Meet our team
of specialists.

Staff

Tim McGrath

Tim McGrath

PhD. APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist & APA Research Physiotherapist

Tim is a Sports Physiotherapist with nearly 20 years professional practice and over 15 years full-time experience in professional sport since graduating in 2002. Tim completed his PhD from the Research Institute of Sports & Exercise (UCRISE) at the University of Canberra on the topic of ACL rehabilitation and return to sport following knee injury in 2016. Tim’s clinical expertise focuses on lower limb rehabilitation, and he regularly conducts clinical consultancy to professional sporting teams within Australia and also overseas for complex cases following lower limb injury. He developed Pitch Ready (www.pitch-ready.com) which combines cutting-edge data science with clinical insights to optimize squad-based injury prevention strategies across organizations as well as return to sport decision-making following lower limb injury.

Since 2004 Tim has worked in clinical appointments with professional sporting teams across multiple codes including:

  • St George-Illawarra Dragons NRL team (2017-2019)
  • Port Adelaide Football Club in the AFL (2015-2017)
  • Australian Men’s Rugby Sevens Team in the HSBC World Series (2013-2014)
  • Brumbies Super Rugby Team (2006-2011)
  • Sale Sharks Rugby Football Club United Kingdom (2006)
  • Canberra Raiders NRL team (2004-2006).

In addition to his undergraduate Physiotherapy degree and subsequent PhD, Tim has completed a post-graduate Master’s Degree in Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Extended-Scope Physiotherapy and a Graduate Certificate in Data Science. He has lectured extensively in sports physiotherapy courses for the Australian Physiotherapy Association as well as to other health professions and has authored publications in peer-reviewed journals (see research page of Elite Rehab website http://www.ersportsphysio.com.au/ersp/research/).

Hamish Macauley

Hamish Macauley

APA Sports Physiotherapist & APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Hamish has extensive experience working with both amateur and elite athletes. Since 2005 Hamish has worked with sporting teams, notably in clinical roles within professional sport including:

  • Geelong Football Club (AFL)
    • 2019-20 – Head Physiotherapist
    • 2017-19 – Senior Physiotherapist
  • Ricoh Black Rams Rugby Union club Japan
    • 2016 – Consultant Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
  • Australian Institute of Sport
    • 2016 – Consultant Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
  • Wallabies Rugby Union Team (ARU)
    • 2014-15 – Head Physiotherapist
    • 2012-14 – Consultant Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
  • Brumbies Super Rugby Union Team
    • 2011-14 – Head Physiotherapist
    • 2010-11 – Team Physiotherapist

Hamish has also worked with a number of club sides including Tuggeranong Vikings and Royals in Canberra, and Southern Districts in Sydney. Outside of rugby Hamish has worked in football and athletics. Hamish has also consulted to the The Canberra Hospital Emergency Department.

Hamish has degrees in Physiotherapy and Human Movement. He also holds a Masters of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Hamish currently lectures on sports physiotherapy courses and supervises Sports Physiotherapy Masters students. Whilst he treats all injuries, he has a special interest in shoulder rehabilitation. Hamish is also currently registered as a NDIS provider.

Erica Stephens

Erica Stephens

Accredited Sports Dietitian, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Accredited Level 1 Anthropometrist

Erica is an Accredited Sports Dietitian as well as an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Level 1 Anthropometrist. She has earned the International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition, a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Food Science and Nutrition; University of Queensland).

Erica now works privately while also consulting to the Australian Institute of Sport; Centre of Excellence boxing program and the ACT Meteors.

Erica provides private consultations on all aspects of nutrition. This can include assistance with weight loss, weight gain, general health, body composition assessment and monitoring, fuelling and hydrating for training/competition as well as chronic disease management.

In the past, Erica has been employed as a Clinical Dietitian in the Yass Hospital and Community Health Centre. She has also had extensive experience as an athlete, representing Australia in the sport of Taekwondo.

Erica regularly presents nutrition seminars and information sessions for teams, clubs and various organisations around Canberra and across Australia.

Erica is a member of Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA) and the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA); the two peak organisations for nutrition in Australia. Erica is also registered with the NDIA.

David Slater

David Slater

Athletic Performance Coach / Exercise Physiologist

David completed both a Bachelor of Coaching Science and post-graduate Masters of Exercise Physiology at the University of Canberra. He has experience writing, coordinating and monitoring various rehabilitation programs for musculoskeletal, cardio-pulmonary and metabolic conditions. He has extensively developed and implemented a variety of rehabilitation programs to recondition both athletes and members of the general public from injury back to their chosen professions and activities. David was previously the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Russian Rugby Union Team since 2016 – 2018 and Royals Rugby Union Club since 2010 – 2019. David is the current Speed and Agility coach for the Canberra Raiders NRL since 2018.

In addition to his Exercise Physiology qualification, David is also an ASCA-accredited Athletic Performance Coach, and proudly includes GWS AFL Academy and Elite Rugby players amongst the athletes he has managed within his high performance group. He also prepared former Australian Heavyweight Boxing titleholder Ben ‘The Guvnor’ Edwards to his title in 2015. Prior to starting at Elite, David previously undertook an Athletic Performance internship at the Brumbies Super Rugby Franchise. David is also a registered NDIS provider.

 

Ange Reakes

Ange Reakes

Exercise Physiologist / Athletic Performance Coach

Ange joined Elite in 2015 having worked as an ESSA-accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist in Sydney since 2011. She completed a Bachelor of Human Movement from UTS in Sydney and is currently completing a Masters of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) through Edith Cowan University. Ange has competed at a high level as an elite athlete, having represented NSW and ACT in Cricket in the WNCL Competition and has also represented Australia at U21 level. She is currently contracted to the Melbourne Stars in the Women’s Big Bash League and has previously played for the Sydney Sixers. She is a current member of the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and is an ASCA-accredited level 2 Athletic Performance Coach.

Ange works with musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, her clinical interests include working with rowing athletes, and reconditioning individuals who have completed a rehab program and looking to return to performance. She also has particular expertise working with female athletic populations as a sub-specialty. Ange is also registered as a NDIS Provider and has a clinical interest in patients with a disability. She has previously worked with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in the capacity.

Liam Slater

Liam Slater

Accredited Exercise Physiologist / Athletic Performance Coach

Liam has been a member of the Elite team since 2016, having completed a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation as well as a Graduate Certificate in Human Science at the University of Canberra. He is currently completing a Master of Strength & Conditioning through Edith Cowan University. In addition to his clinical experience as an Exercise Physiologist, Liam has worked with a number of sporting teams in a performance capacity, including ACT Men’s, Women’s and Youth Sevens Rugby Teams and most recently the Raiders under 20’s. Liam is currently the Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Belconnen Magpies AFL Club. He has a particular interest in monitoring training load, and has been instrumental in establishing systems used as part of Elite’s performance programs.

In addition to this, Liam has also played rugby to a high standard, including Royals Rugby Union, ACT Brumbies Sevens and Runners Programs as well as being part of the inaugural NRC Buildcorp 2014 UC Vikings Squad.

Karen McGrath

Karen McGrath

Practice Manager

Bachelor of Applied Science (2003) at University of Queensland.

Tash Hart

Tash Hart

Receptionist

Currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra.

Stephanie Roots

Stephanie Roots

Receptionist

Recently completed her Masters in High Performance Sport at the University of Canberra.