Mark graduated from the University of Sydney in 1996 and has been working as a Physiotherapist in private practice in Sydney’s CBD for over 20 years. He completed his postgraduate Masters Degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy, which he uses both at work in his treatment of patients, and at home in trying to manage his 3 children, although he’s generally the one being manipulated! He has a wealth of experience in both Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy.
Fiona is a Physiotherapist well-known in the Sydney’s CBD. She graduated in 1996 from the University of Sydney and also completed a postgraduate degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy. Fiona instructs Pilates classes and has great fun with her patients. Her main passion is to ensure all her patients reach their goals under her care. She also loves working with her great team of Physiotherapists and ensuring they are all up to speed with continuing professional development.
Kellie graduated from the University of Sydney in 1999 and for the past 18 years has been working predominantly in Sydney’s CBD. She also completed a postgraduate Masters degree in Manipulative Physiotherapy. Kellie was inspired to work as a Physiotherapist following many years of ballet and seeing dancers cope with their injuries. She now has a keen interest in spinal therapy, rehabilitation, and Clinical Pilates. Kellie has also been treating Sydney’s weekend warriors for a long time and loves the challenge of returning them to pain-free sport and life in general.
Blake van Koesveld
Blake graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003 with First-Class Honours and completed a Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy in 2011. Blake loves putting his analytical mind to the test to deliver considered, effective treatments and help his busy patients be their best. He has particular expertise with orthopaedic conditions, is Bend + Mend’s ergonomics consultant and helped develop the Bend + Mend Running Assessment. As a lifelong sports fan, Blake uses his knowledge of sports to customise rehabilitation for his athletic clients. Since joining Bend + Mend in 2012, Blake feels privileged to have gained a loyal patient following in the city.
Kirsty graduated from the University of Otago in 2004, and has worked in private practice in New Zealand and England, before moving to Sydney. She is a certified Pilates instructor and incorporates Pilates alongside her physiotherapy work. Kirsty is a qualified Master instructor on all apparatus. She really enjoys bringing Pilates and Physiotherapy together, as she feels they have a symbiotic relationship, guiding patients back to their pre-injury activities as well as preventing re-occurrence. As Kirsty spends her spare time exploring the city, going on big walks and generally just enjoying the sunshine.
Ben has worked as a physiotherapist in private practice since graduating from the University of South Australia in 2012. As a result of his strong sporting background, he holds a particular interest in sports related injuries, and he likes to incorporate Neuromuscular Dry Needling with a variety of other techniques whilst empowering his clients through exercise prescription. Ben also has a keen interest in spinal injuries and headache management. He has recently moved to Sydney after spending some time travelling through Europe. He has recently completed his Masters degree and is back in Sydney to put all his new skills into action.
Bonnie graduated in 2013 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Masters of Physiotherapy. Born and raised in Sydney, she loves her sport, particularly Netball, and is always keen to try new sports and other outdoor activities – her latest being Golf with her Golf Pro fiancé. Bonnie has a special interest in Women’s Health and has completed post graduate courses through the Women’s Health Training Associates (WHTA). Bonnie has also progressed her learning and skills with courses in Clinical Pilates, including Matwork, Equipment and Pre and Post Natal Pilates, Titleist Performance Institute Certification Level 1, Sports Level 1 and Dry Needling. She is passionate about helping people get back in control of their own bodies and reach their goals through using both manual therapy techniques and exercise.
Campbell Graduated from AUT University and has worked in private practice in both Australia and in London. Campbell has a keen interest in sporting injuries, office based injuries and the neck. He has worked at grassroots and elite levels of rugby union and league, and with surf lifesaving. He has recently taken to triathlon where he spends most of his spare time. Campbell has an interest in neurological conditions and has a Neuroanatomy degree out of Otago University. He utilises a number of methods when both analysing and treating patients, including dry needling and the Sarah Key Method.
Alice graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand and has more than 9 years’ experience working as a Physiotherapist in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Skilled in all pain conditions, Alice has a keen interest in both injury prevention and management of shoulder and upper limb injuries. She believes that exercise is vital to returning to full general and sporting function as quickly as possible. Since arriving in Sydney last year Alice has focused on combining Physiotherapy with Pilates to gain the best results for her patients. She has completed further training in Pilates through the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates institute. As she is new to Sydney Alice spends her free time exploring NSW and enjoying its many beautiful beaches!
Nicole completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from ACU and has worked exclusively in a Private Practice setting since graduating. Nicole has been involved as a Physiotherapist with various netball teams and has enjoyed the challenge of working with a wide range of patients both on and off the courts. As well as her love of sport, Nicole has a special interest in the treatment of neck pain and headaches. She has also completed further training in Pilates Matwork from the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, and plans to continue to expand her Pilates skill set. Nicole loves maintaining an active lifestyle and is a keen traveller.
After graduating from the university of Sydney in 2011 James has worked as a Physiotherapist at RPA Hospital and private practices in both Sydney and Cairns, North Qld. James is an accredited integrated dry needling practitioner and has also completed further training in shoulder injuries and neural dynamic testing. When he’s not helping his patients return to their pre-injury levels you’ll find James playing indoor + outdoor soccer (football), netball, Ultimate Frisbee and barracking for his beloved Sydney F.C. in “The Cove.” As an avid sports lover, James understands the frustration of injuries and goes the extra mile to get you back on the field, track or court.
Patrick joined the team at Bend + Mend following a move to Sydney from the Central Coast, NSW. After Graduating with Honours from Newcastle University, Patrick has developed his career in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in both Private Practice and the Hospital Setting. Patrick has done further study into Dry Needling, injury prevention programming for strength and conditioning, shoulder rehabilitation and taping methods. Patrick has a strong interest in injury prevention and sports performance. Having a background of working in variety of sports from grass roots netball to professional rugby league, he enjoys getting to the root of your musculoskeletal issue and developing a planned approach to returning you to the pitch, as safely and as soon as possible.
Shontelle Wilson – Manager
Shontelle moved from Perth to Sydney for a lifestyle change in the big city. She has a passion for travel and exploring new exciting places within Australia and overseas. Based in the Eastern Suburbs, Shontelle loves spending her free time on the coastal walk and checking out new cafes. Shontelle is enjoying her new role as Practice Manager of Bend + Mend, keeping everyone in the clinic on track and up to date!
Prue Markham – Manager
Prue grew up on the beaches of NSW mid-north coast, moving to Sydney to pursue training opportunities and experience city life. After spending the last 13 years in the beauty industry she was looking for a new challenge. She loves to experience new travel opportunities when possible and when she’s at home likes to stay close to the coast, on the beach, keeping active with the coastal walk or socialising with friends. Prue works closely with the partners of Bend + Mend in a Partners Assistant role.
Kahlua Naylor – Reception
Kahlua is a born and bred Sydney girl, who has always had a keen interest in health and fitness. Ballet is her forte, which she has studied since the age of 3. It has taken her on a wonderful journey around the globe and at the tender age of 15, was accepted into the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in New York City. After attending many Summer Schools including the Queensland Ballet – Australia, English National Ballet – London, Royal Ballet School of Antwerp – Belgium, she accepted a place at Brussels International Ballet School in Belgium. After graduating, she decided not to pursue her career as a professional ballerina, instead remaining home in Sydney with her family. Kahlua recently gained her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) Certificate and is committed to health and fitness with a compassionate understanding for people suffering from sports injuries. Kahlua enjoys Yoga, Pilates, travelling and cooking.
Ayla King – Reception
Ayla grew up in Tasmania and moved to Sydney to experience a busier lifestyle, with the ambition to start university. She has joined the team at Bend + Mend after working within various customer service and sales roles. She spends most of her free time supporting her partner at his football games or lazing about at one of Sydney’s spectacular beaches. Ayla has a passion for the health industry and wants to become a cosmetic nurse.
Lina Wang – Reception
Lina is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and Science Degree while working at our Darling Park clinic part-time on reception. She loves to travel and will head off on adventures whenever there is an opportunity. Lina is a creative person and enjoys making things from cakes to dresses! When she is not immersed in her creative projects you will most likely find her on a beach, soaking up the sun and catching waves.
Alexandra Broad – Reception
Alex spent most of her childhood in Melbourne but has lived in Sydney for the past 6 years. Now she is in the process of completing a Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. In her spare time, Alex enjoys exploring NSW on mini road-trips, working on her fitness and helping run her university’s Business Society. She works part-time at our Bend + Mend Darling Park clinic.