Our team

We would like to welcome you as a valued client of Exercise Research Australia. Our company has a 12 year history of service excellence within the health, fitness and education sectors. This spans the provision of exercise physiology and fitness services as well as the delivery of VCE Physical Education programs to support Victorian school teachers and students. We entered the vocational education and training sector in 2010 to make a positive change to the quality of graduates entering the allied health and fitness industries. We firmly believe that we are in a unique position to provide students with high quality training that is industry relevant due to being a commercial provider of these services in our own right. As an employer of allied health and fitness graduates we bring both industry currency and professional expertise to the training environment that brings significant benefits to both students and industry alike. Our students range in age (18-60 years) and prior industry experience (none vs. upskilling).

The ERA education and sports science teams comprise of a number of enthusiastic and dedicated professionals who are degree qualified with first-hand experience in specialised education and testing services. Our sporting backgrounds range from recreational to elite level competition in the sports of netball, swimming, rugby, power lifting, tennis, cricket, AFL, rowing and running.

Dr. Melissa Arkinstall (B. App. Sci. [Human Movement], Ph.D. Exercise Physiology)
Managing Director

Dr. Melissa Arkinstall is the leader of our sports science team that delivers specialised services in sports education, testing and coaching. Melissa completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at RMIT University in Melbourne and has a PhD, specialising in Exercise Physiology. Melissa’s research has been presented at both a national and international level with numerous papers published in international journals of high regard.

Melissa is a key author of the VCE PE text book published by Macmillan Education Australia. Her expertise includes areas such as applied sports physiology, sports testing, and endurance training. Melissa is a member of the Advisory Board for La Trobe University’s Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Research Focus Area and also the National Accreditation Committee (NAC) for Sports Science in Australia, responsible for quality assurance adherence of sports institutes in this country. More recently, Melissa has accepted an appointment with Fitness Australia as a member of the Australian Fitness Industry Standards Council.

Victoria Carroll (B. Ex. Sci., PGradDipEd.)
Business Manager

Tori completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) at RMIT University in Melbourne.  Tori has been a member of the ERA team for more than 8 years, initially starting as a student intern with the company as she undertook her graduate degree. Tori has grown and evolved with the company, playing a significant role in established ERA as a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). Tori leads our Vocational Education and Training (VET) team at management level with innovation, enthusiasm and a keen business sense.

Tori has an extensive background in coaching, leadership, and strength and conditioning (ASCA member).  This is derived from her lifelong interest in competitive sport and commitment to enhancing the health, fitness and lifestyle of those around her. Tori’s sporting achievements include competing at national level swimming and state level netball in her teen years and more recently in triathlon and road/MTB cycling.

Tanya Serrano 
Training Quality Coordinator

Tanya joined the team in January as our Training Quality Coordinator. Tanya brings over 15 years experience working within the RTO and VET sector. Those years have seen an enormous amount of change in the private education space and this experience is invaluable to any quality training organisation. This grounding in education, combined with Tanya’s passion for project management, processes and teamwork, makes her a valuable addition to the ERA team

Tanya holds a strong belief in the power of teamwork and the amazing things that can be achieved when passionate people work together towards a common goal. Both our VET edcuation team and students will directly benefit from Tanya’s leadership exerience and passion for education.

Bryanna Sweres 
Office Manager

Bryanna is an office administration whizz who joined the ERA team in 2017. Bryanna began her career in the beauty industry which led to her working internationally, including Europe and the USA. As a highly organised and process driven person, Bryanna was a perfect fit for business administration which became her next career progression move. Her time spent working in the real estate sector enabled Bryanna to develop a broad skill set with a focus on attention to detail. Bryanna has the ability to be able to connect with people from all walks of life to deliver an exceptional level of customer service.

Bryanna has always had a passion for the health and fitness industry and enjoys being the go-to person in the office for our staff and clients!

Adrienne Bratchford (B. App. Sci, Mas. Clin. Exc. Phys)
Exercise Physiologist and Educator

Adrienne is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who joined the ERA team at the start of 2016. Adrienne completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) and then went on to complete her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. She has had experience working in private practice, GP clinics, aged care, community settings and sporting clubs. To complement her current position as an educator at ERA, Adrienne also practices as an AEP privately in both Malvern and Port Melbourne.

Adrienne has had experience working with a diverse range of conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental health, respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. She has a particular interest in women’s health, weight management, metabolic conditions, and developing and implementing group exercise programs.

Adrienne is a passionate Exercise Physiologist and is excited to be sharing her knowledge with ERA students. During her spare time, she has great enthusiasm for swimming, hiking and the great outdoors!

Joshua Adams (B. App. Sci., Mas. Clin. Exc. Phys)
Exercise Physiologist and Educator

Joshua is the most recent Exercise Physiologist to join the ERA team, starting in mid 2016. Joshua completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at Victoria University and recently went on to complete his Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. He brings to the team a broad range of clinical knowledge, with a particular interest in the management and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and metabolic conditions. This includes experience working in hospitals, community rehabilitation centres and private practices. During his Bachelor degree, Josh was lucky enough to undertake placement at Carlton Football Club, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Josh is a high flying member of our education and client services team and is an avid follower of the NBA competition closely followed by AFL. He is excited at being able to pass on his knowledge to ERA students and clients.

Ruth Williams (B. Ex Sp. Sci.)
Sports Scientist

Ruth came to ERA through the Industry Internship in 2015, completing her Certificates III and IV in Allied Health Assistance. She undertook a Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University and came on board as a member of staff in 2016.

Ruth has previously worked in medical practice management and has a particular interest in shoulder rehabilitation. She brings with her to ERA a passion for student support and education and is in her element when in the lab running fitness and performance testing. Ruth has a keen interest in AFL, cricket and snow sports.

Kristie Sheridan (B. Ex Sp Sci, M. Ex Phys)
Educator – Allied Health and Fitness

Kristie is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and ASCA professional scheme Strength and Conditioning Coach. Kristie completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle and enhanced her scope of practice by completing a Masters of Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation) through Charles Sturt University.

Kristie has experience in treating a variety of clients in both rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, ranging from patients with chronic conditions to elite level athletes. Kristie has recently returned from India where she was employed as the Strength and Conditioning Coach/ Rehabilitation Specialist for the National Indian Womens Hockey Team during their preparation for the 2015 South Asian Games and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Kristie is excited to share her knowledge with ERA students and clients.

Grace Pisasale
Student Support & VET Administrator

Grace joined the ERA team at the beginning of 2018 after completing her Industry Internship with us in October 2017, gaining a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance.

Grace previously completed a Bachelor of Health Science, with Masters in Nutrition and Exercise Science at Deakin University. Grace is now our VET Administrator and Student Support person here at ERA and is highly involved in the placement area of the internship program for current students. Having been a student at ERA, this holds Grace in great stead to be a go-to person for our students.

Grace has a great passion for the fitness industry and many sports, particularly AFL as she is currently playing for a women’s amateur club.

Grace is looking forward to working alongside and supporting the students as they complete their course in Allied Health Assistance.

Jersey Girl
Company Mascot

Jersey has been an important member of our team since 2013. She has an important and busy role in our office, handing out affection and providing us all with time outs by way of “tummy rubs” and ball activities. She has a number of favourite work stations that have the best office views and a patch of sun. If you are an animal lover make sure that you request some time with Miss J while you are onsite…bookings essential !