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20 Imperial Ave, Emu Plains, NSW, 2750

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Our Story

Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy is a friendly professional practice that has been providing an excellent service to the area of Emu Plains and the surrounding community for 28 years. Established in 1997, it was taken over by Simon and his wife, Alison, in 2001. They have seen the practice evolve over the last 23 years and still hold true to their philosophy of providing good service and being an asset to the local community. 

The practice adopts a holistic approach to treatment. "Our aim is to accurately assess and treat our clients in a friendly and relaxed environment, to optimise their performance or quality of life".

Our team of dedicated professionals are motivated to achieve the best outcome for our patients. We believe quality assessment and accurate diagnosis are the foundations for determining the appropriate treatment and management for any injury. Whether you’re an elite sportsperson, participate in recreational activities or someone who has hurt themselves gardening, every patient is examined and appraised systematically. We then provide a comprehensive explanation of what is wrong and what needs to be done to help you recover.

We have a strong interest in musculoskeletal injuries and exercise rehabilitation. Treatment provided is “hands on” manual therapy for the treatment of injuries to joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments. At Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy we understand that treatment also involves preventative care to reduce the risk of re-occurrence.

So if you’ve got neck pain from sitting at a computer or you’ve “pulled a hamstring” trying to set a world record, then get the right advice and treatment – first time with us.

Our Team

Simon Chung
Senior Physiotherapist

Simon has been working as a physiotherapist in the local area for the past 28 years. 

Since taking over Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2001 he has strived to always deliver a high standard of clinical practice to all his patients.

Simon has been team physiotherapist for:​

  • Penrith Panthers Jersey Flegg, NSW Cup, NRL Physiotherapist
  • Penrith Panthers Head Physiotherapist for Junior reps 2014 - 2019, SG Ball, Harold Matthews Tarsha Gale Cup Rugby League squads
  • Cricket Australia (Indoor Cricket) Trans-Tasman and World Cup Physiotherapist (2016 - 2017)
  • NSW Indoor Cricket Nationals Physiotherapist (2015-2017)
  • NSW Indoor Netball Nationals Physiotherapist (2009-2014)
  • Canoeing Australia Nationals 2004 Physiotherapist
  • NSW Netball
  • Kayaking Australia
  • Emu Plains Junior Rugby League (for over 15 years)
  • Lower Mountains Junior Representative Baseball
  • Emu Plains Soccer Club
  • Sydney Metro Touch Football
  • Windsor Rugby League Club

Simon’s main area of expertise is in the treatment and exercise rehabilitation of peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal disorders, including sports injuries, work injuries, and other orthopaedic conditions. Advanced level rehabilitation is his passion.

He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia, Manual Therapy Physiotherapy and Private Practice Physiotherapy.


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Sydney University
  • Diploma Health Science (UWS)
  • Level 1+2 Sports Physiotherapy
  • Dry Needling Certified Practitioner
  • Level 2 NRL Medical Trainer
  • McKenzie and Muscle Energy Certified
  • Mulligan Upper and Lower Quadrant Certified


Oktay Mercanoglu

Oktay has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Western Sydney University. Prior to studying Physiotherapy, he studied within the field of Sport and Exercise Science.

Oktay has worked across various hospital environments, including Liverpool, Nepean, Blacktown, and Mount Druitt Hospitals. 

Being a keen sports person, he has participated in soccer, basketball, Oz-Tag, powerlifting, bodybuilding, and boxing. Having experienced multiple injuries associated with these sports, this has driven his passion for a career in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

Oktay has just commenced working with the Penrith Panthers Jersey Flegg team.

He has a special interest in work and sports related musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, and biomechanical analysis to provide high quality rehabilitation and interventions for his patients. 

Oktay is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He is SIRA and Medicare accredited.

"Hands on treatment is my management ethos".


  • Bachelor Of Physiotherapy (Western Sydney University)
  • Level 1 + 2 Sports Physiotherapy
  • ​Dry Needling Certified Practitioner


Brett Greely

Brett has completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Macquarie University. Prior to being a physiotherapist Brett studied music and audio engineering. He spent a decade broadcasting live television and radio for Fox Sports and SBS as well as working in technical production for live music festivals and events.

Being keen on sports and keeping active, Brett has participated in many sports from basketball and athletics to dancing and BMX racing. His interest in sport has led to Brett's fair share of injuries and, in turn, his passion for physiotherapy and rehabilitation. He now enjoys Kung Fu, Yoga, bushwalking, mountain biking and gardening.

Brett has a specialist interest in work and sports related musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain and biomechanical analysis to provide high quality rehabilitation and interventions for his patients. He brings with him invaluable experience from his time at Royal North Short Hospital where he was a part of a multi-disciplinary team who delivered an intensive chronic pain management program known as ADAPT.

His past experience at Concentric Rehabilitation has seen him work with patients with complex neurological conditions as well as management strategies and exercise interventions for residents within aged care. 

Brett is also a trained Massage Therapist and holds true to manual therapy, hands on as his treatments as his management ethos.


  • Doctor of Physiotherapy (Macquarie University)
  • Certificate IV in Massage (TAFE NSW)
  • Sports Trainer Level 1 (SMA)
  • Sports Taping Level 1 (SMA)
  • Advanced Soft Tissue Mobilisation Techniques for Physiotherapists Level 1 (USYD)
  • Bachelor of Music Major in Audio Technology (Australian Institute of Music)


Shadi Dahdal
Exercise Physiologist

Shadi is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, sports trainer, and exercise physiologist with a vast level of experience working in numerous sporting environments, workplace health and safety, NDIS, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.

Shadi has been a Strength & Conditioning Coach/Sports Trainer for:​

  • Penrith Panthers NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg, SG Ball and Harold Matthews Teams
  • Wests Magpies & Wests Tigers - SG Ball and Harold Matthews
  • Wentworthville Magpies - Ron Massey Cup
  • Canberra Raiders & Mounties - NRL and NSW Cup
  • Western Sydney Wanderers 
  • Trinity Grammar - Swimming and Rugby Teams
  • NSWIS - Assisting in swimming, diving, hockey, netball, water polo and a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports
  • Swimming NSW - Elite talent development squads

Shadi has gained valuable background knowledge in sports performance, the rehabilitation process and practical skills working with some of the best S&C coaches, physiotherapists, bio-mechanists, physiologists, and sports coaches in Australia and having worked in numerous organisations and clinics, he has varied experience across a spectrum of conditions, both simple and complex. 

He is also a member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). He is SIRA and Medicare accredited.


  • ​Bachelor of Health Science – Sport and Exercise (University of Western Sydney
  • Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Charles Sturt University)
  • Diploma of Fitness (TAFE, 2014)
  • Diploma of Remedial and Sports Massage (ACNT, 2010)
  • Level 2 S&C (ASCA)
  • Level 2 Sports Trainer (SMA and NRL)


Michael McCorriston
Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist

Michael is a dual qualified physiotherapist and accredited exercise physiologist. He has a playing background in representative rugby league and golf. Michael now enjoys mid to long distance running and remains active in the gym.

Michael has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and sports injuries. He has extensive insight into injury prevention, rehabilitation, strength & conditioning and return to performance for athletes across various sports.

Michael has held various roles for:

  • Western Suburbs Magpies - SG Ball and Harold Matthews
  • NSW Waratahs - Gen Blue & Women's
  • NSW Country Rugby Union
  • Illawarra Rugby Union - Men's Open
  • Macarthur Rams - NPL First Grade & 20's
  • West Harbour Pirates Rugby Club - Colts
  • Western Region Academy of Sport
  • Camden Rams Rugby League


  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Charles Sturt University)
  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (University of New South Wales)
  • Level 1 S&C (ASCA)


Alana Vella
Exercise & Sports Scientist

Alana is a fully qualified Exercise and Sports Scientist and is currently undergoing further studies to become a Physiotherapist.

Being a sports lover, Alana has participated in numerous sports including martial arts, swimming, and tennis. Being involved in sports from a young age has driven her interest in developing a career in the field of sports and exercise.

Alana has completed a Strength & Conditioning/Performance Analysis Internship with Paddle Australia, working with a wide array of athletes. She has also worked under an Exercise Physiologist to further her knowledge in the field of exercise and sports.


  • Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science (Australian Catholic University)