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Introducing Our Team

U Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates Wollongong (42437077), and it's sister Practice in Unanderra (42715648), employ a great team of Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates Instructors and a Massage Therapist who are ably supported by the Administration Team. All of our Health Professionals have extensive training in their field of expertise and work together to provide a comprehensive, safe and thoroughly effective range of treatments.

Celebrating our 1st Birthday - October 2017!

Sue Barker, U Physiotherapy WollongongSue Barker

Principal Physiotherapist

Sue has been an owner in the practice for over 20 years. She really enjoys seeing the familiar faces coming back to the practice. Sue has had a very diverse career which has included lecturing in anatomy, working at the Sydney Olympics and teaching Clinical Pilates to physiotherapists both nationally and internationally. Sue has been appointed as one of only four specialist reservist physiotherapists with the Royal Australian Air Force. Now a Flight Lieutenant, she has recently completed her rifle training and now everyone does their home work exercises! She has provided sports coverage for the British Air Force Rugby team and the International Defence Force Cricket Challenge. She toured South Africa with the Samoan Rugby team and New Zealand with RAAF cricket. Over her professional life Sue has, and continues, to complete a wide variety of courses which provides her with many different treatment options and allows the best possible approach to your care. She enjoys the challenge of complex and chronic problems and has a special interest in the sacro-iliac joint, hypermobility and fibromyalgia.

Conrad Hartogh, U Physiotherapy WollongongConrad Hartogh


Conrad came to Australia, originally from Cape Town, South Africa, just to see what it is like on this side of the world. Hs initial plans were to stay for just 1 year... that was 7 1/2 years ago!

Conrad holds dual qualifications in Human Movement and Physiotherapy. He believes in a dynamic approach to rehabilitation and incorporates comprehensive exercise programs in his treatment plans where appropriate.

As a Physiotherapist, Conrad has held many positions in his career including working for the South African Department of Health, DeBeers Consolidated Mines, as well as running his own private practice before moving to Australia.

Conrad enjoys working with local sports clubs and teams, travel and meeting new people who share similar interests.

He also has a particular interest in dry needling having completed advanced training in therapeutic techniques to augment his manual therapy skills. Conrad has recently decided to have another midlife crisis and bought himself a motorcycle, which he intends to use to see more of the beautiful country we live in. Conrad also likes doing the usual things that other people like doing - swimming, going to gym watching movies - though he is yet to refine his liking of reading for leisure!

Casey Williams


After growing up in New Zealand Casey moved to Australia in 2006 where she completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science at Wollongong University (2010) and Masters of Physiotherapy at Sydney University (2012). Casey spent her graduate year working as a physiotherapist for the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District in multiple areas including cardiopulmonary, neurological, musculoskeletal physiotherapy and rehabilitation. Since then she has been working in private practice for over 4 years, treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. Casey has been the physiotherapist for the Illawarra Steelers junior rep teams, NSW U16’s and Women’s State of Origin teams as well as the NSW Country Colts. Casey has a special interest in the treatment and management of sporting injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.

Mikaela Heilman


Mikaela joined us in February 2018.  She grew up in Cowra and was very active in competitive sports.  Having spent many sessions with the local physio she decided to become one !

Mikeala is a qualified Personal and Sports Trainer and this has enabled her to gain invaluable experience with the Illawarra Cutters and St George Illawarra Dragons.

She is also a qualified Pilates Instructor and her skill set makes for great classes.

Mikeala is very excited to meet and help all the patients that make up the family that is U Physio.

Aside from working at the clinic you'll find her on the beach, playing touch football or eating her body weight in food!

Matthew Mears, U Physiotherapy WollongongMathew Mears

Exercise Physiologist

Having grown up in the local area and been a patient here once or twice, Mat is the latest Exercise Physiologist to join our team.  Having initially studied Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong, he completed a Masters in Exercise Physiology at the University of Sydney, graduating in early 2016. 

Also a certified Clinical Pilates Instructor, Mat relishes the prospect of working with a wide variety of clients to assist them to achieve their personal health goals. He is a friendly, approachable person with a great sense of humour, and strives to make each session challenging, yet enjoyable.

Mat is also an avid sports fan, having a keen interest in all football codes and cricket, but is most enthusiastic about soccer, having played the game since a young age.


Practice Manager

Elaine is our Practice Manager and working at both our  Wollongong and Unanderra locations certainly keeps her on her toes!

She is a "tragic"Manly Sea Eagles Rugby League fan - but we still let her work here amongst the Eels, Tigers and Dragons supporters! In her downtime she also enjoys watching and reading thillers and detective stories and attempts to use up her energy by going to the gym!



Lisa, U Physiotherapy Wollongong



Lisa is a happy go lucky person who always prides herself on her people skills, she has valuable experience in business and administration, as she ran her own business for 20 years. She has now worked in the Physiotherapy field for over 11 years.

Lisa is an animal lover, having worked with farm animals for over 8 years, has a dog called Bells and a cat called Mushki. Her interests are keeping fit and martial arts.

Lisa has a daughter who is a veterinary nurse and a son who has is an airline pilot.




Lara is the newest addition to the U Physio team. Lara comes from a strong customer service background having worked as a Receptionist for a busy medical specialist and also as a barista and waitress.  She loves working in a busy environment - so she has come to the right place!

Having completed a communications degree Lara loves all things pop culture and media.  When she's not at work Lara is a self-confessed homebody who loves spending time with her husband and puppy Ari.







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