Dr Andrew Nealon founded Aspire Physiotherapy Centre in 2013, having 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 roles comes immense responsibility and privilege, but most of all, the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best players and practitioners. Between these two sports at the highest level, there is not much Andrew hasn’t seen and solved, at least a couple of times, so he has probably solved your problem before.
Andrew completed his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in December 2017. This is the highest level of academic qualification and Andrew is currently the only practicing physiotherapist on the Central Coast to have achieved this. During his time working in professional sport Andrew was Head Physiotherapist at Central Coast Mariners Football Club from 2012-17, Senior First Team Physiotherapist at Liverpool Football Club from 2010-12, Head Physiotherapist at Hampshire County Cricket Club from 2007-10, Team Physiotherapist at Chennai Superstars in the Indian Cricket League from 2007-09 and Physiotherapist to the NSW Cricket Team from 1998-2006.
Patrick Fleming has 10 years of experience as a physiotherapist and has rapidly developed an excellent reputation for his thorough assessments, meticulous attention to detail, diagnostic skills and great manner with his patients. This has resulted in Patrick quickly growing an extensive following with a wide variety of patients and being in strong demand here at Aspire.
Patrick graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2008 with Merit, winning a University Award for achieving the highest marks in his physiotherapy subjects. Patrick was one of Andrew’s patients when he was a teenager with a lower back stress fracture as a representative fast bowler. This experience inspired Patrick to pursue a career in physiotherapy, as he understands how important it is to help people recover from pain and injury. Patrick has since gained invaluable experience in his private practice roles, including working in the heart of London in clinics at Westminster and London Bridge. Patrick has looked after people from all walks of life and has a special interest in shoulder, knee and lower back injury management.
Brendan Clark is one of the most experienced and respected physiotherapists on the Central Coast. Brendan is a local and has helped thousands of patients over the past 30 years. Brendan’s early days after graduating from Sydney University in 1988 (when Andrew finished primary school and Patrick had his second birthday!) were spent in a variety of interesting settings, from private practice, public hospitals, private rehabilitation and healthcare centres, in interesting places across Australia, England and Scotland. Brendan opened the doors to his own private practice, Total Physio Centres at Kanwal, in 1994. While quickly growing his business, Brendan worked at the Sydney Olympics and completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at Sydney University in 2001. He also became fascinated with helping patients suffering from headache and migraine, leading to further study and titling as a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner in 2014. Brendan is the only physiotherapist on the Central Coast with this level of qualification and regularly receives referrals from doctors, neurologists and other physiotherapists.
Brendan ran his own practice for 23 years. He could have chosen to work wherever he wanted and we are privileged that he jumped at the chance to be part of our team. If you have a headache or migraine, neck or shoulder pain, sports injury or complex problem that needs caring and thoughtful management to get back to your best, you will be in the best of hands with Brendan.
Chris Evens is our newest recruit at Aspire, having just made the very wise decision to migrate north from Sydney. Chris graduated from University of Sydney in 2015, after completing his Masters in Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Health Sciences. Chris has committed to continuing his study journey and has already commenced the Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in Melbourne, his first step on the way to specialisation in Sports Physiotherapy. Chris joins us following 3 years at a clinic in Ultimo where he worked under the guidance of very experienced mentors.
Chris has complemented his time in private practice with gaining valuable experience working with elite sports teams. This currently includes contracting to Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia, touring internationally to Dubai with the U16s Australian Cricket team, to Chennai with the Cricket Australia National Performance Squad and also New Dehli with the Australian Deaf Cricket Team for the first ever World Cup. Chris has also worked with the NSW Blues, Sydney Sixers and Sydney Thunder. Chris is the appointed Physiotherapist for the Australian Deaf and Vision impaired ability team, and the NSW Indigenous Cricket team, and many players were also regular patients in his practice in Sydney. Aside from cricket, Chris has worked for the Tasmanian Womens Hockey Team, Central Coast Mariners Womens Academy, Sydney Cricket Club, NSW U18s and U16s Rugby League Teams, Tonga Rugby League U16s, and the Husskison Triathlon. Chris has spent a lot of his working life so far gaining broad experiences, honing his skills with a variety of different sporting groups and athletes. In the clinic, Chris worked closely with the ABC TV network in developing a screening and monitoring protocol for their full time puppeteers and cameramen, helping to reduce the risk of injury and managing overuse pains and problems in these repetitive and unique roles, requiring excellent problem solving and reasoning. Ultimately, Chris loves returning people back to what they enjoy doing most, and with a better understanding of what it takes to perform at their best.
Our Front Desk team of Bronte, Kelly and Kylie are the ideal blend of youth and experience! Our Front Desk keeps our physiotherapists busy, organised, informed and on time. As the first and last voices you hear and faces you see when you call or visit us, you are assured of a friendly welcome and top class customer service experience every time.