Marcus Emmett


M. Physio, B. HSc, B. Ed, Level 2 S&C Coach - ASCA

Special Interests:

  • ACL Rehabilitation

  • Lower Limb Tendon Management (Achilles, Patella etc)

  • Lower Back Pain Rehabilitation

Marcus is a Sport and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who is passionate about working with clients to achieve their functional and performance goals.


Marcus has been involved in Private Practice and Sports Physiotherapy since graduating from Latrobe University with a Master of Physiotherapy degree.


Marcus has held a variety of sort and rehabilitation roles in elite organisations such as the Geelong Football Club and Essendon Football club, while attaining post-graduate qualifications in Strength and Conditioning (ASCA Level 2 Coach).

Marcus has also completed a bachelor degree in physical education and combines this knowledge with his physiotherapy and strength and conditioning skills to develop target rehabilitation plans to ensure his clients reach their goals.

After a stint in the elite sporting industry, Marcus Co-Founded Barwon Sports Physiotherapy with Zach Nelson in 2018 and is focused on delivering World Class Physiotherapy to the Geelong community.

Marcus is experienced in managing:

  • Acute and Chronic knee conditions (ACL, Patellofemoral pain, post surgery etc)

  • Acute sporting injuries (Muscle strains, Joint sprains, dislocations, fractures)

  • Chronic sporting injuries (Bone stress, Tendon Pain, overuse injuries)

  • Acute and lower back pain

  • Neck and spinal Management

  • WorkCover, TAC & DVA clients

  • Medicare (EPC) clients


Career Highlights:

  • Geelong Football Club – Rehabilitation Physiotherapist (2018)

  • Essendon Football Club – Physiotherapist (2016-17)

  • Essendon Football Club – Rehabilitation Physiotherapist (2013-15)

Erin Nelson

M. Physio, B. HSc, Grad. Cert. Sports Physiotherapy

Head Physiotherapist at Geelong Cats Women’s

Erin graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science, Masters in Physiotherapy practice. She has recently returned to private practice after the birth of her daughter.


Previously Erin worked with Melbourne City Football Club full time and casually in private practice in North Melbourne. She is currently undertaking the last subject before finishing her post-graduate Masters of Sports Physiotherapy. She has previously worked with elite AFL, Hockey, Soccer and Crossfit teams/athletes.

Erin has a particular interest in sporting/exercise related injuries and loves being able to keep her clients fit and healthy while rehabilitating their injuries. She also has a new found interest in Women’s health – particularly pre/post- partum issues and rehabilitation.


Erin is a mad gym-goer herself and loves a cheeky Crossfit class.​

Erin is experienced in managing:

  • Sporting/Exercise related injuries

  • Pre- and post-surgery Rehabilitation

  • Clinical Pilates

  • Youth and Adolescent Sporting injuries

  • Acute and Chronic Back & Neck pain

  • Work Cover and TAC clients

  • Strength & Conditioning

  • Dry Needling

  • Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) clients

Career Highlights:

  • Melbourne City FC – Women’s Head Physiotherapist 2019-2021

  • Western Bulldogs FC - VFLW Physiotherapist 2018-2019

  • Australian Country Hockey Teams – International touring Physio 2013-2017


Zach Nelson

M. Physio, B. HSc, M. Ex Sci - S&C
Physiotherapist - Melbourne Rebels 

Zach graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science, Masters in Physiotherapy practice. He has worked in private practice in Melbourne, seeing a variety of common injuries, in both general population and sports specific environments.


Since graduating, Zach has worked with amateur athletes in a football, track & field, soccer, hockey and weight-lifting setting. He has more recently worked with the Western Bulldogs AFLW team as a strength and conditioning coach.

Zach is currently working with Melbourne City Football Club as a physiotherapist with their academy, while undertaking his Masters in Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning). He has a particular interest in rehabilitation and return to play, while looking to improve performance in sport and everyday life.

Zach coaches multiple athletes in Track & Field, while training himself and grew up playing field hockey at state, national and international level.

Zach is experienced in managing:

  • Pre- and post-surgery Rehabilitation

  • Youth and Adolescent Sporting injuries

  • Osteoporosis and Bone Health

  • Work Cover and TAC clients

  • Strength & Conditioning

  • Dry Needling

  • Enhanced Primary Care plans (EPC)

  • Mobility and Flexibility Training

Career Highlights:

  • Melbourne City FC - Physiotherapist 2018-

  • Western Bulldogs - AFLW Strength & Conditioning Coach 2017-18

  • Western Bulldogs - AFLW Rehabilitation Coordinator 2016-17​

Lauren Howarth
(Currently On Maternity leave)

B. Phys(Hons), Clinical Pilates QPI Level 3

Special Interests:

  • Acute and Chronic Lower Back Pain

  • Clinical Pilates and Rehabilitation

  • Rowing Injury management and prevention

  • Knee Rehabilitation

Lauren recently relocated to Geelong from Brisbane where she worked for over five years in private practice delivering Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates rehabilitation to a wide variety of patients from the professional sporting population to work injuries and the general population.


Lauren graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) and a Dean’s Commendation for High Achievement in 2014. Since then, Lauren has developed interest in the rehabilitation of spinal conditions, in particular the neck and lower back.


In 2019 her research in the area of the cervical spine was published in Musculoskeletal Science and Practice.

In keeping with her interest in treating all types of neck, back and pelvic pain, Lauren has completed her level 3 Queensland Pilates Institute qualification. This enables her to incorporate Pilates principles and exercises into individualised Physiotherapy management programs to allow earlier return to activity for her patients after injury.

In Brisbane Lauren spent her spare time gardening and rowing single and double sculls on the Brisbane river. Now in Geelong, Lauren is looking forward to exploring the area and joining a rowing club when the weather warms up!

Lauren is experienced in managing:

  • Acute back pain (inc. bone stress injuries)

  • Persistent pain conditions (lower back, neck, arthritic joints)

  • Acute and non-acute knee injuries

  • TAC inc. Whiplash, WorkSafe clients

  • Rowing screenings and injury management

  • Clinical pilates

  • Pre and postpartum clients (inc. pain, safe return to activity, clinical pilates)

  • Medicare (EPC)

  • Dry Needling

Career Highlights:

  • Publication of research:

    • Ernst, M.J., Williams, L., Werner, I.M., Crawford, R.J., & Treleaven, J. (2019). Clinical assessment of cervical movement sense in those with neck pain compared to asymptomatic individuals. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 43, 64-69.doi:

  • Queensland Pilates Institute Level 1-3 qualifications (2015-2018)

  • Eastern Suburbs WNPL Head Physiotherapist (2016)

  • Eastern Suburbs WNPL Rehab Physiotherapist (2015)

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Tristan Dower


B. Physio, B. Musc Therapy, Grad Cert in Sports Physio (ongoing)

Special interests:

  • -Acute sporting injuries

  • -Knee and ankle injuries

  • -Lower limb tendon management

  • -Concussion Management


Tristan Graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at ACU Brisbane and since then has combined his time working in Private Practice and Sports. Tristan has gained experience in a number of clinics in both Brisbane and Melbourne, treating a range of conditions including acute sporting injuries, persistent pain and back and neck pain.

Through his involvement in sport, in particular football, Tristan has developed his interest in sports related injury management, particularly lower limb injuries, shoulder injuries and concussion management.


Tristan has been involved with a number of men’s and women’s amateur and state level sporting clubs, as well as the elite level which has included roles as the Physiotherapist for Brisbane Lions AFLW team and North Brisbane Rugby Union Club in the QLD Premier Competition


Prior to becoming a physiotherapist, Tristan completed a Bachelor of Musculoskeletal Therapy and spent 5 years as a Remedial Massage Therapist, including 2 seasons at the Geelong Football Club. Tristan is now nearing completion of a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physio as he works towards completing his Masters in Sports Physio.


Experienced in managing:

  • Acute sporting injuries

  • Persistent pain

  • Pre and post-surgery rehabilitation

  • Back and Neck Pain

  • Clinical Pilates

  • Hip and Knee Osteoarthritis management

  • Workcover and TAC clients

Career Highlights:

  • Brisbane Lions AFLW               – Physiotherapist (2018-2019)

  • North Brisbane Rugby Club  – Physiotherapist (2015-2016)

  • Geelong Football Club           – Massage Therapist (2009-2010)

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Hamish Crawford


Providing pre chiropractic treatment massage while studying enabled Hamish to be exposed to clients with a wide variety of needs and therapeutic goals. This has provided him with the confidence and experience to support his clients well as a qualified Myotherapist.

Hamish’s role as a Myotherapist is to identify, treat and help prevent musculoskeletal pain. His treatment modalities include remedial massage techniques, dry-needling, myofascial release, stretching and prescription of corrective exercises.

Prior to gaining his Myotherapy qualification, Hamish worked as a Qualified Cabinet Maker and knows the demands that the building industry can put on the body and the importance of keeping fit and injury free. Hamish enjoys helping his clients feel their best to achieve their therapeutic and physical goals.


In his free time you can often find Hamish walking along his local streets and beaches in Jan Juc and Torquay with his dog Sid, or having a throw with the Geelong water polo club.


James McConnell

Exercise Scientist / Athletic Performance Coach


(B. ExSc, Grad. Dip. High Performance Sport)

Special Interests 

  • Concussion Management 

  • Pain & Movement retraining

  • Neurological Rehabilitation & Performance

  • Strength & Conditioning

James is an experienced performance coach, completing a Bachelor & Graduate Diploma in the fields of Strength & Conditioning. However, currently is undertaking a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology to expand his knowledge and work towards an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.


While being a continuous student, James has been able to apply his craft to many populations including elite/semi-elite athletes, acute and chronic pain setting, injury risk reduction and rehabilitation with a more recent evolution into concussion management and neurological rehab and performance.

James draws on many fields and lives by his coaching mantra of educate, empower and evolve to ensure that the clients he works with are given the skills/tools to be the best version of themselves. 


Alongside this, James is an athlete himself, qualifying for the Australian Kettlebell Sport team in multiples disciplines. 


Career Highlights:

  • Western Bulldogs FC – AFLW High Performance Manager – 2016-2018

  • Darebin Falcons Women’s Sports Club – VFLW Athlete Performance Manager – 2015-2017

  • Melbourne Ice Hockey Club – AIHL/AWIHL – Athlete Performance Manager/Strength & Conditioning Coach – 2012-2017

  • Ice Hockey Australia – Athlete Performance Manager – 2014-2016

  • Coburg Football Club – VFL – Strength & Conditioning Coach/High Performance Manager