Staff Profiles

All physios are trained to work with a similar philosophy, so that many patients are happy to see more than one physiotherapist and receive the same standard of treatment.

See below for a short bio of each of our professional staff.

Adam Joffe

Doctor of Physiotherapy, BAppSc

Physiotherapist

Adam has eight years of physiotherapy experience, the last six of which have been at The Joint Physiotherapy working closely with sporting injuries, spinal pain, growth disorders and post-operative patients.

This follows experience in a private rehabilitation hospital treating a variety of neurological, orthopaedic and cardiorespiratory patients as well as two years working as a personal trainer.

Over this time Adam has travelled with the Victorian Titans Women’s Softball Team around Australia as well as worked with the Australian U19 Women’s Softball Team. He is the current physiotherapist for the Bentleigh Football & Netball Club, Elite All-Stars Cheer & Dance Academy and North Caulfield Soccer Club. Adam has completed his advanced training in DMA Clinical Pilates and oversees our Clinical Pilates sessions.

Adam is the proud husband of Aimee and obsessed Daddy to Noah & Brody. He’s a mad Hawks supporter, dreamed of opening the batting for Australia and is an all-round sports nut!

Special interests: Running, hiking, camping, footy, travel and spending time with his incredible family

Bernie Simai

BSc BAppSc

Sports Physiotherapy Title Holder

Bernie has run his own practice since 1991, and, following the sale of the Mt Waverley practice in August 2011, decided on a name change for the Caulfield practice – now known as The Joint Physiotherapy.

He spent six years with AFL clubs (Melbourne and Richmond) and has travelled extensively with state and national representative teams, and was team physio for the South Dragons in the NBL. He looks after the Australian men’s softball team and has accompanied the team to many tournaments including to the world titles in New Zealand in 2008 & 2013 and Canada in 2009 & 2015. He has worked for many years with the State 2 North Caulfield soccer team.

He enjoys accurately diagnosing and successfully treating the more challenging problems that others have missed or misdiagnosed.

Bernie is very selective in appointing new staff and spends time mentoring and teaching each one. This ensures that diagnostics are accurate and treatment targeted and effective.

Special interests: Family, sport (particularly the Richmond Football Club), getting outdoors.

 

Katsu Inoue

B. Biomed, BAppSc

Physiotherapist

Katsu was originally born and raised in Japan. At the age of 12, he moved and spent 7 years in Malaysia, where his grandfather retired before he arrived Melbourne in 2009.

After completing a Bachelor of Biomedicine at Melbourne University, Katsu continued his study at Melbourne where he obtained a Doctor of Physiotherapy with distinction degree in 2014. Katsu then started his private practice career in the western suburbs prior to joining The Joint team, where he enjoyed treating a variety of musculoskeletal, sporting and occupational injuries.

Despite his not-so-tall height, he grew up playing basketball and kendo (Japanese fencing) but appreciates and enjoys all types of sports.

At The Joint, he is looking forward to promoting the wellbeing of our community and promoting awareness of what physiotherapy can do to the Japanese community because private practice physio is almost non existent back home!

Sporting interests: basketball, baseball, soccer, rugby, kendo

 

Nathan Laios

BPhysio (Hon)

Physiotherapist

Having graduated from the University of Melbourne, Nathan has worked in private practice across Melbourne gaining extensive experience in sport, spinal, post-operative and occupational physiotherapy. He recently spent two years working across both public and private sectors in London, gaining further experience in chronic pain and spinal rehabilitation.

Nathan has been actively involved with men’s State League soccer and local cricket, both as a player and physio. He has also worked with VAFA amateur football.

Back at The Joint for second time, Nathan is keen to carry on the team’s passion for optimal patient care.

Special interests: sports (cycling, football, soccer, cricket and more), travel, food and music.

 

Tamar Simai

BPhysio (Hon)

Physiotherapist

Our regular patients at The Joint Physiotherapy have likely already met our newest physiotherapist, Tamar. Formerly part of our reception team, Tamar has recently graduated with honours from Monash University and is already impressing patients with her latest evidence-based knowledge and hands on skills.

As a former state level gymnast of 10 years, Tamar has a special interest in sports injuries and helping patients return to sport. She is passionate about health and fitness, loves to hit the gym and represents North Caulfield Women’s in State League 2 soccer.

With an array of placements across Victoria and Tasmania, including a Sports Medicine Centre, Tamar has already established the foundations of a professional network. She brings the latest theory to The Joint Physiotherapy and adds a fresh female perspective to our team.