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.
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 has been the medical co-ordinator for the Australian Rugby Union Referees, and contracted to World Rugby and SANZAAR 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.
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.
Originally from the Central West, Kate moved to the Illawarra to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Science, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Kate's passion for physiotherapy started from a young age whilst watching her beloved Parramatta Eels and Geelong Cats.
Kate has always had a passion for competitive team sports which has consquently resulted in multiple injuries, trips to the Physio and long rehab programs. This experience further consolidated her love for physiotherapy and assisting people to getting back on track. Kate's area of interest relates to knee pain and injuries, with a special love for anything ACL related. She has attended multiple information evenings and watched various knee operations to futher her understanding.
Kate has worked with multiple sporting teams including Australian Oz Tag, NSW Swimming, Illawarra Netball, NSW Soccer and the Illawarriors Rugby Union Team. Kate is currently the Physiotherapist for the Avondale Rugby Union Club in the Illawarra Rugby Union competition.
She is a very friendly and emphatic person who loves a good chat. In her spare time, you will likely find Kate heading back to her home town to catch up with good friends and family over delicious food and wine.
Chris is the newest Physiotherapist to join our team. Originally from the country town of Griffith NSW, Chris relocated to Wollongong to complete a bachelor degree in Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong, followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 2019, Chris is the physiotherapist for the Corrimal Rangers in the Illawarra Premier League.
Chris' passion for physiotherapy started from a young age due to his regular participation in sport which led to many visits to the physio. He was intrigued by their ability to assess and treat injuries and appreciated that physiotherapy could create positive change to someone's life.
Chris enjoys working closely with people and developing strong working relationships with his clients. Chris has been employed as a sports and recreation support worker at The Disability Trust since 2017, which sparked a particular interest in working with individuals with higher needs. Before this, Chris worked as a barista, but unfortunately, coffee won’t be included in his consultations.
In his spare time, you'll find Chris cheering on his Canberra Raiders, catching up with mates, or eating Nonna’s leftovers.
After growing up in Wollongong, Amy moved away at a young age to pursue a career in professional dance. Amy trained full-time ballet in Australia and the USA before she discovered her passion for injuries and rehabilitation. She decided to move home, completing her Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong and Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Technology Sydney.
Over the past 5 years Amy has been involved in various professional and local sports teams across the Illawarra and Sydney regions. In 2018, Amy travelled to Malaysia with the Illawarra Hawks NBL team for the Seri Mutiara Cup and continued the 18-19 NBL season as part of the performance team.
Amy has a special interest in sports injury prevention and rehabilitation and spends her spare time keeping up to date with sports around the globe with a keen interest in the EPL.
After growing up in New Zealand Casey moved to Australia in 2006 where she completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Wollongong University (2010) and a 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 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 U16s 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 pos-operative rehabilitation.
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.
Note: Mikaela is now based at our sister practice, U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong. Please call 4243 7077 for appointments.
Note: Conrad is available for appointments at our Wollongong Practice. please call U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong 4243 7077.
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 co-ordinating both our Unanderra and Wollongong practices certainly keeps her on her toes!
She is a "tragic" Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League fan - but she still enjoys working here with the local Dragons supporters! In her downtime she also enjoys watching and reading thillers and true crime stories. She also attempts to use up her energy by going to the gym!
Donna joined our Practice in 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.
Amber joined the practice in 2018, previously working in the real estate industry as a property manager. She enjoys a fast pace work enviroment and fits perfectly in our Unanderra practice at the front desk, greeting customers with a smile.
When Amber is not working she is spending time with her pup 'Wynston' at the beach or enjoying a good bush walk.
Fi joined the practice mid 2019 having moved recently from Melbourne to Wollongong. Before her move she was working for a busy physio for three years.
When Fi is not working she enjoys walking her dogs, spending time with family and friends and the outdoors.
Jess 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 fit for our Unanderra Practice.
Jess enjoys cake decorating and creating delicious treats for family and friends, including her team mates at BOTH Practices - we certainly keep her busy in the kitchen!
Jacoba is a Pilates Instructor at our Wollongong and Unanderra Practice.
Jacoba is a motivated, intelligent Pilates instructor and has completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction.
Jacoba believes in the Pilates philosophy and the many benefits it has to offer each and every individual.
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