Melinda Dennis

B.Physio (UON), Connect Therapy Series Graduate, APAM

Principal Physiotherapist

Owner of Physio Connex Performance Clinic

Mel is the owner and founder of Physio Connex. Like most people who grew up on the Central Coast, Mel shares a huge passion for active living. She has contributed to various sporting communities in the region and is an avid touch football player. She has captained NSW Country, and represented both NSW and Australia.

Since graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Mel has worked in private practice, post-operative orthopaedics and sport coverage. Following her passion in working with the active and elite, she has also returned to university to study a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy degree. Mel is also a brand new mum – which has created a wonderful and challenging balance in life.

 

Mel has studied under Dr LJ Lee & is a series graduate in Connect Therapy:

This provides a full body assessment to create an understanding of how different regions and systems of the body are connected. It formulates an effective method to design and implement treatment strategies. For patients with long-term complaints, finding the missing link is incredibly powerful in changing how you manage your injury. 

 

Career highlights include:

  • Winning the 2018 Inaugural Women’s State of Origin match
  • 2020 NRLW Warriors campaign
  • 2017 World Cup – Cook Islands Women’s Rugby League
  • Mel is the current physiotherapist for the Australian Jillaroos Rugby League team and works part-time at the NRL Sydney Roosters

No matter what your goals are, Mel is motivated to help you achieve optimum movement and to perform at your best in what matters most to you.

 

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Andrew Alexander

B.Physio (UON), GC.MSK (LaTrobe), M.MSK (LaTrobe), APAM

Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Andrew has worked in private physiotherapy practice for the last 9 years and has experience in treating a range of sporting and complex cases. As a teenager he recurrently dislocated his shoulder which sparked a large interest in shoulder cases and how they interact with the neck and thoracic spine. He also pursued skill development in related regions – the TMJ/jaw and cervicogenic headaches.

Andrew is a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, having completed his Masters through LaTrobe University in Melbourne. He is also a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach and has completed the Australian Physiotherapy Association spinal series.

 

Highlights in Andrew’s career includes:

  • Covering the NSW State Swimming Championship in Homebush
  • Treating national CrossFit and powerlifting athletes
  • Educating and mentoring many physiotherapy students and new graduates

Andrew is a Central Coast local who enjoyed the outdoors and a multitude of sports growing up. He played a lengthy period of rugby union and also reached state level in athletics. Nowadays Andrew is a keen stand-up paddle boarder and loves spending the weekends with his wife and two children.

Very humble and approachable, Andrew prides himself on precise assessment and the latest evidence-based treatment. He will be able to get you back on your feet in no time.

 

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Scott Howard

B.Physio (Hons), APAM | MClinExPhy(Rehab), ESSAM

Physiotherapist I Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Scott is a dual accredited Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist, providing a broad scope of practice and unique skill set to Physio Connex. Scott graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2012 with a Masters of Exercise Physiology before returning to study and graduating as a Physiotherapist in 2017. Scott has worked primarily in private practice, treating a diverse range of people from junior athletes to the elderly.

With a thirst for knowledge, Scott has sought multiple professional development opportunities, ensuring delivery of evidence-based and up-to-date treatment to his patients. His professional interests are in the lower limb and return to running.

 

Highlights in Scott’s career includes:

  • Covering Gosford Netball Association Juniors and Masters at the NSW State Championships
  • Treating referees at the 2020 Trans-Tasman Touch Football Test Series
  • Covering Newcastle City AFL teams in the Black Diamond Cup
  • Working with weekend warriors to ensure they are able to participate in their chosen sports and leisure time activities

Scott is a Central Coast local who grew up enjoying the beach and the outdoors. He enjoys surfing, playing touch football and long distance running. In his spare time, Scott enjoys sharing his active lifestyle with his daughter and brand new son.

Empowering patients to manage their injury is an important component to Scott’s treatment philosophy. Through education and planned management strategies, Scott endeavours to help every patient achieve their goal.

 

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Brendan Clark

APAM MACP l B.App.Sc. Physio l M.Hlth.Sc. Sports Physio

Titled Sports Physiotherapist I Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner

Brendan has maintained his passion for optimal care and results for his patients since 1988. This is achieved by thorough assessment and selection of treatment options. Enhanced by experience and an ongoing commitment to professional development. In the last 15 years the focus of his study has been

  • Neck, shoulder and headache/migraine issues
  • Complex and persistent pain conditions
  • Influence of lifestyle factors

 

The Central Coast provides a great environment for Brendan to continue his love of running, cycling, surfing and paddling and enjoys combining his experience of these activities with his professional knowledge to assist athletes to manage injuries and optimise performance.

 

Highlights in Brendan’s career includes:

  • Sydney Olympics 2000
  • 20 years of rugby league experience, local to NSW Cup level
  • Titled Sports Physiotherapist from 2003
  • Level 3 Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner
  • Development of a skilled knowledgeable network of practitioners

For Brendan his motivation is to provide the best possible treatment for all individuals, especially those that are frustrated with complex issues, delivered in a caring and respectful manner.

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Jack Waddell

B.ExSSc (ACU), GC.HPS (ACU), ASCA Level 1

Strength & Conditioning Coach I Sport Scientist

Jack is a Strength and Conditioning Coach, who graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in 2017. Following his passion of working with athletes, Jack returned to university to study a Masters in High Performance Sport whilst running his own Strength & Conditioning business. Since 2018, Jack has been working with the Newcastle Knights Junior Development Program, and is the Current Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Knights NSW Cup team.

 

Highlights in Jack’s career includes:

  • Newcastle Knights topping the table in the 2020 SG Ball/18’s competition.
  • Working with injured NSW Police Force officers in their ‘Recon’ rehabilitation program.
  • Watching long-term rehabilitation clients return to their chosen sport after months on the sideline.

Jack is a Norah Head local who grew up surfing, swimming, running and ocean kayaking. Jack as a junior medalled at State, Australian and World championships, and has been a part of NSW and Australian Surf Lifesaving teams and development squads. This involved high-level training and competing overseas, working with well-established Coaches, Sport Scientists, Nutritionists and Physiotherapists. He was also awarded a scholarship with the Donnica Clarke Foundation for his excellence in lifesaving.

Jack is a keen Trekker, having hiked Mount Everest base camp (2015) and Kokoda (2019).

 

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Mat Craig

ASCA Professional Coach l Level 2 ASCA S&C Coach

Strength & Conditioning Coach 

Mat is a current ASCA Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach, bringing expertise and huge enthusiasm to our Physio Connex team and community. Currently, Mat heads the strength and conditioning program at Lakes United who play in the Newcastle President’s Cup rugby league competition, and has previously worked in Junior representative pathways at the Central Coast Roosters for 3 years. Mat is also in his final year of his Bachelor of Exercise and Science degree which will add further knowledge and strength to Mat’s current assessment and programming skillset.

 

Key/Favourite areas of coaching:

  • Strength/Power training
  • Multi-directional Speed/Sprinting

 

Highlights in Mat’s career includes:

  • Working alongside and being mentored by great S&C coaches from elite levels.
  • Positively impacting the physicality and skill required of team sports and general population across all ages and levels of competition.
  • Being involved in targeted school sports programs at Hunter Sports and Lake Munmorah High School.

 

Mat grew up on the Central Coast and enjoys sprinting, weightlifting and his job – coaching both athletes and general population. He previously played rugby league at a semi-professional level and relishes opportunities to work in the world of team sport and those that want to get faster!

Mat’s endeavours to help athletes reach their best potential, not through any magic method or training principles, but allowing them to realise their own strengths and their huge potential to succeed.

 

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Shannon Maclean

Dip. Remedial Massage (Australian College of Massage), AAMT.

Remedial Massage Therapist

Shannon has been practicing Remedial Massage since 2011 where she started her career working with professional athletes before progressing to work full time in private physiotherapy practices.

Shannon has always had a passion for biomechanics, anatomy and the human body and was able to merge this into a career after studying for her diploma in remedial massage. Not only does Shannon have widespread experience in working with athletes, she also has an understanding of the impact of injury and works closely with our physiotherapists on how to achieve the best outcome for our patients.

 

Highlights in Shannon’s career includes:

  • Working with NRL, FFA, Rugby AU, Tri Nations Rugby, Netball Australia

Shannon is a Central Coast local who has a huge range of interests from her large extended family – her pets – and V8 cars. Her sporting passion is playing netball which she now enjoys with her daughter coaching the ‘netters’ under 6 side.

 

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Our Physio Connex Support Team

 

Judy Fletcher

Head of Administration

 

Sandy Robertson

Receptionist