Our Team.

Sports Physicians


Sports Physician

Leesa started MP Sports Physicians on moving back to the Mornington Peninsula in 2004.

During her years of specialist training and subsequent to this, she has developed particular interests in gymnastics, netball and Australian Rules Football. She also has a special interest in adolescent and paediatric sports medicine and female athletes and the issues particular to them. Other areas of particular interest include medical conditions and exercise, tendon pathology, bone health/stress fractures and exercise related lower leg pain.

Her elite athlete experience includes an AIS fellowship, several years with the Melbourne Demons Football Club and several years as the Australian Netball 21/U team physician. She has worked at the Olympic games in the field of Gymnastics and travelled as team physician to the World University Games. Leesa has also served as the Chief Medical Officer for Netball Australia and is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the St Kilda AFLW team.

She is widely published in the field of myofascial trigger points and their treatment and gives many courses and lectures instructing practitioners on the use of dry needling techniques to treat this condition, both locally and internationally.

Leesa regularly writes educational updates for the Australian Doctor Magazine.

Leesa’s real passion is ensuring that the general populace can remain active for as long as possible and believes that the focus of sports medicine is the local community, where we can achieve long term health benefits by encouraging and allowing continued physical activity.




Danielle is a specialist with the Australasian College of sport and exercise medicine.  She obtained a medical degree at the University of Tasmania along with a Bachelor of Medical Science. She has worked in several hospitals including St Vincent’s where she completed the Australasian College of Surgeons basic surgical training program.

Danielle’s keen interests in general health, non-surgical management of sporting injuries and rehabilitation have directed her ongoing practice to expand on these areas as a sports physician. She has completed the International Olympic Committee diploma of sports medicine and has further training in ultrasound diagnostics and procedures.

Danielle has worked in a variety of sports including  TAC cup football team and rowing.  She was medical director for the Australian Commonwealth youth games team in 2018 and worked with weightlifting at the Commonwealth games.

Danielle has a personal and professional interest in triathlon and endurance sports. She has worked as medical support at the Ironman World Championships in Kona.

Her other personal interests include running, cycling and skiing and in particular, spending time with family. Danielle is passionate about keeping people active in life and in sport. She relishes the opportunity to help her patients resume a balanced and active lifestyle.




Matt is a specialist with the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1998, from there gaining extensive experience in General Medicine, Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine, before settling full time into sports and musculoskeletal medicine.

Matt has experience in a wide range of sports from a local to international level. Amongst his major associations have been involvementin Australian Rules Football at both AFL (Richmond Tigers) and VFL (Coburg Tigers/Casey Scorpions) level. He has worked in elite netball with both the Melbourne Vixens (team doctor 2014-2019) and the Australian Diamonds. He has worked within Hyundai A-league at a senior and junior level (Melbourne Victory). He was the Australian Swimming Team Doctor from 2012-2018, allowing him to be involved at both a Commonwealth and Olympics games level. Currently his sporting roles include providing medical services to many Melbourne-based swimming squads (MSAC, Nunawading and Northcote), the Waverley Gymnastics International/Junior international squads and Southside Flyers (WNBL) team.

Outside sporting injuries, he has a special interest in conservative management of degenerative joint, tendon and other chronic complex musculoskeletal conditions. He is passionate about the role of nutrition, sleep, lifestyle, and exercise patterns play in these issues, rather than viewing them as purely mechanical disorders and advocates for a multimodal approach to optimise long-term outcomes. Beyond this, he has experience using injectable interventions for joint, tendon and myofascial disorders including the use of prolotherapy, high volume injection techniques, hyaluronic acid, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), ACS (Autologous Conditioned Serum) and mesenchymal stem cells.

He is currently involved in research into the role of both autologous and allogeneic adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells in knee osteoarthritis, as well investigating the role of intravenous allogeneic cells in small joint (hand) osteoarthritis. He has also recently been published internationally on medical conditions specific to open water swimming and is a reviewer for the Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR) journal.


  • MBBS – University of Sydney (1998)
  • Graduate Diploma of Epidemiology (University of Newcastle)
  • FACSEP –Fellow of the Australasian College of Sports and Exercise Physicians

Professional Memberships and Positions:

  • Fellow – Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP)
  • Member – Australian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM)
  • Member – International Cartilage Research Society (ICRS)
  • Member – Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)


Dr Ömer Gözübüyük

Ömer is a Sports Medicine Specialist from Turkey who has recently been accredited as an Australian Specialist as well. He obtained his medical degree (2010) and specialist degree (2016) at Istanbul University. Also, he did a short training in Anatomy at the same University before starting his sports medicine training program. He has an additional Master’s Degree in Bio-medical Engineering from Bogazici University (2018).

He has worked with the National Anti-Doping Organisation in Turkey and with the Turkish Football Federation for many years including the national teams, U-15 and U-16 junior soccer, Futsal, and Beach soccer teams. He was then the head club doctor for the Başakşehir Football Club in the Turkish football A-league for four consecutive seasons.

Ömer’s interest in the utilization of ultrasound in sports medicine practice led him to do post-graduate training in diagnostic and interventional musculoskeletal ultrasound. He is also a firm believer in exercise therapy as the primary therapeutic approach in the majority of conditions and enjoys a more holistic approach to musculoskeletal complaints.

Ömer also has training and expertise in a variety of injection therapies such as neural therapy, platelet-rich plasma (PRP), prolotherapy, and other new forms of treatments such as high-volume injections for tendon pain or hydro-dissection for nerve pain.

Ömer feels belonged to academic life, and he was a part of the academic staff at Istanbul University between 2011 and 2019, where he delivered lectures to physiotherapy and medical students. He also contributed to many national and international congresses as a faculty member including the World Congress of Sports Medicine (FIMS) in 2016 and also has a list of publications.
He welcomes patients of all ages and abilities.



MBBS ACSEP -Overseas trained specialist

Dr Mona Shabghareh obtained her medical degree and Bachelor of Medical Science at Shiraz University of Medical Science (Iran) in 2009.  Since then, Mona has been practicing in the field of Sport and Exercise medicine and in 2012 attained her sports Medicine fellowship.

Mona has been practicing in many hospitals and sports clinics and has worked with many sporting teams such as the Iran National Volleyball team for over 10 years.

In 2018 The Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine recognized her as partially comparable to that of an ACSEP trained Sport and Exercise Physician and she will start practicing with M P Sports Physicians as a third year registrar.

Mona has a keen interest in women athletes health as well as ultrasound guided tendon and joint injections.  She is pleased to be working as joint club doctor with the St Kilda VFLW team for their 2020 season.

Her personal interests are tennis, Pilates and Zoomba!


Sports Registrars


MBBS, Bapp Sc, Mast Ost

Chris graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Sydney in 2013. Chris Worked in Emergency Medicine for a number of years prior to commencing Sports Medicine Training. He has been the club doctor with Frankston Dolphins VFL club for the last 2 years and also previously the club doctor with the Southern Saints VFLW team and the Oakleigh Chargers Football Club. Chris has also worked extensively in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor and Athletics Coach. Prior to studying medicine Chris also worked as an Osteopath.

In his spare time, Chris still competes in athletics at a competitive level over 200 and 400m sprints. He has previously been a member of the Victorian Rugby Union team touring the United Kingdom as a junior.

Chris is passionate about keeping people active and facilitating people of all ages and levels of fitness in reaching their goals. He has a particular interest running and lower limb injuries. Away from Sport Chris enjoys spending time with his young family.



MD B Occ Thy (Hons)

Dr Chris Hasenkam is dedicated to assisting patients return to activity and working with them to maintain active, healthy lifestyles.

He completed his medical degree at the University of Melbourne, having completed an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy. His junior medical training was completed at the Austin and Northern Hospitals in Melbourne, gaining experience in orthopaedics, general medicine and general surgery. Chris then furthered his hospital experience in the areas of intensive care and emergency medicine.

Given his interest in sport, exercise and its relationship with general health and well-being, Chris joins MP Sports Physicians as a registrar with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians. He has special interests in AFL, cricket, golf and pain management,  and still attempts to play cricket and golf where time permits. Chris has completed research in the areas of orthopaedics and anaesthesia, as well as publishing a thesis investigating the language of pain. He is also currently completing the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine.

Chris is the current club doctor for the Casey Demons in the VFL and VFLW, having previously worked with Williamstown in the VFL and VFLW.

He welcomes patients of all ages and abilities, and enjoys working together to maintain an enjoyable, active life.



MBBS, MSc, DipSpMed (IOC), PhD

Dr Prasanna Gamage joins MP Sports Physicians as a registrar with the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (ACSEP). He is dedicated to patient care in managing sports-related injuries, injury rehabilitation and prevention, and non-surgical management of chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Prasanna obtained his primary medical degree (MBBS) in 2008 from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. As a junior medical doctor, he worked in general medicine, general surgery and anaesthesiology. He has experience as a doctor in accident and emergency department in several hospitals in Australia since 2012.

He completed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) diploma in Sports Medicine, followed by Masters (MSc) degree with the University of Stirling in UK. In 2016, he was awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) scholarship to complete his PhD in Sports Medicine in Australia. His PhD thesis is on injury prevention in cricket with focus on musculoskeletal injuries and exertional heat illnesses.

Prasanna has worked with sports teams, and event medical coverage with rugby, volleyball and cricket teams in Sri Lanka and in UK. In 2016, he served as the field of play doctor for men’s basketball at the Rio Olympic Games (IOC sports medicine graduate volunteer force).

Prasanna has published a number of research papers in sports medicine journals and presented at numerous Australian and international conferences. His research interests include injury prevention in cricket, exertional heat illness, and preventing catastrophic injuries and death in sports. He is also an adjunct research fellow with the Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) at Edith Cowan University.



ACSEP Registrar – BSci BComm MD

Dr Alice McNamara joins MP sports in 2020 after 15 years of involvement in sport at an elite and community level, now as a Registrar with the Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.

Alice was a two time Rowing World Champion in the Lightweight Women’s Quad Scull in 2007 and 2008. She represented Australia on the Australian Rowing Team for 11 years between 2005 and 2015, training out of the VIS and AIS. After narrowly missing selection for the LW2x boat, she was an alternate athlete for the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, and 2012 games in London.

She has spent a similar amount of time coaching rowing and has a great interest in movement biomechanics and injury prevention. Alice also played and coached junior basketball, and credits her elite sports years to a great background and exposure to a great diversity of sports at school.

Alice is working with Rowing Australia as a doctor with the underage athletes preparing for World Championships. She really enjoys seeing the team and social benefits of sport and is also working with the Sandringham VFL team for their 2020 season, after working across a few clubs in 2019. Alice has worked as the doctor for the Melbourne University Sport for 3 years. Alice wants to see injuries managed early and well, minimising time off the field while maximising function for life after sport.

Alice has strong interest in endurance sport, elite athlete wellbeing and performance, female athletes and considerations for their performance, and expedition, travel and wilderness medicine. Alice currently is a keen trail and vertical runner and cyclist, and enjoys getting out in the great outdoor with friends and family. She regularly works for Endurance Medical Services at remote events.

Alice has worked as an Emergency Doctor at Northeast Heath Wangaratta completing the Emergency Medicine Certificate and worked her junior years at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, enjoying working with patients to get back to sport and life after a hospital admission.

She is also passionate about Exercise as Medicine for life and as a 7 x  winner or Eureka Tower Run Up and the president of Stair Climbing Australia she can talk for a long time about stair climbing if you get her going! Alice welcomes patients of all ages and abilities and looks forward to helping you with your goals.