PHYXIT Physio and Injury Clinic | Our Team


We have the most passionate team of Physios and Remedial Massage Therapists in the Illawarra, ready to help you.

Catriona (Cat) CROGHAN

Director and Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

  • University of Sydney

Masters of Applied Science (Sports Physiotherapy)

  • Griffith University QLD

Academic Excellence Award

  • Masters of AppSc (Sports Physio)

APA Titles Sport and Exercise Physiotherapist

Australian Swimming Team Physiotherapist

NSWIS Physiotherapy Provider 1997 – current

APA NSW Branch Council Rep.

APA NSW Rural Committee Co-chair

APA Illawarra Regional Group Co-chair


While studying her undergraduate degree Cat also pursued hockey and ultimately represented Australia. She has also cycled at a state level and was a member of the paralympic squad leading into Athens as a pilot for a visually impaired athlete. Cat has had her fair share of injuries and can fully appreciate the frustrations associated with time out of sport/activity.

Cat spent three years in the lead-up to the Sydney Olympics traveling full time with the Australian Sailing Team and represented Australia as a Physiotherapist at the 2000 Olympics. She is obviously passionate about sport and people who are passionate about being active and maintaining activity.

Cat has provided physiotherapy coverage for sports including rugby union, hockey, gymnastics, martial arts, corporate sports days and has spent a season working in the NSW ski fields as a physiotherapist. She has also attended World University Games as a physiotherapist and was nominated in the Australian University hockey team three consecutive years whilst studying.

Cat has been retained as the Team Physiotherapist for the Young Matildas (womens Football) including management of the teams’ injuries whilst in Australia as well as on Tour including a month tour in Italy.

Cat is currently a Physiotherapist with the DOLPHINS – Australian Swimming Team. She has traveled to World Junior OWS, World Cups, World Championships, and Olympic qualifying events. As well as the Physiotherapists for the Olympic Dolphins OWS in the lead-in for the Olympic Team for RIO 2016, TOKYO 2021(2), and will be in Paris 2024.


Cat is passionate about advocacy for her profession, the health of all Australians, and helping people maintain the ability to continue to do the activities they love to do. 

Cat believes in life long learning and continually maintains her knowledge of the latest research and evidence to ensure all her patients receive the best care available. 

James DAVY


James DAVY


  • University of Canberra

B. Science (Exercise Science)

  • University of Wollongong

Registered Physiotherapist

  • With the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

James is a keen and committed physiotherapist who is passionate about providing his clients with the best treatment management.

He has completed a Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) at Wollongong University and a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Canberra University. He is committed to ongoing learning to ensure he can provide his clients with the best treatment possible.

James has a strong interest in sport and exercise. He is heavily involved in triathlon and competes at an elite level. He is a qualified Triathlon coach and enjoys coaching local triathletes.

Salvador RIBIERO

B. Physiotherapist 


Escola Superior Saude da Cruz Vermelha Portuguesa (Portuguese Red Cross University)

Certificate in Phsiological Chains – Leopold Busquet

Certificate of Physiotherapy in ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome)



Coming from southwest Europe (Portugal)  and being a rugby player, you often will see me tanned and bruised. very early in my profession, I was part of an ICU team as a physiotherapist constantly working with mechanical ventilators. At the same time, sports and musculoskeletal conditions got my attention. I joined an Osteopathic and Physio clinic where I worked alongside an Osteopath and dedicated my time looking after professional and semi-professional athletes in all different sports: dancing, rugby, soccer, handball, and basketball.


As someone who has been into sports since childhood, and with my background in musculoskeletal and biomechanics, as well as my work experience, I am able to comprehend various injuries and conditions. This is because I have also been on the receiving end of treatment many times before.

Claudia OBST

B. Physiotherapist 


Claudia grew up in regional NSW in Wagga Wagga, and is a friendly, encouraging and empathetic physiotherapist who loves to help individuals improve their function and reach their goals.


She has plenty of experience in sport as an athlete and physio, understanding how difficult injuries and rehabilitation can be, both mentally and physically. She gained valuable experience as the physiotherapist for the Illawarra Hockey Masters team at State Championships and the WIAQ team at Swimming Nationals, as well as working at crossfit games and in club rugby.


Claudia has had many sporting achievements as an athlete, including playing rugby in the Super W competition and most recently the Championship league in the UK. Claudia is passionate about creating meaningful professional relationships with her patients and getting them back to doing what they love (and keeping them there!)


Dr. of Physiotherapy

Doctor of Physiotherapy
⁃ Macquarie University
Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sport)
⁃ Western Sydney university

Registered Physiotherapist
⁃ With the Australian Health Practitioner Association Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Blake is a sporty, energetic and passionate Physio with an extensive background in sports with experience at the Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders. He plays Rugby League and enjoys an afternoon surf.

Blake is a passionate Physio and a strong advocate for his patients. He is committed to ongoing learning to ensure he can provide his patients with up to date, evidence based treatment.

He holds Dry Needling qualifications and has experience with sports coverage including, Rugby, Hockey and coverage at National Swimming Championships.

He loves to have a laugh, while getting the best out of his patients to maximise their recovery.


Masters of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of exercise science  

-Wollongong University (UOW) 


Masters of Physiotherapy  

-University of Sydney (USYD)  


Registered Physiotherapist 

-Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)  


Jayden is a passionate Physiotherapist, whose ultimate goal is to facilitate effective and optimal recovery for his patients.  


Jayden’s journey into Physiotherapy is deeply rooted in his lifelong passion for sports. From a young age, he has immersed himself into a variety of athletic pursuits. Jayden maintains his ongoing passion for soccer and golf.  


Jayden has also had experience as a sports trainer, working with multiple soccer teams, Northern District Lions AFL team and Wollongong Mustangs Gridiron team.  


Known for his compassionate and personalised approach, Jayden collaborates closely with patients. Whether it’s assisting athletes in overcoming sports related injuries or helping individuals with musculoskeletal issues to regain an active lifestyle, Jayden is very committed in promoting overall wellbeing through physiotherapy.  


Master of Physiotherapy

Master of Physiotherapy
  •  University of Sydney
Bachelor of Exercise Science
  •  University of Wollongong
Registered Physiotherapist
  •  With the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Lisa has a strong background in sports rehabilitation and injury prevention, with a passion for working with athletes and the lower limb. 
She has worked as physiotherapist in sport for the Wollongong Wolves, Coniston FC and Football South Coast event coverage. She currently plays soccer herself as a first grade player for South Coast Flame in the Women’s League One competition. 
Lisa spent time in camp as physiotherapist for the 2022 FIJI women’s National Netball Team for the Aus-Pacific Series and was part of the physiotherapy team working with national athletes in the 2022 UCI Road World Championships. 
Lisa enjoys getting to know her clients and having an individualistic approach to her rehabilitation. Having had her own injuries throughout her sporting career, Lisa is understanding of the importance and passion of returning to sport. 
Lisa is also a neurological physiotherapist with experience in NDIS, working with conditions such as stroke, autism, brain injury, cerebral palsy and amputees. She employs an empathetic approach, developing strong therapeutic relationships with her clients and celebrating the small but meaningful wins to her clients quality of life. 
In her spare time, Lisa enjoys going hiking, indoor rock climbing, quality time with her friends and playing sport.





Mel is our wonderful Practice Manager.  Her wealth of knowledge kicks goals when it comes to our ethos and interaction of our support staff with clients. 


She has been involved for many years in the health and sporting industry. Previously an elite athlete and PE teacher and now currently a personal trainer.


Mel is also a full time Mum to 4 kids (as well as all of us!). What Mel doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing.


  • working out of PHYXIT PHYSIO

Danielle COOK

Remedial Massage

Danielle brings to Phyxit a wealth of experience within the Remedial massage field. She practices patient centered care and works with her clients to reach their goals. She has experience in a large scope of practice and strives to deliver gold standard treatment.


Danielle is a keen Hockey player and Skier which means some tough decisions during winter! However loves jumping on the Indoor Hockey court in summer. 


  • working out of PHYXIT PHYSIO

Darren CAVE

Musculoskeletal and Naturopathic Practitioner

Darren has been practicing since 1998 as a Naturopath and Musculoskeletal Practitioner.

His Qualifications include:
Advanced Musculoskeletal Training Certificates
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
Diploma of Herbal Medicine
Diploma of Nutrition
Diploma of Homeopathy
Diploma of Remedial Therapies
Diploma of Sports Medicine
He is also Work Cover approved: No. 2906
And a member of The Australian Medicine Society Association No. 8548


Darren’s main focus in his practice is Musculoskeletal therapy. Darren obtained his post graduate musculoskeletal training with Dr Paul Conneely in Sydney, this training has inspired Darren to work in the Musculoskeletal field since 1997, Darren has since flourished in this field with passion and dedication. He has developed a significant client base.