Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
Brendon is a local and the founder of The Village Gym at Pottsville. Since 2019 it has become the ultimate facility for rehabilitation, fitness and learn-to-swim in the Northern Rivers. A rehabilitation, strength and physical conditioning facility that dreams are made of. Brendon continues to treat as a highly experienced full time physiotherapist and exercise physiologist providing hands-on manual therapy, home, gym and hydrotherapy based exercise programs.
Brendon commenced his career as an Exercise Physiologist, as founder of FunxionPLus in 2003, conducting specific rehabilitation programs for post-surgical injuries in gymnasiums from Byron Bay to the northern Gold Coast. In 2005, after completing his Masters in Physiotherapy, Brendon started Physio Place in Tweed Heads South and continued its growth to become the largest physiotherapy clinic in the Tweed Heads region until 2023. He has also been the foundation director of Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology services at The Tweed Health for Everyone SuperClinic since its completion in 2013 until 2023. Brendon’s role as the senior physiotherapist was responsible for 8 clinicians included ongoing professional development and training, supervision of local affiliated sports team rehab programs and normal physiotherapy clinician duties.
Brendon has worked as a physiotherapist specialising in sports injuries for:
Athletics Australia – travelling internationally for Diamond League Athletics as the Australian physiotherapist and medical advisor. As the physiotherapist for Sally Pearson (Olympic and World 100m Hurdles Gold Medallist) 2015-2016 in preparation for Rio Olympics. Queensland Cup Seagulls Rugby League. Kingscliff Olympic swimming squad. Bilambil Rugby League. Tweed Coast Raiders Rugby League. Tweed Valley Kings Premier League Soccer. Cudgen Rugby League and has completed over 70,000 private consultations in his career.
Brendon has co-authored the Recovery Guide series of books and DVDs for orthopaedic rehabilitation and common sport injuries including; Total Knee Replacement; Total Hip Replacement; Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction; Knee Arthroscopy & Menisectomy, Rotator Cuff repair, Shoulder Acromioplasty; Shoulder Anterior Stabilisation; Lumbar Disc Injury; Hamstring Strain; and sporting Ankle Sprain. He continues to work closely with patients as a hands-on physiotherapist and has a background in sports coaching including swimming, touch football, rugby league, athletics and worked briefly as a physical education teacher.
He focuses strongly on educating patients about their condition or injury and skilling patients to ultimately self-manage by providing a clear program of exercises and stretches. He continues professional development, particularly in the field of manual therapy, deep trigger point dry needling and intra-muscular stimulation, also completing Pilates equipment Level 3 training.
Brendon has close working relationships with several orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians and local GP’s. He works closely with local athletes, surfers, Olympic and world championship swimmers, A grade Rugby League Players and has a passion for rehabilitation of the shoulder joint.
With a passion for excellence in rehabilitation and a philosophy of “Exercise is Medicine”, Brendon and his team are focused on being part of patient’s wellbeing – not just merely solving pain and injuries.
Brendon also has completed Level one coaching qualifications in 8 different sports and learn-to-swim AustSwim instructor during his earlier studies as a Physical Education teacher.
Harry graduated from Griffith University with a Master of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise Science. Harry has experience as a Strength and Conditioning coach, where Harry developed an appreciation for resistance training and exercise in daily life.
Harry has a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation – particularly in a sporting context. As a player, Harry has competed in the Queensland Premier Cricket First Grade Competition and throughout his sporting journey has experienced a number of injuries himself which has led to his empathy and passion for providing optimal rehabilitation. Harry currently works with Tweed Seagulls Rugby League Club, with the QRLW team.
Whether your goals are returning to the sporting field, to work, or just walking your dog – Harry can provide a thorough assessment of your injury, manual therapy to reduce your symptoms and advice around returning to your goal through exercise and rehabilitation options.
In her clinical and teaching work Liz is motivated by her interest in improving and maintaining muscle, bone and joint health across the lifespan. Liz applies her breadth of skills and knowledge across exercise physiology and physiotherapy disciplines to individualise therapy programs to assist each patient achieve their performance, movement and health related goals. She has a particular interest in how the musculoskeletal and nervous systems change in the presence of persistent pain and has studies extensively in this area. The foundations of Liz’s treatment approach are developing body awareness, most commonly with the use of massage and biofeedback, and engaging in regular movement. She works hard to ensure all of her patients understand the role of both exercise physiology and physiotherapy in managing their health conditions and the vast and very important influence of movement on health and wellbeing.
Liz has worked in preventative health and rehabilitation science since graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Anatomical Sciences and Masters of Applied Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology from University of Queensland in 2004. After a number of years working primarily with patients with chronic health conditions in gyms and medical centres in Australia, Liz relocated to the UK where she worked as the clinical lead in community cardiac rehabilitation and type 2 diabetes management in the team responsible for developing the pilot Healthwise GP Referral Program for the Greenwich PCT which is now offered widely across the UK to support people with chronic diseases to become more physically active. On her return to Australia, motivated by her passion for the fields of neuroscience and musculoskeletal health and her desire to better support her patients with more complex health presentations, Liz went on to complete a physiotherapy degree from Griffith University (2011). Then completed a Masters in Pain Management from University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine (2017) while working at both the Northern Private Pain Centre and the Royal North Shore Pain Management and Research Centre, a national tertiary leader in the multi-disciplinary treatment of persistent pain. Liz now lives and works in the Tweed.
Liz is a dedicated health educator and has held clinical teaching roles at University of Queensland in the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences and at University of New England in the School of Exercise and Sports Science while continuing to work clinician.
Outside work Liz enjoys family life at home on her small farm with her partner and two small children, the beach, camping and all things Italian. She also loves a physical challenge and has completed the Three Peaks Challenge (UK), Kokoda Track (PNG), a number of 10km community organised runs and half marathons. Often these events are to raise support for Australian based health oriented charity organisations including The May 50k for MS research, and Send Hope Not Flowers who provide healthcare and support for vulnerable mothers in Papua New Guinea and across the developing world.
Liz is registered provider under Medicare Chronic Disease Management Program (Exercise Physiology item 10953 and Physiotherapy item 10960 services), DVA and a number of private health funds. She is also available to provide services through self-funded and managed NDIS programs, Work Cover Qld and Workcover NSW (SIRA)
- Sports massage
- Individual exercise programs
- Individualised guided pain management programs
Nathanael graduated from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Clinical Science and a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine. He is a keen surfer, rock climber, pick up basketball enthusiast and lover of too many podcasts. Nathanael is passionate about all things human health and movement. His treatment style utilises breathing exercises and musculoskeletal therapy combined to produce tangible results reducing pain and increasing performance. A big believer in manual therapy, Nathanael employs a whole variety of manual techniques to accommodate a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions.
I’m Zoe, Mumma of 2
I am at The Village gym to help you with all of your enquiries and to teach your little ones to swim.
I have always in life wanted to be the US Secretary of State….
Second to that, I have always loved fitness, as a dancer of 22 years, Fitness was always a passion so working at The Village Gym is the perfect fit for me.
I am currently completing my Cert 3 in Fitness so I can soon put you all through your paces and have some fun while getting fit in the classes.
The strong community atmosphere is why I love The Village Gym and why working here is so enjoyable.
Fun fact about me: I have NEVER had coffee but I can make a mean coffee, so make sure to come on past.
Hi I am Riley Cranston
I am the Saturday crèche lady!
I love spending time with kids and forming a bond with them. I am 16 and currently attending Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar school.
I am also an avid sportsperson, with my main passion being netball. I love moving my body and pushing it.
Come and hang with me, every Saturday morning at The Village Creche.
Ellen’s love of swimming started when she was 2 years old thanks to her mother Who was determined for her daughter to swim and survive in and around water as an older sibling had drowned in a billabong. From tragedy to triumph swimming has been her passion for a large part of her life. With 20 years of teaching, assessing & Water Safety programme designer & presenter to over 2300 local students.
Her Qualifications are Community welfare officer, first aid/ resuscitation, teacher of infants aquatics, swimming and water safety, competitive strokes, swim assessor, Bronze Medallion, Cert IV in training and Assessment.
Ellen is a local, she has been in Pottsville for 20 years teaching and plans to continue her passion of teaching the next generation of cherubs here in paradise.
Hey there, my name is Jesse
I am a lifelong Fitness enthusiast, following in my dad’s footsteps, I began my career as a physical education teacher. Competing in martial arts, gymnastics and Rugby League, I developed a keen interest in the different training modalities and in a short time moved across into the fitness industry studying my certificate 3 and 4.
I’m currently competing in Olympic Triathlon and have a keen interest in body building in my off season.
I believe exercise is our gateway into our true physical, emotional, physiological and mental potential.
I pin point my programs around real world functionality and relativity to our environment and also focus heavily on goal setting, reaching physical peaks of performance and aesthetics.
Contact me to book into a PT to start your journey with us here at The Village Gym.
My loves are plyo/ explosive moves for efficient, total body training. Mixing gymnastic, weight lifting and Pilates based training best summarises my preferred way to train myself and clients.
I mix corrective exercise with challenging compound activity to strengthen and progress clients to their goals.
I’ve trained all ages from teenagers to 80+ year olds, severe disabilities, weight loss and rehabilitation.
Running and martial arts drew me to exercise, and I strive to incorporate this psychological discipline into any training I do.
I love the easy going and down to earth, friendly community of Pottsville.
The Village is a welcoming and supportive environment for all ages and levels. I’ve only been with the team for a short while, but I’ve already had the pleasure to meet countless excellent people and I’m excited for the journey ahead.
Get in touch, if you’re interested in PT with me.
Iago has been training and competing in CrossFit for 5 years, was formerly on the Brazilian national karate team, plays soccer and surfs!!
Iago specialises in Olympic Lifting and Strength and Conditioning training.
He is passionate about helping clients move perfectly through full range of motion and guiding them through core strength and stability. He is also experienced in rehabilitation, sports specific training and weight loss.
Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCA)
Cert III and IV in fitness
Bachelor degree in Science
It takes a Village…
The Village Gym is a fresh experience in fitness located in the coastal paradise of Pottsville NSW.
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