Our physio's are highly experienced and are committed to improving the overall health and fitness of men & women.


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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.

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Nikki Katz

Paediatric Physiotherapist
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (La Trobe University)
Masters of Medical and Health Law (Melbourne University)

Nikki works at NEST Elsternwick on Thursday's and offers home visits on Wednesday's & Thursday's

Professional background/experience:

Nikki has worked as a paediatric physiotherapist since graduating from university over 10 years ago. She has a passion for working with infants, children and their families and has drawn a lot from her role as a mother of two young children.
Nikki has extensive experience with a large variety of paediatric conditions, acquired through her work at three of the largest children’s hospitals in Australia, namely the Royal Children’s Hospital, Monash Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Professional interests and expertise:

She has a passion for treating patients with chronic respiratory concerns, including those with Cystic Fibrosis and continues her work at Monash Children’s Hospital in this field. She also has a keen interest and a great deal of experience treating young children with developmental delay or requiring neuro-developmental input as well as those requiring treatment for plagiocephaly (mis-shapen head), idiopathic toe-walking, low muscle tone and co-ordination concerns.

Nikki believes treatment should be fun and engaging for children, using play-based activities to achieve the outcomes required. She has a family centered approach to care and helps build confidence in parents to assist their children in achieving the desired goals.