Our Team

Our team all have exceptional skills in the management of occupational injuries and are committed to providing service excellence.

EXECUTIVE GROUP

David Brentnall FACP

David Brentnall FACP

BPhty, MPhty(Msk), FACP, GAICD, APAM.

Managing Director
APA Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Based in Brisbane, David established AXIS Physiotherapy in 2001 and serves as the Managing Director of AXIS Rehabilitation. David graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1993, a post-graduate Masters of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1999 from the University of Queensland and became a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapy as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in 2007. He has also been a guest lecturer for both the University of Queensland and Griffith University. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David has overseen the establishment of numerous onsite clinics and the growth of AXIS into a dynamic, trusted and Australia-wide company. As a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, David performs Independent Case Review services at our Brisbane head office.

Rosemary Grant

Rosemary Grant

BPhty, MPhty(Msk), GradDipOHS, APAM.

Director
APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist

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Rosemary graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and post-graduate Masters in Manipulative Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Queensland University of Technology. She has also been awarded the title of APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist. Rosemary has also taken a role as guest lecturer at the University of Queensland and is a member of the QLD Branch of the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Association and has been involved with the association at both a state and national level.

Based in Brisbane, Rosemary joined David in 2003 to expand the scope of AXIS Rehabilitation to include on-site Physiotherapy clinics and has overseen the implementation of numerous clinics and well-being programs.

Matthew Forner

Matthew Forner

BAppSc(HMS), MPhty(ST), GradCertESH, APAM.

Director
APA Occupational Health Physiotherapist

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Based in Brisbane, Matt joined the AXIS leadership team in 2011. Matt graduated from the University of Queensland in 2004. He spent 3 years practising as a Physiotherapist in Ontario, Canada and brings a 20 year history of working in the health and fitness Industry. He is a strong advocate for exercise based rehabilitation programs and believes in treating the patient as a whole and not just the injury.

Matt is one of our two Onsite Services Managers and ensures optimal delivery of Onsite Physiotherapy clinics across Australia.

Michael Tew

Michael Tew

BPhty, GradDipOHS, APAM.

Director
Physiotherapist

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Based in Brisbane, Michael joined the AXIS executive team in 2015. Michael is one of our two Onsite Services Managers and ensures optimal delivery of Onsite Physiotherapy clinics across Australia.

He has experience in providing a range of occupational Physiotherapy services to employers across many industries, including aviation, freight and manufacturing. Michael strongly believes in the positive health effects of work, and enjoys assisting injured workers to return to their full capacity. Michael has previously worked with several sporting teams, and feels that the active rehabilitation principles that underpin this field are just as relevant in the occupational realm.

Helen Barker

Helen Barker

General Manager – Operations

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Based in Brisbane, Helen has recently joined the AXIS executive team. Helen has worked within the health industry for more than 13 years, including 10 years in management. She has held state and national leadership roles across a number of sectors including; onsite workplace health, NDIS and aged care and health and safety consulting.
 
Outside of work Helen loves getting outdoors, cycling, running and enjoying the QLD sunshine.

Leadership GROUP

Nick Kendrick

Nick Kendrick

BAppSc(HMS)(Hons), MPhty(St), MPhty(Msk&Sports), APAM.

Clinical Lead
APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

APA Sports Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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As clinical lead, Nick advises and supports the team across Australia and New Zealand in ensuring that there is a consistent delivery of quality clinical consultations by AXIS.

Nick has experience in treating both acute musculoskeletal injuries and chronic musculoskeletal pain and leads the multi-disciplinary pain management team. Nick uses a hands-on approach to help facilitate an active, exercise-based rehabilitation. Nick completed his Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University in 2016. He is also a treating clinician in two clinical trials being conducted by two leading Australian universities.

Sarah Walsh

Sarah Walsh

BBehSc, BPsySc(Hons), MAppPsych(Health).

Clinical Lead
Health Psychologist

Injury Management Consultant

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As clinical lead, Sarah advises and supports the team across all services to ensure there is consistent consideration, and appropriate treatment of psychosocial factors related healthcare and return to work.

She leads the team of psychologists at AXIS to ensure consistent delivery of quality clinical consultations. Sarah has experience working with people who living with persistent pain, and who are adjusting to illness or injury. Sarah has completed her Master’s of Applied Psychology (Health) at the University of Queensland and is currently undergoing her STAP training to become a board approved supervisor.

Specific areas of expertise:

  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Life transition and adjustment issues
  • Pain management
  • Health behaviour change
  • Workplace stress
  • Clinical health psychology (supporting people living with a chronic health condition)
  • Pregnancy and infertility support
  • Rehabilitation/Injury counselling
  • Weight management
  • Communication training

Luke Cosgrave

Luke Cosgrave

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Melbourne Team Lead
Physiotherapist

Injury Management Consultant

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Luke graduated from La Trobe University in 2011 with first class Honours in Physiotherapy and has gained extensive experience within public health rehabilitation and outpatient settings as well as private practice. He has completed additional training in Sports and Spinal Management, Dry Needling as well as Vestibular Rehabilitation. He undertakes continuous professional development and is passionate about promoting the profession through the provision of high-quality care. Luke’s approach is to develop and implement tailored therapy plans with clients to facilitate early return to work and sport.

Will Hunt

Will Hunt

BSci, DPT, APAM.

NSW Team Lead
Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant 

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Will is passionate about improving Australia’s musculosketal health with primary interests in neck, back, shoulder and hip pain. He is motivated to deliver high-value Physiotherapy care to clients with a strong background in human anatomy. He tutors anatomy at Macquarie University and aspires to complete a PhD in clinical anatomy.

QLD Team

Anna Watson

Anna Watson

BMarSt(HonsClass1), MPhty(St), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Senior Return to Work Consultant

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Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, Anna has worked in occupational rehabilitation and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has extensive experience in injury management, and believes that treating an individual as a whole and understanding their personal circumstances leads to the best outcomes. Anna is passionate about returning people to what they love after injury; be it work, fitness or life goals.

Dan Flanagan

Dan Flanagan

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Dan graduated in 2005 from the University of Queensland and has accumulated broad experience across private practice and hospitals across the UK and Australia. Dan joined the AXIS team in 2012 and forms an integral part of the AXIS multi-disciplinary pain management team. He draws on his extensive experience in multiple clinics as well as the sporting field to be dynamic across the acute to chronic management spectrum.

Dylan Woodward

Dylan Woodward

BExSc, MPhty(St), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Dylan has a strong interest in the areas of musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic pain, particularly in the context of workplace rehabilitation. His emphasis in treatment is on the importance of managing the individual as a whole and taking into account all aspects of the injury.

John Stark

John Stark

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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John graduated from James Cook University in 2009 and worked in Occupational Health for most of his career. John has gained experience in both Australia and the UK and has consulted across a wide range of industries. His approach to Physiotherapy in the private practice setting has been honed through gaining experience across a wide range of clinics during his time in the UK.

Don Sendanayake

Don Sendanayake

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Don graduated from the University of Queensland and has worked in the private practice setting until joining the AXIS team. His treatment focus is to partner with the client to return them to their activity of choice – whether its work, sport or something in between! This approach is underpinned by a strong focus on exercise for rehabilitation and prevention.

Angel Chercoles

Angel Chercoles

BSc, GDipEd, MPhty(St), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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With a background in education, Angel combines his two passions of educating and health into the career of Physiotherapy.  He believes in empowering clients with knowledge, decreasing their reliance on the therapist in the long-term to enable self-management.  Angel has a client focused approach looking at the client as a whole and not just a particular condition or injury.   With special interests in strength and conditioning, Angel enjoys creating and demonstrating exercise programs for his clients.

Cailen Gothard

Cailen Gothard

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Cailen graduated from the University of Queensland in 2018 and has worked in sport and musculoskeletal practice since graduation. She has six years’ experience as a sport trainer and currently supports a football team. Outside work she enjoys running, mountain biking, hockey and watching football as well as (trying) to teach herself how to draw!

Megan Bowden

Megan Bowden

BExSci, MPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Megan completed both her bachelor of health and exercise science followed by postgraduate physiotherapy studies in Sydney. She has been practicing physiotherapy for almost 10 years and is passionate about helping to improve the quality of life of others.

Megan’s background has formed the foundations of her treatment approach which is tailored to the individual and utilises a variety of manual therapy techniques, as well as education and exercise-based rehabilitation. Megan enjoys the challenge and variety of the occupational health environment, particularly being able to treat an individual in their workplace.

 Outside of work Megan loves running, relaxing with a good book and spending time with her family.

Josh Porta

Josh Porta

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Josh has over a decade of knowledge and experience in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Josh completed his Bachelor degree in 2011 at James Cook University, Townsville and has spent the past 10 years working in private practice in both Townsville and Cairns before moving to Brisbane. He has worked with both recreational and professional athletes, including local AFL teams, QRL and NBL teams.  Josh has a particular interest in all areas musculoskeletal and strives to keep people active through their injury rehabilitation. In his free time, Josh enjoys everything outdoors, including surfing, hiking and fishing.

Heidi Mules

Heidi Mules

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Heidi graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1994. Since then she has worked extensively in both Australia and the United Kingdom, as well as working as a physio for the Australian Army at the Gallipoli barracks in Brisbane. She has a special interest in the holistic approach to treatment of musculoskeletal injuries of the spine.

Mitchell Matthews

Mitchell Matthews

BSci(Sport&Exercise), MPhty(St), MPhty(Msk&Sports), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2008, Mitch went on to graduate from the University of Queensland in 2011 with a Masters in Physiotherapy Studies. He has experience working with a range of presentations, from community based and elite sporting teams and athletes, to workplace injury rehabilitation, and people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal and joint pain.

Mitch enjoys keeping up to date with recent evidence and advances in the field of sports medicine and musculoskeletal pain. This interest enticed him to complete his Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2016.

Georgie White

Georgie White

Dip Rem. Massage

Remedial Massage Therapist

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Georgie completed her Dimploma of Remedial Massage in 2006 and has been providing excellent, results-driven hands on care since. To achieve her outcomes, she combines her 10 years of experience with her interest in helping her clients understand and connect with their bodies.

Georgie utilises stretching, deep tissue massage, trigger point release and neuromuscular techniques. She comes from an office background so has an empathetic understaning of the effects of office-based work on the body. She also has eperience providing sports massage to cricket teams and triathlon clubs.

Read more about remedial massage here.

Tom James

Tom James

BPhty(Hons), GradCertProjMgt, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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With a background in construction prior to turning to physiotherapy, Tom understands the importance of looking after your body.

Since graduating as a physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 2018, Tom enjoys empowering his clients to better health through education and exercise, supported by manual therapies.

Tom firmly believes that when you know how your body works, it will work better for you. Tom prioritises not only identifying a clients problem but also the underlying causes, before outlining a clear path to optimised health.

Having an initial diverse exposure to injuries through working with various sports, Tom now enjoys bringing the same treatment ethos into the work place. In his personal time, Tom enjoys traditional rock climbing outdoors each weekend, and indoor bouldering several times a week

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

BSocsci (Psych) MOrgPsych MAPS

Psychologist
Injury Management Consultant

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Chris’ training in organisational psychology means that he is equipped with a broad understanding of psychological constructs. He is passionate about helping organisations create a psychologically healthy workplace for their employees.

Chris has experience working alongside individuals to craft a path back into employment, using evidenced-informed approaches (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy etc.) to support the process. Fostering a collaborative space, Chris is committed to ensuring each client is equipped with the mindset and tools to achieve enduring and positive change.

Specific areas of interest for Chris:

  • Enhancing confidence & self-esteem
  • Reducing symptoms of Depression & Anxiety
  • Building a stress management toolkit
  • Enhancing communication & strengthening relationships
  • Leadership development / career management
  • Working towards work-life balance
  • Dealing with challenging people
  • Grief and loss counselling

Outside of work, Chris enjoys spending time with family and playing the occasional round of golf

Danielle Mahoney

Danielle Mahoney

BPsySc(Hon), MPsych(Health) candidate

Provisional Psychologist

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Danielle is currently studying the Master of Psychology (Health) at The University of Queensland and is expected to graduate mid-2022.

Danielle is passionate about supporting people through personal challenges and life transitions.

Danielle uses a collaborative and holistic framework, drawing on evidence-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to support self-exploration and growth. She has prior experience working with depression, anxiety, stress and disordered eating. Specific areas of interest to Danielle include the management of pain and improving self-management of chronic physical health conditions.

Outside of work, Danielle enjoys baking, reading classic novels and watching motorsport.

Georgia Young

Georgia Young

BPsySc(Hon), MPsych(Health) candidate

Provisional Psychologist

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Georgia is currently studying a Masters of Psychology (Health) at the University of Queensland with Graduation expected in July 2022.

Georgia has prior experience with depression and anxiety, chronic disease, oncology, and inpatient rehabilitation. She works within a client led framework to empower clients and their recovery.

Outside of the office Georgia enjoys reading and going on walks with her dog.

Ben Duka

Ben Duka

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Ben graduated from the University of Queensland in 2020 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and has worked within workplace health as a Physiotherapist since 2020.  His special interests include, strength and conditioning, proactive workplace health and early interventions.  Ben’s hobbies include riding around the Brisbane river loop and his golden retriever taking him for a walk.

Poppy Taylor

Poppy Taylor

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Poppy graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2020 and began her physio career with a special interest in sporting injuries and prevention.  Poppy then grew an interest in occupational health and aspires to help others achieve their health and wellbeing goals in a holistic, positive, sustainable and empowering way. Outside of work Poppy enjoys the beach, walking her dog, trying new coffee shops and learning how to paint.

NSW Team

Nicola Hutchinson

Nicola Hutchinson

BPhty, MPhty (Musculoskeletal), FACP.

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Nicola Graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Musculoskeletal) in 2009. In 2015, she was awarded Specialisation in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Brendan Luo

Brendan Luo

BAppSc (Physiotherapy), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Brendan graduated from the University of Sydney in 2017 and has subsequently worked in private practice with a focus on spinal and sports conditions. He has provided coverage to Newcastle Jets Academy FC, UNSW European Handball club, National Futsal Championships, Penrith Rams AFL and the SMH Half Marathon. His philosophy promotes empowering patients to manage their condition through combining passive and active therapies.

Sami Smith

Sami Smith

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Sami graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Newcastle in 2018, and she has since worked in private practice in Newcastle. Sami also holds qualifications as a yoga teacher and personal trainer, and has experience as a sports trainer. She has a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and loves learning about all things biomechanics and physiology. She believes in helping people live holistic healthy lives. In her free time, she loves cross fit, yoga and running.

Michelle Lim

Michelle Lim

BAppSc (Physiotherapy), GradDipCS, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Michelle Graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) . Michelle has broad experience in private practice treating work based injuries and the sporting population of SW Sydney and NZ.  She problem solves collaboratively to treat underlying causes of injuries and build a realistic and achievable exercise plan that can sustain long term health. Michelle enjoys educating people to Self -monitor and the satisfaction they receive from being effective in their workplace and life activities. She has also voluteered in migrant services and as a physiotherapist in remote PNG.

Joseph Le Tran

Joseph Le Tran

BPhty, APAM

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Joseph graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2020.  Joseph was previously involved with sports coverage for Western Sydney Two Blues Rugby Union, South West Sydney Magpies AFL team.  He has a passion for optimising a patient’s physical ability through biomechanics and post-operative surgeries.  Ourside of work, Joseph enjoys travelling, oztag and volleyball.

Elain Tan

Elain Tan

BAppSc(Phty), MPhty(Sports), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Elaine graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 and Master in Sports Physiotherapy from University of Queensland in 2015.  Elaine has worked in various private practices as well as the public hospital system.  She has a keen interest in sports injuries and worked with GPS Rugby, Sydney Half-Marathon, City-2-Surf and Hockey NSW.  She has also been the team physiotherapist for Judo Queensland and Judo Federation Australia 2015 and provided physiotherapy coverage at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.  Additionally, Elaine also worked with the Chinese Olympic Committee to provide physiotherapy services for their national teams and spent time in China with their elite athletes to manage their training and rehabilitation programs in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

VIC Team

Millie Ferguson

Millie Ferguson

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Millie has completed a double degree is Sport Science (Health and Human Development) and Sport and Recreation Management, before going on to graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Sturt University in 2019. She is passionate about all things health and wellbeing, and is an advocate for a well-rounded and balanced life. In her free time, Millie enjoys running, cycling and netball – having played and coached for many years.

Bradley Smith

Bradley Smith

BSci, MPhty(St), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Bradley graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009 with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies, and is currently completing his Master of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Bradley has provided inpatient and outpatient care in both Melbourne and London, and has a particular interest in the prevention and treatment of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, as well as post-operative rehabilitation. Bradley enjoys travel and sport, particularly golf, and combining the two whenever possible. 

Maddy Wright

Maddy Wright

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Maddy graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours and since graduating she has been invited back to lecture. She has broad experience in regional private practice treating musculoskeletal conditions, and has worked with both Australian and continental cycling teams as team physiotherapist. In her free time, Maddy has a keen interest in road cycling, and competes at the elite level.

Daniel Di Mauro

Daniel Di Mauro

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Daniel has gained extensive experience since graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008. He has completed additional training in dry needling and is credentialed in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy. He has participated as a treating physiotherapist in University clinical trials for low back and shoulder pain. Daniel has a deep understanding of the importance of early intervention for workplace injuries.

Josh Farragher

Josh Farragher

BPhty, MPhty(Musc), PHD Candidate, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Since finishing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Monash University, Josh has completed a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne investigating chronic lower back pain – as well as lecturing at Universities across Melbourne. During this time, he has also gained nearly a decade of clinical experience treating musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and is Chair of the Victorian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Committee. In his spare time, Josh enjoys camping, hiking, basketball, and AFL.

Karen Dearham

Karen Dearham

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Karen Dearham graduated Suma Cumme Laude in 2002 from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa). She has extensive hospital and outpatient private practice experience, particularly in the treatment of musculoskeletal and sports injuries as well as post surgical rehabilitation. She has completed additional training in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, and has supervised postgraduate physiotherapy students. She believes in the importance of treating people holistically to help them to achieve their goals.

WA Team

Lachlan Arnott

Lachlan Arnott

BPhty(Hons), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Lachlan graduated from the University of Notre Dame, Fremantle in 2021. He is interested in treating musculoskeletal injuries, specifically sports injuries, having himself a long history of personal injuries in the past. Lachlan previously worked as a swimming instructor and his hobbies include footy (AFL), basketball and surfing.

Andy Austin

Andy Austin

BSc(Phty), MSc(ClinPhty), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Andy graduated from University in Dublin in 2013 and moved to Australia in 2017. Andy has previous experience in workplace physiotherapy in the mining industry and will be graduating from Clinical Physiotherapy Masters program at Curtin University in 2021.

 

Adelaide Team

Tien Pham

Tien Pham

BPhty, MPhty(Musc & Sports), APAM.

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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After completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of South Australia in 2010, Tien went on to complete his post-graduate Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. He strives to gain an in-depth understanding of each injury and how it relates to the person’s limitations. By utilising a targeted exercise program to complement his diverse hands-on manual therapy techniques, Tien is able to effectively treat the underlying causes to maximise the person’s physical function and performance, whether it is a quicker return to work or improving sporting capabilities.

Tien is also the state and national physiotherapist for Taekwondo Australia, and has travelled overseas for international competitions. Tien brings his wealth of experience when treating patients, always eager to learn and tackle new challenges.