Our Team

Mark Burns

Director/Principal Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • Graduated from The University of Auckland in 1997 with a BSc – Sport and Exercise Science
  • Graduated from The University of Sydney 2003 in 1997 with a Master of Physiotherapy

Biography

I love the diagnostic detective process that is physiotherapy. I like to connect and communicate with people and to help them get back to doing the fun stuff. I like this line from one of my favourite authors Seth Godin; “Do work that matters with people who care. Lead, connect, make a difference”.

Clinical interests

  • Complex physiotherapy presentations
  • Neck and knee pain
  • Return to sport after major knee, shoulder and back surgeries

Hobbies

  • Spending time in nature with Bec and my 2 young sons
  • Golf, surfing, e-mountain biking, reading my kindle
  • My role as founder/president of The Man Walk
Belinda Henry

Director/Principal Physiotherapist

Biography 

While studying physiotherapy in the early 90’s my interest in Pelvic Health began. I did my elective clinical in women’s health at the Royal Women’s in Sydney. Once I completed my degree I worked in London in the post natal wards, ran aqua-natal classes and worked on the Breast Cancer ward at the Royal Marsden.

When I came home from London in 2000, I worked in a leading clinic in Bondi Junction. At this time I developed my musculoskeletal skills while working alongside some pioneering Women’s Health Physiotherapists. Soon after, the south coast beckoned and I started working at Gerringong Physiotherapy.

After the birth of my first child I truly understood the importance of the pelvic floor and pelvis. I returned to university to complete my Post Grad Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and have continued to learn through courses, podcasts and webinars since. I have now been working exclusively in Pelvic Health for 13 years and am passionate about providing caring and quality care to the people of the south coast.

Clinical interests

All things Pelvic Health

Qualifications 

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). University of Sydney, 1996
  • Postgrad Cert in Physiotherapy (Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy). University of Melbourne, 2007

Ongoing Professional Development

  • Chronic Pelvic Pain  – Genitourinary and Anorectal Pain Disorders –  Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Pelvic floor relationship to Exercise, Sport and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction –  Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse  – Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Objective Testing Course – WHTA
  • Advanced pessary  & Gellhorn workshop with Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • OAB – WHTA
  • Predictive Pelvic Floor – WHTA
  • Return to Sport/Safe Exercises for PF
  • Nocturia – WHTA
  • Anorectal Pelvic Floor Symposium – WHTA
  • Chronic Pelvic and Perineal Pain: The Clinicians’ Perspective – RHW
  • Male Pelvic Floor Workshop – Newcastle University
  • Paediatric Continence Care – ICCS
  • 2019 Bi Annual Pelvic Floor Research Update – Taryn Hallam WHTA
  • Musculosketetal Segmental and Dry Needling – APA
  • Advanced Management of Pregnancy and Post-Partum Issues  – Michelle Lyons
  • Births Bumps and Beyond, RHW
  • Kids Bladder Day, Children’s Hospital
  • Exercise and Pelvic Floor Workshop, PFF
  • Muscle Energy Technique of Pelvis and Lsp – Barb Hungerford
  • Continence Foundation of Aust Conference 2018
  • Explain Pain – Noi Group
Patrick Moore

Director/Principal Physiotherapist

Qualifications

  • B.Sc (Exercise Science). Uni of Wollongong, 2004
  • Master of Physiotherapy. Uni of Sydney, 2006

Experience

  • Worked in the local health network at various hospitals for 2 years, and then in the UK for 2 years. Gained experience across a wide range of physiotherapy disciplines such as orthopaedics, neurological rehabilitation, and cardiorespiratory.
  • Commenced at Gerringong Physiotherapy in 2010 and became a director in 2016

Professional development

  • Musculoskeletal dry needling: APA
  • Explain pain: NOI group
  • Introduction to vestibular rehab in adults of all ages: APA
  • The Temporomandibular joint: A physiotherapists perspective: APA
  • The complete and advanced lumbar spine and pelvis: APA
  • The advanced upper cervical spine and head: APA
  • Integrated solutions for head and neck pain. APA

What I enjoy most about being a physiotherapist

  • Empowering people to take control of their physical health and lead a healthy, active lifestyle
  • Guiding people towards their sporting and lifestyle goals with a mix of manual treatments, exercise and education.
  • Clinical interests: Neck and back pain. Headaches, TMJ and vestibular physiotherapy.

Outside work

  • Spending time with my family, keeping active on the mountain bike, in the water, and attempting to play golf
Clare Fitzgerald

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) – University of Wollongong, 2007,
  • Graduate Entry Masters Physiotherapy – Curtin University 2010
  • Undertaking Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health)

Ongoing Professional Development 

  • WHTA 5 Day Women’s Health Course

What you like about being a Physiotherapist, why you do what you do? 

I love working with people from all walks of life to get them back to doing the things that they love to do. I have a passion for helping people to move, be fit and healthy and get the most out of life.

Clinical Interests

  • Pelvic Health
  • Neurological conditions
  • Vestibular and Cardiorespiratory

Hobbies

  • Mountain Biking,
  • Snowboarding
  • The beach
  • Hanging out with my family
Peter Sharp

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (Mac Uni)
  • Level 2 Athletics Australia running coach
  • PD courses: Synthetic Casting, The Complete and Advanced Upper Quadrant, various running courses, Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation In Adults of All Ages (BPPV/vertigo)

Biography:

Pete spent over a decade at a private practice in Sydney and recently escaped the big smoke to the South Coast. He also did various placements in spinal cord injury rehab and orthopaedics.

Pete is passionate about improving his patients quality of life and helping them return to the activities that they love.  He has a special interest in endurance sports, vertigo/BPPV and lower back pain. He has also coached over 100 runners for the Can Too, a cancer research charity, helping them achieve their distance running dreams.

Interests:

Pete is an experienced runner and has completed various long-ish races around the world including the Six Foot Track Marathon, Ultra Trail Australia 50km and Tromso Skyrace (Norway). He loves riding bikes around the region, exploring new hills and has also dabbled in triathlon and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Outside of work, you’ll find him spending time with his wife and child, as well as growing more vegetables than he can eat in his veggie garden.

Caitlin McCartney

Qualifications

  • BSc –  Exercise and Sport Science (Deakin University)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
  • Currently studying a Masters of Pelvic Health (University of Melbourne)

Professional Development

  • WHTA 5 Day Women’s Health Course
  • Electrical Stimulation/TENS for the Pelvic Floor – Pelvic Floor First
  • Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training – Level 1
  • DMA Clincal Pilates – Craig Phillips
  • Hip and Groin Assessment Workshop – Leanne  Rath
  • Mastering Load Symposium- Tim Gabbet, Paul Visentini and Stephen Whytcross
  • Sporting Lower Limb  –  Craig Purdam, Andrew Wallis and Simon Kearny
  • Running Biomechanics  – Christian Barton
  • Tendonopathy Symposium – Jill Cook, Craig Purdam, Ebany Rio and Sean Dockling

Biography:

I believe in practising organic living; a life that is simple, healthful and  close to nature. It was therefore a logical progression for me to become interested in exercise as a natural approach to healthy living.

This developing interest in exercise led me to study a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and I started out my career working as an exercise scientist. I spent several years using exercise as therapy at  Cabrini Private Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital in Victoria.

After a few years of this work I developed a desire to use exercise as a tool to empower individuals to have greater control of their own health. To achieve this, and wanting to learn more about the human body and its response to injury and disease, I completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University.

Upon graduating, I worked in a private practice in inner city Melbourne, where I pursued my interest in exercise by developing skills in Pilates. I then undertook further training in women’s health. I have a special interest in pre- and post-natal exercise and assisting women in the post-natal return to running/exercise.

Clinical Interests:

  • Pre- and post-natal exercise
  • Pelvic Health
  • Clinical Pilates and Yoga
  • Strength and conditioning for running
  • Lower limb injuries and rehabilitation after surgery

Hobbies:

Spending time outdoors, close to nature either walking, running, or doing yoga and Pilates. I have also started a herbal tea company with my partner: State of Mind Organics.

Angus McDowell

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) with Distinction, University of Wollongong
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne
  • Masters of Sports Medicine, University of Melbourne (current)
  • Level II GURU and F.I.S.T Certified Bike fitter

Biography:

I am a Physiotherapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach with have extensive experience in high-level and elite sports – in particular cycling and triathlon.

I am fascinated by human performance and how the elements of biomechanics and physiology merge to allow an athlete to achieve high performance goals and tolerate physical training stress. Injury devastates an athlete’s preparation and can have complex ramifications. I went on to complete my Doctors of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne and then on to complete further education in the areas of sports and injury management; high-level rehab; training load management; adolescent athletic development and strength and conditioning. I am also an industry and clinically certified Bike Fitter. The next step in my career is along the pathway to Sports titling by taking on a Masters in Sports Medicine through the University of Melbourne.

I have a special interest in sporting injuries, tendon injuries, bone stress injuries and joint reconstructive surgeries as well as injuries involving the jaw (TMJ). I have travelled internationally with a number of professional cycling teams and as the Physiotherapist for World Tour Professional Cycling Team EF (Education First) managing their injuries, recovery and performance. I have also worked with a variety of sporting teams and organisations, heading up the medical team for VAFA Premier team CGFC for a number of years.

Professional Development:

  • Assessment and treatment of hand injuries
  • The Sporting Lower Limb
  • SMA Conference Presenter – Cycling Injury Symposium
  • Mastering Load Symposium and Level I and II
  • Patellofemoral Symposium
  • Adolescents in Sport
  • Hip and Groin Symposium
  • Science of Cycling Presenter and Tutor Level I and II
  • Running Assessments and Strength and Conditioning
  • Tendinopathy Symposium
  • Tempero-mandibular Dysfunction
Eric Mete

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney 2011

Biography:

Originally from Kiama, Eric moved to Sydney to study physiotherapy. After graduating, he gained experience working in the busy hospital wards of Sydney. This honed his skills across many disciplines of the profession including neurological, orthopaedics and cardiopulmonary physiotherapy. He continued working in private physiotherapy clinics for over eight years in Sydney before deciding to return home with our team.

Eric is enthusiastic about empowering his patients to achieve all their desired treatment goals and get them back doing the things they love. He is dedicated to maintaining evidence-based treatments to improve recovery timeframes for his patients. He has a special interest in shoulders, neck and lower back pain.

He has had vast experience in participating in various team and individual sports (and has had his fair share of injuries!), so he understands what it feels like to be on the other side of the table. In his spare time, Eric enjoys staying active playing tennis, golf and going bushwalking.

Professional Development:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Elbow, Wrist and Hand Course
  • Annual Orthopaedic Updates, Orthosports
  • Dry Needling Plus, Clinical Edge
Dan Weissel

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science), University of Wollongong
  • Master of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney

Biography:

I grew up in Wollongong, and am a South Coast local through and through. I grew an interest in the human body while studying science and physiology at the University of Wollongong, and thought it best to meld those interests with my active lifestyle in a professional setting – leading me to complete a Masters in Physiotherapy.

I’ve worked across multiple hospital settings and most recently have worked with older people across the region and in the community as a physio in aged care. I have a keen interest in helping people to recover post-surgery, focusing on education, reconditioning and re-ablement to maximise both physical and mental wellbeing. I also love empowering people from all ages to get involved in healthy, exercise-based activities and get them back to doing things that matter to them, especially those living with chronic conditions.

No goal is too big or too small!

Clinical Interests:

  • Orthopaedics and post-op rehab
  • Neurological disorders
  • General musculoskeletal conditions
  • Chronic pain management

Hobbies

I was lucky to play numerous team sports as a junior, though I’m particularly obsessed with all things basketball, playing competitively from an early age, and can’t find it in me to stop playing yet! Every weekend I try to get myself out and about, and love exploring the beauty of the South Coast by going on local walks along the escarpment. When I’m not busy, you’ll find me trying to tire out my puppy, reading a book or learning to play one of my old, beat-up guitars!

Bek Lorimer

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University, WA – 2005
  • Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) Curtin University, WA – 2000
  • Currently completing Graduate Certificate (in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy) Melbourne University, Victoria

Biography:

I have been a Physiotherapist for 15 years with a variety of hospital-based experience including working in intensive care, oncology, neurology, maternity, and rehabilitation wards. After moving from Western Australia to the Illawarra with my family 6 years ago, I have pursued my interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and pelvic health physiotherapy. To facilitate healing and well-being throughout the life-stages is such a privilege. Being a physiotherapist to me means being able to provide a safe and supportive space to help people work towards and achieve their physical goals – no matter how big or small!

Clinical Interests:

  • Pelvic health
  • Pre- & post-natal exercise and rehabilitation
  • General strength, balance, and reconditioning

Professional Development:

  • Advanced Pelvic Floor – Prolapse and Stress Incontinence (WHTA, August 2020)
  • Overactive Bladder (Level 2) Pelvic Floor Course (WHTA, May 2020)
  • NSW Falls Prevention Network Webinar (May 2020)
  • ‘The Pelvic Floor: Function and Dysfunction’ unit. A component of Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (Melbourne University, 2019)
  • ‘Exercise for Women’ unit. A component of the Graduate Certificate in Exercise and Women’s Health Physiotherapy (Melbourne University, 2018)
  • Women’s Health Physiotherapy – 5-day intensive course (WHTA, June 2017)
Jess Seymour

Qualifications

  • Bachelor Science (Exercise Science), University of Wollongong
  • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology,University of Wollongong
  • Currently studying Master of Public Health (Research), Flinders University

Biography:

I am a passionate advocate for exercise and physical activity and love working with people to incorporate movement into their daily life. I have a special interest in working with people on how to use exercise to manage chronic conditions and support good mental health.  Outside of work you will find me at the beach, spending time with friends or reading a good book.

Clinical Interests:

  • Chronic disease management
  • Mental health
  • Motor & skills development for school-aged children & youth
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Bradyn Beesley

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) with Distinction, University of Wollongong
  • Masters of Physiotherapy, University of Technology Sydney
  • Sports Trainer level 1 + Advanced Sports Taping, Sports Medicine Australia

Biography:

Bradyn grew up on a property 40 minutes north of Albury where his time was spent between sheep work and every sport/activity available. He moved to the Illawarra to complete his degrees and has since fallen in love with the area. Throughout this time he has worked as a sports trainer with a number of AFL, Soccer and Rugby teams, both in Albury and the Illawarra, often helping before putting on the boots for a local AFL team himself.

Bradyn splits his time between the clinic and in the private hospital setting helping to assess, manage and rehab a variety of acute orthopaedic injuries and post-operative orthopaedic surgeries. He makes it his goal to ensure that his patients return from injury/pain more robust and stronger. Bradyn is passionate about treating all musculoskeletal injuries and will always strive for the best outcomes for his patients.

Clinical Interests:

  • Orthopaedics (Acute + Post-Operative)
  • Neck/Headaches and Back Pain
  • Sporting injuries
  • Tendon Rehabilitation

Professional Development

  • Pain Revelation, Lorimer Moseley & David Butler (2018)
  • Physiotherapy & Performance-Based Management of an Elite Netball Team, NSW Swifts Physiotherapist, Steve Naylor (2018)
  • Return to Play following ACL and Knee injury in Elite Sport, Tim McGrath (2019)
  • Shoulder Pain in the Overhead/ Throwing Athlete, Orthopaedic Shoulder, Specialist Dr John Trantalis, Sports Physicians Dr Scott Burne & Dr Angus Bathgate and Sports Medicine Registrar Dr Tim Echevarria (2018)
  • 2017-20 Orthopaedic Updates, Orthosports