SAMUEL WARD – Physiotherapist – B.Hlth.Sci, M.Phty, APAM
Clinic Director Sam graduated from the University of Sydney in Australia with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy.
Sam has extensive experience working in private practice setting on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and North Shore. Sam’s cliental have not solely been from a sporting background. Sam has worked closely with elderly people running exercise classes and developing suitable home exercise programs.
Further, Sam’s experience has involved working closely with people who have cerebral palsy providing manual therapy and supervised exercise programs at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Sam places a big importance on exercise prescription as the key to long term self management of your body.
Aside from physiotherapy, Sam is the current Captain of Warringah Rats 1st grade rugby union team. Sam’s time in and around professional and high level rugby teams has meant he knows what it takes to get your body ready to perform at the highest level week in and week out.
Fun fact: Sam used to be a high level downhill mountain biker winning multiple races at the State and National level. Having recently returned to the sport after a 10 years break, Sam makes the most of his time outside the clinic. Sam also enjoys filling his spare time with four-wheel driving, motor bike riding, golf and waterskiing.
STEPHANIE ALBERTS – Physiotherapist – B.Hlth.Sc, M.Phty, APAM
Steph is our resident titled sports physiotherapist and Grade physiotherapist for Warringah Rugby Club. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 and has since completed a Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy through La Trobe University.
Through her sports masters Steph had the opportunity to complete placements with several professional sports teams including Geelong Cats (AFL) and Australian Rugby 7s (Men’s Program). She has also previously completed internships in the US with professional track and field team ALTIS in Phoenix, Arizona and worked with Brooks Beast in Seattle, Washington.
Coming from a sporting and performance background, Steph understands the importance of looking after the athlete holistically, not just a specific body part or injury. She believes that physio should not only treat injuries but act as a preventative management and performance enhancement. Steph has a special interest in running biomechanics and rehabilitation and dance related injuries.
“I became a physiotherapist to help people reach their performance or life goals. I love the ability to help people every day and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Fun fact: Outside of work Steph enjoys training and competing for triathlons; something she started after retiring from athletics. She has also trained in circus performance (aerial silks/lyra) and worked up to Advanced 1 RAD Classical Ballet. When not training or working you can find Steph at the beach with a coffee in hand!!
Tim Dereu – Physiotherapist – B.ExSc, M.Phty, APAM
Tim graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Physiotherapy, along with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at UTS. Tim has had a range of experience in public, private and hospital settings ranging from Neurological rehabilitation to acute orthopaedic and sports Physiotherapy. During this time Tim has worked closely with the elderly population running tailored home exercise programs and group classes using his extensive knowledge of exercise prescription.
Additionally, working with elite athletes, the general public and rehabilitation for patient’s post-surgery or disease. Tim has developed strong clinical reasoning, assessment and injury prevention skills through working as a sports trainer for Warringah Rats, UNSW Eastern Suburb Bulldogs, Newport Rugby and SCEGGS basketball.
Further, Tim is a qualified Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Level 1 Sports Trainer, Certificate III & IV in Fitness and has completed a range of sports taping and injury prevention courses. As someone who has played sport his whole life. Tim has experienced an abundance of injuries and understands the physical and psychological demands placed upon the patient during this time. Mobility and strength is Tim’s foundation in physiotherapy with a strong emphasis on educating the patient about their bodies, improving their movement patterns, posture and returning to pain free movement.
Fun Fact: Tim previously was a state cross country runner and a competitive surfer along with playing almost every sport under the sun. Outside of work Tim enjoys surfing, running and resistance training.
Lauren Platt – Physiotherapist – B.Phty, APAM
Lauren’s competitive nature and love of sports sparked her interest in physiotherapy, graduating from ACU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and working in private practice ever since. She has a keen interest in Netball, having played both club and representative levels since age 8 as well as trying her hand at AFL,swimming and skiing.
Lauren loves working with anyone trying to improve their own health and wellbeing – no matter what the injury. She has a keen interest in lower limb injuries, especially sports injuries (especially prevention!), pre and post-surgical rehab, and is certified in hip/knee arthritis management with GLA:D (good life with arthritis). She is also trained in dry needling, cervicogenic headache treatment and Clinical Pilates.
Fun Fact: Lauren completed the Kokoda trail with her mum in 2015 and has not put those hiking boots on since. Outside of work she loves to spend time outdoors or in the water as well as cooking and any chance to travel and explore!
Chris Leaper – Physiotherapist – B.Phty, APAM
Fun fact: Chris has worked as a fly-in-fly-out Physiotherapist in the Northern Territory servicing remote Aboriginal communities.