 years of experience working in the areas of continence, pelvic floor dysfunction and perinatal musculoskeletal conditions.  I am a keen advocate of exercise to optimise a health through all life stages and I have many years of experience in teaching Clinical Pilates as well as general exercise classes.   Recently I have completed my Masters in Applied Science at RMIT majoring in TCM Acupuncture, which I use to complement my Physiotherapy skills.
I have worked in both private and public sectors in Australia as well as in Europe (The Netherlands), working as a Physiotherapist, a Clinical Pilates Instructor as well as an Acupuncturist.
I am a member of Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and Women’s Health Special Group, a member of Continence Foundation Australia as well a member of Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA).  I am also very active in ongoing education as I believe it enhances my practice, providing best care according to the up-to-date evidence-based medicine and years of professional clinical experience.

Professional interests and expertise:

  • Musculoskeletal conditions common in perinatal period such as Pelvic Girdle pain, back pain, carpal tunnel etc
  • Abdominal separation/diastasis
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Pelvic pain and sexual dysfunction
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Chronic pain
  • Education and training on TENS for labour
  • Exercise in pregnancy and postnatal period
  • Breastfeeding issues – blocked ducts, mastitis, poor supply
  • Teaching use of TENS for labour
  • Exercise for older women – during premenopausal and postmenopausal time
  • Acupuncture for fertility, during pregnancy and postnatal recovery as well as for general musculoskeletal issues and general wellbeing

Personal interests outside of work:

When not working, I love spending time with my husband, my teenage son and two very active dogs.  To maintain my own well-being and life balance I enjoy my regular Yoga and Pilates exercise, I love cooking and discovering the world through travelling.