TARA DIGHTON

Founder
Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies)

  • Pilates instructor APPI trained

Tara’s passion for physiotherapy began as an injured junior track athlete with aspirations of progressing to a national level. After many years of dealing with great physiotherapists that kept her on track, she was inspired to take on physiotherapy as a career path.

Tara’s passion for sports physiotherapy has launched her into a terrific career in which she has been able to pursue her passion for working with numerous sporting populations. Her extensive knowledge has facilitated the successful return of athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ back to optimal function.

Tara has had the opportunity to work within many elite & national sporting programs including AIS & QAS Rhythmic & Artistic gymnastics, Super W Rugby, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL player development programs & NBL1. Complementing this experience has been her work within national programs including gymnastics, weightlifting, track & field & baseball.

Amongst Tara’s career highlights to date is her 2013 & 2017 appointment as Australian Team Physiotherapist for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships & Queensland Physiotherapist for the Australian Gymnastics Championships & Olympic Games trials 2011-2016. Most recently, Tara was a part of the Medical Team for the Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tara’s extensive individual & team sport involvement, coupled with her educational background, has given her a wealth of experience & diversity of perspective in relation to human movement, which she has used to develop active rehabilitation programs that create positive outcomes for her clients.

TARA DIGHTON

Founder
Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies)

  • Pilates instructor APPI trained

Tara’s passion for physiotherapy began as an injured junior track athlete with aspirations of progressing to a national level. After many years of dealing with great physiotherapists that kept her on track, she was inspired to take on physiotherapy as a career path.

Tara’s passion for sports physiotherapy has launched her into a terrific career in which she has been able to pursue her passion for working with numerous sporting populations. Her extensive knowledge has facilitated the successful return of athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ back to optimal function.

Tara has had the opportunity to work within many elite & national sporting programs including AIS & QAS Rhythmic & Artistic gymnastics, Super W Rugby, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL player development programs & NBL1. Complementing this experience has been her work within national programs including gymnastics, weightlifting, track & field & baseball.

Amongst Tara’s career highlights to date is her 2013 & 2017 appointment as Australian Team Physiotherapist for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships & Queensland Physiotherapist for the Australian Gymnastics Championships & Olympic Games trials 2011-2016. Most recently, Tara was a part of the Medical Team for the Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tara’s extensive individual & team sport involvement, coupled with her educational background, has given her a wealth of experience & diversity of perspective in relation to human movement, which she has used to develop active rehabilitation programs that create positive outcomes for her clients.

DAVID GUEST

Head of Performance

  • PhD- Youth Development

  • Master of Science (Strength & Conditioning)

  • Bachelor Sport & Exercise Science

David’s journey in sport began in athletics. Following his junior success, David suffered a string of injuries and set backs. Undeterred, and alongside his own decathlon training, he coached an athlete in the pole vault to multiple medal winning performances at the subsequent British Championships. This all culminated with David competing and finishing 8th in the Decathlon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, whilst also coaching the bronze medalist in the women’s pole vault.

Following his successful athletics career and several years working as an account manager for the largest independent builders merchant in the North-East of England, David returned to university to complete his Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Northumbria University. During this time, David was able to build a strong foundation of skills where he was able to work with British University Champions in Rugby League and Rugby Union, Newcastle United football club and Newcastle Eagles Basketball club amongst other roles in sport development, anti-doping and athlete mentoring.

Upon graduating with a 1st class distinction, David was offered the chance to work with Rangers football club in Glasgow where he would lead the youth development phase alongside an imbedded PhD.

Prior to moving to Sydney, David’s most recent role was as the Head of Athletic development for Bristol Rovers Academy football club. Leading the physical programs within the academy setting has allowed David to develop a wide range of skills relating to sports performance. From monitoring player load on the pitch, in the gym and within games to physical testing, maturation and long term athlete development. This coupled with David’s previous experience of working within elite sport and excellent academic background has allowed him to excel in providing the best level of performance services to the athletes he is working with.

DAVID GUEST

Head of Performance

  • PhD- Youth Development

  • Master of Science (Strength & Conditioning)

  • Bachelor Sport & Exercise Science

David’s journey in sport began in athletics. Following his junior success, David suffered a string of injuries and set backs. Undeterred, and alongside his own decathlon training, he coached an athlete in the pole vault to multiple medal winning performances at the subsequent British Championships. This all culminated with David competing and finishing 8th in the Decathlon at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, whilst also coaching the bronze medalist in the women’s pole vault.

Following his successful athletics career and several years working as an account manager for the largest independent builders merchant in the North-East of England, David returned to university to complete his Masters in Strength & Conditioning at Northumbria University. During this time, David was able to build a strong foundation of skills where he was able to work with British University Champions in Rugby League and Rugby Union, Newcastle United football club and Newcastle Eagles Basketball club amongst other roles in sport development, anti-doping and athlete mentoring.

Upon graduating with a 1st class distinction, David was offered the chance to work with Rangers football club in Glasgow where he would lead the youth development phase alongside an imbedded PhD.

Prior to moving to Sydney, David’s most recent role was as the Head of Athletic development for Bristol Rovers Academy football club. Leading the physical programs within the academy setting has allowed David to develop a wide range of skills relating to sports performance. From monitoring player load on the pitch, in the gym and within games to physical testing, maturation and long term athlete development. This coupled with David’s previous experience of working within elite sport and excellent academic background has allowed him to excel in providing the best level of performance services to the athletes he is working with.

Here at Axis, David brings a wealth of knowledge and applied performance coaching to enhance our team. In turn, he is here to help our athletes optimise their physical potential, by creating controlled,  powerful and dynamic performers.

PAUL MINEI

Sports Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

Paul graduated from UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

He acquired a full time position with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad since 2018. He has also worked with athletes of various backgrounds including the National Women’s Premier AFL, NSW Touch Football & the National Rugby League Youth Competition. More recently, Paul was the lead physiotherapist for the NSW and Australian Universities Rugby League sides and was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017.

A former rugby league player himself who has suffered numerous injuries and setbacks, Paul understands the need for a robust, individualised & structured rehabilitation program. He utilises Pilates, strength & conditioning programs along with manual therapy to optimise movement & function.

When he’s not running up & down sidelines you can find Paul at the beach, playing oztag or searching for that much needed coffee!

PAUL MINEI

Sports Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

Paul graduated from UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

He acquired a full time position with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad since 2018. He has also worked with athletes of various backgrounds including the National Women’s Premier AFL, NSW Touch Football & the National Rugby League Youth Competition. More recently, Paul was the lead physiotherapist for the NSW and Australian Universities Rugby League sides and was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017.

A former rugby league player himself who has suffered numerous injuries and setbacks, Paul understands the need for a robust, individualised & structured rehabilitation program. He utilises Pilates, strength & conditioning programs along with manual therapy to optimise movement & function.

When he’s not running up & down sidelines you can find Paul at the beach, playing oztag or searching for that much needed coffee!

Michael Dale

Physiotherapist
Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C coach

Mike has always had a strong interest in sport, exercise and wellbeing, especially rugby and cricket, which had given him a fair share of injuries during his sporting life. These experiences lead him to wanting to learn more about how injuries can be prevented and managed, especially through exercise.

Mike’s passion for exercise lead him to spending 5 years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the elite junior pathways program for the Parramatta Eels NRL team, plus 1 year with the Cabramatta women’s rugby league team. During this time he developed a love for high performance, rehab and bridging the gap between the two.

While working as a strength and conditioning coach he completed a Bachelor’s in Health Science majoring in Exercise at the Australian College of Physical Education, attained a level 2 ASCA strength and conditioning certification, and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. These extensive qualifications gave him the knowledge and skillset to work with people from acute injury management, through rehabilitation and return to activity, as well as working with individuals looking to improve sports performance and physical conditioning.

Having also spent time as a personal trainer he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a variety of people and collaborating with them to reach their health and fitness goals.

With Mike’s thirst for knowledge, background as a strength and conditioning coach and strong communication skills, Mike gets the most out of his clients, helping to recover from injury, develop strength, mobility, power and injury resilience, which makes him a huge asset to our team.

MICHAEL DALE

Physiotherapist

Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C coach

Mike has always had a strong interest in sport, exercise and wellbeing, especially rugby and cricket, which had given him a fair share of injuries during his sporting life. These experiences lead him to wanting to learn more about how injuries can be prevented and managed, especially through exercise.

Mike’s passion for exercise lead him to spending 5 years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the elite junior pathways program for the Parramatta Eels NRL team, plus 1 year with the Cabramatta women’s rugby league team. During this time he developed a love for high performance, rehab and bridging the gap between the two.

While working as a strength and conditioning coach he completed a Bachelor’s in Health Science majoring in Exercise at the Australian College of Physical Education, attained a level 2 ASCA strength and conditioning certification, and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. These extensive qualifications gave him the knowledge and skillset to work with people from acute injury management, through rehabilitation and return to activity, as well as working with individuals looking to improve sports performance and physical conditioning.

Having also spent time as a personal trainer he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a variety of people and collaborating with them to reach their health and fitness goals.

With Mike’s thirst for knowledge, background as a strength and conditioning coach and strong communication skills, Mike gets the most out of his clients, helping to recover from injury, develop strength, mobility, power and injury resilience, which makes him a huge asset to our team.

JAVIERA VARELA REYES

Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Master High Performance Sport

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science

  • ASCA level 1 S&C Coach

Javi’s passion for coaching was ignited after years of working within physical performance programs.  Javi is passionate about enhancing the body’s ability to move and perform at all levels. Her education background in sports science has provided her with a deep knowledge in what is required to enhance physical performance and avoid injuries in sport.

Javi has previously led the junior programs at the Parramatta Eels and West Tigers, allowing her to work closely with semi-professional athletes focusing on all aspects of performance and rehabilitation. More so, she has a passion for female athletes being chosen to be the first ever City vs Country U17’s Women’s Strength and Conditioning coach. This experience has equiped her with a unique skillset to train female athletes with appropriate training and loading techniques to enhance performance. Throughout her work in the private sector, she is able to work 1-on-1 with athletes and general populations from various sports to enhance their skills and provide the necessary support to work towards their physical goals.
Working alongside physiotherapists throughout her career, she is experienced in providing rehabilitation framework for individuals looking to move pain-free and avoid the risk of injuries.

JAVIERA VARELA REYES

Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Master of High Performance Sport

  • Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Science

  • ASCA Level 1 S&C Coach

Javi’s passion for coaching was ignited after years of working within physical performance programs.  Javi is passionate about enhancing the body’s ability to move and perform at all levels. Her education background in sports science has provided her with a deep knowledge in what is required to enhance physical performance and avoid injuries in sport.

Javi has previously led the junior programs at the Parramatta Eels and West Tigers, allowing her to work closely with semi-professional athletes focusing on all aspects of performance and rehabilitation. More so, she has a passion for female athletes being chosen to be the first ever City vs Country U17’s Women’s Strength and Conditioning coach. This experience has equiped her with a unique skillset to train female athletes with appropriate training and loading techniques to enhance performance. Throughout her work in the private sector, she is able to work 1-on-1 with athletes and general populations from various sports to enhance their skills and provide the necessary support to work towards their physical goals.
Working alongside physiotherapists throughout her career, she is experienced in providing rehabilitation framework for individuals looking to move pain-free and avoid the risk of injuries.

GEORGE DAVIS

Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

George’s passion for human anatomy, injury diagnosis and management stems from an extensive history of injuries as a child, and from a strong love for all things sport with a particular history in rugby and elite level rowing.

This injury history and sports passion kickstarted his journey to physiotherapy which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Australian Catholic University, before completing his Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Whilst becoming a physiotherapist, George developed a keen passion for working with children and adolescents with lower limb tendon, ankle and knee injuries. George’s experience in coaching adolescent athletes through elite rowing and rugby fostered this passion and led him to develop the necessary skills in ensuring the timely introduction and instruction in correct rehabilitation, underpinned with promoting athletic development and maximising performance on the field.

George has had the opportunity to work with a large range of ages and injuries through his work in private practice and school sport. He has been fortunate enough to work with adolescent athletes through his work as a coach and physiotherapist at St Joseph’s College alongside working in private practice.

Whilst George has a passion for adolescent sports injuries he loves treating people of all ages. George has a strong thirst for knowledge and professional development. This helps him ensure he is always up to date with the most appropriate rehabilitation for each individual client. He is passionate about balancing manual therapy with early rehabilitation and strength and conditioning to ensure his patients don’t only return to their prior performance but exceed it.

GEORGE DAVIS

Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

George’s passion for human anatomy, injury diagnosis and management stems from an extensive history of injuries as a child, and from a strong love for all things sport with a particular history in rugby and elite level rowing.

This injury history and sports passion kickstarted his journey to physiotherapy which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Australian Catholic University, before completing his Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Whilst becoming a physiotherapist, George developed a keen passion for working with children and adolescents with lower limb tendon, ankle and knee injuries. George’s experience in coaching adolescent athletes through elite rowing and rugby fostered this passion and led him to develop the necessary skills in ensuring the timely introduction and instruction in correct rehabilitation, underpinned with promoting athletic development and maximising performance on the field.

George has had the opportunity to work with a large range of ages and injuries through his work in private practice and school sport. He has been fortunate enough to work with adolescent athletes through his work as a coach and physiotherapist at St Joseph’s College alongside working in private practice.

Whilst George has a passion for adolescent sports injuries he loves treating people of all ages. George has a strong thirst for knowledge and professional development. This helps him ensure he is always up to date with the most appropriate rehabilitation for each individual client. He is passionate about balancing manual therapy with early rehabilitation and strength and conditioning to ensure his patients don’t only return to their prior performance but exceed it.

FRAN MATTHEWS

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C Coach

  • Level 2 Rugby Coach

Fran is a retired professional rugby player who represented England and Great Britain in 15’s and 7’s rugby. Fran has 49 international 15’s caps and played in the World 7’s series for 7 years. She has taken home with her 6 back-to-back National Grand Slam Championships, a gold and a silver medal at the Rugby World Cup and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games Championships.

Fran’s passion for Rugby and joy in sharing how to develop athletes’ strength, power, speed and resistance to injury for high performance sport,  inspired her to build a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach. Fran’s experience has afforded her the opportunity to work within Rugby for the Wallaroos, Waratahs, Eastern Suburbs District Rugby Union Football Club and Rugby Australia referees. She has extensive knowledge as a coach and ex-player on rugby specific athletic development, late-stage rehabilitation and running mechanics.

Fran joins our team assisting in the program design for all our athletes and clients in collaboration with our sports medicine team, ensuring athletic individuals reach their peak physical performance.

FRAN MATTHEWS

Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C Coach

  • Level 2 Rugby Coach

Fran is a retired professional rugby player who represented England and Great Britain in 15’s and 7’s rugby. Fran has 49 international 15’s caps and played in the World 7’s series for 7 years. She has taken home with her 6 back-to-back National Grand Slam Championships, a gold and a silver medal at the Rugby World Cup and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games Championships.

Fran’s passion for Rugby and joy in sharing how to develop athletes’ strength, power, speed and resistance to injury for high performance sport,  inspired her to build a successful career as a strength and conditioning coach. Fran’s experience has afforded her the opportunity to work within Rugby for the Wallaroos, Waratahs, Eastern Suburbs District Rugby Union Football Club and Rugby Australia referees. She has extensive knowledge as a coach and ex-player on rugby specific athletic development, late-stage rehabilitation and running mechanics.

Fran joins our team assisting in the program design for all our athletes and clients in collaboration with our sports medicine team, ensuring athletic individuals reach their peak physical performance.

DANIELLE HOCKING

Practice Manager

  • Pilates Instructor APMA

  • Associate Degree in Dance

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

Danielle Hocking studied Pilates alongside her dance training from an early age. She achieved her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) with distinction before moving to study an Associate Degree in Dance & a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology. She worked at Expressions Dance Company & performed in numerous works with Claire Marshall & dancers.

Danielle continued to pursue her passion for dance in London, where she attended Pineapple Studios. During this time she regularly worked in film & TV & performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed for Ministry of Sound, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, 50cent & had a lead role in a Justin Timberlake music video.

Danielle then moved to the USA for 2 years performing solos & pas de deux in production shows with dancers & singers from all over the world.

Since returning to Australia she continues to perform in modelling & sell out Burlesque shows throughout Australia.

Danielle completed her Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Teacher training in 2012 & is currently a registered Level 4 teacher. She is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist & BarreConcept (UK) teacher. Her unique understanding of human movement & rehabilitation background assists her ability to understand client needs to improve performance, injury management, & developing programs for those with medical conditions.

DANIELLE HOCKING

Practice Manager

  • Pilates Instructor APMA

  • Associate Degree in Dance

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

Danielle Hocking studied Pilates alongside her dance training from an early age. She achieved her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) with distinction before moving to study an Associate Degree in Dance & a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology. She worked at Expressions Dance Company & performed in numerous works with Claire Marshall & dancers.

Danielle continued to pursue her passion for dance in London, where she attended Pineapple Studios. During this time she regularly worked in film & TV & performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed for Ministry of Sound, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, 50cent & had a lead role in a Justin Timberlake music video.

Danielle then moved to the USA for 2 years performing solos & pas de deux in production shows with dancers & singers from all over the world.

Since returning to Australia she continues to perform in modelling & sell out Burlesque shows throughout Australia.

Danielle completed her Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Teacher training in 2012 & is currently a registered Level 4 teacher. She is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist & BarreConcept (UK) teacher. Her unique understanding of human movement & rehabilitation background assists her ability to understand client needs to improve performance, injury management, & developing programs for those with medical conditions.

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