OUR PHYSIO TEAM
Steve came to Strathalbyn Physiotherapy in 1999, having graduated with a BAppSc (Physio) in 1989 and successfully completing a Masters of Physio (Manip. Therapy) in 1998, both from UniSA.
He gained extensive clinical experience from his work in busy public hospitals (both in Australia and the UK), private practice, through his involvement with elite level athletes at the South Australian Sports Institute (1996-2000), and through providing physiotherapy services at the Sydney Olympics, 2000.
Besides being a clinical physiotherapist, Steve has been involved for the last 15 years in a teaching role through: tutoring and mentoring physiotherapy students, University research supervision, lecturing on Australian Physiotherapy Association courses, and specialist lectures to both undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy students at UniSA. He has lectured internationally in the field of Soft Tissue Management, which is a key professional interest of his.
Besides being focused on helping his patients overcome pain or limitation, one of Steve's key beliefs of his physiotherapy practice is the importance of educating patients to understand their condition, and to provide clear explanations regarding their management and prognosis.
When not at work, Steve enjoys time with family, keeping fit with running/ cycling, and the occasional extreme “life” adventure…
I have been a part of the Strathalbyn Physio family since June 2011 where I landed soon after my post-graduate program in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from University of South Australia. In the year 2011, I was fresh out of University and contributed to three scientific papers in the areas of Achilles Tendinopathy, Thoracic Outlet syndrome and the use of mental imagery in the sport of Archery. In the time since 2011, I pursued further learning in the neuroscience of Pain, the management of persistent low back disorders using Cognitive Functional therapy, the applications of Mindfulness using EEG Neurofeedback in Chronic Pain conditions and exploring the validity of dry needles in the management of various pain conditions.
Apart from being a practicing Titled Musculoskeletal Physio (awarded by the Australian Physio Association) since 2014, I am also a committee member for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (SA Branch) since 2017.
I am also committed to be a science communicator for Physiotherapy on the internet, and enjoy helping to bring the understanding of science to the general public, in a way that they can understand. On one of these forums, Quora, my answers or comments have been read over 500,000 times, making me the highest read Physiotherapy author across that platform.
If I am not at Strathalbyn Physio you may find me with my mates playing Badminton at the Adelaide Badminton Centre or playing Dad the rest of the time!
I have been a part of Strathalbyn Physiotherapy family since October 2013, starting in a small part time capacity and building up to working 4 days a week as the growth of my family allows.
I graduated from the University of South Australia with my Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008, and went straight into private physiotherapy practice in QLD before returning home to SA where I have been content ever since.
I am passionate about Continence, Pelvic Health and Women’s physiotherapy, having completed further training and assessment through the Australian Physiotherapy Association. It is amazing to help someone improve their quality of life in an area that is often hushed and not spoken about. I hope to one day complete my Masters of Physiotherapy in this area!
I understand how important it is to be fit and healthy and like my colleagues I understand the value in specific exercise based rehabilitation. I run all of our exercise classes at Strathalbyn Physiotherapy, including Hydrotherapy and land based gym classes for strength and control. I have been a Pilates instructor for the past 10 years and utilise this knowledge throughout my treatment and class settings.
I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Continence Foundation of Australia.
When I’m not at work, I am a wife and a Mum to 3 energetic beautiful children, helping out on our property, trying to fit in a social life somewhere or playing Netball for Langhorne Creek Netball Club!
Michael, or "Wilbur" to his friends, comes to Strathalbyn Physiotherapy with a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge, gained from what is arguably one of the most demanding and time pressured work environments… the elite level sporting world!
Having been a past AFL player with The Power from 1997 - 2008, achieving that memorable Premiership in 2004, and through various senior football roles as a player with the Power and the Post Adelaide Magpies, Michael has experienced first-hand the challenges and injury risks associated with high intensity training and elite level performance.
Having retired from playing and after graduating from Physiotherapy in 2010, he took on the role of Team Physiotherapist at the Power from 2011-2020. Working closely with the medical and specialist staff over those 9 years, provided Michael access to the latest approaches in injury management and technologies, which are now able to benefit our patients at Strathalbyn Physiotherapy.
A recent shift in career direction has created different opportunities and we are very fortunate to have Michael join our committed team of physiotherapists at Strathalbyn Physiotherapy.
His physiotherapy experience, knowledge and professional expertise developed over the last 10 years transfers well to the wide variety of patients we see through the clinic, from the "weekend warrior" sportsperson to the office keyboard operator to the enthusiastic gardener!
Outside of work, Michael loves spending quality time with his wife and 4 children and keeping fit… (possibly to regain his former No 1 Australian Ironman All World Athlete ranking (age category) from 2014!).
Michael also has a passion for helping educate young Indigenous athletes, to develop their sporting skills and improve their knowledge of injury management, in order to role model for their peers.