Stephen Cunningham

Stephen Cunningham is the practice principal, and has been a physiotherapist for nearly 20 years. Steve took over Nepean Physiotherapy Centre in 1998 and has been proudly providing a fantastic personal service to the people of Penrith and surrounding areas since that time.

Stephen Cunningham

Michiel van Straten

Michiel has been practicing as a physiotherapist for over 14 years.  After training in the Netherlands, Michiel travelled the world extensively and found a new home in Australia.  Michiel and his wife migrated to Australia with their greatly loved pets  and have settled in the Upper Blue Mountains.  Michiel and Sam fully enjoy all that Australia has to offer.  He likes biking, running, playing tennis, watching sports and being outdoors. They particularly enjoy the endless beautiful beaches, abundance of wildlife and the Blue Mountains.  Michiel is a Senior Physiotherapist in our team.

 

 

Michiel van Straten

Stephanie Holroyd

Stephanie Holroyd is an experienced physiotherapist who enjoys working in a team environment.  With strong interests in Paediatrics and Sports Physiotherapy, her skills are particularly valuable to our junior athletes.

Stephanie Holroyd

Dale Rolfe

As a former representative soccer player, Dale Rolfe understands well the passion our athletes have for their sport and the frustrations of time off the field.  Dale has degrees in both Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science and is a vital member of our team.

Dale Rolfe

Elisabeth Barrass

Elisabeth is a passionate physiotherapist – just ask her about the swag of awards she won while studying physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.  Elisabeth is determined to ensure that her patients achieve the very best outcomes and will work hard with each individual to ensure that is what happens.

Elisabeth Barrass

Our People

Stephen Cunningham

Stephen Cunningham is the practice principal, and has been a physiotherapist for over 12 years. Steve took over Nepean Physiotherapy Centre in 1998 and has been proudly providing a fantastic personal service to the people of Penrith and surrounding areas since that time.

Steve has a close association with NSW Touch Football Association and the Australian Touch Football Association and has travelled extensively both nationally and internationally with elite teams. However, Steve prides himself on treating every one of his patients with the same level of care and attention and many people have benefitted from his superior diagnostic and injury management ability.

When he is not working Steve enjoys spending time with his family, which now includes four young sons. He has been an elite athlete, with his athletic achievements including a five time Hawaiian Ironman finisher and a seven time Australian Ironman finisher, including a third place in 1988.

Steve contines to compete in various sports. You will generally find him every Sunday, all year round enjoying an ocean swim.

Michiel Van Straten

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Michiel graduated as a Physiotherapist at the end of 1999 in the Netherlands (Utrecht).  Since graduating he has spent 16 years managing musculoskeletal injuries in a private practice environment.  As a student Michiel worked as a personal trainer. His  hobbies include going to the gym, playing squash and also tennis

Michiel has continued to undertake post-graduate continuing education.  Most recently he completed the Kinesio Taping course (frequently used in professional sports).  He is interested in manual therapy and has recently studied novel mobilisation techniques which allow the therapist to restore early pain free range of motion.

After travelling to Australia in 2001, he and his wife decided to migrate.  Michiel is a registered Physiotherapist in the Netherlands and Australia and is a senior member of the team at Nepean Physiotherapy Centre.

Stephanie Holroyd

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Steff joined our team in 2012. Steff studied at Newcastle University and has clinical experience ranging from Paediatrics at Sydney Children’s hosptial to Geriatric care.  Steff has worked for the Newcastle Jets A-league Soccer team and Sports trained for the Newcastle All City AFL Club and Dudley Redhead FC Soccer Club.  She recently supported Australia in the Touch Footfall Trans Tasman championships.

Steff believes that optimal management of musculoskeletal injuries is achieved with quality manual therapy, patient education and specific rehabilitation tailored to her patients needs.

Steff enjoys playing Touch football, Oz-tag, Tennis and going to the gym.

Steff has completed her McKenzie level 1 Accreditation and her APA Sports Level 1.  She a member of the APA Paediatric Physiotherapy Group, and has completed a number of courses in Paediatric Physiotherapy.

 

Elisabeth Barrass

IMG_7493A graduate of Sydney University, Elisabeth joined our team in 2013.  During her time at University, Elisabeth was the recipient of multiple awards and dinstinctions, including academic scholarships and Australian Rotary Health organisation scholarships in her 2nd, 3rd and 4th years.

Elisabeth has a diverse range of experience including Women’s Premier League soccer physiotherapist, aged care rehabilitation, chest physiotherapy, and casting. Elisabeth is committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for each patient she sees by basing each individualluy tailored treatment on research evidence as well as clear and concise goals.

Elisabeth is committed to giving back to the community and is currently engaged in tuition of indigenous students in musculoskeletal subjects at the University of Sydney.

 

Dale Rolfe

IMG_7499Dale joined the team in 2013. Dale has graduated with distinction from the University Of Sydney, completing degrees in both Physiotherapy and Exercise & Sport Science. Dale was an outstanding student receiving two scholarships in his final years, allowing him to study abroad in Nepal where he participated in a Community Based Physiotherapy program.

Dale has had extensive experience with Soccer, AFL and Rugby League teams over the years. His previous experience included working with Parramatta Eels Toyota Cup team and he is currently the club Physiotherapist for Wentworthville Magpies Rugby League Club.

Being a former representative soccer player, he has a particular interest in sports related injuries and an exceptional outlook upon the injury process and prognosis for patients.

 

Kathryn, Kelly, Vivian and Natasha

These amazing women are our brilliant support team. They all work very hard to ensure that our patients enjoy a great experience from the moment they pick up the phone to make an appointment.