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 in the physiotherapy and fitness industries. Ryan holds a Master of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise Science. 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 with his clients at the Sports Clinic, Ryan is also the head physiotherapist for the Victorian Amateur Football League (VAFA) AFL Club, Collegians. 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!

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). 

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)

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.

Alistair Fahie

Alistair is a qualified Strength and Conditioning Coach who has been working in high performance sport since 2016. After completing a double degree in Exercise Science and Sport Business at Deakin University, Alistair went on to study a Masters of High Performance Sport at ACU. 

Alistair has previous experience in Super Rugby, completing an internship at the Melbourne Rebels and along with working at The Sports Clinic he currently works at the Western Bulldogs as the lead strength coach for the VFL program. 

Sam Gill

Sam has been working as an Exercise Physiologist for over nine years after completing his Bachelor degree and Honours in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University.

He has gained experience working with a wide range of clients, previously at a multidisciplinary clinic servicing TAC, WorkCover and Medicare clients, before further developing his skills in musculoskeletal rehab and functional strength training at The Sports Clinic over the last four years.

Sam also has a strong history of involvement in sport, including assisting in the strength and conditioning programs at VFL and Victorian Premier Cricket clubs.

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. 

Will Manning

Will is a Strength and Rehabilitation coach with a background in Sports Therapy. Will is passionate about rehabilitation with 10 years’ experience in the industry specialising in remedial massage, sports rehabilitation and strength and conditioning training.

Alannah Miller

Alannah was introduced to Pilates after suffering a back injury and has been teaching since 2015. Pilates teaching took her to London for 18 months and her fascination for the human anatomy carried her to Deakin University upon return.

She is currently completing her studies in Exercise Physiology where she continues to develop her knowledge and expertise to help prevent and treat many medical conditions, injuries and disabilities. She seeks to inspire her clients through creative exercise prescription whilst tailoring her programs to the client’s individual physical needs.