Sports Medicine Team

Dr Karen Holzer - Sports Physician

Dr Karen Holzer is an extremely experienced, accredited and well known Sports Physician based in Melbourne.

She has worked extensively with athletes at all levels, from the occasional recreational athlete through to the elite international athlete.She receives great satisfaction helping each individual at whatever level they may be, achieve their own personal goals and aspirations.

Karen is unique in that she has a PhD and post Doctorate in Exercise-induced Asthma and breathing difficulties. She is recognised world wide as a leading researcher and clinician in this area. She played a major role in the preparation and management of the Australian Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, at which the air pollution and consequent airways complications were the major concern.

Karen has worked as a team doctor for a variety of sports at the Domestic, State, National and International levels including Commonwealth Games, World Championships, and Olympic Games, an accomplishment that very few Doctors have achieved.

Unlike most Sports Physicians, Karen has a strong basis in treating both medical and musculoskeletal issues.  She has extensive experience in treating:

  1. Exercise-induced Breathing Issues
  2. Iron Deficiency
  3. Lethargy
  4. Recurrent infections
  5. Female issues – menstrual, weight, pregnancy, bone density
  6. Weight issues
  7. Tendinopathies
  8. Acute and overuse injuries

 Karen has special interests in the care, both medical and musculoskeletal, of:

  1. Endurance Athletes – open water swimmers, road cyclists, distance runners, triathletes, ironmen & women and rowers
  2. Swimmers
  3. Track and Field Athletes
  4. Track Cyclists
  5. All Ball Sports – Basketball, Football, Rugby, Soccer, Netball, Tennis & Hockey.

Furthermore, as an extension of Karen’s extensive work in cardiorespiratory performance in athletes, Karen has a special interest in altitude training and its impact on performance and VO2 max testing.

Rosie McCaughey B.Physio (Hons)- Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist Rosie McCaughey is a dedicated and experienced physiotherapist with a keen interest in sports, general musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation.

Graduating from LaTrobe University in 2007, she completed her honours research in shoulder injuries. Rosie has worked full time in private practice treating a variety of injuries including those related specifically to running, swimming, cycling, triathlon and dance, as well as general musculoskeletal disorders.

With extensive experience as a pilates clinician and a comprehensive strength and conditioning background, Rosie integrates both specialties in her treatments and approach to rehabilitation.

Rosie has a passion for running and triathlon, competing at local, national and international age group level triathlon over the past couple of years. She has a special interest in both running technique and bike set up and how these relate to injury and performance.

She is a member of Sports Physiotherapy Australia, and is involved in organising and convening professional development for physiotherapists throughout Victoria. She is committed to providing you with a high quality of care with a holistic approach.

Ben Moore Podiatrist

Podiatrist Ben Moore has been working as a Podiatrist in private practice for close to 10 years concentrating primarily on sports related injuries to the foot and lower limbs. Ben has worked with a wide variety of athletes from the novice ‘weekend warrior’ through to elite individuals and sporting teams. Ben has a keen interest in biomechanics of the foot and the whole lower limb and maintains a high standard of ongoing professional development.

Ben has a passion for running and this is reflected in the patients he treats, with many coming from both a running and triathlon background. Ben is also a sports enthusiast and follows anything and everything from running, athletics, basketball, football and rugby.

When not consulting at ESS, Ben combines his professional passion for biomechanics and treatment of sports injuries with his personal love for running, working for Mizuno Sports.

Ben is a current member of both Sports Medicine Australia, and the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.






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