SAMUEL WARD – 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 Co-Captain of Warringah Rats 1st grade rugby union team and plays for the NSW Country Eagles in the National Rugby Championships. 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 not raced for over 10 years he thinks he still would go alright! Sam’s other hobbies include four-wheel driving, golf and waterskiing.
STEPHANIE ALBERTS – B.Hlth.Sc, M.Phty
Steph has been a practising physiotherapist since graduating from the University of Sydney in 2014, she is currently studying a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University to try and achieve her goal of becoming specialist sports physiotherapist.
Coming from a sporting and performance background, Steph understands the importance of looking after the athlete as a whole, not just a specific body part. She believes that physio should not only treat injuries but act as a preventative management and performance enhancement. Steph has a special interest in treating running injuries, tendinopathy 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 everyday and make a positive impact on people’s lives.”
Fun fact: Outside of work Steph enjoys coffee (!!)competing in high jump and exploring the globe! Steph recently completed an internship in the US with professional track and field team ALTIS and Brooks Beast. She has also trained in circus performance (aerial silks/lyra) and worked up to Advanced 1 RAD Classical Ballet.
BERNIE CHAU – B.Phty, APAM
Bernie is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University. Having previously worked with the young and elderly, he tailors an individualised treatment plan to get you back on your feet, moving and doing what you love.
Bernie has had a strong passion in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy ever since he sustained a severe ankle sprain whilst playing football for his high school, Knox Grammar. He has experienced first-hand how debilitating an injury can be to both your physical and mental health. From initial assessment, Bernie wants you to feel empowered, and in control of your journey in rehabilitation.
Having worked as a sports trainer during his studies, Bernie has experience providing coverage for rugby teams, including NSW Waratahs Men’s 7’s, NSW Schoolboy trials, Sydney Junior Rugby union, St Augustine’s College, as well as Knox Grammar school basketball, football and track and field.
Bernie is a qualified SIRA WorkCover provider, part of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, attends professional development courses and has an interest in further developing his skills as a strength and conditioning coach.
Fun Fact: At one point in time, Bernie represented Australia in the World Youth Chess Olympiad, having won Australian Under 16 and NSW Under 18 championships. When not working in the clinic, Bernie enjoys working out, volunteering for local organisations and playing representative Oztag nationally (Hong Kong) and socially with friends.