Meet Our Physiotherapists
Dave Berg – Physiotherapist
Dave Berg is the founder of Berg Physiotherapy and a director of Movehappy Healthcare.
Dave graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 with Distinction. He returned to work in Canberra in 1997 and after working in a number of practices established Berg Physiotherapy in April 2002.
In 2007 Dave completed his Masters in Manual Therapy through the University of Western Australia, where he was awarded the class medal. Dave has also completed numerous other postgraduate courses including his level three APA Sports Physiotherapy qualification.
Dave has a particular interest in the treatment of pelvic pain and real time ultrasound for muscle retraining. Dave has been the contracted physiotherapy provider for the AFP Police College in Barton since 2006. He has provided medical coverage over the years to Tuggeranong Rugby Union, East’s Rugby Union, St Edmund’s and Marist College Rugby Union, and Eastlake Football Club.
Ben Martin – Physiotherapist
Ben spent 9 years in the fitness industry before graduating from UC with a Bachelor of Physio.
During this time, he learnt the value of increasing a person’s physical capacity, and empowering them with the knowledge to preserve and increase it.
As a former swimmer, he understands the demands of elite training, competition schedules, and how frustrating injuries can be. He is particularly passionate about assisting athletes to break into the ranks of the elite.
As a physio, Ben’s goal is to return people to maximal function post-injury, and reduce their risk of recurrence through body awareness and reduction of imbalances.
Nia Southwell – Physiotherapist
Nia Southwell graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and went on to complete her APA Level 1 Sports Physiotherapy qualification. She has represented ACT in both touch football and soccer and is currently a Pilates instructor and referee for the W-League.
With this background Nia has a keen interest in sporting injuries and rehabilitation at both grassroots and elite levels. Her Pilates has also sparked an interest in low back pain and pregnancy related issues.
Ryan Cunningham – Physiotherapist
Ryan Cunningham completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Ryan enjoys sports physiotherapy, and has worked with the CBR Brave Australian Ice Hockey League team, and the Belconnen Blue Devils National Premier League football team in their 2016 seasons. He prides himself on using evidence based practice and is passionate about professional development and has used courses such as the Mulligan Concept and GEMT trigger point dry needling to assist in developing his skills. Outside of work, Ryan is a retired rugby union player, but continues to take health and fitness seriously. In his spare time, you can find him in the gym, or walking his two energetic dogs.
Hannah Martin – Physiotherapist
Hannah undertook a Bachelor of Sports Coaching and Exercise Science before completing her Master of Physiotherapy at University of Canberra where she placed top 5 in her year for musculoskeletal practice.
Hannah has played and coached high level basketball, sports trained for the Canberra United Academy and Belconnen United Football squads and worked in the fitness industry for 5 years so understands the importance of conditioning post injury for a strong return to sport or activity. Through this work she has also developed a focus in the adolescent and geriatric populations and can’t wait to use her knowledge to help all her clients become the best functioning versions of themselves.
Jacob O’Brien – Physiotherapist
Jacob O’Brien is a Canberra man at heart studying at Marist College before moving to Melbourne to study Physiotherapy. He graduated from Monash University in 2017 with First Class Honours and has since moved back to his home town to join the Movehappy team. Throughout school and University, Jacob has been a keen basketball and AFL player and has also been involved in sports training for both these codes.
Jacob has a great interest in musculoskeletal physio, manual therapy and dry needling, and what he has to offer people of all ages to get his clients moving happy!
Hamish van der Hoek – Physiotherapist
Hamish van der Hoek completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. Hamish came to physiotherapy later in life, having started off as a civil engineer and has not looked back since. Hamish has a particular interest in lower back pain and having suffered from it in the past, understands how debilitating it can be. Hamish has found that hydrotherapy can often complement in clinic treatment well for a variety of conditions and will happily customise a program for you. Having previously coached tennis for 15 years, Hamish understands both the mental and physical components required for an athlete or weekend warrior to perform at their best. Outside of work, Hamish enjoys playing tennis, rock climbing and hanging out at a beach whenever possible.