About

The Allied Health Care professionals when it comes to health and physical activity…

Strategic exercise advice from trusted, qualified professionals

Life isn’t one size fits all, that’s why we use a tailored approach and support you every step of the way!

3 Dedicated

Exercise Physiologists

1 Amazing

Practice Manager

You’ve been here before. Pain isn’t new to you. Lack of mobility isn’t new to you. You may have been advised that you have a chronic condition. Although medications may be necessary at times, and sometimes surgery seem to be the only perceived option, there are other solutions that can help you limit the need for either medications or surgery. In some cases, our Exercise Physiologists can even help delay or reduce the need for either.

MEET THE TEAM

DAVID – Senior Exercise Physiologist

When I started the business in 2011, I wanted the business name to resonate with how I feel about exercise and what it has done for me, as I am one of the millions of Australians suffering from a chronic condition (Osteoarthritis), hence, Phoenix Health & Fitness was born. Knowing what it feels like to suffer daily, but also having experienced the huge benefits of structured exercise is one of many driving forces behind my passion for what I do and the empathy I provide my patients/clients. There is no more rewarding a feeling than when I see my clients achieve their goals (and having FUN doing it); I believe that there is a management solution for every patient and every condition, therefore, my goal and passion as an Exercise Physiologist is to find that solution…

Phoenix Fun Facts:
i. Phoenix (Trading name): a long-lived bird that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again.
ii. Unavida (Business name): Spanish for ‘one life’.

HAYLEY – Exercise Physiologist

My name is Hayley Ballard. I completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (UoN) and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (CSU). While I enjoy seeing patients with a range of conditions, I have a particular interest in neurological, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. Before being given the opportunity to join the Phoenix Health & Fitness team, I worked with sporting teams as a GPS analyst and sport scientist, NSW Health in-patient rehabilitation and in private practice with a neurological rehab clinic as an exercise scientist. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me on a soccer field, playing guitar or spending time with my family.

MELISSA – Exercise Physiologist

Hi I’m Melissa. I’m a lover of the beach, jazz music, indoor plants and watching my patients/clients get results.
For as long as I can remember, sports (especially athletics and netball) have been a big part of my life. This led me study a Bachelor or Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Newcastle. I’ve also always had a big passion for helping people and so it was only natural that I wanted to steer my career into something that combined these two passions. So I continued on to study a Masters degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Australian Catholic University

SOFIE – Practice Manager

I originate from the land of Vikings, Hans Christian Andersen and LEGO – Denmark. My background in hospitality kept me longing for a job where I could connect with people while utilising my skills, abilities, and knowledge from my Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Language and Culture… and I found the best of both worlds here at Phoenix Health & Fitness. To be a part of our patients’ and clients’ journey to a healthier and better life is truly an honour and it inspires me everyday to do better myself.
I believe that no single human is the same and everybody has a unique story. This belief was reinforced once I started working at Phoenix Health & Fitness and I quickly realised I could be a part of changing people’s lives; helping increase their quality of life and give them unexpected support. If a dream job existed, this would be it for me – I cannot wait to meet you, listen to your story, and support you on your new journey!

Denmark Fun Facts:
i) Denmark is reported to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
ii) Greenland is a part of the Danish Kingdom and the Danish flag is the oldest state flag still in use.

Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or complicated

There’s no reason to worry about it all being too hard or looking silly. The team at Phoenix Health & Fitness will take care of that for you. Have you ever seen anyone hula-hoop in giant steppers? No? Well today is your lucky day, as Melissa has previously attempted to do so – and we caught it on camera!
You might also be the blessed with the view of our Senior EP doing the magical ‘fake stairs’-trick or cracking a joke that will make you laugh harder than you should. Thus, fear not, the Phoenix team will always do their best to make you feel amazing!

Your results matter

Our credentials as a team don’t stop at hula-hooping or cracking a good joke. We genuinely care. We care that you get the tailored experience you deserve from a team of knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who are focused on results. Your results.

We make it FUN!

We know that exercise isn’t what makes most people spring out of bed in the morning. It’s hard work and takes motivation, which is why we make sure all our services make you feel as welcome, encouraged and supported as possible. As a free bonus, all of our sessions come with a sprinkling of humour, so you leave feeling good and with a smile on your face.
You’re welcome.

Want to see what all the fun talk is about?

Meet Shaun

“I started my journey with Phoenix Fitness in December 2017 and I am beyond proud to say I’ve reached my goal weight thanks to David Bennett. David is an accredited exercise physiologist who with his expertise and motivation has assisted me to finally reach my goal that I’ve dreamt of for years. Personally I was a very stubborn person when it came to exercise and my diet and did not like hearing the truth about the changes I had to start making. David stuck by me and pushed me to try harder and harder every day. Before I started at Phoenix Fitness my overall health was very bad in all areas and doctors would tell me I needed to make lifestyle changes immediately before I started to begin having to live with serious health implications. Thanks to David I’m happy to say I received my first blood test in a few years that was healthy. I have lost an overall weight of 65kg and continue every day to see positive changes in my body internally and externally. I would not have reached this goal of mine without David and owe him many thanks for everything he has helped me achieve.”

Still Reading???

I guess it’s time that we get to the nitty-gritty: the part where I talk about my practice in the third person and list out my creds. 

David Bennett: Senior Exercise Physiologist/Managing Director 

David is a true professional that prides his practice on bringing results to the table.

As for the details, I’ve saved you the pain and listed them in easy-to-read bullet points:

  • UNSW: Particpated in an effects of exercise and PTSD study with Dr Simon Rosenbaum (video links available soon)
  • UNSW: Involved in providing advice to universities regarding “Best Practice” for student placements 
  • Regular ESSA MOVE magazine contributor to ESSA: Provide patient case studies in enabling “Best Practice” conformity
  • ESSA: Key Opinion Leader for the ERAA (Exercise Right Active Aging) program
  • ESSA: Collaborator for multiple best-practice topics
  • Presenter for various organisations, e.g., Toukley 50+ Leisure & Learning Centre, ADC, facilitating face-to-face workshops for the Exercise is Medicine program
  • Facilitator for Healthy and Active for Life (Central Coast Lower Health District)
  • Contracted Supervisor/Mentor for students from UNE, Charles Sturt University, Sydney University and Newcastle University
  • Exercise Scientist of the Year 2015 
  • Nominated for Exercise Physiologist of the Year for three years running

“I enjoy coming here because of the atmosphere. It’s nice and relaxed, and you can be yourself. I also enjoy the company of all the people attending as well as the great staff. I will definitely recommend Phoenix to everyone – young or elderly, everyone is always looked after with great care.”

~ John,  Age 61 ~

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