Who We Are

Andrew Nealon has spent most of his career responsible for the injury management of professional footballers and cricketers. Some of these players are genuine greats of their games and many are household names. With these jobs comes immense responsibility and pressure but most of all, the opportunity to work with and learn from some of the world’s best players and practitioners. Between these two sports, and at the highest level, there is not much Andrew hasn’t seen and solved, at least a couple of times. And so it’s most likely that Andrew has solved your problem before.

Andrew is currently Head of Medical Services for the Central Coast Mariners Football Club, overseeing all aspects of injury prevention and rehabilitation, physical performance and strength and conditioning. Prior to this appointment in 2016, he spent 4 years as Head Physiotherapist, starting with the Club when the Mariners finally won a Grand Final to be crowned Champions in 2013. Aspire Physiotherapy Centre began as a part time hobby during this time.

Andrew returned home to Australia in 2012 following over 6 years in the UK. The final 2 years were as Senior First Team Physiotherapist at Liverpool Football Club. During the reigns of Roy Hodgson and Kenny Dalglish, with Steven Gerrard as captain, and a couple of strikers like Torres and then Suarez, Liverpool played in the Europa League, won the Carling Cup at Wembley and lost the FA Cup Final in 2012. Andrew’s primary roles were the rehabilitation of injured players at Melwood and studying the latest practices and research to ensure that Liverpool was at the cutting edge of sports medicine.

Prior to moving into football, Andrew spent 10 years working in first class cricket. This started with occasional work with the NSW Cricket Team from 1998, with the first match he worked in captained by Mark Taylor and including S Waugh, M Waugh, Slater, Lee etc playing a Victorian team including Warne at the SCG. From 2000 to 2006, Andrew worked with the NSW Cricket Squad, including 4 seasons being responsible for injury management during the pre-season and 5 seasons traveling with the 2nd XI around Australia. After a year working in private practice in London, Andrew was appointed Head Physiotherapist at Hampshire County Cricket Club in 2007, with the team captained by Shane Warne. During the next 4 seasons, Hampshire lost one and then won a 1-day Final at Lord’s and Twenty20 Cup at The Rose Bowl. The Indian Cricket League was also born during this time and Andrew spent many months working with the Chennai Superstars who won the inaugural title and then also the ICL India team.

In 2011 Andrew enrolled part-time in a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physiotherapy under the supervision of world leading tendon pain physiotherapist and researcher Professor Jill Cook. Andrew is in the process of writing up his thesis and is due to graduate at La Trobe University in Melbourne by 2019. Andrew has co-authored a number of papers that have been published, including in the prestigious British Journal of Sports Medicine. In over 18 years in practice Andrew has developed a network of colleagues that have collectively written hundreds of text books and journal articles. When you book an appointment at aspire, you are tapping into a lot more than half an hour or an hour of Andrew’s time.

“I know I’m very fortunate to have enjoyed the special journey that I have, working at grounds I dreamed of just going to watch a game at let alone going to work at. I grew up a Liverpool fan, staying up late to watch FA Cup Finals in the 80s and the Ashes on TV, hoping to one day play cricket for Australia like so many kids. My physiotherapy career has granted me so many wishes and taken me to places I was never even close to being good enough to play at. I’ve had the best ticket at the stadium on the bench at some iconic places. But I’m happiest at home. I’m more satisfied applying what I’ve learned around the world to my own patients, in my own clinic, than I’ve been anywhere else. There is nothing more rewarding than helping a patient recover and get back to their best, hearing them simply say thanks and referring someone they care about to benefit from the same help I provided them. It’s the ultimate compliment.

There are plenty of great physios. I don’t claim to be one of them. But none have worked harder than me and few have enjoyed the challenges that I’ve had. Establishing aspire Physiotherapy Centre is the culmination of years of ideas and experiences, bringing home what I have learned all over the world from some of the world’s best players and practitioners to the people of the Central Coast.”

Do you want to be treated like the best? You deserve to feel your best. You deserve to be your best. We promise that we will do our best. Every time.

Patrick Fleming graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2008 with Merit, winning a University Award for achieving the highest marks in his physiotherapy subjects. From humble beginnings in the Central Coast public health system, to working in one of the biggest cities in the world at an internationally recognised world-class hospital trust, his physiotherapy career has come full circle, as Patrick was one of Andrew’s patients when he was a teenager with a stress fracture in his lower back from playing representative cricket. This was one of the driving forces behind Patrick pursuing a career in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, as he understands how important physiotherapy can be in recovering from injuries and pain.

Patrick joins Aspire from 2 years overseas in the UK, working in one of central London’s largest clinics at the highly prestigious Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Here, Patrick had a unique dual role as a highly specialised private and occupational health Senior Physiotherapist.

As an occupational health physiotherapist Patrick was part of a highly experienced team of specialised staff physiotherapists, responsible for providing occupational rehabilitation to over 14,000 employees. He specialised in the assessment and management of work-related neck, shoulder and lower back pain. He would regularly give advice regarding optimal work-station set-ups, and complement recovery by using a hands-on approach to improve joint range of motion and muscle flexibility as his patients progressed through their strength and rehab. One of Patrick’s favourite aspects of working in occupational health was not only seeing his patients enjoy a successful return to work, but hearing about how they were able to return to the activities they loved, feeling better and stronger than ever before. Patrick knows that being happy and healthy at work is so important for your long-term overall health, but unfortunately many people feel that there is nothing they can do and so just ‘’put up’’ with their aches and pains. If you are suffering with pain at work, or would simply like some advice to optimise your workstation and prevent postural aches and pains common with desk-based job roles, then give Patrick a call to help you feel fantastic at work.

In his private physiotherapy role, Patrick gained invaluable experience. Working in the heart of bustling London in clinics at Westminster and London Bridge, Patrick looked after people from all walks of life including those from the business and corporate sectors, chefs, tradies, mums and dads, high level footballers, dancers and other athletes. With a special interest in shoulder, knee and lower back management, Patrick utilised a wide variety of highly effective treatment strategies including soft tissue releases, joint mobilisations, muscle energy techniques, dry needling, rigid strapping and kinesio taping, as well as prescribing individualised rehab programs drawing on principles of both strength and conditioning, and Pilates backgrounds. Patrick was also fortunate enough to work with some elite runners participating in the London Marathon. This allowed Patrick great insights into optimising his patient’s running biomechanics, as well as managing the very difficult task of balancing optimal injury management with high training loads. Whether training for a marathon or just running for fitness and fun, you don’t want to be worrying about a nagging pain that is holding you back. Get in touch, and Patrick will help improve your running mechanics and develop a suitable rehab program that will get you running again sooner.

Prior to moving overseas, Patrick lived and worked on the Central Coast in both private practice and NSW Health, having over 8 years’ experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He was born and raised on the Central Coast, playing a wide variety of sports including hockey and cricket, which drove his passion for physiotherapy. He makes it a high priority to keep up with the latest research to get the best possible outcome for his clients, and is looking to study his Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in the near future. Despite working as a physiotherapist in one of the biggest cities in the world, Patrick loves that he has been able to call the Central Coast his home, and is eager to help his fellow Coasties achieve their goals.