BREA CRANAGE – DIRECTOR
Brea completed her study at the University of South Australia in 2003. During that time she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement (Exercise and Sports Science). Her love of the biology of the human body and the way exercise works for and against it complement nicely to help people recover from injury effectively. Having been involved with the business since 2004, Brea loves taking the time to listen to her patients and help them reach their goals, and she is passionate about the efficient and long term recovery from injury and the prevention of re-injuries.
Within her field of physiotherapy she is interested in all ages of people, with a particular interest in Pilates and paediatric physiotherapy. Brea has a great love of treating children and is registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), designed to assist children with a disability. Brea also has Level 1 and Advanced certificates in dry needling, kinesiology taping qualifications from Rocktape and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Brea lives locally with her husband and three children. In her earlier years she was heavily involved with netball and still enjoys running and keeping fit and healthy. She is involved with local sports teams as her children and husband also enjoy sports.
MATTHEW CLARKE – DIRECTOR
Matt has been working as a physiotherapist for over 10 years. He graduated from the University of South Australia in 2003 and is currently undertaking a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy via La Trobe University. Following graduation, he worked at the Repatriation General Hospital for 3 years and in private practice at Glenelg and Hove for a year and a half. Matt has now been a Director and physiotherapist at Physio Alive since 2007. He really enjoys his job, and particularly loves seeing client’s conditions improve quickly, and being able to return to sport, work or everyday life in a pain free manner.
Matt has a particular interest in sports injuries, and really enjoys the challenge of getting athletes back to sport safely through rehabilitation and treatment. He has worked with SASI (South Australian Sports Institute) in their basketball program, since 2011. This includes travelling to the National Championships with the Under 16 state teams in 2011 and 2012. Having played State League basketball himself (1999-2012), Matt has also been involved as Physiotherapist with the Central Districts Basketball Club (2008-2012), and has also been involved with the McLaren Vale Football Club, and Southern Tigers Basketball Club as a physiotherapist. Matt is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and has recently attended conferences on the management of sports injuries, and kinesiology taping.
Matt is married to Shelley, who is also a physiotherapist, and they have two young children. He loves spending as much time as he can with them, as well as playing and coaching with the Southern Tigers Basketball Club, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and keeping fit and healthy.
LAUREN LOCKE – DIRECTOR
Lauren graduated from the University of South Australia in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and went on to complete a Clinical Masters of Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy from Curtin University in 2014. This Masters level qualification places Lauren at the forefront of her field and enables her to be recognised as an APA Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist. Lauren’s research interest is in the field of persistent pelvic pain, in particular pelvic floor muscle pain and overactivity. She is also an Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute certified Pilates instructor, is a certified Pinc Program therapist for cancer rehabilitation, and has an advanced certificate in Dry Needling. She is member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, including the Continence and Women’s Health special interest group and the Continence Foundation of Australia.
Lauren is a passionate women’s health, pelvic floor and musculoskeletal physiotherapist and enjoys the rewards and challenges of providing a holistic physiotherapy service. As well as generalist musculoskeletal experience, Lauren’s post graduate qualifications ensure that she is highly qualified to manage all pelvic floor and women’s health conditions throughout all life stages of women. Her special interests include pelvic floor physiotherapy, the ante and post natal period, persistent pain conditions (including pelvic floor muscle pain), cancer rehabilitation and clinical Pilates. She is passionate about raising awareness and promoting discussion about pelvic floor health, and strongly advocates that while pelvic floor concerns are common, they should not be considered ‘normal’ and that management strategies can vastly improve or even cure bothersome symptoms. She is dedicated to a ‘whole-person’ approach to management across the life span and works collaboratively with her patients to design and implement long term physiotherapy solutions.
Having grown up in McLaren Vale, Lauren is enjoying again being a part of this wonderful local community. When not in the clinic, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and toddler son, hiking, travelling when she gets the chance, and walking her two adopted greyhounds.
HAYLEY CROWLEY – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Hayley completed her study at the University of South Australia in 2012 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She is an Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute certified Pilates instructor and has a Level 1 Dry Needling certification. Hayley has a special interest in continence and women’s health physiotherapy and is currently undertaking training in this field. Prior to joining Physio Alive, she worked at Noarlunga Hospital, in a variety of areas including inpatients, outpatients, cardiac rehabilitation classes and home visits. Working in the hospital setting has given Hayley experience in working with people of all ages, from children to centenarians, and with a range of complex health conditions. She enjoys helping clients through the transition from acute illness or injury through to the development of self-management strategies. She is passionate about client-centred goal setting and takes a holistic approach to management to help clients return to a full life. She has a keen interest in the benefits of Pilates, yoga, mindfulness and hydrotherapy for maintaining a healthy body and mind.
After joining the Australian Physiotherapy Association at university, Hayley is also a member of the APA Recent Graduates committee, which facilitates professional development activities and support for recent physiotherapy graduates in the workplace.
In her free time, Hayley enjoys practicing yoga and meditation, running and hiking with her husband and daughter, as well as reading and watching movies and documentaries.
JANHAVI JATHAR- PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Janhavi completed a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy from The University of South Australia in 2013, following her undergraduate Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy in 2010 from India. She is a Sports Medicine Australia Level II Sports Trainer and is a certified clinical Pilates instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI). To further hone her skills she has also completed a number of continuing education courses including Kinesiology Taping, Sports Taping, Mulligan’s Technique and Dry Needling.
Janhavi has worked as consultant physiotherapist with number of local and national level sports team including football, tennis, shooting, athletics and boxing. One of the highlights of her career is her stint with The Olympic Gold Quest, an organization which offers holistic support to Olympic aspirants. She has worked with International athletes including Mary Kom (Boxing), Gagan Narang (shooting) and Tintu Luka (athletics). She was chosen to be the personal physiotherapist for Mary Kom (5 time world champion in boxing) at the 2012 London Olympics, who went ahead to win a bronze medal for India.
Janhavi was an avid sport person right from her high school days. This is what inspired her to pursue a career in physiotherapy as the field offers the opportunity to explore the fundamentals of human body and the dynamics of injuries and rehabilitation on sports performance. She enjoys cycling, having won a silver medal at the 2011 Indian National Championships in the individual time trial, as well as recreational running and swimming and is an aspiring triathlete.
ADAM THOMPSON – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Adam graduated from the University of South Australia in 2008, completing the Master of Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry) program, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement. He has always had a strong interest in sport and how the human body works, which together with his studies gives him a good background in exercise and it’s benefits.
With six years experience in private practice, Adam has worked in the southern suburbs since he graduated. He has also worked closely with a number of sporting teams, in particular as the senior Physio for South Adelaide Football Club in the SANFL, as well as other junior and local teams. He has completed Level 1 Sports and Dry Needling courses. However his greatest satisfaction is being able to help everyday people live their lives to the full without pain.
Adam lives in the southern suburbs with his wife, and two young daughters. He is a passionate football follower but also enjoys other sports, including cricket which he still (intermittently!) plays.
YASMIN OPENSHAW – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Yasmin completed her study at Flinders University in 2014 with a Masters in Physiotherapy. Prior to joining Physio Alive she worked as a full time Paramedic with the South Australian Ambulance Service. She has had 3 years’ experience with equipment and mat Pilates, has a Level 1 Dry Needling Certification and is an Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member which facilitates her ongoing professional development as a Physiotherapist.
Yasmin was lucky enough to experience a wide range of placements during her Masters of Physiotherapy course, from working with cardiorespiratory patients at Flinders Medical Centre to working with the neurological rehabilitation team at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. She also experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapy in Alice Springs. These opportunities have given her knowledge and skills to work with clients of all ages and cultures with a wide range of complex health conditions.
Yasmin is a keen sports person who is a member of the Brighton Surf Life Saving Club and competes in the South Australian Athletic League, specialising in the 400 metre event. She won the Camden Classic Women’s 400 metres in 2013 and made the Bay Sheffield Women’s 120 metre gift final in 2012. With vast involvement in sports such as netball, volleyball, surf lifesaving and athletics, Yasmin has a particular interest in sporting injuries, improving muscular imbalances to help clients achieve their sporting and lifestyle goals and assisting child and youth sporting development.
ANDREW BRITT – PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Andrew graduated from the University of Sydney in 2015 with a Masters degree in Physiotherapy (Graduate Entry). Previously he completed a Bachelor degree in Sports Management and Coaching Science from the University of Canberra. Andrew is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and has undertaken continuing education courses in Dry Needling and Equipment Pilates.
Andrew enjoys working with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and patients but has a particular interest in sporting injuries and shoulder conditions. Andrew endeavours to actively involve his patients in their rehabilitation process and help patients return to normal function as soon as possible whilst achieving long term results using evidence based treatments.
Outside of physiotherapy, Andrew enjoys watching and playing all sports, in particular cricket. After growing up in country NSW, Andrew has recently relocated to Adelaide and is looking forward to becoming part of the local southern community.
VIRGINIA GILL – PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
We are extremely fortunate that our region’s beloved Ginny Gill will be consulting at Physio Alive whilst Lauren is on maternity leave in the latter half of 2016. Ginny has over 30 years of experience treating men and women with pelvic floor concerns and we are delighted that she has agreed to join us so that we can continue our comprehensive pelvic floor physiotherapy service.
Virginia Gill developed her interest in Gynaecology, Women’s Health & Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy as a student physiotherapist in NSW. She ran ante-natal education classes from home in her early years in Willunga, expanding these to include pregnancy and post natal exercise classes in suburban Adelaide. She soon embarked on a dedicated study program and taught within the School of Physiotherapy as a Clinical Tutor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology. When fully qualified she was appointed Lecturer in Women’s Health at School of Physiotherapy in the University of South Australia. After teaching in undergraduate and post graduate programs and conducting research in the management of incontinence, she returned to exclusive clinical practice in pelvic floor physiotherapy in 2000. Virginia remains keen to continue working in her field within her local community.