Allied Health

Allied Health

Allied Health

Our approach is to deliver the best service every single time you visit us at Shire Doctors and Dentists. We have brought together a highly experienced and very passionate team who share the same vision towards healthcare and patient wellbeing.

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Mitch Holdsworth​

Mitch completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at University of Sydney in 2016. 

Since then, he has been practicing around Sydney, helping his patients recover from their musculoskeletal conditions. He has a strong interest in sports rehabilitation, previously working with the NRL and international cricket teams. Mitch also works within the occupational sector providing workplace training, injury prevention programming and treating injured workers. 

When we asked Mitch why he loves being a physiotherapist he said, ‘I just want to assist people to get the best out of themselves, and to be able to do all the things they like without having to deal with the pain or burden of their injuries!’

John Abd-Mariam​

John  (Ozjam Pysio)  BSC (Hons) MAPA is a highly skilled Physiotherapist & Sports Specialist with over 20 years’ experience both in Australia & the UK. During this time, he has been responsible for hospital Physiotherapy Teams, Emergency Departments, Stroke Units, Rehabilitation Units and Geriatric Wards.

He has completed Post Graduate Masters modules in Orthopaedic Medicine and Elderly Rehabilitation. John’s experience covers a broad range of Physiotherapy, with a particular focus in the treatment of headaches, neck/jaw/back and shoulder pain, chest physiotherapy, balance & falls prevention strategies.

John holds two black belts in different martial arts.  He also enjoys chess, which he has competed in at an international level.

Dr Hassan Kafagi​

Dr Hasan Kafagi successfully graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelors degree in Health Science and a Masters Degree in Podiatric Medicine.

He is a passionate practitioner specialising in all aspects of lower limb biomechanics in both adults and paediatrics patients. He is highly qualified and committed to assisting patients in achieving the best possible health outcomes in terms of improved lower limb biomechanics, improved balance and posture aiding to enhance their physical mobility as well as the quality of life. 

Alyssa Payne
Consultant Dietician

Alyssa has been an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) for 10 years and holds a full membership with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Since 2014, she has worked in an assortment of environments including medical centres/general practices, home visits, retirement villages, nursing homes and a private hospital. In each environment Alyssa provides dietary services privately, through Medicare, and Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA). Both Face-to-face and Telephone consults are available.

A Dietitian can offer advice on the following areas:

  • General healthy eating
  • Weight management
  • Diabetes and Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • High Cholesterol
  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
  • Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition Support
  • Malnutrition
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Constipation
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Crohns Disease
  • Gastric Reflux

Dr Rosanna Francis
Clinical Psychologist

Dr Rosanna Francis is a Clinical Psychologist who believes in the inner strength of the individual. She works with that strength to help each client recognise & build up their resilience to live a more comfortable, meaningful, realistically fuller life.

Rosanna completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology and her PhD at the University of Sydney. She has worked as a psychologist for over 20 years, using evidence-based treatments to treat a diverse range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, stress, complex PTSD and relationship issues across the lifespan. She has used her clinical research to develop & refine her own clinical art form in practice.

Rosanna has a special interest and experience in treating generalised anxiety, particularly in individuals who, although high functioning, struggle with severe anxiety that is often accompanied by comorbid disorders, and leads to burn out at work, study, and in their everyday life.

Rosanna is warm and empathetic. She provides a treatment experience that helps individuals take charge of their life by understanding their struggles within a holistic framework, tapping into their own strengths and learning new skills and strategies to help them move forward.

Dr Alexandra Clark
Clinical Psychologist

I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist (ClinPsyD) in the UK in 2018. I have spent the past 15 years working in various mental health services predominantly for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) including, Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Adult and Older Adult inpatient and outpatient services, a high-risk offender rehabilitation service and now private practice.

I am gentle, warm and nurturing Clinical Psychologist. I believe in a holistic mind-body approach to not only overcome life’s challenges, but to help support people to make lasting changes on a psychological, emotional, and physiological level.

My special interests are (but not limited to):

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic stress
  • Trauma
  • Complex trauma
  • Attachment difficulties and relationship problems
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Grief, loss, adjustment issues

I am an experienced clinician providing comprehensive psychological assessments, individualised formulations, and a range of evidence-based treatments to suit the needs of my clients. I use the following therapeutic modalities; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), interpersonal therapy, systemic family therapy strategies, attachment focused parenting guidance, and body-based techniques.