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.

Dianne Bright

Dianne Bright

Senior Physiotherapist

B.Ap.Sc (Phty) M.Hlth.Sc, (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy), M.A.P.A;M.A.L.A

Dianne Bright has been a physiotherapist for over 35 years. Dianne graduated in 1985 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy and followed this 10 years later with a Master of Health Science, majoring in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy from Charles Stuart University. Dianne’s initial placement was at Westmead Hospital followed by 2 years at Harley St in London.

On her return to Australia, she owned private practices in Parramatta, Castle Hill, and for the past 10 years in Lindfield Sydney. Dianne has extensive experience in Biomechanical analysis and posture correction techniques, which empower you with effective tools to maximise your body’s function. Dianne also brings specialist skills in the treatment of Jaw issues and most recently has qualified as an accredited Lymphoedema therapist .

‘My greatest passion is assisting people maximise their health and exceed their own expectations in what they can achieve physically in life’.

Dianne also has over 10 years experience in Corporate Physiotherapy and Occupational Health and Safety having designed and developed the Posture @ Work Program. This program diagnosed then taught workers how to correct muscle imbalances which greatly increase the risk of injury. This program was rolled out in multi-national companies such as Optus, Thales Australia and Westpac.

Of recent Dianne moved to the Newport area and is looking forward to sharing her passion for physiotherapy by providing quality, personalised treatments.

Daniel Gschwind

Daniel Gschwind

Physiotherapist

Daniel is the newest member of Back to Health Physiotherapy! He comes with a wealth of knowledge, including 8 years of international experience in Germany, specialising in orthopaedic rehabilitation. In addition to this, Daniel has studied a Bachelors Degree in Health and Management in 2015 and achieved international accreditation in Australia since 2018.

With a diverse skill set, Daniel has worked as an integral member of interdisciplinary medical teams; focusing on hip, knee, spine and shoulder injuries and post operatives. Since that time he has expanded his proficiency to include specialised musculoskeletal expertise working in and around the Northern Beaches.

Daniel is always looking to enhance his scope of practice, currently studying a studio rehab Pilates course – incorporating the functional movements of Pilates to provide diagnosis, injury management and ongoing resistance and prevention training.

Daniel’s philosophy in very much a “hands on approach” and prides himself on patient-centred care. He offers a range of effective soft tissue techniques, joint mobilisations, thorough biomechanical analysis and exercise prescriptions for each individual client.

When not in the clinic, Daniel can be found both on and off dry land, enjoying his love of soccer on the field, or surf photography in the ocean. With a passion for the outdoors, Daniel enjoys an active lifestyle with his young family.

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.

Claire Viliamu

Claire Viliamu

Front Desk Superstar and Marketing

Growing up on the Northern Beaches, Claire loves the ocean and the outdoors, spending her time surfing, on coastal walks and with family and friends over a good coffee.

Claire has completed a Bachelor of Science (Advanced), majoring in Anatomy and Histology at Sydney University. She is passionate about community wellbeing, seeking to gain insight and experience in the health field, to pursue a career in public health.

Newport Back to Health

(02) 9997 4970

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