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Relieve pain. Increase mobility. Improve quality of life.

Macquarie Physiotherapy has been providing quality, personalised physiotherapy for people throughout Lake Macquarie and Newcastle for almost 30 years. With three practice locations throughout the city in Belmont, Gateshead and Glendale, we have an experienced physio near you.

Whether you have an injury, you’ve just had surgery or you’re suffering from niggling or chronic pain, our highly trained, knowledgeable staff can help.

What to expect when you visit Macquarie Physiotherapy

We’re 100% committed to helping you improve your overall health, strength and mobility.

After an examination, we’ll explain the cause of your discomfort. Then we use a variety of hands-on techniques and exercises to help correct the issue. We might also recommend additional treatment like orthotics, bracing or a gym-based exercise program.

We take a holistic approach to your well-being so sometimes we need to work alongside other healthcare professionals.  If you need a specialist referral, we have strong relationships with orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, so you get coordinated care for the best possible outcome.

Our Staff


Our physiotherapists are highly knowledgeable professionals specialising in the human body’s structure and movement. They provide comprehensive care for individuals of all ages, addressing a wide range of health conditions such as sports injuries, musculoskeletal issues, and chronic conditions like osteoarthritis. Their role involves assessing, diagnosing, planning, and managing patient care to promote optimal health and well-being.

Accredited Exercise Physiologists (AEPs)

Our AEPs are allied health professionals who have obtained a university degree, equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to create, implement, and assess safe and beneficial exercise programs tailored to individuals with acute, sub-acute, or chronic medical conditions, injuries, or disabilities.

Exercise Scientists (ESs)

Our ESs are highly trained professionals in the field of exercise and sports science, typically holding at least a Bachelor’s degree that meets the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 7 standards.

Massage Therapists

Our massage therapists are skilled in both relaxation and remedial massage techniques and are members of the Association of Massage Therapists showing their commitment to the Massage Therapy Code of Practice.

Our Physiotherapists 

Our Exercise and Massage Professionals 

Sophie Reid

Exercise Physiologist

In 2019, I made the leap from the charming town of Tamworth to the vibrant city of Newcastle to kick-start my career at UON. With a burning passion for health and fitness, I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science, immersing myself in the world of physical well-being. I’m excited to share that I’ve now successfully completed my Masters in Exercise Physiology and am now proudly working as an exercise physiologist at Macquarie Exercise Centre!

When I’m not guiding others through their fitness journeys or deepening my own professional skills, you can find me soaking up the sun at the beach, pushing my limits at the gym, or enjoying quality time with loved ones. Whether we’re camping under the stars or savouring a refreshing drink at the local pub, good company and laughter are always on the agenda!

Will Cotton

Exercise Scientist

I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Newcastle in 2023. I since found my passion at Macquarie Exercise Centre, helping others improve their health through exercise programs. I love leading group classes that focus on enhancing balance and strength.

Outside of work, I’m dedicated to my own fitness, spending time at the gym and have been pushing weights for the past four years. I also enjoy quality time with friends and family, whether it’s sharing a meal or gaming online. My goal is to continually expand my knowledge to better serve my clients.

Nikki MacEachen

Massage Therapist

Through my massage practice, I am keen to help my clients reduce some of the stresses and pains of everyday life. I enjoy anatomy of the human body, functional movement, and the benefits of massage.

My goal is to treat clients based on their individual needs helping to reduce and manage pain, relieve stress and assisting with the recovery process of injury/illness.

I am originally from Canada. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my 2 children and partner. I love mountain biking, the ocean and am passionate about snowboarding and attending my group fitness classes. Finally, I like to wind the day down with a glass of wine and bit of macrame.

Nicola Millington

Pilates Clinician

I love that Macquarie Physiotherapy is a big family where we support each other and our clients.

I’ve been part of the team for 20 years and have a special interest in headaches and dance.

It was my privilege to be the physio for the Birmingham Royal Ballet in England. Outside of work I love my family, travelling and cooking.

Our Admin Team

Melissa Crouch


I enjoy chatting to patients and being the friendly face when they come through the door. Even though I’ve been working here since 2006, I’m originally from Northern Ireland so I’m the one with the accent.

Gabi O'Hara

Gabi O’Hara


I’m originally from Austria and I’ve been at Macquarie Physiotherapy for 10 years. I love making people comfortable and try my best to put a smile on their face. I have a passion for horses, being outdoors, exercising and socialising.

Nicole Bird

Nicole Bird


I moved from Sydney and joined the team in 2013. I love meeting different kinds of people everyday and hearing all their amazing stories. When I’m not at work you will find me chasing after my 4 kids and husky or soaking up the sun in the great outdoors. Other than kids my neglected passions are all sports (specifically running, oz tag and netball) and travel.

Evonne Taylor


I’ve been with Macquarie Physiotherapy since 2008. Most of my time is spent at the Belmont clinic however, you might occasionally see me at Gateshead. I love being able to have a chat with our patients and when I’m not at work, I love spending time outdoors.

Sharon Birse

Sharon Birse


I started here in 2019 so I’m a relative newbie but I love observing the change physiotherapy can make to a persons life. When  not at work I love spending time with my beautiful family, enjoying the outdoors with my dogs, bushwalking and following the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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Belmont Practice

14 Macquarie St
Belmont, 2280

P: 02 4945 4622


Gateshead Practice

1 Skyline Way
Gateshead, 2290

P: 02 4942 1322


Glendale Practice

Suite 1, 342 Lake Rd
Glendale, 2285

P: 02 4954 8738


Exercise Centre

1 Skyline Way
Gateshead, 2290

P: 02 4942 1622


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