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“Here at Instinct Health, we truly believe that your health should be second nature.”

We often take our health for granted but why can't we spend a little time focussing on our health each and every day so that it becomes Instinct?

We want to work with you to become the best version of yourself that you can. Whatever your GOAL is, we want to be right there next to you to help achieve it! If you want to run a half marathon, swim 5 laps at your local pool or just have enough energy and strength to run around after a toddler, we are here to help.

Meet the Instinct Team

Matt Pallozzi

Director & Senior Physiotherapist

Matt founded Instinct Health in 2017 after several years working across a number of settings. Matt grew up in Melbourne and started his physiotherapy career working in public hospitals across the East. He honed his physiotherapy skills in the hospital working across the Emergency Departments, Outpatient and Fracture Clinics as well as working in neurological rehabilitation.

As well as his work at Instinct, Matt is also currently the Head Physiotherapist for the Hawthorn VFLW team. This has given Matt great exposure to AFL and elite sporting programs.

His experience has given him a keen interest in treating neck pain and low back pain and Matt believes that Clinical Pilates is a great tool for treating these conditions.

Outside of work, Matt completed his first marathon in 2016 and his first half marathon in 2017 and loves keeping active whenever possible. He will tell you he is a proud Collingwood member and loves spending time with his niece and nephew!

Megan Dickinson

Senior Physiotherapist

Megan began working in the private practice setting in 2013 and in that time has gained exposure to a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. Megan has extensive Pilates experience, addressing running biomechanics & retraining and assessing and treating lower limb injuries, with special interest in the hip & knee. She has worked with both recreational and elite athletes across a number of sports including the AFL, gymnastics, dance, soccer and netball. Megan has had exposure to the Richmond Football club and both state and national level distance and track runners with an involvement in the Nike run club.

Megan has a strong passion for movement and educating her clients on the role that core stability plays. She works with clients to improve their core strength to prevent low back pain and leg injuries in both return to sport and every-day settings. Megan also works closely with women to improve the awareness of the pelvic floor in both pre and post-natal situations. Megan uses Clinical Pilates as her primary method of practice as a way to empower others to move, activate, strengthen and balance their body in a way that makes them feel good and achieve their individual health and well-being goals.

Megan is a firm believer in creating a healthy balanced mind and body, and has gone on to complete further study in both nutrition and health coaching, along with overall wellbeing and mental health. She has developed a special interest in working with young females experiencing challenges throughout their teenage years that may impact their performance such as a reduction in energy levels, hormone changes and altered nutrition to help prevent or manage conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.

Outside of work Megan lives and breathes all things movement and sunshine. She grew up in Country Victoria playing Netball, water skiing and danced from a young age. She loves summer, the beach, running, surfing, yoga, spending time with her friends & family and is a keen Tigers supporter.

Tess Handrinos


Tess has a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) and a Diploma of Health Sciences.

Tess wishes to improve the nutrition of all Australians and their growing families through evidence-based nutritional therapy.

As a mum herself, Tess is particularly passionate about pre and post natal health and hopes to help families simplify their nutritional goals to make life just that little bit easier.

Tess works with clients to dispel nutrition misinformation and inspires individuals and families to get back to basics with their nutrition. Tess teaches clients to trust their intuition in an effort to enhance their overall well-being.

Outside of work, Tess is busy chasing after a toddler, she is an avid baker, a typical Melbourne food and coffee lover, blogger and enjoys simple, quality time with her loved ones.

Nadege Debax

Yoga Instructor

Nadege started practicing Yoga over 10 years ago when she first moved to Australia from France. It was love at first posture and began exploring a host of different yoga styles. This passion for practicing yoga culminated in the completion of her teacher training in 2015 in Thailand. Nadege has furthered her qualifications into several different styles of Yoga, Life Coaching and Mindfulness.

Nadege suffered a back injury an this inspired her to explore slower and more supportive styles of Yoga. She then went on to study Yin and Supported Restorative Yoga formally. Her teaching method incorporates Hatha, Yin and Restorative Yoga and will always tailor the practice to the needs of the individuals within the group. Her style includes dedicated breathing exercises and mindful practice with the intention to develop self-awareness of the students. Nadege loves working with clients to improve physical and mental wellbeing and to deepen the connection between the mind and the body.

When not practicing or teaching Yoga, Nadege loves her travel and tries to get back to her native France. Her travel obsession does not rest there, as she has been to 55 counties over 5 continents! She enjoys a walk through any natural wonder, she loves catching international film and learning new languages (she already speaks 3!). Oh, and she loves exploring the various cuisines from her travels!