Spring SPARC Practitioner Updates

Posted on October 12, 2017

Keep up to date with our practitioners and what they are up to over the next few months!

Dr Geoffrey Verrall
Consulting at SPARC

The athletic season commences as we head into the Commonwealth games in the Gold Coast in April 2018. Dr Verrall is a recognized Athletics Australia provider for athletics and has an interest in all track and field injuries. Keeping your hard won Winter fitness is a key to good summer performance

Cricket for the SA Scorpions (Womens National Cricket League) and SA Redback (Mens Sheffield Shield) commences in October in Adelaide where Dr Verrall will be attending these matches. A day-night Sheffield Shield encounter with the NSW Blues who will have their test players playing. It will almost be SA v Australia.



Mr Michael Nitschke
Consulting at SPARC.

Michael has recently completed his Sports Podiatry certification process through the APodC, and is one of 4 nation wide to do so. Coming into summer, you will see Michael have a large focus on managing track and field athletes throughout the summer months, where his major passion, load management and injury management/prevention, will come to good use.

He will be heading off to Malaysia, as an Asics guest, for the SMA conference in late October for a further update in education.

Michael will continue to practice in his Loxton clinic on a monthly basis. Off the back of a city-bay PB of 38.59, in the background continue to compete in Athletics on the track locally and interstate. He will be chasing some PBs over the middle distance events, while assisting Adelaide Harriers as one of their running coaches



Mr Tim Bass

With football now finished Tim is gearing up for another stint as physiotherapist for the Women’s National Hockey Team (Hockeyroos) for  two consecutive home series in late October and early November in Melbourne and Adelaide.

He will also be attending the Australian Physiotherapy Association national conference in October in Sydney. The theme of the conference this year is MOMENTUM – empowering national and international physiotherapy excellence.

Another highlight during October will be running the Auckland half marathon, where Tim hopes for a PB, despite lots more time on the bike than in the sandshoes over the past 12 months.


Mr Ryan Florence-Rieniets
Consulting at SPARC

After 5 years in Melbourne with Melbourne Victory Football Club, Ryan has returned to Adelaide and is consulting at SPARC Monday-Saturday for Physiotherapy management.


Ms Stephanie Gaskell
Consulting at SPARC

Ultra trail running season seems to be an all year sport, new races pop up often and just when you think you’ve found one that blows your socks off you find another that sets new challenges. Steph’s been enjoying working with ultra trail running athletes from across the country and overseas. From developing nutrition plans to fuel a single stage mountainous 160km, >2500m running event through the Alps, France, Italy and Switzerland with difficult weather conditions (night, wind, cold, rain, snow) to a 68km trail race in the Grose Valley and Grand Canyon in the Blue Mountains, NSW and preparing athletes nutritionally for a multi-stage 316.9km event in New Zealand, Ocean to Alps.

Steph will be attending the Sports Dietitian’s Australia conference in Melbourne and is looking forward to also attending a one-day workshop Nutrition and Injury Management Masterclass.

Ms Amelia Pilichiewicz

Consulting at SPARC

Amelia will be attending the bi-yearly Sports Dietitian’s Australia conference in Melbourne to keep herself updated on new research and applications of sports nutrition, including a workshop on sweat testing.

SPARC is now coordinating group sessions for clients with type 2 diabetes under Medicare.  Amelia will be presenting an interactive talk on dietary management of type 2 diabetes and teaching some practical skills to use when trying to pick healthy food options in supermarkets. 

The triathlon season begins in SA in October.  Amelia will however, be crossing a couple of borders and participating in the Noosa triathlon early November.  Her aim is to not get eaten by sharks, not get a puncture and run under every sprinkler – we think its going to be a scorcher!!!