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Dan Lovegrove is the newest member of the Ethos team. He’s a great physio – but that’s only one of his many talents.

When and how did you start working for Ethos?

Before studying physiotherapy, I worked in landscaping for eight years, then did a Fine Art Degree and had a short stint as a secondary art teacher. I
met Dave Naylor (Ethos Physiotherapist) when I was working with Boolaroo Rugby in my final year of physio two years ago. It was through Dave that I
found out about the position at Ethos.

Describe your role in one sentence.

The role is varied – from clinic appointments, especially sports physiotherapy, to working at the Emergency Department at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital
and home visit appointments through the new Rehab at Home program.

What’s the best part of your job?

Empowering people.

What’s the worst part of your job?

Admin and record-keeping!

What do you enjoy outside of work?

Road cycling and mountain biking. Live gigs. A good craft beer. And pulled-pork burritos!

Note: In his very short time with Ethos, we have learnt that Dan is mad about bikes. He used to work in a bike shop and now spends
a good majority of his spare time mountain biking around Glenrock, Ourimbah or Awaba. When he’s not on his mountain bike, Dan’s on his road bike racing
at Kooragang Island or the Hunter Economic Zone in Kurri. He currently competes in B Grade but has his sights firmly set on A-grade, with a plan to
go to Nationals at the end of the year.

Can you tell us something we probably don’t know about you? (any unusual talents, etc.)

I started fire-twirling as a teenager and in my early 20s I was a leader/instructor in a youth-circus in Canberra. I taught kids fire twirling, juggling
and how to ride a unicycle. I did some of the choreography for performances and was involved as a base for the acrobatic acts.

What makes you smile?

New bike day! (Something other cyclists will understand).

What keeps you awake at night?

Live gigs. Or Netflix.

What do you do to stay healthy?

Exercise and try to limit the burritos (see above). Exercise includes cycling, running and some cross-training/bodyweight exercises, but I’m working on
doing more.

Any health tips?

Move in all directions.

Who does the cooking at home?

Me…. when I can be bothered!

Would you share a recipe?

Slow cooker bolognese

  • 6 smoked bacon rashers, chopped
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ kg lean minced beef (or use half beef, half pork mince)
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 500g mushrooms sliced
  • 4 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 6 tbsp tomato purée
  • 2 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 2 bay leaves
  • large glass red wine (optional)
  • 4 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • cooked spaghetti, to serve
  • parmesan
    1. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the bacon and mince in batches until browned. Add to your slow cooker.
    2. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato purée, herbs, wine (if using), vinegar, sugar and seasoning to the slow cooker.
      Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours, then uncover, turn to High and cook for another hour until thick and saucy.
    3. Serve with cooked spaghetti and grated or shaved parmesan.

    https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-cooker-spaghetti-bolognese

    Anything else?

    I like to be called Dan – not Daniel, not Danny, not Danno or any other derivative.

    My close friends call me ‘Lovey’.

    Note: There are now two Daniels and one Dannielle at Ethos… it can get confusing!

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