Our Team

Mark Burns

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

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
Courtney Pointon

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Australian Catholic University 2016
  • Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of Queensland 2012
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, University of Queensland 2012

Ongoing Professional Development 

  • WHTA 5 Day Women’s Health Course
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain – Genitourinary and Anorectal Pain Disorder – Taryn Hallan WHTA
  • Explain Pain – Noi Group

Why I like being a Physiotherapist?

Being a physiotherapist allows me to work with individuals from various backgrounds and to aid them in achieving their functional and lifestyle goals. I am passionate about improving community health and enjoy helping women throughout their life stages to become fit, strong and the best possible version of themselves. My Ambition as a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is to empower women to take charge of their own health needs no matter how big or small their concerns may seem. There are no silly questions.

Clinical interests 

  • Women’s Pelvic Health, particularly Pelvic Pain conditions
  • Incontinence
  • Pre and Post natal assessments
  • Osteoporosis and falls prevention
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Knee and hip rehabilitation

Personal hobbies: touch football, running, yoga, and going to the beach

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
Ashleigh Crawford

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science University of Wollongong 2015
  • Master of Physiotherapy Sydney Uni  2017

Ongoing Professional Development 

  • WHTA 5 Day Pelvic Health Course
  • Pelvic Health training in Pre and Post prostatectomy care

Biography

I love being able to help people achieve their goals and get back to doing the things they love. I chose to learn more about Pelvic Health Physiotherapy as I found there was need for more physiotherapists with the knowledge and skills to treat patients with Pelvic Health conditions. There is not enough education and discussion about Pelvic Health conditions in the general public and I am very passionate about making people aware of the treatment that we can offer as Pelvic Health Physiotherapists and make a real difference in peoples’ lives.

Clinical Interests

  • Men’s Pelvic Health
  • Women’s Pelvic Health
  • Musculoskeletal

Hobbies

  • Enjoying the outdoors, spending time with my family, friends and my dog Ruby
Ethan Miles

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Distinction (Charles Sturt University, Albury-Wodonga), graduated 2016
  • Certified level 1 SFMA (specific functional movement assessment)
  • Certified Level 1 sports physiotherapy (APA)
  • Certified Level 1 Musculoskeletal Dry Needling (APA)

Bio:

  • I love physiotherapy as it gives me the chance to meet and build relationships with so many different people with a wide variety of stories and injuries all working towards the same goal. I practice to give clients the skills and knowledge they need to manage their current injuries while also preventing any further injuries.
  • I have special interests in musculoskeletal injuries, sports injuries and paediatric/adolescent clients

Interests:

  • Sport (AFL, Tennis with previous experience rowing, swimming coaching and mixed netball)
  • Playing piano and staying active

Experience:

  • Worked in the NSW public health system through multiple hospitals (Shoalhaven district memorial, Port Kembla, Bulli and Wollongong Hospital) and built experience on medical, surgical, neurological wards as well as outpatient and intensive care units.
Damien Kilpatrick

Qualifications:

B.App.Sc (Physiotherapy) 1992 University of Sydney; Masters of Health Leadership and Management UOW 2011

Short Biography:

Damien prides himself on patient focused, evidence based musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation His special interests are sports injuries, general musculoskeletal injuries such as lower limb injuries, neck and back pain, functional rehabilitation of work related injuries, core stability and Pilates training and dry needling. Damien possesses extensive experience in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation from his work experience within the public and private health systems both in Australian, UK and Canada.

Interests:

Swimming, gym strengthening, cycling, travel and spending quality time with his family exploring the beautiful South Coast

Experience:

Private practice in Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Vancouver including musculoskeletal physiotherapy and work conditioning programs
Public Hospital systems in Australia and the UK within the areas of rehabilitation including stroke, orthopaedic, hydrotherapy, aged care and amputees

Sport teams physiotherapy coverage:

Jamberoo Rugby league 2019 and Kiama Rugby 2019

Peter Sharp

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW, 2012)
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (Mac Uni, 2017)
  • PD courses: Synthetic Casting, The Complete and Advanced Upper Quadrant.

Short Biography:

Damien prides himself on patient focused, evidence based musculoskeletal physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation His special interests are sports injuries, general musculoskeletal injuries such as lower limb injuries, neck and back pain, functional rehabilitation of work related injuries, core stability and Pilates training and dry needling. Damien possesses extensive experience in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation from his work experience within the public and private health systems both in Australian, UK and Canada.

Interests:

Swimming, gym strengthening, cycling, travel and spending quality time with his family exploring the beautiful South Coast

Experience:

Private practice in Wollongong, Sydney, Newcastle and Vancouver including musculoskeletal physiotherapy and work conditioning programs
Public Hospital systems in Australia and the UK within the areas of rehabilitation including stroke, orthopaedic, hydrotherapy, aged care and amputees

Sport teams physiotherapy coverage:

Jamberoo Rugby league 2019 and Kiama Rugby 2019

Ashleigh Simpson

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra

Bio:

  • I like being a physio because I am passionate about getting people back to doing what they love. I approach treatment with a holistic view and put the person before the treatment

Interests:

  • Dry needling, Chronic pain, Olympic and power lifting, Dance, Tennis and Golf, Functional rehabilitation and movement retraining, injury prevention

Experience:

  • Previous experience in orthopaedics, general wards, sports training