Sports Injury

Ed Alarca

Ba. Nursing M. Physiotherapy

Ed commenced work at Coastal Physiotherapy in 2015. Growing up on the Central Coast, he has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, involved in multiple sports throughout his youth, particularly in representative Basketball. Having a passion for health and helping others, naturally led him to his career in healthcare. Initially pursuing a career in Emergency Nursing for over a decade, he then furthered his studies, completing a Masters of Physiotherapy.

Ed’s diverse skill set, gained from his roles as a senior physiotherapist, working along side Orthopaedic Specialists in clinics, and involvement in sporting events are greatly valued in our team approach.

Special interest:

– Musculoskeletal physiotherapy

– Sports injuries

– Orthopaedics and post operative rehabilitation

– Fitness Training and CrossFit

Ed works Monday and Friday in our clinic at Fitness First Erina, as well as Tuesday and Thursday in our North Gosford Clinic at Coastal Physiotherapy.

Jamie Exton

Physiotherapist and AHTA Accredited Hand Therapist.

Jamie is a Senior Physiotherapist and AHTA accredited Hand Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in New Zealand, UK and Australia.

He has completed a post graduate Masters in Health Practice in Western Acupuncture in 2011 and more recently his Accreditation in Hand therapy in 2022 through the AHTA. He works closely with the Orthopaedic Surgeons at Coastal Orthopaedics and Sports Injuries and is passionate about treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.

Jamie has appointments across the week at both our Gosford and Erina rooms.


Adam de Gruchy


Adam has over 20 years physiotherapy experience in private and public health sectors across Australia and the UK.

He spent much of this time working in Advanced Practice Physiotherapy roles and as a clinical specialist in Rheumatology and Orthopaedic clinics for shoulder, hip/knee and spine, and also as a Senior Physiotherapist in the Emergency Department. Adam has also had previous experience within the sporting sector, within hand therapy clinics and in multidisciplinary pain teams.

Adam has also been involved in research within the area of Emergency Department Physiotherapy roles and in the development of a multi-disciplinary spinal clinic.

Adam is available  for appointments on a Wednesday or Mon, Tues, Thurs at Coastal Physio  North Gosford.

James Zhang


James is a physiotherapist with a Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Sydney. Before this he worked as a personal trainer at Fitness First Erina while studying Exercise and Sports Science.

He has previously worked in film and television industry as a stuntman and continues to train in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo. Outside of this he has an interest in strength training and running.

James has personal experience with knee rehabilitation following an ACL reconstruction in 2020.

Special interests:

– Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

– Sports injuries

– Orthopaedics and post operative rehabilitation

James works Monday, Tuesday and Friday in our clinic at Fitness First Erina, as well as Thursday in our North Gosford Clinic at Coastal Physiotherapy.