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Meet the Team

Advanced Physio's Newcastle clinic has both male and female physiotherapists who undertake regular ongoing education to ensure that they have high levels of theoretical knowledge as well as great clinical skills. Each physiotherapist has a variety of specialised skills.

Our Physiotherapists (in alphabetical order)

Jaclyn Allen

jaclyn allanJaclyn has been a part of our team since early 2011. She graduated from Newcastle University with honours in 2009. Her thesis on the biomechanics of lifting was published in 2011. She comes from a competitive sporting background playing representative basketball for NSW country, Newcastle Hunters and the University of Newcastle. She also enjoys netball, touch football, running and grew up waterskiing and wakeboarding.

Jaclyn is the current physiotherapist for the Newcastle Jets Women A-league soccer team. She has also worked with sporting teams such as the Australian Institute of Sport youth soccer team, Newcastle Knights junior team, NSWIS soccer, NSW country basketball championships, NBN soccer clubs (Broadmeadow Magic and Edgeworth Eagles) and Hunter Academy of Sport.

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

Working with a great group of people who are passionate about what they do. The facility is also the best I’ve worked in and is well equipped to suit all our patients from the elite sporting to the everyday person.

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

I am an APA sports physiotherapist after completing my Masters in Sports Physiotherapy. The Australian Physiotherapy Association has awarded me the title of “Sports Physiotherapist”. I have also attended numerous short courses and certifications including the internationally regarded Lyn Watson Shoulder course.

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

I enjoy treating all areas of the body, but have a particular interest in lower limb sporting injuries, biomechanics, injury prevention, running injuries and adolescent athletes. I also enjoy treating osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. I am the physiotherapist for the Newcastle Jets Women’s team, and travel extensively with the girls so I also have an interest in treating and rehabilitating soccer injuries. I have had several stints working as a Physiotherapist at the Australian Institute of Sport, and have gained valuable experience from my time there.

What are your extracurricular passions?

Travel, running, water skiing, playing & watching sport

Cameron Bulluss

cameron1Cameron started this clinic in the year 2000 and has seen it grow from a small clinic in a suburban gym to its current status as the centre of excellence for physiotherapy in the Newcastle-Hunter region. He has been practicing as a Physiotherapist since 1989. He has additional qualifications in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is a Titled APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Out of approximately 16000 Physiotherapists in Australia there are about 800 with this title. It is currently obtained through Masters Qualifications. Cameron was Chairman of the Australian Physiotherapy Association business chapter between 2011 and 2014.

 What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

The professionalism of the practice and access to the best facility and equipment in the industry gives me the opportunity to provide an “elite-athlete” experience to all of my patients. Working with skilled and dedicated colleagues means that I have access to a shared intellect, which greatly enhances patient care.

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

I am an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. In addition to this I have completed over 50 short courses and certifications.

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

I have broad experience of most conditions, having practiced for over 25 years.

What are your extracurricular passions?

I have built 3 classical guitars and enjoy playing classical music. I enjoy staying fit through going to the gym and swimming and have a passion for great food especially pizza and red wine. 

Robert Dingle

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Robert started his career at Advanced 2007. He was recruited by the Newcastle Jets and after a 4 year successful stint in professional sport as the Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services, has returned here to continue his career. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from professional sport.

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio? 

This practice provides me with a facility better than or equivalent to professional sport. It allows me the opportunity to deliver the best possible treatments available, and work with a fantastic team. 

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

I am a qualified Exercise Physiologist and am undertaking my Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through Latrobe University. I have done extensive professional development including Sports Physiotherapy, dry needling, shoulder physiotherapy and spinal physiotherapy.

 What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

 I have a passion for treating all lower limb injuries and after 4 years working full-time with the Newcastle Jets as Head of Physiotherapy and Medical Services, have developed world-class rehabilitation and prevention programs for lower limb soft tissue injuries. This knowledge transfers well into treating the non-athletic population, with problems such as osteoarthritis and rehabilitation of knee replacements and other knee surgery.

 What are your extracurricular passions?

  • Generally keep fit in the gym
  • Socialising with Family and Friends
  • Watching Motorsport and Football

Peter Enks

peter1Peter has been a part of Advanced Physiotherapy since 2009 after graduating from the University of Newcastle. Hailing originally from Coonabarabran, Peter was a national level middle distance runner in high school and also has a keen interest in soccer and rugby league.

Since graduation, Peter has extended his studies and practice towards advanced sport specific strengthening, running biomechanical analysis and lower limb injuries. Peter has also commenced further studies at the University of Newcastle as a Medical Student.

Peter has a keen passion for assisting clients to not just overcome their injuries, but rather to improve their health and performance for everyday activities through to high level athletic participation. 

Jessica Fidler

jessJessica Fidler has been with us since the start of 2013 after graduating from Newcastle University with Distinction. Jess has a background in national and international level swimming, competing in Australian Championships and Olympic and Commonwealth Games trials. Her pet events were the 200m Butterfly and 200m Individual Medley.In addition, she has over 8 years experience as a qualified professional trainer and gym instructor and continues to train most days of the week herself. Jess has had experience with the Newcastle Jets Women's A-League Team and the Emerging Newcastle Jets Soccer Team.

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

I love working at Advanced Physio for a number of reasons. Firstly, we have such a brilliantly equipped practice that allows me do to absolutely everything I can with my patients to ensure they have a safe and effective rehabilitation from injury.I also enjoy working with the team we have and being able to share information and ideas.

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

I am a qualified fitness instructor and personal trainer. I also have qualifications for; Functional Strength and Conditioning, and have certifications in the Lyn Watson shoulder approach and the McKenzie approach to spinal pain

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

 I love treating anything related to the pelvis, hip, knee and ankle.I really enjoy working with kids and teenagers and young athletes.I also have a special interest in pregnancy and postnatal treatment, as well as prenatal/postnatal exercise. I currently run exercise classes for pregnant women and after they’ve given birth. 

What are your extracurricular passions?

  • Going to the gym
  • Cooking, painting and photography
  • Hanging out with my little dog Enzo!

Mick Hughes

mikehugues11Mick is a Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist, originally from Tamworth, NSW. He completed his Exercise Science degree from ACU (North Sydney) in 2002 and went on to run a personal training business targeting exercise rehabilitation and injury prevention over the next 3 years. He returned to full-time study in 2006 at James Cook University in Townsville and completed the Bachelor of Physiotherapy studies at the end of 2009.

 Mick then commenced full-time work in Townsville at a busy sports physiotherapy clinic in January 2010, working for the NQ Cowboys and ARL Kangaroos head physiotherapist Steve Sartoti. In 2010 Mick started doing assistant physiotherapy work with the NQ Cowboys first grade and U20's squads, providing game day physiotherapy services and off-field injury assessment and management to injured players in conjunction with the club doctor. He also became the head physiotherapist for the Central Tigers in the local Townsville & Districts Rugby League competition. 

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

 The world-class training facilities, the varied musculoskeletal and sports injury caseload and my highly motivated and professional colleagues. 

What additional study or qualifications do you have? 

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science 2002 (Australian Catholic University) 
  • Completed graduate certificate of sports physiotherapy 2014 (Latrobe University)
  • Undertaking the Masters of Sports Physiotherapy pathway at Latrobe University 2016

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in? 

The adolescent athlete (growth plate issues of Sever’s, Osgood Schlatters, neuro-muscular control and landing mechanics related to knee injuries, lumbar spine complaints). I also have an interest in the following:

  • Soft tissue injury rehab particularly the calf, groin and hamstring
  •  The knee – confident in all aspects of knee injury prevention and post-op rehabilitation of ACL, meniscal problems, all arthroscopes, stabilisations and TKR
  • Lumbar spine stress reactions/fractures due to overuseTendinopathies such as achilles and tennis elbow

What are your extracurricular passions?

Spendingtime with my wife and family/friends, even more so when its complimented by good food and wine, running with my Border Collie “Wilson”, and following my much beloved NQ Cowboys in the NRL (sucker for punishment) and the mighty Sydney Swans in the AFL.

 Sunny Ruba 

sunny1Sunny has been part of our team since early 2011. He entered Physiotherapy after studying personal training and remedial massage (for which he holds an Advanced Diploma qualification) His main clinical interests are the shoulder, neck and back. 

He has excellent communication skills and has rapidly become one of our most popular therapist. His second language is Punjabi, and he is happy to see patients from the Indian community.

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

The ability to work in a state of the art physiotherapy practice where enhanced patient outcomes can be achieved via the use of cutting edge equipment and video analysis.  I also enjoy the fact that it a place of work that actively encourages specialisation in your preferred area of the body which results in the ability to refer within the practice to those who have the strongest knowledge base in that area. And I love dealing with members of the public. It is satisfying that by inadvertently taking a history off a person, you also get a small insight into their life and before long you tend to develop real understanding of their life, passions, dreams and aspirations. Combine that with satisfaction of seeing that person move and function with reduced or no pain.. Now that’s what makes me smile and makes this such an enjoyable place to work.

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

I am a qualified remedial massage therapist for which I hold an Advanced Diploma for as well as completing a Certificate IV in fitness and personal training.  I have also completed many post graduate short courses including:

  • Advanced Accreditation Musculoskeletal Segmental and Dry Needling. - (Upper limb).
  • Advanced Accreditation - Musculoskeletal Segmental and Dry Needling. - (Lower limb).
  • Cervical Spine Segmental Dysfunction in Primary Headache
  • Functional Strength and Sport Conditioning 

 What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

I love treating any condition relating to the shoulder and spine including the cervical spine (neck) and focus on their intermit affect upon one another.

What are your extracurricular passions?

Enjoying time with my gorgeous wife and two beautiful and mischievous children. I also occasionally dabble in a bit of renovating and although poor at it and it being extremely frustrating at times, it is rewarding to see the end result. I also, when time permits love to play tennis, golf and train in Martial Arts

Brendan Wilson

brendan1Brendan has been part of our team since early 2012. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 2007 with a Class I Honours, Brendan commenced his career in the public sector where he spent 3 years gaining experience in the fields of musculoeskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy. During this time he also refined his plastering skills and is able to apply casts of all kinds to immobilise upper limb and lower limb fractures. After travelling abroad for almost two years, Brendan joined our team to pursue his main interest of treating sports, recreational and work related injuries. Brendan also enjoys working with athletes to prevent injury and enhance performance. In 2012 he was the physiotherapy consultant for the Hunter Academy of Sport and in this role conducted a number of squad screenings for various teams.

Brendan is a keen sportsman himself with a particular interest in rugby union and long distance running. He has played in many representative teams and has completed a number of half marathons and a full marathon in 2010, Brendan is also an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio? 

I thoroughly enjoy working in a world-class physio facility.  There is no other place like Advanced Physiotherapy that I know of.  With all the latest equipment there are no limits to guiding my patients through the highest-level rehab possible, whatever their injury.  Being part of a large, experienced team allows us to bounce ideas off each other, which ensures the best patient outcomes. 

What additional study or qualifications do you have? 

In November this year I will have completed my Master of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University, qualifying me for titling as both a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Sports Physiotherapist.  Further to this I have completed a plethora of post-graduate courses on topics including: dry needling, clinical Pilates, SIJ, strength and conditioning and shoulder rehabilitation. 

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

I have a particular interest in working with athletes of all capabilities, from the weekend warrior to elite sportspeople.  I find it satisfying to help people get back to whatever activity they enjoy and especially like working with runners and rugby players.  I also have a particular interest in treating spinal pain of all kinds. 

What are your extracurricular passions?

Outside of work, I enjoy living an active life.  I like the outdoors and love getting outside for a run whenever I can.  My greatest passion however is definitely rugby and everything related to it.

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY

Matt Kent

matt1Matthew has been part of our team since early 2012. Matthew has completed a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Southern Cross University. Matthew is also dedicated to his sport, representing regionally in basketball as a player, coach and referee. Matt has chosen a career that focuses on his passion for injury prevention and disease prevention. This includes a special interest in occupational injury prevention, and rehabilitation.

 What is it that you enjoy about working at Advanced Physio?

Being able to positively affect a person’s pain, or showing someone that hasn’t moved in years that physical activity isn’t something to be feared, and can actually make life more enjoyable.

What additional study or qualifications do you have?

  • Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • JobFit Systems Practitioner
  • ASCA Strength and Conditioning
  • Lungs In Action

What conditions or people do you have a special interest in?

I am interested in preventing injuries and chronic disease. This includes, occupational injury prevention, people with type 2 diabetes, lung conditions such as COPD, the elderly in falls prevention and weight loss.

What are your extracurricular passions

An avid basketballer who plays locally in Newcastle, and a keen fisherman who is waiting for the lake to be restocked with fish.