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 is one of Newcastle youngest Physiotherapy practice owners and brings an unrivalled passion and skill for physiotherapy. Tom is focused on long-term outcomes for his patients and although he works with all injured and patients in pain, he has a specific focus on athletes and office workers.

Fun Fact: Tom grew up in Tamworth and moved to Newcastle at the age of 16 to attend Hunter Sports High School for soccer. Unfortunately he had some pretty significant knee injuries – hence the move into a physiotherapy career!

Michael Cox


Michael is a sporty guy who loves being active. He enjoys problem solving and taking away your pain. He is very competitive on and off the field, especially as a physio. He has worked with a number of local sporting teams and this year is the club physio for the Weston Bears in the National Premier League.

Fun Fact: As a result of an unfortunate tennis accident as a child, Michael now can only breathe out one nostril, and physically cannot snore.

Dave Kimber


Dave is super smiley and an experienced practitioner with a wealth knowledge who had joined us from a busy practice in Maitland. Dave is an Ironman competitor and although he specialises in working with endurance athletes he is equally at home treating all patients with pain, injury or tightness.

Fun Fact: When Dave graduated from University, he spent 90% of his pay on fishing equipment! Yeah .. he loves to fish!

Luke O’Donnell


We consider Luke a holistic massage therapist. His remedial massage skills are fantastic but his knowledge about general well-being and the advice he provides to his patients about this is rare to find. If you think Luke looks familiar you might recognise him from his “Lifestyle Tips” which appear weekly on our social media pages (every Wednesday).

Fun Fact: Luke is the proud owner of two sausage dogs and cherishes them with all his being!

Luke O'Donnell

Adam Rippon


Adam is the most committed massage therapist you’ll every come across and is ALWAYS learning. He is a very keen surfer and has a holistic approach to massage that focuses on overall wellbeing. Adam is excellent with myofascial techniques, trigger point therapy and getting to the root cause of your concern. He will spend the time to make sure your massage is worthwhile and memorable!

Fun Fact: Adam is part of a two-piece band called RedCity!

Erin Butler


Currently studying social work at the University of Newcastle, Erin genuinely cares for her patients and believes massage is more than just a physical release but can also optimal for mental health. Erin specialises in pregnancy massage.

Fun Fact: Erin’s favourite holiday destination is the UK!

April Gialouris


April is our full-time receptionist. She is bright and bubbly and her contagious smile makes our days go fast! Chances are if you call the clinic, April will be the one to help you out. April is dedicated and hard working and an amazing member of our team!

Fun Fact: April loves to play rugby, soccer and netball in her spare time! She’s pretty damn good at all of them as well just quietly!

Caitlin Sheather


If you hear laughter coming from the clinic you can guarantee Caitlin has something to do with it, her laughter and bubbly personality is infectious. She is studying exercise and sport science at the University of Newcastle and is pretty damm good at it. Her dedication and hard work are to asset the Next-Gen team, the clinic wouldn’t be the same without her!

Fun Fact: Caitlin is a weapon in the pool, representing Newcastle in the national championships for water polo and being a state champion for swimming. When caitlin isn’t in the pool she’s off climbing mountains her lasted achievement being the Indian Nose in Guatemala.

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Suite 4, Level 1
76 Park Avenue
Kotara 2289
Open 7am – 7pm

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