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Address: 65-69 Keira St, Wollongong Phone: 1300 306 939
About us

A little about us
and our vision

With a state-of the art gym, allied health clinic and café, Gateway Life are delivering optimal wellbeing through education, innovation and collaboration.

Who is Gateway Life for?

Located in the heart of Wollongong, our facility is staffed by university qualified health and wellbeing professionals. We offer specialised exercise and clinical services to all walks of life including those in aged care, NDIS, living with a chronic disease and those who simply want to optimise their wellbeing.

  • Are you looking for specialised and supported exercise programs to optimise your health and wellbeing?
  • Do you need help to increase strength and mobility?
  • Do you have a chronic disease such as diabetes or heart disease?
  • Are you or a person you know living with a disability?

Our team at Gateway Life

Deborah De Santis

Deborah De Santis

Chief Executive Officer

Deborah is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director with a passion for the community sector.

She has held senior leadership roles in stakeholder engagement, marketing and communications, sales, customer relations, and human resources.

In addition to her executive roles, Deborah ran a communications and marketing consultancy for 16 years with a range of high profile clients in sectors such as manufacturing, mining, property development, construction, financial services, health insurance, education and aged care.

Deborah is a Director of the Illawarra Credit Union and Chair of the Board Governance Committee. She is an active member of the Illawarra business community and a former Director of the Illawarra Business Chamber.

Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Management/Psychology) and a Master of Arts (Journalism) from the University of Wollongong and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Beshara Moubayed

Physiotherapist

Besh has completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy, graduating from the Macquarie University. He has a background in musculoskeletal physiotherapy as well as residential aged care physiotherapy. Besh has a strong passion for health and fitness and is a strong believer in the phrase “movement is medicine” which is reflected through his physiotherapy practice.

Physiotherapy services range from general assessments and diagnosis, mobility and falls assessments, education and advice, falls prevention classes, strength programs, pain management, injury management and rehabilitation, post-surgical rehabilitation, managing chronic diseases, educational seminars and much more.

Besh will work closely with other allied health services offered at gateway life such as exercise physiology, occupational therapy and dietetics to ensure our clients receive optimal evidence-based healthcare tailed for their individual needs and goals.

Nina Eagle

Senior Occupational Therapist

Nina has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupation Therapy (OT) and has been working as an OT for over 25 years in a variety of fields including mental health, multiple sclerosis, dementia, aged care, work injury and CTP injury claims. She also established her own business in Remedial Massage and Yoga Therapy to expand her understanding of mind-body processes and to continue her work with people from a holistic approach.

Nina has recently joined the Community Gateway team to develop OT services for existing and future clients. She understands the impact of injury and disability on self-identity, life roles, home and community access and quality of life. She enjoys working collaboratively with clients to find ways to improve their independence, sense of wellbeing and sense of purpose.

Daniel Vallentine

Exercise Physiologist

Daniel has a master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (rehabilitation) and a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science. Daniel’s background is in private clinical practice seeing a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal, metabolic, neurological and auto immune. Daniel has experience working with a range of refer services including NDIS, Medicare, Workcover and DVA and has a particular interest in the NDIS, diabetes and men’s health. He has also run a successful gym providing coaching, programming and education sessions to general populations.

Daniel is passionate about helping people reach their health goals through education and physical activity prescription, whether it is rehab from an injury, managing a chronic condition or to improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Nihal D'Silva Physio

Nihal D'Silva

Physiotherapist

Nihal is a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. This means he has completed the four-year physiotherapy degree, as well as one year post graduate degree specialising in the musculoskeletal system. He has 20 years’ experience in the field working predominantly in private practice, but also in the hospital, rehabilitation and residential aged care environments. Further, he has completed a Bachelor of Philosophy/Theology and has a deep understanding about the human person and how pain or injury not only affect us physically, but psychologically, socially and spiritually.

Nihal is passionate about physiotherapy and is dedicated to his profession, completing numerous professionally development courses through the years. His passion extends to empowering patients with the knowledge and experience he has gained to help them understand the science behind their issues and how to overcome them. Also, he enjoys mentoring younger physiotherapists in their professional career to refine their clinical reasoning and perfect their manual therapy techniques.

Apart from diagnosing and treating the common sprain and strain injuries, he is specialised in Whiplash injuries, Vestibular dysfunctions/disorders, Temporomandibular joint pain/dysfunctions, chronic pain, work related injuries, age related pain and dysfunctions, and uses a vast array of treatment approaches including joint mobilisation and manipulation, muscle energy techniques, dry needling, electrotherapy, Mulligan’s technique as well as acute, sub-acute and chronic therapeutic exercises.

On a social level, Nihal is married to his beautiful wife Christina, and they have 3 young children. He is also part of a missionary community who outreaches to youth and the less fortunate here in Australia, as well as the Philippines and Indonesia. He loves the outdoors and nature, plays the guitar and sings. His favourite food is Indian .

He is excited about his new role within Gateway Life and believes it is providing a vital service here in the Illawarra.

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Carla Watts

Dietitian

Carla is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD), graduating with a Masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Wollongong. Carla has extensive experience working within the hospital setting as a clinical dietitian. Since then, Carla has delved into private practice and is passionate about translating the latest scientific evidence into practice.

Carla has a strong interest in the areas of women’s health (including PCOS and menopause), weight management, gut health, aged care, and chronic disease prevention and management. Additionally, Carla is a Monash FODMAP trained dietitian and has studied the Low FODMAP Diet for IBS to better understand and support people living with this condition.

Among the allied health team at Gateway Life, Carla works to support individuals to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Carla provides valuable insight into the role of food, nutrition, and prides herself on delivering person-centred care to support individuals to take charge of their health.

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