Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology) – University of the Sunshine Coast
Master of Sport and Exercise Science – University of the Sunshine Coast
Diploma of Business (Human Resources)
Certificate IV Business (Human Resources)
I love dancing… blues, ballroom, swing… love it!
I also love the outdoors and relish time spent bush-walking, though I’m probably just as happy to curl up with a book.
I also play board games competitively once a month.
For the better part of a decade before becoming an EP, I worked as a disability support worker. That’s what inspired my passion for helping people to achieve their goals and live their life to their full potential.
I love working with people living with disability and chronic disease, I especially love being able to help them learn or re-learn something that enables them to be more independent and enjoy their day to day more.
I”m really confident working within the realm of back pain, neuromuscular diseases and disabilities, including working with those who are non-verbal or have behavioural disabilities.
I lived with chronic pain for 5 years so I feel I have an understanding or insight that enables me to empathise, educate and prescribe exercise to individuals who live with chronic pain.
I think that there are a lot of benefits for patients at multidisciplinary practices who really benefit from having multiple experts oversee their care; and I felt that I could learn a lot from working with osteopaths and myotherapists. I think that MOH has a unique skill mix and a great team of people.
Marissa is an Accredited Exercise physiologist here at Melbourne Osteohealth, after having recently relocated from the Sunshine Coast. She completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast and then undertook a research project exploring the exercise perceptions and exercise participation of individuals living with a neuromuscular condition known as Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type II. Marissa was recently awarded her Masters degree for this research.
Marissa worked as a disability support worker for 9 years, prior to and during her studies. She worked with children and adults who had a wide range of disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury and neuromuscular disease. She is passionate about working with individuals living with disabilities, sub-acute and chronic disease. She enjoys helping people to achieve their goals and live their life to their full potential, including improvements to functional ability and reductions in pain.
Outside of exercise physiology, Marissa enjoys blues dancing and bush-walking.
Marissa is registered with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).