Our Team


BAppSc (Physio) MSMA


Andy is Principal Physiotherapist of Menai District Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre (MDP), along with Peter Crowther. He has extensive experience in the management of sporting-related musculoskeletal injuries, and has provided physiotherapy for Australian U20’s netball representatives, National touch football tournaments, and ACT level tennis, baseball and futsal.

Andy has a special interest in the treatment of chronic neck and lower back pain, in addition to general injury management and prevention. He endorses treatment philosophies taught by internationally recognised Physiotherapists Dr Linda Joy Lee and Diane Lee under the Integrated Systems Model. This model of treatment is currently being used by physiotherapists at Manchester City Football Club. Andy is Dry Needling accredited and incorporates this into his treatment regimes to facilitate a faster return to activities.



BSc(ExSc) MPhty APAM


Peter is Principal Physiotherapist of Menai District Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre (MDP), along with Andy Yan. He received the title ‘Master of Physiotherapy’ in 2006 from the University of Sydney and initially began working as a physiotherapist at The Sutherland Hospital, gaining experience in the orthopaedic, cardiopulmonary, neurological, rehabilitative, and intensive care sub-disciplines of physiotherapy.

Peter began working at MDP in 2008, under the mentoring of APA Sports Physiotherapist Rob Wallis. In 2014/15 he took some time off to complete his Bachelor of Theology (his other passion). He now wears two hats – working at MDP, in addition to serving on the ministry team at Menai Anglican Church.

Peter is an experienced practitioner in the management of musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries.  Prior to his physiotherapy training he attained his Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) from the University of Wollongong, and he makes strong use of exercise prescription in the treatment of his patients. As an adjunct to his manual therapy skills Peter makes use of dry needling and he testifies to it being a powerful tool for improving mobility and motor control.

Peter is particularly interested in the management of dysfunction in both the thorax and the hip/pelvis and he has received additional training in these areas under internationally renowned physiotherapist, Dr Linda-Joy Lee. He has extensive experience in the management of dysfunction in the upper and lower limbs, as well as in the spine, trunk and core.

Peter strives to take a holistic approach to treatment, seeking to find the driver of a person’s presenting complaint, rather than simply treating the site of a person’s symptoms in isolation. Given the body’s ability to distribute shock throughout its kinetic chain, offloading force from one area to another, Peter strongly believes that poor biomechanics lies at the root of most mechanical problems and that successful treatment ultimately relies on the identification and treatment of a person’s primary biomechanical driver.

Melissa smaller 


BAppSc (Physio) APAM


Graduate of the University of Sydney, Mel has private practice experience with interests in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries.

Mel is involved in coverage of the local netball competitions supporting grass roots initiatives all the way through to State and National Representative teams. Having progressed through the Netball NSW pathway as a player representing the NSW Swifts in the 2013 ANZ Championship, she is highly skilled in preparing tailored and thorough rehabilitation programs and addressing predisposing factors to sporting injuries. She has also developed an interest in ankle and knee injuries, overuse and growth related injuries.

Mel is qualified in clinical pilates and leads a number of classes throughout the week.



BHlthSci MPhty APAM


Ivana brings with her lots of experience working within the private practice setting. Her specialties include sporting, running and musculoskeletal injuries. She also has an evolving passion for pre/post natal and women’s health.

Ivana has wide experience in treating sporting injuries, including 2 years with teams for Sydney Uni AFL, and she enjoys getting you back to running and on the field! Ivana is a fully qualified GEMt dry needler and uses this skill for deeper and chronic pain.