Our Team

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 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... Read more

Evan Armstrong

Evan has a keen interest in strength and conditioning and promoting physical activity and health for all ages. He has a particular interest in knee, hip and shoulder health, including cervical related headaches and children’s sport. His final Masters of Physiotherapy paper was on progressing squat depth and he is a member of the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association... Read more

Claire Benn

Claire studied under academic scholarship at Charles Sturt University. Graduating with distinction, she was a recipient of the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence. Claire has worked in both the public and private sectors, where she has developed... Read more

Robert Dingle

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... Read more

Jessica Dingle

Jessica Dingle 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... Read more

Chris Hook

Chris completed his studies at Newcastle University in in 2016, following previously completing an exercise and sports science degree in America. Whilst at university Chris worked as a personal trainer focusing on strength and condition and rehabilitation where he worked with a number of athletes that have gone on to represent their state and Australia, as well as playing professionally overseas... Read more

Owen James

Owen joined the team after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Newcastle in 2016. Whist at university Owen gained extra experience working as a sports trainer with a local soccer team and attending a local rugby team training sessions. In his last year of university he was exposed to a variety of unique placements that included working in an emergency department where he gained experience in the assessment and management of acute soft tissue injuries and fractures. He also had a placement at a chronic pain service where he learned the importance of a holistic treatment approach that treats the individual as a whole... Read more


Declan graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Class 1 Honours. His research was on the use of activity monitors (pedometers, smart watches and activity trackers) for people with stroke. He recently completed his new graduate year at the Central Coast Local Health District, working at Gosford and Wyong Hospitals. There he gained valuable experience in musculoskeletal, surgical, neurological, intensive care and rehabilitation environments.. Read more


Exercise Physiology

Matt Kent

Matthew 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... Read more

Nicole Kent

Nicole joined our team in 2016, she comes with 5 years’ experience as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Her education background includes Bachelor of Exercise Science and Sports Management and Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Her clinical expertise includes the delivery of exercise, lifestyle and behavioural modification programs for the prevention and management of chronic and complex medical conditions with friendly guidance and helpful encouragement... Read more

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