Roger O'Toole is a physiotherapist with over 15 years experience, including post graduate training in advanced physiology and chronic pain management. Since 2004, Roger has focused his interest in chronic pain into headache and migraine treatment and management. This interest has involved taking on further study including completion of the level I foundation seminar and level II advanced seminar presented by the Watson Headache ® Institute. In 2013 Roger was among the first group of therapists to be a Watson Headache ® Certified Practitioner.
Roger has now acquired a unique and highly specific skill set which has culminated in the opening of a dedicated headache and migraine treatment centre in Melbourne. The Melbourne Headache Centre provides access to cutting edge manual therapy techniques, modified from traditional physiotherapy techniques, and renowned for its diagnostic accuracy and success rate in suitable clients. The clinic has now provided relief to thousands of sufferers with people travelling from all over regional Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, New South Wales, New Zealand and Colorado, USA to access treatment.
Having consulted for over 4000 hours with over 1000 clients, Roger is one of the most experienced practitioners in Australia in using the Watson Headache ® Approach. Roger's unique skill set and experience have seen him sought out by other therapists with an interest in headache and migraine. This sees Roger hosting clinicians from around Australia, New Zealand and Switzerland, in his clinic to help them better understand the role of the neck in headache and migraine, with the hope that the Watson Headache ® Approach will continue to broaden its reach.
By invitation, Roger has assisted Dean Watson on the Watson Headache ® Institute Level 1 foundation course, and in 2016 was invited to the Inaugural Headache Symposium in Sydney to present a workshop on running a Headache Clinic, and to deliver the closing remarks.
With opportunities to become involved in research Roger is extremely excited about the near future for headche and migraine sufferers, and he continues to advocate for them with regular information sessions being run in GP clinics.
Sharni Leon - Level 3 Headache Consultant (Certified Watson Headache®Practitioner)
Sharni Leon is an Osteopath with over 14 years of clinical experience, including a Masters of Health Science. Since graduating in 2001, Sharni has developed a strong interest in treating and managing patients who suffer with Headache and Migraine. She further increased her knowledge and skill set in this area by successfully completing the Level 1 foundation seminar and Level 2 advanced seminar presented by the Watson Headache institute. Sharni joined the team at the Melbourne Headache Centre in 2015. In March 2017 Sharni's skill and dedication was acknowledged by the Watson Headache® Institute, joining an elite group of therapists as a Certified Watson Headache® practitioner.
Claire Mc Guinness - Level 2 (Advanced) Headache Consultant
Claire Mc Guinness is a physiotherapist with with over 13 years of clinical experience. Since graduating in 2004, Claire has developed a strong interest in treating patients who suffer with chronic pain and in particular Headache and Migraine. She further increased her knowledge and skill set in this area by successfully completing the Level 1 foundation seminar and Level 2 advanced seminar presented by the Watson Headache ® institute. She joined the team at MHC early in 2017.
Sharyn Cox - Practice Development Manager
Sharyn Cox joined the Melbourne Headache Centre team at the beginning of 2017. Whilst developing and managing the day to day operations of the clinic, Sharyn also spends time consulting with new patients and booking in treatments.