Coolum Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy, 15 mins away from Mudjimba

Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

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.  Louise 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 fulfilment.  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 are 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 a recurrence. “I feel this gives people the tools to be the driver of their recovery”. 

Louise is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

Meredith has extensive experience as a 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.

Meredith is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Kate Surman

Musculoskeletal Physio

Kate graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland . Since then she has worked solely in private practice treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions. Kate has a special interest in the shoulder and knee, and enjoys treating sport related injuries of all levels. She also enjoys working with adolescents.

Kate plays AFL and is currently in the Gold Coast SUNS women’s AFL academy, looking to make into the 2020 AFLW squad. If she is not working or playing footy you will find her doing any type of outdoor activity, in particular surfing.

Kate is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

Koren graduated from Bond University in 2009 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy.  During that time, she worked closely with Tennis Australia in Brisbane and the junior elite tennis players in the prevention of lower back and spine injuries.

Since graduating Koren has been focusing on spinal rehabilitation and in particular, acute and chronic lower back pain and has continued her education along this path.  Koren has a particular interest in managing patients with a holistic approach to their active rehabilitation using a multidisciplinary team. Koren is passionate about ensuring that every patient she sees is provided with education and a plan regarding their specific condition to assure their goals are met, leading to a greater recovery.

Koren also runs weekly group classes incorporating Pilates type exercises along with functional/physiotherapy exercises for core strength and stability which fits in perfectly with her lower back interest.

Other area’s Koren enjoys working with is chronic complex musculoskeletal pain conditions and neurological conditions. In Koren’s spare time she enjoys kickboxing, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Koren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Cassandra Kennett

General Physiotherapy

Cassie one of our recent additions to the team. She is a physiotherapist and new to the Sunshine Coast, having moved here just this year from Townsville. Cassie grew up in Townsville and completed her degree at James Cook University. Throughout university, she worked as a disability support worker, a job quite close to her heart as she was surrounded by the industry throughout her life as both of her parents were closely linked.

Cassie comes from a background of CrossFit and Olympic lifting and is crazy about all things gym and fitness. She trains at CrossFit the Stables and is starting up an Olympic lifting club and sessions at World Gym. She has been training and competing for the last two years with comps all over Queensland, and aims to do more at the end of the year. When she’s not in the gym, you can find her at Mooloolaba beach with her dog, Maia, having too many coffees.

Cassandra is available for Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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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 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.

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum and Sippy Downs location.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in chronic disease management including cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis . He also specialises in Musculoskeletal conditions including back pain and upper and lower limb pain. Assessments and exercise rehab are conducted in the clinic’s own gym which is purpose built for rehabilitation. Brad’s hobbies include  surfing and running.

Brad is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum location.

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Tarin Cowley

Exercise Physiologist

Tarin has been practising as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2013 and recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney. Tarin finds great reward in being able to provide exercise interventions and education that assist people with chronic conditions to lead a better life, whether it be by improving their confidence and daily functioning, pain management, feeling ‘fitter’ or for athletes, competing at their optimum capacity. Tarin has experience in a range of clinical settings, which allows her to constantly challenge herself to develop innovative exercises and lifestyle modification interventions for people seeking advice for the management of their conditions.
Tarin has also recently taken up studying again, this time in medicine.

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Sophie Lewis

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie completed her training at the University of Sydney and has moved to Queensland for the coastal lifestyle. Sophie has experience with conservative management of spinal conditions and injuries, post-surgical rehabilitation, and cardiovascular health. She is passionate about lifestyle management for metabolic conditions such as Diabetes and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis and other bone conditions. Sophie strives to be a positive role model for her exercise physiology clients and believes that exercise has the potential to improve all aspects of health including physical, mental and social health. Sophie enjoys setting goals and helping her clients achieve them with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. Sophie believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle. In her spare time, Sophie enjoys cooking, going to the gym, and exploring her new home on the Sunshine Coast.

Sophie is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore and Coolum location.

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Dan Ford

Remedial Massage Therapist

Dan has been a practising 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. structural alignment and lymphatic massage. 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.

Dan is available for Remedial Massage appointments at our Coolum location.

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Mish Thurlow

Remedial Massage Therapist

Mish believes in creating a safe space to facilitate healing, strength, balance, and serenity in the body and mind through a variety of Remedial Massage techniques. Her background includes a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Yoga Teaching and a Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness and completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at DEMI International on the Sunshine Coast. Mish is committed to personal development and is continuously improving her skill set in order to better serve her clients. She has always had a passion for uplifting the lives of others through movement, health, and wellbeing. Mish loves providing high-quality service and works with you to create the most optimal and individualized treatment plan to help meet your specific goals.

Mish is available for Remedial Massage appointments at the Coolum location

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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 ever since. Kellie has a passion for treating musculoskeletal conditions and injuries of the lower limb. Kellie feels injury recurrence and injury prevention is possible with exercise prescription, 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.

Kellie is available for Podiatry appointments at our Buderim, Caloundra, Coolum, and Kawana locations.

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Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-lee has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence.  Ricki-lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside of work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends and experimenting in the kitchen.

Ricki-Lee is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim and Coolum locations.

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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from the University of Queensland. Domonique has a diverse range of experience working in mental health including mental health case management, clinical psychology work (assessment and clinical cases), performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support), substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Please feel free to book an appointment with Domonique in the Coolum office.

 

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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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.