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Accredited Exercise Physiologists are allied health professionals providing exercise and lifestyle therapies to prevent and manage chronic disease, injury, and disability.

An Exercise Physiologist (EP) is a 4 year, University-trained Allied Health professional who is an exercise prescription expert. They will work with you to design a specific exercise program tailored to your injuries, health status and goals.

Our Exercise Physiologists at Sports & Spinal can help your condition by working with you to formulate an appropriate treatment plan to assist in reaching your specific goals. Exercise Physiologist use movement and exercise in conjunction with specific education and motivational guidance to treat and manage your conditions.

Sports & Spinal’s accredited Exercise Physiologist can assist with Diabetes & Obesity, General Health & Wellbeing, Mental Health Issues, Musculoskeletal Injuries, Neurological Conditions, Strength & Conditioning, Women’s Health, Aging, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Paediatrics and Cancer.

Exercise facilitates changes within the body that increases its efficiency. This allows us to be able to manage conditions or diseases, that can cause our bodies to not function to the best ability.

You can expect our Exercise Physiologist to listen to your personal story and ask questions, so they can work with you to guide an appropriate treatment plan. Our Exercise Physiologist will complete a detailed, goal-focused, clinical, and functional assessment.

Treatment will vary and be specific to you but will likely involve modified movement and exercises to build your capacity and function through strength, fitness, balance, and more. Treatment will change and progress while working alongside your Exercise Physiologist. Our Exercise physiologists will provide education on health, conditions, injuries and what to do and what not to do may take place in different environments, including our onsite gym, your regular gym and pools, depending on your interests and goals. Our Exercise Physiologist believes in a multi-disciplinary approach and will work with other health professionals to help manage your condition.

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Mahlia Snowden

Exercise Physiologist

Mahlia is a passionate advocate for health and wellness, with an interest in neurological rehabilitation and women’s health. Hailing from the Northern Territory, Mahlia’s journey to her profession took her to the Gold Coast, where she pursued her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Griffith University, graduating in 2023. It was here that she honed her skills and knowledge in understanding the intricacies of the human body and its functions.

With a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives, Mahlia has previous experience working as a support worker, specifically with individuals facing spinal cord injuries. This hands-on experience has equipped her with invaluable insights into the challenges and triumphs of those navigating neurological conditions, fostering her dedication to improving their quality of life through exercise and rehabilitation.

Beyond her professional endeavours, she finds joy and fulfilment in the sport of rugby union, where she trains and plays actively. This passion for sport not only highlights her commitment to physical fitness but also reflects her resilience and team-oriented mindset, qualities that she brings to her work in the field of exercise physiology.

As she embarks on her journey in the field, Mahlia is excited to leverage her skills, knowledge, and experiences to make a meaningful impact on the lives of others, championing health, wellness, and inclusivity every step of the way.

Mahlia is available for Exercise Physiology consults at our Beenleigh clinic.

Belinda Fribence

Exercise Physiologist

Belinda Fribence graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology on top of her degree in Bachelor of Exercise Science. As well as this, Belinda is a full member of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA).

Belinda’s passion in the field of Exercise Physiology is driven by her past as a competitive athlete in the world of Track and Field and sustaining carer changing injuries. As a result, she has become driven to provide holistic care with the aim of helping individuals regain their mobility and functionality as well as improving the methods of injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Working closely with surfers and martial art athletes as well as being one herself she has developed a key passion in improving the longevity and mobility of joints, particularly in the hips. Working with the body in a 360-degree approach is a personal goal of hers and is aiming to build upon her knowledge and expertise in this field.

Belinda is currently on maternity leave.

To book with an Exercise Physiologist, please book with Mahlia Snowden or contact our team directly.

Bree Regan

Exercise Physiologist

Bree graduated form the University of Southern Queensland with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise majoring in Exercise Science and Clinical Exercise Physiology.

 

Bree has always lived a busy and active lifestyle, mainly through gymnastics, swimming, athletics, dancing, and cheerleading. Some of which she continues to enjoy to this day. She also enjoys a regular walk at the beach or in the bush and a good TV show or movie to watch.

 

Bree loves that exercise can be a fun and social way to improve our health and well-being for the short and long term and enjoys watching her client’s confidence grow quickly over time. Exercise can also be something that we share with our friends and family and does not need to be hard or a chore to be rewarding. Bree enjoys getting to know my clients, which helps her assist them as an individual and as a whole person to give them exercise plans that are best suited for their individual needs. Bree’s aim as an Exercise Physiologist is to help her clients reach their health and fitness goals and beyond so that they can live long happy, healthy, and active lives.

Bree is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Ashleigh Gould

Exercise Physiologist

Originally from Albury, NSW, Ashleigh has called Shellharbour, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast home before settling on the Sunshine Coast in early 2023.

Ash holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science from RMIT University and furthered her education with a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Southern Cross University. Ash has deep passion for Exercise Physiology and she combines both her passion, love for physical activity, and her dedication to helping people to provide ensure positive outcomes to her clients.

Ashleigh’s goal is to empower individuals, fostering their independence and self-assurance through regular physical activity. Her aspiration is to motivate her community to lead happy and healthy lives for as long as possible.

Outside of work, you can often find Ash practicing what she preaches, whether that’s at the gym, on the beach, or trying her hand at surfing.

Ashleigh is available for Exercise Physiology consults at our Caloundra clinic.

Kyra Trengrove

Exercise Physiologist

Kyra Trengrove holds a degree in Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation from the University of Canberra. She recently moved to the Sunshine Coast and is excited to bring her love for health and fitness to the community.

Kyra’s all about making your wellness journey personal and caring. She believes everyone is unique, needing a tailored approach to feel their best, both physically and mentally. Kyra holds a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and loves seeing people bounce back and being part of their success.

Outside of work, Kyra keeps it simple – hitting the gym, enjoying the beach, and taking walks with her young pup.

Kyra is available for exercise physiology appointments at our Caloundra clinic.

Gemma Tripp

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) from the University of Queensland. Her past involvement in soccer and futsal led to numerous sports-related injuries, sparking her desire to aid others in staying active. While she enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, she holds a particular interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Outside of work, Gemma dedicates much of her free time to the gym and meal preparation. She finds joy in attending concerts and festivals, favouring drum and bass, techno and house music genres, though she listens to almost anything. To unwind, she likes to read or go on mindful walks with her dog at sunset.

Her primary goal is to assist clients in achieving their fitness and life aspirations while improving their confidence to exercise. Gemma emphasizes the importance of dismantling barriers and implementing manageable steps to cultivate enduring habits. By aiming to understand her clients’ motivations, she tailors treatments to align with their goals, ensuring that exercise feels meaningful and is an enjoyable experience, all while promoting the notion that ‘consistency is key!’

Gemma is available for exercise physiology consults at our Chermside and Wynnum clinics.

Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology and has additional training in exercise oncology and Pilates. Elise also has experience working in paediatrics, focussing on neurological conditions, While Elise enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, she has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being and understand that this will look different for everyone. Elise endeavours to facilitate holistic, individualised, and achievable interventions for the best possible patient outcomes.

Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys leading an active and balanced lifestyle, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia clinics.

Kirra Womersley

Exercise Physiologist

Kirra graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) at the University of Queensland.  Kirra is passionate about exercise physiology but has a special interest in neurological, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Since moving on from elite track and field in 2016, Kirra has continued her passion for physical activity. She is committed to patient-centred care and finds it incredibly rewarding to work alongside clients to achieve goals that may never have seemed possible. Kirra is passionate about the widespread benefits of exercise and is committed to finding an activity to suit everyone.

When Kirra is not at the clinic, you can find her bouldering or researching the latest running shoes.

Kirra is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Mariella Bernard

Exercise Physiologist - Neurological Rehabilitation & NDIS

Mariella recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast after completing her clinical exercise physiology degree at the University of Queensland. Mariella pursued further studies as an exercise physiologist after her experience as a Physiotherapist in Sri Lanka.

Mariella brings experience in both disciplines and enjoys working with all conditions and disabilities with her main interests being Neurological and Cardiac rehabilitation as well as working with NDIS clients. Mariella’s passion is to promote and facilitate exercise in an engaging and unique manner, upon fostering strong relationships with clients.

Mariella continues her professional development in all areas of exercise physiology and developing her knowledge and skills through practice. She also has an interest in delving into exercise prescription and programming for Women’s and/or Men’s health.

Mariella is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum clinic.

Sophie Wilkins

Women's Health Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Women’s Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise and specific exercise prescriptions for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health.

Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise can improve all aspects of health, including physical, mental and social health. Sophie will help you achieve your goals with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. She 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.

Sophie’s interests are in Women’s Health. Strength & Conditioning & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

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

Gemma Egan

Chronic Disease Management 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 the 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’s interest is in Lower Back Pain, Diabetes, Chronic Disease & Osteoarthritis Exercise Physiologist

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum clinic. 

 

Noah Collins

Exercise Physiologist

Noah graduated with his Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2023 whilst studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Despite study commitments requiring him to spend much of his time at the Sunshine Coast, he continued to live in his hometown of Gympie.

Noah enjoys seeing clients meet their goals and wants to help them improve their quality of life. Due to his passion for sport and physical activity, he loves to see clients return to their work and sporting environments.

Noah has played sport most of his life and can be found playing hockey every year. He also enjoys going for some runs, bike rides and playing backyard cricket from time to time.

Noah is available for exercise physiology appointments at our Gympie clinic.

Benjamin Frank

Exercise Physiologist

Ben has been involved in the fitness industry for over 10 years as a personal trainer across a wide range of areas including musculoskeletal rehabilitation for acute and chronic conditions, cardiometabolic health and weight loss, strength and conditioning, bodybuilding and group fitness classes. He has completed two bachelor’s degrees in science (majoring in physiology, minoring in psychology) and Exercise and Sport Science and has recently graduated with his Masters degree in Melbourne. Ben is excited to be starting this next chapter of his life in Queensland.

During his university internships, Ben was involved in exercise prescription and delivery for various musculoskeletal, cardiometabolic, neurological, pulmonary, cancer, women’s health and semi-professional athlete populations in hospitals, private practices and a sports academy.

Ben is thankful for having had the privilege of experiencing, managing and overcoming numerous injuries himself (including a traumatic road accident requiring surgery for shoulder complications and numerous arm fractures, as well as lower back and knee injuries), which have not only improved his knowledge and application of rehabilitation on a personal level but have also built resilience and compassion for others experiencing pain and chronic conditions.

Ben has particular interests in musculoskeletal (particularly orthopedic) rehabilitation, cardiometabolic health (including weight loss), strength and conditioning, return to sport in athletes, and the link between mental health, pain and chronic conditions. Ben believes mindset is everything and has a strong focus on building relationships with clients to empower them to achieve sustainable, life-changing results, both physically and mentally.

In his spare time, you’ll find Ben enjoying his daily gym workouts, running, hiking, and other outdoor activities, song writing on guitar and piano, investing in personal development and staying up to date with the latest research to ensure his practice is evidence-based.

Ben is available for exercise physiology consults at our Gympie clinic.

Caitlyn Axford

Exercise Physiologist

Originally from Bribie Island, Caitlyn completed her Bachelor in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Growing up, Caitlyn had a passion for sports (her go-to sports are AFL and netball) and has now combined this passion with helping others. She also has a Diploma in Sports Development which has allowed her to further explore and understand a variety of health solutions.

Caitlyn is focused on providing the best possible care to clients day in and day out and she is particularly interested in neurological rehabilitation and paediatrics.

Caitlyn is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Hervey Bay location.

Paul Scalise

Exercise Physiologist

Originally from Sydney, Paul is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with extensive experience in the industry. He completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2015, moving on to a Master of Exercise Physiology in 2017, both at the Australian Catholic University.

Paul’s knowledge and interests lie in Rheumatic conditions, including Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He also has significant experience in postoperative rehabilitation, as well as musculoskeletal disorders, both acute and chronic disease management, and injury prevention. Paul also has a passion and interest in neurological rehabilitation.

Having previously worked as a Personal Trainer in the fitness industry, Paul draws passion from assisting people to achieve their health goals through physical activity and exercise; he recognises the importance of individuality and helping his clients maintain their day-to-day function by not only understanding their clinical needs but also learning about them as a person. Paul believes tailored exercise and supplemental education are pivotal to helping a client achieve their own vision of their best health and wellbeing.

When he isn’t in the clinic gym, Paul describes himself as a gamer geek; he enjoys all forms, including board games and computer gaming. He also enjoys watching the NRL – he is a Manly Sea Eagles supporter.

Paul is available for exercise physiology appointments at Baringa and Kawana Sports & Spinal.

Paul Scalise

Exercise Physiologist

Originally from Sydney, Paul is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with extensive experience in the industry. He completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2015, moving on to a Master of Exercise Physiology in 2017, both at the Australian Catholic University.

Paul’s knowledge and interests lie in Rheumatic conditions, including Ankylosing Spondylitis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. He also has significant experience in postoperative rehabilitation, as well as musculoskeletal disorders, both acute and chronic disease management, and injury prevention. Paul also has a passion and interest in neurological rehabilitation.

Having previously worked as a Personal Trainer in the fitness industry, Paul draws passion from assisting people to achieve their health goals through physical activity and exercise; he recognises the importance of individuality and helping his clients maintain their day-to-day function by not only understanding their clinical needs but also learning about them as a person. Paul believes tailored exercise and supplemental education are pivotal to helping a client achieve their own vision of their best health and wellbeing.

When he isn’t in the clinic gym, Paul describes himself as a gamer geek; he enjoys all forms, including board games and computer gaming. He also enjoys watching the NRL – he is a Manly Sea Eagles supporter.

Paul is available for exercise physiology appointments at Kawana Sports & Spinal.

Shannon Chilman

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon is an exercise physiologist with a special interest in women’s health and adolescent athletics. Originally from the USA, she has completed her Bachelor’s in Athletic Training and Master’s in Exercise and Sports Medicine where she spent 2 years working with collegiate sports rehabilitation. Most recently, she received her Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.

Shannon has cultivated a holistic approach to helping others achieve their goals. She understands enjoying a healthy lifestyle means you have to acknowledge the whole person: body, mind, and spirit. She also believes exercise should not be boring and strives to make each session fun and engaging.

Shannon has been on the Sunshine Coast for the last 6 years and enjoys spending her time cooking as well as hiking the local trails.

Shannon is available for exercise physiology appointments at our Kawana clinic.

Tenikka Mogno

Exercise Physiologist

Tenikka completed her exercise physiology degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2017 when she landed her job at Sports and Spinal. Tenikka is driven to help people manage their conditions through exercise prescription and education on behaviour change for long-term management in a collaborative approach.

Tenikka has many years of experience working with chronic disease management including musculoskeletal, neurological, and metabolic conditions, in particular working largely in the NDIS space and also running our type 2 diabetes program throughout the year. Her welcoming nature has her patients at ease and open to setting new goals and creating positive change.

Tenikka is the SSP team leader for our exercise physiologists on the Sunshine Coast, she is passionate about supporting her team and driving the service to its full potential.

On the weekends you’ll find her out in the water or reading a good book.

Tenikka is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Kawana location.

Bree Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Bree is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Having previously studied a Diploma of Musical Theatre with the Australian Dance Performance Institute.

Bree discovered a new passion for wanting to help dancers perform at their physical best through tailored exercise combined with crucial education surrounding specific dancer health, rehabilitation, and injury prevention. As well as continuing her quest in dancer wellness, Bree also has a passion for musculoskeletal, neurological, and women’s health rehabilitation with these areas sparking her interest.

Bree is passionate about keeping people active whilst managing their conditions with individual exercise with the hopes of helping and educating her clients to regain the confidence they need to live a happy and healthy lifestyle. Having previously worked as a dance teacher, Bree also recognises the importance of healthy movement for children and thoroughly enjoys helping kids stay active throughout their childhood so they can carry those habits into their adult life.

When Bree is not in the clinic you can find her dancing in the studio or on the stage and regularly being involved in community productions lending her choreographic and stage performance skills. Bree also enjoys being creative through her love of art.

Bree is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Blair Austin

Exercise Physiologist

Blair is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), having completed his degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Tasmania in 2020. Blair has previous experience in Strength and Conditioning and as an Occupational Rehab Consultant. This has provided Blair with valuable experience in functional strength training and Work Cover. Blair has developed an interest in injury rehabilitation, athlete development, and chronic disease management.

Blair provides client-focused care to assist you with reaching your goals through a holistic approach to exercise. Blair understands that everyone has unique needs and delivers tailored care, specific to each client. Blair is invested in providing his clients with the skills and knowledge needed to be independent in their health.

In his spare time, Blair is an avid mountain biker and enjoys making the most of the warm climate by spending weekends at the beach or bushwalking.

Blair is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Jordan Coonan

Exercise Physiologist

Jordan is only available for Exercise Physiology appointments. 

Jordan grew up playing a variety of sports, with cricket and basketball being the most prominent. He developed a strong interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation after suffering an ankle injury that ruled him out of a year of sports. He turned this injury into a passion to rehabilitate and assist people to return to pain-free lifestyles and live happy healthy lifestyles.

Jordan graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2017 with a bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. He has had a history of working with chronic pain, sub-acute injuries as well as various neurological, cardiac, and metabolic conditions.

Outside of work, Jordan loves to train at the gym, spend time with his dog, play video games, hang out with friends and explore the area.

Jordan is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Kale Hoggins

Exercise Physiologist

Kale graduated from La Trobe University in Bendigo with a bachelor of exercise science and a master of exercise physiology. Placement opportunities took him to the country and metropolitan Melbourne, where he could sharpen his skills with a wide range of chronic conductions. Kale joins the team, having worked in private practice in Victoria’s surf coast before seeking the warmer weather and water of QLD.

Kale is respectful, empathetic and easy to get along with and believes that results and relationships are crucial factors as an exercise physiologist. He is particularly passionate about musculoskeletal rehabilitation, functional movement patterns and improving quality of life.

In his spare time, Kale enjoys AFL and cricket as a supporter and a player, trying his best to catch a wave and spending time outdoors.

Kale is available for exercise physiology appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Lachlan Moore

Exercise Physiologist

Lachlan has a passion for assisting others in achieving their health goals. He graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and a Masters Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology. After graduating, Lachlan moved rurally and gained a large amount of experience working with patients of differing backgrounds and communities.

Lachlan has worked with patients in various areas, including neurological conditions, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions, Work Cover, and NDIS. He finds fulfilment assisting patients to form a positive relationship with exercise and creating a fun environment to achieve their goals.

Lachlan is driven to provide individualised and evidence-based exercise programs to treat a wide variety of conditions and patients from all backgrounds. He thoroughly enjoys building a strong rapport and making exercise fun and tailored to any individual’s needs. Lachlan has a particular interest in working with paediatrics and with complex neurological conditions.

Outside of work, he thoroughly enjoys watching a large variety of sport, spending time at the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Lachlan is available for exercise physiology consults at Nambour Sports & Spinal.

Kurt Kidman

Exercise Physiologist

Following a substantial stint in injury prevention, Kurt transitioned into a career focused on rehabilitation after completion of a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Over the course of several years, Kurt has amassed considerable experience and knowledge as an Exercise Physiologist. His primary focus lies in addressing musculoskeletal conditions affecting the lumbar spine and lower limb, encompassing lumbar disc bulges, lower limb tendinopathies, and a diverse array of knee pathologies.

In addition to his experience in musculoskeletal health, Kurt has an interest in cardiometabolic rehabilitation. He actively collaborates with individuals navigating diverse health challenges such as hypertension, Type-2 Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity.

Kurt extends his rehabilitation services to a broad spectrum of patients, encompassing those covered by Work Cover, CTP, DVA, NDIS, and private insurance. Demonstrating a commitment to patient-centric care, he works closely with individuals to ensure a personalised approach to their rehabilitation journey. Kurt places a strong emphasis on employing strength and conditioning principles, incorporating objective assessments using Force Plates and Dynamometers to track the effectiveness of his treatments. Continuously advancing his knowledge, Kurt has fortified his expertise in this domain by successfully completing his Level 1 Strength and Conditioning with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association.

Kurt is available for appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

Zachary Howard

Exercise Physiologist

Zac is driven by his passion for helping others. He graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology). Since then, he has gained extensive experience in private practice, providing Exercise Physiology services to patients in various areas, including metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, performance enhancement, neurological conditions, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Work Cover, and NDIS. Zac is dedicated to designing exercise programs that are enjoyable and tailored to each patient’s goals and previous experiences, aiming to support them in living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Zac has a particular interest in NDIS, Work Cover, and CTP insurance rehabilitation. He works closely with his patients, delivering cutting-edge exercise programs to maximize their rehabilitation. Whether it’s acute injuries or chronic pain, Zac finds fulfilment in supporting patients throughout their journey to health and wellness.

Before entering the clinical field, Zac was the head strength and conditioning coach for the largest Tennis Centre on the Sunshine Coast, leveraging his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (with a minor in performance enhancement). Outside of work, he enjoys rock climbing, playing tennis, and riding his motorbike.

Zac is one of our lead Exercise Physiologists and is an Associate Partner.

Zac is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe and North Lakes locations.

Ryan Moore

Exercise Physiologist

Ryan is an enthusiastic Exercise Physiologist who is passionate about improving patients’ overall health and well-being through implementing a patient-centred care approach that targets individual goals, needs, and concerns. He graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and furthered his studies by completing a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology.

Ryan’s particular interest lies in neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke. He is dedicated to helping individuals improve their quality of life and regain optimal function. Additionally, he has a keen interest in men’s health and aims to eliminate the stigma surrounding men seeking help for their health and well-being. Ryan is committed to assisting individuals in enhancing their quality of life and returning to their optimal function. He is also qualified to treat musculoskeletal injuries, metabolic and oncology conditions, neurological pathologies, and chronic pain.

In his spare time, you’ll often find him watching a wide variety of sports, particularly football. He also cherishes spending as much time as possible with his friends, family, and beloved dog.

Ryan is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our North Lakes location.

Lauchlan Simmons

Exercise Physiologist

Lauchlan completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) as a mature aged student at the University of Southern Queensland.

Lauchlan has always had a keen interest in sport. He has been involved in playing club cricket, AFL football in the state league, playing and umpiring volleyball, and golfing. Lauchlan acknowledges the long-term health benefits of regularly participating in physical activity – something he wants to share with you.

When Lauchlan isn’t at the beach, at the gym, or spending time with friends and his young daughter, you can often find him behind his laptop reading academic papers. Lauchlan prides himself in staying up to date with the latest exercise physiology research to ensure he can implement gold standard care for all his clients.

Lauchlan enjoys using individualised exercise as medicine to treat a wide range of health conditions, such as musculoskeletal, metabolic, renal, cardiovascular, mental health, respiratory conditions and assisting with post-cancer care. Lauchlan has a particular interest in assisting those with neurological conditions, using exercise to improve their quality of life and to make activities of daily living more manageable.

Lauchlan is available for exercise physiology appointment at our Morayfield clinic.

Zachary Howard

Exercise Physiologist

Zac is driven by his passion for helping others. He graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science (Exercise Physiology). Since then, he has gained extensive experience in private practice, providing Exercise Physiology services to patients in various areas, including metabolic, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, post-operative rehabilitation, performance enhancement, neurological conditions, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Work Cover, and NDIS. Zac is dedicated to designing exercise programs that are enjoyable and tailored to each patient’s goals and previous experiences, aiming to support them in living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Zac has a particular interest in NDIS, Work Cover, and CTP insurance rehabilitation. He works closely with his patients, delivering cutting-edge exercise programs to maximize their rehabilitation. Whether it’s acute injuries or chronic pain, Zac finds fulfilment in supporting patients throughout their journey to health and wellness.

Before entering the clinical field, Zac was the head strength and conditioning coach for the largest Tennis Centre on the Sunshine Coast, leveraging his Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (with a minor in performance enhancement). Outside of work, he enjoys rock climbing, playing tennis, and riding his motorbike.

Zac is one of our lead Exercise Physiologists and is an Associate Partner.

Zac is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe and North Lakes locations.

Daniel Leahy

Exercise Physiologist

Daniel graduated from Flinders University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Seeking a tropical change and a fresh start to begin his career as an EP, Daniel joins us from South Australia, where he lived his entire life. Having always been involved in sports growing up, the opportunity to study and work in a field that allows him to use his passion for exercise to assist people to live better lives was a natural choice. Placement opportunities across Adelaide and Darwin have exposed him to various chronic conditions and presentations, and he has experience working with NDIS, Medicare, DVA and Work Cover clients.

Daniel strives to work with clients to set out individualised and meaningful goals and assists them in achieving these goals through specific and evidence-based exercise programs. Daniel is particularly interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, helping people to correct movement patterns, reduce pain and recover from injury or surgery. As well as this, he has a keen interest in neurological conditions, helping people improve their physical function and quality of life through exercise.

Daniel has a passion for many sports outside of work, including AFL, cricket and basketball. He also enjoys travelling and spending time exploring.

Daniel is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Brandon Downie

Exercise Physiologist

Brandon received his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Griffith University on the gold coast in 2019 and has worked as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist ever since. With over 4+ years of coaching and clinical exercise prescription experience, Brandon has a keen interest in injury and pain rehabilitation; his wealth of knowledge and evidence-based practice have helped improve the lives of so many of his clients.

Brandon passionately believes in the mantra “Connect, Empower, Perform”, three key elements to developing a strong therapeutic alliance. Embodying these elements helps to gain a greater understanding of the person in front of him but also develops trust, and work collaboratively to guide each client along their unique journey to a stronger, healthier and happier life.

In his spare time, you’ll find Brandon doing something physical, either in the gym practising what he preaches, getting out into nature, or practising some form of self-development to learn new skills and challenge himself.

Brandon is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Christina Götzl

Exercise Physiologist

Christina graduated from Southern Cross University with a Master’s in Clinical Exercise Physiology after having completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science. During her studies, Christina has developed an interest in a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal to neurological and chronic conditions. Christina is passionate about showing clients that exercise is medicine and that regular individualised exercise is an essential part to improve one’s physical and mental health.

Additional to her clinical studies, Christina has completed training in Mat and Studio Pilates. Combining resistance-based exercise programs with Pilates to support clients’ rehabilitation is a special interest of hers with a belief that both modalities complement each other wonderfully.

Christina is passionate about helping clients be physically independent and active as much as possible to improve their quality of life. She is highly motivated to provide optimal client service to ensure each individual feels supported on their exercise journey.

Christina is originally from Germany and moved to Australia in 2016 where she fell in love with surfing and Australia’s beautiful nature. She also enjoys participating in Pilates classes, performing strength and surf-based training finished off with an Açaí bowl, coffee, and friends near the beach.

Christina is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Shannon Darlington

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, in 2015. Since graduating, Shannon has worked in private practice and has experience working with chronic conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention and management.

Shannon has developed a special interest in neuromuscular conditions, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management and weight loss. Shannon also provides Pilates-based rehabilitation for a wide array of chronic conditions and injury rehabilitation.

Shannon provides a tailored exercise program/class targeted to your individual level of strength, fitness, injuries and goals. Shannon loves helping patients achieve their goals, no matter how big or small they are.

Shannon is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Shannon Darlington

Exercise Physiologist

Shannon completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Graduate Diploma of Exercise Physiology at Griffith University, Gold Coast, in 2015. Since graduating, Shannon has worked in private practice and has experience working with chronic conditions, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational rehabilitation and injury prevention and management.

Shannon has developed a special interest in neuromuscular conditions, pre and post-operative rehabilitation, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic disease management and weight loss.

Shannon also provides Pilates-based rehabilitation for a wide array of chronic conditions and injury rehabilitation.

Shannon provides a tailored exercise program/class targeted to your individual level of strength, fitness, injuries and goals. Shannon loves helping patients achieve their goals, no matter how big or small they are.

Shannon is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Runaway Bay and Broadbeach clinics.

Anita Seymour

Exercise Physiologist

Anita is an exercise physiologist who graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast. Anita studied exercise physiology to combine her two passions of exercise and helping people.

Anita has a keen interest in living a healthy well-rounded lifestyle both physically and mentally, which she tries to recognize within each client’s session. Anita is motivated to help others achieve their goals in an individualised manner.

If not at work Anita can usually be found out with her dog at the beach, camping, or chasing waterfalls on hiking trails. She is also heavily involved in local touch rugby league competitions.

Anita is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Sippy Downs clinic.

Brooke Svensson

Exercise Physiologist

Brooke completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. With previous personal training experience, Brooke finds that her strengths are motivating and uplifting her clients to create a positive exercise environment. She prioritises good communication and collaboration, where she takes the time to understand her clients. This is so that the exercise prescription can be tailored to her client’s lifestyle and specific to their needs. She loves to see her clients achieve their short- and long-term goals.

Ultimately, Brooke wants to empower her clients through exercise and education to assist with independent living and an increased capacity to do every day and recreational activities.

She has a commitment to her learning and enjoys expanding her skills, where she completed her Cert IV in Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructing through Breathe Education. Her Pilates experience opens opportunity for her clients to select different modes of exercise to assist with their rehabilitation.

Outside of the clinic, Brooke loves the gym and an active lifestyle, but also loves her down time at the beach.

Brooke is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at the Sippy Downs and Buderim Clinics.

Brooke Svensson

Exercise Physiologist

Brooke completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast. With previous personal training experience, Brooke finds that her strengths are motivating and uplifting her clients to create a positive exercise environment. She prioritises good communication and collaboration, where she takes the time to understand her clients. This is so that the exercise prescription can be tailored to her client’s lifestyle and specific to their needs. She loves to see her clients achieve their short- and long-term goals.

Ultimately, Brooke wants to empower her clients through exercise and education to assist with independent living and an increased capacity to do every day and recreational activities.

She has a commitment to her learning and enjoys expanding her skills, where she completed her Cert IV in Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructing through Breathe Education. Her Pilates experience opens opportunity for her clients to select different modes of exercise to assist with their rehabilitation.

Outside of the clinic, Brooke loves the gym and an active lifestyle, but also loves her down time at the beach.

Brooke is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at the Sippy Downs and Buderim Clinics.

Jarrod Herman

Exercise Physiologist

Jarrod graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree. Jarrod has a strong passion for treating various conditions through the means of exercise-based therapy with a particularly keen interest in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, cardiovascular conditions, and persistent pain. Jarrod’s passion is driven through the enjoyment of improving the lives of those living with comorbidities through personably tailored and evidence-based exercise prescriptions to achieve patients’ goals.

Outside of work, Jarrod has a history of being an elite level swimmer. Jarrod enjoys maintaining a healthy lifestyle through swimming, running and strength and conditioning training in the gym. Jarrod also enjoys spending time outdoors with friends, watching sports such as the AFL and attending live music.

Jarrod is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Grace Lobegeier

Exercise Physiologist

Grace graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) degree.

She has a developing interest in neurological conditions and is always looking for ways to further improve her knowledge and enhance her client-centred care approach. She works alongside patients wherever they are at on their health journey and applies evidence-based practice to ensure the best outcomes possible.

Outside of the clinic, Grace enjoys going to the gym, travelling, playing sports and exploring with her dog.

Grace is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Jake Phillips

Exercise Physiologist

Jake is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland in 2022. While studying, Jake worked in a Strength & Conditioning facility to extend his knowledge and refine his coaching skills. Jake has a strong exercise background with experience in training for swimming and powerlifting, as well as personal training.

Jake’s specific interest area is in using movement as medicine for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. As a practitioner, Jake is passionate about empowering his clients to self-manage their own health through education and exercise.

Outside of the clinic, Jake competes in powerlifting, which fuels his interest in rehabilitation and performance. He also appreciates great coffee and is always keen to hear about the best places to get a caffeine fix.

Jake is available for Exercise physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba and Springfield clinics.

Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology and has additional training in exercise oncology and Pilates. Elise also has experience working in paediatrics, focussing on neurological conditions. While Elise enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, she has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being and understand that this will look different for everyone. Elise endeavours to facilitate holistic, individualised, and achievable interventions for the best possible patient outcomes.

Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys leading an active and balanced lifestyle, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia clinics.

Jake Phillips

Exercise Physiologist

Jake is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours Class I) from the University of Queensland in 2022. While studying, Jake worked in a Strength & Conditioning facility to extend his knowledge and refine his coaching skills. Jake has a strong exercise background with experience in training for swimming and powerlifting, as well as personal training.

Jake’s specific interest area is in using movement as medicine for musculoskeletal rehabilitation. As a practitioner, Jake is passionate about empowering his clients to self-manage their own health through education and exercise.

Outside of the clinic, Jake competes in powerlifting, which fuels his interest in rehabilitation and performance. He also appreciates great coffee and is always keen to hear about the best places to get a caffeine fix.

Jake is available for Exercise physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Bianca Mazoletti

Exercise Physiologist

Bianca graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology after completing her studies at the Queensland University of Technology. Bianca has a developing clinical interest in women’s health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Alongside completing university, Bianca received certificates for both Pilates reformer and matt work courses. Bianca wishes to combine her Pilates experience and resistance training into her exercise prescription to help musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Bianca is motivated to help improve the quality of life for her patients and is passionate about assisting them through their exercise journey.

Outside of the clinic, Bianca has a passion for a healthy lifestyle herself. However, she does love her coffee and Sunday brunches.

Bianca is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Gemma Tripp

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) from the University of Queensland. Her past involvement in soccer and futsal led to numerous sports-related injuries, sparking her desire to aid others in staying active. While she enjoys working with a wide variety of clients, she holds a particular interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Outside of work, Gemma dedicates much of her free time to the gym and meal preparation. She finds joy in attending concerts and festivals, favouring drum and bass, techno and house music genres, though she listens to almost anything. To unwind, she likes to read or go on mindful walks with her dog at sunset.

Her primary goal is to assist clients in achieving their fitness and life aspirations while improving their confidence to exercise. Gemma emphasizes the importance of dismantling barriers and implementing manageable steps to cultivate enduring habits. By aiming to understand her clients’ motivations, she tailors treatments to align with their goals, ensuring that exercise feels meaningful and is an enjoyable experience, all while promoting the notion that ‘consistency is key!

Gemma is available for exercise physiology consults at our Chermside and Wynnum clinics.

Michael Lawler

Exercise Physiologist

Michael is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, with 16 years of experience in weight loss, chronic disease management and exercise prescription. His approach to Nutrition is non-judgemental, individualised and most importantly will allow you to enjoy delicious healthy food (whatever your condition or goals) whilst still leaving some room to savour a treat or two from time to time.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Michael has a strong focus on pre and post-op lower limb (knee and hip) surgery and injury management. He loves working with people living with disabilities and enjoys taking a problem-solving approach to each individual’s unique situation.

Michael’s areas of practice focus include: 

  • Food Intolerances and Conditions of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract
  • Diabetes and Chronic Disease Management
  • Weight management
  • Lower Limb Rehab
  • Complex Conditions

Michael is available for Exercise Physiology and Dietetic consults at our Wynnum clinic.

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Exercise Right Week - Get The Right Advice 

This week we celebrate Exercise Right Week! We are looking at simple, time savvy exercises you can do all in the comfort of your own home ✅

It may be hard trying to find time in your busy schedule to go to the gym, for a walk or even exercise. So here are 3 simple exercises from our expert in exercise @mahlia.exphysiology
 
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Exercise Right Week - Get The Right Advice

This week we celebrate Exercise Right Week! We are looking at simple, time savvy exercises you can do all in the comfort of your own home ✅

It may be hard trying to find time in your busy schedule to go to the gym, for a walk or even exercise. So here are 3 simple exercises from our expert in exercise @mahlia.exphysiology

For more information and support book in with your local Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiologist 🤸🏽‍♀️🏋🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🏊🏽‍♂️
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It’s Exercise Right Week - That means it’s time to Just Move! 🏃‍♂️

Just moving for 30 minutes day can make a world of difference to your health and well-being! Whether you’re suffering from an injury, battling something bigger like cancer, dementia or diabetes, or you just want to up your fitness game, it’s important to get the right advice from an exercise and movement expert to ensure you’re exercising right. 

That’s where we come in, the Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiology team are experts in exercise. Find your local EP today and get the right advice!

It’s Exercise Right Week - That means it’s time to Just Move! 🏃‍♂️

Just moving for 30 minutes day can make a world of difference to your health and well-being! Whether you’re suffering from an injury, battling something bigger like cancer, dementia or diabetes, or you just want to up your fitness game, it’s important to get the right advice from an exercise and movement expert to ensure you’re exercising right.

That’s where we come in, the Sports & Spinal Exercise Physiology team are experts in exercise. Find your local EP today and get the right advice!
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 💜

IBD includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis which are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide! 

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. 

The Sports & Spinal Dietitian team can help with the management of common IBD symptoms. To learn, get in touch with our team today!

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 💜

IBD includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis which are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide!

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.

The Sports & Spinal Dietitian team can help with the management of common IBD symptoms. To learn, get in touch with our team today!
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Across our 22 sites, we have VALD Technology! 

VALD brings cutting edge technology that presents objective human measurement to patients. Via ForceDecks and Dynamo Plus, our teams can assist with common injuries such as:

✅ Neurological patients
✅ Post surgical recovery
✅ Pre surgical data collection for optimal recovery goal setting 
✅ Aging population with a falls risk
✅ Tendinopathies
✅ Lumbar pain
✅ Balance issues
✅ Shoulder instability
✅ MSK pain and pathologies
✅ Bone stress injuries
✅ Biomechanical assessment and prevention - running assessment data
✅ Sports injuries and return to sport assessment 
+ MORE!

To learn more, get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal Team today!

Across our 22 sites, we have VALD Technology!

VALD brings cutting edge technology that presents objective human measurement to patients. Via ForceDecks and Dynamo Plus, our teams can assist with common injuries such as:

✅ Neurological patients
✅ Post surgical recovery
✅ Pre surgical data collection for optimal recovery goal setting
✅ Aging population with a falls risk
✅ Tendinopathies
✅ Lumbar pain
✅ Balance issues
✅ Shoulder instability
✅ MSK pain and pathologies
✅ Bone stress injuries
✅ Biomechanical assessment and prevention - running assessment data
✅ Sports injuries and return to sport assessment
+ MORE!

To learn more, get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal Team today!
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Did you know that the Sports & Spinal team can help you with your heart health? 

Our Exercise Physiology team can prescribe tailored exercise programs that suit your health goals and needs. And our Dietitian team can create personalised meal plans and educate you on heart healthy foods. 

Needing help with your heart health? Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today!

Did you know that the Sports & Spinal team can help you with your heart health?

Our Exercise Physiology team can prescribe tailored exercise programs that suit your health goals and needs. And our Dietitian team can create personalised meal plans and educate you on heart healthy foods.

Needing help with your heart health? Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today!
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Heart Week ❤️

All this week we focus on our heart health! It’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about your own heart health and take positive steps towards reducing your risk of heart disease. 

To learn more - head to our bio!

Heart Week ❤️

All this week we focus on our heart health! It’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about your own heart health and take positive steps towards reducing your risk of heart disease.

To learn more - head to our bio!
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Say hello to VALD DynaMo Plus🙋‍♀️

By using VALD's DynaMo Plus our teams are able to access patients’ strength and range of motion via hundreds of tests across every major joint in the body. 

DynaMo Plus combines tension and compression force measurement, dedicated grip measurement and inertial measurement into one system.

Having VALD technology across our sites enables our teams to make more specific assessments ➡️ more specific treatment plans ➡️ better patient outcomes!

Say hello to VALD DynaMo Plus🙋‍♀️

By using VALD`s DynaMo Plus our teams are able to access patients’ strength and range of motion via hundreds of tests across every major joint in the body.

DynaMo Plus combines tension and compression force measurement, dedicated grip measurement and inertial measurement into one system.

Having VALD technology across our sites enables our teams to make more specific assessments ➡️ more specific treatment plans ➡️ better patient outcomes!
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ForceDecks have arrived at Sports & Spinal! ⚙️

ForceDecks automatically detects and assesses over 20 different movements, from squats to jumps and from isometric strength to functional tests such as sit-to-stand and balance assessments. There’s a test for almost any patient or musculoskeletal pathology.

These decks help to detect left to right differences as well as centre of mass during balance which helps our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology teams make more accurate and data informed decisions regarding your treatment and recovery. 

We are thrilled to have partnered with VALD to be able to provided this level of technology across our 22 clinic locations!

ForceDecks have arrived at Sports & Spinal! ⚙️

ForceDecks automatically detects and assesses over 20 different movements, from squats to jumps and from isometric strength to functional tests such as sit-to-stand and balance assessments. There’s a test for almost any patient or musculoskeletal pathology.

These decks help to detect left to right differences as well as centre of mass during balance which helps our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology teams make more accurate and data informed decisions regarding your treatment and recovery.

We are thrilled to have partnered with VALD to be able to provided this level of technology across our 22 clinic locations!
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