Restoring Positive Health - Albany WA

Exercise Physiologist

The Accredited Exercise Physiologists at South Coast Sports Medicine are an integral part of the Sports Medicine team, with extensive knowledge about the effects of exercise on the musculoskeletal system. Tertiary trained over at least 4 years, their understanding of exercise effects for individual patients and their chronic conditions is evidence-based and extensive.

They are able to prescribe a course of exercise for fitness, illnesses or rehabilitation. This includes treating medical conditions such as obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, depression, asthma and cardiovascular diseases. When appropriate, it should be possible for many patients to be progressed to, for example, external personal training or group fitness providers who lack the depth of knowledge and training in chronic conditions.

Working alongside doctors, physiotherapist, nutritionist and other allied health professionals they aim to have a whole body approach in treating and managing your symptoms.

The exercise approach taken by our Exercise Physiologists is based on the latest research, prescribing exercise programs based on biochemical movements, motor control, cardiovascular and metabolic principles. Our in-house rehabilitation gym is also available for casual use after having a EP appointment to continue your prescribed exercises. Many patients achieve successful outcomes with a home-based program, or a review of their existing exercise program.

John Toomey
Managing Director
Accredited Exercise Physiologist

MSc (HMES), BSc (HMES), Dip. Ed, ESSAM

John followed his Bachelor of Science with a Masters degree in Exercise Rehabilitation and a Diploma of Education. With over 15years experience in the health & fitness industry, including personal training, and facility management, he managed a successful exercise physiology business in Albany for 4 years before becoming part owner and manager of South Coast Sports Medicine.

John has special interests in posture and core strength, rehabilitation of chronic and overuse injuries, sport-specific biomechanical assessment and corrective exercise. He is a Level 1 Corrective Exercise Specialist, and in 2016 he was contracted by the Great Southern Sporting Talent Association to manage biomechanical issues and reduce risk of injury in young athletes. In his spare time he lectures in Health and Fitness, is an active member and committee member of several local sporting clubs and spends time being active outdoors with his young family.

John is a former professional-licensed triathlete and elite orienteer and has extensive experience in running, mountain biking, road cycling, surf lifesaving, paddling and adventure racing. Currently an active orienteering coach and triathlon coach, John has previously gained coaching qualifications in volleyball, badminton and hockey.

Natalie Bennison
Accredited Exercise Physiologist

BClinExPhysiology, ESSAM

Nat completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Queensland University of Technology, before moving in Albany at the start of 2017 to start work at South Coast Sports Medicine. Whilst studying in Brisbane she undertook extensive practicum experience with with cardiac and pulmonary conditions, clinical Pilates and spinal cord and brain injuries. She also completed course in matwork and equipment pilates.

Nat received the Vice Chancellors Elite Athlete Scholarship in 2011, competing as an elite gymnast at state, national and international level for 16years. This also lead her to become an intermediate gymnastics coach, working with children from early childhood development to competitive gymnastics.

Health Fund Rebates

Depending on what level of cover you have, you may receive a rebate from your health fund. We are able to help you access your rebate automatically through our electronic rebate facilities, which connect directly to your health fund, when you settle the account.

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