Providing you with the best staff for the best care


Charlie Finlay-Jones

Charlie is the owner and Principal Physiotherapist of Newcastle Aquatic Physiotherapy.He graduated in Physiotherapy from Sydney University  in 1991. and worked in several Newcastle practices before opening  his own practise in 1994.
Charlie has post-graduate qualifications in Chinese Acupuncture and Hydrotherapy, but has a special interest in amputees, stroke and multi-trauma rehabilitation. Building our new complex has understandably been a career highlight, but “Darling” and the 3
children are his first love and passion.
Having been born with salt water in his veins, Charlie spends endless hours searching for the perfect wave all year round, but the Winter does see him leave the coast and head south for the ski fields and some snowboarding. Charlie does not do ball sports
and cannot catch.

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Jason Carswell

Jason gained his degree in Exercise Science from Southern Cross University in 1990 before moving onto Physiotherapy.He graduated from Sydney University(Cumberland College) in 1994 and joined our Practice in 1995, whilst we were based at the Hunter Valley Private Hospital.Jason left us for a few years to travel abroad and then worked up and down the coast of NSW before settling back in Newcastle. We were very happy when he decided to come back to our Practice in 2010. Jason enjoys all aspects of Physiotherapy, but has a special interest in stroke rehabilitation.When he is not working, surfing is his passion and he has travelled extensively both here and overseas chasing the perfect wave. 

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Lucia Chambers

Lucia graduated with a Physiotherapy degree from Sydney University in 1995, and is an APA titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist having recently completed her Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. After working for several years at the John Hunter Hospital, she worked for two years in the United Kingdom, and then joined Newcastle Aquatic Physiotherapy in 2000. She currently works with us on a part-time basis, while teaching part-time into the undergraduate Physiotherapy degree at Newcastle University. Lucia has a special interest in managing musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and chronic pain disorders. 


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), Honours Class I, University of Sydney, 1995

  • Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, LaTrobe University, 2020

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Sarah Colston

Sarah completed Physiotherapy at Sydney University in 2003. She initially worked in the public hospital system throughout the Hunter, before doing Community-Based rehabilitation in Katherine, NT. She travelled to the UK, and worked in the community and hospitals, before returning to Australia and worked extensively within Aged Care facilities throughout Sydney.  In 2012, Sarah joined our team, bringing with her significant experience in Chronic Pain, Aged Care, Dry Needling and Hydrotherapy. She is a certified Tai Chi and Clinical Pilates instructor, and currently runs our Water Tai Chi, Strength and Balance, and some Aquacise classes.

James Youngberry

James graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2019 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Since graduating James has spent time working in Residential Aged Care and in the community servicing participants of the NDIS, before joining NAP at the beginning of 2021. 

James enjoys working in all aspects of physiotherapy, however has a special interest in managing acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries as well as neurological rehabilitation. 

Away from Physiotherapy James enjoys all things sport, with a keen interest in Football and Cricket.

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Chloe McKinnon

Chloe joined NAP in October 2018 as a physiotherapy aide while she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle. 

Chloe’s post-graduate qualifications and courses include:

  • Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1 (APA)

  • The Complete and Advanced Lumbar Spine (APA)

  • Women’s Health Physiotherapy 5 Day Course (WHTA)

  • Level 1 Lymphoedema Therapist (Macquarie University ALERT Education)

Chloe has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions and lymphoedema.

Administration Staff

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Michelle Brown – Practice Manager

Michelle has been with the Practice right from the start back in 1995 when Charlie had both Merewether Physiotherapy and Shortland Physiotherapy & Hydrotherapy. She is our Practice Manager, but also works for herself as a Massage Therapist and occasional teacher at TAFE . 

Michelle enjoys the diverse range of personalities that make up the clientele of Newcastle Aquatic Physiotherapy, however the great working relationship she has with the staff has kept her here for almost the quarter century.

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Alison Collins
Wendi Proudfoot

Ali’s friendly smile is the first thing you notice when you see her on the front desk, and she is always aiming for your experience at our facility to be pleasurable. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in customer service, and many years as a swimming instructor, her ability to help is endless.

Her love of the water has been a big reason she enjoys working at Newcastle Aquatic Physiotherapy, as well as a keen interest in the disability services. Make sure you come and say hi!

Born in the UK and raised in Africa, Wendi came to Australia 5 years ago.

After having her 3 children, she qualified as a Pre-School Teacher, and worked her way up to Principal. She was involved in teaching for 15 years, including a number of years Home Schooling her own children.

She changed careers when her children had grown up, and became an Administrator, eventually working as an Executive Personal Assistant to Directors and Professors in various institutes.

In 2011, she and her husband opened up a Hydraulics company in Johannesburg, which they managed together for 5 years, before immigrating to Australia, where she has continued to have various Admin roles.

Although feeling the tug of being so far away from all her family, Wendi fills her time with her beloved little dogs, horse riding, swimming, yoga, cycling, singing and playing her guitar & ukulele. She loves to come to work to interact with the staff and patients, and hopefully brighten up someone’s day.