Our Story


Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy is a friendly professional practice that has been providing an excellent service to the area of Emu Plains and the surrounding community for 24 years. Established 1997, It was taken over by Simon and his wife Alison in 2001. They have seen the practice evolve over the last 20 years and still hold true to their philosophy of providing  good service and being an asset to the local community. 


The practice adopts a holistic approach to treatment." Our aim is to accurately assess and treat our clients in a friendly and relaxed environment, to optimise their performance or quality of life".


Our team of dedicated professionals are motivated to achieve the best outcome for our patients. We believe quality assessment and accurate diagnosis are the foundations for determining the appropriate treatment and management for any injury. Whether you’re an elite sportsperson, participate in recreational activities or someone who has hurt themselves gardening, every patient is examined and appraised systematically. We then provide a comprehensive explanation of what is wrong and what needs to be done to help you recover.


We have a strong interest in musculoskeletal injuries and exercise rehabilitation. Treatment provided is “hands on” manual therapy for the treatment of injuries to joints, muscles, tendons, nerves and ligaments. At Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy we understand that treatment also involves preventative care to reduce the risk of re-occurrence.


So if you’ve got neck pain from sitting at a computer or you’ve “pulled a hamstring” trying to set a world record, then get the right advice and treatment – first time with us.


Simon Chung
Senior Physiotherapist

Simon has been working as a physiotherapist in the local area for the past 26 years.  He has gained extensive experience whilst working in both the private and public sector. 


Since taking over  Emu Plains Spinal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2001 he has strived to always deliver a high standard of clinical practice to all his patients. This being reflected in the many post graduate courses he has undertaken to ensure best practice service at all times.


Simon has been involved with many sporting teams having been team Physiotherapist for:​

  • Penrith Panthers Jersy Flegg, NSW Cup, NRL Physiotherapist

  • Penrith Panthers (Head Physiotherapist Junior reps 2014-2019, (SG Ball, Harold Matthews Tarsha Gale Cup Rugby League squads)

  • Cricket Australia (Indoor Cricket) Trans Tasman and World Cup Physiotherapist (2016-2017)

  • NSW Indoor Cricket  Nationals Physiotherapist (2015-2017)

  • NSW Indoor Netball  Nationals Physiotherapist (2009-2014)

  • Canoeing Australia Nationals 2004 Physiotherapist


Prior to this he provided services at the national competition level for NSW Netball and Kayaking Australia. He has also been the physiotherapist for Emu Plains Junior Rugby League for the past 15  years attending to their senior sides from C to A grade as well as being involved with  Lower Mountains Junior Representative Baseball, Emu Plains Soccer Club, Sydney Metro Touch Football and Windsor Rugby League Club.


Simon’s main area of expertise and interest is the treatment and exercise rehabilitation of peripheral and spinal musculoskeletal disorders, including sports injuries, work injuries, and other orthopaedic conditions, whilst he also has a sound knowledge of respiratory and neurological physiotherapy.


Simon is a member of Australian Physiotherapy Association, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy Australia, Manual Therapy Physiotherapy and Private Practice Physiotherapy


Degree/ Qualifications


Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Sydney University

Diploma Health Science (UWS)

Level 1+2 Sports Physiotherapy

Dry Needling certified practitioner

Level 2 Rugby League medical trainer

Mckenzie and Muscle Energy certified

Mulligan Upper and Lower quadrant certified

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Oktay Mercanoglu

Oktay has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Western Sydney University. Prior to studying  Physiotherapy, he studied within the field of Sport and Exercise Science.


Oktay has worked across various hospital environments, including Liverpool, Nepean, Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals. 


Being a keen sports person. He has participated in soccer, basketball, Oz tag, powerlifting, bodybuilding and boxing. Having experienced multiple injuries associated with these sports, this has  driven his passion for a career in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.


He has a special interest in work and sports related musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain and biomechanical analysis to provide high quality rehabilitation and interventions for his patients. 


"Hands on  treatment is my management ethos".


Degree Qualifications:


Bachlor Of Physiotherapy (Western Sydney University)

Level 1 Sports Physiotherapy

Dry needling Certified Practitioner

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   Shadi Dahdal

     High Performance strength and conditioning

Shadi is an experienced strength and conditioning coach, sports trainer and exercise physiologist with a vast level of experience working in numerous sporting environments, workplace health and safety, NDIS, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation.

Shadi has been involved with many sporting teams and organisations having been an Strength & Conditioning coach, Sports trainer for:​

  • Penrith Panthers NSW Cup, Jersey Flegg, SG Ball and Harold Matthews

  • Wests Magpies & Wests Tigers - SG Ball and Harold Matthews

  • Wentworthville Magpies - Ron Massey Cup

  • Canberra Raiders & Mounties - NRL and NSW Cup

  • Western Sydney Wanderers 

  • Trinity Grammar - Swimming and Rugby

  • NSWIS - Assisting in swimming, diving, hockey, netball, water polo and a range of Olympic and Paralympic sports

  • Swimming NSW - Elite talent development squads


Shadi has gained valuable background knowledge in sports performance, rehabilitation process and practical skills working with some of the best S&C coaches, physiotherapists, bio-mechanist, physiologists and sports coaches in Australia and having worked in numerous organisations and clinics. He has  varied experience across a spectrum of conditions both simple and complex. 


He is also a  member of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is SIRA and Medicare accredited.



Bachelor of Health Science – Sport and Exercise (University of Western Sydney


Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Charles Sturt University)

Diploma of Fitness (TAFE; 2014)


Diploma of Remedial and Sports Massage (ACNT 2010)

Level 2 S&C (ASCA)

Level 2 Sports Trainer (SMA and NRL)

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David Nguyen


David has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy  at the Australian Catholic University.


He has worked within the public sector at Fairfield and Braeside Hospitals gaining experience in cardiorespiratory, neurological and orthopaedics, his main focus and passion was in musculoskeletal conditions where he worked in outpatients being mentored by one of the industry leaders. Dr Rob Boland Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist


Working at Paramount Physical Therapy and Complete Allied Health Care Physiotherapy he  continued to develop and expand his skills to strive to deliver the highest quality of treatment for all patients


David has worked assisting in sports coverage  for  Sydney Junior Rugby Union and APIA Leichardt Tigers Football club  which has allowed added to his  skill set and comprehensive understanding of sports and musculoskeletal injuries.


With a keen interest in sports, he has participated in many sports including swimming, basketball, American football, oz-tag and gym-based exercise including power lifting, weightlifting and CrossFit. 




Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Australian Catholic University)


Sports Trainer Level 1 (SMA)