Meet The Bounce Team

Matthew Craig – Principal

Matthew became the Founding Director of bounceREHAB in 2005. In private practice for 15 years, Matt is experienced and is considered a “Senior” Physiotherapist, having proudly completed his degree many years ago at the University of Sydney back in 2002.  Whilst already qualified and working as a Sports Physiotherapist, Matthew completed America’s prestigious CSCS (Certificate of Strength and Conditioning Specialist) exercise science qualification with Distinction at the NSCA (National Strength & Conditioning Association). Bringing together the knowledge and skill from schools of Physiotherapy, Sports Scientist, Exercise Physiology and Pain Sciences, Matthew (& bounceREHAB) received exclusive referrals from the major 7 WorkCover NSW and major 3 MAA (CTP – Car Accidents) insurance companies to assist their Injury Management and Rehabilitation programs and protocol developmant for chronic pain claimants (complex cases). In this space it was essential to have the following characteristics: compassion, empathy, sensitivity and skill set to understand that chronic pain is not the same thing as treating  and dealing with everyday common acute conditions.

His ability to ‘Explain Pain Science’ and engage those with persistent pain or acute pain sets him apart from other health practitioners. In 2012/13 he was up to the challenge, studied and qualified as a STEEL and PINC CANCER REHAB PHYSIOTHERAPIST, to help men and women pre-post (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy,   surgically) with cancer to restore strength, daily function and healthy lifestyles to prevent secondary cancers.

Matt has collaborated with University of Sydney and presented his various research projects at the APA National Conference in Darling Harbour 2008 to the Occupational Health Physiotherapy Group and the International Foot and Ankle Symposium 2007 at University of Sydney alongside A/Professor Claire Hillier.

With Matt’s special interest and experience within the settings of “Occupational Pain Management” and “Return to Work Coordination” it was only a matter of time for Matt to be involved in the Corporate Wellness space. Matthew has designed and implemented a host of Corporate Wellness Packages and Early Intervention Injury Prevention Programs with a large number of companies including Kmart, NARTA, Lend Lease, ACCOR Hotels (Darling Harbour), Qantas, ABC (Sydney), Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Red Balloon.

Matt is a passion for delivering ongoing education. bounceREHAB hosts physiotherapy students who come to learn under Matthew and Paul’s guidance. As formal Clinical Educators, Matthew and Paul take on students all year round from the prestigious Sydney University – School of Physiotherapy. They also host international physiotherapy students (University of Missouri) and other Universities in NSW (Newcastle, Canberra, Bathurst).

Outside of work Matthews time is absorbed (hands completely tied) dancing, singing, reading and making lots of noise with his 2 young children (Indigo 7 and Violet 3). His beautiful wife is an amazing sustainability interior designer and a cook so they both exercise the passion to stay active and to eat well with no regrets. Whilst he loves a regular drop of red wine with family/friends he runs it off up the steep hills of Collaroy (or around Blackwattle Bay), with regular pilates, hot yoga or a long slow walk with Napoleon and Josephine his beloved pugs (dogs). He is a lover of music and a tragic for buying new vinyl records to play throughout the home sonos surround sound.

Matt is currently (once and for all) undertaking a Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of La Trobe, Melbourne.

  • B.App.Sc. (Physiotherapy) 2002
  • NSCA CSCS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist) title with Distinction
  • STEEL & PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist
  • Masters Pain Management Medicine (deferred)
  • Recognised Workcover, CTP, DVA and Medicare Provider
  • Chronic pain management
  • Real time ultrasound
  • Currently Undertaking a Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy
  • Occupation Health Physiotherapy
  • Advanced Dry Needling Practitioner
  • Workcover, CTP and DVA accreditation
  • Dux (1st place) at High School – UAI 97.1 (score out of 100) 1998
  • RPAH allocation year 2002-2003 (1st preference based on academia results)
  • National Advisory Board CPAA (Chronic Pain Association of Australia) 2009-2013
  • DIRECTOR bounceREHAB – 2005 to present
  • ACI (Agency for Clinical Innovation) Pain Management NSW Health 2010-2012
  • Preferred physiotherapy provider for: SCEC, ABC, 7, 10, Kmart, Wesfarmers, NRMA
  • Designed the award winning “Fitness For Work Program” with the Security Personnel at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center.
  • Research with University of Sydney: topics include Sciatica and Lyrica lower back pain trial, Foot/Ankle orthopedic recovery and early graded exercise + education (CBT), lower back pain TRIGGERS trial, Whiplash recovery trial, Health professional communication and its effects on pain outcomes.

Men’s Pilates and the Gender Debate – Join the Wolfpack on Saturdays



Pneumonia In Private Practice: Chest Physiotherapy, Diagnosis, Treatment, Techniques & Nutritional Support

TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT – Osteoarthritis, Complications, Precautions, Pain, Surgery videos, Rehabilitation and lots more….

A beginners guide to pelvic floor muscle exercise

EPSOM SALTS – MAGNESIUM SULFATE…Relax, Repair, Replenish, Restore

Sprained Ankle– Treatment, Rehab, Recovery Time and Prevention by Matt Craig

Bells’s Palsy Physical Therapy Treatments. Dry Needling placement in affected muscles and physical therapy for facial paralysis – Matt Craig

Morton’s Neuroma: High Heel Pain!

Dry Needling Vs Acupuncture By Matthew Craig & Ben West

EPRT – Electro Pressure Regeneration Therapy

Frozen Shoulder

Introduction to Pain Management & Psychology

Why Pilates Helps People with Back Pain

Baby Slings – give them a shot ! (CHOICE latest review)

Coping with persistent pain: A guide for patients, partners, family & carers

Matthew Craig contributed towards this documentin 2008 and is acknowledged as a co-author of the pdf guide (last link listed above)


"It doesn't matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop."
Caroline Zanelli – Nutrition

Caroline is a highly reputable nutritionist with a degree in Nutritional Medicine and Psychology. She has recently been awarded a research scholarship by Endeavour College of Natural Health to investigate which nutrients are essential to reduce the risk of chronic disease and/or improve the overall outcome of the disease. Caroline also dedicates one day a week to the MINDD Foundation, a non for profit organization which helps both patients and practitioners understand and implement effective nutritional treatments for metabolic, immunologic, neurologic, digestive and developmental conditions that often affect the mind. Caroline receives many GP referrals for weight loss assistance, depression & anxiety, auto-immune conditions, respiratory conditions, cardiac and vascular conditions (to reduce risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc), brain health (parkinsons, dementia), osteoporosis, fractures and bone health. Running low in good gut bacteria due to use of antibiotics is also a common referral to see a Nutritionist.

Whilst studying for her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in the UK, she worked in research at Kings College London in the Psychological Medicine department. Now Caroline combines her knowledge of psychology with nutrition to help understand and change peoples approach and attitudes towards food, lifestyle and overall wellbeing. She works closely with our team of Physiotherapists in enhancing the recovery process following injury. Patients report accelerated reduction in their pain levels, inflammation size, swelling timeframe and increase their functional capacity.

Caroline has worked with the Stephanie Alexander “Kitchen Garden Program” where she demonstrated and educated children on the benefits of cooking with the seasonal produce that they grew in their school garden. Caroline is also heavily involved in bounceREHAB’s Corporate Wellness Health and Wellbeing Programs. She is a talented presenter of Nutritional Health topics and is always keen to run Corporate Cooking Workshops and Team Talks.

When Caroline isn’t at work she is experimenting in the kitchen developing new recipes and throwing dinner parties for friends. Caroline regularly practices yoga, pilates and loves hanging out at the beach, working on those all important Vitamin D levels!

Caroline works with bounceREHAB on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

NEWSFLASH: Detox October or “Detox-tober” with Caroline Zanelli Nutritional Medicine Guru at bounceREHAB


Caroline can help you with:
Wholefood Store Pain Management
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Corrine Vallelonga – Pilates

Corrine fell in love with the Pilates method over 7 years ago and after the birth of her second child decided to take time out from the corporate world of media and advertising to pursue her dream of studying Pilates full time.

As a graduate of Polestar Pilates, she is very passionate about the power to heal through movement; and it was during her third pregnancy when Corrine herself herniated a disc at 29 weeks (requiring hospitalisation) she gained the most significant perspective. It was at this time she first met Paul and the team at Bounce who assisted her therapy both pre and post the birth.

Corrine believes that “As painful and overwhelming as the experience was, in hindsight I am grateful for the insight and lessons I gained. Including the importance of self-care, the power of Pilates in rehabilitation and a greater capacity to empathise with clients recovering from injury”. When Corrine isn’t teaching or practicing Pilates she can be found chasing after her three kids on the northern beaches, experimenting with healthy meals for the family or furthering her studies in the Pilates method.

Paul Dardagan – Principal

Paul is a Director of bounceREHAB and is passionate about working within a multidisciplinary framework. He works closely with specialists from many fields which include but are not limited to orthopaedic surgeons, general practitioners, neurosurgeons, pain specialist, massage therapists, nutritionists, dietetics, naturopaths, pilates-yoga instructors, sports physicians, coaches and personal trainers. Paul ensures that bounceREHAB is a multidisciplinary practice with a focus on all disciplines within health and wellbeing.

Paul’s qualifications include a Masters of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Coaching Science and a Postgraduate Certificate in Human Movement Science with a focus on Strength and Conditioning. He is currently undertaking further studies through La Trobe University in Melbourne with a double Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy.

Paul’s love of sports sparked his interest in physiotherapy. He was previously involved in key roles at numerous rugby clubs in the ACT as head physiotherapist, and has years of coaching experience in rugby union where he also played a major role with the strength and conditioning of the players. Paul was responsible for implementing the South Sydney Rabbitohs Academy Program which requires a combination of Physiotherapy and Strength and Conditioning development.

Paul also has a special interest in Corporate Wellness and Occupational Pain Management along with co-director Matthew Craig. Matthew and Paul have designed and implemented a number of Corporate Wellness packages with a number of companies including Kmart, NARTA, Lend Lease, ACCOR Hotels, Qantas, ABC, Bupa, Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre and Red Balloon.

Paul is also a Clinical Educator with a passion for the delivery of ongoing education. bounceREHAB frequently hosts guest allied health professionals including doctors, nutritionists, physiotherapy students and personal trainers who come to learn under Paul’s guidance. As a clinical educator Paul takes on students all year round from Sydney University.

  • Masters of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Coaching Science
  • Post Graduate certificate in Human Movement Science
  • Rugby Union Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Olympic Weight Lifting
  • Occupation Health Physiotherapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Workcover, CTP and DVA accreditation
  • Chronic pain management
  • Real time ultrasound
  • Currently Undertaking a Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome – Paul Dardagan

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Samantha Panos – Physio

Samantha Panos completed her Physiotherapy degree at prestigious University of Sydney, and has been working at bounceREHAB since 2016 as a Pilates Instructor.

Samantha has a great passion for sports medicine as a retired elite aerobic gymnast, having competed in the sport for 11 years, representing Australia twice at the Asian Championships in 2014 and 2015, and winning Gymnastics NSW Athlete of the Year twice. She has practiced Pilates for the past 8 years, currently trains in Muay Thai kickboxing, and enjoys an active lifestyle. Regular Pilates has been crucial for strengthening and maintaining muscle flexibility to help with preventing and recovering faster from injuries due to vigorous training. 

Samantha has built her experience in Sports Physiotherapy, having covered a range of sports ranging from schools to elite level athletes. She covered the Sydney Amazons and Warriors in the National Volleyball league from 2016-2017, travelling with them to Melbourne as the team physiotherapist for the National Championships in 2017. She has also covered the Sydney Olympic women’s football teams, athletes at the Sydney APIA International Wheelchair Tennis Open, the 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, and the 2017 City to Surf. In 2017 Samantha was accepted into a 4 week intensive Sports Physio mentoring program which provided her with the opportunity to cover school rugby league games and the Blacktown Magic mens and womens AFL team training and games, with guidance from titled sports physiotherapists.

Samantha held the position of Head Sport Aerobics coach at Santa Sabina College in 2015, and has completed her Level 1 APA Sports Trainer and APPI Pilates Course in 2014. She has cultivated experience in teaching pilates to healthy and clinical populations in 1:1, studio and group settings, working at bounceREHAB as an instructor in clinical rehabilitation classes, reformer pilates, mat pilates and barre. 

Samantha is a keen Pilates enthusiast who loves to exercise on the reformer, and has a keen interest in sports related rehabilitation and women’s health. With her gymnastics backgrounds, she likes to maintain a particular focus on proper alignment and technique during her Pilates sessions – including correct muscle activation, as well as helping clients develop muscular strength, endurance, flexibility, balance and core stability. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, Samantha will develop you a safe but challenging individualised Pilates session. 

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will
Suzy Kassem
Jeff Stewart – Podiatrist


Jeff graduated from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Podiatry. He has a passion for working in a multidisciplinary team of allied health professionals to achieve best results and has worked as a Podiatrist in private practice across Sydney.

Having grown up in Melbourne sport has always been in Jeff’s blood. Growing up he played any sport he possibly could. This was where Jeff’s interest in biomechanics (movement sciences) began and led to him pursuing a career in podiatry.

Jeff is a member of The Australian Podiatry Association, Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) and also the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine (AAPSM). He regularly attends conferences and seminars all over the world to keep up with the latest research. Jeff will use the latest innovation and technology when assessing and treating your lower limbs/feet and for the prescribing of orthotics and footwear.

In his spare time Jeff enjoys anything sport especially AFL. He also enjoys traveling and seeing all that the world has to offer.

  • B.App.Sc. (Podiatry)
  • Sports Medicine Australia (SMA) Member
  • Australasian Academy of Podiatric Member
  • Recognised Workcover, CTP, DVA and Medicare Provider
  • Works with feet as his subject matter every single day…that is certainly an achievement.
Jeff can help you with:
Pain Management
"Life is like a camera - Focus on what's important, capture the good times, develop from the negatives."
Jack Rayment – Physio

JRayment photo

Jack Rayment is a physiotherapist who graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from The University of Sydney. Jack has developed a strong background in biomechanics and physiology through his undergraduate studies in Health Science, majoring in Human Movement, also at The University of Sydney.

Jack possesses a wide range of clinical experience, from remote New South Wales to far north India. Working in a multicultural and multidisciplinary team in hospitals and small clinics in such varying contexts has had compounding benefits for his professional and personal life.

Jack plays an active role in the community. He was Student Representative for the Masters of Physiotherapy cohort in the Faculty of Health Sciences and participated in mediating seminars for leading Australian Physiotherapy researchers. Jack is also active in the sporting community, working as a sports trainer and physiotherapist for local sporting teams, including first grade competition.  

Outside of his professional endeavors, Jack enjoys playing squash, is an avid podcast listener (particularly in the fields of social science and economics) and is a keen trekker, travelling locally and in internationally, meeting the challenge of conquering new landscapes. 

Jack’s academic achievements are matched by his creativity, innovative approach to problem-solving and his commitment to community health and wellbeing. He grasps conquering the challenges of professional excellence in the same way he does the challenges of conquering some of the world’s toughest treks.

  • Masters of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor of Health Science (Human Movement)
  • AFL Sports Physiotherapy
  • Dry Needling
  • Workcover, CTP, NDIS and DVA accreditation
  • Chronic pain management
  • Real time ultrasound


Jack can help you with:
If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got
Henry Ford
Lucas Benoist – Yoga

About Lucas : My interest to yoga were attracted by eastern philosophy and spirituality. I was interested about different ways of thinking and considering life. In my study (philosophy) I found out the theoretical part wasn’t satisfying for me. I was looking for a way to practice and experience spirituality by myself. I started practicing yoga in Thailand. In the same time I was in my third year of a Bachelor in Philosophy. I thought at first that yoga would be a nice activity to do a couple of times a week, but very fast I found myself practicing everyday sometimes even twice a day. I consider yoga as a self healing exploration. And what a great adventure it is ! The practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation became wonderful tools to learn more and more about myself in many ways. It helped me to heal and deal with the various body pains (specifically my back and knee pain) due to bad habits of life and some sporting accidents had in the past. More so, I was bringing balance to my body and also my daily life, more and more my perceptions would become clear after practicing yoga. Of course it’s only the beginning of this endless yoga life journey and I open the door of a new entire universe which is myself. According to how much happiness yoga brought so far I can’t wait to be in the next step of this self exploration. I want to share this ability of self-healing and help people as much as I can to enjoy this gift called Yoga.

A/Prof Nigel Hope – Surgeon
A/Professor Nigel Hope, MBBS, PhD, FRACS, FAOrthA

A/Prof Hope is a leading specialist in Sports Injury Medicine, Minimally Invasive Tissue Preserving Hip and Knee Surgery, knee (meniscal) surgery, osteoarthritis, hip and knee replacement. He also specialises in articular cartilage contouring to relieve pain, improve function and delay or prevent the onset of osteoarthritis.

After graduating with an MBBS from the University of Sydney, A/Professor Hope completed his PhD on the composition and repair mechanisms of the knee joint meniscus in 1994. This still remains to be the nations only PhD in the composition and repair mechansisms of the knee joint. After finishing his Orthopaedic Specialist qualifications in 2000, he undertook advanced surgical training in France and Switzerland for the direct anterior approach to hip surgery and became one of the pioneering surgeons in Australia to perform the operation.

A/Prof Hope has written for international publications on the knee joint meniscus and has been invited to speak at numerous research conferences and workshops globally.

Currently, A/Prof Hope is involved in co-authoring two textbooks on Clinical Examination and regularly presents lectures at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney.

In a recent scientific publication, A/Prof Hope examined the outcomes of minimally invasive hip fracture fixation, while his current research projects include an extensive study on the results of minimally invasive hip replacement, assessment of knee arthroscopy without tourniquet, and a review of patient specific knee replacement techniques.

A/Prof Hope sees patients at bounceREHAB on Tuesdays 2-5pm and at the Sydney Adventist Hospital in Wahroonga, where he performs all surgical operations.

A/Prof can help you with:
Kathryn Edwards – Pilates Principal

Kathryn is seriously the best Pilates Instructor in Australia. Kathryn completed her Pilates teacher training & certification at the Elixr School of Pilates for both Reformer and Mat Pilates. In addition to her qualifications for teaching the traditional methods of Pilates (i.e Mat & Reformer), Kathryn is rated as the best Barre Attack instructor in Sydney.

She has been practising Pilates for well over 10 years, and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with her clients. Practicing Pilates herself through 2 pregnancies, and since completing her qualification in Pre/Post Natal Pilates, she has enjoyed teaching other mums the Pilates principles that will safely assist them through their physical changes. We offer Pre/Post Natal Clinical Pilates at bounceREHAB as a result of medical research (and our physio background) strongly supporting the importance for women pre-post pregnancy being engaged in pilates and exercise.

Kathryn’s classes provide a fun, vibrant, dynamic, informed and challenging workout that is tailored to all levels of fitness and experience, focusing on precise movement and alignment. She is available for 1 on 1 or our intimate 1 to 4 and up to 1 to 50 for corporate sessions.

In her time away from the studio, Kathryn enjoys a healthy lifestyle, loves to be outdoors and to cook healthy meals for her two beautiful girls and husband.

Kathryn’s pilates moves can be seen regularly on our Facebook or Instagram page.

“It is the mind itself which shapes the body”
Joseph Pilates
Stuart Duff – Massage

Stuart is a very popular Remedial Massage Therapist with 9 years of experience working in the sports, medical and corporate fields. He has a great understanding of functional anatomy, injury rehab, restoring efficient muscle function, and pain reduction. For 4 years he worked with and received significant training from one of the leading sports and neuromuscular massage therapist in Australia, who over 35 years developed a Myo-Neural Release technique that delivers quick and better results through muscle and tendon manipulation.

Stuart has resolved difficult muscle injuries, nerve issues, and movement problems with athletes from almost all areas of the sporting world including top level AFL players, triathletes, golfers, tennis players, sprinters, marathon runners, cyclists, professional dancers, rugby players, and certainly not least of all, the weekend warrior.

One of the additional areas of massage Stuart specialises in, is working with expectant mothers. With extra qualified training in Pregnancy Massage he aims to reduce the discomfort, pain, and stress that can arise during all stages of the pregnancy.

Combining his passion for massage and extensive training in Remedial, Sports, and Neuromuscular techniques, Stuart is able to help with wide variety of muscle, nerve, and stress related issues.

When Stuart isn’t building houses & schools in Cambodia for poor family’s, he enjoys relaxing with friends (and a wine!) after a game of golf.

Stuart works with bounceREHAB on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Stuart can help you with:
Massage Pain Management
"Be the change you want to see in the world" Mahatma Gandhi
Mahatma Gandhi