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

Specialist Sports Physiotherapist

(Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2008)

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

Member A.P.A., S.P.A., A.C.P

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)

Member A.P.A., S.P.A., A.C.P

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. 

Wendy Lowe


Grad. Dip. Manip. Therapist
A.P.A. Sports & Manip. Physiotherapist
Member A.P.A., S.P.A., M.P.A.

Wendy is a qualified APA Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist. She has over 40 years of clinical experience, including 35 years gained whilst running her own private practice. Wendy has worked with elite sportspeople and performers including competitive cycling teams, the Australian Ballet and the Australian Rowing Team.  Wendy has also taught post-graduate physiotherapists, worked in the fitness industry, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, had a knee replacement and continues to be an active bushwalker. She’s also successfully raced outrigger canoes.  Her professional passion is making a difference in people’s lives with quality care and treatment.

We’re never too old to be strong and healthy.  My wish is that you leave our care with a smile on your face

Ashleigh Palombi


B.Humn Nutr, M.Phty
Member A.P.A.

Ash joined the team at The Oval Physio in early 2018.  She graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy in 2016 from the University of Canberra and has been working in private practice ever since.  She has a special interest in treating and managing children and adolescents.  She’s keenly interested in sports injury rehab, especially knees. Using a combination of manual therapy skills and exercise rehabilitation, Ash treats her patients to optimise their rehabilitation outcomes.  Ash has worked extensively with many sports teams in soccer, rugby, AFL, cricket and volleyball at both local and national levels.

Being a keen soccer player, I know all about the issues people face when playing sport. The demands on the body can be really tough. To keep fit, we all have to keep moving and physiotherapy is often just the support people need.

Stephanie Alberts


B.HlthSci., M.Phty

Member A.P.A.

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.

Edward Gellert


Doctor of Physiotherapy

Member A.P.A.
Member S.P.A.

Edward has completed a postgraduate Doctor of Physiotherapy course at Macquarie University. He has a keen interest in a wide range of sports, but is a passionate rugby union player. Edward still plays for his beloved Knox Rugby Club, as well as working on the sidelines as part of the physiotherapy team.


Edward has a background in Exercise and Sport Science, and has an interest in sports-related injuries of the knees and shoulders. Apart from rugby, he also enjoys a game of golf with mates and spending time at the beach.

My rugby background gives me a genuine insight into the injuries players face, and the best course of management for them.

Erica Werman

Practice Manager

B.Sc. (Business)

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 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

Practice Manager

MA (Hons)

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.

Tara Werman

Physiotherapy Student/Receptionist

2nd Year Physiotherapy Student
Western Sydney University

You’ll meet Tara when you first visit the practice or when you’re calling to make an appointment. In her role supporting Erica and Pauline at the front desk, she’s learning all about the practice of caring for our clients. Tara is in her second year of undergraduate Physiotherapy at Western Sydney University. Working at The Oval Physiotherapy while undertaking her studies has given her a real sense of where she is heading in her career.

I love the positive environment of the practice. It’s wonderful to see the way we can help people who come to us in pain and leave feeling so much better. It really puts my studies into context.

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