Dean Phelps Head Physiotherapist Fighting Fit Physio Gold Coast 1

Dean Phelps

Founding Owner & CEO

The Development of Fighting Fit Physio Nerang

Fighting Fit Physio has solid foundations as a humble, solo practitioner service beginning from home in 2011.

In 2013, treating people was too much from home and the opportunity to have a stand alone clinic presented itself in a local MMA gym where I was training from.

Quickly growning due to the high level of individualised physiotherapy care we provided.

By 2015 the next level individualised care provided in physiotherapy saw it expand to the current location giving the ability help more people over come their pain, injuries and health conditions

My passion has always been providing detailed comprehensive assessments, sound diagnosis and high quality, progressive treatment to the management of all musculoskeletal conditions

Dean absolutely loves physiotherapy,

But his passion has seen him combine the very best of his experiences into Fighting Fit Physio:

  • Acute musculoskeletal injuries: working in a number of private physiotherapy clinics in different roles from 16 years of age!
  • Elite sports: Baseball, Motor Sport, Rugby League and Combat Sports
  • Chronic Pain Management: 4 1/2 years as a senior physiotherapist while Fighting Fit was in start up phase
  • Pain science: Presenting a conferences, workshops and learning from some of the best pain specialists from
  • Sport and Exercise Science: he wrote a thesis on "The effect of psuedoephadrine of the effect of muscle performance and fatigue" and assisted his mentors in a number of biomechanics studies around gait vaiartions in obese adults.
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaching: Worked with North Coast Academy of Sport testing and monitoring up and coming talent, using technology to track and monitor athletes, developing programs for first grade rugby league and surrounding himself with some amazing mentors

"All this is what inspired what you see delivered at Fighting Fit Physio day in day out!"

About Dean

Deeply rooted in our culture is our passion for progressive exercise and living by the mantra

"there is always something you can do, you just have to find it, then progress it!"

Now focusing his time mentoring, teaching and coaching his staff like an elite team of health care professionals to deliver the highest level of care.

He lives and breathes clinical excellence and demands it for each and every person who walks through this door


Using vast the knowledge gained from the 6 years study of Exercise Science and Physiotherapy, plus now 12 years in practice, Dean thrives on merging the two usually separate professions with precision to gain the best possible outcome for his patients.

I love constantly crossing over from physio to strength and conditioning coach in all consultations to improve patient function and gain optimal performance and execution of movement.

With a special interest in Exercise and Sport Science, Strength and Conditioning Coaching and olympic lifting. Dean loves to help people of all ages learn correct techniques in the gym. Using his Physio brain with his biomechanics background helps find the best lift, correct set up and technique form to help his patients get back into the gym and lift for a long time.

"Being in a gym is like going to a martial arts dojo. You can't perform black belt techniques on day one, so why do we think we can do it in a weights room?

Take the time to learn the craft of lifting, get the basic lifting skills, focus on technique, build a solid foundation and progress over time to more advanced movements!"

Adding to this, his love of technology has evolved his clinical practice, fitting out the clinic the very best equipment, testing and monitoring tech around. You will find him running through his assessments with some really fancy tech to gain a measurable baseline and show his patients where they need to improve their movement performance over the course of their treatment.

"If your not testing your always guessing"

You need to monitor the improvements of your treatments every session, to do this in today's day and age you need the best technology around.

Dean also has had over 4.5 years clinical experience working in a multidisciplinary pain clinic, gaining invaluable skills and knowledge in the principles of acute and chronic pain management.

"Pain is not to be feared, it is to be managed and conquered in life!"

This assisted Dean to develop a unique skill set and determination to provide the community with a very outcome driven practice with a focus on the best results for his patients.

Dean loves a challenge and will find a way to help where others have failed by improving their function and achieving what ever goals even if they think they are unachievable due to pain and past injury.

If you want help to over come pain, injury or improve your performance regardless of your age or activity level. Dean and the Team at Fighting Fit are for you!


Other Interests

Dean is also not one to shy away from anything MMA!

He continues to train in his partner gyms honing his own skills, bouncing ideas around with coaches and trainers, constantly developing new, exciting and specific exercises or programs to enhance combat athletes performance.

With years of MMA training, also comes injury.

Dean has had his fair share in the sport which give him a lived experience to be able to work with multiple big names from Australia to recover from their injuries.

"I understand the rigorous training load, constant desire to be fit, train hard and know how to manage the sports specific injuries obtained in MMA.

One of the best feelings is seeing my athlete overcome an injury they initially thought would end their fight camp!"

Sport is a big part of his life, but so is his desire to keep active and engaged in things he loves doing.

Like riding motocross. This passion is shared with both Senior and Junior motocross riders by developing new way to their enhance performance and learn to be athletes on the bike.

Working with the elderly is another area that gets me excited when they hit the gym and reap the long term health benefits of exercise and my unique approach to overcoming injury adversity, no matter how big or small the problem.

Outside of work, Dean is a dad to three beautiful active little boys who are always in the gym with him learning the craft of physical activity and exercise from an early age.

He also enjoy rounds of golf, surfing, beer (feel free to buy him one) and spending time with his dog.



Dean as a Physio

Professional Qualifications

 Bachelor of Human Movement Science
 Major in Exercise and Sports Science
 Honors in Exercise Science "The effect of psuedoephadrine of the effect of muscle performance and fatigue"
 Master of Physiotherapy
 Registered AHPRA Physiotherapist and APA member


With a special interest in providing a outcome and results focused clinic and special interests in:

  • Low back Pain
  • All shoulder injuries and taking post operative rehab to the next level
  • Tendinopathy and Plantarfasciopathy
  • ACL injuries, both conservative and post operative rehabilitation to sport
  • Lateral hip pain in females
  • Combat athlete injuries and improving athletic performance
  • Groin Pain in Athletes

If you want to see Dean, you will have to call the clinic he is one busy dude!