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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.

James Pearce – Physiotherapist
James Pearce is a St Edmund’s College old boy who completed a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the
Australian National University in 2010. He then went on to receive his post-graduate qualification in physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne.

James has a particular interest in basketball, gridiron and rugby union, and especially enjoys treating lower limb pathologies. James has worked with the ACT Brumbies Junior Rugby Union Academy, Canberra Grammar Rugby Union teams, Indigenous U20s Rugby Union Team and the Woden Valley Gladiators Gridiron team. James is hoping to continue further postgraduate study in 2016.

Harj Singh – Physiotherapist
Harj Singh is originally from Canberra and graduated with first class honours from the University of Sydney in 2015. Harj has a keen interest in the management of sporting injuries as he is a former player for the Australian Mens European Handball team and ACT cricket. Harj is also currently working academically to publish his thesis in the British Medical journal

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.