After graduating in 1985 Lisa Tomlinson-Alonso had the opportunity to commence Bondi Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Centre from humble one-room beginning in O’Brien Street Bondi in 1987. It is a measure of the respect from the Bondi Community that she has grown the Clinic to its current status in Curlewis Street over 3 decades.
Sport has always been a prime focus of Lisa’s life. As an athlete, she played in the National Women’s Basketball League. As a Sports Physiotherapist, Basketball has been a prime professional focus, appointed Physiotherapist for the WNBL Flames (1993-2000) and the NBL Kings (1997-2000). She also toured with the Australian Women’s Basketball – Australian Opals as their Sports Physiotherapist.
Despite her 400+ games of National League experience, her local sporting community involvement is extensive, particularly with Schoolboy Rugby Union having looked after GPS Sydney Grammar and CAS Waverley College since the 80s – a wealth of experience & understanding of ‘The Adolescent Athlete’.
The early days at Bondi Physiotherapy saw the sole focus being her clinical work, however Lisa understands work, life and health balance (juggling), helping her three children navigate through life. Lisa balances an incredible amount between family life and her professional career and does both at the highest level.
Albert Alonso graduated from Sydney University in 1985 and pursued a Sports Physiotherapy career pathway, working with National League teams in the National Rugby League, National Basketball League, National Women's Basketball League and Australian Hockey Championships.
He brings to the Bondi Community the experience of 21 seasons of working with the NRL Canterbury Bulldogs (1988-2008), the final 9 years servicing the team full time. In this period he was also team Sports Physiotherapist for the NBL West Sydney Razorbacks, which were also owned by the Canterbury League Consortium, and he worked alongside coaches of the highest calibre in Steve Folkes and Gordon McLeod. Assisting each Club to make the transition from part-time sports in the 80s & 90s to full-time professional sports into the 21st Century gives Albert the unique understanding of the athletic requirements from ‘The Weekend Warrior’ to ‘The Professional Athlete’.
Professional development has always been a priority, achieving his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2002 and appointment as Honorary Research Associate of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Sydney University, including supervision of Honours Research projects with Dr Roger Adams culminating in research published in peer review journals.
These days he is enjoying providing his Sports Physiotherapy expertise to the Community of Bondi and can be found on his bike, trying to keep Father Time at bay, and cycle racing Club and Masters races around Sydney most weekends. His Underwater SCUBA Photography can be viewed at his Instagram account.
Lewis graduated from the University of Technology Sydney with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science in 2017, before completing his Master’s of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2019. During this time, he went on to achieve Level 1 Sports Trainer with extensive strapping experience, a Cert IV in Workplace Health and Safety, as well as Advanced First Aid and Apply Advanced Resuscitation Technique Certificates.
Lewis has worked as a Firefighter with Fire and Rescue NSW since 2015, attending over 1500 emergencies in this time. It has taught him to always think on his feet when presented with complex problems. For over 5 years Lewis has also worked as an Emergency Response Coordinator and First Aid Team Leader at events including professional Netball games (GWS Giants and Swifts), TV shows (The Voice and Australia’s Got Talent) and large scale sporting events. He also held a casual coaching position at the girl’s school, MLC, in Burwood over a 4-year period. Sports included Swimming, Soccer, Athletics, Softball, Netball, Hockey and Touch Football. All of this, whilst also volunteering his time at the GWS Giants AFL Academy Opportunity Program between 2017 and 2019, where he gained experience of adolescent talent and performance identification.
Beyond the books, health and fitness play a major part in Lewis’ life. Whether it is his diet, maintaining an active lifestyle or just making sure he has a good work-life balance, Lewis is always up to date with the latest research and trends in health and wellness. At Bondi Physiotherapy he aspires to not only aid his clients in injury treatment, but also prevent ongoing issues through education.
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