Our Team

Craig Macdonald

Craig Macdonald

Principal Physiotherapist

Craig has been practicing physiotherapy since 1999. He has extensive experience in a full range of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Craig uses thorough assessment, an individual approach to each patient and the latest treatment techniques to gain the best results for his patients.

Craig is one of the most experienced SCENAR Therapy trained physios in Australia and has been recognised with the qualification of Certified SCENAR Practitioner TM. This is the highest qualification available in SCENAR Therapy. Craig’s passion for SCENAR Therapy comes from his own dramatic recovery from chronic fatigue syndrome using SCENAR therapy. He has a special interest in treating people with complex health problems and problems that have been unresponsive to other therapies.

Craig utilises a full range of physiotherapy techniques including Integrated Dry Needling, Manual therapy and Exercise Prescription to gain the best outcome for his patients.

When not at the clinic Craig can be found with his wife and five young children, or paddle boarding and swimming at the local beaches.

Theo Backer

Theo Backer

Senior Physiotherapist

A lifelong fascination with movement, physiology and human performance has kept Theo excited about the ability to make a difference in people’s lives. He retains a passion for helping people achieve their maximum potential using manual therapy, careful exercise prescription and education.

Theo has worked in senior roles for many years in both the private and public health sector. His background includes consulting, teaching and advisory positions.

Recognising the link between how we feel and how we move Theo continues to derive pleasure from working to get people to feel joy in their movements and relief from problematic symptoms.

When not working Theo loves to dance (especially tango and salsa). He enjoys most most outdoor activities and has been known to grace a soccer field. Theo enjoys learning and trying new activities as well as embarking on the odd culinary adventure.

Lucas Kalinak

Lucas Kalinak


Growing up in Canada, Lucas was always an active kid, and with being active, injuries are bound to happen. Through his own rehab experiences he was inspired to pursue physiotherapy in order to help people become the best person they could be.

His pursuit of this dream has led him to Sydney where he completed a Masters of Physiotherapy. Prior to jetting overseas to become a physio he completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology in Canada and worked a few years as a personal trainer, developing a strong and varied exercise background.

Lucas believes that the key to a good recovery is proper functional movement and really strives to make sure that his patients have optimal movement patterns. Lucas knows that pain and discomfort leads to poor movement and aims to resolve all of your symptoms and get you back to being the best person you can be!

Lucas continues to push himself in terms of his knowledge and you will either find him outside of work in a book, on a hike, cycling, playing soccer or on the basketball court. He works out of both our Newport and Balgowlah clinics. Let him help you get Back to Health today!




Danielle Hui

Remedial Massage Therapist

Danielle’s journey with remedial massage began after experiencing job-related stress living with consistent pain and tenderness from extremely tense muscles. She was introduced to Remedial Massage Therapy and found the benefits of softening, lengthening and most importantly relaxing the skeletal muscles helped to decrease pain, increase ease of mobility and improve posture. Danielle’s positive personal response opened up her passion for what she considers the ‘Art of Healing’. Following this experience she studied and practiced the strong and powerful effects of ‘Touch Therapy’. She has a Diploma of Remedial Massage and has been a Remedial Massage Therapist since 2011. She is a current professional member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS).

Danielle discovered she has a rare gift for true compassion and deep empathy for those in pain due to injuries, stress or even lifestyle choices. Her belief in the body’s ability to heal itself and desire to help people holistically, complements her Remedial Massage Therapy. She provides stress and pain management by providing relief through targeting specific muscles requiring work in a gentle and nurturing manner.

Remedial Massage Therapy can provide the following benefits:

  • improved flexibility
  • increased range of motion
  • better sleep patterns
  • more relaxed nervous system
  • increased ability to manage life stressors
  • better understanding of self care

Danielle blends various massage styles to best suit the individual. She utilises a combination of techniques including Remedial Massage Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Deep Tissue Therapy, Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, and Swedish Massage Therapy. Additionally, she has experience in On-Site Workplace Corporate Massage.

Danielle loves the Northern Beaches. She is a member of the local community Pop Choir in Seaforth and enjoys ‘Rueda’ dancing (Cuban Style Salsa). During warmer weather, she swims at the rock pools along the Northern Beaches. We know you will love your massages with Danielle where you are in good hands!

Nicola Ellis

Nicola Ellis

Front Desk Superstar

Nicola loves working with people and experiences a great deal of satisfaction in helping others.

Having majored in Health Studies during her Diploma of Teaching, she believes that in order to live life to the fullest, maintaining health must be a priority. A mother of three high achieving sporty sons and keeping physically active herself, she has experienced firsthand the benefits of physiotherapy.

Outside of the clinic, Nicola enjoys dancing, Curves workouts, coastal walks and socialising with family and friends.

Perri-Lee Sandell

Perri-Lee Sandell

Front Desk Superstar and Marketing

Raised on the Northern Beaches Perri-Lee has spent the majority of her career working in the education sector specifically Health Sciences research and program development as well as Marketing and campaigns.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Science, Post Graduate Diploma in Information Science and Graduate Certificate in Marketing. Perri-Lee is passionate about building relationships within the community and growing business development with our partners. She delights in seeing patients walk out the clinic feeling better than when they walked in.

Growing up Perri-Lee was in the Surf Life Saving Club and was a still and open water marathon swimmer, competing for the Aussie Masters before retiring. She continues to be fitness conscious but nowadays prefers to participate in land activities where she can keep dry! 

Matilda Finnegan

Personal Trainer

Newport Back to Health

(02) 9997 4970

Balgowlah Back to Health

(02) 9949 3770

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