Figtree Physio

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Figtree Physiotherapy is a privately owned business that has been in operation for over 10 years. Over that time Figtree Physiotherapy has developed a loyal and faithful patient following that highlights the success that we have had in treating a wide range of patients and conditions.

Figtree Physiotherapy is highly involved in the local community, sponsoring a number of local sporting clubs and associations. We have developed an excellent relationship with athletes of all levels, from the elite to the weekend warrior, in the areas of performance enhancement and injury management. At Figtree Physiotherapy we aim to provide a high level of physiotherapy care with a strong commitment to patient education during the rehabilitation process. We believe that with the right education and knowledge we will optimise your recovery and minimise your risk of reinjury.

Our practice is purpose built having recently undergone a large extension. The practice has a fully equipped rehabilitation gym, private treatment and consultation rooms and a modern Pilates Studio. The practice is ideally located opposite Westfield Shopping Centre in Figtree with direct access and plenty of on site parking.

Matthew Whalan

Physiotherapist/Exercise Physiologist


Matthew is a partner at Figtree Physiotherapy and has been extensively involved in Sports Physiotherapy in the Wollongong area. Matthew has a Honours degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation, in addition to a Masters in Physiotherapy which allows him to offer a complete and thorough approach to injury management and rehabilitation. Matthew has been involved in extensive on-field and in-clinic management of sporting injuries in his role as physiotherapist for teams ranging from NRL teams to top level triathlete squads.

Matthew is currently the Physiotherapist and Rehabilitation Coordinator for the South Coast Wolves Football Club and the Dapto Rugby League Club in Wollongong and has worked with the South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL squad, the Melbourne Tigers NBL squad, the Illawarra Steelers and Queensland Rugby Union Academy squad. Matthew has also lectured at the Illawarra Academy of Sport in the areas of injury prevention and performance enhancement. In 2011/12 Matthew also took up the position as the physiotherapist for Cricket Illawarra and has consulted with South Coast Cricket in the areas of player development and injury prevention.

Matthew has special interests in the treatment and management of sporting injuries, in particular overuse injuries, and post surgical rehabilitation. Matthew has an active and hands-on approach to rehabilitation and utilizes his vast experience to get you back on track faster.


Michalene Goodsell

Manipulative Physiotherapist

B.App.Sc(Phys) Grad.Dip.Manip Th MAPA

Michalene is a partner at Figtree Physiotherapy and has many years of experience as both a clinician and physiotherapy lecturer. She has undertaken extensive postgraduate education, obtaining both a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and a Masters in Physiotherapy in addition to her undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney.

Michalene's areas of interest include the management of back, neck and shoulder pain through the re-education of the stabilizing musculature using exercise and manual therapy. Michalene is also trained in Pilates treatment and instruction and utilizes these principles in combination with her clinical skills to provide a complete approach to rehabilitation.

Recently Michalene has developed the Women's Health Division which focuses on the issues associated with incontinence and pelvic floor retraining providing further services for her patients.


Llew Scott

Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist

Master Phys. B.ExScRehab

Llew is an integral part of Figtree Physiotherapy. Llew brings an extensive knowledge and skill base to the practice in both Injury Rehabilitation and Performance Enhancement. Llew has completed a degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in addition to a Masters in Physiotherapy. This allows Llew to offer a comprehensive and detailed approach to injury rehabilitation and prevention. Llew has used his extensive knowledge and skills to assist in the development and progression of the High Performance Division. Under this framework Llew has developed a unique set of exercise classes that are; suitable for everyone, are tailored to each individual's needs and applies the most up to date research.

Llew has a particular interest in the treatment and management of shoulder injuries which has lead to the development of our innovative and unique rehabilitation programs. Llew has also been involved with the treatment and management of the Wollongong Mustangs (Gridiron) and has been involved with the University of Wollongong Rugby Union club.

In addition to Llew's skills as a physiotherapist, Llew has also worked extensively as an Exercise Physiologist. Llew has a number of years experience working in the areas of Strength and Conditioning, High Performance training and as a Personal trainer. Llew brings these unique skills to the clinic in the form of the High Performance classes but also in returning injured patients back to their activity of choice.


Sheryl Dickinson


B.Health.Science(Physio). Grad Dip Sports Med

Sheryl is a great asset to Figtree Physiotherapy. Sheryl brings a wealth of experience and knowledge obtained through her extensive and varied physiotherapy career. Originally from New Zealand, Sheryl is the current New Zealand Snowboard and Freeski Team Physiotherapist which is a position she has held since 2006. Sheryl was also the 2010 Winter Olympics Physiotherapist for the New Zealand Snowboard team. Sheryl has also worked at a number of private clinics in New Zealand and Australia and uses her diverse knowledge to achieve great results for her patients.

Sheryl has a special interest in the area of knee rehabilitation in particular, ACL injury prevention. She also has experience in Pilates based exercise programs and post operative rehabilitation which, when added to her extensive sports therapy experience, means that Sheryl is able to provide a great service to her patients.


Daniel Giorgio


Bach App Sci (Physio)

Since graduating from Sydney University in 2007, Daniel has been working as a physiotherapist across a wide scope of treatment settings within the Illawarra's public and private health areas. Other than being a sports focused musculo-skeletal physiotherapist, Daniel has also had experience within the chest physiotherapy realm for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthmatic patients at Wollongong hospital.

Daniel has had a keen involvement in local soccer and has played competitively for over 15 years in the Illawarra. This has led to Daniel having a particular interest in sports injuries and injury prevention in athletes. Daniel has worked closely with numerous local sporting teams providing on-field management and care to South Coast Wolves and Bowral Rugby Union to name a few.

Daniel also uses his unique skills to continue to promote our ‘Complete Approach to Rehabilitation’. Daniel has extensive experience in fracture management and in particular fibreglass casting for associated acute fractures. In 2011 he also completed the K1 and K2 certificate in the new and exciting Kineseo taping course. This is a great asset to provide to the sporting client and is becoming greatly used among the elite sports people of today to accelerate recovery and return to sport. Daniel has a particular interest in the management of ankle and knee injuries and he looks forward to expanding his knowledge in this area to the great benefit of his patients.