Meet the team
We have the clinical expertise to treat patients of any age from children to the elderly, taking into consideration the challenges that different age groups present.
Figtree Physio 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 sportsperson to the weekend warrior, in the areas of performance enhancement and injury management.
At Figtree Physio 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 with a fully equipped rehabilitation gym, private treatment/consultation rooms and a modern Pilates Studio. The practice is ideally located opposite Figtree Grove shopping centre with direct access and plenty of on site parking.
- Matt WhalanPhysiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
Matt has been a partner at Figtree Physiotherapy since 2005 and has been extensively involved in Sports Physiotherapy in the Wollongong area. Matt is currently completing his PhD in injury prevention in football in addition to his Honours degree in Exercise Science & Rehabilitation and Masters in Physiotherapy. Through his experience and knowledge base, Matt has an active and hands-on approach to rehabilitation to get you back on track as fast as possible.
Matt has particular interests in the areas of:
- Injury prevention
- Athlete and Team High Performance management
- The treatment and management of overuse and pelvis/hip/groin related injuries
Matt's current roles:
- Medical & High Performance Manager (Wollongong Wolves FC)
- Head Physiotherapist (Wollongong Wolves FC)
- Physiotherapist for Football Federation of Australia (FFA) National Teams Unit
- Physiotherapist and Consultant to Project M Triathlon Squad
- Researcher at the University of Wollongong consulting with the School of Medicine
- Developer of “Prepare 2 Perform” athlete welfare app in conjunction with Western Sydney University
Matthew has also worked with Dapto Rugby League, Illawarra Cricket, NSW Country Cricket, South Sydney Rabbitohs (NRL), the Gold Coast Suns (AFL), the Illawarra Steelers and Queensland Rugby Union Academy squad.
- Keynote speaker at the Injury Prevention and Team Care Conference (2017) in Auckland, New Zealand.
Title: Player Welfare: From Design to Implementation of a Youth Player Welfare Programme
- World Conference on Science in Soccer, Rennes, France (2017).
Title: “Non time loss injuries – are they worth recording?”
Regular speaker on Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement for:
- Football South Coast
- Wollongong Wolves Football Club
- Illawarra Academy of Sport
- NSW Cricket
- Wollongong Performing Arts High School – Elite Dance Group
- Daniel GiorgioPhysiotherapist
Daniel is a partner at Figtree physiotherapy with a vast range of clinical experience and knowledge in Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy. A physiotherapist since 2007, Daniel has used his skills and extensive knowledge in injury management to provide accurate rehabilitation to a diverse clientele ranging from the casual exerciser to elite level athletes.
Daniel is a passionate sports fan and has played competitive soccer for over 15 years in the Illawarra. This has led to Daniel having a particular interest in:
- Sports injuries
- Sporting biomechanics and its relationship to injury risk, recovery and performance
- Injury Prevention in Athletes
- Treatment and management of Knee and Ankle injuries
Daniel has worked closely with numerous international and local sporting teams, providing on-field management and in-clinic care to the Socceroos Legends Team, Australian Futsal team, South Coast Wolves Football Club, Tarrawanna Football Club, Bowral Rugby Union Club and Dapto Rugby League Club to name a few. Daniel’s physio skills have also been put to use on the national stage at the 2016 Central Coast International Rugby 7’s Tournament and for East Coast Heat FC at the 2017 AFF Futsal Club Championships in Thailand.
Daniel has unique skills in fracture management in particular fibreglass casting and thermoplastic splinting for associated acute fractures. He also has a K1 and K2 certificate in Kineseo Taping. 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. Other than being a sports focused musculoskeletal physiotherapist, Daniel has also had experience within the chest physiotherapy realm for chronic bronchitis, emphysema and asthmatic patients at Wollongong Hospital.
In his spare time Daniel enjoys playing golf, hitting the gym, hiking the escarpment and travelling the world chasing the summer heat.
- Llew ScottPhysiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
Llew is a partner at Figtree Physiotherapy with 14 years experience in Strength and Conditioning and Physiotherapy across the Central West, Queensland and the Illawarra. Llew has an Honours degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation in addition to a Masters in Physiotherapy which allows a comprehensive and detailed approach to injury rehabilitation and prevention.
Llew’s background in rugby union has helped in developing rehabilitation programs for football players of all codes. Llew has worked previously as the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the University of Wollongong Rugby Union Club, Physiotherapist for the Samoan Rugby Union tour of New Zealand, Physiotherapist for South Coast Wolves Football Club and consultant for Wollongong Mustangs Gridiron Club. Llew is currently the Physiotherapist for Dapto Rugby League Club and NSW Country Cricket.
Llew has a particular interests in the areas of:
- The treatment and management of shoulder injuries
- Crossfit and gym-related injuries
- Running biomechanics
- Clinical pilates
- High Performance for athletes to grandparents and everyone in between to develop tailored strength and conditioning programs and classes
When not at work Llew enjoys training for adventure racing, travelling the world searching for the perfect powder skiing, attempting to be a Ninja Warrior and spending time with his family.
- Michalene GoodsellPhysiotherapist
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.
Michalene heads up the Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Division at Figtree Physio which focuses on the issues associated with incontinence and pelvic floor retraining, providing further services for her patients.
- Stella VeithPhysiotherapist
Stella came to us from Germany during her studies in 2015 and enjoyed her time so much she decided to stay. She has completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in the Netherlands in 2015 and has since been working as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor at Figtree Physio. In addition to Stella’s excellent knowledge, her keen passion for football has led to representing the region in football with the Illawarra Stingrays Football Club, resulting in a wealth of experience in managing sporting injuries and preventing future injury.
Stella has a special interest in the area of spinal pain and dysfunction in particular relating to the neck and lower back. Stella has a strong focus with her patients on restoring normal range of motion and function no matter what age bracket they fall in. By combining her physiotherapy skills with the movement therapy of Pilates exercise, Stella has had great success with treating many patients with acute and chronic spine issues.
Stella is in charge of our Pilates classes at the practice. She designs the programs based on the individual needs of each patient, whether it is aimed at injury recovery, a high level athlete needing to improve core strength and performance or for those looking for a safe way to exercise and get fit. Her focus during the classes is on progressively improving the clients general conditioning by addressing key weaknesses and providing close attention to high quality movement.
Since 2016, Stella has been working as the physiotherapist for the youth squads at the Wollongong Wolves FC in addition to game day assistance with the first team. Stella’s role expanded in 2017 to become the data analyst for the Wollongong Wolves, involving game analysis of the first team games, providing invaluable information and feedback to the coaching department.
- Peter LagopodisPhysiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
Peter is an extensively qualified physiotherapist having completed a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science, a Masters of Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation and a Masters of Physiotherapy all before the age of 25!
During his studies, Peter gained years of clinical experience as a qualified Exercise Physiologist working alongside physiotherapists in a rehabilitation hospital. This has allowed him to gain extensive knowledge and skills in treating a variety of patients with chronic pain conditions, post orthopaedic reconstructive surgery and joint replacement surgery.
Peter has always had a passion for leading an active lifestyle and from a young age has been involved in competitive athletics and soccer. This had motivated him to being involved in sports injury management in the Illawarra region for many years having provided on and off field care to Wollongong Olympic FC and Strength and Conditioning training for the St George Illawarra Dragons Club.
Having undergone 3 ACL surgeries himself, Peter exhibits a special interest in the management, treatment and prevention of knee injuries with particular enthusiasm for ACL reconstructive surgery and rehabilitation. Peter’s combined physiotherapy and exercise physiology knowledge allows him to create impressive specialised “return to function” exercise programs for his patients, assisting them to return to their chosen sport or activity as soon as possible. Peter strives to achieve excellence through his services and aims to accomplish each of his patients goals by directing his treatment and management towards their specific needs.