Profiles.

Stephen Fairclough

Physiotherapist at Allambie, Collaroy and Elanora

After graduating from Sydney University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, he spent 14 years in the UK, working both in the NHS and private practice. He finished his ‘sentence’ in Guildford and Godalming, Surrey.

Stephen’s breath of experience (with elite, sub-elite, and casual athletes), gives him the tools to find the optimal pathway to recovery for each individual. Stopping everything is not always the answer.

Stephen took over Allambie Sports Physiotherapy in 2005 and opened Collaroy Sports Physiotherapy (with Phill) in 2015. Elanora Sports Physiotherapy became the third practice in 2019.

Sorry ladies, Stephen is married (she’s an English Rose) with 2 teenage kids. He likes the current profile photo as he still looks young- teenagers have aged him. He will also hold court on the relevant merits of the Shute Shield Ruby competition and grassroots rugby. He may be sliding into MAMIL land too.

Phill Hagon

Physiotherapist at Allambie, Collaroy and Elanora

Phill has a Masters of Physiotherapy from Griffith University and an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Sydney. He is a Co-director with Stephen at Collaroy and Elanora

Phill is experienced in individualising rehabilitation programs post injury and surgery to maximise return to function and performance. He has worked closely with elite athletes and in hospital settings. His level of care and empathy is second to none.

Growing up on the Northern Beaches and remaining an active member of North Curl Curl Surf Lifesaving Club, Phill has developed a special interest in the effective treatment of aquatic sports injuries particularly swimming, surfing and ocean paddling.

Phill now has 2 whippersnappers and a long-suffering wife, beacuse he works so hard and long.

Erica Newby

Physiotherapist at Allambie

Erica is our most high trained and experienced physio. So much so that her knowledge and skills are sort after as an educator for the undergraduate physios at Australian Catholic University in North Sydney.

Erica graduated from Sydney University with Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1990 and proceeded to work at Royal North Shore Hospital and a variety of hospitals and clinics in the UK from 1990-1993.

From 1994-2010 she worked as physiotherapist for Australian Defence Force at HMAS Penguin and HMAS Kuttabul during that time she undertook a Master of Health Science in Sports Physiotherapy, successfully graduating in 1999.

Ercia’s depth of knowledge and specialist sports skills set her apart as a physio. She can solve those challenging biomechanical issues that so often can plague an athlete.

Erica is married with 3 adult children. She doesn’t like horse riding or windsurfing.

Jackie King

Physiotherapist at Collaroy

Jackie graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 2005. Following her studies she gained experience in hospitals on the Central Coast, and then moved into private practice back home on the Northern Beaches.

Jackie was involved in several sports growing up on the Northern Beaches and it was through her active upbringing she discovered her passion for Physiotherapy. She enjoys the challenge of treating any musculoskeletal or sports injury, and encourages her patients to develop self-management strategies for long term prevention.

Ever dependable and understanding, Jackie will be in your corner for the journey back to activity. Her cheerful and enthusiastic outlook, compliments her clinical knowledge.
Jackie enjoys going to the beach with her three young boys, walking around Long Reef headland with her chocolate Labrador and drinking lots of coffee!!

Jessie Jacobson

Physiotherapist at Allambie

Jessie graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours from Australian Catholic University. During her studies she completed research in physiotherapy treatment after a broken wrist and was involved in research looking at knee osteoarthritis and running.

During her time at uni, Jessie has done sport coverage for Manly United Football Club, AFL and gridiron. She enjoyed the combination of acute injury management side of game day, and the negotiated return to play from injury. Balancing the competing forces of a desire to play and injury recovery timeframes, whilst complex at times was rewarding.

Jessie has developed an interest in musculoskeletal injuries across the board and strives to optimise function and keep people doing what they love! Growing up in Allambie and living on the Northern Beaches, Jessie understands well the active attitude of our population and how important it is to us all.

When not working, she likes to spend her time running (Curly Park Run and a couple of marathons in exotic places), ocean swimming (The Bold and The Beautiful). She has a very cool rescue greyhound called Freddie, and a husband called Scott.

Jacob Alexander

Physiotherapist at Collaroy

A boy from the bush trying to make it in the big smoke with a passion for rugby league and coaching.

Jacob has a Masters in Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from the University of Sydney. All while working as a sparky. He knows the value of hard work.
Jacob has a strong exercise rehabilitation background, evidenced by his work as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Sea Eagles U20s side. He gained promotion to physio of the U20s side, and more recently was made Head of Medical for Pathways (co-ordinating the medical needs of the U16/U18/20 Sea Eagles). He is certainly on the rise.

Jacob continues to coach Junior and High School Rugby League teams and as a result intricately understands adolescent sporting injuries and their management. His ability to make it fun for the junior athlete, makes Steve and Phills’ banter look a little shabby.

Away from the world of Physiotherapy, Jacob is known for cooking slabs of meat slowly over hot coals. His wife keeps him honest with 2 kids. He was sticking with rugby league themed names, he wanted to add a Freddy to their son Joe, but got an Olive instead.

Ryan Gunning

Physiotherapist at Allambie

Ryan was inspired to become a physiotherapist but he interaction with Phill and Steve as a young 12-year-old. He saw the great reward that came from helping people get better, but recognised that their way was special. He wanted in and graduated from ACU in 2022.

Calm, thorough with a sense of humour, Ryan is skilled at getting an accurate diagnosis and then setting about developing the pathway to return to fun. His own personal experience of recovery from injury, serves him well in understanding how it feels to be injured.

Ryan grew up in Allambie, and playing soccer. He as an amazing record of never losing a grand final (the tally is now 8 after his most recent one)! He was born in England, but moved to Australia in his early years, however he has weird affiliation with the mother country. He tends to support them in sporting contests. Also he is a Man U fan…..

GLYN ARCHER

Physiotherapist at Collaroy

Glyn was inspired to become a physiotherapist following a multitude of injuries himself as a teen. His experiences with Steve and Phill during this time provided a great insight into the world of physio. He recently graduated from a Masters in Physiotherapy to compliment a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science from UTS.

Glyn has extensive experience in exercise prescription and rehabilitation having worked as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at a local gym for numerous years. He was also fortunate enough to work as a sports trainer with North Shore Bombers AFL Club during his studies. Being able to follow injuries from the day of trauma, through rehabilitation, and finally return to training and then play, provided Glyn with an understanding of individual recovery and tailoring the treatment regimes to that individual.

Through his own personal experiences Glyn has developed a special interest in a variety musculoskeletal and sports injuries. Growing up a beaches boy he understands the importance of staying active and healthy, whether that be on the sporting field, walking your dog, or in the surf.

Outside of work you’ll find Glyn in the gym, breeding ducks on the cricket field or on the golf course (often donating balls to the, now released ducks, on the pond).

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