Our Team

Recovery is team work

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. We pride ourselves in having excellent communication between our team members to ensure a smooth transition across our services.

Orsi Kokai

Orsi Kokai

Director, Principal Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor

Orsi is a German trained physiotherapist with a special interest in cancer care and lymphoedema management. She has been working as a clinician for over 15 years and is considered an expert in her field. She completed her Higher Degree by Research Master’s at The University of Sydney in 2020, investigating upper limb lymphoedema and compression. Orsi 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.

Tineke Rietveld

Tineke Rietveld

Senior Massage Therapist

Tineke obtained her Remedial Massage qualifications at the Australian College of Natural Therapies and further studied Oncology Massage in 2014 in order to provide safe treatment for patients living with cancer or with an illness that compromises the immune system.

Early 2019 Tineke undertook studies in lymphoedema management to broaden her skills and services to her patients. Tineke is passionate about combining Ancient Eastern Wisdom with Contemporary Western Health Science and is guiding every patient towards a more balanced unity of mind, body and spirit with her consistent levels of dedication and genuine care. She is a professional member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)

Clare Landy

Clare Landy

Senior Physiotherapist, Massage Therapist

Clare 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. Clare is a member of the International Society for Oncology Massage and the Australasian Lymphology Association. She is available for in-clinic sessions and home visits.

Catalina Llanos

Catalina Llanos

Physiotherapist

Catalina 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. She 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.

Vanessa Valenzuela

Vanessa Valenzuela

Massage Therapist, Yoga and Pilates Instructor

Vanessa has been living in Sydney since 2016. From a very young age, in her home country Chile, she has been interested in fitness and wellness. Over the years her passion for yoga and Pilates has grown stronger, and she decided to deepen her knowledge by studying at The Sports Fitness College. She successfully completed a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy and a Certificate IV in Yoga Teacher training. Vanessa is also a certified mat work Pilates Instructor.

Vanessa is passionate about providing well-rounded classes, targeting each person’s specific needs and tailoring sessions to the individual through using a holistic approach.Vanessa is a fully registered member with the ATM.

Alison Millward

Alison Millward

Practice Coordinator

Alison (Allie) came on board in July 2021 to support our team as a part-time practice coordinator. Allie is a qualified personal trainer and ran a successful business for over 15 years, supporting clients achieve their fitness goals. She has maintained her 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.

Allie worked as a medical receptionist for eight years and knows how to effortlessly navigate the behind the scenes of a clinic life.  She is energetic and highly motivated. Allie creates a happy atmosphere at our reception due to her easy-going and down to Earth demeanour. Allie loves the great outdoors and spending quality time with her family on their little sailboat or going for long walks with her dog.

Nicolette Duncan

Nicolette Duncan

Practice coordinator

Nicolette has recently joined our team in February 2021 and has spent the last 9 years working with various Physiotherapy Practices around Australia in several roles, including practice management and accounts. She has a love for people and enjoys customer service roles and has a fine attention to detail. Nicolette also has a background in Aged Care, which she found very rewarding for 10 years.

Nicolette loves travel and learning languages and is currently learning Thai. She is also kept very busy doing volunteer work in her spare time.

ORSI is a member of the Australian Lymphology Association
ORSI is a member of the Australian Lymphology Association
ORSI is a member of the Australian Lymphology Association
ORSI is a member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
ORSI is a member of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
ORSI is a member of the Australian Lymphology Association

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