A Bit About Dave
Dave is a husband to beautiful wife Jess, and father to baby daughter Hazel and Ruby the Kelpie. The three girls are always running amuck and keeping him on his toes.
Sports and Hobbies
The Great Outdoors
Dave loves all things fishing, camping and the outdoors. With the modern busy lifestyle we lead, most fishing trips are a local affair, usually in Dave’s small boat in the rivers or lake. When time and weather permit, Dave loves a back-to-basics adventure and has been known to disappear to the hills solo for days at a time exploring our beautiful outdoors.
Dave loves working with his hands and he is bloody good at it! If Dave’s not working, he’s fishing, or thinking about fishing, or handcrafting timber fishing lures. Dave’s lifelong passion for fishing has more recently extended to building fishing lures for his own use and for sale, providing an even deeper connection to the process of lure fishing. He has been known to craft tables, bowls and now toys for Hazel.
Dave’s Past Sporting Achievements
Dave was a 100-200m sprinter and hurdler as a teenager, as well as being fairly handy with the jumping events too. In his 20’s, Dave explored the world of cycling, and triathlon, ultimately competing in several cycling road races, 5x 70.3 triathlons, and an Ironman triathlon in Busselton, W.A. Eventually this became a pursuit of trails, pushing himself to complete several trail running events, including the charity run/walk of 100km Oxfam event with colleague and mate Tom Russel.
These days Dave’s fitness exploits are tailored to preparing for the next hike/kayak adventure, and staying healthy for his family.
Dave graduated from Newcastle University in 2012. From there he worked in the hospital system for 18 months, followed by 3 years in private practice before starting at Next Gen when the doors opened in 2015. Dave enjoys the variety of issues that present to Next Gen Physio, rather than narrowly focusing on a particular region of the body. Dave loves treating athletes and non-athletes alike, particularly if someone is passionate about their hobby or sport.
Dave’s approach to physiotherapy means that the whole body will be considered in the activities you do, and the way you move. Dave is a good listener, thorough with assessment, and consequently gets to the root of your issue/s, not simply ’fixing” the symptomatic area. Dave enjoys looking at the big picture of what is important to the patient, and solutions to get the client better/back to comfort & doing what they love.
Assessment with Dave will usually include a combination of tools such as Selective Functional Movement Assessment to screen how your body moves. Dave also uses our Axit System from Strength by Numbers, a system that allows our Physiotherapists to test overall strength in movements, compare your symmetry of strength, and see how strength matches up with the expected ‘normative data’.
As with all Physio’s at Next Gen Physio, Dave can refer you for most scans such as Xray, Ultrasound, MRI, though sometimes this is best done through a specialist for expert interpretation.
While we aren’t experts in mental health, Dave will make sure you are heard, and help give you realistic expectations and motivation to keep striving to get better.
Dave is skilled and experienced with dry needling, having completed all three of the GEMT dry needling courses and many clinical years of using the same. While Dave acknowledges that dry needling is a short-term symptom management strategy, needling is also an efficient way to confirm diagnosis, and also provide much needed relief before getting down to the long-term solutions. Dave is able to use strapping tape, prescribe & fit braces.