Meet the Team

Facundo Soto 

Exercise Physiologist

Facundo was born and raised in Patagonia, Argentina. Upon leaving high school he attended University to embarked on a degree in physical education. Following this he then completed his Masters in Sports Science.

After graduating he has worked as a Strength & Conditioning coach for 6 years with amateur, professional and disable (wheelchair) tennis players. He combined this with work as a Personal Trainer and Group fitness Instructor.

In 2018 he decided to see the world. After travelling through Southeast Asia he headed for Australia where he spent 1.5 years doing backpacker jobs as he worked and travelled around Australia.

As the Covid Pandemic hit Australia he headed for Perth as Perth had the best beaches. Upon arriving in Pert he enrolled to study a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Murdoch University where he where he researched Exercise & Type 2 Diabetes, in particular – “The Effects of Exercise and Intermittent Fasting as Preventative Mechanism for managing patients with Type 2 Diabetes”. I’ll let you ask him about the results.

While studying his Master he worked at a physiotherapy clinic where he gained vast experience in rehabilitation, movements patterns and body alignment.

His experience also includes working with patients with chronic diseases such as musculoskeletal pain, joint replacement pre-hab & rehab, osteoporosis, cardiovascular conditions, mental health conditions and neuromuscular conditions.

Damian Pavlinovich

Owner, Principle Exercise Physiologist

In 1994 I completed my Sports Science degree at Edith Cowan University and have been working in the health, fitness, and rehabilitation arena ever since.

What excites me about being an Exercise Physiologist is helping people become pain free and seeing them return to being active, healthy and happy. One of the barriers to being active and healthy is pain or injury, I know as I suffered a debilitating lower back injury in my late 20s.

Exercise Rehabilitation didn’t really exist when I suffered my back injury, as such I dedicated my work to ensuring that I deliver best practise Exercise Rehabilitation to patients. I have focused my attention on the how, what and why of Exercise Rehabilitation utilising the principles of Kinetic Chain Activation Rehabilitation. This has superseded core strength training as the modern, innovative method for Exercise Rehabilitation.

In brief, my experience includes:

Sports Medicine Australia (WA)
The ‘Safer Sport” Community Education Program.
Developing, delivering and refining a variety of sport injury prevention courses and seminars on the prevention and management of sporting injuries. The program was highly successful with amateur sporting clubs embracing the education course leading to reduced injury rates and better treatment outcomes for participants.

Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA) (Open Arms)
Heart Health Program for Vietnam Veterans.
Developed, implemented and delivered this program across Western Australia
This was a multiple faceted intervention aimed at improving the health outcomes of Vietnam Veterans. The program was run between 2000 – 2007 here in WA and was highly successful with over 90% of participants recording improved mental and physical health outcomes during and after their participation. And it was lots of fun!

Como Health and Fitness Centre (now Como Fitness 24/7)
Principle Exercise Physiologist
Through my 17 years at Como Fitness 24/7 I have assisted my patients and customers to be healthier, happier and fitter. I enjoy using my expertise and experience to problem solve what can be complex and difficult cases.

Kart Koort Program
Como fitness 24/7 – Derbyl Yerrigan Health Service – Curtin University
More recently I have been involved with delivering the exercise component of Kaart Koort Program. This is a research program with a multiple faceted intervention aimed at improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal people.

Jayde Thompson

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Let me introduce myself, I’m Jayde!

I’ve been an Exercise Physiologist for 6 years and I’m excited to join the team at Como Fitness 24/7. I’m excited because Damian is a “Revhead” like me! And every Monday we can debrief the latest Formula 1 Race together.

I graduated from Murdoch University in 2018 and have been dividing my work week between a gym in Claremont and a Physio clinic in Wanneroo. I’ve found that I enjoy the environment and atmosphere in a gym and have jumped at the opportunity to join the team at Como Fitness 24/7. I like to work with a wide variety of clientele of all ages. I hope to learn a lot from the Como Fitness 24/7 team.

In my spare time I keep active with swimming, cycling, hiking and gym classes.

Or packing up my two dogs and heading out bush for a bit of camping. I also love a lazy Sunday afternoon hanging out on the couch!

I hope that gives a little insight of me and I look forward to meeting you all.

Tapiwa (Tapi) Chuma

Personal Trainer

I’m a passionate, energetic Personal Trainer.

My background growing up is deeply rooted in sports like cricket and soccer but then I discovered martial arts and loved kickboxing and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

While participating in martial arts I felt I needed more strength, endurance, and SIZE!
So, my journey into weight training began. From a modest 69kg frame with dedication, energy and focus I have been able to transform my physique…. now weighing 95kg! Wanna know how?

Having recently graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Sports Science degree I have been able to implement my education in sport science and experiment on myself!

With my enthusiasm to deliver top class Personal Training, combined with my firsthand experience with weight gain, I’m looking forward to guiding you through your own fitness journey.

Jake Perer 

Personal Trainer

Hi, I’m Jake.

School Teacher by Day – Personal Trainer by Night! That pretty much describes me!

In 2023, my partner and I enjoyed the trip of a lifetime spending 7 months travelling and exploring the world, our favourite part which we both loved was Canada!

While I’ve always worked out and been going to the gym most my life, working at Como Fitness 24/7 with Damian has seen me develop my repertoire of training methods, exercise “toolbox” and how to combine exercises exercise together to achieve amazing results for my PT clients.

At some time in in the future I’m seeking to transition from teaching into the health & fitness industry however in the meantime I’m enjoying helping people achieve the results their seeking!

See you soon!

Kate Medlen 

Reception

Hi, my name is Kate. I’ve recently moved from Williams to Perth. During my gap year last year, I worked as a trainee for the Shire of Willimas which made me become very proficient with local government procedures and completed my Cert IV in Business.

Following my passion, this year I have enrolled in Certificate III and IV in Fitness. Working at Como Fitness 24/7 is my first experience working in the health and fitness industry, and I am looking forward to learning within this role.

 

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