You're Unique

Here at Unique, we treat you, rather than just a diagnosis or body part. Our motto is “What would you do?” It is a question we’ll ask. We need to know, if you are as fit as you could hope to be, what would you do? Your answer will become your goal. Our goal will then be - to customize a unique treatment and training plan for your whole body, so you can do what you want in the future.

This approach goes beyond the routines we’ve witnessed elsewhere. It’s why we call ourselves Unique. Here – it’s not just about understanding and treating the unique combination of reasons why you are not feeling 100% today. It’s about finding your true source of motivation, and working together on a unique plan for your whole body - so you can not just get out of pain, but go do what you really want. That’s why we work here.

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Our Unique Team

Meet our talented, friendly and expert team

Katy Luk photo Katy Luk

Practice Director and Physiotherapist

 

Katy has been practising physiotherapy for over 20 years. Her extensive clinical experience helps her tackle complex as well as acute musculoskeletal conditions, including post-operative rehabilitation and spinal rehabilitation of injuries such as whiplash. Katy also has interest in cervicogenic headache treatment and back/neck pain with nerve compromise treatment through expert use of traction techniques.

Katy also loves helping women with specific women’s health issues get back to enjoying life.

“Too many people are suffering in silence, believing the diagnosed condition has the final say on their physical capacities. The physical diagnosis is only part of the story – by understanding your conditions, knowing the do’s and don’ts, doing the right exercises at the right time, these will empower you to live a better life.“ – Katy L.

Peter Ali photo Peter Ali

Physiotherapist

 

Peter has a professional interest in gym-related injuries of the shoulder, back and knees. Peter completed a Master of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Sydney University. Peter is also a certified personal trainer and loves to impart his knowledge and expertise in strength and conditioning to anyone who is eager to learn.

Peter is a national-competing powerlifter, and due to his experience in strength training, has a special interest in gym-related injuries of the shoulder, back and knees. He was the sports trainer for the Goanna’s AFL team in Greystanes, delivering injury prevention strategies, such as taping and education, as well as providing first aid. Peter has a goal-orientated and holistic approach to his physiotherapy practice and is avid about treating each client as an individual.

Peter specializes in techniques such as dry needling and is a big believer in exercise and rehabilitation, especially for sports related injuries.

When Peter is not in the Bankstown practice, you can find him serving at an Arncliffe community centre. He is a mentor for youths and young adults and has had an ongoing leadership role at the Arncliffe community centre for the past 6 years and counting.

“I believe education is an important part of the process of empowering clients. You need to understand your injury and learn to manage it well.” – Peter A.

Eduarda Bota photo Eduarda Bota

Clinical Coordinator and Physiotherapist

 

Eduarda (or Duda) has a professional interest in musculoskeletal conditions, women’s health, post-operative rehabilitation and chronic pain.

Duda is our Clinical Coordinator and has been a Physiotherapist for the past 15 years. Eduarda’s vast qualifications include certificates in Manual Therapy, Mulligan, Maitland and Myofascial techniques in Portugal, Spain and Australia. She’s actively involved in the physio field, educating and running professional development workshops for physiotherapists. Her experience with FC Barcelona Football Club (Spain) has also driven her passion for manual therapy and sports rehabilitation.

Duda’s passion is working with spinal injuries, neck pain, back pain and headaches. She also has a special interest in women’s health, pregnancy and post-natal physiotherapy and is skilled in shockwave therapy.

Outside of work, she loves reading a good book, running and trying different types of gastronomic experiences.

“I work with my patients to help them make a positive change in their life. It’s my goal to help them and guide them in the treatment and management of injury and pain. I like to work side by side and help my patients achieving their goals, no matter their starting point.” – Eduarda B.

Joshua Nguyen photo Joshua Nguyen

Physiotherapist

 

Joshua has a professional interest in fitness, sports and orthopaedic rehabilitation. Joshua completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Western Sydney University in 2018 and has developed a passion for all things sport and fitness-related, with a particular focus in shoulders and knees. As a physiotherapist, Joshua is dedicated towards helping people achieve their goals & maximise their potential.

Joshua is a big advocate for including exercise with rehabilitation, with interests in post and pre-operative rehabilitation, sports injuries and work injury rehabilitation.

Joshua has experience working with several clubs in the National Premier League and has also represented Bankstown Sports as a touch football player in the Vawdon Cup. Outside of the clinic, you can find him playing basketball or training at the gym.

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you” – Joshua N.

Serena Lam photo Serena Lam

Physiotherapist

 

Serena completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of Sydney. She has a professional interest in exercise-based rehabilitation for musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. sports injuries, work-related injuries, arthritis and pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation), neurological conditions and chronic pain. She also has extensive experience working with NDIS clients.

Serena adopts an evidence-based approach towards her practice, using education in conjunction with manual therapy and exercise. In her clients’ rehabilitation and fitness programs, she emphasizes movement variability and adaptability through a combination of mobility work, clinical Pilates, strength training and sports-specific training. She empowers her clients with strategies to self-manage their condition, maximise their movement potential and work towards attaining meaningful goals in daily life, sport, leisure and work. She finds nothing more rewarding than helping her clients become a stronger, more confident and more resilient version of themselves.

Outside of work, you’ll find Serena gymming, playing tennis and dabbling in photography.

“Persistence and resilience only come from having been given the chance to work though difficult problems.” – Gever Tulley

Jonah Joseph photo Jonah Joseph

Exercise Physiologist

 

Jonah completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney. Jonah has a passion for educating his patients of the importance and benefits of clinical exercise and that “exercise is for life”. Through exercise and behavioural change, Jonah helps to manage one’s chronic disease or injury for the long run. Jonah’s special interests are exercise prescription for diabetes management, musculoskeletal injuries and sport specific training. Along with these, Jonah has a passion for work injury rehabilitation and motor vehicle injury rehabilitation.

Jonah has played a myriad of sports himself, including swimming, soccer (or football depending on who you ask!) and tennis. As an Exercise Physiologist Jonah is devoted to understanding each patient’s different needs and helping them achieve their goals.

Outside of the clinic you can find Jonah at the gym, spending time outdoors with his friends, taking photos or geeking out on the latest and greatest technology.

“Humans are not made to remain dormant all day. Motion is lotion. Move and envision your health as an investment which is supposed to last you a life time. I enjoy blending functional movement in with task specific exercises to maximise the outcomes of any given rehabilitation program.” – Jonah J.

Bethany Fung photo Bethany Fung

Physiotherapist

 

Bethany has a professional interest in women’s health, post-operative rehabilitation (particularly ankles), exercise-based rehabilitation for musculoskeletal conditions, pilates. Bethany completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney and was the sports trainer for a variety of sporting teams including the Blacktown Spartans Women’s U14s, U15s, U17s, Reserves and First grade women and North shore bomber women’s division 2.

Bethany has deep empathy for clients going through injuries as she personally went through intensive physiotherapy rehabilitation from a broken ankle from a bushwalking accident. She understands how an injury is not only a condition but affects every area of a client’s life. Bethany works hard not only to address the physical aspects of a condition but more importantly- the holistic aspects of rehabilitation. She strives to work together with clients to achieve their goals collaboratively.

Outside of work, Bethany enjoys writing and playing music, rehearsing for the next musical, trying new recipes and serving in the Kid’s ministry at her local church.

“Growth can look small and big on some days. There are days that small improvements can look insignificant but do not forget that you are still moving forward. Celebrate every achievement whether they may seem big or small.” – Bethany Fung

Kavan Chen photo Kavan Chen

Physiotherapist

 

Kavan completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) in 2017 and a Master of Physiotherapy at the start of 2020, both through the University of Sydney. He sought out education to delve into the complexity of pain, understand the body, optimize performance, and pursue injury risk reduction. The thing he enjoys most about the profession is being able to educate and empower his community.

Kavan has treated a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions, ages, and populations – with an underlying passion for strength and conditioning and sports performance. Kavan has cultivated a passion for incorporating manual techniques alongside client-centered exercise prescription into his approach to reduce injury risk and optimize function. His approach to rehabilitation is tailored to understanding pain, normalizing mobility, and progressive overload, as well as improving motor control, stability, and movement mechanics to help prevent injuries.

Kavan has competed in Division1Men’s Basketball Tournaments and Eastern University Games (Men’s Basketball), as well as Touch Football, Rugby Union, Soccer, and Athletics at a high level during high school. If not playing sport, Kavan enjoys resistance training through a combination of bodybuilding, powerlifting, and Olympic lifting. If not at the gym, you will find Kavan attempting new recipes, adventuring/hiking, doing outdoor athletic training, or having whiskey and chats with the boys.

“Health, Happiness, Humility” – Kavan Chen