Southside Physio Canberra - Our Team - Woden

Woden Integrated Physiotherapy has now officially incorporated with Southside Physio Tuggeranong & Lanyon.

Martin Pogson

Physiotherapy, University of Sydney; Post-Graduate Diploma, Sports Physiotherapy, Curtin University

Martin is a Director of Woden Integrated Physiotherapy. He completed his Physiotherapy Degree at Sydney University in 1982 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 1986.

In recent years he has completed courses in manipulation, generic orthotics, management of whiplash injuries, running injuries, treatment of TMJ dysfunction, the Sarah Key method, the Mulligan method, the McKenzie method and dry needling. Martin is a certified Mulligan Practitioner and Sarah Key Practitioner.

Martin is interested in treating a variety of conditions, from headache and arthritis to the management of injuries to the rotator cuff, shins, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon.

Martin has been married for 28 years and has three adult sons. He is interested in travel and other cultures. Martin likes trail-running, and in 2013 and 2014 he was the Australian mountain running champion in his age category. A keen spear-fisherman, he also enjoys the Rabbitohs winning.

Emily Sogal

Massage Therapy, CIT Canberra

Emily joined our team in 2017 after completing her diploma of Massage Therapy at the Canberra Institute of Technology in Canberra. She has a passion for treating sports related injuries, along with relieving pain, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, and aid in the general wellness/wellbeing of her clients.

Emily’s time away from the clinics is spent on the rugby field playing for the Tuggeranong Vikings “Vi-queens” women’s rugby squad & attempting the snow slopes in Jindabyne.

Michael Irvine

Bachelor of Exercise Science and Sports Coaching, University of Canberra Master of Physiotherapy, University of Canberra

Michael was born and raised in Canberra, completing all of his studies locally and growing up playing many sports. He still continues to play rugby union and softball when he isn’t strapping and providing physiotherapy services for local teams. Michael was introduced to physiotherapy through sport and found it was a great way to combine his love of problem solving, helping people back to their feet, and sports.

Throughout Michael’s studies and career, he has developed skills and interests in rehabilitation after sports injuries, orthopedic surgery, work injuries and neurological conditions. His other interests extend to biomechanics, exercise physiology, Pilates and men’s health.

Michael believes in utilizing a combination of education about your condition, hands on therapy, and adjunct exercises to help you achieve your goals. Whether your goals are returning to work or sport, helping you to be independent at home, improve your performance, or just to help with that lingering pain, Michael is happy to help you through it.

Megan Curry

Physiotherapy, Charles Sturt University

Megan graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2010 and joined the team at Woden Integrated Physiotherapy in December 2014. She previously worked in both the hospital and private practice settings before focusing her interests on musculoskeletal injuries.

Megan believes in a holistic approach to treatment and considers multiple factors in her assessment and treatment of conditions. She is currently completing the 'Connect Therapy' series in 2018 which has increased her interest in complex chronic conditions and recurrent and overuse injuries. This model has also made Megan assess the cause of acute injuries, rather than just considering the site of pain. Megan also has particular interests in Pilates, including reformer and mat based exercises, and currently runs Pilates classes at the clinic.

Megan has also worked with sports teams and has travelled with Queanbeyan representative netball as their physiotherapist. Megan is also trained in dry needling and uses a combination of exercise based therapy and a hands on approach in achieving the best for her clients.

Outside of work, Megan enjoys playing netball and touch football and enjoys treating sporting injuries of all kinds. Growing up in country NSW, Megan also follows rugby league and, after spending more time in Canberra, she has slowly (and somewhat reluctantly at first) started to enjoy rugby union as well.

Jane Coffee

Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy, University of Queensland, Masters in Physiotherapy (Manipulative), University of South Australia

Jane is a physiotherapist with more than 30 years-experience in the management of orthopedic, spinal and muscle related problems. She has a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and a Masters in Physiotherapy (Manipulative) from the University of South Australia.

Jane recently moved to Canberra and has worked extensively as a clinician throughout Australia in private practice, community settings, aged care and hospitals. She was also an educator at the University of South Australia for several years.

Over her career Jane has completed many professional development courses including Nordic manual therapy, Lymphoedema management, Myofascial release and the McKenzie method.

Jane enjoys working with clients and is keen to help them understand and attain a satisfactory management solution for their condition. She is married with two adult sons. Outside of work she enjoys exploring the local area and riding her bike, kayaking, camping and bushwalking with her husband.

Bjarne Kragh

Physiotherapy, Denmark

Bjarne (BJ) is a Director of Woden Integrated Physiotherapy. He was born and trained in Denmark, and came to Australia in 1994. He set up his own practice in Tuggeranong in February 1998.

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 charity bike riding. He loves his job and sees himself more as a life coach - helping clients to optimise their wellbeing.

Michael Bellantonio

Physiotherapy, University of Sydney

Michael is a senior physiotherapist at Woden Integrated Physiotherapy. He obtained his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Sydney University in 2007 and is an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist. He has a particular interest in treating shoulder injuries, orthopaedic rehabilitation of shoulder and knee operations, dance related injuries and implementing preventative exercise programmes for dancers. Michael is passionate about working with his clients to not only get to the cause of their problem and treat it, but decide how to prevent further occurrences.

Originally from Sydney, Michael has been working in sports injury clinics since 2004. Over the years, Michael has been a physiotherapist for the Eastwood Rugby Club, Australian Women’s Rugby 7s squad, and Australian Baseball League team the Canberra Calvary. He has forged strong relationships with directors of numerous dance schools across Canberra.

Michael is committed to ongoing professional development so he can provide his clients with the most up to date care and treatment options. In recent years, he has completed courses including real time ultrasound muscle retraining, hand splinting, dance injury management, and the highly regarded Level 3 Sports Physiotherapy Course. He is also qualified in advanced dry needling.

In his time away from the clinic Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, and watching rugby and musical theatre.

Alicia Jackson

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.