Meet the Team

Our staff here at Pro-Active Physiotherapy and Sports Workshop in Tamworth include:

Warren Ansell
Warren established the practice in 1999. He completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1991, a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy (1995) and a Master of Medical Science (2012).

Warren has been a physio for nearly 25 years. In that time he has worked at the Sydney Olympics and various national competitions. He has had the pleasure of also working with world and national champions in a wide variety of sports. He also spent some time training at the AIS and the WAIS. He has conducted research into ironman triathletes. Prior to becoming a physio, Warren was a gymnastics coach, a martial arts instructor, fitness trainer and an athletics coach for visually impaired athletes. His passion is in injury prevention and performance enhancement.  
Maria Mead
Maria has lived and worked in Tamworth for almost 25 years. During that time she has worked in both public and private health, covering many areas of physiotherapy treatment. Her special interest area is women’s pelvic health including the use of real time ultrasound for dynamic bladder assessment. She enjoys being part of the team at Pro-Active.
Rachel Taylor
After graduating from Charles Sturt University, I completed my dry needling accreditation. My special interest areas are lower back pain, knee injuries and neck pain but I enjoy treating a wide variety of conditions. I have taken a big shine to Tamworth and am very keen to stay put with a few acres for some cattle!
Jake McManus
I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Townsville and then moved to Tamworth. I have a keen interest in most sports, and I play rugby league for the North Tamworth Bears. I also enjoy playing tennis and golf.
Anne McNamara

I grew up on a property in Currabubula, studied physiotherapy at USYD graduating in 2003 with honours. I returned to Tamworth to work at Proactive Physiotherapy, I have developed a keen interest in lumbar spine and pelvis rehabilitation including the use of real time ultrasound. I have completed a post-graduate certificate in Continence and Women’s Health from Curtin University and I am currently completing my Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health). I have experience in treating continence issues (bladder and bowel), pelvic organ prolapse, men post-prostatectomy, women pre and post childbirth, in my spare time I'm looking after 4 children, many miniature horses (and one big), and a garden.

Anne works Tuesday-Friday

Rachel Wood
I completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle and moved to Tamworth shortly after. I treat a wide range of conditions here at Proactive Physiotherapy, but particularly enjoy assisting with rehabilitation and sporting injuries. I am a keen runner and love helping others to become more active in their everyday lives.
Emma Shaw

Hi, my name is Emma Shaw. I have completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy at Griffith University, Gold Coast. I am currently completing my Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy majoring in Continence & Women’s Health.

I have recently returned from maternity leave with my first child.


Jake Forsythe

I Completed my bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours at the university of Newcastle in 2017. Prior to this I spent 4 years in the United States as a student-athlete playing college baseball and competing a bachelor of science in Health and Physical education. After finishing playing I spent an additional year working in the US as a Strength and Conditioning coach to further pursue my interest in sport and athletic performance. After coming back to Australia and completing my Physiotherapy degree I have been fortunate enough to move back to my home town and join the team here at Pro Active. My main aim is to help patients move, feel and perform better 

Lauren Swain

Hi, I’m Lauren Swain. I completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Charles Sturt University Bathurst, and a Masters of Physiotherapy at University of Sydney. I have a keen interest in musculoskeletal conditions across the lifespan. I grew up in the local area and have  passion for all things sport and exercise

Daniel Chang
G'day, my name is Dan and I was born in Taiwan and then moved and grew up in New Zealand when I was 1 years old (Don't hold that against me!) I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle in 2019. I grew up playing multiple sports including tennis, basketball, volleyball and netball. On the weekends, you can usually catch me at the gym or on the tennis courts hitting a few balls. I was fortunate enough to join the Pro-Active team to help people overcome their injuries and get them stronger, fitter and more confident in their body.

Our Exercise Physiologist

Amy Cliff

Hi I’m Amy and I am an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. I studied my undergraduate degree in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Newcastle and then went on to complete my masters in clinical Exercise Physiology through CSU Bathurst. I am originally from a property near Mullaley roughly 2 hours west of Tamworth however I went to boarding school here in Tamworth at Calrossy.

Amy can currently bulk bill  with TCA referrals  (available from your GP) Terms & conditions apply


Call us to set an appointment: ☏ 02 6766-3911

About Us

We were established in 1999 and have had the privilege of working with the young and the young at heart, the recreational and the professional athlete. Our staff has a wealth of experience and speciality from areas of women's health to specific sports.

So whatever your stage in life, or your fitness level we can cater for your physiotherapy needs.