Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy Team
At Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy, many of our therapists are from the local Canberra region and have studied at Canberra University. They are highly skilled and regularly attend conferences and courses to keep up to date with current research on injury management. This has enabled them to provide the best physio, podiatry, massage, pilates and other therapies to all of our clients in Gungahlin and Canberra City. Our goal is to get you back to full recovery in the shortest time and provide you with the tools to look after your health, long after you leave our care.
- Sydney 2000 Olympic Games
- Wests Tigers NRL
- Hockey Australia
- Hockey ACT
- Parramatta Eels NRL
- Australian Track & Field
- Eastern Suburbs Rugby
- Sydney Swans AFL
- Brumbies Rugby
- Daramalan Rugby
- Gungahlin United Football Club
- NSW Institute of Sport
- ACT Academy of Sport
- Australian Squash
- Triathlon Australia
Jenna graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Biology. Her special interests include the rehabilitation of sporting injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, women’s health and pilates. Jenna is a keen hockey player and is a current member of the ACT Academy of Sport and represents for the ACT Strikers. Outside of work and training she also enjoys reading, knitting and surrounding herself with family and friends.
Jamie graduated from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He spent several years working out of outpatient clinics and in the inpatient setting in Invercargill on the South Island, treating a wide variety of conditions both acute and chronic in nature. His special interests include the use of acupuncture for pain relief and tissue alteration, sport specific injuries and rehabilitation, and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation. He enjoys all sports, but has a keen interest in rugby, cricket and squash, and loves the outdoor activity setting that Canberra provides.
Simon graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2007. He spent several years working on the far south coast of NSW in both the hospital and private setting whilst also enjoying seasonal physiotherapy work at Jindabyne treating ski injuries during the snow season. His special interests include sports injuries, acute lower limb injuries, knee ligament injuries and sports specific rehabilitation. Simon enjoys the Canberra lifestyle and his interests include mountain biking, skiing, running and tennis during his spare time.
Nick graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelors in Applied Science in Human Biology. Nick’s special interests include rehabilitation from sporting injures, management of work related injuries and functional strength and conditioning for injury prevention. Nick grew up playing basketball and has represented the ACT playing with the ACT Academy of Sport and the Canberra Gunners Academy.
Jim graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor of Health Science. He has special interests in sports injuries particularly of the lower limb, soccer injuries and pilates. He also pays particular focus to prevention of future injuries. Jim enjoys all outdoor activities with his family and friends as they are often out camping, cycling, hiking and sailing. Jim has spent 12 months in Canada fine-tuning his Pilates and snowboarding knowledge to further his clinical skills.
Craig is the practice principal of Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy. He attained a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy degree in 2000 at Sydney University studying foot injuries in runners and anterior knee pain in cyclists. He has been working as a physiotherapist for over 20 years and moved to Canberra over 12 years ago. He has been consultant physiotherapist for Balmain Rugby League, Eastern Suburbs Rugby, Australian Track & Field and Brumbies Rugby. His special interests include lower limb biomechanics, spinal instabilities and malalignments, bike fitting, running assessments, shoulder injuries and knee injuries. Craig was a former international level middle distance runner but now enjoys endurance mountain biking achieving a 2nd placing (age group 40-44 years) in the 2010 World Solo 24 hour Mountain Bike Championships. He also enjoys skiing, swimming, kayaking, gym work and spending time with his family.
Freddy graduated from Denmark with a bachelor of physiotherapy, after completing his thesis focusing on plyometric training for recreational runners. His special interests include sports rehabilitation, biomechanical correction and men’s health. Before coming to Canberra, Freddy was a former international elite military pentathlete, representing Denmark at multiple world championships. He enjoys being active and outdoors. Freddy recently discovered a great passion for playing ultimate frisbee. He also likes mountain biking around Canberra and the ever-lasting battles with the magpies!
Michael graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelors in Applied Science in Human Biology and honours in Sports Studies. Michael’s interests include workplace rehabilitation, and lower limb sporting injuries. Michael enjoys playing football and futsal in his spare time and using his experience of recovering from injury to help his clients.
Leanne graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Leanne’s interests include sports rehabilitation and Pilates, as well as strength and conditioning for health and injury prevention. Leanne has a history as a competitive swimmer, and was formerly on a swim scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport here in Canberra. Outside of work Leanne loves scuba diving, cooking and travelling the world.
Paul graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science Podiatry from Western Sydney University in 2008, after working for 10 years as a Registered Nurse in Australia, Britain, Europe, Russia, Middle East, USA and the Caribbean. He has previously worked as a diabetic educator and in the high risk foot clinic at St George Hospital, Sydney. Paul has worked extensively with elite athletes in Wollongong prior to moving to Canberra. He has a special expertise in the management of complex lower limb biomechanical issues. In particular, foot and ankle joint manipulation, along with advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities are Paul’s area of special practice. Paul prides himself in having a broad knowledge of Podiatric Medicine which has been complemented with his extensive Nursing practice. In his spare time Paul competes in Surf life Saving at a Semi-professional level at local, state, national and international events.
Claire graduated with a Bachelor in Podiatry from the Queensland University of Technology in 2017. Having recently moved from Brisbane, Claire is enjoying exploring Canberra and experiencing all that it has to offer. Claire also has a degree in Health Sciences with a Major in Public Health and Health Promotion. Previously she had be working in the field of mental health in Queensland’s health department and at Griffith University in health research. Claire decided to make the switch from the head to the toes (mental health to podiatry) in order to have a greater direct impact on patient care, and she hasn’t looked back since. Claire loves all things podiatry with a special interest in ingrown toe nails, orthotic therapy and paediatrics.
Ethan has completed the Advanced Diploma of Health Science (Soft Tissue Therapies) at the Canberra Institute of Technology. Ethan has a keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions, such as low back pain, hip pain, whiplash, headaches, neural injury and post-operative rehabilitation. He has worked with athletes at the AIS and often works in conjunction with our physiotherapists to create the best outcome. He emphasizes soft tissue therapy as his area of expertise, and utilizes trigger point therapy, myofascial release, PNF stretching, heat and cold therapy and strengthening programs to get the best result with his clients. Ethan is also qualified in the use of Kinesio tape as well as incorporating dry needling and myofascial cupping therapy into his treatments. Ethan enjoys spending time studying, reading and spending time with his family and close friends.
Felicity is a Myotherapist and Remedial Massage Therapist who has worked as a manual therapist for 8 years. After completing her Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy in Melbourne in 2014 she joins us with experience working in a variety of clinics. She enjoys working closely with people to help them achieve a better quality of life. She is a firm believer in holistic health and loves the part in which she plays, aiming to always provide a comfortable atmosphere for clients and deliver a high standard of care during treatments. She likes treating all kinds of conditions including; chronic pain, pre & post-natal care, running related injuries and work related pain and injury. In her treatments she combines her Remedial Massage and Myotherapy skills such as trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, dry needling and exercise prescription to accomplish results.
Chris has a degree in human biology from the University of Canberra in addition to an Advanced Diploma of Soft Tissue Therapy from the Canberra Institute of Technology. Chris has been working as a remedial massage therapist and soft tissue therapist since year 2000. He has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions, such as neck and low back pain, hip pain, whiplash, headaches, and nerve injuries. He uses kinesiotaping as an effective adjunct to his massage skills. Chris also uses structural bodywork techniques for scoliosis (curvature of the spine), spinal joint dysfunctions and for minimising whole body compensation strategies. He has worked with elite athletes from the AIS and enjoys working in conjunction with our physio and podiatry team members to get the best outcome for our clients. When Chris is not providing great massages, he can be seen practicing and teaching Kung Fu. He also enjoys relaxing in coffee shops, lifting weights, practicing yoga or watching cat videos on YouTube.
Erhan graduated from CIT with an advanced diploma in Soft Tissue Therapy, after completing a degree in Sports Management through a scholarship in his home country, Turkey. At present he is undertaking a Bachelor of Science degree at University of Canberra. Erhan is especially interested in correcting posture problems due to muscle imbalances and relieving pain arising from neck and lower back regions. He currently applies remedial massage therapy aimed at pain relief for clients. Additionally, he consults directly and indirectly with the team physiotherapists so the most effective outcome can be achieved for clients. Erhan has a strong interest in basketball and was a semi-professional player in Turkey. He enjoys following the NBA and playing social basketball. Other interests are cycling and walking.
It is a condition of employment that all professional staff are fully paid members of their relevant professional body and thus we are bound by the ethical guidelines and professional code of conduct of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports Medicine Australia, Australian Podiatry Council and the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.