Nikki is an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She completed her Masters of Manual Therapy at the University of Western Australia in 2015, where she graduated with distinction and finished first in her class. In 2011, she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle, where she graduated with Honours. Nikki spent her new graduate year working at the John Hunter Hospital, where she gained valuable skills working in the Emergency Department, the trauma ward, Fracture Clinic and Orthopaedics. Since 2013 she has worked in private practice and is now a senior clinician. Nikki is also a clinical educator of physio students studying at the University of Newcastle.
Sports physio Experience
Outside her clinical role, Nikki is the physio for the University of Newcastle Rugby Club and has held this position for the past seven years. She is also the physio for Hunter Junior Rugby Union and has previously worked for Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union as well as NSW Rugby. Working in the clinic and on the field raised many clinical questions for Nikki. As a result, in 2015 she helped establish a research team at the University of Newcastle investigating contact sports injuries.
Nikki is eager to share her clinical experience and research findings with the next generation of health professionals to contribute to the development of sports medicine and physiotherapy care in Australia. She has taught anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and strength and conditioning courses to students and health professionals. She is a lecturer for Sports Medicine Australia and has previously taught the Australian Physiotherapy Association Spinal Level 1 course.
clinical interests and focus
Nikki always takes time to listen to her patients. She explores the factors contributing to their problems and empowers them with understanding. Because of this she is able to engage her patients in the development of their management plan too. Nikki has extensive experience in strength and conditioning and is skilled at exercise assessment and program design. She enjoys working with and rehabilitating athletes from the time of their injury to the point they return to play. Nikki has a particular interest in high quality, end stage rehabilitation and return-to-play decision-making.
Furthermore, Nikki has a special interest in the assessment and rehabilitation of athletes participating in contact sports. Nikki’s Masters program provided her with extensive training in non-operative management of orthopaedic and sports injuries. In particular, management of ACL injury, rotator cuff related pain, low back pain and acute ankle injuries. She stays up-to-date with the latest research and training in these areas too, hence this allows Nikki to deliver the highest quality of care to her patients. Outside of work, Nikki enjoys strength & conditioning training, playing netball, building wooden furniture and spending time with her husband Josh.