UPDATE: March 2022: We are open for all physio services , telehealth appointments and group classes. All our staff are triple dose vaccinated.

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Rakesh Parsotam

Principal Physio / Physio Manager

Special interest:

  • Myofascial Pain Syndromes
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Postural dysfunction
  • Complex/Chronic Conditions
  • Sports and Spinal rehabilitation
  • Dry needling/Traditional Chinese Acupuncture

Rakesh joined SMP in 2012 and comes to us from Auckland, New Zealand. He graduated from the University of Otago in 2001 and has worked in various private practices throughout New Zealand.

Rakesh held a brief position in Melbourne in 2004 before returning to New Zealand to complete his postgraduate study in acupuncture (traditional Chinese). In 2008, he furthered his acupuncture study, by completing a Certificate in Clinical Acupuncture, at the Nanjing International Acupuncture Training Centre in China. Rakesh then went on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Acupuncture in 2012. The complementary balance of Eastern and Western medicine enables Rakesh to provide a more holistic approach in the treatment and management of his clients.

Rakesh is a very keen sportsman with a great interest in hockey. Highlights have included playing semi-professional hockey in Belgium and playing state level hockey in the NZ National Hockey League. Rakesh also enjoys DIY handyman work as well as embracing the Melbourne food and coffee culture!

Meet more of the team

Andrew Kantor

principal physio / director

Leader . Father . Cyclist . Traveller

Andrew completed his Physiotherapy degree in 1999 at LaTrobe Uni. In his early career he held positions at Royal Melbourne, Royal Darwin and Royal London Hospitals developing a broad knowledge base and appreciation of collaborative teamwork. Outside the hospital setting Andrew maintained a passion for musculo-skeletal physiotherapy and sports medicine which lead him to South Melbourne Physio.


Lionel Mawditt


Inquisitive. Determined. Light-hearted. Empathetic

Lionel enjoys working with a diverse caseload of athletes of all levels, adolescents, and various neurological presentations. His experience and passion for cycling allows him to provide great bike fits and advice on improving performance.


Rakesh Parsotam

Principal Physio / Physio Manager

Mentor . Holistic . Facilitator . Adventurer

Rakesh has over 19 years of Physiotherapy experience after University of Otago in 2001.
Rakesh has furthered his studies in Australia and China, takes a holistic approach in the treatment and management of his clients.


Emma Tebbutt

Senior physio / Pilates manager

Active . Motivator . Dog-lover . Happy

Emma’s special interests lie in the prevention and treatment of sporting injuries and is a nationally endorsed provider of the Netball Australia’s knee program. She also enjoys treating the wide variety of conditions that ‘walk through the door’.