Director & Physiotherapist
Zoltan joined Charlestown Physio in 2006. In 2012 he advanced to become the sole owner and director of the practice. He graduated in 1998 from the University of Sydney. He gained extensive knowledge and clinical expertise working for the Australian Military and as senior physiotherapist at the Newcastle Industrial plant OneSteel for five and a half years. This exposure to a large variety of neuromuscular conditions, traumatic and sporting injuries developed his keen passion for treating a wide range of injuries and provided him with a greater insight into the importance of return to full function. He has also established a reputation with local specialists and doctors for his successful rehabilitation of shoulder injuries. Another area of his expertise is Vestibular Rehabilitation which addresses the symptoms of dizziness and vertigo.
Orthopedic Manipulative Physiotherapist
Ruth uses Nordic techniques to mobilise the spine and limbs. Nordic manual therapy is based on osteopathic and muscle energy principles. She has been an examiner for both undergraduate and Masters students at Newcastle and Charles Sturt universities.
She has extensive experience In Women's health and was one of the first physiotherapists in Australia to treat incontinence. She has helped to conduct continence workshops to train other physiotherapists.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Marnus grew up living throughout Australia before graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Newcastle in 2019. While working in the Port Macquarie region during 2020, he was educated in a range of manual therapy techniques to further build his skill set. He has a particular interest treating musculoskeletal injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. Combining a range of hands-on approaches with evidence-based practice he looks forward to helping with your recovery.
When he is not treating patients, you can find Marnus spending time walking along the Newcastle beaches, playing guitar, playing soccer or learning to surf.
Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Sara is originally from Tamworth but has spent the last 3 and a half years in Newcastle.
Sara has been passionate about exercise for a long time, training at the gym since she was 17 and working as a personal trainer for a year. As a personal trainer, Sara worked with men and women from 18 to 74 years old.
"One of my clients was a lady in her 70s who was fitter than most of my other clients. She was a marathon runner but had no cartilage in one of her knees, which meant she had to train very carefully to maintain movements and stay active," said Sara. Learning to adapt exercises to suit her client's unique needs is what inspired Sara to begin studying her four-year Exercise Physiology degree.
For Sara the best part of her job is seeing people make positive changes and get excited about their results and progress. She is excited to be able to help people, which is what drew her to the career in the first place.
When she's not at work, Sara enjoys going out to eat with friends and is also a power-lifter. "Lifting heavy stuff makes me feel strong and powerful," shared Sara.
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology, Diploma in Pilates
Hayley completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in 2014, and her Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2016. Hayley is also passionate about the benefits of the Pilates methodology, which led her to complete her Diploma in Pilates in 2015.Hayley has been fortunate in experiencing a wide range of chronic conditions and musculoskeletal injuries.
Hayley is particularly interested in the benefits of exercise therapy for cancer patients, PTSD and anxiety disorders.
When not in the clinic, Hayley enjoys the beach with her family. You will also find her at the local dog parks and beaches with her fur baby Hank.