Stephen is an Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer and Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has completed a three-year Bachelor of Science (Osteopathy) and a two year Master of Health Science in Osteopathy at Victoria University, as well as a Master in Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. Stephen is also qualified as a Pilates instructor and incorporates Dry Needling with specific patients. While completing his Masters in Physiotherapy, Steve travelled to the USA and UK to undertake further study in functional movement and incorporates these techniques into his treatment and rehab programs. Steve also sits on the board of Sports Medicine Australia and is on committees at both the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Osteopathy Australia.
Alongside his fellow director at the Injury Rehab Centre, Osteopath Andrew Lemon, Steve started the Functional Movement Group, one of the world’s leading continuing education providers of movement assessment and rehabilitation for health and fitness professionals. They have also created their own cutting edge Movement Assessment Tool (The M.A.T) that is currently being used by over 1500 professionals around the world and in elite sporting environment such as the AFL, EPL, ERU and on the men’s and women’s golf and tennis tours. In 2015, they sold out their own conference, the Allied Movement Symposium that raised thousands of dollars for charity and brought together health and movement professionals from over 10 professions. 2015 was a busy year for Steve having also spoken at both the Myotherapy and Sports Medicine Australia conferences.
Steve has a keen interest in injury prevention, functional movement and rehabilitation; especially in prescribing and overseeing successful rehab programs for a wide range of conditions. These include low back and disc pain, lower limb injuries such ankle sprains, ACL and other knee injuries and hip impingement, as well as junior sports injuries, tendon injuries, work related injuries and pelvic pain following his first Masters degree which involved working with elite AFL players to develop rehabilitation recommendations for players with ‘Osteitis Pubis’. During his most recent Masters he conducted research looking at prevention strategies for ankle sprains. Steve is currently performing research at Victoria University around ankle injuries and injury prevention using his and the Functional Movement Group’s own M.A.T.
Steve’s fitness background influences his treatment style, enjoying post surgical and sporting injury treatment and exercise rehabilitation. He empowers all his patients to take an active role in their treatment and rehabilitation. Steve also has an extensive knowledge and passion for working with patient with chronic pain (pain lasting longer than 3 months) and has designed the Injury Rehab Centre to make it the ‘go-to’ place for chronic pain rehabilitation.
As you can most likely guess, when Steve isn’t working or travelling the world with the Functional Movement Group educating other health professionals or updating his knowledge studying he enjoys keeping fit in the gym, playing cricket and on his bike on the road.
Qualifications: B.Sc, M.H.Sc (Osteopathy), Master of Physiotherapy, Cert 3+4 in Fitness, DMA Pilates Level 1-4, Certification in Applied Functional Science