Meet Our Team

Ben Mather - Stack Physio

Benjamin Mather

Director
APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist | APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Advanced Scope Physiotherapist (FSH ED)

Ben started Stack St Physio in 2017 following 6 seasons working for the Western Force rugby union team, the last three of those full time as Senior & Rehab Physiotherapist. Ben has 14 years’ experience as a physio, having completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate physiotherapy degrees through Curtin University. He has worked for 11 years in private practice here in Perth, across various professional sporting codes, consultancy, Emergency Department, and teaching through Curtin University. In 2022 Ben realised a long standing dream to purpose-build the ideal sports physiotherapy clinic, which is now Stack Physio. Ben’s vision is to provide the best sports physiotherapy service in the wider Fremantle area.

Ben’s experience lies in sports injury management, with accuracy in diagnosis, manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation some of his strengths. Managing the rehabilitation program at Western Force has given Ben exposure to a wide range of injury presentations and allowed him to formulate high level exercise plans to return athletes in their best shape. Ben has provided physiotherapy services to the entertainment industry over a number of years, having been lucky enough to tour to Los Angeles and Dublin with singer Pink, work with the likes of John Cleese, Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga in Perth, and manage the touring demands of international circus and performance theatre groups for the Perth International Arts Festival. Ben has particular interests in ACL rehabilitation, shoulder injuries, Achilles ruptures and management of muscle and tendon injuries.

Ben has a part time role in the Emergency Department of Fiona Stanley Hospital as an Advanced Scope Physiotherapist, managing musculoskeletal pain and orthopaedic injuries. Ben is also a WAIS Athlete Preferred Provider, and Netball WA preferred provider.

Outside the clinic, Ben will run, surf, do yoga or lift weights, build things, do trips in an old caravan, hunt down new music or play guitar, spend time with his family and friends and try to find some quiet spaces in between it all.

Nicola Rutty - Stack Physio

Nicola Rutty

Physiotherapist | APA Member

BSc (Physio) | PGrad Cert Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation

Nicola has a number of years experience in private practice physiotherapy, with interests in managing sports injuries and neck and back pain. Nicola likes to integrate manual therapy with active, exercise-based approaches to getting your injury on track. Nicola has also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Burn and Trauma Rehabilitation, which has given her an in-depth understanding of tissue healing timeframes and ways to base rehabilitation and treatment plans according to different types of musculoskeletal injuries.

Nicola has been a high level netball player but has shifted her competitive exercise focus to Crossfit in recent years. As our resident CrossFit athlete, Nicola has an intimate understanding of this sport and the demands of varied types of strength and aerobic exercise. She also has an interest in women’s health physiotherapy and specifically guidance for females seeking to be active and exercise.

Nicola is also involved in Fremantle Surf Lifesaving Club and enjoys competing in surf boat rowing in the summer season. She will also mountain bike, play golf, is learning to kite surf and when it’s not busy you will find her stand up paddle boarding on the river with her labradoodle, Jasper!

Peter Gangemi - Stack Physio

Peter Gangemi

Physiotherapist | APA Member

Master of Physiotherapy, BSc (Exercise, Sports & Rehab Science)

Pete has spent several years working in private practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy and sports physiotherapy. He was head physio for four years for the WAFL Colts at Perth Demons Football Club and previously with East Fremantle Football Club. He is team physio for WA Hockey Masters and formerly worked as a trainer for Wests Scarborough Rugby Club and with national martial arts athletes at the Malaysian Institute of Sport. Pete was also once a physio assistant with MSWA, with these experiences giving him a wide range of exposure to acute and chronic injury assessments, treatment and management across various codes.

Utilising knowledge from his previous undergraduate degree of Exercise, Sports & Rehab Science at Curtin University, Pete has developed a holistic approach to treating patients. He has a keen eye for movement and integrates functional rehabilitation approaches designed to quickly reach patient goals and achieve true human optimisation.

When not at work, you’ll find him in the gym, boxing, or on a run/swim/cycle. He recently hung up the boots after many seasons playing soccer and is currently working at achieving his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Otherwise, you’ll find him at the beach, scuba diving, brewing a freshly roasted coffee or spending time with family down in Margaret River and Denmark.

Kaitlyn Fannon - Stack Physio

Kaitlyn Fannon

Physiotherapist | APA Member

BSc (Physio)

Kaitlyn has been working as a private practice physiotherapist since 2013 and holds a strong passion for the management of sporting injuries. Kaitlyn started her career gaining valuable experience in a large private practice, providing broad exposure to areas of pre and post surgical management, sporting injuries, women’s health and hydrotherapy. During this time Kaitlyn also completed 12 months of extensive Clinical Pilates training which she has found extremely valuable in facilitating both injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Kaitlyn then made the move overseas to London where she worked at a busy Kensington based sports clinic. She also enjoyed being able to explore lots of amazing new places, leaving her with an ongoing desire for travel.

Having grown up dancing competitively, Kaitlyn has an in depth understanding of the demands associated with the sport, and this has also lead to a special interest in the area of hyper-mobility, and its impact on injury management and prevention. Kaitlyn enjoys the mix of clinical consultations and coaching exercise rehabilitation groups, and we are fortunate to have Kaitlyn leading the new Clinical Pilates programme at Stack Physio. Kaitlyn now spends her time running and in the gym, and is loving being back in Perth with her family and friends.

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