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Senior Physiotherapist

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Matthew completed a Master of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Health Science at Western Sydney University. His treatment approach over the past 15 years involves identifying biomechanical impairments and treating these problems through manual therapy techniques, dry needling and exercise prescription to improve function and overall quality of life.


Matthew utilises Human Measurement Technologies to assist his high performance sport management by obtaining his client's strength and performance to identify imbalances or compare the results to evidence-based references to set baselines and track progress over time in his client's management plan. 

Matthew has extensive experience in sporting injuries, shoulder dysfunctions, post-operative rehabilitation and in acute Orthopaedic Physiotherapy at The Sutherland Hospital including acute post-operative care, cast and splint application and management. 


Matthew's years of experience has helped develop excellent rapport with Doctors and he will help liaise and put you in contact with some of the leading Specialists in the field, should this be necessary to assist your injury management, whether at an elite or recreational level.


Matt has a passion for athletics and running performance and associated sprinting injuries and has previously competed in track and field at State and National championships in the 100m.


Matt is currently involved in a High Performance Physiotherapy role with an elite track and field squad based in Southern Sydney. 

 Qualifications and courses:

 - Bachelor of Health Science, University of Western Sydney 

 - Masters in Physiotherapy, University of Western Sydney 

 - Sports level 1 (APA)

 - Sports level 2 (APA)

 - Musculoskeletal Segmental and Dry Needling (APA)

 - The Sporting Hip and Groin (APA)

 - Mastering Lower Limb Tendinopathy 

 - Jo Gibson The Shoulder: Steps to Success with shoulder pain 

 - Biomechanical analyses of Sprinting techniques

 - Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Casting  

Matt's role as Practice Principal at the clinic is that of clinical educator and mentor to his team of professionals. He has a strong passion to shape the physiotherapists in his team to be at the head of their field, and to ensure the highest quality of care and results for all our valued clients at Kogarah Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic.

Matthew is currently on annual leave and will return to Clinic on Monday 24th June 2024. 

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Charbel’s mission is to assist you in overcoming injury setbacks and help to achieve your best self. Having completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at ACU and a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney, he brings a passion for unlocking the body’s full capabilities. 


Charbel has extensive hands-on experience in private practice settings, enabling him to understand the needs and desires of patients. His positions in elite/semi-professional sporting environments including roles with Wests Tigers Jersey Flegg & CUBS Programs and Balmain Tigers SG Ball/Harold Matthew’s squads has equipped Charbel with profound knowledge of patients struggles with injury rehabilitation during the highs and lows of getting back to their best. 


Charbel aims to assist you as a whole person, empowering and guiding you throughout your journey. He is committed in getting to the root cause of the problem, enduring a thorough understanding of your situation. 


Coming from an extensive sporting background participating in rugby league, football, oztag, touch football and basketball. This has led Charbel to step into the patients’ shoes, empathising with their challenges and wins. 


Beyond his professional duties, Charbel enjoys aesthetic and street photography, regular sports & resistance training. 

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Kayla is a Physiotherapist and an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She completed a Masters of Physiotherapy at University of Technology Sydney following graduation from a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at the University of New South Wales in 2019. Dual qualification allows Kayla to work with you in any stage of your rehabilitation whether it be from initial injury or later stage strength and conditioning in order to get you back to your best. 


Kayla has a wealth of clinical and rehabilitation experience in Exercise Physiology work conditioning. She has completed additional studies in pain science and cognitive behavioural therapy. She loves seeing the impact this has on improving her client’s health for life and work. She has a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy led her to pursue work in the private practice and sports injury setting. 

Kayla imparts confidence to her clients with her pragmatic and empathetic disposition.

During her spare time, Kayla enjoys running.

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Senior Physiotherapist


Ramal graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree in 2020. Over the past few years, Ramal has worked at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Orange Health Service, Norwest Private Hospital, Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals and Hornsby Ku-Ring-Gai Hospital.

Ramal is a Physiotherapist who has a growing passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy. Ramal's experience within a multi-disciplinary team ensures he provides his patients with evidence-based practice for enhancing injury management and prevention. 


Ramal has a strong interest in chronic and acute injury management. Ramal’s goal is to provide holistic patient centred care through building a strong rapport with all patients, understanding their lives as well as their goals of treatment, educating patients on their condition, providing hands on physiotherapy techniques, prescribing exercises, and gradually increasing functional capacity when appropriate.


Ramal has attended many post graduate courses:
- Synthetic Casting and Plaster 
- Musculoskeletal pain beliefs and facilitating behaviour change 
- RPA Trauma Injuries

- Physiotherapy management of critically ill patients
- HITT training in Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Shoulder Instability 
- Management of Neurological Patients in Intensive Care Unit

- Physical Activity and cancer: insights from the International Conference
- Lymphoedema

- Exploring FND Overlay 
- Early Management of Mild Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury 
- Physiotherapy and Continence 

- Physiotherapy in palliative care

- Should critically ill patients cycle in ICU

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john daher
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Clinic Manager
Consultant Shoulder Physiotherapist


John has been practicing for 20 years after graduating from The University of Sydney with Bachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy degree in 2002. John has also completed multiple APA Courses including Levels 1-3 Sports Physiotherapy and post-graduate courses on spine, hip, groin, shoulder, elbow injuries over the past 20 years. He has worked across various sports in elite level athlete management together with rehabilitation and long term injury management of complex/chronic cases.

Over the past 10 years John has been Consultant Physiotherapist to Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Specialists and has a strong interest in providing evidence-based care through additional postgraduate research to improve postoperative guidelines based on various intrinsic and extrinsic patient factors to ultimately enhance surgical outcomes and patient function following shoulder surgery.

John's experience encompasses a broad range of musculoskeletal presentations including orthopaedic and sports related injuries of both acute and chronic nature.  He has maintained a particular interest in treating overuse injuries such as bone stress and tendon related pain. Coming from a sporting background himself at National and State level, John has worked with a wide variety of athletes in both team and individual sports such as soccer, athletics and swimming. 

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Our friendly reception staff have many years of experience working with in the medical and physiotherapy sector and are always helpful and understanding of your individual needs.

Please contact 02 9587 9130 to discuss any non-clinical enquiries such as referrals, appointments and general enquiries regarding services we offer. 


Clinical questions and requests will require an appointment.  To arrange an appointment, please contact our team on 02 9587 9130 during administrative hours Monday to Friday 8am – 6pm or Saturday 8:00am - 12:00pm. Alternatively, you may arrange an appointment through our online booking system.

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