About Us

Craig Steventon

Craig graduated with an Honours degree in 1993 and later completed a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2006. He has worked in the area of orthopaedic surgery since 1997 in a variety of settings including public hospitals, private hospitals, and private practices. He has also worked with football clubs in the EFL and junior Victorian soccer teams. He has a special interest in lower limb injuries, largely due to the many knee injuries he sustained in his younger years! He joined The Avenue Physiotherapy Centre practice in 2002, and then in 2007 became the principal physiotherapist. Since taking the position he has juggled his time as a clinician, practice manager and owner, and has gathered together a strong team of therapists with a wide range of specialties.

Scott Cuffe

Scott holds two degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Science with Honours (majoring in Skeletal Muscle Physiology) in 1999, and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002. After graduating he worked at the Royal Melbourne Hospital specializing in orthopaedics and emergency physiotherapy. He then moved to the UK for 2 years and managed an orthopaedic physiotherapy department at an NHS expansion hospital. Scott has been working at The Avenue since early 2009 and became a part owner in the practice in 2015.

Lyn Watson

Lyn is the specialist shoulder physiotherapy consultant to the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group, and is also a clinical specialist at Lifecare Prahran. She is a consultant to many national and international sporting teams and individuals. Her patients include the Australian cricket team, several AFL players, Olympic swimmers, national beach volleyball players, rowers and professional tennis players. Lyn is a nationally and internationally renowned lecturer on shoulder physiotherapy.

Simon Balster

Simon holds two Honours degrees, in Science and Physiotherapy. For many years, he has worked alongside Lyn Watson and has developed his skills in assessing, diagnosing, treating and managing the full spectrum of orthopaedic shoulder problems. He works closely with surgeons around Melbourne and often attends surgery with Shane Barwood and Greg Hoy. In addition to his clinical practice Simon is involved in many research programs leading to publication in many peer-reviewed journals. He has also been involved in lecturing, teaching and tutoring on a variety of shoulder topics.

Hamish Anderson

Hamish Anderson graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Science in occupational Therapy in 1995. After graduating, he worked in New York, and it was here over the next 5 years that he developed his focus on the management of hand injuries. In 2001 he qualified as a Certified Hand Therapist, which is the highest international recognition of hand therapy skills available.

After taking a sabbatical in 2012 to travel around Australia with his family, Hamish resumed his private practice with us at The Avenue Physiotherapy Centre. He has now strengthened his interest in sports medicine further to include working for the Hawthorn Football Club as their resident hand therapist, as well as being the hand and upper-limb research co-ordinator for Mr. Greg Hoy, orthopaedic surgeon.

Ross Lenssen

Ross Lenssen graduated in Auckland, New Zealand in 2008 and relocated to Melbourne to commence working with Lyn Watson and Simon Balster. He works at The Avenue Physiotherapy Centre on Tuesdays.

Ross commenced working with the special interest in managing shoulder and neck injuries. Ross has had a close working relationship with Lyn Watson since early 2009. Lyn has closely mentored Ross with regards to diagnosing and managing shoulder injuries. Ross is now a well-established shoulder physiotherapist.

Ross has facilitated Lyn with her PhD research and is a regular tutor at the courses she teaches. Ross has developed relationships with shoulder surgeons in Melbourne and particularly at the Melbourne Orthopaedic Group. Ross manages many of Lyn Watson's clients particularly when she is away teaching or is temporarily unavailable.

Ross has commenced his own Doctorate on shoulder dysfunction, which he started in 2013. Ross also has assisted with another PhD through La Trobe University. The PhD is a randomised controlled trial about multi-directional instability of the shoulder.

James Malvaso

James completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University in 2011 and has been part of the Avenue Physiotherapy Group since 2012. With experience in private practice as well as in-patient rehabilitation, James enjoys the challenge of helping his patients return to their normal function. From his sporting background, he has developed a keen interest in the biomechanical assessment and treatment of sporting injuries. James has treated an extensive range of conditions, from post-surgical rehabilitation to patients with acute injuries and chronic pain.

Charlotte Ganderton

Charlotte graduated as a physiotherapist with honours from La Trobe University. Charlotte has a particular interest in the treatment and management of shoulder pathology. Charlotte is currently undertaking a PhD investigating the effectiveness of interventions for post-menopausal women with greater trochanteric pain. She has received numerous awards for her research and has published papers and presented at national conferences in the musculoskeletal management of the shoulder. Away from the practice, Charlotte enjoys keeping fit, travelling and catching up with friends and family.

Imogen Quinn

After studying at Monash University Imogen moved into administration roles throughout Melbourne and successfully managed a large business in the CBD for four years in between doing seasonal work at Mt Buller. She then travelled and worked in Japan for eight months returning mid-2016. Imogen started with The Avenue Physiotherapy Centre in September 2016 as the secretary.