Jason Power, together with an enthusiastic and friendly family of physiotherapists and reception staff, has established a physiotherapy clinic where community is key and every client is treated as a friend as much as a patient...
Jason Power, Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
Clinic founder and pioneer of the ‘family-friendly physio’, Jason has an extremely diverse range of experience, having provided care to everyone from babies through to the elderly.
Jason began his career working across all disciplines at Princess Margaret Hospital and in the disability services arena prior to moving to the country, where his work saw him do everything from running ante natal classes to caring for nursing home residents. He even tried his hand at film production, putting together an occupational health and safety film in two languages! Since 2011 Jason has also been the Physiotherapist for the State U/12 AFL team that travels away for a week long national tournament.
This broad base of experience, combined with an enthusiasm for helping people from all walks of life is one of the reasons that Empower Physiotherapy has such an outstanding reputation across such diverse groups of clients - from new mothers and their babies through to seniors, and everyone in between.
Jason’s approach to physiotherapy is all about the people inside the bodies. He treats not just injuries and discomfort, but people – and he treats them well. Jason is like his business – hands-on and happy to help.
Midway through 2013, Jason finally managed to pursue a desire that had been with him since Empower Physiotherapy opened its doors in 2009 – the construction and integration of a purpose built Clinical Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Gym into the practice. With this facility now complete, Jason is keen to spread the word that one of the best ways to treat injuries and lifestyle health issues is to prevent them – and Empower is now equipped to provide the guidance you need.
Whilst the rapid growth of Empower means he is no longer able to see all of the clients he would like to, Jason continues to see as many paediatric clients as he can. He has a special interest in developing primary health care services for clients with lifelong health issues - an area that is really lacking in the private sector.
This has seen Empower Physiotherapy launch specific Men’s Health and Women’s Health exercise programs, DMA Clinical Pilates programs specific to hypermobile clients, and Balance and Falls Prevention programs. 2015 also saw the commencement of a broad based Chronic Pain Rehabilitation program in direct response to client need, and exciting new developments in this area.
If you manage to get him talking, and most people don't have a problem with that, you'll also find out that Jason has a beautiful wife; Jeneane; and three young sons; Matthew, Caleb, and Tomas. When not wrestling the family, he also coaches basketball, tries to find time to play his drums and guitar, and watches far too much football (c'arn the Eagles!), cricket, basketball, and MMA!
David Seneque, Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy)
David joined Empower Physiotherapy at inception and has been an integral part of building Empower Physiotherapy’s solid reputation in the community.
Along with his Physiotherapy degree from Curtin University, David is also a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.
With almost ten years of massage experience to complement his physiotherapy skills, David is known for his exceptional hands on skills and manual therapy techniques. Combining these with extensive training and experience in dry needling, DMA Clinical Pilates and exercise rehabilitation David is able to provide a holistic approach to acute or chronic injuries.
David has a passion for treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and also has a keen awareness that the health and wellbeing of the mind is just as important as the body.
David’s successful focus on treating the patient rather than just treating the injury and its symptoms is reflected in the positive outcomes for his patients and recently being nominated for the HESTA Primary Health Care Individual Distinction Award.
When not physio’ing, David is a keen participant in most sports, with a special interest in basketball, cycling and a recently acquired love of golf.
For Empower, "power to the people" is more than just an apt slogan. Home visits, community talks, along with links with local sporting clubs and schools are all examples of our commitment to social responsibility.
Timothy Henry, Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science), Honours in Sport Science (Exercise and Health), Masters of Physiotherapy
Having recently finished some 6½ years of university studies, Tim may be the newest member of Empower Physiotherapy but he is eager to prove himself just as friendly and capable as the rest of our team.
Tim initially spent four years studying at UWA completing a Bachelor of Science, Exercise and Health; rounding out his time completing an Honours year in Sports Physiology. More recently, however, Tim spent two and a half years completing a Masters degree in physiotherapy at Curtin University - gaining extensive theoretical and practical experience during this time.
Tim is very passionate about helping people reach their performance goals, having always known that he would pursue a career within the field of health. Tim enjoys using his skills and knowledge base to develop specific rehabilitation programs for a client’s individual needs, and appreciates the opportunity to work with a variety of different clients from athletes to older adults.
As well as being passionate about physiotherapy, Tim loves to challenge himself by trying new things and has several interests including playing social sports with friends, reading and cooking. He also has a guilty appreciation for all things pop culture.
Raef Hobbs-Brown, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Cert III in Fitness
Empower Physiotherapy’s resident Remedial Massage Therapist has rapidly become a favourite amongst our diverse range of clients.
Prior to completing his Diploma of Remedial Massage and Cert III in Fitness, Raef pushed his body through the rigours of professional baseball throughout Europe and in the Eastern States for 6 years, as well as playing locally for State League teams here in Perth. There is no doubt that this experience, and the many injuries and rehabilitation periods he endured for his passion, has helped him excel in his chosen field.
Raef is keenly interested in health and fitness, and his enthusiasm is contagious as he often joins the physios to discuss clients during consults. Raef has recently pushed this interest into a more formal challenge - as he has been accepted into university to pursue tertiary studies in the field. Whilst this has meant a slight decrease in Raef's availability, his clients are extremely pleased that he continues to be able to provide what has become a defining service at Empower Physiotherapy.
Raef also loves to travel, and is an avid gamer and movie buff! Test him – we dare you! No wonder he fits in so well.
Raef currently favours Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Sports Massage, Stretching, Positional Release and Rehabilitation work to achieve the best possible outcome for you. More than anything, though, Raef has a passion for improving people’s state of well being.
He looks forward to getting you back on the field in no time!
Melissa Foreman, Cert IV and Diploma of Remedial Massage
Empower Physiotherapy's new resident Remedial Massage Therapist Melissa comes to us with a wealth of work and life experience from many different fields, and is excited to finally be pursuing the career path she knew she was destined to follow – having started massaging her family from the age of 8!
With her genuine caring nature and contagious positive attitude, Melissa has been nick-named "Mumma Mel" or "Aunty Melly,” and has demonstrated an ability to communicate with and bring a smile to the faces of all she comes across – not surprising when her household currently consists of people ranging from 5 years old all the way through to 96 years of age!
Melissa’s empathy and skills as a therapist have been further developed through her own life experience. At the age of 13 Melissa was herself diagnosed with scoliosis, and Melissa's husband was a professional athlete for 20 years. Both of these circumstances have helped Melissa to develop a close understanding of the impact of pain and injury on quality of life, and the importance of appropriate massage and stretching to maximising performance both on the field and in other areas of life.
Outside of work, Melissa loves her weekly boxing and circuit training, running, swimming, and has enjoyed travel whenever possible. Her life would not be complete without music, and her friends and family are also paramount.
Melissa currently favours Swedish/Relaxation Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger Points to complement the rest of the team at Empower and bring balance to the mind, body and soul.
Melissa looks forward to meeting you all at Empower Physiotherapy and says "It's nice to be kneaded by Melissa!"