We’ve put together a team of star physiotherapists and admin wizards to make sure that you are given the star treatment from the moment you walk in the door. Our staff are experts in their fields; they are fun, friendly and very good at what they do. Professional development is critical to us and many of our staff are international leaders in their fields, involved in ongoing research and teaching which is shared through the whole Star Physio Team.
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Managing Director and Principal Physiotherapist
Damian has worked as a physiotherapist with elite sport for over 20 years including being involved at three Olympic Games with the Australian team. Damian has worked with the amazing surgeons at Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre since 1995 and is trusted with the care of many of their patients to both avoid surgery, or assist in the best possible rehabilitation following surgery. He has previously worked at the Australian Institute of Sport and worked with Olympic and World Champion athletes in triathlon, cycling and endurance sports. He was physiotherapist for the Australian Volleyball team from 1997 to 2013 and is a Life Member of both Volleyball Australia and Volleyball Western Australia. Damian has been highly involved in injury management and performance in cyclists and triathletes and is widely acknowledged as one of the most experienced Bikefit and cycling injury professionals in Australia. He works and lectures nationally and internationally in this field and is the Australian education partner for Gebiomized, widely acknowledged and the leading bikefitting group in the world.
Dr Merv Travers (PhD)
Consultant Physiotherapist, Clinical Director
Merv is a brilliant physiotherapist who has completed a PhD in lower limb biomechanics and tendon loading at Curtin University, where he also tutored for 5 years. Merv is now a postdoctoral fellow at Notre Dame University and is part of an international group of researchers investigating pain and rehabilitation of injury. Merv has a Masters of Manipulative Therapy and was physiotherapist to the Western Force Super Rugby Team for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. Merv is highly skilled in all areas of physiotherapy, but has a particular interest in the diagnosis, management and rehabilitation of long-standing and complex injuries and pain. As Clinical Director, Merv heads up the education and monitors the clinical skills of the team at Star Physio. He also lectures our Strength and Conditioning Team, an area where he has published research and been awarded his Level 2 ASCA qualifications, giving him an extraordinary education and a unique skill set. Merv’s university work and research unfortunately limits his availability at Star Physio, however all of our staff benefit from his acclaimed international work and research allowing us to provide the most up to date and evidence based treatment available. Merv’s role as a consultant at Star Physio sees him working with longer appointment times and fees that reflect this.
Dr James Debenham PhD
Consultant Physiotherapist, Research and Rehabilitation Director
James has a Master’s in Manual Therapy has completed a PhD investigating the biomechanics of the lower limb and the internationally acclaimed spring theory. His research has focussed on pain and tendon issues in the lower limb including achilles tendinopathy and the role of chronic pain in long-standing sports injuries. James has worked with a number of elite sporting clubs and organisations In Australia and the UK. He has presented his research internationally at the World Tendon Congress and is highly sought after for his knowledge in this area. When he is not working at Star Physio, he is a senior lecturer at the University of Notre Dame School of Physiotherapy and is heavily involved in research. He is also one of the best triathletes in WA, competing in the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in 2014 and 2017. His education and experience give James unique expertise in the treatment of complex and long-standing sports injuries, especially in endurance athletes. His ability to accurately diagnose and identify causes of injury in running athletes is second to none. James’ role as a consultant at Star Physio sees him working with longer appointment times and fees that reflect this.
Exercise and Rehabilitation Director
Nigel is a highly experienced physiotherapist whose expertise in complicated injuries and high level rehabilitation is widely regarded by both patients and the medical community in Perth. He is regularly called on for second opinions for management of conditions that have not had successful outcomes with other health professionals with amazing success. He completed his undergraduate degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and has a Masters’ degree in Manipulative therapy from Curtin University. He is currently undertaking a PhD in chronic pain and tendon injuries and has been a clinical tutor on the Curtin Manipulative and Sports Post-graduate Programs. He has worked extensively with elite level athletes from Rugby to Triathletes but equally enjoys seeing “non-athletes” successfully recover from pain and injury to return to doing what they love. His PhD study gives Nigel an amazing level of expertise in management of pain, tendonitis and overuse injuries which can be applied to athletes and “spectators” alike. In his spare time Nigel loves good food and to balance this love he competes in marathon running events, 70.3 and full Ironman Triathlon every year. Nigel is available at both our West Perth and Mosman Park offices.
Senior Physiotherapist and Exercise Scientist
Ruth Chang is an experienced physiotherapist with a special interest in treating headaches, neck and back pain, an area where Ruth has completed her postgraduate Master’s of Musculoskeletal and Manipulative Physiotherapy. Her desire to provide the highest level of care to her clients sees Ruth now embarking on PhD studies into back pain as part of an internationally recognised research team. Ruth’s has worked extensively with triathletes and endurance athletes and her own sporting background includes hockey and golf and she has travelled with athletes participating in the grueling 3 day Ultraman races. She continues to train and compete in half ironman and ironman distance triathlon. She is highly motivated to help her clients achieve an excellent quality of life. Her treatment and management prioritises addressing musculoskeletal deficiencies, preventing injury and optimising function, using evidence based approaches.
Among his many talents as a Sports Physiotherapist, Alex heads up our team looking after the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and brings his experience as a high level musician to the position. He has completed a postgraduate Master’s in Sports Physiotherapy and has worked with elite level football. He has previously been the travelling physiotherapist with the Australian Women’s Volleyball Team and the State Softball Team (WA Flames). Alex has a particular interest in rehabilitation post injury for a swift return to work or sport, in particular complicated upper limb issues. He also works at Bethesda Private Hospital in pre and post-op rehabilitation, having close contact with some of Perth’s most respected orthopaedic surgeons. Having treated patients from all walks and having been a high level sportsman himself, Alex has the empathy and knowledge to back his assessments and give the best possible treatment. In his spare time Alex is an accomplished player and brings his detailed knowledge of this sport to Star Physio.
Senior Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapist
Steve completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Notre Dame as well as a post-graduate Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University. He has post graduate training in strength and conditioning and has been part of an international research group into chronic pain. He has a strong interest in musculoskeletal treatment, rehabilitation and conditioning. Steve runs Conditioning and Rehabilitation sessions for individuals as well as for small groups at Star Physio including our popular Cyclefit classes which provide specific strength and flexibility for cyclists and triathletes using evidence based methods, not social media trends! Participants are seeing fantastic improvements in both injury resilience and performance. Among his clients are Australian and World Championship cyclist Jessica Allen who has seen tremendous benefit from Steve’s strength programs and treatment. Steve has particular interest in assessment and treatment of acute injuries in contact sport athletes including recovery from the initial injury and preventing re-injury. Out of work Steve practises what he preaches maintaining his strength in the gym, as well as being an experienced amatuer boxer and previous coach, not to mention a well know skateboard rider who has previously featured in a number of magazines and articles.
Senior Physiotherapist, PhD Candidate
Tara is an experienced physiotherapist who is currently undertaking a PhD at Curtin University on knee Osteoarthritis and pain, where she also lectures and has previously conducted research into knee injuries. Prior to embarking on a career in physiotherapy, Tara was a professional international volleyball player. She captained the Australian Women’s Indoor Volleyball Team before moving to a successful career on the beach including partnering 5 time Olympian and Sydney 2000 Gold Medallist Natalie Cook on the World Beach Tour. She now combines this with her physiotherapy skills to look after the Western Australian Volleyball Teams including their injury prevention and conditioning programs. Having played a professional career managing injuries, Tara is passionate about helping people to continue to do the things they love, whether it is high level sport, or walking the dog! Through Tara’s own experience, and with the help of the Star Physio Team, Tara has successfully rehabilitated her own significant knee problems following her volleyball career and recently completed her first half marathon after being told by doctors that she would never run again! Tara has taken her love of competition and exercise to becoming a successful surf-boat rower at North Cottesloe Surf Club where you will often find her in the gym… or upstairs having a coffee! Tara is also a mother, and has a new appreciation and understanding around exercise and pregnancy, and returning to “match fitness” post baby!
Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist
James Lewin has dual qualifications as a physiotherapist and exercise physiologist. Currently he is also undertaking further study and research in Sports Physiotherapy at Curtin University. He has presented research into bikefitting for injury at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference which will be published internationally this year. He is a previous WA State Half Ironman Champion and was 2013 WA Triathlete of the year and has raced professionally locally and internationally. One of his passions is assisting cyclists and triathletes to achieve their ideal position on the bike using Star Physio’s state of the art bikefitting equipment, whether for comfortable cruising or high speed racing. His long history as an elite athlete requiring the management of numerous injuries over the years also puts him in an ideal position to care for amateur and elite athletes with injuries. In the last few years, James has also taken on the role of physiotherapist to the WA Volleyball and Beach Volleyball Teams including travelling to National Junior Events as team physiotherapist. James also works closely with the surgeons at Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre by providing in hospital post operative care and then ongoing rehabilitation in our West Perth clinic.
Physiotherapist and Exercise Scientist
Dan Davis holds dual degrees in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science giving him a wealth of knowledge in treatment and exercise prescription for musculoskeletal problems. Dan is an elite level runner and triathlete who also plays golf off “scratch” and has competed the Rottnest Channel Swim on multiple occasions. Dan is skilled in bikefit for injury prevention and performance and brings his wealth of experience as a cyclist and triathlete to assist clients in finding their ideal position using our amazing Gebiomized bikefit analysis equipment. He also performs running analysis at our West Perth office using a combination of high speed cameras and foot pressure and ground contact time analysis to identify technique faults and musculoskeletal deficiencies related to pain and performance. Prior to working as a physiotherapist, Dan worked in running shoes retails and has significant experience and expertise in prescription of the correct shoes for athletes where he combines his educational skills, experience and objective data from our running assessments. Dan is available Monday to Saturday between our West Perth and Hay St Mall offices and in between continues to search for the perfect coffee bean and extraction method as a keen amateur barista!
Jordan Keightley is an experienced, professional massage therapist. He holds a Diploma in Massage from the Australian Institute of Fitness and is studying physiotherapy at Notre Dame University. Jordan has competed in cycling at an elite level including racing locally and internationally and has a particular understanding of the demands of cycling and triathlon and the best treatment and recovery techniques for these sports and more. Jordan was a lead therapist at the Busselton 70.3 Half Ironman in 2019 and is passionate about helping his clients whether it be for pain relief, relaxation, recovery or injury prevention. Jordan works closely with the physiotherapy team at Star Physio in the management and maintenance of our clients.
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