Phil Smith


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Special Interests

Phil knew early on in life that he wanted to be a Physiotherapist. As a teenager, his interest in playing a wide range of sports combined with his passion for biology steered him into studying physiotherapy at Kings College University, London. At 21, he graduated with Honours in 2008 and set his sights on becoming a well-rounded, musculoskeletal physiotherapist.

The first five years of his career were spent working at a large teaching hospital in London where he got to experience not only a world class education, but the reality of working in a team of over 150 physiotherapists. During this time, Phil wanted to broaden his experience even further by stepping into the private sector. So, he also worked with a number of small organisations and private practices across London.

In 2013, Phil’s desire for knowledge and experience brought him to practice in Australia. Here, he not only discovered a new home but an opportunity to create something that he believed was missing within the local Allied Health Sector on a large scale. After 4 years of working within Australia, he co-founded Total Physio Group in 2016 (renamed to Health First Group in September 2020) with fellow physiotherapist, Shayne Podbury.

In 2016 the company had 3 clinics and by 2020 they now have 14 locations across the country. With Health First, Phil’s primary aim is to provide a city-like level of service, exceeding client’s expectations in regional locations across Australia. As Health First continues to expand its portfolio of practices, Phil hopes to enable Australians everywhere to get access to the holistic care they need.

In his downtime, you can find Phil hanging out with his toddler, playing a game of football (soccer to us Aussies) or heading out on the water for a scuba dive.

Education and experience

Education and experience

Kings College University London, Bsc. (Physiotherapy (Hons))



Soccer, Scuba Diving, Martial Arts and Travel

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