Our Team

SIMON KENNEDY | B.App.Sc.(Physio)

Simon completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy in 1998 at the University of South Australia. His training and experience in the fields of fascia, chronic pain and how exercise can powerfully influence pain and the brain has led to him to focus his interests on complex and persistent pain presentations.

Simon is no longer treating clients, however he is still closely involved with the staff in a mentoring and management role as well as business administration. For his previous clients he will liaise with their new treating physio at Sturt Road or Chandlers Physio to ensure the most optimum hand over of care.

Simon has completed training in treating patients with Vertigo and Balance problems. This includes Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Neuritis and other inner ear and musculoskeletal balance problems. He now mentors Rick Beal who is continuing the management of Vertigo related conditions at Sturt Road and Chandlers Physio. If your condition is beyond his scope of practice he will refer you on to the appropriate specialist.

Simon continues to enjoy the challenge of problem solving and is passionate about achieving the best possible results for the clients of Sturt Road Physio. He thus provides mentoring and advice to staff in the areas of:

  • Headaches (including the Dean Watson technique)
  • Back Pain
  • Imbalances of the Pelvis and Sacroiliac Joint Pain
  • Vertigo and Balance problems
  • Cupping and Dry Needling
  • Scoliosis
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal Canal and Foraminal stenosis

Simon can still be contacted by calling the clinic or emailing at simon@sturtroadphysio.com.au.


Kate completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1999 from the University of ¬South Australia, and has post graduate training in Traditional Acupuncture, Lymphoedema Management and Pilates (Polestar).

Kate loves treating all musculoskeletal injuries but has a special interest in low back and neck pain and helping people regain strength and function through exercise.

Since graduating, Kate has worked in Lymphoedema and Lipoedema management. Some of the techniques she uses to assist in the management of Lymphoedema include massage, compression bandaging, taping, prescription of compression garments and education. Kate is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association of Australia and is on the National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register.

Kate has advanced training in Traditional Japanese Acupuncture as well as Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling. She finds using the combination of Eastern and Western Medicine highly effective in treating many conditions including chronic pain, Women’s Health, headaches and musculoskeletal pain.

Kate is also a qualified Pilates instructor and highly recommends Physiotherapy Exercise using Pilates Informed methods as a means to recover and prevent injury. Kate has also completed a Runity course and enjoys helping everyday runners with their technique, so they can run pain-free.

Kate’s areas of special interest include:

  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Chronic pain
  • Tendinopathies
  • Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management
  • Acupuncture
  • Pilates


Vicky completed her BSc with Honours at Manchester School of Physiotherapy (affiliated to Manchester University)  in 2003 and has worked with us at Sturt Rd Physio since 2009. Vicky is very passionate about her work and loves helping people to be the best they can be, whether that be in general day-to-day activities or in their sporting endeavours.  She sees a real benefit in the combination of hands-on therapy, acupuncture, and exercise to help alleviate your pain.

Vicky is our expert on hip pain. Pain on the outside of the hip, or lateral hip pain, is one of the most common conditions that we see in the practice. It is often thought of as “bursitis” but the underlying cause can be more complicated and specific exercises can be very effective in resolving the issues. Vicky has completed courses specific to treating Hip pain

Vicky has continued to expand her training and knowledge with the following courses:

  • DMA Clinical Pilates and AAPI Pilates Australia
  • Traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management (National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register)
  • Women’s Health (Pre and Post Natal care)
  • A Wide Range of Musculoskeletal Courses on the Hip, Spine, Shoulder and Tendon Injuries
  • Tai Chi for Falls Prevention
  • Lower Limb Biomechanics including Running Assessment
  • Aging Adults and Exercise Prescription

RICK BEAL | B.App Sc.(Physio)

Rick is a highly experienced Physiotherapist with exceptional hands on manual and exercise therapy skills. He has been a Physiotherapist for 32 years and has a wealth of knowledge in all kinds of musculoskeletal injuries and is able to provide accurate diagnosis and prognosis of your problem. When appropriate, Rick is able to use manipulation of the Thoracic or Lumbar spine to mobilise stiff joints.

Rick’s areas of special interest are:

  • Shoulder Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Exercise Therapy
  • Balance and Proprioception, Especially in The Elderly
  • Vertigo
  • Sports Injuries of Adolescents and Adults
  • Knee and Ankle Pain

Rick is passionate about helping people’s posture due to its prominent role in contributing to neck and shoulder pain especially. We especially see this in people that have to work at the computer for long periods of the day. Simple specific exercises can be done to correct poor posture enough to alleviate pain in a surprisingly short period of time.

Rick has worked in the field of work related injuries with great success. He is very familiar with the needs of injured workers as well as the employer. He is experienced in carrying out work place assessments in small or large businesses and can easily provide your business with Manual Handling Training.

Rick has many years of experience in developing appropriate hydrotherapy and gym programmes for both injured workers and private patients, especially pre and post operatively for those undergoing joint replacements or reconstructions.

Sport is one of Rick’s passions, so getting people back to sport as soon as possible and keeping them there is a high priority for Rick.

Rick has worked extensively in the field of throwing injuries of the shoulder with softballers and cricketers, including some voluntary work with the junior state softball sides. Being a keen golfer himself, he is familiar with treating the wide range of injuries that come with playing golf, as well as being able to assist with swing technique to improve is efficiency and reduce injury.

Rick’s leisure time is spent mostly with family, which includes his dogs, outdoors somewhere near a beach, or watching his girls play sport. He enjoys travelling, having spent a year living in Switzerland, and most of his holidays are now conveniently close to golf courses, where he gets to combine his love of the great outdoors and photography.

STEPHANIE RAND | B.Physio, Dip.Pilates (Polestar)

Steph is a highly qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor. She has a Certificate IV and Diploma with Polestar Pilates and has previously mentored Pilates students for Polestar in Adelaide.

Steph uses her Pilates expertise to help many patients regain their strength and flexibility, improve their posture and reduce pain. She uses it for patients suffering with neck and back pain, scoliosis, shoulder and hip pain, Women’s Health (including non-intrusive Pelvic Floor rehabilitation) as well as all sorts of Sports Injuries including ACL reconstructions and hamstring strains.

Steph’s other Clinical passions include:

  • Traditional Acupuncture and Dry Needling
  • Women’s Health
  • Paediatrics and Adolescent Health
  • Running Injuries
  • Back Pain using The McKenzie Method®
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Management

Steph loves to learn, so has completed a lot of post graduate training courses. She has completed the Australian Physiotherapy Associations Paediatric course. Steph works with children with developmental delays and has also worked as a disability support worker through university and found this very rewarding.

Steph has completed levels 1 to 3 of Traditional Japanese Acupuncture through the Australian Physiotherapy Association. As well as using this to treat most types of musculoskeletal injury or pain particularly headaches, Steph finds traditional acupuncture very effective in helping other associated issues such as gut problems and insomnia that don’t respond to other forms of treatment.

Running is something Steph believes can be made accessible to everyone that want to. She has completed specific training on running form and technique to improve efficiency and to prevent and treat injury. Steph is able to draw on a wide range of her skills to either get people started with running or keep them running to achieve their goals.

Steph has also completed Women’s Health training and specific spinal pain treatment methods including the McKenzie Method®.

Finally Steph has also completed study in Lymphoedema management and enjoys helping people with swelling and oedema to improve their quality of life.

Apart from being a physio Steph has lots of hobbies that include playing piano (she has completed up to grade 8 A.M.E.B), running, travelling and cooking.

BRENNA McKAY | B.ExSc, M.Physio

Brenna is a highly motivated and passionate physiotherapist who is dedicated to improving the lives of her clients. With a Postgraduate Physiotherapy degree from Flinders University and a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree under her belt, she brings a wealth of education and knowledge to her practice.

Her passion for physiotherapy stems from her personal experience playing basketball and netball in Mount Gambier. Brenna now plays in the Premier Netball League for South Adelaide Netball Club. She has built on her 2 degrees with experience as an allied health assistant in a paediatric physiotherapy practice, where she worked with children in a hydrotherapy program.

Brenna believes in a holistic approach to physiotherapy, combining manual therapy with education and self-management strategies to help her clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. Given her Exercise Science background she effectively utilises exercise and strength training for individuals as well as in our group settings.

When she’s not helping others, Brenna loves to stay active, playing netball, travelling, snow skiing, and enjoying the great outdoors.​

JOY JOHNSON | B.Physio (Honors) 

Joy completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honors) from the University of South Australia and has completed post graduate training in Lymphoedema Management of the upper limb, breast, lower limb and genital regions through the ALERT program at Macquarie University. She can assist in the management of Lymphoedema and Lipoedema through massage, compression bandaging, prescription of compression garments, exercise and education. Joy is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association of Australia and is on the National Lymphoedema Practitioner Register.

Joy really enjoys treating children of all ages and was exposed to a great range of paediatric conditions in her university studies. She has also worked previously as a disability support worker.

Joy believes that exercise as medicine and finds value in incorporating it as a self-management strategy alongside manual therapy for patients.

Outside of work, Joy enjoys Pilates, beach walks with her dog Talulah, cooking, going for brunch with her friends and travelling. She has been to a total of 15 countries so far and is looking forward to continuing to explore the world.