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Tommy Nguyen - B.App.Sc (Physiotherapy) 1997 

Having graduated from the University of Sydney, Tommy has been a practicing physiotherapist for over 16 years, working locally and abroad. 

Tommy has a post-graduate certificate in dry needling/western acupuncture and has used this for over 10 years as an adjunct to his manual therapy.  This technique has helped him to achieve better pain relief and improved functional outcomes for his clients.   

Tommy has over 16 years experience in the Mckenzie method.  This method helps to diagnose and treat pain and movement disorders for people with neck and back pain.    He has successfully assisted his clients recover from spinal disorders over this time.

Tommy is experienced and trained in occupational physiotherapy.   He has worked with numerous industries in Newcastle such as United group, Klosters, Falk and other office, health and manufacturing type companies.  He has consulted on risk assessments,  workplace training and has assisted in reducing injuries through preventative techniques. 

Tommy has worked in varying sporting organisations over his career.  He has assisted with Souths Rugby league, University soccer and was the physio for Merewether Carlton for 5 years helping them win two premierships.   He has been involved with other sporting and performance groups more recently the Spiegeltent tent shows in Newcastle.

Tommy is very motivated and enjoys his work.  He has practiced for over 17 years and seen well over 5000 different clients.  He  uses  this experience to mentor others as well as continuing to build on his knowledge to provide the  best all round care for all his clients

Tommy is a keen guitarist,  surfer, soccer player and golfer but shares his spare time with his wife and three kids.

Nathan Renwick - Physiotherapist 

Nathan started with Fitness Physiotherapy in March 2015 after spending the previous 9 years working in a Newcastle-based sports practice. In this time, Nathan has worked across a variety of high level sports and has worked with numerous professional and semi-professional athletes.

With degrees in both Human Movement and Physiotherapy behind him, Nathan brings a wide variety of experience and knowledge to Fitness Physiotherapy from a variety of backgrounds.

Since 2014, Nathan continues to hold the position of Head Physiotherapist for the South Sydney Rabbitohs NSW Cup team, the North Sydney Bears. Although it is primarily a game-day role, Nathan also spends regular time with Rabbitohs High Performance / medical staff to oversee the rehabilitation of contracted NRL players who are returning to play through the NSW Cup.

Nathan previously worked for 7 years as the Physiotherapist for the NSW Country Rugby Union team, the Cockatoos. This role included matches in the Australian Rugby Shield, City v Country fixtures, and overseas tours.

In addition to NRL commitments, Nathan continues to lecture part-time at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). Since 2007, Nathan has been the Course Co-ordinator /  Lecturer in two third-year subjects “Exercise Rehabilitation” and “Sport and Exercise Medicine”.

Nathan has completed post-graduate courses in Sports Physiotherapy, Muscle Energy Techniques, Mulligan Techniques, Dry-Needling, and Kinesio-Taping. He has a special interest in rehabilitation of knee injuries, shoulder injuries, and back injuries.

Matthew Taylor - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, Kinesiology 

Matt Taylor is an experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist that likes to take a patient centered approach to treatment. He is a very passionate and dedicated clinician that can assist with a wide range of conditions to help you get better faster. Matt graduated from the Master of Physiotherapy program at the University of Sydney as well as successfully completing a Bachelor of Kinesiology at Brock University in St.Catharines, Ontario, Canada. Matt is also recognised as a Certified Mulligan’s Practitioner. The Mulligan’s approach incorporates joint mobilisations with active movements to restore joint biomechanics, motor control, and optimal function which he finds extremely effective in treatment of neck and back pain. This approach is also very beneficial to restore joint restrictions following ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, and wrist injuries.


Matt has played professional Lacrosse in North American and grew up playing Ice Hockey. He was also the team Physiotherapist for the Chatswood rugby club in Sydney for a couple of seasons. Through his personal and professional experience he has an extensive understanding

of sports related injuries and exercise prescription for elite athletes in order to get them back to their sport and optimise their performance. He also has a keen interest in successful rehabilitation of ACL reconstructions.


Prior to his studies at the University of Sydney Matt worked in a private practice as a Kinesiologist and personal trainer developing comprehensive exercise programs and work hardening programs. After his studies he was employed as a Physiotherapist at a private practice in Goulburn, NSW. Working in a rural setting exposed Matt to a very diverse population where he gained experience with assessment and management of a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, acquired brain injuries, and rehabilitation of hip and knee replacements.


Matt likes to take a very hands on approach with his treatments. He is a skill manual therapist that utilises a wide range of different techniques including deep tissue massage, joint mobilisations, and dry needling to promote muscle relaxation and pain management which is effective for treating common conditions such as tennis elbow and plantar fasciitis. Matt has a special interest in treatment of headaches and dizziness that may be coming from the neck. He also has a strong belief in gym based rehabilitation to promote complete recovery and prevention of recurrence.

Phil Stuckey - Orthopedic Rehabilitation Physiotherapist 

Phillip worked at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Camperdown for over two years. There, he gained experience in trauma and elective orthopedics (acute and rehabilitation), aged care, and cardio-pulmonary rehab. Working at a private clinic, Phillip ran rehabilitation    exercise classes for sub-acute patients where he oversaw patients’ full restoration back to work, leisure or elite sport.

Phillip’s broad orthopedic rehabilitation experience includes hip and knee replacements, ACL reconstructions, ankle fractures and  instability, shoulder fractures and rotator cuff repairs, subluxation and impingement disorders. He also has experience in all   musculoskeletal injuries including back and neck pain. Phillip is particularly interested in ergonomics, posture, geriatric mobility and balance. He obtained a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Canberra School of Music (ANU) in 1998 and Bachelor of Applied       Science (Physiotherapy) in 2008. A keen musician and surfer, Phillip has a strong interest and insight into musician health and surfing-related musculoskeletal conditions alike.

Phillip’s physiotherapy treatments are active, hands-on, evidence-based and with a strong emphasis on exercise therapy and motor retraining. In a whole-body approach to treatment, Phillip utilises his skills in soft tissue therapy, joint mobilization, dry needling, biomechanical correction, posture and ergonomics. Phillip uses Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS) to enable patients to visualize muscle recruitment in order to assist motor control retraining.

Outside of work, sport and music, Phil spends time with his wife and two kids.