Meet the Team

HELPING YOU MOVE WITHOUT PAIN FOR A BETTER LIFE

At Your Physio Advantage, we are passionate about transforming the lives of our clients through tailored physiotherapy treatments and programs.

Our team is highly skilled in diagnosing the cause of pain and creating individual treatment plans to allow our clients to move freely and feel great again. We strive to ensure that each of our clients receives personal care to maximise their recovery and get them back to being the best version of themselves as quickly as possible.

15+ years of physiotherapy experience

Aged care & NDIS physiotherapy providers

Available for home & clinic appointments

OUR VISION

To enrich the lives of our local community by providing exceptional physiotherapy.

 

For every interaction with our physio clinic to be personable and reassuring.

 

To improve the physical and mental wellbeing of our clients through our physiotherapy services.

 

For our team to be recognised as the leading physiotherapy providers on the Central Coast.

Our Team

Qualifications

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

Craig Paulsen

APA Musculoskeletal and Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist Principal Physiotherapist

Craig has been a practising Physiotherapist for over 15 years. As the founder of Your Physio Advantage, he brings a wealth of experience to help clients on the Central Coast and has a passion to help each client move better, perform well and be pain-free.

Craig has clinical sub interest areas in the management of shoulder and knee conditions. He has completed a postgraduate Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports physiotherapy and has previously worked with a number of professional sporting teams.

Craig’s in-depth knowledge of injuries and rehabilitation helps to assist all clients from all walks of life. Whether you are an older adult, have a disability or are an athlete, Craig provides the same high level of attention focused on your individual needs.

Qualifications

Master of Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

Esther Wignarajah

Senior Physiotherapist / Neurological Physiotherapist

Esther has been a practising physiotherapist for 8 years and has extensive experience working in adult rehabilitation units focused on orthopaedic, neurological and geriatric conditions. She initially worked in Westmead Hospital getting exposure to the public hospital setting and various health conditions, before working in private rehabilitation hospitals in Sydney for seven years.

Esther has recently completed postgraduate training to manage complex neurological conditions and has a special interest in the rehabilitation of stroke and Parkinson's disease. Esther's Master’s research project was based on goal setting practices by allied health disciplines based in the private rehabilitation hospital setting.

Esther likes to hike and is excited to explore the Central Coast's beaches, parks, and waterfalls. She also likes trying out different cuisines at restaurants and cafes as she loves to travel and would love to visit Morocco and Spain in the future. Esther has played netball, basketball and tennis leisurely and has previously lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Sport and Physical Education

Ariel Gillies

Physiotherapist

Ariel commenced her career after graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, coupled with a Bachelor of Sports and Physical Education. She has four years of experience working with clients as a qualified Physiotherapist at a private practice on the Central Coast prior to her move to Your Physio Advantage.

Ariel specialises in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, treating lower limb injuries and knee injuries. She has also worked with clients of the NDIS in the community to provide strength and conditioning programs.

Prior to her career as a Physiotherapist, Ariel earned a degree in Physical Education and worked as a sports trainer. Her love for sports was initiated during her upbringing in Canada where she grew up downhill skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. Since relocating to Australia seven years ago, Ariel has been participating in the Australian Football League.

Ariel enjoys the challenges of working with clients of all ages at Your Physio Advantage and within the Central Coast community. Each day keeps her on her toes with new challenges. She loves spending time with her clients and enjoys the privilege of being invited into their homes to provide her expertise in Physiotherapy.

In between home visits, you can find Ariel checking out the best coffee and lunch spots our amazing Central Coast has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of payments do you accept?

We accept HICAPS payments to provide on the spot refunds from all private health insurers. Medicare rebates will be provided with a referral from your GP for a chronic disease management plan, previously known as a primary care plan.

Do you provide services for insurance claims?

Workers Compensation, Compulsory Third Party insurance (CTP) and Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) are all welcomed at Your Physio Advantage.

What areas do you treat?

We treat:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain
  • Post operative rehabilitation
  • Spinal pain
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain (TMJ pain)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow, wrist and finger conditions
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Groin pain
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Ankle and foot pain
  • Adolescent conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle pain
  • Ligament injuries
What should I wear to my physio appointment?

Ideally you should wear clothes that are comfortable and loose enough to not restrict movement and allow access to the area of your specific injury or pain.

What will happen at my first physio session?

At your first appointment, we will start with an initial assessment with questions about your pain or injury and what you wish to achieve through your physiotherapy treatment. A range of physical tests may be provided to establish your level of mobility and flexibility.

Am I required to get a referral from my GP before seeing a healthcare practitioner at Your Physio Advantage?

No, you do not need a referral in order to see a physiotherapist. As physiotherapists are primary healthcare practitioners you can simply call Your Physio Advantage to book an appointment.

Can healthcare practitioners at Your Physio Advantage refer patients for imaging?

Physiotherapists can refer patients for x-rays, ultrasounds and MRIs, however they can not order bone scans or CT scans. The only physiotherapy-referred imaging that you can receive a Medicare rebate for is x-rays of the spine and hips.

Will I receive a rebate for treatment through private health insurance?

Yes, if you are covered for ancillary cover with your private health insurer then you will receive a rebate within the limits of your health insurance policy.

Is treatment covered by Medicare?

Physiotherapy can be covered by Medicare under certain circumstances. If you have a chronic condition (present for 6 months or longer) that requires a Chronic Disease Management Plan (CDM) given to you by your doctor, then you may be eligible for up to 5 Medicare funded physiotherapy treatments per year.

What do I need to bring?

Things that you may need to bring to your physio appointment include, but are not limited to:

  • Appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes
  • Referral (only if you were referred by your doctor)
  • Any diagnostic imaging and results relating to your injury. This may include x-rays, blood tests, MRIs, or ultrasounds.
Where is Your Physio Advantage located?

We are located in Shop 11 at Green Point Shopping Village, ½ Link Rd, Green Point NSW 2251 and 63 Brisbane Water Drive, Point Clare, NSW 2250.