Caring and experienced Scoliosis Team on the Northern Beaches

At Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic, we pride ourselves on having some of the most experienced and dedicated physiotherapists on the Northern Beaches. Our team has been carefully selected not only for their knowledge and expertise, but also for their caring, hands-on approach.

Each of our team members also has a particular area of speciality that brings a unique element to our clinic not found elsewhere. 

Our Team

Rosemary Marchese  – Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Practice Director, Physiotherapist, Certified Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapist C1 & C2 (Advanced) (New York)

Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) Certified

Spinal-Pelvis Sagittal Plane Analysis and Treatment Considerations for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Adult Spinal Deformity

Currently enrolled in World Masters in Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Management (ISICO, Milan Italy)


SOSORT 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference (San Francisco)

SOSORT 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference (Dubrovnik)

Nutrition Coach

Rosemary is a physiotherapist with twenty years of experience in physiotherapy, fitness consulting and training. After years of practicing physiotherapy, her passion grew for the physical treatment of Scoliosis. So, she travelled to New York to become certified in the Schroth Method of Scoliosis treatment under the Barcelona School of Physical Therapy. In 2018 she followed this up by attaining the BSPTS C2 Advanced certification in New York. She has travelled to Dubrovnik, Croatia for the 14th Annual SOSORT meeting and will be attending the 15th meeting in San Francisco in April 2019. Rosemary is also certified in the Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS). She is currently enrolled in the online World Masters in Principles and Practice of Scoliosis Conservative Management, through ISICO (Istituto Scientifico Italiano Colonna Vertebrale), which is based in Milan Italy.

She is dedicated to combining this knowledge and training, with her repertoire of physiotherapy skills and experience, to provide the best possible treatment for her patients. Click here for more information about Schroth and SEAS Scoliosis treatments.

Rosemary has the ability to communicate well with sporty and inactive children who are experiencing injury due to their scoliosis, particularly the elite level athletes. Her strengths include being able to assess the situation to determine a successful return to sport or activity as quickly as possible without jeopardising the child’s health and fitness. This principle also applies to the adults she treats with return to sport, work or lifestyle activities at the forefront of her mind.

Rosemary is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. In 2019 she is preparing to work closely with Macquarie University – stay tuned for updates on what lies ahead!

Muhammad Maarj (Mo)

B.Pod. M.A.Pod.A (Podiatrist)

Mo completed his training through Charles Sturt University in Albury NSW. In his final year, he undertook international placements in Singapore and London where he was mentored by experienced podiatrists, sports physicians, and orthopaedic surgeons. 

Mo joined the practice after being recruited by Ray Harding, one of the most respected podiatrists in the country and the past president of the Australian Podiatric Association (NSW). Mo holds special interests in sports podiatry, foot and ankle orthosis, and paediatrics. 

Mo enjoys working inter-professionally with his colleagues in the Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre to ensure the utmost care is provided to patients at all times. While working, Mo is embarking on research through Newcastle University focusing on children with hyper-mobility syndrome. He will be collaborating with national and international specialists on the topic. Mo also works closely with the Australian Rugby Sevens players screening and prescribing custom made sports and recreational orthotics. Mo has been on the frontline of prescribing foot and ankle orthotics such as the Riche Brace in aiding some patients who would have had to have surgical intervention. Mo lectures to medical and podiatry students about sports podiatry. His latest talk, “The Foot and Ankle”, was given at the Sports and Exercise Medicine Students’ Association (SEMSA). 

Mo speaks fluent Arabic and is a keen traveller, having visited over 15 countries. He enjoys playing soccer and is a big fan of Sydney FC. Mo plays football with the Wakehurst Tigers and enjoys running recreational.

Kylie Dowling


Kylie is a dedicated nutritionist who is motivated to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals.

When studying nutritional medicine Kylie became interested in understanding how our individual gut health is directly connected to our overall health.    This knowledge inspired Kylie to begin treating her own gut health in order to address a chronic skin condition.   This treatment was revolutionary and lead to a resolution of the condition and improvement in her general health. As a result, Kylie’s practice has a strong focus on assessing and improving her client’s gut health.  She has had great success in improving the health of her own family and many clients with this holistic approach.

Kylie’s practice focuses on many issues that can be associated with scoliosis, such as the role of certain vitamins and minerals in the progression risk.  This works well with her experience and focus on the following areas:

  • Digestive conditions such as IBS, …
  • Children’s health and nutrition
  • Weight management
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Skin issues such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Mood disorders, anxiety, sleep problems and emotional wellbeing
  • Stress management
  • Women’s health

Kylie has a strong focus on “food as medicine” and she believes health starts with what you put on your plate.  She supports her clients to implement integral nutritional changes for the long term, not short term diets.

Where appropriate Kylie use functional testing to gain a greater understanding of her client’s health status.  Testing is especially useful for assessing gut health and prescribing the appropriate treatment.

Elisabetta D’Agata

Psychologist – Expert in Scoliosis 

Elisabetta D’Agata is an expert psychologist in the field of scoliosis, strongly motivated in her work by her personal experience as a patient. She is a world leader in this area and hence we have decided to offer her services via Skype, given she lives in Barcelona. 

Born in Italy (Catania), where she got her university degree in Psychology, she moved to Spain (Barcelona) where has been living for 13 years. Here she took her European PhD in Clinical and Health Psychology, studying the Quality of Life of adolescent patients with Idiopathic Scoliosis (2011).

As a clinical psychology and a European certified Specialist in Psychotherapy (EuroPsy), she trained in Relational Somatic Psychotherapy (Biosynthesis, CPSB). She has managed Adolescent Scoliosis Group for emotional and body expression for 5 years in Vall d’Hebron Hospital Research Institute and she has been working in her private practice (including patients with scoliosis) since 2011 until now.

She also loves Art, Nature and Travelling.

Elisabetta is available for Skype Consultations, organised directly through her website, given she lives abroad. We decided to offer her services given she is a world leader in the area of psychology for scoliosis. Her incredible knowledge, coupled with her down-to-earth approach, makes her a wonderful asset to our services. If you have any questions you can contact the team at Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic, or simply contact Elisabetta directly for Skype consultations.



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