My name is Jake Mennuni, I am a Senior Exercise Physiologist and Team Leader at The Next Step.

I have been working here for 3 years now and so grateful that I have the opportunity to work with a bunch of amazing clients and fellow EP’s. The opportunity to work with clientele who have been through a traumatic injury and their lives turned upside down really drew me to applying for the job, I enjoy the challenge of working with people with multiple cormorbidities and the freedom to try new and exciting exercises. 

 

Outside TNS, I enjoy exercising myself, in particular playing football, doing pilates and walking my greyhound. I like to balance that out by hanging with the boys, watching lots of sport and punting on the races. My parents played a big role in my passion for exercise and healthy living, with childhood memories of attending sporting games, playing with my dad/grandparents and going for lots of walks. I think exercise is a very powerful medicine and good for so many issues in our body; I am passionate about teaching others the benefits of exercise and hope to help them improve their quality of life. 

I really look forward to being involved with the Stem Cell research project run by Griffith University in Gold Coast, aiming to begin in 2020. I have been involved from day one in linking TNS to the study and think it’s a very exciting time if these stem cells can assist in the recovery of a SCI. I would like to be able to sit down one day when I’m old and retired and know that there is someone walking around Melbourne that was previously wheelchair bound; and I helped them walk again! 

 

5 things you should know about me: 

  1. I am a lover of all foods, except for nuts (they will kill me!)

  2. I haven’t cried in the last 10 years, only getting emotional watching the footy and races

  3. I have several nicknames including Jake the Snake and the Little Mouse.

  4. I struggled in high school but peaked at University where I averaged a High Distinction for my EP Masters. 

  5. Growing up I wanted to play cricket for Australia; being a fast bowler in juniors, my teammates called me “Mini McGrath”.