Teaching Faculty


Dr Helen Clare
FACP, PhD, MAppSc, GradDipManipTher, DipPhty, DipMDT, APAM Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Helen is Practice Principal of Helen Clare Physiotherapy and graduated from Otago University, NZ as a Physiotherapist in 1975. She has lived and worked in Sydney, Australia since 1979. Helen undertook post-graduate studies through Sydney University completing her Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1983, her Masters of Applied Science in 1989 and her Doctor of Philosophy – titled ‘Evaluation of the McKenzie Method’ in 2005. She retains links with Sydney University in the role of an Associate Academic staff member, supervising graduate students. In 2009 Helen became a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Helen is a Credentialled McKenzie therapist and has a Diploma in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. She has been an Instructor with the McKenzie Institute since 1986 and is currently the only teaching member of the McKenzie Institute in Australia. She also teaches courses in the McKenzie Method internationally and to date has taught in 32 countries. She has been the International Director of Education for the McKenzie Institute International since 1999. Helen has also written or co-authored numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters on various aspects of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy.


Mark Cheel 
BAppSc (Physio), Dip MDT, APAM

Mark Graduated from Latrobe University, Melbourne in 1997 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). Since graduating, Mark has gained diverse musculoskeletal experience through both the public and private health sectors, and has also spent time working in the UK. Mark credentialled in MDT in 2011 and completed the MDT Diploma Training Program in 2013. He has also completed level 1 and 2 Acupuncture through the APA. Mark is currently a Senior Clinician Physiotherapist (Orthopaedics) at Barwon Health, Geelong and works in a primary contact role in the Emergency Department, Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy Specialist Clinics. He is an Associate Clinical Lecturer / Tutor with Deakin University School of Medicine. He is a member of the APA Emergency Department network and Acupuncture and Dry Needling Group. One of his special interests is clinical education and he has been actively involved in supervising undergraduate physiotherapy students for 11 years.

Peter Schoch
B.Physio(Hons), Dip MDT, Dip Bus, Dip Mgmt, APAM

Peter graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1995 with Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). He Credentialed in Mechanical Diagnosis &Therapy (MDT) in 2006 and completed the Diploma in MDT, in 2013; to go with his Diplomas in Business and Management. Peter has worked as a physiotherapist in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK. He currently works as the Physiotherapy Outpatient Coordinator & Advanced Practice Clinical Lead Physiotherapist (Orthopaedics / Neurosurgery) at Barwon Health, Geelong. Peter has been involved in allied health and medical student education for the past 25 years and is currently an Associate Clinical Lecturer with Deakin University School of Medicine. He is a Faculty member of the McKenzie Institute Australia and a Diploma Educator for the McKenzie Institute international. Peter has numerous publications on both clinical and health reform topics. He is a current member of the APA Musculoskeletal, Leadership and Management, Emergency Department and Orthopaedic national groups. In his spare time he enjoys a bit of surfing, bike riding and sampling decent food and wine.