Introducing Our Team
U Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates - Unanderra (4271 5648), and its sister Practice - U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates - Wollongong (4243 7077), employ a great team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates Instructors and a Massage Therapist who are ably supported by the Administration Team. All of our Health Professionals have extensive training in their field of expertise and work together to provide a comprehensive, safe and thoroughly effective range of treatments.
ALL THE TEAM ! - Christmas 2016
Tim is a partner at U Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates and has been with the practice for over 15 years. Tim has been extensively involved in sports physiotherapy with local, national, and international teams. Tim is currently the medical co-ordinator for the Australian Rugby Union Referees, and contracts to World Rugby and SANZAR as Head of Medical for the top level rugby referees. Tim has very recently worked full time as an Athletic Performance Physiotherapist with the GWS Giants in the AFL. Tim has completed his Graduate Diploma in Strength and Conditioning through Otago with World Rugby S&C Mat Blair and All Blacks Physio Peter Ghallager, acheiving Student of the Year. Tim has been Head Physiotherapist for the NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championships (NRC) and was the touring Physiotherapist for the Tongan National Rugby Team (Ikale Tahi) from since 2010-2015. Tim has also worked as head physiotherapist for the Junior World Rugby Cup in Argentina. He has done numerous international tours with the Tonga A rugby team, and co-ordinated medical for the Samoan National Rugby Team (Manu Samoa). Tim has also worked with the Newcastle Jets, NRL players, professional golfers, ARU development squads, professional surfers, basketballers, and hockey players. Tim has particular interests in the treatment and management of sporting injuries, as well as an interest in strength and conditioning for injury prevention and peak athletic performance.
Note: Sue is now based at our sister practice, U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong. Please call 4243 7077 for appointments.
Sue has been an owner in the practice for over 20 years. She really enjoys seeing the familiar faces coming back to the practice. Sue has had a very diverse career which has included lecturing in anatomy, working at the Sydney Olympics and teaching Clinical Pilates to physiotherapists both nationally and internationally. Sue has been appointed as one of only four specialist reservist physiotherapists with the Royal Australian Air Force. Now a Flight Lieutenant, she has recently completed her rifle training and now everyone does their home work exercises! She has provided sports coverage for the British Air Force Rugby team and the International Defence Force Cricket Challenge. Sue is currently physiotherapist for the Australian team for the Invictus Games, and has toured South Africa with the Samoan Rugby team and New Zealand with RAAF cricket. Over her professional life Sue has, and continues, to complete a wide variety of courses which provides her with many different treatment options and allows the best possible approach to your care. She enjoys the challenge of complex and chronic problems and has a special interest in the sacro-iliac joint, hypermobility and fibromyalgia.
Originally from Newcastle, Michael, our latest Practice Principal, moved to the Illawarra 10 years ago to study Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong. After his undergraduate degree he progressed into a Masters of Science by research. Michael worked for UOW as a human performance scientist and performed research for the NSW Fire Brigade and Defence Science and Technology Organisation. He then completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University and is interested in combining his clincial physiotherapy with his love of research. Michael has lectured in Exercise Science programs for the Victoria University and currently tutors at UOW. This has given him a great knowledge of exercise prescription.
Formerly a representative track cyclist Michael still loves cycling though he no longer competes. He is currently involved in coaching competitive cyclists and has a Masters of Strength and Conditioning. He also has a special interest in Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) for the assessment and management of Men's health issues such as pre and post prostate surgery.
Anna joined the U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates team in mid 2016. After growing up in the local area she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University in Albury and undertook her practical training across urban and rural NSW and Victoria. After graduation she worked as a Physiotherapist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, working in multiple areas of practice including cardiopulmonary, neurological, musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. After taking some time out in early 2016 to travel to South America hiking and camping (and treating the injuries of many friends along the way!) she realised her passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy. After briefly returning to RPAH Anna has come back to the Illawarra to join us as a Physiotherapist and certified Pilates Instructor. Anna has a special interest in Headaches and has completed the Watson's Headache Course, giving her a specialised level of knowledge in the diagnosis and management of headaches. Anna enjoys working with people of all ages in the management of sporting injuries and chronic disease which stems from her interests in hockey, touch football and participating in all things outdoors. Her passion for skiing and travel see her enjoying time spent down in the Snowy Mountains and on the international ski slopes!
Mikaela is a new addition to the team joining us in February 2018! She grew up in Cowra and was very active in competitive sports. Having spent many sessions with the local physio she decided to become one !
Mikeala is a qualified Personal and Sports Trainer and this has enabled her to gain invaluable experience with the Illawarra Cutters and St George Illawarra Dragons.
She is also a qualified Pilates Instructor and her skill set makes for great classes.
Mikeala is very excited to meet and help all the patients that make up the family that is U Physio.
Aside from working at the clinic you'll find her on the beach, playing touch football or eating her body weight in food!
Please call 4271 5648 to make an appointment with Mikaela.
Note: Conrad is available for appointments at both our Practices please call U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong 4243 7077 or Unanderra 4271 5648 for appointments at your preferred location.
Conrad came to Australia, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, just to see what it is like on this side of the world. Hs initial plans were to stay for just 1 year... that was 7 1/2 years ago!
Conrad holds dual qualifications in Human Movement and Physiotherapy. He believes in a dynamic approach to rehabilitation and incorporates comprehensive exercise programs in his treatment plans where appropriate.
As a Physiotherapist, Conrad has held many positions in his career including working for the South African Department of Health, DeBeers Consolidated Mines, as well as running his own private practice before moving to Australia.
Conrad enjoys working with local sports clubs and teams, travel and meeting new people who share similar interests.
He also has a particular interest in dry needling having completed advanced training in therapeutic techniques to augment his manual therapy skills. Conrad has recently decided to have another midlife crisis and bought himself a motorcycle, which he intends to use to see more of the beautiful country we live in. Conrad also likes doing the usual things that other people like doing - swimming, going to gym watching movies - though he is yet to refine his liking of reading for leisure!
Note: Casey is based at our sister practice, U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong. Please call 4243 7077 for appointments.
After growing up in New Zealand Casey moved to Australia in 2006 where she completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science at Wollongong University (2010) and Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University (2012). Casey spent her graduate year working as a physiotherapist for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in multiple areas including cardiopulmonary, neurological, musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Since then she has been working in private practice for over 4 years, treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Casey has been the physiotherapist for the Illawarra Steelers junior rep teams, NSW U16’s and Women’s state of Origin teams as well as the NSW Country Colts. Casey has a special interest in the treatment and management of sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.
Having grown up in the local area and been a patient here once or twice, Mat is now one of our Exercise Physiologists. Having initially studied Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong, he completed a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney, graduating in early 2016.
Also a certified Clinical Pilates Instructor, Mat relishes the prospect of working with a wide variety of clients to assist them to achieve their personal health goals.
He is a friendly, approachable person with a great sense of humour, and strives to make each session challenging, yet enjoyable.
Mat is also an avid sports fan, having a keen interest in all football codes and cricket, but is most enthusiastic about soccer, having played the game since a young age.
Elaine is our Practice Manager and working at both our Unanderra and Wollongong locations certainly keeps her on her toes!
She is a "tragic"Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League fan - but we still let her work here amongst the Eels, Tigers and Dragons supporters! In her downtime she also enjoys watching and reading thillers and detective stories and attempts to use up her energy by going to the gym!
Our fabulous Office Administrator, Coreena has recently returned to work after the birth of her first child. She is now "behind the scenes at Unanderra" but always has time to catch up with the many patients she has come to know over 16 years with our Practice.
Emma moved to the Wollongong area and quickly become a beach baby! She is a bright and energetic person who loves a challenge. She loves her gym time and protein shakes! (But doesn't mind the odd chocolate or two!) She is very outgoing anad loves to chat. A food and dining enthusiast - Emma could tell you all of the best restaurants in NSW. Her personal favourite being Samurai Japanese restaurant in Balmain ... Yummy !
Donna joined our Practice in June 2017. She has worked in Administration in the Physiotherapy industry for 15 years and was Practice Administrator for Albion Park Physiotherapy for 12 years. She enjoys the face to face contact front desk administration brings and is enjoying her time with us!
When Donna is not at work she spends her time working "behind the scenes" in their family theatre company So Popera Productions, bringing quality shows to the IPAC stage in Wollongong.
We welcome Jess our Unanderra Saturday Receptionist! She joined us after 15 years in the retail sector. With great customer service skills, a hearty laugh and an outgoing personality she is a great asset to our frontline team.
Jess enjoys cake decorating and creating delicious treats for family and friends, including her new workmates at BOTH Practices - we shall keep her busy in the kitchen!
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