Meet our friendly, supportive and fully qualified team.
Access Fitness is supported by fully qualified and experienced staff knowledgeable in supporting people with serious injuries and temporary or permanent disabilities. We’ll not only provide you with outstanding guidance, but also the knowledge needed to achieve your personal goals.
Dr Rabin Bhandari, Director of Medical Rehabilitation
Bachelor of Medicine (B.Med) University of Newcastle November 2007
FAFRM (Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine) Jan 2014
AHPRA Specialist and General Registration (current) Rehabilitation Medicine
Rabin did his undergraduate medical training at the University of Newcastle (Australia), and the majority of his basic and advanced rehabilitation medical training in Sydney (including at Royal Prince Alfred, Balmain, Prince of Wales, The Royal Rehabilitation Centre, St George, and Bankstown Hospitals). He moved with his young family to Adelaide in January 2013 to do his senior registrar year at Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and the Repatriation General Hospital. In the past year he also did overnight visits weekly to Mt Gambier hospital for the rehabilitation service, along with twice weekly videoconferences with the rehab team there. He loves to work in an inter-disciplinary team environment, with prompt and open communication with all team members. Client-centred, goal-directed care is the aim for his practice.
Marilyn Pattison, Director of Rehabilitation
Dip OT – York UK – 1975, B.App. Sc. (OT) – SAIT – 1989, MBA – (Uni SA) – 1992
Marilyn Pattison is the founder and Director of Rehabilitation at Access Fitness, a Day Rehabilitation Hospital and fully accessibly gym. Marilyn is recognised internationally as an expert in Workplace Health and since 1998, has been regularly invited as a guest speaker . This has included recent presentations in Sweden, Denmark, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Turkey and Japan. Amongst other national and international awards, Marilyn has been made an Honorary Fellow of World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), the highest international honor an occupational therapist can receive.
Sooraj is an advanced scope practitioner musculo-skeletal physiotherapist with a wealth of experience in treating people with all types of injuries. He enjoys his work immensely and prides himself on helping his clients return to optimum capacity both physically and mentally.
Marinda has many years of experience as a physiotherapist both overseas and in Australia. She has worked predominantly in areas of orthopaedic rehabilitation and hydrotherapy. Her interests include injury prevention and management and a holistic rehabilitation approach
Adam, Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Adam specialises in screening and risk analysis to ensure safe and appropriate exercise and physical activity intervention. Adam develops tailored exercise programs for people at high-risk of developing, or with existing chronic conditions (such as hypertension, heart disease or diabetes) or injuries. This includes a focus on exercise prescription, function, advice, support and positively changing lifestyle behaviours.
Karine has enjoyed many years of experience as a physiotherapist working overseas and around Australia. Karine is an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist and Health Coach who has a particular interest in work injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Michael, Exercise Physiologist
Michael is a graduate of the University of South Australia and has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. Michael also assists with management of chronic conditions through tailored exercise programs and education regarding healthy lifestyle changes.
Sam has experience working in the return to work area, assisting workers with their rehabilitation and matching return to work duties with their current capacity. Sam will work with the client to build an exercise program specific to the areas that require strengthening or stretching for the tasks which are required. Sam also has experience working in the community setting with assisting individuals improve their health and wellbeing and using exercise prescription specific to the individual’s capacity and interest to manage their chronic conditions. This can also include positive education and support for the individuals as they make positive lifestyle changes.