Jake Heyen

Exercise Scientist| Performance Coach

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Jakes passion for basketball gave him the drive to ensure he chose a career that kept him enthralled in the sport far beyond his playing years. Jake’s love of basketball and learning  has taken him to sporting internships in Canada and has also drawn him back to study his honours.

Jake is passionate about High performance and coaching. You’ll find Jake on the golf course, travelling and building his dog family with his wife, Emily.

Jade Roberts

Sports Nutritionist, Dietician & Performance Coach

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Jade is passionate about supporting active individuals in maximising their performance through best nutrition practises and an emphasis on these being realistic for the athlete to achieve. Jade works with individuals as well as teams and also provides group education and workshops for schools and local sporting teams.

Jade has an extensive background in delivering both nutrition and strength & conditioning interventions to those in elite sport. Jade is currently the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach and Dietitian of the SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL and has held positions with the AIS, QAS, Cricket Australia, Sri Lanka Cricket, Melbourne Renegades and Cricket Victoria.

You’ll find Jade dividing his time between Australia and India as he juggles family life, elite sport, consulting and private coaching.

Lachy Porter

Exercise Scientist| Performance Coach

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Lachy is sports science obsessed and virtually spends every waking minute coaching, studying, training, researching and practising Performance Coaching. Lachy love for sport and exercise science has also taken him back to study Physiotherapy.

You’ll also find Lachy on the Performance Coaching Team of the Casey demons as well as High Performance Coaching at local sporting clubs, ADP, Private Coaching, Junior Academy and Group Training.

Karla Bulte

Junior Performance Coach

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Karla is a Junior Performance Coach with an unwavering passion for health and Fitness as well as helping others.

Karla is currently completing her Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science at Deakin University and as a standout student and Coach, we jumped at the opportunity to welcome Karla to our team even before completing her studies.

You’ll find Karla deep in her books, coaching Group Training, the Junior Academy and Private sessions as well as hiking in her spare time. She’s even completed Kokoda!

Rod Blackbourn

Exercise Physiologist | Owner | Facility Manager

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Rod had always imagined a career helping others. He merged his rehabilitation specialty with sport and hey presto- created his dream job and facility!

Rod is not only hands on in managing the Axis facility, he is also a hands on Dad, a practising Exercise Physiologist and performance Coach to international elite level athletes.

Dan Atkinson

Clinical Exercise Physiologist | Rehabilitation Specialist

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Dan is unbelievably passionate about improving the lives of his clients. He enjoys helping people to reach their health and wellbeing goals through education and management techniques suited to their needs and level of ability.

Dan helps his clients increase physical function, improve wellbeing and manage chronic health conditions with exercise and movement.

You’ll find Dan getting outdoors, getting into his motorsport and enjoying live music and also Directing the Strength and Rehab for the Dandenong Southern Stingrays Under 16’s Football team.

Chris Allen


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Chris is a Senior Physiotherapist at Epworth Hawthorn and Richmond, specialising in Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal injury and rehabilitation.

Chris believes that movement and activity are key components of injury recovery.

Chris is available for full Physiotherapy appointments as well as sports injury clinic and concussion clinic appointments.

You’ll often find Chris travelling or spending times with his friends.

Maria Waterhouse

Customer Service Specialist

Maria is a home schooling powerhouse mum to 3 children and when she heard about Axis, she just had to be on board. Her positive and enthusiastic nature hasnt waivered since the day she started and her love of learning and helping others is evident every single day.

You’ll find Maria in Group Training, Crossfit, running around being a busy Mama and spending time with her loved ones.

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Kassidy Withers

Assistant to Em & Rod

Kassidy is a multitasking goddess with an infectious positive nature. Kassidy is a netball superwoman, playing in the VNL for the Casey Demons. Kassidy is passionate about her sport and loves revolving her life around her Netball.

You’ll find Kassidy in the Axis gym with her teammates, braving the ice bath like a boss and whizzing around the Netball court like a superstar.

Emma Pike

Owner | Director

Emma’s Axis dream stemmed from a background in Coaching as well as Health Club Management with the intention of opening a facility with a difference.

Emma prefers to be behind the scenes and often completes most of her work from home while also juggling her and Rod’s 3 young children as well as managing her chronic health condition, POTS.

Chris Coman

Performance Coach


Content Creator

Brandon has completed a Diploma of The Arts under a scholarship program. He grew up performing as a dancer and eventually turned it into a career in Musical Theatre. Before landing a job as a content creator Brandon worked in finance assisting brokers with home loans. He has always had a love for Media whether that was in front of or behind the camera. With an interest in film and editing, Brandon found himself working as a property photographer and currently Axis Performance’s creator for everything content.

On the weekend you will find Brandon working on his car, practising his golf swing or out adventuring taking photos with his camera. Brandon has had more surgeries on his left knee than you can count on one hand and first connected with Axis as a rehabilitation client, for his ACL injuries working with Rod Blackbourn.

Brandon also thinks himself a very good table tennis player and is always up for a challenge. He loves watching the F1s when he is not at Axis. And most importantly spending time with his grandparents.