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Diagnosing and managing musculoskeletal problems can be difficult. At Elite Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic our patients come first. We have a team of qualified, highly skilled, and experienced care providers who always has our patients’ best interests and wellbeing at heart. Meet the faces that are running our Physiotherapy Clinic, and schedule an appointment today.

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Director/Sports Physiotherapist

Joshua Tidswell

BPhysio. MSportsPhysio.

As one of Darwin's most experienced Sports Physiotherapists, Josh is highly respected in the Darwin community, having built strong relationships with a range of healthcare professionals, sporting organisations, coaches and local businesses.

Graduate in 2006 and completed Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 2012.

Former Physio for North Melbourne Football Club.

Former Head Physio for NT Football Club (Thunder) in NEAFL.

Special interests in diagnosis and treatment of shoulders, knees and backs.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Laura Boucher

        BExSc. MPhty.

Laura grew up in Darwin before heading to Griffith University to study degrees in Exercise Science and Physiotherapy.

She has since gone on to complete further studies in Women's Health, now being able to provide this much needed service to Darwin women.

She is a DMA Clinical Pilates Instructor with experience in Clinical Pilates, hydrotherapy and post operative rehabilitation. Laura has also worked with numerous sporting teams including Southport Sharks (QAFL), Gold Coast Blaze (NBL) and Eltham Football Club (NFLV). She has a deep skill set of manual therapies and interests in gymnastics, dancers and posture related pathologies.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Nicholas Kontzionis

         BESS. MPhty.

Nicholas is born and raised in Darwin where he completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Charles Darwin University (CDU) before moving to Sydney to further his education to study a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

Nicholas has been an active member of Darwin's soccer community from a young age as a player, coach and mentor.

He has special interests in lower limb related injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Hanette Lemke


Hanette is an experienced physiotherapist with many years of private practice, treating a wide range of sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. After completing a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy, she furthered her skills with a Masters of Sport Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).

Hanette has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of running and cycling injuries as well as assisting athletes to maximise their sporting performance. She also has a keen interest in the management of headaches and exploring the role and importance of correct postural biomechanics.

Hanette enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family; camping, hiking, running and cycling.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Nicholas Flood


After graduating from the University of South Australia in 2013, Nick worked in private practice in Adelaide treating athletes from the SAAFL, SANFL, SA Premier League and the South Australian Institute of Sport.

He has also spent numerous Australian summers working in the Japanese ski fields of Niseko and Nozawa-Onsen.

Nick is currently studying his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through the University of Queensland.

He has a particular interest in acute sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.

When not working Nick enjoys reading, hiking and playing beach volleyball.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Kaiden Coats


Growing up in the Riverland, Kaiden completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2020 at the University of South Australia.

As a state basketballer, he is all too familiar with injuries. Sport was a big part of Kaiden’s upbringing in the country and ultimately the driver in his decision to become a physiotherapist. 

Kaiden has special interest in sports injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and general musculoskeletal pain. While past experience in community aged care has helped Kaiden's knowledge and skills in age-related conditions including falls/balance, osteoarthritis, and neurological conditions. 

Kaiden is keen to engage with local sporting teams and exercise groups, then make the most of his weekends exploring the Top End and hopefully landing a barra or two. 

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Alek Robertson


Alek studied a bachelor of exercise and sports science in Ballarat before moving to Adelaide to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy at Flinders University in 2022. 

Alek has worked in the private sector for insurance and work related injuries. He joins the Elite team to follow his passion for Sports Physiotherapy. 

Alek has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation with a big focus on return to sport and return to work.

Outside of the clinic, you’ll find Alek in the gym, on the football field (AFL) or in the boxing ring. This is Alek’s second time in the Territory and he can’t wait to explore the NT outdoors.

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Senior Physiotherapist

Lauren Barnes

BSc.(ExSc). MPhty.

After completing high school in Darwin, Lauren moved to Brisbane where she graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in 2015. Since then she has gained valuable experience across a number of fields including musculoskeletal and acute inpatient and orthopaedic rehab. Lauren has also spent 2 years in London where she worked in some of the UK's largest hospitals. Lauren has played competitive basketball for many years and is still largely involved in the Darwin basketball community. She enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries and has an interest in Pilates.

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Deqlhan Files


Deqlhan completed his Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy at Flinders University. He made the decision to move to Darwin after completing a placement here and loving it.

Deqlhan has particular interests in treating acute sports injuries, lower limb injuries, and back conditions. Through personal sports  injuries, including an ACL reconstruction, he has developed a deep appreciation for the commitment and discipline required during the rehab journey.

When not in the clinic you’ll find Deqlhan on the golf course, in the gym, or running along the Nightcliff foreshore. He has a keen interest in all sports and is looking forward to opportunities to work and travel with various sporting teams.

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