Our Physios

Our Newcastle physios are highly trained in evidence-based methodology & practice.

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

Having graduated from the University of Sydney, Tommy has been a physiotherapist for over 20 years, working locally and abroad.

He is a qualified strength and conditioning coach routinely using this knowledge to enhance his clients performance.

Tommy has been the club physio for sporting clubs including Merewether Carlton, Souths Lions, Newcastle Northstars and worked with pro surfers. 

He likes a challenge of getting to the source of a person’s injury and not just treating the symptoms.  

He is a keen advocate for the use of evidence based therapy and works with his staff to continually update their knowledge to provide patients the best possible care. 

He empowers people to manage their injury themselves and gets great satisfaction in getting people back to the things they enjoy quicker.

He has experienced injuries through the years and this has helped him get a good understanding of what it takes to make a full recovery.  

 

Phil Stuckey - Physiotherapist 

Phil sees his role as a physio as facilitating patients to be able to do the things that give them meaning, but can't.

Phil uses his physiotherapy skills and experiences as a keen middle distance runner (loves a good parkrun), surfing and musical training to develop performance across the spectrum: from couch to 5km without the "ouch", lower limb tendinopathies, persistent pain conditions including back pain, and shoulder pain, Phil seeks to ensure patients make sense of their condition and  developing active treatments with them to meet their goals. Phil loves developing the science he reads weekly into practice.

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.

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.

Liz Asimus - Physiotherapist 

Liz graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2013. 

She has been working for 6 years and has had a wide range of physio experience in a variety of private practices and hospitals both in Australia and Canada.

Liz is currently the physio for 1st grade South Lions rugby league team, attending to all their injuries. She has completed her level 1 sports course and is also an accredited level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with ASCA. She specialised in managing lower limb tendon pain, completing the "Mastering Lower Limb Tendinopathies" course with the highly regarded Dr Peter Malliaras in Melbourne in 2019. 

Most recently, Liz has undertaken training to become a registered Onero practitioner. Onero is an exercise program designed to prevent osteoporotic fracture by stimulating bone development and preventing falls in at-risk individuals. (To find out more about Onero click here). Liz will be running Onero classes from March 2020. 

Liz utilises a holistic, individualised, active approach to treatment and has special interest in clinical exercise prescription, orthopaedic surgeries and paediatrics. 

Liz is a Merewether local and when not working enjoys keeping active, regularly rock climbing, doing yoga, hiking and going to the beach

Tori Hain - Physiotherapist

Tori graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2014 and has been working at Fitness Physiotherapy since then. Tori works in the practice, with sporting teams and at Lingard Hospitals busy surgical ward.

Recently Tori attended a course at La Trobe University and became a GLA:D accredited physio. GLA:D is a group neuromuscular exercise and education program based on extensive research which helps people with hip and knee osteoarthritis  to reduce their pain, minimise use of pain killers, avoid joint replacement surgeries and continue to do the activities they enjoy. Tori runs GLA:D classes and loves seeing her patients make progress, stop fearing movement and continue to enjoy their active lifestyles.

Tori is currently the physiotherapist for Merewether United Football Club (Herald Women’s Premier League) who have just celebrated their third grand final win in 4 years! Her role with Merewether includes on-field assessment, attending training sessions and managing injuries and return to play. During university Tori was part of the massage therapy team for the Newcastle Jets. Tori has completed her level one sports course.

Toris treatment approach utilises individualised, exercise based therapy with a focus on moving towards self management.

When not at work Tori loves waterskiing, going to the beach and spending time on the lake.

Owen James - Bachelor of Physiotherapy (honours)

 

Owen graduated from the University of Newcastle with a bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2016.

Owen began his career working in private practice locally, before taking up a full-time physiotherapy role working in professional sport. For the past 2 years he has worked full time with the Newcastle Jets. In this time, he has developed skills in rehabilitating injured athletes back to playing at a high level of sport and developed injury prevention programs for soft tissue injuries. Owen will continue to be involved with the club as the Jets Youth Team Physiotherapist for the season, being on the sideline covering their matches and training sessions.

Owen enjoys treating active clients of all levels or pursuits from athletes to weekend warriors and gains great satisfaction from helping to guide them back to the sport, activities or hobbies they enjoy doing. Owen utilises an active, exercise-based treatment approach, using strength and conditioning principles in his rehabilitation programs.

Owen has a special interest in treating injuries of the lower limb, tendinopathies and in pre and post-operative rehabilitation. 

Owen has completed his Australian Physiotherapy Association Level 1 Sports Physiotherapy course and completed various other continuing professional development courses on management of running related injuries, hip & groin, strength and conditioning and muscle injuries.

Owen is a local to the area. Growing up he has tried his hand at most sports, with Aussie Rules Football being his main sport he played. In his spare time, he enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle of running, gym, cycling and hiking. He has recently started learning how to surf.