For almost 30 years, Macquarie Physiotherapy has provided compassionate care for patients throughout Newcastle and Lake Macquarie.
Our knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff help patients manage musculoskeletal injuries and other painful conditions. We are committed to providing personalised treatments for all our patients, as well as practical advice and assistance. At Macquarie Physiotherapy, your comfort and wellbeing always comes first.
"Treat the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms" has always been our mantra at our Newcastle and Lake Macquarie physiotherapy practices. Following a detailed examination, we will explain the cause of your discomfort. Then, using a variety of hands-on techniques and exercises, we will help correct the issue. Our physiotherapists make it a point to always stay up to date with the latest research and evidence-based techniques. If indicated, we may also recommend appropriate treatment adjuncts such as orthotics, bracing or a gymnasium-based exercise program.
Our close relationships with local and Sydney-based orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, as well as GPs, allow our staff to refer on any serious or complex conditions for prompt assessment, if required.
At Macquarie Physiotherapy, many members of our staff have played a wide array of sports, both at club and international levels! Because of this, we are passionate about providing reliable Lake Macquarie and Newcastle sport injury treatments and rehabilitation therapy. We also support numerous local sporting clubs and organisations.
If you have any questions about our physiotherapy services, or wish to book an appointment, don't hesitate to contact us today! Our practices are located in Gateshead, Glendale and Belmont.
Warren Lovell - Director, Senior Physiotherapist
Having graduating from Sydney University in 1991 Warren spent 18 months working across a range of fields in John Hunter Hospital before moving into private practice at Macquarie Physiotherapy. After 2 years working with the team he moved to the U.K. where he worked in a number of private clinics gaining a range of experiences including Hydrotherapy, post -op rehab and sports injuries associated with several professional soccer and rugby union clubs.
In 1997 Warren returned to Macquarie Physiotherapy and became a partner in 1999
Warren has a wealth of experience across a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, both acute and chronic. Warren has a particular interest in sporting injuries having been involved in all 4 football codes, netball, gymnastics and cricket. Warren has had considerable success with injuries of a biomechanical nature in both adults and adolescents using a combination of manual therapy, specific exercises and training modifications. Warren can also produce custom moulded orthotics to assist the patient's biomechanics and uses dry needling when appropriate.
Post-op shoulder rehabilitation and hydrotherapy are also areas Warren has extensive experience in and he runs a Pilates style class for men over 40 looking to improve their core strength and flexibility.
On a personal level Warren is married with 2 high school age children and is a keen surfer, snowboarder and mountain bike rider. Warren still enjoys playing teams sports including over 35's soccer and the occasional game of AFL.
Rod Millington - Director, Senior Physiotherapist
Rod grew up in Belmont, attending Belmont High School, being a member of Swansea-Belmont Surf Life Saving Club and playing junior rugby league with Lakes United. He graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Sydney in 1991 and then spent 2 years working in the public system in Newcastle as well as 10 months in a part-time role at Macquarie Physiotherapy.
In 1993 Rod travelled to the UK and Europe where he spent the next 5 1/2 years working and travelling. The majority of his time was spent working in private practices in London, including a stint as physiotherapist for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also spent a year working as the on-site physiotherapist at a large pharmaceutical research and factory site where he was involved in ergonomics and worker education seminars along with injury treatment and management and fitness testing.
Rod returned home in 1999 and he quickly found himself working back at Macquarie Physiotherapy. He became a partner in the business in 2000. He enjoys all aspects of musculo-skeletal physiotherapy with expertise in a wide variety of conditions but special interest in the sacro-iliac joint, sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. He uses many different manual techniques including trigger point dry needling as part of his treatments, as well as exercise prescription and education. He also makes orthotics for those requiring them.
Rod is married with 2 sons and loves spending time with his family and friends. He is a past Australian surf lifesaving representative and still enjoys surfing. He also plays over-35s soccer and is a keen snow boarder and mountain biker. He still loves travelling and enjoys camping too.
Bevan Leach - Director, Senior Physiotherapist
Bevan graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999 and also is a qualified massage therapist. He then completed the new graduate program at Prince of Wales, Prince Henry and Moree Hospitals.
After this time Bevan became a professional triathlete racing for European, Asian and Australian professional teams. Highlights include winning a LD World Cup, pro Australian representation, national & state titles, completing the Hawaiian Ironman, a highest world ranking of 4th professional male, a world championship medal and multiple worldwide podiums. Bevan worked at the elite Hyde Park Club as a physiotherapist-personal trainer, ran a corporate physiotherapy and personal training business, wrote articles for magazines on health & wellbeing, and aided with athletes in the professional and amateur arena. Bevan has also represented Australia in waterpolo, rugby union (junior), aquathlon and rogaining, with state representation in rugby league, rugby union and other multisport achievements.
Bevan works in both the private practice and exercise rehabilitation centre at Macquarie Physiotherapy enabling him the variety to utilize his unique experience incorporating hands-on approach with sound biomechanical advice, trigger point dry needing techniques and provide a bike fitting service.
Bevan and his wife moved to Newcastle to settle in November 2008 with the birth of their first daughter, Frankie. The brood has grown welcoming a son, Maximillian, and another daughter, Andie. Bevan also helps out a number of local athletes with coaching, biomechanical advice and mentoring.
Shaun Frazer - Physiotherapist
Shaun finished his undergraduate degree in physiotherapy with honours from Newcastle University in 2011. He spent his first year of employment gaining valuable experiencing working within the John Hunter Hospital. This saw Shaun exposed to numerous different areas of the profession including cardio-pulmonary and neurological rotations. While employed with the John Hunter Hospital he also spent 3 months at Cowra District Hospital where he discovered his interest in treating patients with musculoskeletal injuries.
At the conclusion of his contract with the John Hunter Hospital Shaun joined the team at Macquarie Physiotherapy in February 2013. Since this time he has continued to hone his skills and has a thirst for findings ways to further improve the recovery of his patients. As a result of this, Shaun has completed a number of professional development courses including Mulligan Concept Upper Quarter, APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 and 2 and Trigger Point Dry Needling, along with attending lectures and development evenings.
While working out of our Crossroads Practice at Glendale Shaun has discovered a particular interest in the management of 'life' injuries and works closely with the doctors in the local area to help people get back doing the things they love. As a result of this he is a strong supporter of the Medicare rebatable Enhanced Primary Care program.
Away from work Shaun is a keen sportsman and continues to play hockey in the local Men's Premier League competition. He is also currently a member of the Australian Men's Floorball team which has seen him travel to countries such as Finland and Sweden to represent on the world stage.
Nicola Weaver - Senior Physiotherapist, Pilates Clinician
Nicola graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992. After working in the public system in Newcastle for a year, she travelled to the UK, where she was raised. She was to spend 5 years there, working in a variety of NHS hospital settings along with private practice roles. Nicola was also able to do a lot of travelling during this time and spent extensive time in Europe as well as Africa. As a ballet dancer herself as she was growing up, Nicola was privileged to spend time as physiotherapist for the Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Upon returning to Newcastle in 1999, Nicola started working with Macquarie Physiotherapy and has been here in a variety of roles since then. She is our resident Pilates expert, having been running individual sessions and group classes for almost 20 years along with completing numerous training courses. As a physiotherapist, Nicola has the advantage of being able to diagnose any current injury, identify the underlying cause and then design a Pilates program to suit. As a jack-of-all-trades, Nicola now functions as the practice manager, overseeing the smooth running of all our clinic locations. She even finds time to see occasional physiotherapy patients.
In her spare time, Nicola loves spending time with her family (husband, 2 teenage boys and German Shepherd) and good food and wine and can often be found at the local farmer's markets. She still loves travelling and is a keen snow skier and when possible loves to combine the 2 passions.
Meredith Gadd - Exercise Physiologist
Meredith graduated from the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in 2011 and began work as an Exercise Physiologist. In 2012 Meredith went on to complete her Research Honours, where she studied the "Effects of Failure and Non-failure Resistance Training on Measures of Muscular Strength and Power in Older Adults". In 2013 Meredith completed her Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation) graduating with distinction from Charles Sturt University.
In 2014 Meredith joined the team at Macquarie Exercise Centre after working as an Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Pilates instructor in a private Rehabilitation clinic in Sydney for 3 years. Meredith has worked with sports teams such as Penrith Panthers and Olympic level athletes (pole vault). However, her true passion lies with looking after everyday people and helping them get back on track.
Meredith's interest in Exercise Physiology stemmed from 8 years working in the pharmaceutical industry. Here she came to believe that drugs are not the answer to the lifestyle disease epidemic sweeping the nation. Thus, Meredith chose to help people through Exercise Physiology intervention instead.
Outside of work Meredith enjoys getting back to nature with hiking, camping and fishing. She also enjoys a nice glass of wine catching up with family and friends.
Aaron Percival - Physiotherapist
Aaron graduated as a physiotherapist at the end of 2015 and joined the team at Macquarie Physiotherapy in early 2016. He grew up in the country town of Coonanarabran, where he played every sport that was offered to him at a school, local and representative level.
During his studies at the university of Newcastle, Aaron also worked as an Indigenous Physiotherapy Cadet at Maitland Hospital across a range of areas from the High Dependency ward to orthopaedics and rehabilitation. He enjoys all aspects of sport, especially the therapeutic effects sport has at a physical and psychological level.
Aaron currently plays soccer during the winter and cricket, social golf and small-sided soccer during the summer. Aaron also enjoys a bit of cycling on a social level, but has not delved into the world of lycra at this stage. Aaron's main work interests are health promotion, health equity and sport as medicine to prevent lifestyle diseases.
Danielle McReynolds - Physiotherapist
Danielle graduated as a physiotherapist from Newcastle University in 2016. She joined Macquarie Physiotherapy in March 2017. Prior to joining our team, Danielle worked as a sports trainer for a range of local soccer and rugby clubs and volunteered regularly with hydrotherapy for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, whilst also studying to be a personal trainer. Danielle works in our Gateshead clinic and provides coverage on weekends for our local soccer teams during the season.
Danielle grew up on a farm in Harden, moving to Canberra for her school life and to Newcastle 5 years ago. Having scoliosis surgery at the age of 14, Danielle has always had an interest in rehab and injury management. She is a keen sports and fitness fan, participating in crossfit, F45, pilates and pole dancing and competing in fitness competitions in the Hunter region. She is also a keen advocate for the donate life charity, involving herself regularly in events. Danielle also enjoys playing team sports including touch football with her friends and also getting outdoors with her dog and discovering new walking tracks.
Danielle is a dedicated physiotherapist who is committed to providing an effective evidence based approach to her clients, to achieve an optimal outcome.
Nicole Wilson - Physiotherapist
Nicole completed her Physiotherapy degree at Newcastle University, graduating with honours in 2015. She spent the beginning of her career working at John Hunter Hospital, gaining experience across a variety of different areas of physiotherapy. Nicole developed further interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries while spending time in the outpatient department at the hospital, often treating shoulder injuries and managing osteoarthritis.
Nicole joined our Macquarie Physiotherapy team in 2017, working at our Glendale practice. She continues to have a keen interest in completing professional development courses and attending lectures in order to help her patients achieve the best possible outcomes and recovery.
Outside of work, Nicole spends her time playing piano, cooking, and catching up with friends and family, as well as keeping fit outdoors. Recently, she has played touch footy socially in a local comp. Nicole grew up in Newcastle but takes every available opportunity to venture overseas, exploring different cultures and travelling to unique destinations around the world.
Trudi Murdoch - Physiotherapist
Trudi graduated as a physiotherapist from the University of Newcastle in 2015. She joined Macquarie Physiotherapy in September 2017 and works in the Belmont clinic. She has worked in private practice since graduating and held a second job in the rehab ward of Maitland Private Hospital. Trudi specialises in dry needling and has an interest in vertigo, pain management and lymphoedema.
Trudi grew up in Toronto and has lived in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle all her life. She has been involved in numerous local bush regeneration projects and has an interest in the both the health and environmental concerns of the local community.
Outside of work, Trudi loves exploring both locally and abroad. Her hobbies include kayaking, bushwalking and kick boxing.