Our Physiotherapists - Southside Physio Tuggeranong
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney
Thérèse graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Sydney (now the University of Sydney) in 1989. She has been part of the Southside Physiotherapy team since February 2008.Thérèse has extensive experience as a Physiotherapist in both Australia and the UK. She has worked in the public health system, for the armed forces and in private practice, as well as undertaking workplace assessments. Thérèse has expertise in a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries including neck and back pain, hip bursitis, sporting and tendon injuries, post-op physio and various arthritic conditions. She enjoys treating patients of all ages, especially children and adolescents. Thérèse loves working with her patients and seeing their movement, strength and fitness improve so they can reach their optimum function. Thérèse is married with three children and loves the outdoors and travelling to new and interesting destinations.
Chris is a senior consultant musculoskeletal physiotherapist at Southside Physiotherapy. Born and trained in Canada, he has worked with us since 2000.
Chris's professional interests include manual therapy, manipulation and movement rehabilitation. He is proficient in the physical diagnosis and treatment of low back pain, neck pain and sports injuries.
Chris also lectures at the University of Canberra in the Master of Physiotherapy program where his clinical experience and knowledge is a valuable asset in the education of the profession's future physiotherapists.
On a personal note, Chris enjoys swimming, camping and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Bjarne (BJ) is the Principal physiotherapist at Southside Physiotherapy. He was born and trained in Denmark, and came to Australia in 1994. He worked in various private clinics until taking over as Director of Southside Physiotherapy in Tuggeranong in February 1998. The clinic has steadily grown since then with Bjarne expanding into Woden as a Director of our affiliated clinic, Woden Integrated Physiotherapy, on 1 July 2010.
Bjarne's areas of professional interest include temporomandibular (jaw) pain, spinal and pelvic dysfunction, treatment of arthritis and chronic pain management. In his spare time, Bjarne has changed his fitness routine from running after a round ball (football), to thoroughly enjoying raising money for charity in long distance bike riding events. He loves his job and sees himself more as a life coach - helping clients to optimise their wellbeing.
Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Exercise Science (Applied Science), University of Canberra. Master of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra.
Alicia graduated from the University of Canberra in 2015 with a Masters of Physiotherapy, after completing a three year Bachelor degree in Sport Coaching and Exercise Science in 2012. During her studies she has experienced treating a large range of musculoskeletal injuries through her participation as a Netball Development Officer for Netball A.C.T, an Australian Institute of Sport Coach for the A.C.T Junior Athletics Talent Squad for Athletes with a Disability and whilst working with first grade AFL teams throughout A.C.T.
Alicia has worked as a Physiotherapist in ACT Health since 2015 and throughout her career has worked both in the hospital setting and throughout the community of Canberra. After working within The Canberra Hospital’s antenatal and postnatal wards Alicia developed a passion for the area of Women’s Health and has undertaken further training in this field. Her specific interests being Women’s Health antenatal and postnatal exercise classes, Pilates and the assessment and treatment of the Pelvic Floor.
Outside of work, Alicia is also an Associate Investigator for the University of Canberra’s Indigenous Cardiac Rehabilitation Project: ‘Heart Time’, promoting supervised exercise and a healthy lifestyle to Canberra’s Indigenous population. Alicia is a firm believer that for everyone, exercise, education, well-being and a positive mindset are the best medicines. Alicia focuses on how to assist clients to return to what they love, providing them with self-management strategies for a healthy life and to minimise risk of re-injury.
Alicia loves the outdoor and sporting worlds. Outside of the clinic, you will find Alicia enjoying a social game of Squash or Netball. She also enjoys scuba diving, camping, exploring, and hiking around natural bushlands and nature reserves. Alicia is very active and a keen water skier. Some of her other interests include cooking delicious desserts, listening to live music and spending time with her fiancé, family and friends.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney
Heather graduated from the Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now known as University of Sydney Faculty of Health Sciences) in 1981 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). She gained experience at Sydney and Woden Valley Hospitals before venturing into the world of owning and operating her own private physiotherapy practices with her twin sister, Carole. Between them, they operated a practice at the Phillip Health Centre from 1985-1993 and the Gowrie Medical Centre from 1986-2009. In 2009, the Bond sisters closed their clinic and Heather joined the team at Southside Physiotherapy.Over the years Heather has been an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and has served on the Continuing Education Committee, the Sports Physiotherapy Group (both locally and nationally), the Private Practitioners' Group and most recently the Aquatic Physiotherapy Group (again both locally and nationally). She served as the Chair of the National Management Committee of the Aquatic Physiotherapy Group in 2012 and 2013. Heather has experience working with sports teams, having provided physiotherapy coverage to Royals Rugby Union Football Club for many years and having toured with the ACT Womens' Rugby Union team. More recently, her passion for netball has led her to provide physiotherapy services to Master's netball teams and teams at South Canberra Netball Association (SCNA). She also toured New Zealand with representative teams from SCNA in 2012 and 2014. Heather has a professional interest in aquatic physiotherapy (hydrotherapy) and completed her Level 3 training in 2010 attaining her Certificate of Hydrotherapy. She runs our Aquatic Physiotherapy Programs at the Kingswim pools at Deakin and Calwell, and treats a wide range of conditions in the pool in the more buoyant water environment.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney
Kaitlyn graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has been working in the private practice setting in Canberra since 2009.Kaitlyn's areas of professional interest include the spine, pelvis and women's health. Since graduating she has undertaken further training into the area of Women’s Health. This includes the assessment and conservative treatment of urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, rectus diastasis and pre or post-natal musculoskeletal complaints. Kaitlyn has a great appreciation for how interconnected the body is. She uses a whole body approach to help you understand your body better and determine the right direction of treatment to help you address your concerns.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Sports Science), University of Canberra. Master of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra
After completing her Master of Physiotherapy degree in June 2009, Jess worked at The Canberra Hospital gaining experience in orthopaedics, musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neurological, paediatrics and women's health physiotherapy. She joined the Southside Physiotherapy team in July 2012.Jess's main area of professional interest is Women's Health, especially ante-natal and post-natal physiotherapy. She also completed extra training in Pilates for during and after pregnancy, the management of mastitis, sacroiliac joint and pubic symphesis dysfunction, pelvic floor retraining and continence issues. Jess holds Women's Health exercise and education classes at The Canberra Hospital and John James Hospital. When not working, she enjoys going to the gym, swimming, surfing and getting away to the coast...anywhere warmer than Canberra.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons.), University of Canberra
Cameron joined the Southside team in February 2017, after graduating from the University of Canberra in 2016. Working as a sports trainer for local premier league and ACT representative soccer teams, Cameron has developed a keen interest in sports, and injury prevention.Cameron’s Honours Thesis was on the association between physical performance levels and injury risk in the military. By combining a keen interest in research and evidence based clinical practice, Cameron knows what it takes to achieve functional recovery from work-related, sporting and every-day injuries. Each session with Cameron is centred around his client’s goals, guiding them on their journey to recovery. Cameron also believes that movement is medicine, and targeted exercise is King, and regularly posts exercise tips and tricks on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Outside of work, Cameron is a Cocktail Bartender, plays soccer and enjoys the outdoors and BBQ's with friends!
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), University of Sydney
Born and raised in Canberra, Chris moved away to study at the University of Sydney, graduating in 2008 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy). He worked in orthopaedics, aged care and stroke rehabilitation hospitals in Newcastle and Canberra before beginning work in Private Practice in 2011. After a recent stint in Workplace Health, Chris has returned to Private Practice at Southside Physiotherapy.Chris has completed further training in treatment of the pelvis, thorax, shoulder and knee, mobilisation of the nervous system, and dry needling. Chris is committed to providing holistic, evidence-based management for patients, with the goal to help them relieve pain and recover from injury, and beyond that to achieve optimal physical performance.
Chris is married with three small children who occupy almost all of his free time.
Kristine graduated physiotherapy in Germany in 2001 and worked in different practices before she came to Australia in 2007. While going through foreign physio examinations she commenced working in different practices including Southside Physiotherapy (2010-2014). This long process was finalised in 2015 and Kristine is now qualified in both countries. Kristine has always had special interest and continued developing her skills in the area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy from sports injury, motor vehicle rehabilitation to acute and chronic conditions. Everyday she approaches tasks and challenges as a possibility of creating new pathways for people in her life to reach their goals.
Kristine rejoined Southside Physiotherapy in July 2017 and very pleased to be back as a part of the SSP team. Outside work Kristine enjoys self-development training, doing craft work, gym, brunches and cooking for hungry tummies-including hers.
Bachelor of Sports Health and Physical Education, Vancouver Island University. Masters of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra
Djordje (pronounced George) completed his Bachelor of Sports Health and Physical Education qualification at Vancouver Island University, Canada in 2012, and moved to Canberra to pursue his Physiotherapy career. Since graduating Masters of Physiotherapy in 2015 at the University of Canberra, Djordje has worked in private practice within the Canberra region and joined the Southside Physio team in March 2018.Djordje has a keen professional interest in hands-on musculoskeletal treatment for a variety of conditions including neck pain, lower back pain, sports injuries and post-op rehabilitation. Regarding exercise and physical activity as essential components of wellbeing, Djordje views both as important factors in his professional practice and private life. Over the past six years Djordje has worked in a variety of sports settings both in Canada (ice hockey) and Australia (Aussie rules football, rugby league). Djordje is currently working with the Junior Canberra Raiders U16 and U18 squads. In his spare time Djordje enjoys playing basketball, traveling to the South Coast, annual hiking trips to the beautiful west coast of British Columbia, and cheering for his favorite teams in the NFL, NBA and tennis. Djordje also speaks fluent Serbian.
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/ Bachelor of Business (Sport Management), Deakin University. Master of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra.
Andrew completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science/Business at Deakin University in Melbourne before moving to Canberra to pursue his career in physiotherapy. During his time in Melbourne, a passion for improving quality of life led him to work as a physiotherapy assistant at the Royal Children’s Hospital and in community rehabilitation. To satisfy his love of sport and fitness he worked as a strength and conditioning coach with the Sandringham Dragons TAC cup side. Since being in Canberra Andrew has become a member of Sport Physiotherapy Australia and has worked with multiple sporting teams including a local AFL Canberra side, the UC Capitals WNBL team and the Canberra Raiders.
Andrew believes in a holistic patient-centred approach to treatment that involves a combination of education, manual therapy and functional rehabilitation in order to achieve your goals. Whether you are aiming to decrease persistent pain, return to work, improve your health and function or return to sporting performance, Andrew is happy to guide you through it.
Outside of work Andrew is an avid sport follower, particularly AFL and his beloved Geelong Cats. He enjoys scuba diving, mountain biking and exploring new places. Andrew enjoys live music, reading and socialising with family and friends.