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 over 20 years professional practice & professional sport experience 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. Tim is currently the Senior Director for Player Wellness & Performance at the Washington Commanders in the NFL in the USA.

Tim has provided clinical consultancy for over 30 professional teams within the following competitions:

  • National Football League (NFL) – USA
  • National Basketball Association (NBA) – USA
  • Major League Rugby (MLR) – USA
  • Australian Football League (AFL & AFL-W) – AUS
  • National Rugby League (NRL) – AUS
  • Super Rugby & Super-W Rugby – AUS
  • A-League – AUS
  • World Rugby Sevens (Mens & Womens) – AUS
  • National Hockey League (NHL) – USA

From 2004 to 2019 Tim also worked in clinical appointments with professional sporting teams across multiple codes including:

  • Cronulla Sharks NRL Team (2022-)
  • 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 & Exercise 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.

Megan Dennis

Megan Dennis

APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Megan completed her undergraduate degree in Applied Science (Human Biology) at the University of Canberra. She then completed her Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra and Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University.

Megan is currently the Team Physiotherapist for the ACT Brumbies Men’s Super Rugby team and has previously worked in the same role for the Queensland Reds in 2021-2022. Since 2014, Megan has had experience working with many sporting teams from amateur to profession teams including:

  • Wallabies (Australian Rugby Union team) in 2021
  • Junior Wallabies in 2020-2023
  • Australian Men’s Volleyball in 2023
  • Australian Schoolboys & U18s 2022 & 2023
  • ACT Brumbies Academy 2017-2021
  • Australian Barbarians U19s 2018 & 2019
  • Wallaroos (Australian Women’s Rugby Union team) in 2019
  • ACT Brumbies Super W & 7s 2017-2019
  • Royals Rugby Union Football Club 2014-2019

Aside from sporting team coverage, Megan currently also teaches Physiotherapy students at the University of Canberra in Musculoskeletal interventions and is regularly lecturing on Sports courses around Australia for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Megan has previous experience teaching Clinical Pilates for many years as a Level 2 certified instructor. She also has experience working with post-operative orthopaedic in-patients at Canberra Private Hospital. She has a special interest in sports injury rehabilitation and is a registered NDIS provider.

Craig Purdam

Craig Purdam

APA Specialist Physiotherapist (Sports), DSc, M.SportPhysio, DipPhty, FACP

Craig Purdam was the Head of Physical Therapies at the Australian Institute of Sport for 35 years and the Deputy Director of Athlete Services for 3 years. He has worked as a clinician for elite sport for over 40 years and has been a physiotherapist to five Olympic Games (1984-2000) and a longstanding physiotherapist to the Australian National Men’s Basketball team over that period. He has worked with the Australia national track and field, rowing and swimming teams along with AFL football.

Craig was awarded the Australian Sports medal in 2000. In 2009 he was appointed as adjunct Professor to the University of Canberra and La Trobe University in 2018.

Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate (1975)
  • Postgraduate diploma in Sports (1992)
  • Master in Sports (2000)
  • Specialist Sports Physiotherapy following his Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (2009)
  • Honorary Doctor of Science from La Trobe University (2018)

Craig’s major clinical and research interests are in the fields of tendinopathy, chronic hamstring injury, calf injury and tissue loading, adaptation and healing mechanisms. He has co-authored around 60 scientific papers and book chapters in these fields.

 

Stuart Dyer

Stuart Dyer

APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Graduated from the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle in 2009 and recently completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Stu worked in the public health system for 4 years after graduating before moving to the private sector where he has worked since.

Stu has experience working with a variety of sports, including rugby union (Southern Inland Representative and Brumbies Provincial Rugby Teams), AFL (North Wagga Saints), touch rugby (WA Men’s Team), football (Riverina Rhinos, netball (Randwick Netball Association), CrossFit and cricket (Team Physiotherapist to ACT Meteors Cricket Team as well as the Prime Ministers XI and ACT/NSW Country U19’s Teams).

Keen sportsman with a background in rugby union, cricket and CrossFit. Stuart also runs hydrotherapy rehabilitation classes.Stuart has a particular interest in treating knees and facilitating return to sport but has the experience to help deal with all injuries.

 

Alex Murdock

Alex Murdock

APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Alex is new to Canberra having just moved over from Perth in January 2022. While in the West he completed his masters in Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2017, having gained his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Queensland in 2011.

He has been a practicing physiotherapist for the past 10 years during which time he has worked in both private practices as well as with amateur and professional sporting teams. Notably spending the last 3 years working as a physiotherapist for the Western Force RUFC. Alex is currently the Head Physiotherapist for Royals Rugby Union Football Club.

While Alex has a special interest in the rehabilitation of endurance athletes, if you ask him no issue is too big or too small and he looks forward to helping you in whatever way he can. Alex also runs hydrotherapy rehabilitation classes.

Outside of the office Alex enjoys training for and competing in triathlon. He has completed both the Cairns & Perth Ironman triathlons and hopes to add the Port Macquarie event to this list.

Tash Hart

Tash Hart

APA Physiotherapist

Tash commenced as a physiotherapist at Elite in February 2022 after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Whilst studying she has worked with a variety of sporting teams including U18 Stromlo Futsul, Canberra Royals Rugby Union, Brumbies Super W, Women’s Southern Inland Rugby Union and ACT Presidents First XV Women. In addition to consulting at Elite she is currently the head Physiotherapist for Belconnen Magpies AFL Women’s Team. Tash also runs hydrotherapy rehabilitation classes and functional core & mobility classes.

Tash has a strong interest in working with children, adolescents and females, and those needing sports injury rehabilitation. She has a background in volleyball and various styles of dance over the past 14 years and enjoys working with aerial artistis/dancers. Tash is passionate about working with individuals towards their goals and return from injury.

Dominic Trinder

Dominic Trinder

APA Physiotherapist

Dom completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra in 2022. During his study he completed an internship with the Brumbies Super Rugby squad for two seasons. Dom has also gained further experience working with teams such as the Brumbies Super W Squad, Brumbies pathways programs, University of Canberra’s 7’s Squad, Uni-Norths Owls Rugby Union and more recently had the opportunity to work with the Wallabies team. Dom is currently the team Physiotherapist for Royals Rugby Union Football Club.

Dom has a strong passion for sports injury rehabilitation and athletic development. Dom also runs hydrotherapy rehabilitation classes.He enjoys working with all individuals to help them become the best version of themselves. Dom focuses on being specific to an individual’s needs to help them achieve their goals.

Jake Smith

Jake Smith

APA Physiotherapist

Jake is new to Canberra having just moved from Sydney following the completion of his Master of Physiotherapy degree at The University of Sydney in 2023.

Prior to this, Jake completed his Master of High Performance Sport degree at the Australian Catholic University in 2022 whilst completing a Strength & Conditioning internship with the GWS Giants Football Club in the AFL during the 2019/20 season, then continued to work as an Athletic Performance Coach during the 2020/2021 season.

With a background in Strength & Conditioning and Physiotherapy, Jake has the skills to assist individuals through all stages of rehabilitation and is passionate about using exercise to help individuals achieve their goals. Jake is also an ASCA Level 1 Accredited Strength and Conditioning coach.

Jay Macdonald

Jay Macdonald

APA Physiotherapist

Jay completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra in 2023, where he placed in the top 5 of his cohort. He has been involved in elite level sport as an athlete, where he has represented U21 Australian hockey teams at multiple international tournaments and is a current member of the Canberra Chill men’s hockey team. During his study Jay gained further experience in sports through coaching where he has coached cricket, hockey and tennis. Jay’s experience in multiple sports allows him to relate to his clients and understand the demands of different sports.

Jay has a strong interest in the management of shoulder, lower limb and back injuries, and sports injury rehabilitation. He enjoys working with all individuals and is passionate about achieving the best results for each of his patients, allowing them to reach their goals.

Liam Shaw

Liam Shaw

APA Physiotherapist

Liam completed his Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra in 2023. The rehabilitation of Liam’s own injuries led him down the path of physiotherapy, with the main goal of helping people return to sport at high level. During his time studying, Liam spent time as in intern with the Canberra Raiders NRL team in the 2023 season. Liam is also currently a team physiotherapist for the Belconnen Magpies in the ACT AFL Competition.

Liam comes from a background of rugby league and rugby union, representing both the Canberra Royals Rugby Union and Woden Valley Rams Rugby League in Canberra first grade competitions. Liam displays a keen interest in lower limb and shoulder rehabilitation as well as the athletic development of his patients. 

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 ACT Academy of Sport 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, fueling 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 has completed FODMAP training (‘Low FODMAD Diet for IBS’) for health professionals with Monash University. Erica is also registered with the NDIA.

David Slater

David Slater

Accredited Exercise Physiologist / Athletic Performance Coach

Dave has been with Elite since 2012, having completed both a Bachelor of Coaching Science and post-graduate Masters of Exercise Physiology at the University of Canberra. He has developed a diverse based of experience from working with a variety of populations, athletes and sporting teams. Most notably:

  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Russian Rugby Union Team since 2016 – 2018
  • Speed and Agility coach for the Canberra Raiders NRL from 2018 – 2020
  • Royals Rugby Union Club since 2010 – 2019

David specialises in musculoskeletal rehabilitation with a strong focus on problem solving biomechanical imbalances, program monitoring/prescription and speed and agility development. He is also a registered NDIS provider.

 

Ange Reakes

Ange Reakes

Accredited 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, competed in teh Women’s Big Bash League and has also represented Australia at U21 level. 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 at the University of Canberra, as well recently completing his Masters of Strength & Conditioning degree through Edith Cowan University.
Liam is currently the Rehabilitation Coach for the ACT Brumbies Super Rugby team and is Head of Performance & Rehab for the Belconnen Magpies AFL Club. Liam has also previously spent time working with several other sporting teams in a performance capacity, including the Canberra Raiders NRL team. 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 First Grade Royals Rugby Union, ACT Brumbies Sevens and Runners Programs as well as being part of the inaugural NRC Buildcorp 2014 UC Vikings Squad.

Cassia McGlashan

Cassia McGlashan

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Cassia completed her Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra in 2019. Since graduating, Cassia has worked with a broad range of clients with varied clinical conditions and presentations. Cassia assists with data collection for Pitch Ready post-injury and pre-injury risk reduction testing, which has included athletes from Super Rugby, NRL, A-League, AFL-W, Super-W and Super Netball teams.

Cassia has a keen passion for soccer and currently plays in the WNPL in Canberra. Cassia has a strong interest in using exercise to assist both clinical and athletic population to achieve their individual goals and return to function.

Ebony MacMahon

Ebony MacMahon

Receptionist
Denya Heap

Denya Heap

Receptionist

Currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra