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Accredited Practising Dietitians (APD’s) are experts in the world of food and nutrition. Qualification requires a minimum four-year tertiary degree and certification by Dietitians Australia. Dietitians use evidence-based research combined with their thorough understanding of human metabolism to help clients navigate their individual nutrition needs.

With the endless supply of nutrition information available online, it can be challenging to determine which diet is best for you. 

Dietitians offer individualised advice and can help to translate the latest evidence into practical steps to guide you in the right direction toward better health.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitians have many roles, including;

  • Assessing nutritional needs.
  • Developing personalised eating plans that consider medical conditions as well as personal circumstances.
  • Provide education on healthy eating, shopping, eating out and preparing meals at home.

Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms, working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastrointestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey.

Our Dietitian’s areas of expertise: Eating Disorders, Weight Loss/Gain, Bariatric Surgery, Type 1/2 Diabetes, ​Food Allergies/Intolerances, Digestive Issues, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Coeliac Disease, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, ​Women’s Health, Pregnancy + Lactation, Fatty Liver Disease, Anemia, PCOS and Heart Disease

Are you stuck in the ‘dieting cycle’? Are you constantly switching between phases of weight gain, weight loss, and simply getting nowhere?
Our dietitians take the time to understand your situation – your goals, lifestyle, social and medical history to tailor advice to suit you. Our dietitians can help you to develop the knowledge and skills to improve your relationship with food, achieve a balanced lifestyle and empower you with the confidence to be your best, healthiest self.

Dietitians can provide education on the role of nutrition in managing diabetes and blood glucose levels. We take a holistic approach, taking into consideration different medications, physical activity, and lifestyle choices to provide you with the best treatment plan for your situation.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) refers to a collection of symptoms including diarrhoea and/or constipation as well as accompanying symptoms such as bloating and abdominal pain. The cause of IBS is not really known, but a number of factors appear to worsen symptoms. These can include some of the foods we eat, stress or an infection.

Whether you have a diagnosed food allergy or suspected food intolerance such as IBS, you may need to reduce or eliminate certain foods from your diet. Food intolerances can be particularly debilitating as the exact cause is often unclear and can often lead to overly restricted diets in fear of experiencing a flare-up. If you suspect you may have a food intolerance, a dietitian will conduct a detailed assessment of your medical history, diet and lifestyle to determine the likely cause of your symptoms. You will then be provided with the knowledge and personalised resources to confidently manage your health independently.

Diet plays a big role in managing IBS as we can modify the diet to identify any “trigger” foods that may make IBS symptoms worse. This process is called the FODMAP diet. Our dietitians have a particular interest in the FODMAP diet and would love to help you to minimise your IBS symptoms to limit the impact they are having on your life! We also ensure that you are eating a healthy variety of foods and not missing out on any important nutrients.

The presence of 3 or more metabolic risk factors increases your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Risk factors include high cholesterol, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood glucose and high blood pressure. While certain conditions are inherited, diet and lifestyle plays are major role in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis are characterised by intermittent flare-ups of abdominal pain, bloating, gas and diarrhoea. Over time, this can result in nutrient deficiencies as inflammation can block the absorption of essential nutrients in the intestine. While the cause of these conditions is still not well understood, dietitians can provide the latest evidence-based strategies to manage your flare-ups and support you in maintaining a healthy balanced diet.

Whether you’re looking to reduce your meat intake or go completely vegan, dietitians can help you navigate the expanding world of meat and dairy alternatives to ensure you are receiving the necessary nutrients on a plant-based diet.

If you or someone you love is experiencing an eating disorder, you can understand just how isolating and overwhelming it can be to live with this condition as it impacts many areas of a person’s life. Eating disorders are a complex mental illness but with the right treatment and support, full recovery is possible. Our dietitians can support you no matter what stage you are on your journey, whether you’re looking to learn more about your condition, explore your food fears and anxieties or are ready to set actionable goals toward regular eating.
Disordered eating on any level can often go unnoticed and be accepted as a normal part of today’s ‘diet culture’. There’s a common misconception that to have an eating disorder, you have to be extremely underweight, which is absolutely not true. Disordered eating can be present regardless of body shape, size, age or gender. If you ever experience a loss of control around food, engage in secretive or binge eating or struggle with poor body image, a dietitian can help you understand how these behaviours develop and work with you to build your confidence and improve your relationship with food.

Bariatric surgery is an effective tool to promote weight loss by reducing the size of your stomach capacity. It is essential that you receive the support of an experienced bariatric dietitian during your pre and post-surgery journey to ensure you are able to meet nutrient requirements. Our dietitians understand the different challenges you may face along the way and can help you to develop sustainable healthy eating habits long term.

Sports Dietitians provide specialised advice for athletes with various training intensities. Whether you’re looking to change body composition, run your first 10km or compete at a high-level sport, proper nutrition is an essential part of optimal performance. Sports Dietitians can provide individualised advice on pre and post comp nutrition and recovery, hydration, supplementation and develop personalised meal plans.

OUR TEAM

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Kirrily Robinson

Dietitian

Kirrily Robinson is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who graduated from the University of Sunshine Coast Kirrily’s ambition is to inspire, motivate and support clients to create balanced and realistic nutritional goals in order to achieve sustainable long-term health. Kirrily has a friendly and non-judgemental maturity to ensure clients feel comfortable talking about their nutritional goals and provides an individualised approach, understanding that each client has different needs and values for their health journey.

Kirrily’s special interest areas include but are not limited to: Women’s health & pregnancy nutrition, gut health, nutritional deficiencies, building healthy food relationships, diabetes and paediatric nutrition. In her spare time, Kirrily enjoys being active, going for coffee with friends & family and baking delicious recipes.

Rachael Gilholm

Women's Health, Diabetes, Chronic Disease Management Dietitian

Rachael Gilholm is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sunshine Coast. Since graduation, Rachael has had experience in working within both public hospitals and within the community setting. Rachael is very excited to be transitioning into the private practice space. Rachael is passionate about supporting individuals to reach their health and nutrition goals. Rachael prides herself on optimizing an individual’s health and wellbeing through nutrition therapy and understands that food and nutrition mean so much more than just what we eat. Food brings people together and joy into our lives and for that reason, Rachael aims to work with our clients to make realistic and sustainable changes. Rachael has a special interest in, overweight and obesity, chronic disease management and Women’s health.

Rachael’s interest is in: Women’s Health, Diabetes, Chronic Disease Management

In Rachael’s spare time she enjoys going for hikes, spending time with her puppy, going to the markets and having a cheese platter accompanied with some wine.

Caitlin Follett

Gut Health, Women’s Health & Diabetes Dietitian

Caitlin is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who prides herself on focusing on her clients as a whole person and understands there is so much more to an individual than just what they eat. Since graduating with her Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Caitlin has developed her interest in gut health, vegetarian and vegan nutrition, oncology, and chronic disease management.

Caitlin is passionate about making a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle by supporting her clients to create achievable and realistic changes in line with their goals. She uses a non-judgemental, friendly and tailored approach with her care, as she understands that it can be daunting opening up to someone about your health concerns and what you eat.

When she isn’t working, Caitlin enjoys exploring the Sunshine Coast by getting outside to go for walks or hikes, to the beach for a swim, or painting at home.

Caitlin is available for appointments at Kawana, Baringa, Nambour and Caloundra.

Sarah Brown

Dietitian

Sarah is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Sarah enjoys meeting and working with new people and has a passion for supporting people achieve their goals through a client-centred approach, encouraging sustainable eating behaviours and using evidence-based practice. Sarah’s special interest areas include weight management, oncology, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Outside of work, Sarah enjoys roller skating, spending time with family and friends and taking her two German Shepards for a walk.

Sarah is available for Dietitian appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe locations.

Georgia Volz

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Georgia is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, completing her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She strives to ensure her clients feel supported and empowered throughout their journey to better health through nutrition. Using evidence-based practice, Georgia can tailor nutrition strategies to each client to meet their goals. Georgia’s special interest areas include weight management, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and gastrointestinal health.

Georiga is available for Dietitian appointments at Springfield, Woolloongabba and Chermside clinics.

Samantha Kiorgaard

Sports, Geriatrics & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed.
Samantha has special interests in sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.

Sam is available for Dietitian appointments at our Maroochydore, Buderim and Sippy Downs clinics.

Peter Herzig

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centred approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans to the individual.

With a background in sport science and an extensive history of cycling, Peter enjoys fine-tuning the nutrition plans of all cyclists and is currently the consulting Dietitian to the QAS cycling squad. Peter is also very passionate about the nutritional needs of recreational, junior, club, Audax and Gran Fondo participants.

Peter’s interests lie not only in sport. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life to meet their nutritional goals by tailoring advice to their individual circumstances.

Particular interests to Peter include:

  • Nutrition plans tailored to the individual
  • Sports Nutrition: endurance sports specialist (cycling, running, tri), event nutrition, active child nutrition, recovery nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, team sports.
  • Malnutrition management (weight gain)
  • Diabetes management
  • DVA clients
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing body composition goals and training recovery
  • Chronic Disease management and NDIS
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Junior sports nutrition and everyday eating
  • Race planning
  • Advice for the travelling athlete
  • Presentations and Training Camps
  • Coeliac Disease
  • IBS

Pete is available for Dietitian appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Sally Livock

Bariatrics & Eating Disorders Dietitian

Sally is a senior Accredited Practising Dietitian with over 30 years of experience as a Clinical Dietitian, having worked in both the Public and Private sectors.

She has extensive clinical experience, having held the position as consultant dietitian at Noosa, Selangor and Sunshine Coast Private Hospitals and is currently a consultant dietitian at The Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital.

Sally has extensive experience in private practice having built a large private practice on the Sunshine Coast over the past 25 years. She has developed specialist skills in the management of Eating Disorders-working closely with CYHMS, EDOS and specialist teams, and Bariatrics –having worked as the dietitian in a large Bariatric practice for the past 15 years. Sally has also developed a client-centred counselling approach to managing weight loss, diabetes, and chronic disease.

She has a passion for education and mentoring. Her current role as Manager of the Teaching Clinic at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where she provides teaching and supervision to final year dietetic students, enables this to be realised.

Sally’s philosophy is empowering clients via education, coaching, and support to achieve their health goals.

Sally is available for Dietitian appointments at our Sippy Downs location.

“We are here to inspire, engage and empower everyone, on their journey of health and wellbeing”

CLINIC LOCATIONS

Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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How does exercise help with mental health? ⁠
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There is ample evidence that suggests exercise is an effective treatment method for people suffering from acute and chronic mental illness.⁠
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Exercise can make a big difference in mood and needs to be a fundamental part of mental health treatment. Even one workout a week is known to have great benefits.⁠
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Exercise can also counteract the side effects of some medications such as reducing the risk of falling by strengthening muscles and helping control body weight and blood pressure.⁠
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If you need help with getting more exercise into your life contact your nearest SSP exercise physiologist 💪
Exercise Right Week 🏃‍♂️⁠
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Exercise Right Week is aimed at encouraging all Australians to be more active and to know where to get the *right* advice when it comes to moving more.⁠
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This year’s theme is Exercise for the Right Reasons. Why?⁠
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Because a lot of the dialogue in the health and fitness industry turns exercise into a chore or punishment. It pushes exercise as merely a weight-loss tool or a way to create an “ideal” body. This can create a negative relationship between our minds and movement. We want to change that.⁠
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This Exercise Right Week, we want to highlight some of the incredible physical, mental, and social health benefits of exercise (that have NOTHING to do with the number on the scale!)
Meet Our Sunshine Coast  Women's Health Team 🤍⁠
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Emily Abbott, Ashley Vincent, Lauren Cameron and Holly Ryan 👋⁠
Left -> Right⁠
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We have some of the most dedicated and passionate Women's Health Physios on the Coast! Our team can see you for all of your pelvic health concerns. ⁠
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To find out more head to our bio 💗
World IBD Day 💜⁠
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#IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis) are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide. ⁠
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There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.⁠
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The Sports & SPinal Dietitian team can assist in managing IBD through nutrition and education. Get in touch with your nearest nutrition team today 💜⁠
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#worldIBDday ⁠
@beenleigh_sportsandspinal
Working through the planking pain together all to raise awareness for breast cancer. Go team 🤍

#teamwork #physio #sport #exerciseright #plank #corestrength
We have an amazing program that is less about 'dieting' and more about the psychological reasons behind why YOU eat and what YOU eat and how we can make positive changes to improve your diet, health and lifestyle. ⁠
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Curated by our expert Dietitians the Diet, Behaviour & Beyond program is tailored to your health and wellbeing goals 🤍⁠
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Head to our bio to find out more
Early last month we were lucky enough to have run a photoshoot with the talented @occhilism.moments, our women's health team and some beautiful Sunshine Coast mumma's 🤍⁠
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 It was an amazing afternoon spent with some incredible women! ⁠
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If you or someone you know needs help with their women's health needs, get in touch with our team today 💗
For all of 2022, we are celebrating 30 years of Sports & Spinal! ⁠
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Over this time we have helped thousands of patients, engaged with local communities, developed long-lasting allied health relationships and more. ⁠
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We are very proud of the achievements and milestones we have made and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for us and our teams 💙⁠
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Watch this space as we have a heap of plans installed to celebrate our 30th anniversary!
World Hygiene Day 🤝⁠
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This year's theme for World Hand Hygiene Day is focused on recognizing that we can add to a facility's safety culture and quality through cleaning our hands but also that a strong quality and safety culture will encourage people to clean their hands at the right times and with the right products.⁠
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Sports & Spinal prides itself on instilling high hygiene standards across all our practices and services. We take hygiene seriously 🧼⁠
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Unite, talk and work together on hand hygiene for high quality safer care everywhere.⁠
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#worldhygieneday #sportsandspinal #washyourhads #sanitiser
Chronic pain can be worsened by underlying inflammation. There are a few key nutrients that can help to reduce inflammation and help to manage chronic pain.⁠
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Head to our bio to read more!
The Sports & Spinal website is being updated! 💚⁠
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Due to the launch occurring today the site may be down throughout today and tomorrow. We do apologise for any inconvenience but if you do run into any trouble with accessing the site or making a booking, please check back soon ⁠
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We are so excited to officially launch our new site to you!
Say G'Day to Sam👋⁠
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Sam is one of our Sports & Spinal Dietitians practising out of our Buderim, Maroochydore & Sippy Downs clinics.⁠
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Samantha studied a Bachelor of Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast and is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian. Samantha provides a warm and understanding environment in which she supports clients on their journey to improved wellbeing and quality of life. ⁠
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With her knowledge of food and medical nutrition therapy, she encourages sustainable eating behaviours and provides dietary advice that is guided by a client-centred approach, tailoring to the individual needs and unique background of each person. ⁠
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Samantha believes that food doesn’t have to be complicated in order to lead a healthy lifestyle and is meant to be enjoyed.⁠
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Samantha has special interests in sports nutrition, bariatric surgery (pre & post), gastrointestinal issues and elderly nutrition.⁠
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Head to our bio to learn more about Sam and how she can help you with your diet and nutrition needs 💚
In honour of March being Endometriosis Awareness month, we wanted to give a shoutout to an amazing foundation called the Pelvic Pain Foundation. ⁠
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PPFA brings medically responsible, positive, and interactive education to schools in Australia. ⁠
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PPFA is committed to supporting teenagers who suffer severe period pain, pelvic pain, and endometriosis to allow them to fulfil their potential and live the best life possible.⁠
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We applaud the PPFA team and all of their work! 🙌
Our Caloundra SSP team doing what they do best 🙌🏻 #sportsandspinal #pilates #clinicalpilates #caloundra
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological condition that affects a person’s control of their body movements. In Australia, it affects 100,000 people with 38 people being diagnosed every day.⁠
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Our multidisciplinary team can help patients with Parkinson’s through exercise, diet and nutrition 💚⁠
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If you or someone you know may need assistance please get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal clinic today
EASTER HOURS 🥚⁠
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Easter is somehow already here!? And that means we have some changes to our usual opening hours ⁠
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GOOD FRIDAY: Closed ⁠
EASTER SAT: Closed ⁠
EASTER SUN: Closed ⁠
EASTER MONDAY: Closed⁠
TUESDAY 19TH: We are back!⁠
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Please contact your local clinic to find out more or to rearrange any appointment times 💙
Say G'day to Prue 👋⁠
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Prue works as a Women's Health physio at our Chermside Sports & Spinal Practice. Prue is passionate about getting people back to doing what they love. Her treatment plans combine hands-on treatment with tailored exercise programs.⁠
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Prue is a qualified Pilates instructor and has completed additional coursework in lateral hip pain. Her most preferred areas to treat include the lower back, hip and pre and post-natal conditions. Prue is currently completing her Women’s Health Physiotherapy training to complement her current skillset.⁠
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One of Prue’s strengths as a clinician is using easy-to-understand language to explain complex anatomical terms. She consistently receives raving reviews from her patients.⁠
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Outside of work, Prue enjoys the outdoors and many sports, particularly swimming and running.⁠
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Head to our bio learn more and see how Prue and the Chermside SSP team can help you 💙
Have you heard about our Diet, Behaviour and Beyond program? ⁠
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Our Dietitian team have developed a sustainable, maintainable and fun diet program that allows you to eat more, learn more, and be more! (is this even possible?)⁠
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Yes, yes it is. Contact your nearest clinic to find out more 🍏
Meet Ash! 👋⁠
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Ash is one of our amazing Women's Health Physios based on the Sunshine Coast. Ash currently has the capacity for appointments at our Kawana clinic so if you require assistance with⁠
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❣️Antenatal & Postnatal MSK pain ⁠
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❣️Carpal tunnel⁠
❣️Bladder incontinence ⁠
❣️Return to exercise/ Exercise class screenings including internal pelvic floor assessments ⁠
❣️Women's Health Pilates & Classes ⁠
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Get in touch with the Kawana team today! ⁠
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☎️ 07 5438 8511⁠
✉️ kawana@sportsandspinalphysio.com.au