ADVANZ HEALTH

Our team of Physiotherapists, Pilates instructors, Massage therapists, Sports Physicians and Dieticians are extremely experienced, passionate and motivated. This creates a fantastic environment to recover from an injury or enhance performance.

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MEET OUR TEAM

PHYSIOTHERAPY & PILATES

MARK MITCHELL, Director

Mark is a highly experienced physiotherapist who has completed a Masters in Exercise Science (strength and conditioning). Mark has a passion for all sports and has practiced both in Europe and here in Australia, with sporting teams and athletes. From country cricket teams in England, to top (WCT) surfing professionals, Olympic medalist rowers, champion surf club iron men/women, rugby league and AFL players. Mark has treated and rehabilitated some of the world’s finest athletes.

Mark prides himself on giving the same attention and level of service to every client as “every client has a desired goal, whether it be to hold up a world champion trophy, get back to work, or simply to pick up your own child and do the shopping without pain. Each of these being equally important to the individual.”

As proprietor and director of Advanz Therapies, Mark is continually focused on providing a better treating environment for all ‘Advanz clients’ which yields best possible outcomes. He is extremely proud of the practice ethics and standards and the team which he works with daily.

“We are passionate about providing the absolute optimal standard of service for every client every visit”

CAELUM TROTT, Director

Caelum is a passionate physiotherapist who is dedicated to identifying and treating the true source of his clients injuries, through identifying the connections between all systems in the body and approaching health from a holistic perspective.
After graduating from the University of Sydney with the University Medal, Dean’s Scholar Award and Honours, he accepted a position at The Prince of Wales Hospital where he worked in public health for 12 months. He then turned his attention to private practice and sport physiotherapy, including work for the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, Sydney Swans Academy AFL, Waverley College Rugby, Balmain Rugby, Balmain Dockers women’s AFL, City to Surf and Oxfam Trailwalker.
Caelum has trained under the Connect Therapy (TM) model of physiotherapy, which emphasises that everything in the body is connected and strives to find the underlying cause of all conditions rather than just treating symptoms. He is particularly passionate about the connection between the mind and body and the influence of the brain and nervous system on physical health.
Outside of the clinic, Caelum also consults to corporate organisations on mindfulness, posture and workplace wellbeing. He is involved in academic research on health in the workplace and has had his previous research on neck pain published in medical journals.
Beyond health, Caelum’s passions include surfing, yoga, travel and music.

EMMA JACKSON, Senior Physiotherapist

Emma is the Women’s Health Expert at Advanz Health. She works with Women through pregnancy and in the postpartum period. In addition to this, Emma has extensive experience in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy. This gives her a holistic approach to Women’s Health, which is much more than treating pelvic floors! Emma can treat a range of symptoms including but not limited to: pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, bladder and bowel issues, core dysfunction or diastasis, as well as neck and upper limb issues.

Emma hails from Gippsland in country Victoria. Emma began her studies with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University in Melbourne. She then moved to Sydney to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University. 

Emma is a clinical pilates instructor, trained through the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute. Emma incorporates this skill into her treatment plans as well as teaching classes onsite in our Maroubra clinic.

Emma is an advocate for safe and effective movement. She loves educating people across the lifespan. Emma conducts Pointe assessments for young ballerinas and has an interest in helping young people with hypermobility.

EWEN JOHNSON, Senior physiotherapist and clinical educator 

Ewen is a passionate physiotherapist who thrives on delivering patient outcomes and therapist education to deliver wholistic and comprehensive treatments.

Ewen has studied both an undergraduate degree in exercise and sports science along side a masters in physiotherapy at Sydney university. 

Following university, Ewen studied many courses in his self described physio “addiction” specialising in elite spine rehabilitation under Dr Stuart McGill (No, not the cricketer!) and the pelvis under Barb Hungerford. His love for cricket, rugby, and golf have led him to receive qualifications under the APA sports physiotherapy program and additional post graduate education including dry needling and concussion courses.

With education being such a passion, Ewen has undertaken senior physiotherapist and education roles at Advanz. Within these roles he mentors new graduate physiotherapists with a collaborative goal, along side Advanz Health, of improving the discipline by helping thousands of new graduate physiotherapists in Australia with their detailed online education platform, which is soon to be implemented. 

Ewen has worked in hospital and private practice settings alongside many surgeons and experts in their fields. This has provided access to their vast experience and knowledge in musculoskeletal and sports, fracture management, post operative, vertigo, and neurological conditions. Having treated patients from all walks of life, he understands the importance of physiotherapy and strives to empower patients to achieve their goals; whether thats professional sport or as simple as lifting a grandchild.

Stephen Bancroft, Senior Physiotherapist

As a Physiotherapist, Stephen has worked primarily in a private clinic setting along with providing match day services for several premier grade football and rugby union teams. He has also provided treatment for the South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL Squad) and Brisbane Roar Youth Team. Prior to this, Stephen spent 10 years working as an elite level Sports Scientist and Strength Coach with a number of professional teams in the A-League and Super Rugby before moving overseas to work with amateur athletes and semi-professional teams in the United Kingdom and Middle East.

Stephen has extensive experience treating clients in a number of sports including rugby union, football, triathlon, power-lifting, running and fitness. He has also worked in a corporate environment dealing with ergonomics and manual handling in the workplace. As part of a desire to provide better service to clients he utilises a wide array of treatment methods including joint mobilisation, massage, muscle energy techniques, dry needling, gym-based exercise rehabilitation and thorough biomechanical analysis with subsequent retraining. His areas of special interest include the shoulder, back (lower and upper), sporting injuries, late stage rehabilitation and return to sport running.

Stephen’s passion is to provide elite level care (developed over 15 years of working at the professional level) to amateur athletes and social sports participants much like himself. In his spare time he continues to play Rugby Union (43 not out), hack his way around a golf course, enjoy the beach, regularly hit the gym or spend as much time as possible with his French Bulldog “Maximus”.

CIBELE PINHEIRO, Physiotherapist

Cibele is a dedicated musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has an appreciation of people wanting to get back to their best. She has worked in several settings assessing and treating a wide range of injuries, chronic pain disorders and post-operative conditions.

She combines her studies in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and dry needling with her extensive manual therapy experience to get the best possible outcomes to her patients. She strongly believes that treating dysfunctions in alignment and movement pattern of the body are the keys for long-term pain relief.

Cibele has acquired various skills over the years with continued education from a range of course. After developing a disc bulge in her own neck she has acquired a particular interest in managing neck pain, shoulder dysfunctions, back pain and pelvic issues.  She has completed her studies in Clinical Pilates and has since deepened her interest in spinal rehabilitation.

When Cibele is not working she loves being at the beach and keeping active with surfing, Pilates and yoga.

SARAH FENSOM, Physiotherapist + Exercise Physiologist

Sarah completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology, followed by a Masters in Physiotherapy. This means she can look after you from diagnosis of an injury all the way through to return to your high level activities and long term goals.

She has experience working with individuals who have a range of musculoskeletal injuries, as well as; chronic diseases, neurological disorders, pre and post natal women, kids and adolescents, and elite athletes engaging in sports specific rehab.

Sarah’s expertise is finding a way to get you moving efficiently without pain in early stages of rehab, and translating that efficiency into functional and dynamic movement as your body gets stronger. She has a passion for Pilates and also a broad experience with various exercise modalities, so she can tailor your rehab to your interests.

As she was raised on a farm in central NSW, she has always lead an active lifestyle, and looks forward to sharing her love of movement with you!

LUCY DOWNEY, Physiotherapist

Lucy completed a Master of Physiotherapy following a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Sydney University. She has previously worked across a number of hospitals in both Sydney and in the UK, showing a special interest in rehabilitating those post orthopaedic surgery.

She has gained experience treating this population group using gym equipment and through hydrotherapy. During her time in the UK Lucy completed Pilates training with the APPI and has experience treating individuals and small groups using this method. This has helped her fully rehabilitate her patients particularly suffering with back and neck pain.

Lucy believes in the importance of combining manual therapy and exercise for rehabilitation to help clients achieve the best results and aid in the prevention of secondary injuries. She has a keen interest in the management of sports related and musculoskeletal conditions including the management of neck and back complaints, knee and ankle injuries.

In the past, Lucy has played netball, water polo, touch football and basketball, and more recently has taken a keen interest in running completing her first half marathon. When not in the clinic, Lucy enjoys being at the beach, checking out Sydney’s foodie scene and travelling to new places.

Lucy is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

KIERAN TATE, Physiotherapist

Kieran completed his Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Technology Sydney. Before that he completed a Sport and Exercises Science degree from the same university.

Since graduating he has worked in a private physiotherapy clinic in Sydney’s inner west, honing his manual therapy skills and evidence-based practice. He has also worked with various sporting teams at the amateur level, such as Sydney University Women’s Football and Sydney University Men’s Rugby League.

Kieran has always been a keen sportsman, whether that is AFL, Rugby Union or Rugby League, but has recently focused particularly on Cricket and Triathlon. Kieran has played cricket at Sydney University Cricket Club since 2011, recently plying his trade in the top 2 grades.

It is this love for fitness and movement that translates into his practice. Kieran believes that exercise is key to not only physical but mental wellbeing for himself and his clients, evident by his knowledge on functional movement and exercise prescription.

Kieran finds his work most rewarding when he sees his clients achieving their own personal goals in fitness, health or everyday activities.

JAMES BASSIL, Physiotherapist

James has spent all his life in the Eastern suburbs; he attended Marcellin College Randwick before completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University.

From university, he accepted a position at The Prince of Wales Hospital where he worked in public health for 12 months. He has now transitioned to private practice where he is specialising in paediatrics (kids) and sports/ musculoskeletal conditions.

James has actively engaged himself in the local community; having worked alongside The Maroubra and Randwick City Saints AFL club, St George FC football club, and Mosman and Randwick Botany athletics clubs as a Physiotherapist, Sports Trainer, and coach. This wide-ranging experience has helped expose him to the full spectrum of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Growing up as an elite track and field athlete, James endured many complex nerve and muscle related injuries. This firsthand experience has helped him to not only understand the physical requirements to come back stronger as an elite athlete after injury, but also empathise with his clients about the personal challenges they may face and guide them in a holistic manner.

It is James’ mission to not only re-establish clients’ quality of life but also guide them to reach their highest potential for success.

LENA THIVEOS, Physiotherapist

I completed a Bachelor of Health Science at Sydney University, and found an early interest in the niche of musculoskeletal anatomy, prompting my shift into Physiotherapy. I graduated from a Master of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney 2016, and began my career at a Pilates-focussed private practice in Sydney’s south. Here, using the adaptations of Pilates and exercise-based rehab I found a positive way to fuel my patients’ motivation and attain their goals. I was also fortunate to be exposed to aspects of Cognitive Functional Therapy, a method for the holistic management of complex and chronic low back pain by renowned researcher, Peter O’Sullivan. I have considerable private practice experience and also work as a researcher at Macquarie University in the areas of low back pain, exercise and pain science.

Coming from a Pilates background I like to empower people through movement, and help my patients learn movement patterns which are efficient and strong, allowing them to live a life free from restriction or pain. While I enjoy the diversity of treating the whole body, my special interests are lower limb injuries of the hip, knee and ankle and managing all types of low back pain.

When I’m not working I can be found hanging out at Tamarama beach or exploring local parks and cafés with my rescue Staffy, Bailey.

Sports Medicine

NATHAN GIBBS, Sports Physician

Dr Nathan Gibbs is a former professional rugby league football player who studied medicine and with his interest in sport became a specialist sports medicine physician. In fact he was a foundation member of the college of sports physicians and an inaugural fellow of the college.

His specialty is treating and managing musculoskeletal and traumatic sports injuries both acute and chronic in nature. He has worked with elite professional sports teams all his life and has a keen interest in innovative treatments to hasten recovery and get the athlete back to exercise and sport as quickly and safely as possible. He has a keen interest in MRI scanning for accurate diagnosis and follow up management of injuries. He has many published papers the most recent in 2017 analysing concussion injuries in professional AFL players over a 14 year period. He has the honour of being a life member at both a professional NRL and AFL club. He is currently head team doctor for the Australian Wallabies Rugby team.

MASSAGE THERAPY

REECE HOLLAND

Reece completed his Diploma in Remedial Massage. Since then he has worked in a range of practices with medical professionals, developing skills and techniques to best achieve and maintain great body balance.

Reece’s life evolves around a variety of sports in particular football, tennis and surf life saving. Reeve has competed at National level in kayaking and Surf Life Saving, through this experience Reece has developed an understanding of facets of training, commitment, development, motivation, and competition. Similarly, he has a broad understanding of sports-related injury and how Sports massage can be used as part of a treatment program for injuries.

Reece brings his professional attitude and approach to every individual, offering deep remedial and sports massage, to help you get back to your best.

CHRISTIE COOPER

Christie holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage and Cert 4 in Aromatherapy and is a highly passionate and professional Remedial Massage Therapist. She has been treating clients for more than 5 years and specialises in Sports, Remedial, Relaxation and Pregnancy Massage, incorporating techniques such as Myofascial Release, Trigger Point Release, Deep Tissue, Lymphatic Drainage, Sound and Aromatherapy in her treatments.

Christie has been fortunate to have worked with events such as; The Iron Man Challenge – Port Macquarie, Melbourne Cup – Randwick Race Course, Golden Slipper, Allianz Stadium, Scotts College, Toyota – Corporate Events, Soul Space – Waverley, Sydney Allied Health Group – Balmain.
Alongside clinic work, Christie has been providing mobile massage treatments to care for some of her clients. Christie likes to incorporate Music (Sound Therapy) and with consent, some Aromatherapy in her treatments. She believes that a combination of Massage, Sound and Aromatherapy when treating helps to promote relaxation, increase circulation, decrease stress, pain, tension and anxiety.
Thus, bringing balance back into the mind and body.

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

ANNIKA WUN

Annika’s goal is to help people with chronic injury or disease to have the freedom to do more. She has a focus on improving movement patterns, posture, and mobility. As an EP, she believes in exercise as a treatment for health conditions of all types.

Annika completed a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at UNSW. She has a strong background in injury rehabilitation and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic back pain, arthritis, and osteoporosis. She also has experience working with people with neurological conditions (such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, post-stroke, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis), cardiac conditions, mental health, and intellectual disability.

Annika leads an active lifestyle, currently enjoying cycling, Pilates and bouldering. She is also a qualified ski instructor, and has worked in Canada, Japan and Australia.

ANASTASIA SOTNIKOVA

Anastasia completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) (Honours) at Sydney University.  Upon completion, she was awarded with the University Medal and First Class Honours Award for academic excellence. Anastasia has experience working with a vast range of musculoskeletal conditions, mental health conditions and autoimmune disorders and is passionate about helping clients return to work as well as manage their injuries for improved quality of living.
Anastasia has been trained in the APPI Clinical Pilates method and is currently completing her Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University.
Prior to attending university, Anastasia attended a performing arts high school and danced competitively. Now, she choreographs and has a strong dance teaching background aswell. She uses her knowledge of dance and the importance of correct technique throughout her Pilates and Exercise Physiology sessions to ensure her clients are achieving the best possible outcomes.
Anastasia has experienced the benefits of exercise for injury recovery firsthand and aims to make a positive difference to each of her clients.

LAUREN  WHEATLEY

Lauren is an accredited Exercise Physiologist who is passionate about using exercise to prevent and manage chronic disease or injury. She has experience working with people who have musculoskeletal conditions or injuries, neurological conditions, physical and intellectual disabilities and mental illness.

She completed her bachelor degree in Exercise Physiology at UNSW where she is currently completing a Masters of Research, investigating how exercise may be used to improve mental health.

Lauren plays and coaches netball and water polo, and enjoys running and ocean swimming. She believes in both the physical and mental health benefits of exercise and is passionate about helping people achieve their health goals.

PALOMA MOLINA

Paloma has been an accredited exercise physiologist since 2012, where she worked primarily with the older population and a range of chronic conditions. She saw first hand just how important strengthening the body is in younger years and that it’s never too late to get strong. She moved to NYC in 2016 where she received a lot of experience working with musculoskeletal injuries from elite athletes, weekend warriors, post op, pre and postpartum, as well as beginners. In this time she found a passion in taking people from a state of injury back into athletic training – especially for people new to strength training. She believes prevention of future injury should always the focus of rehabilitation and strengthening the whole body plus kicking poor posture habits is the best way to future-proof a person and keep them out of the clinic. Having recently returned to Australia after 6 years in NYC she looks forward to the beach lifestyle, getting back into jiu jitsu and Pilates. 

NATUROPATHY AND NUTRITION

MICHAELA JEAN, Naturopath & Clinical Nutritionist (BHSc)

Michaela is a Naturopath and Clinical Nutritionist with a passion for evidence-based medicine. Her unique sense of empathy and intuition compliment her biochemical knowledge, empowering her to help her patients identify and heal the underlying cause of their state of disease.

With a background in Media and Communications, Michaela came to discover Natural Medicine through her own battles with chronic health issues unresolved by years of seeking help from the conventional medicine system. On a journey to heal herself, she discovered Naturopathy and pursued the long road of scientific and clinical study to allow her to help others resolve complicated answers about their health.

Michaela’s clinical focus is gut health, addressing structural and function imbalances of the gastrointestinal tract, liver and microbiome in the correction of inflammatory multi-systemic imbalances in the body.

Michaela offers biochemical investigations through lab testing and functional pathology to further the efficacy of her comprehensive personalised treatment plans. She prescribes with a mind-body focus featuring Dietary & Lifestyle Interventions complimented by Nutraceutical and Herbal Medicine prescriptions.

Some conditions that Michaela commonly treats includes IBS & other digestive complaints, adrenal dysregulation, irregular menstruation, metabolic disease, anxiety & mood disturbances, chronic fatigue, PMS, acne, hypothyroidism, as well as support through the menopausal transition.

ADMINISTRATION

DOMINIQUE WRIGHTON

SUZANNE BEMBO

Suze has joined Advanz Health in an effort to assist the team with helping clients improve their general health and well-being. Whilst studying I.T and Programming, she has also had experience working multi-faceted roles that include marketing, administration, and IT support. She’s now studying to complete her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and hopes that she can continue to work in the clinic, enabling people to live their best lives as a practising therapist.

JESS GRIFFITHS

Jess has joined the Advanz team to assist with reception both at Waverley and Maroubra. She is currently studying Bachelor of Business with a passion for health and fitness as well. Jess loves putting a smile on everyone’s faces and making sure all clients have an enjoyable and pleasant experience.

Jess can’t wait to see where the future takes her.

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