Neil Wise qualified as a physiotherapist in 1983 graduating from Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences (now Latrobe University). He had previously studied Medicine at Melbourne University as an undergraduate (1976-79) before transferring to Lincoln. He worked at The Alfred Hospital for 6 months before moving into private practice work with Bill Guiliano (Ex-Collingwood AFL Physio) in Collins Street CBD Melbourne, whilst establishing a practice in Snell Grove, his home suburb of Oak Park with Martin Bonett. The local connections to Oak Park & the surrounding community exist to this day, and have formed the basis of this community based practice.
The early experiences of creating a practice led to connections with local clubs (Therry-Penola VAFA, Hadfield FC EDFL & Coburg Districts WDFL/EDFL) & other community groups (Broadmeadows Rotary, Northern Golf Club, Oak Park Tennis & Little Athletics) forging a strong network, which over 30 years has crossed generations of families & personal referrals still form the primary source of new patients to the clinic.
Physiotherapy has changed significantly & evolved in the past 30 years & Neil has evolved his skills as has the Oak Park practice. He is a Credentialed Therapist in McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (MDT) & was Chairperson of the Australian Branch committee 2007-11. He qualified as a Clinical Pilates Instructor with DMA 2008 & also completed Acupuncture for Physiotherapists Level I & II.
His treatment philosophy has evolved via this process to allow him to utilise his skills & experience & clinical reasoning, & thereby helping his clients to develop an appropriate pathway to effectively manage their conditions. The MDT philosophy of empowerment & education of the patient is a strong emphasis of his treatments.
Neil is very active outside the clinic having been previously involved with Rotary Club of Broadmeadows, cycling, walking, golf and & solo singer/songwriter currently recording an album of original songs for released 2 albums (2010 & 2013).
In December 2014 Neil retired and made the move to the coast, a loss to Oak Park but a gain to his new neighbours!