OUR PEOPLE

Tim Schleiger

Tim, Founder and Director, coordinates The Sports Clinic’s wide-ranging services through his professional team of physiotherapists exercise physiologists, corrective exercise trainers, physical therapists, masseurs, acupuncturists and sports scientists.

Tim draws a on a wealth of practical experience as well as a range of tertiary qualifications in human movement, bio-mechanics, applied science, sports massage and strength and conditioning. During Tim’s 25-year career, he has consulted to elite international athletes and top sporting organisations in soccer, cricket, AFL, tennis, snow sports and a range of summer Olympic sports. 

Tim is also co-founder of the Train 247 Fitness gyms.  

Ryan Edwards

Ryan Edwards, our director and head physiotherapist, who has over 10 years’ experience as a physiotherapist. Ryan holds a Master of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise Science and is currently undertaking his Master of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. He is also an accredited member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Ryan believes in a collaborative approach, where the client and the physiotherapist partner together to apply rehabilitative and preventative approaches. This enables clients to reap the pain-relieving benefits of physiotherapy while learning new training techniques. Clients can then move seamlessly from injury to rehabilitation to training for strength and injury prevention.

In addition to enjoying his time at the Sports clinic Ryan is also the head physiotherapist for the VAFA AFL Club, Collegians. Ryan also runs the physiotherapy program at Wesley College. Previously, he has also been a physiotherapist for National Premier League football club, Bentleigh Greens and NEAFL AFL club, Sydney University.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)., P, 

Dave Fahey

Dave is an APA Titled Exercise & Sports Physiotherapist, studying both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at La Trobe University. Dave has worked within private practice & sport for over seven years. His experience ranges from grassroots football, working with Aberfeldie Football Club & PEGS FC, all the way up to the elite level, working with The Australian Ballet, North Melbourne Football Club, & consulting for FC Copenhagen whilst living in London. Dave even had a stint working on tour with Aerosmith in Las Vegas!

Although Dave is a sports tragic, he loves applying his clinical skill to help individuals from all walks of life. An enthusiastic & fun loving clinician who gets just as much enjoyment and satisfaction from his experience assisting older individuals managing chronic conditions as elite athletes or rock stars!

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Kristian Waller

Kristian graduated from the University of Canberra in 2014 and has also completed his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University where he was accepted into the La Trobe Student Excellence Academy. 

Kristian worked in a sports physiotherapy practice before starting as a team physiotherapist for Super Rugby ACT Brumbies in 2016. With Kristian’s passion for professional sport evident he decided to make the move to Melbourne and join AFL North Melbourne Football Club where he currently works as the Head of Rehabilitation and Senior Team Physiotherapist.

Kristian has a particular interest in elite sport, but more so he has a passion for providing elite sport health services to the amateur and community sporting population. Kristian is a strong believer that the quality of a professional sport environment should not be limited to those lucky enough to participate in sport for a living.

Outside of work Kristian has a keen interest in the outdoors, in particular he has a passion for surfing, cycling, weightlifting and enjoying the Melbourne lifestyle with his wife. 

Kristian will be starting at the Sports Clinic of Melbourne early February and looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals.

Scott Dadswell

Scott has a degree in Exercise & Sports Science as well as a Masters of Physiotherapy from Sydney University. 
 
He is currently the physio for Wesley College 1st Football team in the APS and has a history of working as a physio for the AFL, keeping their umpires out on the park to make good umpiring decisions. 
 
Scott believes that good rehab does not finish when people are well enough to get off the treatment table. He places a strong emphasis on helping people rebuild good movement patterns, strength & confidence within their bodies all the way from initial injury, through to them achieving their chosen goals, no matter how advanced these may be.
 
Scott is a bit of a sporting tragic – he will talk to you about anything from AFL, to horse racing, to American Sports. He will also love chewing your ear off about his glory days running around for the Uni Blacks in the VAFA or peaking at the ripe age of 17 when he played a junior State Cricket final on the MCG. 

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

 

Elise Franetic

Elise has completed a Masters of Physiotherapy from LaTrobe University and a Bachelor of Applied Science.

Elise is currently the head physiotherapist for the Womens AFL Collegians Football Club in the VAFA League. 

Prior to becoming a Physiotherapist Elise was an elite rower representing Australia at the World Championships in 2014, 2017 and 2018 in Germany, Bulgaria and Poland. Elise also held a Victorian Institute of Sport Rowing scholarship from 2017 -2019. Elise now keeps fit with long distance running and cycling. 

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)

Ross Wettenhall

Ross has a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney and an Exercise & Sport Science degree.

He currently is the National Ultimate Frisbee physiotherapist and is a head physiotherapist for the Collegians FC in the VAFA.  Prior to 2020, Ross played and was physio for the Melbourne University Blues FC from 2012-2019.

Ross has a strong passion and background of playing multiple sports. Having stopped playing football, he now regularly applies himself to all forms of running, cycling and swimming including recent 70.3 Ironman’s and Olympic distance triathlons. As well as competing, Ross frequently undertakes extra study in these areas. For his injured runners, he uses running re-training technology (strength and biomechanics related) including gait assessment.

Outside of exercise related injuries Ross also enjoys treating spinal pain and non-specific injuries. He uses a range of hands on techniques and believes in specific strength rehabilitation personalised to the patient’s goals and needs.

Ross is now also using Telehealth and specialises in making home exercise programs designed at patient needs and goals.

His qualifications include Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates and Elite Strength training and much more.

Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA), Sports Medicine Australia (SMA). 

Francis Coffa

Francis is a strength coach and Myotherapist with 20 years experience gained from working at 2G Physiotherapy. Francis holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science with Honours in physiology and a PhD in Neurovascular Physiology.

Francis specialises in the treatment/training of clients with acute/chronic musculoskeletal dysfunctions and the rehabilitation of post-operative hip, knee and shoulder patients. Francis is also responsible for teaching and mentoring rehabilitation trainers/therapists new to The Sports Clinic’s intellectual property.

Kate Stiles

Kate is a qualified Exercise Sport Scientist with a keen interest in using exercise to prevent and manage injury. Kate’s passion in exercise rehabilitation arose from personal experience in where she reaped the benefits of correctional exercise in her own rehabilitation process.

Kate specialises in restoring proper movement and function to the body to aid in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning, individualising the process to the client’s needs. 

Eliza Whitford

Eliza is a certified Clinical Pilates Instructor and is currently in her final year of studying a Doctorate of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. She has also completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences majoring in Anatomy and Physiology in 2019. Her passion for understanding the complexities of the human body and my desire to improve people’s lives has inspired her to pursue my dream career as a qualified physiotherapist.

Jordan Love

Jordan has completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science whilst he is now completing post-graduate studies in psychology at Monash University. Jordan has worked within team-sport settings with the Geelong Falcons NAB League team, Carlton VFLW and currently is the High Performance Manager at Caulfield Grammarians Women’s.

Jordan loves operating in high performing systems and is passionate about connecting with others and providing a platform for others to succeed.

Outside of work, Jordan is an avid reader and walker of his dog (Samson) and he also enjoys connecting with his friends.

Lyndsay Clarke

Lyndsay is an ASCA Level 2 qualified strength and conditioning coach and is currently undertaking a masters in High Performance Sport at ACU.  For the past 12 months Lyndsay has spent time developing the physical capabilities of the Victoria state Development Netball team, Men’s Hockey players, and Diving Athletes at the Victorian Institute of Sport. 
 
Lyndsay is passionate about helping athletes to prepare for high level sport supporting their journey to make them fitter, faster, stronger and to move more efficiently. Having worked as a Physical Education teacher for eight years Lyndsay has plenty experience working with developing and emerging athletes across multiple sports. 
 
Before moving to Australia Lyndsay competed in State level athletics in the UK and more recently turned her hand to playing Aussie Rules (although retirement is on the horizon).