Medical & Health in Blackburn, Victoria,
Allied Health Professionals

Meet the team

We pride ourselves on integrity and always respecting the whole person to understand and better support those who live with complex health conditions, and provide them with access to a supportive, accepting and proactive community. 

Our specialist team is dedicated to making individual and tailored programs, drawing on professional and personal experience. We thrive on making a difference to you and seeing you achieve your goals, no matter how big or small.

Each of our team members has their own story, which helps them to understand what you are going through.
nathan butler founder of Active Health clinic

Nathan Butler

Founder & Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Nathan is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. He has 20 years of experience working as the coordinator of specialist inpatient and outpatient programs at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne and at the Royal Free Hospital in London in the area of chronic fatigue syndrome as well as in cardiac, respiratory and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

In 2008, Nathan established Active Health Clinic based on his values of long-term self-management through knowledge, compassion and trust. Through his dedication and experience, Active Health Clinic is now a leader in its field.
Nathan also lectures Master's students at La Trobe University and Victoria University.

Nathan lives with his wife, Lori, and daughters, Siena and Ella. He has a passion for travel, friends and sport.
Jacqui Main

Jacqui Main

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Growing up in the country with three brothers, Jacqui has always had a passion for sport and the outdoors, playing a range of different sports. 

After suffering an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture at 17, Jacqui developed a passion for rehabilitation through exercise and pursued this through her sports science degree. Jacqui was always a keen sports person until she was diagnosed with pericarditis in 2007 from over-training, which resulted in her developing chronic fatigue syndrome. 

With her world turned upside down and being unable to work or to play sport, Jacqui had to transform her life and set new goals. This learning experience has enabled Jacqui to help clients going through similar experiences to achieve their goals, no matter how big or small.
Jacqui’s has a ‘think outside the square’ approach to rehabilitation, tailoring each session to the individual. She creates a friendly environment where people of all ages feel acknowledged, understood and empowered.

Jacqui is also a strong advocate for her clients and is diligent in practicing what she preaches. This has allowed her to manage her chronic health conditions, including CFS, OI/POTS and Hypermobility whilst working at Active Health Clinic and being a single Mum to beautiful Harvey. Jacqui's special interests beside all invisible illnesses, are women's health, pregnancy and early motherhood with chronic health conditions, anxiety/PTSD, and gut issues.
Greer Campbell

Greer Campbell

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Greer has been working as an exercise physiologist for over 10 years and joined the team at Active Health Clinic in 2013. 

Greer wanted to to do more to facilitate and improve clients’ understanding and management of their conditions and encourage their move to self-management. Greer values the clinic’s ethos to build insight, sustainability and independence. She has a desire to foster real and lasting change in the lives of others.

Greer is passionate about the use of yoga as part of treatment and has completed her Level 1 and 2 yoga teacher training with over 1000 hours of practice and education. 

Greer is dedicated to the field of pain and fatigue management, blends yoga philosophy with pacing strategies, and has a caring nature.
Greer lives with her husband, Gareth, and son, Jack, and enjoys cooking, eating, practising yoga, the outdoors and staying active.
Raeya Bartlett-Quinn

Raeya Bartlett-Quinn

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Raeya has over a decade of experience with CFS which has played a very big role in her life. For the first 5 years of that time, Raeya lived with the illness herself, and since then has been working as a health coach for people with CFS and associated illness’.

Following her CFS journey, Raeya then went on to study Personal Training/Group Fitness, Yoga, Pilates and finally commenced her studies at Victoria University in Exercise Science- Clinical Stream, and then her Masters in Exercise Physiology.

Having lived with chronic illness herself, and to feel so severely debilitated by it, she vowed to help as many people as possible through the pain and frustration of having an invisible illness, through awareness, education and support.
Raeya enjoys reading, outside time, gym, yoga, adventures, and travelling - she's been to over 20 countries and still has more to tick off, as well as spending time with loved ones.
Leanne Popov

Leanne Popov

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Leanne has always been passionate about helping people to reach their goals and feel confident and safe with exercise.

Leanne has always been an advocate for exercise and the many benefits it can bring, and using movement to improve health and quality of life. So studying exercise science and clinical exercise physiology was an easy choice.

Leanne has worked in health and fitness for many years, ranging from personal training and group fitness instructor to allied health assistant and now as an Exercise Physiologist. Leanne has experience working in many settings including gyms, hospitals and private practice. 

In previous Exercise Physiology roles she has worked predominantly with neurological populations, as well as with musculoskeletal injuries and athletic populations in sports rehab and performance enhancement. Leanne has now found a particular interest in working at Active Health Clinic with invisible illnesses.

Leanne’s favourite thing about her work is being able to empower people to understand and manage their pain and fatigue symptoms, and support them to be able to be do more of what is important to them.

In her spare time away from work Leanne enjoys being outdoors and exploring new places, she enjoy the benefits of exercise herself through pilates and strength training. She also enjoys a good book and spending time with loved ones.
Emily Bland

Emily Bland

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Emily has a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Science and is an ASCA Lv. 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach

Growing up Emily was very passionate about sport and exercise, playing basketball from a young age and also running. Because of these interests Emily decided to begin her studies at TAFE where she earned several Certificates and a double Diploma in Fitness so that she could develop herself and others as athletes.

At 21 years young, Emily developed Orthostatic Intolerance (OI) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after an infection and suffered debilitating symptoms that left her house bound. After spending quite some time in the public health system, Emily was eventually referred to Active Health Clinic where she received full support with her health and was able to continue with her tertiary studies.

Though still managing her health conditions today, Emily has been able to complete her undergraduate degree allowing her to move forward and accomplish amazing things in the sporting industry. Emily spent some years in the AFL where she worked as the Head of Strength & Conditioning for the AFL Umpires, she then moved on to work at the Essendon Football Club where she played an integral role in developing the inaugural women’s department as the High Performance Manager, while also working as an S&C Coach for the men's AFL team.

Emily has also remained passionate about helping people with invisible illnesses, as she knows all too well what it is like to live with these challenging conditions that people can’t see and often don’t understand. Emily has worked at Active Health Clinic since 2017 and has found that giving back to people with invisible illnesses has been the most rewarding thing in her career.

Emily’s goal is to continue learning and developing as a practitioner so that she can keep changing people’s lives for the better.

Around the clinic you may notice some of Emily’s drawings here and there and also her four legged, furry friend Kai. So feel free to say hi if you see either of them around.
Rob Nash

Rob Nash

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Rob’s long-standing passion for helping people experiencing persistent and complex pain started during his studies in Myotherapy. This led him to continue studying a Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science as well as a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University.

His dedication and special interest in treating invisible illnesses is why joining the family at Active Health Clinic was a no brainer.
Rob aims to provide a relaxed, welcoming and supportive space at Active Health Clinic, where his clients can feel empowered to achieve their goals and live happier and healthier lives.

In his spare time Rob loves to stay active by exploring the local mountain-bike trails, stay smart through reading and listening to podcasts, stay relaxed by listening to music, binge-watching Netflix and meditating, and stay happy by traveling and spending time with his friends and family.

Deb Capp

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
For many years Deb taught music both in schools and from her private music studio. She has always been passionate about helping others learn new skills and express themselves creatively. 

As well as teaching instrumental music individually, Deb conducted musical ensemble groups for both children and adults, and also pre-school music and movement classes.

When one of her teenage sons, Lachie, developed CFS, Deb was inspired by the approach Active Health Clinic used to treat him and decided to change careers to learn more about the role of exercise in healing. She is very excited to now be part of the team.

Deb has always loved exploring movement and ‘tuning’ into her body. There is a very long list of exercise and movement modalities she has explored over the years but the three that she is most passionate about and currently practises are powerlifting, yoga and aerial circus.
Her other passions are cooking, fermenting and drinking excellent coffee.

Deb lives with her husband, Ian, and son, Oscar. Lachie has flown the nest, is thriving and currently studying psychology at university. Deb has three other adult children, Emma, Becca, and Tom, as well as three grandchildren, Jack, Frank and Frida.

Zoe Ruth

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Zoe has been following her interests to help others improve their health and wellbeing since she first realised it was what she wanted to do when she was 8 years old. Zoe developed her interest in becoming an Exercise Physiologist after serious injury and chronic illness as a child and through her teenage years. With learning more about the human body and rehabilitation techniques, this sparked Zoe’s interest in the field.

Fast forward many years, Zoe studied Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness along side this, then her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Zoe has been working in the industry for just over 7 years, mainly with chronic and/or complex injury and neurological disability, as well as helping those who would like to improve their quality of life through lifestyle changes.

After learning so much as a patient at Active Health Clinic, and finally getting understanding on her own health and improving her quality of life, Zoe realised that with the gap in the healthcare industry of understanding these “invisible illnesses”, that this was where she really felt she could help others who need this support too.

Zoe is excited for what each day can bring, and loves to enjoy her own space, go on little adventures with her partner, spend time with her family, enjoy comfortable catchups with friends and listening to some David Bowie tunes.
Sarah Knights

Sarah Knights

Accredited Exercise Scientist & Pilates Instructor
Sarah is an Accredited Exercise Scientist, Personal Trainer and Reformer Pilates instructor with a passion for working with chronic complex illness. She has had 15 years of personal experience herself with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome among other conditions which at its worst left her wheelchair bound.

She loves all things health and fitness and has worked in the industry as an Exercise Scientist and Pilates instructor in various different settings including gyms, boutique studios and private practices in addition to having experience in elite sporting environments.

Sarah has commenced a Masters of Exercise Physiology to become an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in order to continue to follow her passion of assisting as many people as she can after experiencing the impacts of these conditions first hand.
Sarah loves sport and keeping active in the outdoors, being by the beach, camping, hiking, spending time with loved ones and has a big passion for travel and exploring the world.

Luke Hassan

Accredited Practising Dietitian
Luke is the clinic’s first resident dietitian. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Dietetic Practice at La Trobe University.

Luke loves combining his passion of food and nutrition knowledge with helping others improve their quality of life through their food intake. Luke approaches all food as food, and prides himself on working with clients to achieve their goals from a sustainable, holistic approach, keeping Active Health Clinic’s value of ‘respecting the whole person’ at the core of his service. He has a particular interest in gastrointestinal conditions and digestive health and working at improving these outcomes with food. 

He has experience in hospitals, community health and private practice. He is also completing his Honours degree in nutrition, with further study likely.

Outside of work and study, Luke enjoys playing guitar and golf, and is actively involved in his local AFL club as a player and volunteer.

Mel Grande

Accredited Practising Dietitian
Mel recently completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Dietetic Practice at La Trobe University in 2020. She is excited to be the second dietitian to join the AHC team and already has expressed the values and passions that are core to the clinic. 

Mel has always had a strong love for food and cooking through her Italian background and combined this with her interest in nutrition and science. Mel understands the emotional and physiological impact that food can have on our lives, and is passionate about using food as a tool to improve people’s quality of life. Mel practices with a holistic, non-diet approach, with a main focus on treating and respecting the whole person and aligning her therapy with the patient’s goals. 

Her particular areas of interest are gastrointestinal conditions, women’s health, mental health and healing patient’s relationships with food. She has experience in hospitals working in the renal and gastrointestinal units, and community nutrition projects. 

Mel has recently undergone specific training at AHC to be able to understand and treat nutrition complications in the conditions worked with at AHC. In her spare time, Mel enjoys cooking and sharing great meals and sweets with others. She also loves live music, travel, drawing and spending quality time with the important people and pets in her life
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