Coolum Sports & Spinal

Located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast, our Coolum Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy practice is situated at 19 Birtwill Street on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’, a short drive from Noosa, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Springs, Marcoola, Yandina, Twin Waters and Mudjimba.

The clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available, with EFTPOS and credit card facilities for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, our Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology and Remedial Massage in the heart of Coolum.

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Meet the team @ Coolum

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Louise Meek

Shoulder & Spinal Rehab

Louise has spent most of her career focusing on treating shoulder conditions working with both the Wynnum Manly Seagulls and high diving.  She then continued to work with the shoulder team on the sunshine coast after moving to join the Sports and Spinal Team in 2010.  She was an Australian Institute of Sport athlete for 6 years in high diving and was a representative on the Australian team for 5 years, which is where her passion for physiotherapy originated.

Louise has been selected from thousands of the physiotherapists in Australia to be included in the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapist group (SEPA) This is a selected group of elite Shoulder & Elbow physiotherapists.

Over the last few years, Louise has loved working with the ‘Sunshine Coast Chronic Pain Team’ assisting people with persistent pain.  “This is defiantly an area I love working in and get a lot of fulfillment.  You can make a truly significant difference in someone’s daily life.”  She spends time working with the pain specialists on the coast who meet regularly to have the most optimal care and management of her patients.

She focused her post-graduate studies in these areas making sure all treatment and advice is up to date and evidence-based to provide the most optimal outcome for the client. Louise is very passionate about an educational, active and functional approach to treatment to allow the individual to learn and manage their injury to prevent recurrence. “I feel this gives people the tools to be the driver of their recovery”. 

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

Meredith has extensive experience as a Sport Physiotherapist sports physiotherapist and Pilates instructor but has focused her practice in recent years on lower limb injuries. Being a professional triathlete herself, Meredith has a special interest in endurance sports, triathlon, and running related injuries. Meredith completes running assessments in the clinic using video analysis to assist with diagnosing and managing chronic running injuries. Meredith also has years of experience in post-operative rehab and compliments her treatments with dry needling, Kinesio taping, and gym based functional strength training.

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Kate Surman

Musculoskeletal Physio

Kate graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland and also holds a Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from The University of Ballarat. Kate enjoys treating a range of musculoskeletal injuries in particular the knee, aspiring to achieve not only symptom relief for her clients but also overall lifestyle and wellbeing improvements to optimise each individual’s potential. She also has a keen interest in the neurological condition multiple sclerosis (MS), having volunteered for the MS Society QLD.

Since recently locating to the Sunshine Coast, Kate is enjoying the healthy lifestyle, as she loves to stay fit and healthy.

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

Koren West has been focusing on spinal rehabilitation and in particular chronic low back pain for the past 6 years. She has a particular interest in managing patients with a holistic approach to their active rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary team.

Koren also heads our rehabilitative pilates classes and enjoys working with chronic complex musculoskeletal pain conditions and neurological conditions.

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Julia Wilson

Musculoskeletal Physio

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Julia was able to gain experience in  Australia, Wales, and the UK. She has had the privilege to gain exposure in one of the busiest departments, the National Health System in England and in a large multidisciplinary team setting. Through this time, Julia has developed a love of treating a diverse range of patients from athletes to the elderly, but more recently has found a passion for treating Women’s Health conditions and focuses a lot of her professional development in this area.

“I am passionate about helping and educating clients to maximise their quality of life and strive to facilitate self-management for the most optimal recovery”.

In her spare time, Julia is often at the beach attempting to carve up the waves.

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Gemma Egan

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma has a strong belief that living an active healthy lifestyle improves both longevity and quality of life. She has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science and has gained an accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Gemma has developed a passion for spinal rehabilitation and improving quality of life for those suffering from lower back pain. She has also worked with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and osteoarthritis.

Gemma has a strong focus on prescribing programs that are individually tailored and that can be self-managed for future health and fitness.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in both clinical exercise prescription for chronic disease and injury management as well as a long history in writing and delivering strength and conditioning programs for all levels of athletes over a range of sports.

His personal interests include surfing, running and strength conditioning.

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Dan Ford

Remedial Massage Therapist

Dan has been a practicing remedial massage therapist for 9 years and loves seeing the difference that himself and massage can make to the health and well-being of others. Dan’s background is as a health & fitness educator at TAFE, so he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an educator and therapist.

As well as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and various other traditional massage techniques, Dan has a special interest in chronic pain and structural alignment. He incorporates gentle stretching within massage treatments to balance posture and functional alignment. This approach aids in a speedy recovery from injury and feels fantastic.

Dan tailors treatments specifically to each client’s individual needs. He is a caring therapist and aims to ensure a safe, effective and positive outcome for each and every treatment.

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Kellie Palmer

Podiatrist

Kellie graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science (Podiatry) in 2012 and has been working in general, private practice for over 4 years.

Kellie has a passion for treating musculoskeletal conditions and injuries of the lower limb. Kellie feels injury recurrence and injury prevention is possible with appropriate footwear and orthotic therapy in some instances.

Over the years Kellie has also developed a keen interest in paediatric podiatry, involving herself with seminars and further research for her continuing development in this niche field.

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Sophie Crundall

Dietitian

Sophie is a longstanding member of the Sports and Spinal team. Joining us in 2012, Sophie worked on our administration team while she completed a bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sophie joins our clinical team at Sports and Spinal, adding another dimension to the already outstanding multidisciplinary team. With a passion for food and a healthy lifestyle, Sophie can help you achieve your health and wellbeing goals by providing individualised, evidence-based dietary advice. In collaboration with our Exercise Physiologists, Sophie will be an integral part of the Diabetes Health and New You Programs.

Outside of work, Sophie enjoys spending time with family and friends, sharing her passion for food through cooking and baking and making the most of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

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Parking @ Coolum

Plenty of parking is available on Birtwill Street outside Sports and Spinal otherwise parking is available across the road in the Coles complex.