The STC Team

Sportstec Clinic offers a broad range of services in Canberra, including Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation, Pilates, Nutrition, Massage and Hydrotherapy, and our team is made up of experienced and dedicated practitioners. 




Master of Sports Physiotherapy
Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy

Master of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology)
Graduate Certificate in Human Movement

Sarah’s special interests include the biomechanics of sports related injuries (particularly football injuries), high-level rehabilitation and dry needling. As former ACTAS and Canberra Eclipse soccer player herself, Sarah has worked for a multitude of high level football teams including, the Young Matildas, the ACTAS men’s and women’s squads, Canberra United Academythe Capital Futsal men’s and women’s squads and several other Canberra premier league teams. 

Sarah has been working as the physiotherapist for the Australian Goalball teams since 2013, unfortunately the women’s team narrowly missed out on qualification for Rio 2016.  In the coming months, the team will re-focus and start planning for the Paralympic games in Tokyo 2020.  

Just to stay extra busy, Sarah is has also worked for the CBR Brave Ice Hockey TeamCanberra Roller Derby League and the Varsity Roller Derby League In 2017 Sarah completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and received the title of an APA Sports Physiotherapist.


MELISA YE physio

Master of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Coaching Science
Graduate Certificate in Human Movement

Melisa has a keen interest in pain management and is currently developing her skills further with University of Sydney in the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) program. She enjoys working closely with patients suffering from long-term back conditions and complex injuries post motor vehicle accidents, with focus on return to full function in daily activities.

With her Occupational Health expertise, Mel is skilled at pre-employment screenings, workplace assessments and ergonomics setups. This enables her to develop appropriate return-to-work rehabilitation for patients suffering from workplace related injuries.

Having completed degrees in Coaching Science and Human Movement, Mel has extensive knowledge of biomechanical analysis as well as exercise prescription to optimise sports performance. She is also a FFA ‘C’ licence coach and has been involved with local footballing clubs, Coerver football academy and also Canberra United Academy squads in the past 10 years. This experience has provided Mel with the footballing knowledge crucial for football-specific rehabilitation of high performance players.

Mel also oversees the aquatic physiotherapy (hydrotherapy) program for STC, which is individually tailored to increase mobility and strength post acute injuries and surgery.



Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Advanced Diploma of Dance
APMA Qualified Pilates instructor
Cert III & IV in Fitness

Oliver has special interests in dance rehabilitation, chronic pain management, paediatric physiotherapy and neurological physiotherapy. He comes to physiotherapy from a strong dance background, beginning ballet at six and going on to dance with both the Australian Ballet and West Australian Ballet Companies before retiring due to injury. Oliver is passionate about dance and applying the tools for strength training and rehabilitation he gained from his dance career to assist other dancers.

To meet the demands of ballet Oliver began practising Pilates to strengthen and rehabilitate and went on to become a qualified Pilates Instructor through the Australian Pilates Method Association and ran his own Pilates business. Oliver integrates his knowledge and experience to provide a holistic treatment plan for clients.

Oliver’s enthusiasm for the arts has led him to develop a health promotion project aimed at the reduction of dance injuries, provide physiotherapy services to the leading Ballet school of Athens (KSOT), and train teachers at the Royal Academy of Dance on injury prevention.

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Ben Mortimer

Masters of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science

Ben graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra in 2013 and has been in private practice ever since. Prior to this Ben had completed a Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science through the University of Western Sydney in 2009. Ben is also currently studying his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through the University of Queensland.

Over the past couple of years Ben has been involved with a number of sporting teams including Ainslie and Eastlake NEAFL teams, ACT State and National Oztag Representative teams and ACT Brumbies Schoolboys.

Ben has a passion for all types of physiotherapy including musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, work health and safety, chronic disease management and pre and post surgical rehabilitation.

Kylie Murray  

Kylie Murray physio dancerMasters of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Dance
APPI Qualified Pilates instructor

Kylie has special interests in dance rehabilitation, pre pointe preparation, acute sporting injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, balance and mobility improvements, and strength and conditioning work with particular interest in dance, ballet, pilates and football injuries.

She comes to physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) Dance at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). She began her ballet at the age of four and went on to work and train with many Australian independent contemporary dance artists and dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, TasDance, and local dance and arial company -JAAD. After retiring due to repetitive injury she now enjoys social ballroom, latin and ballet classes. Her passion for injury prevention, particularly in young and experienced athletes and dancers is what lead her to a carrier in Physiotherapy with particular focus on clinical pilates. She has completed her pilates training with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute. Kylie also works closely with a local Canberra AFL team.

nicole cullen

Nicole Cullen exercise physiologist Kingston Canberra

Graduate Certificate in Human Movement Science 
Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport and Exercise Science)

Nicole is enthusiastic and passionate about using exercise as medicine to improve quality of life, recover from injuries and achieve optimal levels of health and well-being for her clients. Having worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for a number of years in Return-to-Work Rehabilitation and Chronic Disease Management, Nicole strives to be an effective educator, keen motivator and skilled practitioner in assisting her clientele reach their goals in health and recovery. 
Nicole completed her Bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Science at UWS in 2009 where she went on to work as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in multidisciplinary clinics across Sydney before moving to the Southern Highlands in 2012 to manage an exercise health clinic. She recently moved to Canberra to commence her study of a Masters’ degree in Physiotherapy and hopes to combine this with her exercise physiology background to further her clinical expertise. 
She has always had a keen interest in musculoskeletal injury rehabilitation throughout and is experienced in return-to-work rehabilitation, falls prevention & reconditioning, sporting injury management and orthopaedic recovery. She has experience in sports coaching and training, and currently works as a Sports Trainer for Ainslie Football Club and various local soccer teams.  
Nicole has been a passionate netballer from a young age, competing at a representative level and more recently taking on coaching roles throughout the junior levels, and in her spare time she also enjoys Oz-tag and Triathlon.

Casey Abblitt


casey abblitt

APA titled Sports Physiotherapist 2015
Master of Sports Physiotherapy 2015
Post Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy 2013
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (honours) 2006

Casey graduated with honours from La Trobe University in 2006 and has worked in private practice, developmental and elite sports since.  While working in Melbourne, Casey was involved in the Youth Commonwealth Games, Commonwealth Games and Pacific School Games and worked as team physiotherapist across a number of sporting codes including soccer for the Victorian Institute of Sport and Football Federation Victoria National Training Centre.  She also worked as physiotherapist for Tasmanian National netball teams.

In 2014, Casey moved to Canberra for a position working with the Basketball Australia and Netball Australia Centre of Excellence programs at the Australian Institute of Sport.  During this time, she was also lucky enough to work with a variety of other National Sporting Organisations such as gymnastics, water polo, athletics and volleyball.

Since leaving the AIS, Casey has travelled internationally with Netball Australia and Volleyball Australia, worked with a variety of snow sports injuries at Thredbo and been a sports physiotherapist at the 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games.  She continues to contract with Basketball Australia and worked for the NBA at the recent 2017 NBA Academy Games. 

Continuing her interest in the high-performance arena, Casey currently works with Canberra Gunners in basketball and Canberra Cavalry in baseball.  She is also looking forward to the upcoming 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games where she will be working as a National team physiotherapist.

James pearce


james pearce physio

James Pearce completed a Bachelor of Medical Science degree at the Australian National University in 2010. He then went on to receive his post-graduate qualification in physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne and recently completed his Masters of Physiotherapy in Sports through the University of Queensland. James has been working in private practice for the past four years and has a particular interest in hip, knee and ankle injuries. He enjoys using a combination of manual therapy, dry needling and exercise rehabilitation to help his clients reach their goals.

James is an avid sports fan and has a particular interest in basketball, soccer and rugby union. He has spent time working with the ACT Brumbies Junior Rugby Union Academy, ACT OzTag, National Indigenous U23 Rugby Union Team and the Woden Valley Gladiators Gridiron Team. He has also spent time working with elite athletes during his time at the Queensland Sports Medicine Centre and overseas at New York Sports Medicine.  



Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy
Certificate IV in Massage Therapy
Diploma in Eastern Massage Therapy (Shiatsu & Tui Na)
Certificate in Thai Massage

Benedict is an experienced Massage Therapist with training in Remedial Massage, Sports massage, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Cupping, Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Thai Massage modalities.

He has explored many different styles of both massage and body movement practices with a keen interest in body structural balance and corresponding mental wellness – which go hand in hand. Current training passions are Aikido and Acro Yoga.

Starting a committed practice in Sydney in 2009, he then moved to Canberra to continue his practice from 2010 where he worked with an international triathlete team (coached by Darren Smith) for 6 months whilst they trained here in Canberra, learning much from their changing massage requirements with guidance from their Physiotherapist. A number of these athletes competed in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Benedict has also massaged as part of Physio treatments at Yass Wellness Centre during 2013. This furthered his experience in a variety of conditions such as pre and post surgery treatment.

Age care is another area Benedict enjoys working in and has been at Horton House retirement home since 2012 with a particular focus of mobility improvement and pain management.

Ester Kim

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioner Ester Kim

Bachelor of Health Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Certificate in Traditional Chinese Medicine
Certified Physiotherapy Aid

Ester been practicing acupuncture for over 6 years. The style of acupuncture she performs originates from Japan called, meridian therapy. One of the benefits of this style of acupuncture is that it is relatively painless, delivering a comfortable and effective way to treat people with aches and pains without the painful side effects.

Being a doctor of traditional medicine that also prescribes eastern herbal medicines, but also has an extensive knowledge and prescribes western herbal medicine. She performed her internship in Beijing hospital but has been in Sydney since working in both physio and acupuncture clinics.

She specialises in female infertility, IVF support, autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue, acute and chronic muscular pain, inflammatory conditions such as IBS as well as general health issues and stress.

Merging current scientific medical trends with rooted in traditional techniques enables her to deliver highly effective patient specific treatments.

Elizabeth anne brown

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)

Elizabeth’s areas of interest include non diet approach to weight management, diabetes, sports nutrition, allergies and intolerances and bariatrics. Her belief is that food is something to be enjoyed mindfully and will help you work one on one to reach your individual goals. Outside of work she enjoys playing hockey, exploring the countryside and is forever on the quest to poach the perfect egg. 



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Kittani joined the STC team in 2015 as a receptionist and is currently studying Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra. Kittani is interested in chronic pain management and enjoys the opportunity to learn from the other staff at STC.

In her down time Kittani enjoys gymnastics, riding motorcycles and fitness.


Aniko receptionistAniko has joined STC whilst completing her studies in Biomedical Science. She has a keen interest in genetic screening and immunology which she hopes to pursue in research once completing her studies. Aniko has a friendly nature which is utilised well to warmly welcome patients and make them comfortable. 

Outside of work and studies, she spends her time playing soccer, futsal and has also taken up AFL this year with the Eastlake Demons.


Carmen receptionist sportstec clinic physio kingstonCarmen has over 12 years of experience working in the Health and Fitness Industry and Medical Centre in various positions; reception, sales, administration, payroll, 2IC and management.

Carmen strives for attention to detail and providing exceptional customer service with a smile.

In Carmen’s spare time she enjoys spending time with family, friends and 3 dogs. She has a special interests in makeup and beauty therapies and graduated from CMA in 2014.