About Us

Our physiotherapists have a broad range of experience and expertise in the treatment and management of a comprehensive range of injuries and conditions. Our practice is based on personalised care and treatment. Whether you have a complex long term condition or an acute injury our physiotherapists will be able to customise your treatment and rehabilitation.


Andrew Clarkson is an experienced and highly qualified physiotherapist. He has a Masters Degree in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and is a Titled APA Sports, Exercise and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist along with being a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

His special interests include the management of:

  • TMD (temporomandibular dysfunction) which means jaw joint and muscle pain, clicking jaws, clenching, headaches and related conditions.
  • Sporting and activity related knee injury, knee arthritic pain and disability, post orthopaedic knee surgery conditions, including knee reconstruction, knee replacement and the treatment of kneecap and related front-of-knee pain.  This covers all age groups from teenagers to seniors with knee pain.
  • Shoulder conditions including dislocation, pinching/catching pains and rotator cuff muscle/tendon injuries, post operative rehabilitation and the sporting shoulder.
  • Neck and back pain and rehabilitation.

Andrew believes strongly in educating people as to the causes leading to their problems and the ways in which people can assist in helping themselves.

Andrew worked at the SA Sports Medicine Centre from 1987-2020 and now as well as working at Physio@439 also practices at Wakefield Sports + Exercise Medicine Clinic in the CBD. Andrew is part of the orthopaedic physio team at St Andrew’s Hospital.  He has previously worked with the Sturt Football Club, State Hockey programs, Oakdale Netball Club and the Australian Beach Volleyball program including the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Andrew enjoys exercising, playing the keyboard in his band and drinking fine wine!


Helen Burfield is a Physiotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in Upper Limb and Hand Rehabilitation and over 30 years’ experience as a hand and upper limb therapist. She is also an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association). She lectures to Post Graduate Physiotherapists and is a past president of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

With a focus and extensive expertise in treating the upper quadrant, Helen also treats general musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions.

Helen’s specific areas of expertise include:

  • Treatment of all hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder disorders / injuries
  • Exercise prescription
  • Dry needling
  • Custom mad splinting of hands and elbows using thermoplastics, neoprene and/or leather. Also prescription of off the shelf splints and braces.
  • Treatment for Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis, extensor tendinosis) and Golfers Elbow (medial epicondylitis, flexor tendinosis) - Helen makes custom made rotational braces and uses new techniques in treating these often stubborn conditions.
  • Sporting injuries of the upper limbs
  • Work related neck and upper limb problems
  • Treatment and rehabilitation of fractures or soft tissue upper limb injuries
  • Arthritis of the thumb, wrist, elbow and shoulder
  • Neck (cervical disorders) and thoracic outlet problems

Helen is a patrolling surf lifesaver who enjoys going to the gym and spending time with her family.




Jo has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from the South Australian Institute of Technology (now Uni SA), and has been working as a physiotherapist for 43 years.  She has practiced in the USA as well as Australia.

Jo enjoys treating orthopaedic problems and spinal pain.

Jo is committed to a long-standing involvement with Adelaide Uni Football (The Blacks), has been awarded Life Membership and is now inducted into their Hall of Fame for service to the Club.

She is a keen but conservative mountain bike rider, avid runner, and a dog lover, who also indulges in a good drop of wine!


Luke Strempel Physio439

Luke completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2006, returning in 2012 to complete his Master of Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy.  He is a titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association and was an inaugural committee member of the South Australian Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Network.  He is a published author on elbow tendinopathies.  Luke has undertaken extensive professional development and has additional training in Dry Needling.

Throughout his career, Luke has combined outpatient private practice with acute inpatient hospital physiotherapy services, working closely with many of Adelaide's leading orthopaedic and spinal surgeons.  When not working with us at Physio@439 he works as a Senior Physiotherapist at St Andrew's Hospital, where he provides acute physiotherapy services for orthopaedic, spinal, neurological, vascular, cardiac, oncology and general medical patients.

Luke's areas of special interest include:

  • pre and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions
  • acute post-operative physiotherapy rehabilitation

Now well retired from football with the Westminster Old Scholars Football Club, Luke spends his spare time with is wife and three young boys.

Luke consults with us on Wednesdays from 5-8pm and Friday's from 5-7pm'.


Fiona Atkinson 

Celebrating 23 years of massaging in 2020, Fiona has been able to incorporate

a breadth of experience into her massaging methods.

This includes:

  • Movement and Injury recovery
  • Primary teaching diploma (including coaching),
  • Sport performance at high level
  • Dance to an intermediate level

Fiona’s massage training is in…

Remedial Massage, Dr Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage & low level Laser therapy.

After severely injuring her back, Fiona noted that some people fell through the gaps of regular treatment. Her keen interest is in what enables people to return to their physical comfort and abilities.

Fiona works closely with the team at Physio@439 and is available most days.  Fiona makes her own appointments please call her on  0415 241 0269 to make a booking.


Rikki Turner

Rikki Turner is an experienced physiotherapist with Masters in Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Applied Science. 

Her strengths and interests over the last 12 years include

  • dry needling
  • women's health ranging from pregnancy to post natal, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, endometriosis, scar tissue management, post operative, prolapse.
  • rehabilitation Pilates (Polestar trained 2010-2011)
  • Kinesio taping to promote a decrease in pain, and increase in recovery and function
  • TMD - disorders of the jaw which can include pain and dysfunction in jaw, face, teeth, neck, and headache 
  • cervicogenic headache
  • back pain
  • sporting injuries, having worked as a sports physio for football and netball teams from 2009-2010
  • shoulder pain and dysfunction, having worked 3 years in an upper limb clinic for an orthopedic upper limb surgeon from 2010-2013).

Rikki strongly believes in using her manual and rehabilitation skills in getting to the core of the dysfunction, looking at where the weaknesses or stiffness lie in a joint or muscle to then target the primary problem and its cause.  

Outside of work Rikki enjoys the family life, going to the zoo and enjoying outdoor activities with her boys, going solo at yoga and Pilates, going out with her husband and friends for food and wine, and finally a good chick flick on a Sunday.

Contact Us

439 Fullarton Road Highgate SA 5063
T: 8271 8622