With a team as experienced as they are passionate, Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy are dedicated to taking care of their patients through all stages of their rehabilitation journey, from start to finish. Whatever better health looks like for you, our team are here to ensure you reach your full potential.
Physiotherapist | Exercise Physiologist
Bach.App.Sc (Exercise & Sport Science)
Masters of Physiotherapy
Doctor of Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
B.Hlth.Sc (Sports and Exercise Science)
Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science
Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology
Physiotherapist & Exercise Physiologist
B.ExPhys, AEP, M.PHTY, APAM
B.Hlth.Sc(Sp&Ex.Sc) ,M.PHTY , APAM
B.Hlth.Sc, M.Hlth.Sc, M.PHTY, APAM
BAppSci (OT), DPT, APAM
Business Development Manager
At Progressive Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy Penrith, we are able to assess, treat, educate and manage all musculoskeletal injuries. We focus on hands-on treatment, exercise prescription and self management techniques tailored to your specific needs. We utilise evidence based treatments to maximise your outcomes.
Kris is the co-founder and principal Physiotherapist of Progressive since its inception in 2015. Graduating as an Exercise Physiologist in 2008, and Physiotherapist in 2010 from the University of Sydney, Kris enjoys the variety and interactions that come from a private practice setting. Kris’ motto: “Every client I see is a learning opportunity for myself, and in turn, a chance to give back my knowledge and experience to help rehabilitate clients as best I can”.
Progressive is an extension of Kris’ motto and his home. It is a family environment where every client is not just treated by one therapist, but by the whole Progressive team, such is the collaborative nature of the practice. His belief is that the human body and mind are amazing and powerful. It has the ability to heal itself to a potential, rehabilitation is simply a way of facilitating that to its maximum.
Kris is currently the club and first grade Physiotherapist for NPL1 side Mt Druitt Town Rangers, and has worked alongside and travelled with professional athletes to assist them along their careers. Outside of Progressive Kris is a family man, loves gardening, his furry four-legged walking buddies, and coaching the mighty U9s Mt Druitt Town Rangers SAP squad.
On a final note, Kris would like to acknowledge the passing of his best mate and Progressive co-founder Karl Thornton, who sadly passed away in October 2022. Karl and Kris started Progressive because of a shared passion to help people holistically, recognising the need for empathetic care alongside evidence based practice. Kris wants to continue this shared mission in honour of his late brother, so that all can feel the continued love that Karl held dearly in his heart.
Edward Guanzon graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science, and went on to complete the Doctor of Physiotherapy master’s program at Macquarie university, in addition to being ASCA S&C level 1 certified.
Edward has a particular interest in strength-based sports, in addition to Football and basketball having been involved in the many above mentioned sports throughout his life. Having himself sustained multiple injuries during his adolescence, this provides Edward with a unique, patient-therapist perspective on injury rehabilitation.
Edward is currently a Physiotherapist for the Western Sydney Wanderers for their U23 and U20s teams. He has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Mount Druitt Town Rangers Football Club, Marayong Football Club, St Marys Rugby League, St Dominic’s College and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.
Through Edward’s experience, he has developed a keen interest in sports and musculoskeletal rehabilitation in the areas of: post-operative care (ACL), tendinopathy, acute muscle injury in addition to the sporting hip, knee and ankle.
Jordan completed his undergraduate degree from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelors of Physiotherapy. Since his studies, Jordan has had a keen interest in the private practice setting and has worked in the Penrith area since he graduated.
Jordan has a passion for golf and football (soccer) and plays both himself. During his studies, Jordan was fortunate enough to work with the Western Sydney Wanderers. Jordan then became the head Physiotherapist for their youth teams for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Before this, Jordan worked with Mt Druitt Rangers for the 2015 and 2016 seasons with their youth teams. Jordan is a keen golfer and is single figure marker at Penrith Golf Club. Jordan has completed his Level 1 training at the Titleist Performance Institute as well as completing the Golf Medical and Golf Fitness Level 2.
Jordan is interested in working with sports and musculoskeletal conditions and has a particular interest in knee and shoulder pain/dysfunctions.
Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.
Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools.
Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.
Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.
Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.
During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.
Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.
Nicola graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science. She then went on to complete her studies with a Masters of Physiotherapy from University of Technology Sydney.
Since graduating, Nicola has found her passion for Sports Physiotherapy. She has worked with various sporting teams including Hawkesbury City Netball Association, St Marys Rugby Club, Softball NSW, St Dominic’s College NRL Schoolboy Cup 2022, Excite Dance and Cheer, Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC and is currently working with the Canterbury Bulldogs.
Her particular injuries of interest include lower limb injuries such as ACL reconstructions.
Having played multiple sports herself, she understands the impacts of sporting injuries and the importance of rehabilitation to get an athlete back to what they love doing.
Natalie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. She then went on to complete a Masters in Health Sciences at Western Sydney University and a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.
During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the surgical and cardiology sections at Blacktown Hospital, among Geriatric patients at Springwood hospital and across inpatients and outpatient wards at Children’s Hospital Westmead working with patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions and mental health conditions.
Natalie’s clinical interests reside in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, having worked with various sporting teams including St Mary’s Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team in 2021/2022.
Natalie’s sporting interests stem from her background and involvement in Track and Field Athletics, having competed for Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games.
“As an athlete, I had a lot of respect for my rehabilitation team and hoped that one day I could give back to others and help them in their journeys in life whether it’s returning to sports or work, improving their pain or reaching health goals. I want to ensure all my patients have the greatest care and at progressive rehab we make that happen”
Joshua recently graduated from an undergraduate degree at the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2022. Joshua’s interests include football (soccer) which he has played for the majority of his life and also had experience coaching the sport at club and academy level.
Joshua is currently working with the NPL youth teams at Mt Druitt Rangers as their game-day physiotherapist. Throughout his degree, Joshua has also gained interest in weightlifting and bodybuilding-style training. Joshua is interested in musculoskeletal and sports conditions and is also currently undergoing training to be a qualified lymphoedema management physiotherapist
Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024.
Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.
Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).
Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.
Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.
Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.