Physiotherpist- Aarvinder Sandhu
Aarvinder (Aarvi) joins the team as a graduate from La Trobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Physiology and Anatomy.
Aarvi comes with extensive clinical placement experience both at leading hospitals and also private practice settings from which he has developed his professional, technical and interpersonal abilities.
The head Physio for Brunswick Soccer Club who play in the National Premier League 2, Aarvi has also worked as a sports trainer in Footy Clubs and for Junior Victorian Metro teams where he supported at National tournaments.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Aarvi enjoys coaching at the Athletic Football Group, a skill based academy for junior soccer players, working along-side top level European club coaches.
An avid sportsman, Aarvi has played elite soccer in Victoria, representative soccer and Rugby in NSW and participated in Touch Rugby at multiple University Games. His passion for sport is undeniable.
He is also a great advocate of health and well-being exemplifying discipline as a fitness and gym enthusiast.
Assoc Prof Shiran Wijeratne
In March 2014 Assoc. Prof. Shiran Wijeratne joined the Werribee Mercy Hospital, as a General Surgeon with thirteen years’ experience and a Senior Staff Specialist of the growing Mercy Surgical Department. Overall his medical career spans seventeen years.
He obtained his Medical degree from University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka in 1997. He finished his advanced training in General Surgery in 2005 in Sri Lanka and obtained Masters in Surgery and Life membership of College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka. He also obtained Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2011, Fellowship of International College of Surgeons (FICS) in 2010 and Membership of Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) in 2008. He has also obtained Membership of Australia and New Zeeland Hepato Pancreatic Biliary Society (ANZHPBA) and Accreditation of Gastro Oesophageal Society of Australia (GESA) for Gastroscopy and Colonoscopy.
Speech Pathologist- Kamini Jaganathan
Kamini Jaganathan - Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, Member of Speech Pathology Australia
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BBiomedSc), Master of Speech Pathology (MSpPath)
Kamini completed her Master of Speech Pathology at Curtin University in 2011. She has a growing wealth of knowledge and experience through her years of working in hospitals, community organisations, and private clinics. Kamini has extensive experience working with children diagnosed with varying severities of feeding difficulties, communication disorders, developmental delays, complex medical and neurological conditions, and disability including Down’s syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Kamini is has completed a range of professional and specialised training including Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk and More Than Words), Talk Tools, Infant and Paediatric Feeding Essentials, Sequential Oral Sensory Approach (SOS), and Comprehensive Introduction to Orofacial Myology.
Kamini has expertise in providing assessment and intervention in feeding difficulties in infants and children aged 0-4 years, as well as communication difficulties in children aged 0-3 years. Areas of feeding and communication difficulties that Kamini is able to work with include:
-sucking, swallowing, and breathing coordination
-difficulties breastfeeding or bottle feeding
-coughing, choking or gagging on fluid or food
-have poor endurance or fatigue during feeding
-tongue and/or lip tie
-tube feeding, tube weaning
-difficulties transitioning to solids, texture progression
-oral motor difficulties
-fussy or picky eaters
-early communication difficulties (e.g. not responding to communication, lack of social interaction, delayed babbling or first words, delayed play skills)
Kamini is a sensitive and empathetic clinician who is especially passionate about working with children in their early years of life, and closely supporting their families. She is a strong advocate for early intervention and family-centered care. Kamini enjoys working closely with families of different ethnicity and cultural backgrounds. Kamini has high regards about working within a multidisciplinary team in providing high-standards of evidence-based, holistic care for her patients. For Kamini, the best reward of her profession is the excited smiles on parents’ faces when their child makes the tiniest progress in the session. Her warm smile and friendly nature, paired with her bag of toys, are her ‘secrets’ in building a strong rapport with her clients and their families.