About Us

Who is SSSP

At Specialist Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, we have a strong focus on manual therapy / hands on treatment. This approach is combined with exercise therapy and patient education to attempt to provide long term solutions to injury rehabilitation and prevention. Our other practice, Mount Physiotherapy provides in-patient services for the Mount Hospital. We also provide extensive breast cancer related physiotherapy services.

Chris Barrett and Ross Clifford have operated Mount Physiotherapy for over 24 years with Specialist Sports and Spinal being established more recently. In that time they developed an enviable reputation and have successfully treated patients with a variety of sporting and musculoskeletal complaints. They use a variety of techniques specifically adapted to the individual’s needs and condition.

Specialist Physiotherapists

Chris Barret

Chris Barrett is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He qualified as a physiotherapist in Sheffield (United Kingdom) in 1982. After working in hospitals, private practice and Rugby League he came to Perth in 1986 to complete the Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in Perth in 1986. He joined Brian Edwards and associates in 1989 the practice that became Mount Physiotherapy and Specialist Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy. Chris worked as physiotherapist for the West Coast Eagles between 1993 and 1999 and also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy by research in 1995, investigating complex spinal movement. He completed the specialisation process and examinations to become a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist in 2007. As well as working in private practice Chris is an adjunct lecturer for the centre of musculoskeletal medicine at UWA and has experience providing on-site physiotherapy for the mining industry.

Ross Clifford

Ross Clifford graduated from Curtin School of Physiotherapy in 1992 with Honours. To be awarded Honours Ross undertook a comparative research project investigating low back pain in surfers and surf lifesavers.
Following graduation Ross commenced work with Brian Edwards and Associates, entering into a business partnership with Brian and Chris Barrett. During this time, Ross completed a post graduate degree in Sports Physiotherapy.
Between 1995 and 2003 Ross was the physiotherapist for the Western Warriors, further developing the role of the team physiotherapist over that time.
Ross completed his examinations to be admitted into the Australian College of Physiotherapists as a Specialist Sports Physiotherapist in 2009. He is currently a Councillor for the College as well as a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Professional Standards Committee and is also a member of the APA national Sports Physiotherapy Committee.
Ross uses his Sports training to analyse causative factors in the development of musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, encouraging recovery through targeted manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises.

Niyati Gautam

Niyati Gautam, is our physiotherapist who specialises in breast cancer related physiotherapy, an area that she has had a special interest in for 6 years. Breast cancer related physiotherapy includes the provision of specific exercise before and after breast cancer related surgery as well as providing advice about getting back into general exercise after operation. Niyati is also expert in the treatment of lymphoedema (swelling, usually related to the of the arm or leg and related to surgery) and is a member of the Australasian Lymphology Association (ALA) and the National Lymphoedema Practitioners Register  (NLPR).

Nichola Starkey

Nichola is a qualified Myotherapy Health Practitioner and is a member of the Myotherapy Association Australia (MAA). She completed her studies in Melbourne in 2010 whilst running a remedial massage business. Her treatments focus on a large variety of conditions relating to the muscles and the connective tissues, injury prevention and rehabilitation requirements.