About Esperance Physiotherapy

Esperance Physiotherapy was established in 1989. In 2001, the clinic was relocated to its current position, providing onsite parking, easy access for people with disabilities, individual private consultation rooms and a gymnasium for rehabilitation and work conditioning programs. It is situated in a lovely older home, with a pleasant atmosphere and great views out over the bay.

In 1999 Esperance Physiotherapy won the Esperance Chamber of Commerce award for health education in the rural sector.

In 2009, and 2015 Esperance Physiotherapy was awarded Practice Accreditation status by the Australian Physiotherapy Association under their Quality in Practice accreditation program.Practice Principals Melissa and Doug would like to welcome you to Esperance Physiotherapy

Practice principals Melissa and Doug would like to welcome you to Esperance Physiotherapy and look forward to assisting you to achieve greater physical independence.


Our Physiotherapists

Doug Cary (Practice Principal, Musculoskeletal Specialist, Dry Needling Educator, PhD Candidate)DC EP L

As a youngster, I spent many summer holidays on my Uncle & Aunties farm in Kojonup. I am reminded (as I have no personal recollection) at family gatherings, how I expressed my love for the farm and not wanting to leave, by firstly planting a cricket stump in their new leather sofa and secondly, by hiding in the pump house for 7 hours till nightfall. Later my uncle sent me a sheep's heart via Australia post for a science project and I cycled over to work the January crutching season for fun. You can imagine how I felt moving to Esperance :)

I qualified from Curtin University in 1987 and spent the next few years travelling. I spent a lot of time in the outdoors, learning skills in scuba, rock climbing, bush walking and triathlons in Tasmania, Canada, USA and Patagonia.

I returned to Australia in 1992 to complete my post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy at Curtin University and in 1995, I completed a post graduate diploma in clinical acupuncture at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine, Perth. I am a gold member of the A.P.A., titled member of the M.P.A. and was the inaugural W.A. chair of the Acupuncture & Dry Needling Group. I was the WA representative on the A.P.A. Acupuncture Working Party which finalised the A.S.G.' Guidelines for Safe Acupuncture'.

I completed my Specialisation in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in 2009 and happen to be the only rural and remote physiotherapist in W.A. who has achieved specialisation in any field. I am currently completing my PhD (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University, studying sleep patterns and their relationship to spinal pain and stiffness. I presented at the APA biennial Conference in 2011 and 2013.

Melissa Cary (Practice Principal, Titled Sports Physiotherapist) MC EP

I became a physiotherapist in 1986 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University, Western Australia. This study was furthered by doing a Postgraduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1992. I have a genuine interest in assisting people with physiotherapy and physical health. So far I have been a physiotherapist for 28 years.

At this time I was a keen sportswoman playing State League Basketball for the Perry Lakes Hawks Basketball club and being a club physiotherapist for the YMCA classic league men’s hockey team. Esperance is a fantastic sporting community and I am available to assist in diagnosing sports injuries, treating injuries and helping people with rehabilitation to get back to their sport.

Another part of physiotherapy that it is important in our community is to assist the older population of Esperance with their physical health and maintaining physical independence. There are so many practical ways to improve strength and balance and flexibility which do become increasingly more important with age. Many physical ailments can still be helped with physiotherapy treatment even as we age.

I am a gold member of the A.P.A. and a titled Sports Physiotherapist.

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I completed my graduate entry masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra following the completion of my undergraduate degree in Exercise and Coaching Science.

I received the Paediatric scholarship whilst studying and had the opportunity to spend time working in the Sydney Children’s hospital and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

I also have a passion for sports physio and previously worked with both NRL and AFL at the local and elite levels. I have coached gymnastics at an elite level in NSW and ACT and have competed as a gymnast for many years.

Professional Memberships

Our physiotherapists are members of many professional associations and special interest groups associated with the provision of client care.

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AHPRA is the national body responsible for regulation of medical and allied health practitioners under the legislation requirements. All Esperance Physiotherapy professionals maintain annual membership and professional development requirements as per AHPRA regulations.

Australian Physiotherapy Association  

The peak body representing Physiotherapists in Australia.

Sports Medicine Australia

To assist the sporting communities in Esperance we have provided for several years sports trainer courses and maintain a professional membership with Sports Medicine Australia

Our Administration Team


Gemma (Senior Administration Officer)

Gemma is one of our helpful and friendly voice who can assist you with appointments over the phone and provide you with product information. Gemma also handles our account enquiries.



Sarah (Administration Officer)sarah

Sarah is our other cheerful voice that you will hear when ringing to make an appointment or requesting additional information. In addition to appointments, Sarah can assist you with product selection and recommendation, in regards to the wide range of tape, brace, pillows and footwear that Esperance Physiotherapy has available.