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Tom Russell

Tom Russell

Physiotherapist and Managing Director

 

A Bit About Tom

Tom is a loving husband to Danielle and father to Poppy. He also has a love affair with his two Miniature Dachshund boys, Taco and Chandler. Tom was born and bred in Tamworth, moving to Newcastle with his dad in Year 11 to pursue a football career, attending Hunter Sports High.

 

Sport

Growing Up

Tom’s greatest sporting achievement was making the NSW Schoolboys team in year 12. Unfortunately, two knee surgeries, a whole bunch of injury rehab and time at the physio led Tom to make the smart decision of “trying hard at school”. This seemed like the best back-up option to a sporting career which he now admits he wasn’t actually that good.

Today

Tom has dabbled in all forms of physical activity in his adult life from yoga to, CrossFit, to weight training and pretty much whatever else you could think of. More recently Tom has admitted that the exercise he truly enjoys is that of which is outside, prompting him to sell his car and ride his bike to work. This involves a pretty wild climb up Grandview first thing in the morning. He has in fact always been connected to the bush, nature and the outdoors which may surprise a lot of people that meet him. Some of his greatest memories as a child involved camping at the Warrumbungles National Park.

 

Physio

Opening Next Gen Physio

Tom started Next-Gen Physio when he was 23 years old and just 18 months after graduating from the University of Newcastle in 2012. Whether this was brave or naive we aren’t too sure! The clinic was originally located inside the now closed Fitness First at Kotara, and such an environment gave Tom a really good footing as a Physiotherapist

 

Career

Tom has always had a passion for helping people and has a special ability to relate to those of all backgrounds. He is a down to Earth Physio who loves the challenge of difficult presentations in the clinic that require deep thought and reasoning. Tom believes in exercise-based care, empowering patients to truly change their behaviours for better health and still sees hands on treatment as a core component of assisting with a patient’s discomfort. This is Toms 10th year working as a physiotherapist and he truly loves what he does.

 

Newcastle Knights

Tom’s original career goal when he was at university was to work with a professional sporting team. Tom had worked with the junior Newcastle Knights for two years prior to being promoted to the NRL staff, thus achieving his original goal that he had set out. While super capable, Tom really didn’t enjoy working with the NRL squad as much as he always thought he would. Yes it was fun and a great learning experience, but he came to the realisation that he much preferred working with the vast array of eclectic patients in the clinic, as well as spending more time with his colleagues at Next-Gen. Next-Gen has always been Toms primary passion and this experience further solidified his feelings.

 

Imaging

As with all Physio’s at Next Gen Physio, Tom can refer you for most scans such as Xray, Ultrasound, MRI, though sometimes this is best done through a specialist for expert interpretation.

 

Manual Therapy

Tom 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 Tom 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. Tom is able to use strapping tape, prescribe & fit braces.

Jasmina Zalovski
Jasmina Zalovski
2023-10-14
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Unpleasant staff member, made me sound like a horrible person.
Jack Young
Jack Young
2023-09-06
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Absolutely incredible physio. The whole team are super friendly and highly experienced. My first appointment was with Michael who greeted me with a warm welcome and was incredibly helpful. Can’t recommend this physio enough to anyone looking for an appointment.
Marcelo Villanueva
Marcelo Villanueva
2023-07-21
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These guys are so lovely, but also really professional and the level of expertise is amazing. Wouldn’t go anywhere else :)
Amber Moncrieff
Amber Moncrieff
2023-05-31
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Tom Russell has been a go to physio both personally and for our patients for a decade. We love his open and honest advice and his expertise in managing injuries and recovery. The whole team is so friendly and our patients always have great feedback after visiting them. Tom and his practice manager, Gabby visited us in our clinic today to help our team better understand the services he is providing to our patients and what really works to get them feeling great as quickly as possible after surgery. Much appreciated!
Robin A
Robin A
2023-04-21
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Excellent service. Gabby was super helpful while arranging my first appointment. Tom is a great physio who's knowledgeable, friendly and experienced. Would definitely recommend Next-Gen Physio. Thanks team!
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2023-03-11
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I met Tom and Gabby during my first appointment here, both were fantastic! Tom has a great manner and had no trouble getting to the bottom of my injury. I'm a big fan of the app they use because it overcomes the problem of forgetting exercises or how to do them properly
Dominic May
Dominic May
2023-02-15
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I’ve been visiting Next-Gen Physio for a few years now. I’ve always found the team to be knowledgeable and genuinely caring no matter which physiotherapist or therapist you visit.
Amelia Cox
Amelia Cox
2023-01-17
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Without a doubt the best physio I’ve ever seen! Super friendly, professional and reliable. I would recommend any of the team here! So much more than just a physio practice!
Rod Griffiths
Rod Griffiths
2023-01-17
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Excellent Physio! Helped with my post surgery recovery. Tom and Dave are very professional and friendly with their treatment. Highly recommend 👍
Austin Stamp
Austin Stamp
2023-01-17
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After suffering from back pain and muscle stiffness for a while due to a work related injury. I went in to see the guys at Next Gen and was referred to Adam for a remedial massage. After my first massage I immediately rebooked with him again, his knowledge about particular muscles and post massage exercises is great, and also how in-depth he goes with his massage definitely made me want to return again. I can’t recommend Next Gen Physio enough. Thanks guys!

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