About Us

Active Answers Physiotherapy is conveniently located just of Wakehurst Parkway, directly across the road from the Seaforth Oval.

6/38 Kirkwood Street, the corner of Burnt Street and Kirkwood Street. Bordering Seaforth and North Balgowlah 

Entrance is located on Kirkwood street and has access via a disability ramp. 

There is plenty of easy parking right outside the door on either Kirkwood or Burnt Street. 

Our clinic is open Monday - Friday 7:30am -  6pm and Saturday morning 8am - 12am.

Physio in North Balgowlah

Providing experienced physiotherapy services for all ages, all levels of sport and activity. Located in Seaforth on the Northern Beaches in Sydney You do not need a Doctor referral to see us. 

We welcome Workers compensation, Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and Medicare EPC program patients. Health fund claiming is available for private health patients.

We have recently rebranded. Formally Appleby Physiotherapy is now Active Answers Physiotherapy. Same location, same staff and the same great service.


Michael GIlbert Physio

Michael Gilbert 

Michael Gilbert graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Physiotherapy. Growing up, Michael spent a lot of time as a physiotherapy patient himself, having competed at a elite level in the pool and on the sporting field throughout his schooling years. This instilled in him a strong understanding of the impact an injury can have on a person’s life, and led to his interest in pursuing physiotherapy as a career. Michael is passionate about providing his patients with the highest quality care with the aim to restore function and facilitate a smooth return to their chosen activity. 

Michael enjoys working with sports injuries and has vast experience working specifically with swimming and rugby-related injuries. From this experience, he has developed screening and assessment tools for swimmers to help prevent injury and increase performance. He also has an interest in targeted strengthening and rehabilitation following acute injuries, surgery, tendon pain and in the management of osteoarthritis. 

Michael is a caring and empathetic listener who is passionate about empowering his patients with knowledge, and providing them with individualised care to help achieve their functional goals and improve their lifestyle. 

In his spare time, Michael enjoys getting down to the beach for a surf and is in training to compete in his first triathlon. 

Further study:

  • Sports Level 1 and 2

  • Advanced Knee diagnosis and rehabilitation 

  • GLA:D (Knee and hip OA management and rehabilitation course)

  • Lyn Watson Shoulder Course 

  • Dry Needling

John Appleby Physio

John Appleby

John Appleby graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences (now Sydney University) with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy

After an early career in the public hospital system and working with children with disabilities, John entered into private practise.

Early in his career he became interested in the field of acute and chronic spinal pain and he entered into a pathway of post-graduate education with The Mckenzie Institute International, a leading global clinical research institute in the area of spinal pain. John was involved for over 25 yrs and is a credentialed Mckenzie Therapist (but no he doesn't wear a kilt).

He does have nearly 40 yrs experience in the analysis of back pain and the prescription of exercise and manual therapy to facilitate patients rapid return to pain free function.

He is a keen swimmer/body surfer, cyclist and skier and has been a member of the Sydney University Graduate Choir for the past 20 years!

Previously Known as Appleby Physiotherapy 



6/38 Kirkwood Street
NSW 2092
(02) 9907 9667

Active Answers Physiotherapy
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