Dr Steve Saunders - Founder / Director / Physiotherapist
Steve is a renowned Physiotherapist with over 30 years experience in the treatment and management of musculoskeletal injury and dysfunction. He is recognised internationally as a leading Clinician and High Performance Manager. Steve currently consults to numerous elite sporting teams around the world, reviewing complex athletic cases, educating staff and shaping athlete management systems / protocols. Steve is currently the Science and Medical Coordinator for the Adelaide Football Club, chief scientific officer and Director of KangaTech and Director of Saunders Physiotherapy.
Steve recently returned to Adelaide after 7 years as High Performance Manager (Director of Sports Science and Medical Services) at the North Melbourne Football Club. He is now reviewing patients at Saunders Physiotherapy, consulting to multiple AFL, NBA, English Soccer and Elite athletes, while undertaking research projects with the University of SA, Flinders University and the University of Victoria.
Steve completed his PhD in 2007 at the University of Queensland investigating the motor control mechanisms underlying control of the lumbo-pelvic region during human locomotion in normal and low back pain subjects. He has published works in internationally peer-reviewed journals and continues to develop management strategies based on scientific evidence-based practice.
Steve’s combined background in scientific research and elite athlete/patient care has facilitated the development of KangaTech, a world leading injury prevention and performance system. KangaTech technology is now being utilised in the AFL, NBA, English Soccer (EPL and CL), NHL, Australian Cricket, extreme sports and research institutions.
Anna is a motivated physio with a passion for helping patients and athletes return to the activities they love. She likes to be thorough in her assessment, hands on and effective with manual treatment, and ensure rehab is comprehensive and sports-specific.
Anna graduated from the University of South Australia in 2007, has completed a degree in Sports Science, and been awarded a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy.
Anna has gained experience in various sports. Most recently whilst living in the UK, she was a member of the UK Athletics Track and Field Therapist team that travelled with elite athletes. Other sporting team involvement has included coverage for the Orica Australian Women’s Cycling team, Norwich City Football Academy, Norfolk Rugby Clubs, and Glenelg Football Club.
Anna enjoys learning and furthering her knowledge and skills. She has completed courses in Running Assessment, Bike Fitting, Pilates, Dry Needling and Acupuncture, and FA level First Aid.
Her current area of clinical interest is treating runners, particularly with hip and lumbopelvic presentations. The combination of using Kanga Tech technology and biomechanical assessment is ideal for identifying muscular imbalances that contribute to overuse injuries.
She enjoys running (5km to marathon distance), weights, swimming outside, going to the beach, and travelling with her husband and 2 children.
Kym Siddons - APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
Kym Graduated from the University of QLD in 1996 with honours in Bachelor of Physiotherapy and returned to complete her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2007.
Kym has worked in Private Practice for over 20 years, having directed Sports Physio clinics in Brisbane and worked with many elite sporting teams. Kym was the Head Physiotherapist for the Australian Women’s Cricket team and the Queensland Women’s Water polo team for many years. She worked as a Physiotherapist for the QLD Academy of Sport for Water polo and Soccer. She has enjoyed the challenge of assisting many elite squads and their athletes prepare for, and achieve, World Cup wins and Olympic/ Commonwealth Games medals.
Kym has a keen interest in the assessment and management of shoulder injuries, as well as lumbopelvic disorders and overuse/ biomechanical injuries. She particularly enjoys helping people learn more about their bodies, keeping themselves pain-free and regain their active lifestyle.
She is highly skilled and experienced in applying various hands-on techniques for pain relief and optimising biomechanics to improve function. Kym is committed to providing appropriate and progressive therapeutic exercise programs to best rehabilitate clients and lots of encouragement along their journey to recovery.
Since moving to Adelaide with her husband and family in 2015, Kym has gained certification and experience in Occupational Health Physiotherapy. She is passionate about empowering workers to better health and productivity through targeted exercises, posture & movement education and good ergonomics.
Craig has been a Physiotherapist at Saunders Physiotherapy since 2002 having graduated at the University of South Australia in 2000. His friendly and caring nature has been an integral part of the clinic during this time. Craig is available to treat patients ranging from children to the elderly and enjoys treating both sporting and non-sporting injuries.
Craig’s interest in Physiotherapy is the diagnosis and management of sporting and musculoskeletal injuries. He focuses on determining cause and effect with regards to biomechanical reasons responsible for injury. This is specifically applied to dysfunctions of the spine, pelvis, and hip with associated injuries of the lower limb such as hamstrings, knees, calves, achilles, and groins. Craig is also interested in postural issues that may lead to neck dysfunction, headaches, jaw problems, and shoulder injuries.
Craig has developed a strong hands-on approach using a number of manual therapy techniques such as deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation and manipulation, dry needling, craniosacral therapy, and visceral manipulation. He also utilises technology such as KangaTech, real time ultrasound, and shockwave therapy. Exercise therapy is a major component of Craig’s approach that assists with injury management and improving biomechanical dysfunctions.
Craig has worked with organisations such as Athletics Australia, Athletics South Australia, and the North Adelaide Football Club. He has previously been team Physiotherapist for a number of athletics teams touring nationally and abroad such as the Australian Youth Olympic and World Championship teams as well as South Australian state teams. Craig has also presented lectures to a number of groups on varying Physiotherapy topics and has assisted Dr Steve Saunders in running workshops on the lumbopelvic area and running injuries.
Craig’s sporting background is in Athletics where he competed in 200m and 400m sprinting, high jump, and long jump. He continues to have a passion for treating and managing running injuries at the elite and recreational level. These days, Craig remains fit and active playing golf and tennis as well as attending the gym.
Cooper graduated from the University of South Australia in 2019 with a Master’s in Physiotherapy. Prior to this he completed a Bachelor of Human Movement.
Cooper has a long sporting history playing Volleyball at an elite level, which exposed him to injuries and rehabilitation that fostered his passion for Physiotherapy.
He enjoys taking a client centred approach to help people understand and overcome a range of painful conditions. Cooper uses education, manual therapy and long term exercise programming to help patients recover and prevent future problems. He especially enjoys working with athletes to help them recover and achieve their goals.
Henry graduated from the University of South Australia in 2020 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.
He has a long history working in sport, along with playing sport himself. Henry grew up playing football, basketball, and swimming at an elite level, which fostered his passion for movement and exercise. Henry has worked as a swimming coach at both a state and national levels for over 5 years, where he has managed athletes from juniors to masters.
Henry enjoys individualising rehabilitation around clients goals no matter how big or small. He uses manual therapy, exercise and education to problem solve and tailor treatment to each person’s needs.
Henry is also currently a physiotherapist at the Adelaide Blue Eagles soccer club.