Our
Team
At Active Physiotherapy our staff are committed to providing individualised, hands-on treatment to help you achieve your treatment goals as fast as possible. All our Physiotherapists are Masters trained and Members of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, ensuring that you receive the highest quality care to assist with your pain and rehabilitation.

We have worked hard since 2009 to develop an excellent reputation amongst local GP’s, specialists and members of the public. This has allowed our clinic to grow and the services we offer have expanded to meet this demand.

To discover more about each member of our team, please read the biographies below:

Who we are
Our Team - Stuart Cheval
Andrew Irvine
Director/Physiotherapist
Andy completed a Masters of Physiotherapy studies at University of Queensland in 2012 and a Bachelors degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He has worked in the northern rivers area ever since and is experienced in treating various orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries. He also has a keen interest in treating vestibular disorders.

Andy strives to achieve the best outcome for his patients by using up to date evidence-based practice.

In 2019 Andy became the owner and director of Active Physiotherapy Casino and is looking forward to working alongside the local community for many years to come.

Sally Umbers
Physiotherapist/Pilates Instructor
Sally grew up in Trundle, a small farming town in the central west of NSW. She completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science specialising in Rehabilitation from Charles Sturt University in 2009. Sally enjoyed working as a swim stroke correction coach before entering into the Masters of Physiotherapy programme at the University of Canberra.

Sally Graduated with her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2013. She has worked as a manual therapist in private practice since graduation with a great deal of experience in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation physiotherapy. Sally has a special interest in women’s health and Clinical Pilates. She is a certified Clinical Pilates Physiotherapist and has been teaching Pilates classes for over two years.

Sally is skilled in hands-on therapy that includes dry needling, massage, joint mobilisation and muscle energy techniques. Sally is familiar with a broad range of physiotherapy problems and always strives to get the best outcomes for her patients. She offers up-to-date clinical knowledge and skills, a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and a commitment to delivering quality care.

Our Team - Melissa Handford
Our Team - Melissa Handford
Sally Umbers
Physiotherapist/Pilates Instructor
Sally grew up in Trundle, a small farming town in the central west of NSW. She completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science specialising in Rehabilitation from Charles Sturt University in 2009. Sally enjoyed working as a swim stroke correction coach before entering into the Masters of Physiotherapy programme at the University of Canberra.

Sally Graduated with her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2013. She has worked as a manual therapist in private practice since graduation with a great deal of experience in musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports rehabilitation physiotherapy. Sally has a special interest in women’s health and Clinical Pilates. She is a certified Clinical Pilates Physiotherapist and has been teaching Pilates classes for over two years.

Sally is skilled in hands-on therapy that includes dry needling, massage, joint mobilisation and muscle energy techniques. Sally is familiar with a broad range of physiotherapy problems and always strives to get the best outcomes for her patients. She offers up-to-date clinical knowledge and skills, a professional and enthusiastic attitude, and a commitment to delivering quality care.

Our Team - Sally Buchanan
Jackie Kirby
Physiotherapist
Jackie graduated from her Masters of Physiotherapy degree at University of Queensland in 2012. She completed a Bachelor of Science (Human Movement Studies) prior to this. Since graduating, has worked in a variety of areas, including musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, community and aged care.

Jackie is trained in dry needling and acupuncture, tai chi for arthritis and Otago exercise trained for balance and falls prevention. In her spare time Jackie enjoys surfing, cooking and dancing.

Lachlan Pappas
Physiotherapist
Lachlan has an Honours in Physiotherapy from the University of Newcastle, with a clinical background in musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy.

Lachlan has practiced hatha yoga for many years and is passionate about posture, strength and balance and how these can improve or disrupt our lives.

Originally from Bondi, Lachlan is a dedicated small wave, fair weather surfer and is quickly getting a handle on the Northern Rivers best spots. When the wind is onshore and the sun’s not shining, expect to see him going for a soft sand run, yoga or gym session.

Our Team - Melissa Handford
Our Team - Melissa Handford
Lachlan Pappas
Physiotherapist
Lachlan has an Honours in Physiotherapy from the University of Newcastle, with a clinical background in musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy.

Lachlan has practiced hatha yoga for many years and is passionate about posture, strength and balance and how these can improve or disrupt our lives.

Originally from Bondi, Lachlan is a dedicated small wave, fair weather surfer and is quickly getting a handle on the Northern Rivers best spots. When the wind is onshore and the sun’s not shining, expect to see him going for a soft sand run, yoga or gym session.

Our Team - Melissa Handford
Melissa Handford
Practice Manager
In a former life, Melissa was a Bank Teller and Beauty Therapist but is now Active Physiotherapy’s indispensable Practice Manager. Melissa is well known for her effervescent personality and is the friendly face who will greet you to our clinic from Monday to Wednesday.

Opening Times

Monday
8.30 - 5.30
Tuesday
8.30 - 5.30
Wednesday
8.30 - 5.30
Thursday
8.30 - 5.30
Friday
8.30 - 5.30
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Find Us

Active Physiotherapy
1/136 - 144 Johnston Street Casino
NSW 2470
 

f: 02 6662 6882