Chris Hickey Physiotherapist CHRIS HICKEY

Chris is an officially accredited NSWIS Physiotherapist and a Physiotherapy Provider for AIS. He has toured with the Australian Olympic Snowboard Team as the team physio. He has a special interest in football, snow sports and surfing injuries, and extensive experience with sports injuries in children.

Chris has been a practising physiotherapist since 1995. He has been the Head physiotherapist to the AIS/ARL Rugby League Development Squad since 2002. He was the Head Physio for the Cronulla Sharks NRL Squad in 2003. Chris opened Gymea Physio Focus in 2008.


Physiotherapist & sports injury specialist

He completed his Masters of Physiotherapy in 2011 after gaining his Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2009.

Harry prides himself on the quality of his rehabilitation whether it be for an acute injury, post operatively or a long-standing biomechanical imbalance. Harry is constantly trying to implement the latest techniques and methods used in the physiotherapy and sports medicine world to better his treatments for the best possible outcomes for his patients.

He is a strong believer in stability training for the management of all musculoskeletal ailments. Harry is at the forefront of the latest research and data. He is technically minded and aims for the highest level of achievement in the outcomes of his patients.

Harry has been professionally involved with Southern District R.U, St. George/Illawarra R.L, State Oztag, and the Sutherland Shire Netball Association.Harry is always keen to answer questions on the latest research in the sports medicine world.

Masters in Physiotherapy

Gemma joined the Gymea Physio Focus team after graduating in 2013 from Sydney University with a Masters in Physiotherapy and an undergraduate degree in Health Science. Since then she has continued her professional development in sports Physiotherapy and dry needling.

Gemma has professionally been involved in work with the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, Southern Power Australian Football Club and the Australian Women's Rugby team. Personally she has a long history of playing with the St George District Netball Association and is a keen snowboarder year round. Her aim of treatment in the clinic is not only about focusing on the site of the pain but a holistic approach addressing all aspects of biomechanics and dysfunctional movement.


Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree
Masters of Physiotherapy

Luke completed the Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree in 2008 at the University of Wollongong before completing the Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2010. Currently he is completing the final year of the Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Luke has a keen interest for all things sport. He has experience as the physiotherapist for the NYC under 20’s Cronulla Sharks Rugby league side, Cronulla Sharks NSW cup side and in 2016 will be the physiotherapist for the Newtown Jets NSW Cup rugby league side.

Apart from sport, Luke has a passion for management of headache and migraine pain and has achieved some very promising results. Using the Watson Headache technique, Luke has developed the ability to target the source of the headache pain which for almost 90% of sufferers is the cervical spine. Using simple sustained mobilising techniques with no manipulation necessary, the once debilitating migraine/headache pain can finally be resolved.


Masters of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Health Science

Stephanie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2014 with a Masters of Physiotherapy, after previously completing a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Movement Science in 2012.

Since graduating, Stephanie has developed a keen interest in Pilates as a rehabilitative method for various injuries, particularly neck and low back pain. She is a firm believer that developing good core strength and stability is key for the treatment and prevention of both sporting injuries and chronic conditions.

During her time studying, Stephanie has also developed acute injury management skills as a physiotherapist with the Sutherland Shire Netball Association, in both local and representative competitions. In 2015, Stephanie was the team physiotherapist for the gold medal-winning, NSW Country Mens State Hockey team.

Masters of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Exercise Science

Karl graduated from Sydney University with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2016 and has also completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Wollongong. During his studies he has developed a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries, sports medicine and strength & conditioning rehabilitation.

He has been invested in sport his whole life and enjoys the use of manual therapy combined with exercise rehabilitation to improve pain and function. Karl is professionally involved with the Sutherland Stingrays premier league netball team as the head physiotherapist and was involved in their 2016 championship winning season, he has also provided physio coverage with the Sutherland Shire Netball Association since 2015.

Karl is actively involved with our unique graded return to sport rehabilitation program following lower limb injuries such as ACL ruptures, patella dislocations and post-operative rehabilitation. Karl enjoys working with patients during the transition from regular strength rehabilitation to sport specific rehabilitation through agility, speed, balance and optimal landing mechanics to reduce the risk or re-injury.

Masters of Physiotherapy

Jake completed a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2016 at Sydney University having completed an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. He joined the Gymea Physio Focus team in 2017 and has been developing his musculoskeletal management skills ever since. Jake prides himself in giving you a clear understanding of your injury and then formulate a step by step plan for your recovery.

Jake has a passion for rugby league and a keen interest in the management of acute injuries. Moreover, Jake has a strong interest in helping individuals with disabilities, recently being fortunate enough to volunteer his time and knowledge to the Save Our Sons charity. Here Jake formed part of a physio team who aided participants in completing their 300km charity walk around Melbourne which raised awareness and funds for children diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Bachelor of Exercise Science
Masters in Physiotherapy

Lauren completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree in 2010 at the University of Wollongong and following this graduated from a Masters in Physiotherapy in 2012 from the University of Sydney. She started her career working in various hospitals including Wollongong, Shoalhaven and Coledale hospitals in the surgical, post-op, rehabilitation and acute care settings. After this she decided to move on, working in private practice since, realizing this was her real passion.

Lauren has an interest in all things sport and exercise, playing netball for over 10 years and being involved in a surf club, both patrolling down the beach and competing in surf boat rowing. With this base comes the passion for identifying an injury and formulating a management plan, but also looking further to prevent recurrence or further injury from developing.


Contact Gymea Physio on 02 9526 6686 and book your appointment today!
Monday to Friday 7:30am - 8:00pm
Saturday 7:30am - 1:00pm


Visit our newest Cronulla Physiotherapy Clinic


  • Sports Injury Management
  • Knee Injury Specialist
  • Shoulder Injury Specialist
  • Post Operative Rehabilitation
  • Headaches
  • Back/Neck pain
  • Snow Sports Physio
  • Surfing Related Injury Specialist


Chris Hickey Physiotherapist "Chris managed to get me back competing on the World Cup circuit after major knee surgery. I continue to see Chris for all my injuries when I am back in Australia. I recommend him to my family and close friends." - Craig Branch - World Cup Downhill Skier and triple Winter Olympian.


Physiotherapy Sutherland Shire "I need my body to be functioning at 100% to race effectively. That’s why I rely on Chris to help keep in great condition after the training it has to endure." - Craig Alexander - 2006 World Champion Half Ironman Triathlete, 2008 and 2009 World Champion/Hawaiian Ironman Triathlete, qualified physiotherapist.


Gymea sports physiotherapy "As a professional boxer, I have to be in top physical condition all year round. After having an operation on each of my elbows at different times during my boxing career, Chris from Gymea Physio Focus has helped me get back in the ring quickly on both occasions. After my first operation, I was able to fight in a World title fight just two months after my elbow operation. I am very grateful to Chris."- Sakio Bika – Former IBO Super Middleweight Champion and USA Contender Series 3 Winner


Gymea sports physiotherapyChris Hickey from Gymea Physio Focus has been great with my injury rehab over the past few years. I had a serious groin injury in the lead up to the 2010 Olympics, and with the help from Chris, my time out injured was kept to a minimum. The treatment allowed me to avoid surgery and meant I was fit to compete in the Vancouver Winter Olympics where I made the Final. That's why I choose Gymea Physio Focus to keep my body in perfect condition. "Ben Mates"- Dual Winter Olympian Snowboard Halfpipe. 2006 and 2010


Gymea sports physiotherapy In just a few sessions with Chris, I have already seen tremendous improvement. He takes the time to explain why you are doing the exercises, the anatomy and give you confident to recover, Thank you so much for making me feel better and heal faster " Ignacio Salazar, Professional Big Wave Surfer / Instructor / Trainer / Life Coach




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