INTEGRATED HEALTH CARE FOR CANCER PATIENTS

This is who we are

Our goal is to eliminate or reduce your physical limitations and assist you to overcome any hurdles you may be experiencing as a result of your cancer treatment.

SUPPORTING YOUR RECOVERY DURING AND AFTER YOUR CANCER TREATMENT

Decades of experience
goes into your care

Oncology Recovery Services Inc. is a multidisciplinary centre that specialises in cancer care, lymphoedema management, and jaw disorders.

We have been supporting cancer patients for many years. During this time, we’ve observed and actively participated in making progress in the field. Due to the ever-increasing awareness, research and evidence, the disciplines of Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, and Exercise Therapy have become more integrated into cancer care. We believe in applying all three of these therapies to your care to best reduce or eliminate cancer treatment symptoms and side effects.

Over the years, we have developed an in-depth understanding of the physical and emotional toll cancer can take. More importantly, we have learned how best to support your recovery and help improve your quality of life. We always aim to find the right balance between managing your symptoms and providing you with encouragement and guidance.

Our Philosophy

To deliver a multidisciplinary approach to your care in a supportive environment where you can improve both your physical and emotional well-being.

Our Role

To educate, encourage,
and support you across our services
and deliver the highest standard
of care tailored
to you.

Our Goal

Our goal is to align with your goal. Usually, this involves eliminating or reducing your physical limitations and assisting you to progress safely, so you can enjoy better health and do the things you love.

TAILORED CARE FOR EACH PATIENT

Our three-step process

Assessment​

We begin your session with a thorough assessment that starts with listening to your story. We will ask questions about your medical history, work situation, hobbies, exercise regime and family situation to get a comprehensive picture. This helps us establish the right goals for you and implement the appropriate treatment steps. As part of your assessment, we may also liaise with your GP, surgeon, Oncologist or other specialists to ensure a complete medical history, which builds the foundation of the assessment. This will only happen with your consent. We sometimes use specific assessment tools or tests to investigate a specific issue. We will always explain the reason behind each tool we use and why.

Treatment

Once we clearly understand your situation, identify your limitations and establish your goals, we deliver your treatment plan, which may include one or more of our services: Physiotherapy, Massage Therapy, and Exercise Therapy. We encourage you to take an active role in your treatment. You will most likely be given self-management strategies to implement at home between your sessions with us to provide continuity and ensure a faster recovery. Should you need multiple services, we will closely collaborate with the other members of your treating team. We pride ourselves on having excellent communication between our team members so you can transition easily between therapists. Many patients see a physiotherapist first, then include massage therapy into their program as required and progress to exercise therapy. Sometimes we make recommendations to include external practitioners in your team, such as a personal trainer or an exercise physiologist, dietician, psychologist or acupuncturist. Over the years, we have established many valuable connections with health care providers in the field whose services complement ours and whose assistance you may find beneficial.

Maintenance

Some people will be required to manage the physical side effects of their cancer treatment on an ongoing basis. Together with you, we will create an ongoing management plan that suits you and your lifestyle. Teaching self-management techniques, developing individually tailored exercise programs, and providing a range of coping strategies, are all aspects of our maintenance service. Involving family, friends, or carers is often encouraged as part of the long-term management plan. We offer regular reviews to monitor your progress and modify your program accordingly to optimise treatment outcomes.

Our clinic runs regular community events and workshops to educate and empower you to be an active and informed part of your treatment.

RECOVERY REQUIRES TEAMWORK

Meet our team

We integrate multiple health care disciplines into our patient care.

We believe in a team approach, especially when overcoming the side effects of cancer treatment.

Each team member is highly skilled and has years of experience in their field.

We work very closely and practice excellent communication between therapists to ensure a smooth transition across our services.

We believe it takes a village to care for patients affected by cancer, therefore we integrate multiple health care disciplines into our patient care. Our highly skilled practitioners have years of experience in caring for cancer patients and treating people affected by lymphoedema.

Orsi Kokai | Principal Physiotherapist at ORSI

Orsi Kokai

Founder, Principal Physiotherapist
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Orsi Kokai | Principal Physiotherapist at ORSI
Special Areas of Interests
  • Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Lymphoedema Management
Techniques & Practices
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pilates

Founder, Principal Physiotherapist

Orsi Kokai

Orsi Kokai is a German trained physiotherapist with a special interest in cancer care and lymphoedema management. She has been working as a clinician for 20 years and is considered an expert in her field.

Orsi completed her Higher Degree by Research Master’s at The University of Sydney in 2020, investigating upper limb lymphoedema and compression. She is a strong advocate for the integration of physiotherapy into cancer care and is actively involved in patient and staff education at multiple hospitals across Sydney.

Orsi believes that everyone undergoing cancer treatment should have access to best practice health care and advocates a model that integrates multiple disciplines into the rehabilitation process. Oncology Recovery Services Inc. is her vision of a centre that combines experts in their field providing patient centered care with the goal to optimise long-term outcomes.

Orsi seeks to make a difference in the area of cancer rehabilitation by facilitating regular free community events and platforms to engage, educate and empower patients.

Qualifications

Orsi is a long standing member of the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and is part of the editorial committee for their medical journal.

Vanesa Valenzuela | Massage Therapist, Pilates and Yoga Instructor at ORSI

Vanesa Valenzuela

Massage Therapist, Pilates and Yoga Instructor
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Vanesa Valenzuela | Massage Therapist, Pilates and Yoga Instructor at ORSI

Massage Therapist, Pilates and Yoga Instructor

Vanesa Valenzuela

Vanesa has a passion for massage therapy and exercise therapy. She studied at The Sports Fitness College, where she successfully completed her Diploma in remedial massage and a certificate IV in Yoga teacher training. She has always been interested in the mind-body connection and is constantly learning new skills. She is a Pilates instructor, a qualification she obtained at Studio Pilates International.
Vanesa recently completed her Lymphoedema Therapy Training and is a fully registered member with MAA and covers all health funds for claiming.

Jo Sullivan | Counselor and Psychotherapist at ORSI

Jo Sullivan

Counselor, Psychotherapist
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Jo Sullivan | Counselor and Psychotherapist at ORSI

Counselor, Psychotherapist

Jo Sullivan

Jo is an experienced, warm and intuitive therapist with a special interest in holistic counselling. Jo holds degrees in psychology and physics, with post graduate qualifications in psychotherapy. She is an integrative, trauma-informed therapist, trained in Somatic Experiencing and drawing on many progressive therapeutic approaches, including Internal Family Systems, Polyvagal Theory and Attachment Theory. She has over ten years’ experience in trauma specialist services including the Royal Commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

Jo is an avid reader, an ocean swimmer and a meditator, and is inspired by the study of yoga and Eastern wisdom. She is available on Tuesdays for face-to-face counselling, with online sessions available through the week.

Qualifications

Jo is a registered clinical member of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia.

John Walton | Business Support Manager a ORSI

John Walton

Business Support Manager
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John Walton | Business Support Manager a ORSI
Special Areas of Interests

Business development

Project management

 

Business Support Manager

John Walton

John is an experienced, high performing and driven medical project manager with a strong business acumen and background in customer service, business planning, resource management, mentoring and coaching. John has an extensive background in business management having owned his own business as well as having managed a range of medical businesses since 1998. John has exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and is a great asset to our clinic.

Qualifications

MBA

MBus

Tabilla | Practice Coordinator at ORSI

Tabilla

Practice Coordinator
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Tabilla | Practice Coordinator at ORSI

Practice Coordinator

Tabilla

Tabilla joined our team in July 2022 as our casual practice coordinator. She is a high school student who is very responsible and diligent. Tabilla is polite, friendly, has great people-skills and likes to chat. Her favourite subjects at school are English and music. She plays the guitar and loves to surf.

Alison Millward | Practice Manager and Personal Trainer at ORSI

Alison Millward

Practice Manager, Personal Trainer
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Alison Millward | Practice Manager and Personal Trainer at ORSI
Special Areas of Interests
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Fitness

Practice Manager, Personal Trainer

Alison Millward

Alison Millward (Allie) came on board in July 2021 to support our team as a part-time practice manager. She had worked as a medical receptionist for eight years and knows how to effortlessly navigate the behind the scenes of a clinic life. Allie is energetic, highly motivated and creates a happy atmosphere at our reception due to her easy-going and down to Earth demeanor.

Allie is also a qualified Personal Trainer and ran a successful business for over 15 years, supporting clients achieve their fitness goals. As a Personal Trainer, Allie knows how to enhance her clients’ potential and achieve their goals through support, guidance and tailored workouts specific to their needs.

Allie has a passion for health and fitness, enjoys keeping active, and even worked as a professional abseiler for a while with a story or two to tell about her adventures. She loves the great outdoors and spending quality time with her family on their little sailboat or going for long walks with her dog.

Qualifications

  • Certificate III and IV of Fitness
  • Master Personal Trainer
Clare Landy | Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist at ORSI

Clare Landy

Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist
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Clare Landy | Physiotherapist and Massage Therapist at ORSI
Techniques & Practices
  • Lymphoedema Practitioner

Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist

Clare Landy

Clare Landy is a physiotherapist with over 25 years experience. During this time, she has helped many people overcome their physical limitations.

Clare has worked in large hospital settings as well as private practices across Australia and the USA. She has joined our team in January 2021.

Clare is an advanced lymphoedema practitioner and has a broad knowledge and ample experience when it comes to managing oedematous conditions. She has extended her skills in massage therapy while living in the USA and became passionate about providing oncology massage to cancer patients.

Qualifications

Clare is a member of the international Society for Oncology Massage (S4OM), the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).

Tineke Rietveld | Massage Therapist at ORSI

Tineke Rietveld

Massage Therapist
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Tineke Rietveld | Massage Therapist at ORSI
Special Areas of Interests
  • Lymphoedema Management
  • Teaching Oncology Massage
  • Therapeutic Touch
Techniques & Practices
  • Remedial Massage
  • Oncology Massage
  • Lymphatic Massage

Massage Therapist

Tineke Rietveld

Tineke Rietveld is a highly skilled Massage Therapist and can draw on over 10 years of experience.

She obtained her Remedial Massage qualifications at the Australian College of Natural Therapies at Torrens University in Sydney.

In 2014 Tineke undertook further studies and became a registered Oncology Massage therapist in order to provide targeted treatment for patients with a cancer diagnosis.

To further broaden her skills and services to her patients, early 2019, Tineke studied Lymphoedema Management, including Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Therapy and is a registered Lymphoedema Practitioner with the Australasian Lymphoedema Association.

Tineke is passionate about integrating the different modalities to provide the highest level of care for every patient; assisting reaching their physical goals as well as improving overall wellbeing.

Qualifications

Tineke Rietveld is a professional member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS), the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and Oncology Massage Limited (OML).

Catalina Llanos | Physiotherapist at ORSI

Catalina Llanos

Physiotherapist
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Catalina Llanos | Physiotherapist at ORSI
Special Areas of Interests
  • Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Lymphoedema

Physiotherapist

Catalina Llanos

Catalina Llanos is a physiotherapist from Chile, where she worked in breast cancer rehabilitation and obtained her postgraduate Diploma in Physiotherapy and Oncology and a Diploma in Sciences of Physical Activity.

Catalina has a special interest in lymphoedema, which led her to complete her master’s by research at The University of Sydney in 2020, looking at assessment and treatment for hand lymphoedema.

Qualifications

Catalina works as a research assistant for the Breast Oedema Program at the Breast Cancer Institute in Westmead Hospital. She completed her lymphoedema training in Sydney at Casley-Smith International, and currently holds limited registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practice physiotherapy in Australia.

Kelly May Podiatrist at ORSI | Cancer Care at ORSI

Kelly May

Podiatrist
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Kelly May Podiatrist at ORSI | Cancer Care at ORSI

Podiatrist

Kelly May

Kelly is a compassionate podiatrist who joined our team in October 2023. Since graduating in 2017, Kelly has been dedicated to evidence-based podiatry and is passionate about improving her patients quality of life through patient-centred care. Kelly understands that lymphoedema and the effects of oncology treatments can significantly impact a patients quality of life and requires specialised podiatry care. In addition to lymphoedema and oncology related foot problems, Kelly has a strong interest in diabetes, rheumatology, and biomechanics. Kelly also possesses excellent clinical skills in the treatment of skin and nail pathologies.

For more information you can visit Kelly’s website here.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Podiatry – University of Newcastle – 2017

At Oncology Recovery Services Inc.

We are here to help

Receiving treatment for cancer will change you in many ways. Be sure you reach out when you need help. There is a range of healthcare providers who are trained to assist you. We have passionate and experienced team members who can assist and guide you in the right direction.

Call us today to discuss how we can help you feel better.

Lymphoedema Therapy | Oncology Recovery Services Inc.: Cancer Care at ORSI

About Us

Oncology Recovery Services Inc. is a multidisciplinary centre that specialises in cancer care and lymphoedema management.

Clinic Hours

Monday Closed

Tuesday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Wednesday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Thursday 8:00am – 5:00pm​

Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday 8:00am – 3:00pm

Located in Sydney