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 Dry Needling Plus, 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.

David Duindam

David Duindam

Senior Physiotherapist

David Duindam graduated from the Dunedin School Of Physiotherapy at Otago University, New Zealand in 2009. Since then he has had experience working in private practice in Sacramento, California and Tauranga, New Zealand and now On the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

David is a certified SCENAR practioner (level 3 of 3), a certified Dry Needling Plus Therapist (level 2 of 2), Nutritional Therapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor, has a National Certificate in Fitness (level 3) and used to be a gym based fitness consultant and personal trainer.

Having completed Advanced Nutrition Courses (level 2 of 2) from Integrated Health Academy, David applies a holistic approach delivering specific, evidence based nutrition advice to patients to achieve the best overall outcomes for them. He also provides special nutrition and fitness consultations.

David brings expertise to treating acute and chronic injuries and illness with a wide variety of treatments including SCENAR Therapy. He has an honest passion for helping patients become pain free and returning them to things they love doing.

David’s interest in the management of sports injuries has lead to him providing Physiotherapy to a range of different sports clubs including soccer, rugby, surf life saving and gymnastics. This has given him great skills in sports injury management.

When he is not practicing David can be found spending time exercising, watching sport with friends and visiting the beach.

Hannah Neve

Hannah Neve

Physiotherapist

Hannah graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2012, after completing a degree in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Edinburgh in 2010.  She worked for three years within the National Health System (NHS) in England and Scotland obtaining a variety of experience throughout the different areas of Physiotherapy.  She gained private practice experience in Scotland before starting at Back to Health Physiotherapy Newport in May 2017.

In the NHS Hannah acquired extensive experience working with neurological conditions, respiratory conditions as well as sport and musculoskeletal problems.  Exposure to analysing biomechanics and retraining movement during her rotation in the Stroke Unit allowed Hannah to indulge in her real love for rehabilitating movement and highlighted the importance of having a strong core and good posture.

With a passion for movement analysis and a belief in improving core strength and stability at all ages, Hannah has a key interest in Clinical Pilates.  She completed her instructors course in 2016, and now teaches 5 classes at our Newport Clinic helping to further progress our clients’ rehabilitation.  She is also a certified Dry Needling Therapist.

Moving to Australia has allowed Hannah to develop her passion for outdoor living – taking advantage of the beachside living and partaking in activities including swimming, running, paddle boarding, with even some attempt to surf.  She has really become involved in the Newport community spirit and is currently training to become a Surf Lifesaver at Newport Beach.

Peter Fourie

Peter Fourie

Physiotherapist

Peter graduated with a Masters in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2016, after completing a degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the Australian Catholic University in 2013.

Peter feels that he found his true passion in Physiotherapy. A massive passion for sport, strength training and his own share of sporting injuries was what drove Peter towards becoming a physiotherapist many years ago.

Peter believes that in order to achieve a patient’s goals he must have excellent diagnostic skills, so he has honed his to be able to quickly determine the source of a patient’s symptoms. He enjoys treating muscle imbalance syndromes and joint dysfunction.

Peter has been fortunate enough to work closely with multiple sporting teams and treated a broad spectrum of injuries and age groups. He believes that identifying and rectifying any functional strength imbalances is the key to fully recovering from any injury.

 

Lucas Kalinak

Lucas Kalinak

Physiotherapist

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!

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.

Kelly Theobald

Front Desk Superstar

Kelly grew up in in the rural town of Waimauku, just North of Auckland in New Zealand, and moved to the Northern Beaches at the end of 2015.

Her friendly, positive nature, and her love of people led her into roles that enable her to help others, previously working as a teacher aide, and as a medical receptionist at a large local practice.

Kelly has a passion for health and fitness and has completed a Level 4 Certificate in Personal Training at the New Zealand Institute of Health and Fitness. She strongly subscribes to the philosophy “Healthy body, healthy mind”.

On top of exercise and meditation, in her spare time she likes to soak up the sunshine while exploring our beautiful surrounding scenery. Having four teenage children, Kelly and her partner Kurt are involved in a diverse range of both indoor and outdoor activities

Matilda Finnegan

Personal Trainer

Newport Back to Health

(02) 9997 4970

Balgowlah Back to Health

(02) 9949 3770

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