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.
Andy graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor of Science in Biology and Genetics at the Australian National University. His special interests include post-operative rehabilitation, sporting injuries, acute lower limb injuries and strength and conditioning rehabilitation. Andy grew up swimming competitively and has held numerous records and represented ACT and NSW in national and international competitions. Outside of work Andy enjoys motorsports, good food and variety of outdoor activities and sports.
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.
Josie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Newcastle University. Josie is new to the city, and is ready to begin her new chapter at Sport and Spinal Physiotherapy. Her interests include sports injury rehabilitation, women’s health and Pilates. Outside of work, she enjoys triathlons, running, horse riding, snow boarding and shopping.
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.
Luke is a graduate from Western Sydney University and holds a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Podiatric Medicine. After previously working in the corporate world in IT Administration, a desire to help people improve their health, led him to podiatry. Luke has previously worked in Ulladulla on the South Coast and Tuggeranong in private practice. He is happily settled in Canberra as it provides a wonderful lifestyle for active people.
Coming from Western Sydney Luke enjoys treating people with Diabetes and its growing concern in today’s society, providing preventative measures to protect their lower limb health. He also has a passion for biomechanical assessments, coming from a running background, and helping to enable people to be pain free and living a healthy, active life.
On a personal level, Luke has a passion for being in the outdoors. Having previously competed in triathlons, he has since slowed down a little and enjoys running on the road and trail as well as being involved with a not-for-profit organisation Running Wild. Luke previously served on the committee of Running Wild as Vice President and Treasurer, and he is still the Race Director for Mount Solitary Ultra Marathon.
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.
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.
Paula graduated with a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the Canberra Institute of Technology and is currently studying a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science through the University of New England. Paula has worked in the health and fitness industry for a number of years and she is committed to helping others achieve positive health behavioural changes.
Emily graduated with a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the Canberra Institute of Technology, completing her transition from a career in the Commonwealth public service. Emily’s focus with massage therapy is to improve her clients’ lives by decreasing their aches and pains, and increasing their mobility. She works with a range of clients with soft tissue issues that may have arisen from everyday activities, sport or the workplace.
Emily enjoys working in collaboration with the physio and podiatry team members so clients can be actively participating in life at whichever stage they are at. Away from work, Emily is forever trying to find time to keep her own life balanced with reading, movies or bush walking, amongst spending time with her active family (if they aren’t dancing, mountain biking or running).
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.