Experienced doctors, physiotherapists, podiatrists and massage therapists. Management of sports and orthopaedic injuries in Adelaide South Australian Sports Medicine Centre - About Us

About Us

Andrew Clarkson - Physiotherapist

Andrew Clarkson

Andrew Clarkson has been a physiotherapist for 31 years. He has a Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and is a Titled APA Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

His special interests include the management of:

  • Knee injury and post-surgical conditions, including sporting injuries but also arthritis management and the treatment of kneecap and related pain.  This covers all age groups from teenagers to seniors with knee pain.
  • Shoulder conditions including instability, impingement and rotator cuff injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and the sporting shoulder.
  • TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) which means jaw joint pain and related conditions
  • Spinal injury treament and rehabilitation

Andrew believes strongly in educating people as to the causes leading to their problems and the ways in which people can assist in helping themselves.

He has worked at the SA Sports Medicine Centre since 1987 and also works at our Highgate practice.  He has previously worked with the Sturt Football Club, State Hockey programmes, Oakdale Netball Club and the Australian Beach Volleyball programme including the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Andrew enjoys playing the keyboard in his band and drinking fine wine!

Jim Mack - Physiotherapist

Jim Mack

Jim Mack is an APA Sports Physiotherapist with over 30years clinical experience. He has extensive sports physiotherapy experience, having worked with the Adelaide Football Club (AFL), Adelaide Thunderbirds and Matrics Netball Clubs (SANA) for many years. Jim has lectured on the Level 3 Sports physiotherapist training programme and is currently a post-graduate tutor at the University of South Australia.

He has a special interest in lumbopelvic and hip problems, ribcage, feet and elbows.  He does however treat anything but leaves tricky hands and jaws to the experts – Helen (hands), Andrew (TMJ).

Jim currently works from South Tce Adelaide.


Helen Burfield - Physiotherapist

Helen Burfield

Helen Burfield is a physiotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in upper limb and hand rehabilitation and over 30 years experience as a hand therapist. 

She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Upper Limb & Hand Rehabilitation and is a full member and immediate past president of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (AHTA).

With a focus and extensive expertise in treating the upper limb, Helen also treats general musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions.

Helen’s specific areas of expertise include:

  • All hand therapy and treatment of all wrist, elbow and shoulder disorders/injuries
  • Custom made splinting of hands and elbows using thermoplastics, neoprene and/or leather as well as prescription of off the shelf splints
  • Tennis elbow and lateral epicondylitis/extensor tendinosis for which she makes custom made rotational braces and uses new techniques in treating these often stubborn conditions.
  • Arthritis of thumb/wrist/elbow and shoulder

Helen is a patrolling surf lifesaver who enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family.

Helen works from both the Adelaide and Highgate practice locations.


Jo Richardson - Physiotherapist

Jo Professional

Jo has a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in physio from SAIT, she has been a physio for almost 40 years.  Jo has worked in the USA as well as SA.  Jo enjoys treating all orthopaedic problems particularly spinal.

Specialist in slow stream rehab in the Aged Care setting, Jo works for Adelaide Sports Physio at the Fullarton Lutheran Homes.  This involves assessment and coordination with exercise programs and improving mobility in the elderly.

Jo has a long standing involvement/volunteers with Adelaide University Football.

Jo is a keen but careful mountain bike rider, avid runner and dog lover.  Jo also enjoy a good glass of wine!

James Mack - Physiotherapist

James Mack

Meet James, he is the newest member of Adelaide Sports Physiotherapy team.  James recently started working with us after completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia.

James was pursuing his dream to become a professional golfer when he suffered an injury that prevented his budding career as a golfer, but fortunately for us this started his career in physiotherapy and also a particular interest in the area of injury prevention and management for golfers.  He treats all general musculoskeletal conditions but has particular interest in neck related headaches, pelvic/hip conditions as well as foot and knee biomechanics. He has done training to teach Kinetic Link Training (KLT) and has a strong belief in the use of specific functional strength training in the form of KLT in the rehab process. James is also a trained Nordic Walking instructor and has completed a course in dry needling and is available for consults at 70 South Terrace, Adelaide.

In addition to continuing his golf, James also dabbles in a bit of mixed netball and is a keen road cyclist.

Chris Williams - Physiotherapist


We welcome Chris to Adelaide Sports Physio.  A Physiotherapist since 2012, Chris has a unique skill set, completing degrees in Human Movement and Health Studies, Masters in Exercise Science: Strength & Conditioning, and Masters of Physiotherapy.

Chris has strong expertise in athlete rehabilitation, sport injuries and exercise prescription for all ages and levels, which has seen him work with athletes within State Netball, District Cricket and Aussie Rules Football.

Chris utilizes a hands-on, manual therapy approach with a strong focus on exercise assessment and prescription to adequately identify, educate and advise exercises to resolve injury.  He also utilizes Dry Needling, Pilate’s bases intervention, and Kinetic Link Training (KLT) as part of injury and pain management.  He also has interest in neck, back and shoulder pain and lower limb injury rehabilitation.


Chris is currently completing his Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy, with the aim to complete his Masters of Sports Physio 2019.

Other Qualifications:

  • Clinical Pilates Levels 1 & 2
  • Dry Needling Plus
  • Spinal Level 1
  • Sports Level 1 & 2
  • Kinetic Link Training (KLT)
  • Kettle Bell Level 1 & 2
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) member
  • Sports Physiotherapy Australia (SPA) National group member
  • Committee member of the South Australian SPA

Outside of work Chris has a passion for healthy, active living and loves his footy, Golf and Cricket.


Cassandra Zaina - Physiotherapist

Cassandra is currently on maternity leave!


Twenty years of experience as an Occupational Health and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in the UK, Canada and Australia gave Cassandra Zaina her professional grounding when she founded her business Prevent, which she grew over a 10 year period and sold in January 2015.

Following her proactive rather than reactive philosophy, Cassandra is also developing an online program called HandsUp! for Health! for primary school-aged children. The interactive game-like program is designed to encourage screen-dependent youngsters to adopt good habits in the years 3-5, with the aim of preventing a lifetime of recurring pain. 

Cassandra's focus on health has led her to strongly support the National Breast Cancer Foundation and Leukemia Foundation through active fundraising since 2007. Cassandra undertook rigorous examinations and achieved the award of Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Occupational Health in December 2010. Cassandra was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards 2010. 

Cassandra was Physiotherapy Manager for the Millennium Circus Troupe in London between 1998 and 2001. Cassandra taught the performers how to prevent injury, and the performers taught Cassandra a thing or two on the trapeze and trampoline. Cassandra also worked in Harley Street London in 1994-1996 caring for West End performers, athletes as well as the general public. 

Cassandra has co-published work regarding injury prevention innovations for circus performers and has lectured and performed clinical supervision on the Masters and Undergraduate Physiotherapy programs at UniSA.

Dr Sandy Kleinschmidt

Dr Sandy Kleinschmidt

Sandy is a Sports Medicine Doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries that arise from both competitive and non-competitive exercise.

He also treats personal medical conditions that may impact on an individual’s ability to exercise.

Since graduation from medicine in 1991 Sandy has undergone post graduate training in Radiology (including musculoskeletal ultrasound), General Practice and Sports Medicine.

As part of his practice Sandy can perform point of care musculoskeletal ultrasound to aid in the diagnosis and management of sports/musculoskeletal injuries.

He is also certified to perform diving medicals.

Sandy currently works with the Sturt Football Club (SANFL) and lecturers for as well as being on the SA State Council for Sports Medicine Australia.

Dr Kleinschmidt's overall aim is to provide an accurate diagnosis and management plan to enhance the individuals return to sport, physical performance and ultimately a healthier active lifestyle.


Dr Margaret Taylor

Dr Margaret Taylor

Dr Margaret Taylor

Fellow Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine
Menber, Australasian Association of Musculoskeletal Medicine


Dr. Taylor graduated from the University of Adelaide in Medicine and Science in 1973 to become a leader in complementary medicine in Adelaide. Nutritional medicine offers a modern approach to the treatment and prevention of disease and the optimisation of your health. There is much medical and scientific evidence documenting nutritional factors as the contributing cause of much ill health and disease, for example heart disease, diabetes, allergies, depression, hormone problems, arthritis and back pain. The specialty of Nutritional Medicine offered by a trained general practitioner embraces the best of alternative and mainstream medicine.

Dr. Taylor's other interests include the treatment of hormonal disorders and menopausemusculoskeletal medicine and prolotherapy for the management of chronic pain.

Visit Dr Taylor's website: www.drmtaylor.com.au





Jordan Lorenz - Massage Therapist

Jordan Lorenz

Synergy Health is happy to Welcome Jordan Lorenz to the team. Jordan is a Diploma qualified Remedial Massage Therapist. He has experience working with the Norwood Football Club as a remedial Massage Therapist and will continue into 2016 season. Jordan has a background in Health Science, having completed a Bachelor’s Degree of Human Movement & Health at the University of South Australia.

One of his life’s passions is sport and fitness and in his spare time when he isn’t treating patients you will find him playing cricket or indoor soccer. Jordan specialises in Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage and Neuromuscular Techniques. He loves using problem solving skills to determine your cause of pain. His treatment moto is treating the source of the pain rather than the symptoms will result in the best outcomes.




Kirsty Stupel - myPod Podiatry

Kirsty Stupel

Kirsty Stupel is a Senior Podiatrist and Company Director with myPod Podiatry.

After completing her first Degree in a Bachelor of Dance in 2001, Kirsty then went on to study a Bachelor of Podiatry at the University of South Australia. Here she was awarded the prestigious TG Mitchell prize for the graduating Podiatrist with the highest overall score. For the last five years Kirsty has also been asked to act as a Clinical Supervisor at the University of South Australia, tutoring the final year Podiatry students on the subject of Biomechanics (Orthotic Therapy).

Kirsty is an active member of Sports Medicine Australia, Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and the Australian Podiatry Association. She enjoys all aspects of Podiatry, but given her dance background, she has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics and Sports Podiatry. When she’s not at work Kirsty loves spending time her young son Campbell.


Kendall Morrison - myPod Podiatry


Sorry Kenall is currently on maternity leave.


Kendall Morrison is a Podiatrist with myPod Podiatry. Kendall provides a full range of Podiatric treatments including general nail and skin care, diabetes assessments, nail surgery, Paediatrics, Orthotic therapy, and functional gait analyses.

Kendall enjoys all aspects of Podiatry however has a special interest in dry needling and western medical acupuncture therapy, sports rehabilitation, lower limb biomechanics, wound care and nail surgery. 

Kendall graduated with first class honours (2013) at the University of South Australia and also graduated with the highest overall score in the class receiving the prestigious TG Mitchell award. When she's not working Kendall loves spending lots of time playing with her daughter Billie and Golden Retrieve