Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Meet our amazing family of friendly, fully qualified therapists and administration.  Next-Gen treat all patients and staff with the same family friendliness.  Come on in and say hello!

Tom Russell


Tom grew up in Tamworth and moved to Newcastle to play soccer at Hunter Sports High. Following some knee injuries he pursued a career in physio and became one of Newcastle’s youngest clinic owners at age 23.

WORK: Unrivalled passion and vitality for all things physio. Is known for seeing local soccer players in Newcastle but is equally at home treating mums with bubs, tradies, grandparents and all patients in between.

PLAY: Loves to have a good time, make his friends and family laugh and has recently started CrossFit as a fitness endeavor (look out!)

Michael Cox


Mikka is a Newcastle boy through and through, a Knights and Jets tragic. He’s from a family full of doctors, nurses and physios, so a passion for looking after the health of others is in his blood.

WORK: Having worked at a practice in Maitland for 2-3 years Michael got experience working with kids through to adults, weekend warriors through to athletes, and has experience with all sorts of weird and wacky injuries. He has 6 years of experience working with high level local Rugby, Cricket and for the most part, State League Football sides (Up the Weston Bears!). Working at Next-Gen is hardly work at all when you love what you do and get to work with great people and great patients.

PLAY: Sports addict is putting it mildly. If you can win, he’s there. He will challenge you to a game of marbles if there is nothing else to play. Football is his second wife. Mikka loves spending time with friends and family, running and playing with his crazy dog Harvey.

Dave Kimber


 Health, outdoors, fitness, adventure. “Remember tomorrow” Has a history in track & field athletics, and more recently Ironman triathlon. Becoming increasingly spiritual. Trying to be a minimalist- yet still a hobbyist and collector of interesting footwear. Enjoys the challenge of a puzzle. Values the contribution I make in the community assisting people to be their best self.

WORK: 6th year of Physio: Has been @ Next-Gen since the beginning of 2017, after 3 years of private practice work, and 18months in the hospital system. Loves treating athletes, and non- athletes alike: particularly with endurance sports such as trail running, triathlon, adventure racing.

PLAY: Adventures with Jess. Running, fishing, hiking, camping, Dog Ruby. House renos.

Steve Lamond


Steve grew up outside a town by the name of Kyogle. He moved to Newcastle in 2007 to study P.E. teaching and play rugby league. Following a stint in the north of England he returned to ‘Newy’ to re-train as a Physio. As a teacher and health advocate his driving force is a desire to help understand their body and be the best version of themselves.

WORK: As a teacher and a physio he has always prioritised the best interests of both his patients and students. With previous experience in private practice as well as with a variety of sports organisations, including professional clubs, state organisations and local rugby league and union teams. Steve is a strong believer that if you understand your problems then it is much easier to take the necessary steps towards self-management and recovery.

PLAY: Outside of work you might find Steven struggling through a yoga class or falling off his surfboard. He also enjoys strength training, playing any sport for fun, travelling and reading historical fiction.

Adam Casey


Adam is a happy-go-lucky guy who has been passionate about massage for many years. Born in the Upper Hunter he moved to Newcastle a decade ago and can’t think of anywhere he’d rather be. A bit of a self proclaimed geek, loves his pop culture but also is interested in the theatre. Despite having no children of his own, is a purveyor of dad jokes if given the opportunity, you have been warned!

Adam Rippon


Born and raised in Newcastle. Adam grew up in Redhead so naturally he has a love of the ocean and being outdoors. He went to Redhead Primary School and Whitebridge High School. Spending time with family and friends is important to him.

WORK: Adam took a gap year after school, then his passion for helping people lead him to Newcastle TAFE where he studied Diploma of Remedial Massage. Since then he has studied numerous different courses including Dry Needling and another Diploma in Myofascial Release. He has studied Yoga in Australia as well as abroad in India. Currently he has just begun his University degree at Newcastle studying Bachelor of Arts / Science with aims to get into Physiotherapy next year.

PLAY: Adam grew up surfing and that, to this day, still plays a large part in his life. He has sung since a young age too, he sings in a local Newcastle Groove / Psychedelic Rock band called Red City. Yoga, Mvmnt and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu also happily take up a lot of his time, he is constantly learning and is a self-confessed massive nerd

April Gialouris



ABOUT: April grew up Newcastle and spent most of her childhood at the beach so naturally she loves the sunshine and being outdoors.

WORK: April has been working as a receptionist at Next-Gen since 2016 and loves her Next-Gen family! Her passion for Sports and the outdoors lead her to studying a Degree in Exercise and Sports Science which she is loving! (most of the time).

PLAY: Lover of simple things, such as sunsets, warm summer days, drinks with friends and beautiful views. Absolutely loves to travel and hopes to one day explore every part of the world. (when she’s rich)

Sophie Prisk



ABOUT: Sophie grew up in the Hunter Valley, she has two younger sisters and a Weimaraner named Ksubi that she says is like her daughter. An avid online shopper, the postman knows her on a first name basis.

WORK:  With over 10 years experience in the administrative field it has always been Sophie’s goal to become a Practice Manager. A lover of all things structure and organisation, this role is the perfect fit looking after everyone and everything at the clinic. Sophie has even been given the nickname of Mum at Next-Gen.

PLAY: Loves everything about food; cooking it, eating it, watching tv shows about it. 

Kim Siggers



ABOUT: Animal lover, heavy lifter, meditation enthusiast. Born in Wollongong, but early on moved to and raised in Newcastle. Despite having family from all corners of the globe she believes Newcastle is one of the best places in the whole world. Married her English hubby (Liam) in April 2016 and living life to the fullest alongside 2 rescue greyhounds (or 80km/hr couch potatoes as they should be known) that take up all the space on the lounge.

WORK: Kim has been working as a Personal Trainer since 2015 and currently trains her clients at a PT studio in Cardiff. She loves the process of getting fit & strong to transform lives. Aside from her work, she is also studying to become a physiotherapist at the University of Newcastle and so obviously is super excited to be a part of the Next Gen family to learn from the best physio’s in the business!

PLAY: Been powerlifting since 2017 and in that time has completely fallen in love with the sport. Every day training to get bigger and stronger for more competing in the future! As well as lifting, Kim loves going to watch live music, travelling to new places and getting a good dose of Netflix in of an evening.

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