Meet Our Team

Each of our highly trained team of physiotherapists has the right qualifications and experience to relieve your pain. They take the time to listen and tailor treatment to your individual needs.

Joel Werman

Joel Werman

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

(Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2008)

Post Grad Dip (Sports Physio)
B.App.Sc (Physio)
ACP

Joel is the practice principal at The Oval Physio. He graduated as a physiotherapist in 1986 and completed a post-graduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1995. In 2008 he joined the elite ranks of his profession by becoming a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist. He is one of only a handful of physiotherapists to hold this title in NSW. The Specialist title is conferred to physiotherapists who have attained the highest level of expertise in their particular field of physiotherapy.

 

Joel has worked extensively in the sporting domain with both professional and amateur athletes. His sub-speciality is in the treatment of shoulder problems. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading shoulder physiotherapists. Through years of experience he has developed his own rehabilitation protocols and treatment techniques to remedy shoulder problems. He lectures extensively on the subject at the post-graduate level where he shares his knowledge and experience with other physios and doctors.

 

Joel is a founding member and immediate past President of the Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia. Since 1996, Joel has been a NSW and Australian Institute of Sports accredited provider servicing the needs of elite athletes. He is also a mentor and examiner for candidates undertaking the Australian College of Physiotherapists examinations. He regularly trains candidates for the Masters of Physiotherapy Program at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

I teach all the physios who work with me that having the technical skill is important, but not nearly as important as caring for their patients. Listening and taking the time to attend to every person they treat is just as important as the physical therapy.

Mark Kenna

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

(Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2007)

B.App.Sc (Physio)
ACP

Mark Kenna

Mark has over 30 years of clinical experience across a wide variety of sports. He is a former partner of Eastern Suburbs Sports Medicine, Bondi Junction. He has worked at a national level in rugby league, basketball and with elite athletes from Surf Life Saving Australia and Triathlon Australia. He has been team physiotherapist to a variety of representative rugby union programs at state and national levels, as well as at international competitions with the Australian Rugby Union Sevens team. Mark has worked for over twenty years in the Schools Rugby Union program including with Scots College Sydney, NSW Combined States and the Australian Schools Rugby teams. He is a NSW and Australian Institute of Sports accredited provider.

 

 

He has been Physical Therapist to the US Olympic Sailing team for four Olympic campaigns 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012. He was amongst the first Sports Physiotherapists to be awarded a Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists (ACP) in 2007. Mark has been extensively involved in the Examination Program for the ACP and is currently Chair of the Board of Censors and an executive member of the Council of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

 

 

Mark’s subspecialty focuses on conditions involving knees, hips and lower limb biomechanics. 

Annabel Hawker

Annabel Hawker

Physiotherapist

B.App.Sc (Physio)

Annabel has worked at The Oval Physio for over 5 years. She has a particular interest in shoulder injuries. She also enjoys treating children and adolescents and regularly treats patients with sporting and dance injuries.

 

Annabel graduated in 2009 from Sydney University with first class honours. She is currently studying a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Her experience includes working at Westmead Children’s Hospital. As a student, Annabel worked with players at the Sydney University Rugby Club. She is a member of Sports Physiotherapy Australia, Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia and Musculoskeletal Therapy Australia.

 

When not at work, Annabel enjoys competing on the amateur show-jumping circuit.

I played a lot of sport as a kid and was constantly at the physio so I knew what the job entailed! I also enjoy problem solving and like to know how things work and why things happen in the body.

Pat Lincoln

Physiotherapist

B.Hmsc., M.Phty

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Pat Lincoln has been a practicing physiotherapist since he graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2012 where he specialised in Human Movement. He has a special interest in treating adolescent athletes, tendinopathy rehabilitation, running injuries and weight training athletes.

 

Pat believes physiotherapy offers every patient an individual experience, targeting specific goals and a speedy recovery.

 

Pat spends his weekends exploring the outdoors in Sydney and its surrounds. He loves ‘cooking up a storm’ with friends and ‘a good coffee’. He also loves a challenge such as training for a 45 km marathon in the Blue Mountains and the Cole Classic ocean swimming event.

I became a physiotherapist to inspire and help people to reach their performance or life goals. I love the ability to help people every day and make a positive impact on people’s movement habits, their attitudes and their beliefs about what they can achieve.

Stephanie Alberts

Physiotherapist

B.HlthSci., M.Phty

Steph graduated from University of Sydney in 2014 with a Master of Physiotherapy.  Since then she has worked in private practice and recently returned from the United States where she completed a performance therapy internship at ALTIS LLC, in Arizona.  This is a high performance training facility for Olympic, world class and professional track and field athletes. She has also worked as head physio for Northern Suburbs Colts (U20’s) program.

 

Steph has a special interest in treating rugby, athletics and dance related injuries. Coming from a performance background, she understands the importance of looking at the athlete as a whole, not just a specific body part, to ensure optimal performance and wellbeing. She believes that physio should not only treat injuries but act as preventative management and performance enhancement. 

 

When not at work, Steph enjoys training for aerial silk, competing in high jump, travelling and spending time with friends and family.

Erica Werman

Practice Manager

Erica Werman

Erica has worked at The Oval Physio for over 17 years. Erica job-shares the important front-desk role, taking care of the everyday running of the practice and welcoming patients with a friendly smile and calming manner.

 

In her past career, she worked in consumer marketing. She has a business degree from the University of Southern California. Erica is a devoted mother to two teenage daughters and wife to Joel.

It’s very important to me to be able to welcome and reassure patients that we will look after them from the moment they call to make an appointment with us.

Pauline Knapp

Pauline Knapp

Practice Manager

Pauline has worked at The Oval Physio for over 20 years. She job-shares the front desk role, helping to run the practice, manage the relationships between the physios, referring doctors, insurance companies and patients.

 

In her spare time, Pauline keeps busy studying Norwegian and buried in cryptic crosswords.

Over the years, I’ve come to know many of our patients and their families. I’ve seen many successful outcomes. I think everyone who comes to our practice responds to our experienced and committed staff. They also feel that it’s a happy environment to visit.

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