ADDRESS

50/5 Ponderosa Parade
Warriewood 2102

PHONE

02 8914 0508

Our Team

Caring and experienced physiotherapists on the Northern Beaches


At Max Sports Physiotherapy, we pride ourselves on having some of the most experienced and dedicated physiotherapists on the Northern Beaches. Our team has been carefully selected not only for their knowledge and expertise, but also for their caring, hands-on approach.

Each of our team members also has a particular area of speciality that brings a unique element to our clinic not found elsewhere. These areas of speciality include Schroth Scoliosis treatment and Dry Needling .

We take a holistic approach to all our clients and have a team of practitioners ready to offer you and your family the very best of care. Our team includes:

  • Our highly qualified physiotherapists
  • Our helpful Physiotherapy Assistant and Practice Manager
  • Our experienced Marketing Manager
  • Our well-trained receptionists
  • A dedicated dietitian
  • A child and family psychologist

You can rely on the Max Sports team to deliver physiotherapy services of the highest standard, with a friendly and caring approach. Call us today on (02) 8914 0508, or book online, and we look forward to seeing you in our clinic very soon!


Our Team


Rosemary Marchese  – Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Nutrition Coach

Practice Director, Physiotherapist, Certified Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapist C1 & C2 (Advanced) (New York)

Spinal-Pelvis Sagittal Plane Analysis and Treatment Considerations for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis and Adult Spinal Deformity

SOSORT 2018 Annual Meeting & Conference (Dubrovnik)


Rosemary is a physiotherapist with twenty years of experience in physiotherapy, fitness consulting and training. After years of practicing physiotherapy, her passion grew for the physical treatment of Scoliosis. So, in 2017 she travelled to New York to become certified in the Schroth Method of Scoliosis treatment under the Barcelona School of Physical Therapy. In 2018 she followed this up by attaining the BSPTS C2 Advanced certification in New York. Rosemary is one of only five Schroth trained therapists in Australia.

She is dedicated to combining this knowledge and training, with her repertoire of physiotherapy skills and experience, to provide the best possible treatment for her patients. Click here for more information about Schroth Scoliosis treatments.

Rosemary has the ability to communicate well with sporty children who are experiencing injury, particularly the elite level athletes. Her strengths include being able to assess the situation to determine a successful return to sport as quickly as possible without jeopardising the child’s health and fitness. This principle also applies to the adults she treats with return to sport, work or lifestyle activities at the forefront of her mind.

Rosemary has established Children’s Stretch and Strength Classes to help local children increase strength and flexibility specific to their sport. She also combined with a local dietitian to commence school holiday Cook, Eat, Move classes to introduce the principles of nutrition and exercise to kids.

Rosemary has been a subject matter expert for various fitness and sporting organisations including the Australian Institute of Fitness and Sports Medicine Australia. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Medicine Australia. Rosemary is passionate about health, and in particular sport and leading a healthy lifestyle. Rosemary is also a certified Nutrition Coach and loves promoting healthy eating, particularly for children and busy families. She enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, exercising, and is a volunteer for Cancer Council NSW as a Member of Parliament Liaison for Pittwater, advocating the campaigns of the Cancer Council to the government.


Andre Rickenbach – Senior Physiotherapist (Sports)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) BHSc, MSc, MEd


Andre is a Sports Physiotherapist who has just recently left the Manly Sea Eagles where he was Head Physiotherapist for the NRL squad for the past 15 years, treating and rehabilitating their injuries, whilst also overseeing the junior grades physiotherapy programmes. Prior to this, Andre has worked in private practice in New Zealand, Australia and the United States, so brings over 20 years of experience, seeing a wide range of injuries from people from all walks of life. He brings over 20 years of experience to our clinic and is very excited to be working in private practice again.

Andre takes an evidence based approach to treatment, is very “hands on” and can build comprehensive rehabilitation programmes. As part of Andre’s treatment he is also able to offer dry needling.

Outside of Physio, Andre can be seen at the local sports grounds watching his kids play for their various teams, playing touch rugby, the occasional ocean swim and, if there’s time, at the gym.


Melinda Sims

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy Assistant)

Physiotherapy Assistant and Practice Manager


Mel is the Practice Manager at Max Sports Physiotherapy Clinic. Mel has completed a Cert IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy). Mel is responsible for managing the day to day running of the practice. She is also a qualified Physiotherapy Assistant, who can support the physiotherapists on the floor with exercise supervision, as well as preparing the room and necessary exercise equipment.

Mel is a mum to two young sporty girls and loves playing sport, going to the gym, reading and spending time with friends and family!


Natasha van der Wall

BA, MA, MPsych (Children and Ed), MAPS

Psychologist


Natasha van der Wall is a psychologist with 20 years’ experience working with children and their families within a broad range of clinical settings including early intervention, disability and community health, psycho-educational assessment, hospitals, schools and private practice.

Natasha is committed to supporting children and young people adjust to the challenges of childhood and growing up within their major contexts of school, family and friendships. Such challenges may include parent-child relationships, bereavement and loss (including parent separation), anxiety/worry, development and learning, social and friendship issues, transition & change (e.g. starting new school, moving, school camps, new siblings), self-esteem & emotional health, behaviour management, and parenting.

She is passionate about demonstrating the life-long benefits of understanding and managing one’s emotional health and sees her practice as a vital element to the well-being and resilience of children and young people throughout their lifespan. Through a range of therapeutic styles/techniques and skill development, children and their families can create positive behaviours that allow them to face their current concerns, future challenges and most importantly the ability to know when and how to seek support at such times. When working with children and young people, the role of the parent and other important adults (e.g. teachers, other therapists, doctors, coaches) is crucial to supporting the child and young person. Natasha values her years of experience working on multi-disciplinary teams in providing the best quality care over the long term.

Natasha has joined the team at Max Sports Physiotherapy Clinic to continue this work as well as to provide support to patients with scoliosis (children, young people and their parents). At times, scoliosis can present challenges that are not always immediately visible yet can be an obstacle to the successful outcomes of physical treatment programs.

She strongly values the principle of life-long learning and continues to enrich her knowledge through professional development with empirically-supported treatment and new research. Natasha is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and has a commitment to maintaining ethical standards and supporting peers and new graduates through clinical supervision and mentoring.

As a mum to three boys and an active volunteer in school, community and charity groups, Natasha aims to create a balanced, fulfilling life by doing meaningful work, enjoying time with family and friends, sport and outdoor activities, reading and making time for quiet contemplation.


Muhammad Maarj (Mo)

B.Pod. M.A.Pod.A (Podiatrist)


Mo completed his training through Charles Sturt University in Albury NSW. In his final year, he undertook international placements in Singapore and London where he was mentored by experienced podiatrists, sports physicians, and orthopaedic surgeons.

Mo joined the practice after being recruited by Ray Harding, one of the most respected podiatrists in the country and the past president of the Australian Podiatric Association (NSW). Mo holds special interests in sports podiatry, foot and ankle orthosis, and paediatrics.

Mo enjoys working inter-professionally with his colleagues in the Narrabeen Sports Medicine Centre to ensure the utmost care is provided to patients at all times. While working, Mo is embarking on research through Newcastle University focusing on children with hyper-mobility syndrome. He will be collaborating with national and international specialists on the topic. Mo also works closely with the Australian Rugby Sevens players screening and prescribing custom made sports and recreational orthotics. Mo has been on the frontline of prescribing foot and ankle orthotics such as the Riche Brace in aiding some patients who would have had to have surgical intervention. Mo lectures to medical and podiatry students about sports podiatry. His latest talk, “The Foot and Ankle”, was given at the Sports and Exercise Medicine Students’ Association (SEMSA).

Mo has joined the team at Schroth Scoliosis Physiotherapy Clinic to continue this work as well as to provide support to patients with scoliosis (children, young people). At times, scoliosis can present challenges that are not always immediately visible yet can be an obstacle to the successful outcomes of physical treatment programs.


Kylie Dowling

Nutritionist


Kylie is a dedicated nutritionist who is motivated to help her clients achieve their health and wellness goals.

When studying nutritional medicine Kylie became interested in understanding how our individual gut health is directly connected to our overall health.    This knowledge inspired Kylie to begin treating her own gut health in order to address a chronic skin condition.   This treatment was revolutionary and lead to a resolution of the condition and improvement in her general health.

As a result, Kylie’s practice has a strong focus on assessing and improving her client’s gut health.  She has had great success in improving the health of her own family and many clients with this holistic approach.

Kylie’s practice focuses on:

  • Digestive conditions such as IBS, …
  • Children’s health and nutrition
  • Weight management
  • Blood sugar regulation
  • Skin issues such as acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis
  • Mood disorders, anxiety, sleep problems and emotional well being
  • Stress management
  • Women’s health

Kylie has a strong focus on “food as medicine” and she believes health starts with what you put on your plate.  She supports her clients to implement integral nutritional changes for the long term, not short term diets.

Where appropriate Kylie use functional testing to gain a greater understanding of her client’s health status.  Testing is especially useful for assessing gut health and prescribing the appropriate treatment.


Anita Royle

Receptionist

Anita has spent the majority of her career in Hospitality organising weddings, conferences and events. She loves talking to and helping people and that is ultimately what has led her to work at Max Sports Physiotherapy.

She is a mum of two active boys and loves spending time outdoors, socialising with family and friends, playing tennis, cooking, and reading great books. Her passion is to travel and experience new cultures, exploring other countries and meeting new people.

 


Sophie Eyres

Receptionist


Sophie is a Year 12 student from the Northern Beaches. One of her passions is playing sport. She enjoys Softball, Touch Football and Cricket, as well as playing goal-keeper for her school Soccer team and AFL. She has played AFL for 10 years, and now plays for her local club in an all-girls Under 18’s team, the Northern Phoenix (combined Pittwater Tigers and Forest Lions team). Her other hobbies include baking/cooking, watching sport, supporting the Sydney Swans, catching up with family and friends and going to the beach. After school, she hopes to study a field of Health Science, such as Occupational Therapy, as well as go travelling with friends.