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 Partner
Director Clinical Services
APA Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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Based in Brisbane, David established AXIS Physiotherapy in 2001 and serves as the 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 all our Independent Case Review services at our Brisbane head office.

Rosemary Grant

Rosemary Grant

BPhty, MPhty(Msk), GradDipOHS, APAM.

Occupational Health Services Manager
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.

Onsite Services Manager
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.

Onsite Services Manager
Physiotherapist

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Based in Brisbane, Michael joined the leadership team in 2015 and is involved in strategic planning and business development for AXIS. 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.

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.

Samuel Hutchins

Samuel Hutchins

BPhty, APAM, IMLa.

Systems Lead
Physiotherapist

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As Systems Lead, Sam advises on and supports AXIS business systems to achieve productivity and continuous improvement. He also leads the Melbourne onsite team to ensure quality service delivery and team cohesion. Sam is a Master’s of Business Administration candidate at Deakin University.

Based in Melbourne, Sam has overseen the successful implementation and ongoing success of several onsite early intervention and injury prevention clinics across Queensland and Victoria and has experience across a wide range of industries in an onsite and consulting capacity. Upon graduation from the University of Queensland in 2012, Sam immediately entered the arena of private practice and occupational health and hasn’t looked back since.

QLD Team

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.

Ryan Gilliman

Ryan Gilliman

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Ryan has worked in Sports Physiotherapy after graduation supporting AFL, Rugby Union and Rugby League teams. He soon moved into Occupational Health roles in 2012 working in regional areas supporting the mining, construction and gas industries. He enjoys rugby and anything fitness outdoors. He is currently completing his Masters in Occupational Health.

Anna Watson

Anna Watson

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

Senior Return to Work Consultant
Physiotherapist

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Since Anna graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies, she has completed a Certificate 1 in Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Anna believes that respect and understanding for each person’s circumstances and goals leads to the best outcomes. Anna has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings, treating in post-operative Physiotherapy, neurological rehabilitation and paediatric Physiotherapy. Anna has a passion for Women’s Health Physio and is excited to further specialise her knowledge in this field.

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 support a football team. Outside work she enjoys running, mountain biking, hockey and watching football as well as (trying) to teach herself how to draw!

Laura Grace

Laura Grace

BPsych(Hons), GradCertDomViol, MAppPsych(Health), GradCertAutSt.

Psychologist

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Laura works to assist clients with adjustment to, and management of, chronic pain and illness, as well as a variety of mental health concerns across different contexts and age groups. She believes the role of psychology in chronic pain or injury is to assist you in coping with the impact of pain, and to live a full life alongside pain. She is interested in how all areas of your life contribute to your current pain experience and thus creates a holistic approach. She aims to provide you with a welcoming space where you can navigate the emotional side of your condition. Laura completed her Bachelor of Psychology with Honours in 2014 and a Master’s of Applied Psychology (Health) in 2018.

Kai Morris

Kai Morris

BSc(Psych), GradDipPsychSt, BSocSc(Psych)(Hons), MAppPsych(Sport&Sci).

Psychologist

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Kai aims to create an environment where clients feel comfortable to explore difficult experiences, chronic pain and illness. Kai works to assist clients to consistently achieve peak performance, whether that be in the workplace, on the field, or in everyday life. He does not believe in a “one-size-fits-all” approach, and he works with clients to develop individual action plans to assist them in achieving their goals. Kai completed his Master of Applied Psychology (Sport and Exercise) in 2017.

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.

Lori Forner

Lori Forner

BScH, MPhty(St), APAM.

Womens Health Physiotherapist

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Lori has degrees in Human Movements and Physiotherapy. After working for years in musculoskeletal private practice clinics in Canada and Australia as a physiotherapist and pilates instructor, Lori found her passion in helping women with pelvic floor pain and dysfunction.

Her clinical interest is in treating complex chronic pelvic patients. She regularly attends pelvic health post graduate education courses and conferences, as well as keeping up to date with current research. Lori is an active board member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Continence and Women’s Health committee, a member of the Women’s Health Training Associates, provides lectures for allied health professionals, and educates the community on pelvic health.

Read more about Lori’s service @ loriforner.com

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.

NSW Team

Chieu Phan

Chieu Phan

BAppSci(Phty), MPhty(MSK & Sports), APAM.

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
APA Sports Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Chieu graduated from the University of Sydney in 2008 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). He has worked in both the public and private health system, but has found his interest in private practice treating a range of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. He utilises a on hands-on treatment with a progression to functional, exercise-based rehabilitation. He continued with further studies and graduated from Griffith University with a Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy.

Chieu has worked with various sporting teams including netball, rugby, and wheelchair rugby league. Chieu loves the outdoors, on the weekend you will find him dragonboat paddling, running an obstacle, doing a hike, or playing touch footy.

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.

Hubert Huynh

Hubert Huynh

BAppSci(Phty), MPhty(MSK & Sports), APAM.

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
APA Sports Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Hubert graduated in 2009 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). He has continued to work in both the public and private health system with his interests in treating acute, chronic and sporting conditions. He utilises both hands-on treatment and exercise-based rehabilitation to progress clients back to full function. He completed his Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from Griffith University in 2016.

Hubert has provided sports coverage for various events including the City2Surf, Kokoda Challenge, Athletics Australia National titles, Tennis Australia Wheelchair events and the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Having grown up around sports, Hubert has in recent years found his calling in Dragonboat racing competing in both national and international events. Outside of all this, Hubert also enjoys trekking the outdoors, obstacle races and hopes to one day provide his skills to lesser developed countries through medical volunteering groups.

Libby Funnell

Libby Funnell

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Libby completed her undergraduate Physiotherapy degree at Australian Catholic University 2014 in Sydney. She has worked in busy musculoskeletal private practices throughout Sydney and the city and was head Colts Physiotherapist for an Eastern Suburbs Sydney rugby union team. She has a passion for treating musculoskeletal spinal and sports injuries with a strong belief in education, manual therapy, clinical pilates and exercise rehabilitation for recovery.

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.

Vincent Ho

Vincent Ho

BHlthSc, MPhysio , APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Vincent graduated Western Sydney University 2018. His clinical interests are focused on occupational health and rehabilitation and his treatment approach advocates self-efficacy, empowering patients with education and exercise based rehabilitation, and collaborative goal setting. He has provided sports coverage to Football Federation Australia National Youth Championships, NSW state aged netball championships, National Premier League 1 Football and club AFL. He has also worked within multidisciplinary teams providing pain management and rehabilitation within aged care. Outside of work Vincent is an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

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.

VIC Team

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.

Aaron Dodd

Aaron Dodd

BHSc, MPhty(St), APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Aaron has been practicing physiotherapy since 2012 and holds tertiary qualifications of a Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy Practice and Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has worked across private practice, sports and corporate settings and is certified in both Pilate’s instruction (Polestar), strength and conditioning (ASCA) and dry needling. Through his immersion in competitive sport from a young age, with highlights of national championships and representation in Judo, Aaron appreciates how frustrating injuries can be and the great feeling when your body is performing optimally.

Jace van der Westhuizen

Jace van der Westhuizen

BSci(BioChem), MSc(Nutr&Diet), BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Jace graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry) in 2007, a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010 and a Bachelor pf Physiotherapy in 2013.  Since 2014 Jace has worked as a Physiotherapist and Accredited Practicing Dietician in Melbourne and North Qld.  He has worked mainly in private practice with a special interest in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and nutrition and dietetics in the context of helping clients with chronic health conditions and achieving their body transformation goal.

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. 

Dee Banerjee

Dee Banerjee

BPhty, APAM.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Dee graduated from Monash University in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has experience in private practice in Darwin with the Australian Defence Force, and more recently as an Onsite Physiotherapist in aviation. She believe believes good clinical reasoning is key to understanding the nature of a presenting issue, and working with clients to overcome their injuries and any barriers to return to their normal activity. In her free time she enjoys travelling, bushwalking and photography.

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.

Aaron Beck

Aaron Beck

BPhty(Hons), MSportsPhysio, MMuscPhysio, APAM.

APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
APA Sports Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Aaron graduated with honours from LaTrobe University in 2008, and earned APA tilting in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2016 and 2017 respectively. He is the Physiotherapist for Netball Samoa and has worked throughout Victoria and South Australia in public and private healthcare settings.

PERTH Team

Tara Hummelshoj

Tara Hummelshoj

BSci(Physio), BSci(Hons), BAppSci(Sports Coaching), APAM.

APA Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Tara has over 12 years experience in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in both the private and public sector. She has an extensive sports background as an athlete, coach and administrator as well as strength and conditioning experience.

Tara has a keen interest in the prevention and exercise rehabilitation of injury, no matter the setting it occurs in. She enjoys returning clients to “their normal” and the challenges the workplace setting brings to this.

New ZEALAND TEAM

Tanya Browne

Tanya Browne

BHSc(Physiotherapy), PGDipSEM, MNZSP.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Tanya has been working as a Physiotherapist in the Sports, Musculoskeletal and injury prevention fields for almost 20 years. She has a strong passion for holistic, comprehensive care and injury prevention education.

She is passionate about sport and has worked with athletes, teams and clubs from grassroots to elite level. Her career highlights include 2006 Commonwealth games in Melbourne, World Rugby 7s World Cup and Hong Kong 7s tournaments.

Tanya is an active tramper and conservationist volunteering for Forest and Bird and the SPCA. When she is not in the clinic you can usually find her outside on the beach, walking her dog learning to surf or riding horses!

Kylie Cox

Kylie Cox

BPhty, PGDipSEM, MZNSP.

Physiotherapist
Injury Management Consultant

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Kylie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1995 and completed a post-graduate diploma in sports medicine in 2005. She has vast extensive experience in musculoskeleltal and sports injury management, which she has also translated across to occupational health.

Kylie is active in competitive triathlon and a proud mum of two kids.