Orthotics Plus - Forest Hill


Orthotics Plus - Forest Hill

Practitioners at this location

Mrs Alti Vogel

Orthotist / Prosthetist

Alti graduated from La Trobe University in 2000 after completing part of her training in the USA. She has spent the majority of her career working at the largest Orthotic facility in Australia servicing both the Sydney Childrens and Prince of Wales Hospitals. It was there that she gained a wealth of experience in paediatric work with a strong focus on cerebral palsy and other complex orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Alti moved to Melbourne in 2016 to be closer to family and has been working at St. Vincents Hospital for the past 3 years. She is involved in both acute and rehabilitation roles with particular interest in the management of stroke and spinal cord injury. Alti prides herself in taking a bigger picture approach to treatment that ensures maximum results are achieved without compromising quality of life.
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Mrs Kate Perlstein

Orthotist / Prosthetist

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics from La Trobe University in 2004. After graduating, Kate was immediately offered a one year graduate position at St. Vincent’s Public Hospital. Throughout this year, Kate was exposed to complex musco-skeletal conditions (particularly Polio) and complex custom made orthotics. This included custom foot orthoses, custom ankle foot orthoses and custom made ground reaction ankle foot orthoses. St Vincent’s Hospital is one of the only Orthotic departments in Australia to use carbon fiber and fiberglass laminates almost exclusively to create their orthoses. In 2005, Kate commenced practicing at the Alfred Hospital. During this time, she was exposed to acute trauma patients (particularly spinal fractures), some of which were life threatening. The Alfred is one of only two hospitals in Melbourne specialising in the fitting of halo-thoracic orthoses for treatment of complex cervical (neck) injuries. The orthotics department was also in charge of the outpatient fracture clinic where she gained significant experience fitting fracture casts and fracture orthoses. In 2008, Kate started work in a private orthotic facility. The primary motivator for a move to private practice was the opportunity for greater exposure to foot and ankle conditions and interaction with Orthopaedic surgeons, Rheumatologists and other referring doctors. Kate also began to develop an understanding of how to run a successful business, which she worked toward and opened her first clinic in 2012.
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