Keeping you safe Info:

Your Health is important to us, as is the health of our doctors and staff. Our commitment to your health during this difficult time.

As an essential service we are able to maintain our services to you. We are taking extra precautions with our cleanliness and are wiping all surfaces between each patient (bed, chairs, desk, EFTPOS machine door handles and any other surface we notice.) Our staff are wearing PPE. We also have handwashing and gel available for your use.

You can keep your appointment if you feel that is what you would prefer to do. However, we can offer video conferencing as long as our consultation requires discussion only. Most consultations do require physical examination in order to come to the correct conclusions and offer you the correct advice. Generally those of you returning for follow up after physiotherapy or after injections therapies do requires physical examination. Physical examination is also required of all new patients also.

If you do not feel you are comfortable to attend OR have a valid reason for delaying your appointment, please let us know. We would be happy to facilitate a consultation when times allow.

Definite reasons to defer are if you are in home isolation having returned from overseas or having had contact with someone testing positive to Coronavirus. If you are unwell with a temperature, sore throat or cough.

If you are attending in person then for new patients there a few things that will make this safer. If you can email your referral and any test reports (imaging, blood tests) prior to consultation that will make things easier for us without unnecessary handling of paper. Many local radiology practices can be reviewed online. These are:

St George Radiology and MRI
Imed, Miranda (and anywhere)
CNI Molecular Imaging
IRG
Southeast Radiology
Castlereagh Imaging
PRP Imaging

If your scans are form these radiology practices then Dr Saunders can view online. If from another practice see if you are able to get permission for us to view this online (this is often granted to patients).

Sports and Exercise Physician

Our Expertise and Specialties

We offer diagnosis and management for all musculo-skeletal injuries. We have special expertise in low back injury, in particular sacro-iliac joint injury including conservative management and also prolotherapy injections for this problem.

Dr Jeni Saunders

Has worked with professional rugby league and rugby union teams, as well as elite teams including Australian Women’s Hockey, Australian Women’s Volleyball. Australian and Oceania Track and Field teams, Australian Swimming and Australian Olympic Teams.

Ask how we can help with your injury

We will be happy to discuss your treatment options

Our Expertise and Specialties

Dr Saunders offers specialist advice and treatment of low back pain, with special interest in sacroiliac joint injury. Treatment using regenerative medicine techniques is also offered for SIJ injury as well as for tendon issues such as gluteal tendonopathy, rotator cuff tears, tennis elbow,

patella tendonopathy and Achilles tendonopathy. In particular sacro-iliac Joint injury including non surgical management. This includes the use of highly specialised physiotherapy, PRP and  / or Prolotherapy injections.

Dr Jeni Saunders

Sport and Exercise Physician

Dr Saunder has worked with Professional Rugby League teams, as well as Shute shield Rugby Union teams. She has also accompanied many National teams on tour including Australian Swimming and Athletics teams, Women’s Hockey team, Women’s Volleyball team, and Australian Netball team. She was also honoured to travel with the Australian Olympic team to two Summer Olympic Games. She also worked with SNWIS Snowsports teams for 11years.

Specialty Expertise

Dr Saunders works from rooms in Sydney City (Sydney Sports medicine Specialists in Macquarie Street) and at Meadowbank. Some videoconferencing is available for come consultations. Her recent Ph.D studies were in the diagnosis. Management and treatment of sacroiliac joint injuries (SIJ).

She has studied the use of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections and uses this to treat both the SIJ as well as tendon injuries to the elbow, knee, gluteal insertion at the lateral hip as well as Achilles tendon.

Experience

Private Practice
1981- present.
Currently Dr Saunders works in private practice in Meadowbank and Sydney City. She has recently closed her Kogarah practice after 40 years if providing a service in this area.

Sports Physician NSWIS
Doctor Saunders worked as an endorsed Sports and Exercise Physician for NSWIS form its inception n 1994 until 2019. AT this time NSWIS changed its medical system to provide all medical assistance onsite and within NSWIS itself. Therefore, external providers were no longer required.

Clinical Lecturer Sydney University 2009-2020
Dr Saunders enjoyed teaching Phase 1 medical students during her time as a clinical lecturer. As the curriculum was revised the need for outside tutors for this component of teaching was no longer necessary.

Administrative Experience

  • Honorary Secretary of the Australasian College of Sports Physicians 2004-2011.
  • Member Research Committee ACSEP 2000-current
  • Member Board of Censors (Now termed EAC ) ACSEP 2004-2020
  • Chair ACSEP Overseas Trained Specialist Committee Chair 2014-2020
  • Member AMSEC 2009/2010
  • Board Member and Vice President NSW SMA 2012-2016
  • Chief Medical Oficer World Masters Games Sydney 2008
  • Honorary Secretary Sports Medicine Australia (NSW Branch) 1979-1984)
  • Medical Director Westpac rescue Helicopter 1985-86
  • Foundation Director (and Medical Committee Member) Careflight 1986-1987. This was the beginning of Careflight and I am honoured to be a Founder of Careflight Helicopter Rescue Service.

Honors and Awards

Australian Sports Medal
Awarded by the Australian government in 2000
Awarded for outstanding acheivement and service in Sports Medicine

Life Membership
UNSW Hockey Club

UNSW Sports Recognition Award 
Awarded by the UNSW Sports Association in 1975. This was awarded for services to UNSW Hockey Club, and UNSW Basketball Club

ACSEP Ken Crichton Award
Recipient of 2018

Education

Graduated in medicine at UNSW 1978,

Inaugural Fellowship of the Australian College of Sports Physicians 1991,

Ph. D University of Notre Dame (Sydney) 2019 For a thesis entitled: “The sacroiliac joint: Clinical correlations of the ligamentous and muscular connections.”,

Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound (Soft Tissue) 2019 (CCPU).

Dr Tim Echevarria

Sport and Exercise Physician Registrar

Dr Timothy Echevarria started his medical career at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney and is currently training as a 4th year registrar of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians.

Sports medicine appealed to Tim right at the beginning of medical training due to his passion for sport. From an early age, Tim played soccer and basketball and sustained two significant injuries, both of which required surgery. Since then, he always felt attracted to the area of sports medicine and has been keen to help others affected by similar injuries.

Tim currently works as the team doctor for the Newtown Jets in NSW Intrust Super Premiership. He previously worked as the team doctor for the Australian U/17 Men’s and Women’s basketball teams (2019) as well as the premiership-winning Cronulla Sharks U/20s team (2018). He has also been involved in injury clinics related to soccer, rugby union and cricket.

Qualifications

  • Accredited Registrar of the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians (2018-current)
  • Masters of Sports Medicine – University of Queensland (ongoing)
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery – University of NSW (2013)
  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons Class I) – University of NSW (2010)

Interests

  • Acute sports-related injuries
  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Concussion
  • Bone stress injuries/stress fractures

New eBook

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome

This E-Book is intended to help those people who have been identified as having this disorder. It outlines the current knowledge of this condition and uses lay language to describe the condition. Dr Saunders has attempted to use the current research literature to describe the existing knowledge about this condition. As more knowledge becomes available this book will be modified and updated.

Dr Saunders is a Sports and Exercise Physician who developed an interest in this disorder when she began to notice some symptoms in patients who subsequently turned out to have this disorder.

$ 9.99 Inc. GST

eLearning Module

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) eLearning Module

This course will provide broad information on what is PRP, how it works, methods of preparation and use in MSK conditions. It is meant for doctors and allied health professionals, with interest in the use of PRP for assisting with treatments of tendon, ligament and joint injury. A Certificate Of Completion is earned when the course is completed.

$ 125.00 Inc. GST

eBook

Sacroiliac JointIncompetence eBook

What is it and how do I get better

This book is designed to help patients suffering from Sacroiliac Joint issues.  It will help you understand what your problem is, how to get it better and what to do if you have some of the associated conditions.

The treatment of SIJ insufficiency has 3 phases. For 80% of patients Phase 1 is all that will be required. For the remaining patients Phase 2 and 3 will also be required.

This condition is totally treatable but will take your time and perseverance.

$ 9.99 Inc. GST

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