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Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists use hands-on treatment and exercise therapy to manage a wide variety of injuries and complex pains.

Our Physiotherapists are passionate about providing the latest in evidence-based practice combined with their clinical experience to ensure their patients receive the best possible care and advice.

We treat various conditions. Including; shoulder, neck and back pain, sporting injuries, lower limb conditions, women’s health, headaches, work cover incidents, pre and post-surgical, motor vehicle accidents and more.

Sports & Spinal works closely with General Practitioners, Specialists, and other allied health professionals to plan and manage your treatment.

At Sports & Spinal, we pride ourselves on our Physiotherapists specialising in specific areas and injuries.

Back pain is ranked globally as the leading cause of disability. It is estimated that 70-90% of people will suffer from back pain at some stage in their lives.
Our Physiotherapists can identify factors causing and contributing to your pain and develop an individualised program to assist you in your rehabilitation and restrengthening.

Most cases of lower back pain respond well to the hands-on type of treatments such as manual therapy and exercise prescription.
Manual therapy can include massage and joint mobilisations and manipulations. Our Physiotherapists will tailor an individualised home-based exercise prescription which typically involves a range of mobility exercises, strengthing exercises and a gradual return to activities.

Our Physiotherapists can also use treatments such as taping, acupuncture, TENS, heat or ice pack.

Our Physiotherapists have a comprehensive knowledge of foot and ankle biomechanics and can effectively treat a wide range of foot and lower limb injuries, including:
Achilles Tendon pain, Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Post-Surgical Rehabilitation, Acute Sprains & Strains, Muscle Dysfunction, Tibialis Posterior Tendinopathy and Ligament Injury.

Your Sports & Spinal Physiotherapist will provide you with long term solutions for your recovery and tailor your treatment plan to your history, injury and physical goals.
Your rehabilitation exercises are designed to quicken your recovery and build strength to prevent further injury. This may involve seeing a podiatrist, modifying footwear, or a combination of stretching, taping, and specific rehabilitation exercises to strengthen the foot and ankle structures.

Knee Pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints, with many causes ranging from acute meniscal tears to ACL rupture and more long term osteoarthritic changes.
An appropriately structured rehabilitation program will get you back in action faster, safer and doing what you do best!
Our Physiotherapists can help your knee issues, whether it is by increasing the range of movements, strengthening the muscles, releasing soft tissue restrictions, bracing or strapping, reducing inflammation and activity modification.
Many of our patients also decide to opt for ‘pre-habilitation, attending Physiotherapy preoperatively to optimise their chances of the best possible outcomes.
Sports and Spinal therapists will work closely with your General Practitioner or Orthopaedic Specialist to ensure you receive ideal management for your individual condition.

Whether it’s returning to the football field, getting ready for your annual ski holiday, making it around 18holes, or simply helping achieve your personal goals of improved mobility, our therapists will get you moving!

Hip pain and joint injury are common for all age groups. The hip joint and its integration with your pelvis, SIJ and lumbar spine (lower back) make it a complex region to correctly analyse and assess any dysfunction.
Many factors can cause hip pain. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts a repetitive strain on the hip, causing pain.
Lower limb biomechanics involving your knee, foot and ankle, plus your thigh and calf muscles, can also affect your hip function due to your hip being a major weight-bearing joint. The hip is responsible for functional activities like walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities.
Your Sports & Spinal physiotherapist will spend the time with you to fully assess the origin of your hip pain and investigate whether it is a hip joint, muscular, nerve or biomechanics issue. Through careful analysis and assessment, we can identify your issue and any associated knock-on effects, relieve your pain and minimise your chance of recurrence.

The neck contains a complex network of nerves, blood vessels, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Because the neck contains so many structures and has an extensive range of motion, it can be prone to injury.

Symptoms of neck pain often include; 

  • Tight muscles that restrict movement 
  • Pain that travels
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Sharp neck pain

Treatment with neck pain includes manual therapy such as; massage, joint mobilisation or manipulation, exercise therapy, and advice beyond the treatment session. 

Getting expert help can put you on the right track to a happy, healthy and pain-free life.

While some minor pains can be fixed easily, ongoing headaches and migraines may have a more serious underlying problem. If you suffer from this pain regularly or it interferes with your daily life, it is essential to seek help.

One way to help find a solution and ease the symptoms is through Physiotherapy. Physiotherapy treatment is an effective tool in treating headaches caused by musculoskeletal dysfunction, such as cervical headaches caused by neck dysfunction or tension headaches from muscle strain. Sports & Spinal have Physiotherapists with additional training in headaches and migraines.

Our headache Physiotherapists will assess you to locate the potential source of the problem and identify how best to fix it or ease the symptoms.

Treatment with neck pain includes manual therapy such as; massage, joint mobilisation or manipulation, exercise therapy, and advice beyond the treatment session.

Sports and Spinal provide quality and experienced management options for Shoulder Rehabilitation and Shoulder Pain. The key to effective shoulder pain treatment is an accurate diagnosis.

Sports & Spinal Shoulder Physiotherapists can assist with Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness, AC Joint Injuries, Subacromial Bursitis, Tendon Pathologies, Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension, Rotator Cuff Disorders such as Tears and Strains, Frozen Shoulder and Arthritis of the Shoulder.

Treatment will include:

  • Hands-on therapy
  • Education on biomechanics & posture
  • Advice for optimising the function of your shoulders
  • Specifically tailored exercise programs that are customised to meet your individual needs.

Plus many more techniques to provide optimal care on your rehabilitation journey.

Hand Therapy is a type of rehabilitation performed by an accredited physiotherapist with unique knowledge and training in treating problems specific to the hand & upper limb. Rehabilitation enables patients to fasten their return to a productive, active lifestyle after injury.

Patients who are candidates for hand therapy may have difficulty using their hands for regular daily tasks or have an injury that prevents them from doing heavy lifting, driving, gripping or fine motor tasks.

Some common symptoms of a hand injury that therapists can treat include; stiffness, weakness, wounds, scars, burns, injured tendons or nerves, fractures, or even amputations of the fingers, hands or arms. Others include patients who suffer from conditions such as wrist pain or tennis elbow and chronic problems such as arthritis or persistent pain.

Hand therapy provides:

  • Accurate diagnosis & treatment of hand, wrist & elbow problems
  • Custom-orthotic fabrication (usually made from thermoplastic material)
  • Help with pain or stiffness in the hand, wrist & elbow.
  • Exercise prescription & strengthening programs for regaining full function
  • Regaining movement, strength & dexterity in the upper limb after surgery
  • Help to reduce sensitivity from nerve problems.
  • Help to get back to work & sport with the best recovery.
  • Help foster a supportive and clear communication link between surgeon and GP for best treatment and successful outcomes for the patient involved.

If surgery is needed, hand therapists can also help with a patient’s recovery. This may include helping wounds heal, splinting, scar management and reducing swelling.

The conditions that a hand therapist can assist include:

  • Flexor and Extensor Tendon repairs
  • Finger sprains / dislocation
  • Wrist fractures & injury
  • TFCC damage
  • Wrist instability & pain with loading
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis

Elbow: 

  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Chronic, overuse conditions
  • Elbow fracture post-immobilisation rehabilitation

Other:

  • Neurological changes in upper limb function
  • Trauma to the arm after an accident
  • Surgical post-operative rehabilitation

Women’s Health Physiotherapy (also referred to as Pelvic Health or Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy as Men are also affected with Pelvic concerns!) is the area of Physiotherapy that deals with conditions relating to the bladder, bowel, pelvic floor, and pelvis, as well as pregnancy-related conditions including mastitis and lower back pain.

Our  Women’s Health Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor assessment and treatment, and work closely with local specialists, surgeons, GPs and other health professionals to ensure that the treatment you are being provided is of the highest level and supported by current evidence.

Some of the areas and conditions that our Physios may be able to assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Pelvic Girdle of Coccyx Pain
  • Pregnancy & Postnatal Lower or Mid Back Pain
  • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD or DRAM, Tummy Muscle Separation)
  • Postnatal Pelvic Floor Assessments (including post third and fourth-degree perineal tears)
  • Return to Exercise Assessments
  • Mastitis
  • Bladder issues – Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence/ Overactive Bladder Syndromes, Bladder Pain Syndromes (including Interstitial Cystitis) and Retention
  • Bowel concerns – Constipation, Faecal Urgency, and Incontinence
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Pessary fittings
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Persistent Pelvic and Vaginal Pain (including Endometriosis driven pain)
  • Pre and Post Gynae Surgery Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pre and Post Prostatectomy Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is one of the most common causes of dizziness, affecting up to 50% of patients over the age of 70. The biomechanical condition is caused by the dislodgement of calcium carbonate crystals into the region of the inner ear with the sensory organs, triggering the sensation of vertigo. Physiotherapy can be remarkably effective in treating BPPV and assessments are available in our physiotherapy practices.

Physiotherapist performs non-invasive tests such as the Dix- Hallpike test to confirm a BPPV diagnosis and to determine which ear is affected. The type of nystagmus (involuntary eye movements) observed will also identify which canal(s) is/are involved.

The dizziness resulting from BPPV can be dramatically relieved by specialist techniques performed by a skilled physiotherapist that use the forces of gravity to reposition the displaced calcium carbonate crystals out of the sensory areas of the canals in the inner ear.

Standard physiotherapy treatment uses a sequence of repositioning maneuvers – such as the Epley, Semont or Lempert – to move the crystals out of the semi-circular canal.

Once the primary cause is addressed, physiotherapy treatment may involve a targeted exercise program to reduce the patient’s vertiginous in response to certain positional changes such as bending forward and looking up. Targeted balance training may be offered to patients with any residual balance defects. Exercises such as Brandt Daroff exercises may be prescribed for patient self-management.

Other inner ear disorders for which vestibular rehabilitation can offer improved outcomes include vestibular neuronitis/labyrinthitis; acoustic neuroma (post-op); oto-toxicity; movement-induced dizziness and Meniere’s disease.

Vestibular rehabilitation can help address these vestibular system disorders and restore the best use of the remaining vestibular function by teaching unaffected balance mechanisms to take over the function or teaching other parts of the body to compensate. Let our highly skilled professionals be part of the treatment plan for your BPPV.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints patients take to the doctor and occurs more frequently as people age. Physiotherapists have the skills to perform highly specialised techniques which can cure the majority of patients suffering from BPPV in a single treatment.

Clicking, locking or pain? Grinding your teeth? Do you hate going to the dentist or struggle to eat your favourite food?

TMJ Dysfunction is:

  • Teeth Grinding/clenching
  • Clicking
  • Popping
  • Limited range of movement and ability to open
  • Unable to fully clench your jaw
  •  Tenderness around the Jaw
  • Teadaches, ear pain, dizziness and upper neck pain.

Jaw (TMJ) problems are more common than many people think. These problems tend to build up over many years and can affect the quality of life in many different ways. TMJ can cause headaches, dizziness, upper neck pain and ear pain. Some of our patients have also reported pain or inability to move or clench their jaw completely. Ear ringing (tinnitus) might also be related to TMJ dysfunction.

If you’re unsure how to treat your TMJ, we suggest speaking to one of our Sports & Spinal physiotherapists. Together with your dentist, we can assess your condition and begin corrective treatment if appropriate.

Chronic or persistent pain is an area of rehabilitation that is challenging and satisfying, as new approaches offer hope. Chronic pain patients often present with;

  • A long history of pain
  • Adjoining mental health deterioration
  • Failed numerous rehab programs,
  • Flared up with standard rehabilitation approaches
  • Intense fear and paranoia to exercise
  • A cocktail of medications to control their symptoms,
  • Poor long term prognosis

Statistics from the Pain Management Research Institute at the University of Sydney show that 1 in 5 people in Australia is in a chronic pain state, including adolescents and children, 1 in 3 people aged over 65.

Current literature advocates treating chronic pain with a multidisciplinary team. This includes a Pain Specialist, General Practitioner, Physiotherapist, Clinical Psychologist or Psychiatrist, and Occupational therapist or social worker. The team needs to be interactive, approachable and available. Importantly, as a team, a consistent message is delivered to the patient.

The Physiotherapists role involves Education, Graded Motor Imagery (GMI) and Normalising movement patterns.

Prehabilitation programs can be a successful pre-surgical intervention option to reduce post-surgical inpatient stays, helps improve post-surgical outcomes and improve recovery times. It is therefore recommended that you take part in a specifically prescribed rehab program prior to surgery to increase muscle strength and reduce the chance that you will require extended inpatient rehabilitation prior to being discharged home after surgery.

The goal of a post-surgery physiotherapy program is to help you return to physical function. Surgery without rehabilitation can often lead to poor results. Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy can help you achieve a successful post-operative result with effective evidence-based rehabilitation.

Our sports therapists work with local, national and international level athletes from various disciplines. Whether it’s getting an Olympian back into peak shape for a pinnacle event or helping a weekend warrior smash out their PB, we are equipped to help you return to performing at your best.

Acupuncture originated in China over 5000 years ago and is based on the belief that good health is determined by a balanced flow of Qi (energy) along the twelve major meridians of the body which are linked to specific internal and external organ systems. It recognises that the body has an innate ability for self-healing through stimulating the brain to produce natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins, assisting in pain relief.

At Sports and Spinal, we insert single-use, sterile and disposable needles at specific points along these meridians to alter the flow of Qi in order to relieve muscular tension, stress and ultimately pain. In acupuncture, we also use what is called Ah Chi points which basically trigger points in a muscle that are not found on a meridian. These are the points that are used in Dry Needling.

In dry needling and acupuncture, the needles tend to be left in situ for any given period of time based on the desired effects in the treatment of Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction eg increased blood flow, muscle relaxation etc.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling are useful modalities that provide a safe and effective treatment for a variety of conditions assisting in pain relief and injury rehabilitation. Below is a list of the most commonly treated conditions;

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Achilles Injuries
  • Hip and Leg Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sinus troubles
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries/Muscle/Joint Pain

Trigger point needling (which an acupuncturist will also call dry needling) is where a needle is poked in and out of the trigger point quickly (like pecking) to stimulate a twitch response to reset the muscle spindle. It is very uncomfortable and can leave the patient feeling quite sore (aching) for anywhere from 2hours to 2days following this type of needling. It is used more in chronic conditions eg a runner who continues to get tight calf muscles, overactive gluteals in low back pain etc.

For more information as to whether acupuncture, dry needling, or trigger point needling can help you, please ask your physiotherapist.

OUR TEAM

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Trent Brumby

Physiotherapist

Trent completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy (Sports) at the University of South Australia. He developed an extensive variety of treatment skills from working in Australia and the USA.

Trent has worked on the Sunshine Coast for over 20 years and provided treatment of patients to numerous medical and orthopaedic specialists. He has a high degree of experience in managing shoulder conditions, post-operative rehabilitation, musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries.
Following a competitive sporting background in hockey and triathlon, Trent now maintains an active lifestyle with his family involved in surfing, surf-lifesaving, hockey and golf.

Trent is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore and Kawana locations.

Aravinth Nallathamby

Physiotherapist

Aravinth graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in physiotherapy. He is currently studying his Master of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.
His career started at the University of Peradeniya as a physiotherapist treating patients at the outpatient unit and the Teaching Hospital Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.
He completed a physiotherapy internship with the Sri Lanka cricket men’s national team during the T20 WorldCup in 2012
Aravinth followed a mentoring programme in Singapore in private practice under the Singapore National Netball Team Physiotherapist and National Rugby Team Physiotherapist.
Aravinth has worked in private practice, hospital settings, and with the Sri Lanka Cricket board, a division Rugby club team and secondary school rugby teams.
He is interested in General Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

James Benoit

Physiotherapist

James is an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist, receiving his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy from Griffith University. He is also credentialed in the McKenzie Method of treating spinal and musculoskeletal injuries. James is a member of Sports Medicine Australia and has extensive experience working with athletes at an elite and recreational level in Australia and the USA. He has worked as a physiotherapist at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He has a passion for road and mountain biking.

James is passionate about helping people with complex and difficult-to-diagnose conditions, including shoulder, neck, lower back and knees. He enjoys working with his clients to get them back to enjoying their favourite sports and activities.

Karen Benoit

Physiotherapist

Karen graduated from the University of Sydney in 1992.
Karen has a strong interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, she is particularly interested in disorders of the neck, back, hips and pelvis, with a focus and extensive continuing education in Women’s Health and Continence physiotherapy. Karen was selected to provide physiotherapy to athletes at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health group.
Karen worked in NSW and the U.S.A, before settling in Gympie, where she has worked in private practice since 2000.

Kim Minne

Physiotherapist

New to Brisbane; Kim joins us from sunny Cape Town, South Africa.
Having completed her Physiotherapy (Honours) degree at the University of the Western Cape in 2014, she planted roots in her community, working with a variety of patients along with all aspects of injury and health. Kim is passionate about continued learning and has added Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates to her skills list. This has been to her patient’s benefit as she has run and managed Pilates mat work classes for 6 years. Her expertise lies in, post orthopaedic and lower back injuries and returning her patients back to their previous functioning.
Kim maintains an active lifestyle – running, hiking and playing hockey, which has fed into her interests in keeping people moving and injury prevention. Her new area of interest is in Women’s Health and hopes to build and grow in this field in her new position. She is friendly and chatty and therefore enjoys working closely with her patients to create specific programs to achieve their most favoured outcomes.
After building up her experience in South Africa, she was ready for a new adventure and challenge thus joining the team across the waters at Sports and Spinal.
Kim is available for appointments at Chermside and St Lucia locations.

Kelly Grant

Physiotherapist

Born and raised in the UK, Kelly participated in professional vocational dance training at The Royal Ballet School and developed an interest in Physiotherapy through her own personal experience with injury rehabilitation and recovery. Kelly graduated from The University of Birmingham, UK, with a 1st class BSc Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2012 and went on to complete diverse clinical rotations in Cardiorespiratory, Neurology, Trauma and Orthopaedics and General Medicine at a Major Trauma Hospital, working with world-leading surgeons, prior to specialising in Musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She has over 10 years of experience as a Physiotherapy clinician, working in both the national health service and private sectors, and has worked with people from diverse backgrounds with a broad range of injuries and conditions, including persistent pain, thereby developing key knowledge and skills in pain neuroscience, injury assessment, prevention and rehabilitation.

As a keen Runner, Dancer, Yogi and Gym-goer Kelly are enthusiastic about exercise and the benefits of enjoying a healthy, balanced lifestyle and sought to expand her knowledge and skills in this area through the completion of an MSc module in Exercise Prescription and Rehabilitation at The University of Hertfordshire in 2020. She has also completed additional training in Acupuncture and Sports Massage and seeks to combine manual therapy with exercise and education to provide holistic and individualised treatment plans.
Kelly is an APPI-trained Mat Work Pilates instructor and has extensive experience teaching both 1:1 sessions and classes.
Kelly has a specialist interest in shoulder and upper limb rehabilitation, with prior experience establishing an advanced level rehabilitation class, with the aim of returning individuals to sport and manual occupations.

Kelly is passionate about hearing people’s stories, building trusting and collaborative relationships, individualising the rehabilitation process and empowering people to not only achieve their goals but to exceed their own expectations and take ownership of improving their quality of life.
Kelly has a keen interest in mindfulness and the benefits of exercise on mental health and well-being and likes to explore this in her approach to Physiotherapy management.

Outside of work, Kelly enjoys an active lifestyle of Running, Hiking, Gym training and, more recently, Paddle Boarding. She loves going to the theatre and attending live music events, as well as being a keen traveller. She has recently relocated to Australia and is looking forward to exploring.

 

Josh Great

Sports Physiotherapist

Josh graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University in 2016. Heading straight into private practice work, Josh developed a passion for guiding patients along their rehabilitation journey and ensuring they are well informed and included in all the steps along the way. With a keen love of footballing (that’s the round ball) and sports-related injuries. After some time working, Josh migrated to the UK to broaden his horizons and diversify his physiotherapy practice. He engaged in various contracts in musculoskeletal practice and even rapid upskilling in hospital physiotherapy as part of the UK’s COVID19 response.
Personal and professional development are both key takeaways from his time overseas (and of course a repertoire of travel tales). He enjoys treating all sports-related injuries, particularly the knee and ankle and bridging the gap between injury and return to sport. Josh understands the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle and takes a holistic approach to treatment, working with the patient to meet and conquer goals.
At any time left over in the week, Josh is a member of Football Queensland Referees and takes charge of local football games most weekends. He is a coffee and red wine enthusiast who enjoys the outdoors, beach, hiking and a gym session or jogs to round off the week.

 

Tim Lynch

General Physiotherapist

Tim graduated from James Cook University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has over 10 years of experience working in the fields of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. He has worked as a physiotherapist within Queensland Health, The Australian Department of Defence and the Queensland Academy of Sport as well as extensively in private practice. Tim went on to further his education and completed a Masters’ Degree in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University in 2016. He is now recognized by the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) as a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and a Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist. This has allowed Tim to work and travel with sporting teams (including the Queensland Women’s AFL Academy and Men’s Australian University Rugby 7’s team) as well as elite individual athletes who have competed at the Commonwealth Games and Paralympics.

Tim has a passion for providing an accurate assessment and treatment for both acute and chronic injuries, with a focus on enabling patients to stay active and reach their individual rehabilitation goals. He has a firm belief in patient education, evidence-based treatment modalities and the development of individual exercise programs for people of all ages. His key areas of interest include persistent lower back and neck pain, acute sporting injuries and sports injury prevention programs. Tim has completed several external physiotherapy courses which have given him further knowledge of treatment modalities including advanced manual therapy skills, dry needling, hydrotherapy and Pain Science Education.

Tim recently moved to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane in 2021 with his wife and young son. Both he and his young family are loving the laidback lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast. On the weekends, Tim can be found searching for the best coffee shops in the local area and going for long walks along the beach with his family and their black Labrador.

Tim is currently available for physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs location.

Clare Farrands

Interest in Women's Health Physiotherapist

Clare has a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science as well as a BSc in Physiotherapy and has over 12 years of experience working in Private Practice and in a Hospital setting. She moved back to Hervey Bay with her husband to raise her young family and enjoy the beautiful Fraser Coast. You may recognise Clare as she was at the clinic a few years ago. She has a keen interest and has furthered her knowledge in Pilates, women’s health, vestibular dysfunction and fall prevention.

Kim Opdam

Physiotherapist

Kim graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Throughout her studies, Kim gained invaluable experience across multiple fields including cardiothoracic, neurological and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. With a passion for health and fitness, Kim loves working with individuals using a variety of treatment modalities to assist her patients in returning to feeling their best and reaching their goals. Kim acknowledges the role that good communication and individual empowerment have on patient outcomes and employs a warm and welcoming approach to her treatment sessions.

In her spare time, Kim enjoys all things outdoors including running, camping and hiking and is a keen traveller having spent time travelling both in Australia and overseas.
After recently relocating to Queensland, Kim looks forward to exploring all that the local area has to offer.

Kim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

Megan Hawkins

General Physiotherapist

Megan graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honors. During her training, Megan worked with Collegians Football Club in the Victorian Amateur Football League where she treated sports injuries in football players and has a strong interest in lower limb rehabilitation.

After graduating, Megan worked in a large tertiary hospital in Melbourne where she obtained extensive clinical experience in Orthopaedics, neurological rehabilitation and acute cardiorespiratory conditions.

Megan moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2019. Since her move, Megan has been working in rehabilitation at Noosa Hospital, helping patients return to meaningful activities after orthopedic surgery, illness and injury. Megan has a special interest in working with patients experiencing persistent pain and has significant experience working in the Pain Program at Noosa Hospital managing pain conditions using a biopsychosocial approach.

On the weekends, Megan enjoys cycling, running, going to the beach and has been giving surfing a go. With a background in competitive netball and triathlon.

Megan has a special interest in Persistent Pain, Lower Limb & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Megan is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum clinic.

Coen Watts

General Physiotherapist

Coen completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University. He has had clinical experience in both a hospital and community setting. Coen strives to use individualised exercise therapy and education to support others to reach their goals.

Coen has a particular interest in physiotherapy’s musculoskeletal and neurological fields, which he is eager to continue building to deliver the best care. This interest was developed through his work as a sports trainer for local sporting teams and his own sporting involvement.

Coen enjoys fishing, going to the beach, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family outside of work.

Coen is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Jayden Arnold

Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Jayden graduated from the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane; he started his career working in the Northern suburbs of Brisbane, managing a wide range of clients from the everyday worker to the elite sportsman.

Having played at a very high level of soccer himself, Jayden gained experience managing a range of semi-pro and professional teams in Australia alongside his private practice work before moving to London, United Kingdom. Jayden quickly established himself as a very respected Physiotherapist in London, treating a wide range of athletes, actors, and high profile clientele. He also developed a close working relationship with some of the world’s leading orthopaedic surgeons, sports doctors and other health professionals managing complex cases alongside each other to achieve remarkable outcomes.

Jayden has vast experience in treating all areas of the body, including complex conditions, but he has a keen interest in hips, knees and ankles, as well as tendon conditions. His philosophy in treating all injuries and pain is to allow the patient to continue being as physically active as possible while rehabilitating their pain or problem.

Jayden’s last two years were spent as the Head of Physiotherapy for one of London’s biggest Private Physiotherapy companies managing Ten clinics and a large number of health professionals. Alongside treating clients, he has a keen interest in helping mentor other Physiotherapists to provide exceptional care to their patients.

In his spare time, Jayden loves travelling and has been to over 30 countries so far; he plays soccer and enjoys watching all sports but in particular the English Premier League.

Jayden is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Ashleigh Graves

Shoulder & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Ashleigh joins the Sports and Spinal team with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland. Since graduating, Ashleigh has gained a wealth of experience working across all fields of physiotherapy, particularly within sports Physiotherapy, and has spent the past few years working in Rugby Union. Ashleigh is currently the Junior Academy Physiotherapist for the Queensland Reds.
Ashleigh enjoys the challenges of working in sports and applies this level of diligence in managing all of her patients. Her interests have led her to gain further qualifications in Dry Needling and Western Acupuncture, Strength and Conditioning and Clinical Pilates. She has a keen interest in the rehabilitation of lower back, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries.
She enjoys working with people of all abilities and ages and believes in an evidence-based and individualised approach to help guide you towards your goals, whether that be moving out of pain, into performance or onto prevention.
Ash enjoys staying active and loves to get outside for a walk or play a social game of touch footy when not working.

Ashleigh’s main interests are lower back, shoulder, knee and ankle injuries. 

Ashleigh is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Jorjia Earle-Broadley

Physiotherapist

Jorjia is a new graduate Physiotherapist joining the Sports and Spinal team. Jorjia studied at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and has graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy with Academic Excellence.

Jorjia is passionate about all aspects of physiotherapy and is driven to empower individuals to achieve successful health outcomes through encouraging self-management, improving movement and getting you back to what you love to do.

Through individualised assessment and a patient-centred holistic approach, Jorjia is motivated to assist you in reaching your goals. Jorjia is interested in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, powerlifting, sports physiotherapy and injury prevention.

Outside of the clinic, Jorjia enjoys strength training at the gym, grabbing a coffee, and spending time with her friends and family (especially her two rescue cats).

Jorjia is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Jarrad Heath

Physiotherapist

Jarrad completed his training at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, in 2014. He has recently returned from the United Kingdom to work in Private Practice.
Jarrad is completing his Post Graduate master of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. He is enthusiastic about staying up to date with the latest research and evidence to assist his clients in achieving their goals.
Jarrad specialises in the Lower back, Hip and Knee pathologies. He enjoys facilitating his return to sports, having undergone an ACL reconstruction. Jarrad also likes to assist with injury prevention. By working with each patient, he aims to understand exactly what each client needs.
He is a returned Sunshine Coast local who can’t escape from all this region has to offer. Jarrad is an ex-competitive swimmer and can be found at the gym, watching AFL, walking his dog or attempting to surf.

Jarrad is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Sam Cobourn

General Physiotherapist

Sam is a graduate physiotherapist joining the Sports & Spinal team. Sam grew up in the beautiful town of Port Macquarie where he studied at Charles Sturt University. After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Distinction, Sam made the move up to the Sunshine Coast where he now calls home.

Sam believes that everyone deserves to live a prosperous, healthy lifestyle where they are able to move well and pain-free whilst participating in activities that are meaningful to the individual. This starts with a thorough assessment, closely followed by a comprehensive treatment plan that addresses not only the symptoms but the root cause of the problem to ensure long-lasting results.

Outside of physio, Sam has an extensive martial arts background where he has instructed and competed at an international level representing Australia in both Russia and China. He enjoys an active lifestyle, loves the outdoors and won’t say no to a good time.

Sam has a special interest in Sports Physiotherapy, Lower Limb Physiotherapy & General Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation 

Sam is available for Physiotherapy at our Coolum clinic.

Caitlyn Mann

Physiotherapist

Caitlyn completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Caitlyn has additional experience having been a Sports Trainer for the Pine Rivers Netball Association. Caitlyn has undertaken additional training and is a GLA:D® Registered Physiotherapist; delivering the best evidence-based management for hip and knee osteoarthritis. She is also one of our Physiotherapists who treats vertigo!

Caitlyn strives to provide optimal patient-centred care for all of her patients through her diligent, committed and compassionate approach. Caitlyn’s practice is a foundation derived from her appreciating the importance that every patient is unique; therefore, she utilises holistic care and collaborates with patients to individualise treatments to maximise patient outcomes.

Caitlyn is committed to helping you achieve any goal and is dedicated to ensuring that she will be your best advocate, support system, and educator and provide evidence-based guidance during your rehabilitation journey.

Outside of Physiotherapy, Caitlyn has numerous passions including netball and being outdoors.

Caitlyn is available for Physiotherapy appointments at the Caloundra clinic.

Vidal Corte-Real

Physiotherapist

Vidal graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours from Griffith University in Brisbane. Raised in Brisbane, Vidal jumped at the opportunity for a change of scenery and moved to the Fraser Coast and to join the Sports and Spinal team in Hervey Bay. Vidal has a passion for tailoring exercise programs that allow his clients to achieve to their individual goals.

Vidal has a keen interest in sporting injuries and worked closely with many local sporting clubs alongside his studies. Vidal has also developed an interest in the field of major injury recovery. His paper exploring this topic is being published later this year, and he has been invited to present his work at the Australian Physiotherapy Conference.

In his spare time, Vidal enjoys exploring the great outdoors, visiting family and friends, and supporting the Denver Nuggets in the NBA.

Vidal is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Simon Coghlan

Shoulder & Spine Physiotherapist

Simon has over 20 years of experience as a physiotherapy clinician, educator, and clinic owner. He has worked in private sports physiotherapy clinics, with professional rugby and cricket teams, in public and private hospital departments and universities and has run his private practice.

Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, in 2000 and completed an MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from University College Dublin, Ireland, in 2008.

In 2009 Simon completed the British Medical Acupuncture Society’s Diploma in Medical Acupuncture & Dry Needling. He is an accredited member and chair of the society’s Competence, Accreditation and Examining Board.

In 2018, Simon qualified as a Certified Health Coach, which has provided him with greater knowledge regarding the role of lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, and sleep on physical health, mental health, and pain management.

In 2021, Simon completed the Yale School of Management’s Certificate in Healthcare Management with the intention of further developing his management and leadership skills in a private physiotherapy setting.

Simon uses a Functional Integrated Physiotherapy approach that combines the best, most effective, and scientifically validated techniques derived from manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, medical acupuncture & dry needling, electrotherapeutics, and pain neuroscience education. He specialises in the treatment of shoulder and spinal pain conditions.

Brooke Clark

Physiotherapist

Brooke graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours. Her research project explored sports-related concussions within Rugby in NZ, and she has an interest in sports physiotherapy. She has recently moved across the ditch and is excited to live on the coast in a sunnier climate.

Brooke is passionate about helping people to regain function so they are able to enjoy active lifestyles. Growing up in a very active family, Brooke knows the importance of reaching those fitness goals and not letting injuries be a barrier to movement.

Brooke has many interests outside of the clinic, including surf lifesaving, dance, netball, running, walking, and spending time at the beach.

Brooke is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Tim Low

Physiotherapist

Tim graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), with his research investigating sports injuries in adolescent rugby union players.
Tim has an interest in sports injuries and has a strong sporting background himself, growing up playing Rugby League, Rugby Union and Touch Football. Tim is motivated to provide the best possible care to his clients and help them achieve their health and fitness goals.
Tim is passionate about maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoys strength and conditioning training, cycling, hiking, and playing social sport. On the weekend, he loves catching up with family and friends, watching sport, a good movie or reading a book to relax.

Tim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Gema Greasley

Physiotherapist

Gema joins the Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy team with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University. Gema has completed additional training in mat work/ reformer Pilates, women’s pelvic health, and women’s health through the life stages. Gema is also a recognised trainer with the Australian Football League Women’s (AFLW) Brisbane Lions team.

Gema’s interests include spinal, shoulder & lower limb conditions, women’s pelvic health conditions, and antenatal and postnatal care.

Gema is passionate about empowering each individual to play an important role in their health journey. Gema acknowledges the uniqueness of each individual and believes this is crucial in developing individualised treatment plans. She is determined to get people to their optimal level of function so they can get back to what they love and enjoy doing – pain-free. She recognises the importance of a tailored exercise program combined with a hands-on approach for long-term management. Gema is invested in her patient’s health journeys and works strongly in collaboration with them to ensure their specific goals are achieved.

Aside from physiotherapy, Gema is focused on her individual training goals with gym & basketball. Outside the clinic, you will find Gema going for coffee, being social or walking her miniature dachshund, Alfie!

Gema is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Annaliese Van Schouwen

Physiotherapist

Annaliese is a registered APA physiotherapist who graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Griffith University, having received the Griffith Award for Academic excellence for each year of her studies. Growing up, Annaliese admired how her grandmother, who has 52 years of experience as a physiotherapist, was able to use her knowledge and skills to help others. Annaliese has experience working with Indigenous communities in locations such as Wondai, Kingaroy and Cherbourg, and hopes to continue this in the future. Annaliese aims to help patients achieve their individualised goals through education, hands-on treatment and home-based exercise programs. She hopes to deliver an optimal standard of care to her patients to help them achieve their goals and get them back to the things that they enjoy.
Annaliese is very passionate about movement and exercise, and their influence not only on physical health but also mental health. Motion is lotion! Outside of the clinic, Annaliese enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, travelling, and going to the beach.

Annaliese is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Beenleigh clinic.

Kim Wright

Physiotherapist

Kimberley graduated in 2021 from Griffith University with a Master of Physiotherapy after having completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at Griffith University in 2019. With many years of experience in a sport predominantly in the field of swimming at both club and state levels, she experienced an injury that required intensive rehabilitation. The injury and subsequent rehabilitation required for recovery, set in motion a fascination with how the human body works and the importance of rehabilitation post-injury. Kimberley is a qualified reformer Pilates instructor with a passion for incorporating Pilates into exercise programs to improve one’s health and wellbeing. Kimberley is interested in musculoskeletal, neurological and sports physiotherapy.

Outside of work, Kimberley enjoys the beach, chasing waterfalls, spending time with family and friends and taking reformer Pilates classes for her own health and wellbeing.

Kim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Olivia Bahr

Physiotherapist

Olivia grew up in Albury on the NSW/VIC border, where she completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy studies. Additionally, Olivia has recently completed training with DMA Clinical Pilates.

Olivia’s overall aim is to facilitate individuals in getting back to what they love doing, by creating management plans in collaboration with the client. Olivia enjoys using a combination of hands-on therapy, education and exercises prescription to ensure every client is achieving their goals.

In her spare time, Olivia has always been involved in a variety of sports including; swimming, water polo, netball and running. Olivia has also volunteered her time with local AFL teams providing game-day assistance and has developed a keen interest in the prevention and management of sporting injuries.

Having recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast, Olivia is looking forward to meeting friendly faces and getting to know the area.

Olivia is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Kyle McGrath

Physiotherapist

Growing up in Maryborough Queensland, Kyle completed his studies in Brisbane, graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours. Kyle brings a strong knowledge of exercise prescription having also completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Queensland and is committed to providing quality patient-centred care.

Kyle has a passion for musculoskeletal physiotherapy and pain management. He believes in taking the time with patients to listen to their concerns and provide useful education that empowers them to get back to living the lives they want to lead!

Outside of the clinic, Kyle loves hiking and exploring the outdoors. He enjoys playing volleyball and soccer and spends his weekends cheering on the Parramatta Eels in the footy.

Kyle is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Roisin Fradd

Physiotherapist

Roisin graduated from ACU in Ballarat, VIC and is now a Sunshine Coast local. Roisin thoroughly enjoys private practice and looks forward to working with a wide variety of patients.
Roisin grew up in Victoria, playing netball and being a competitive rower.
She has a special interest in preventing and managing sports injuries after being involved in this area. When treating patients, Roisin has a firm view that the best results are found when the patient is at the centre of the care and in control of their rehabilitation/treatment pathway.
Outside of work, Roisin enjoys exploring the Sunshine Coast, getting outdoors and being in the water as much as possible.

Rosin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana clinic.

Leilani Siamoa

Physiotherapist

Leilani graduated from Australian Catholic University (ACU) – Ballarat and recently made the move up to the Sunshine Coast. As well as physiotherapy, Leilani also completed her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science.

Having played semi-professional level basketball since the age of 15, Leilani is well aware of the impact that injuries can have on our bodies, both physically and mentally.

Leilani has a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries and neurological physiotherapy and is passionate about promoting an active lifestyle and helping all achieve their goals.

Outside of work, Leilani loves being outdoors, adventuring waterfalls with friends, and being the number 1 supporter of the Western Bulldogs.

Leilani is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour clinic.

Landon Inglis

Physiotherapist

Landon graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies having previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science. He believes in a holistic, individualised approach to treatment and is very passionate about working together with the patient to help them achieve their goals. His prior experience working in the exercise industry has helped to shape his belief in the importance of movement and exercise as a form of rehabilitation.

He has worked with runners and Australian Rules Footballers previously, and continues to do so, however enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions.

Outside of work, Landon enjoys training and competing in running and triathlon events, and loves a trivia night. Landon has recently moved to the coast to further enjoy the lifestyle it provides.

Landon is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Emma Doyle

Physiotherapist

Emma grew up in Melbourne but relocated to New Zealand to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago. She decided to move back to Australia after graduating, seeking out the warmer weather on the Sunshine Coast.

Emma is passionate about getting people back to living their best lives. However, that looks for the individual. She works with her clients to establish meaningful goals, and together they strive to achieve them.

Emma enjoys training for triathlons, rock climbing, and exploring the local area in her spare time.

Emma is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Edward Hayes-Woods

Knee & Sports Physiotherapist

Originally from Christchurch, New Zealand, Eddie began studying Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in 2014 and completed his degree in 2017. As a new graduate, he worked in the hospital setting, completing rotations through a rehabilitation ward, outpatient services, general medicine and general surgery.

Eddie made the move to private practice in 2019, his new role allowed him to develop as a clinician through mentorship with experienced physiotherapists. Eddie eventually took over the clinic’s programme for post-operative knee rehabilitation, this allowed for significant exposure to a range of knee conditions, especially ACL ruptures.

Eddie has worked as team physio for several rugby teams. He applies his own experience as a competitive runner and football (soccer) player to understand the demands on these athletes and effectively treat injuries while managing the person as well.

In his spare time Eddie can be found bouldering at the local climbing gym, cycling, swimming, running or strength training. Having explored New Zealand extensively and backpacked his way around South America, Eddie is looking forward to seeing all that Australia has to offer as well!

Edward is available for appointments at our Maroochydore location.

Callum Smith

Physiotherapist

Callum completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2017 and has since been working in private practice in Brisbane and more recently on the Sunshine Coast. Callum enjoys meeting clients from all walks of life. He takes pride in tailoring treatment plans to fit each individual’s lifestyle and goals. A key philosophy Callum strives to practice, is taking the time to get to know the person in front of him and incorporate their input into their own rehabilitation. Callum enjoys seeing all manner of injuries and conditions and has completed advanced courses in the management of pelvic/low back pain and the injured shoulder. He is trained in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling.

Away from work, Callum enjoys playing Rugby in the local A-grade competition is a huge Sunshine Coast Lightning fan. Originally hailing from Charters Towers, North Queensland, Callum likes to escape the hustle and bustle by heading out bush or up the coast.

Callum is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana and Baringa clinic.

Ashley Vincent

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Ashley completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University and has since spent over 5 years working in private practices across Brisbane, rural NSW and recently returned home to the Sunshine Coast.
Ashley has experience treating an array of musculoskeletal conditions, including low back pain, post-operative rehabilitation, acute sporting injuries and dance injuries, given her 16-year competitive dance background.
Ashley has training in western acupuncture and dry needling, sports physiotherapy and all forms of pilates.
She has also completed post-graduate training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy enabling her to treat various pelvic floor conditions such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence and all things pre and postnatal. She has a passion for helping women achieve a healthy and happy quality of life.
Ashley is enthusiastic about providing a holistic approach to patient-centred care and providing tailored, evidence-based exercise programs to create long term management for her patients.

Ashley is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Kawana and Nambour clinic.

Robert Fischer

Physiotherapist

Robbie graduated from Griffith University with a Masters of Physiotherapy following a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2018.

Robbie has a deep passion for musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy. In conjunction with Sports & Spinal, he is determined and excited to develop these passions further, allowing him to provide the best patient-centred care for all his clients. Through the combination of individualised exercise prescription, best evidence-based practice, and goal-oriented sessions, he intends to provide a quality service to his clients and significantly improve their quality of life.

Robbie has grown up on the Gold Coast and has been heavily involved in Surf Lifesaving which is where he developed his passion for community involvement and improvement.

Robert is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Robina clinic.

Claire Stutchbury

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Claire has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra and enjoys working with patients to achieve their goals. Since graduating, she has worked in practice treating a variety of problems. Her treatment techniques include dry needling, massage/manual therapy, exercise prescription, and education. Claire is passionate about furthering her knowledge to improve patient care and has a keen interest in Women’s Health. Claire can currently treat pre-and post-natal musculoskeletal pain, bladder incontinence, return to exercise/class screening (including internal assessments). Outside the clinic, Claire enjoys hiking, open water swimming, and travelling.

Claire is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Springfield location.

Chari Stewart

Sports Physiotherapist

Chari is an APA Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Otago in NZ, then went on to complete her Sports Physiotherapy Masters at the University of Queensland in 2012. Realising early in her career how important exercise prescription was in managing her clients and athletes, Chari completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science majoring in Physical Conditioning in 2009.

Chari has spent most of her career working in private practice and with various rugby teams from schoolboy to elite. More notably, she was a Physiotherapist at Rugby 7s during the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and has consulted and travelled with QLD Reds Rugby, QAS Rugby 7s, and Rugby AU.

Chari is currently working part-time at the University of Queensland as a Clinical Educator in the Musculoskeletal & Sports Injury Clinic. In this role, she facilitates the transition from theory to clinical practice for the final year Physiotherapy students.

Chari is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Springfield location.

Tim Dunstone

Sports Physiotherapist

Tim Dunstone gained his initial physiotherapy qualification in Adelaide from the renowned School of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. He worked in Adelaide in both private practice and onsite in the industrial setting (in the automotive industry) for a few years. Tim served the profession’s peak association, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, on the SA Branch Council for four years.
Tim then moved to Sydney and completed two masters degrees in sports and manipulative physiotherapy and taught musculoskeletal physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. He conducted some biomechanical research into low back injuries in elite rowers in the School of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Sydney for three years. He was the Dean of St Andrew’s College within the University of Sydney for eight years and Dean of St John’s College within the University of Queensland for four years.
Tim rowed and coxed to a national level with the Adelaide Rowing Club. He has since coached rowing to an elite level with the South Australian Sports Institute, the Sydney University Rowing Club, Wilderness School and the first eight at Scotch College in Adelaide. He has recently coached rowing for the last five years at the UQ Boat Club.
In his spare time, Tim enjoyed singing with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir for eight years, who are the resident chorus for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, frequently performing in the Sydney Opera House. His performances with the Sydney Philharmonia included a tour of the UK in 2010, singing Maher’s 8th at the Royal Albert Hall on the opening night of the BBC Proms Series, in addition to concerts at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Australia House.
He has been the physiotherapist for elite soccer, cricket and rowing teams, and has more than seventeen years of private practice clinical experience. Tim is one of only 201 physiotherapists in Australia, who are dual titled members of the APA, as both an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist and an APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. In 2020 Tim was made a Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. He is also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) for the State of Queensland. Tim is married with two young daughters.

Tim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Beenleigh clinic

Bethany Perkins

Physiotherapist

Bethany completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at the University of Queensland. Bethany is passionate about improving the quality of life and helping people with their step-by-step recovery journey. Bethany loves to discover the root of the problem and work to overcome it through a holistic approach. Bethany strives to act in a compassionate, positive, and encouraging way and loves getting to know new people.

In her leisure time, Bethany enjoys playing touch football and volleyball, climbing mountains, beach swims, and sunset picnics.

Alexander Young

Physiotherapist

Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy at Griffith University with Academic Excellence. Alex is passionate about his profession and motivated to empower individuals to gain positive health outcomes.

Through patient-orientated exercise programs and hands-on treatment, Alex is determined to help you reach your goals. Alex is interested in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy and injury prevention.

Outside of the clinic, Alex enjoys a round of golf, supporting the Boston Celtics and going to the beach.

Alex is available for appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Zoe Divall

Neck, Headaches & Vestibular Physiotherapist

Zoe graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy. She has a passion for improving people’s lives through evidence-based effective treatment modalities focusing on patient-centred goals and long term outcomes. 

Zoe continues to do her extra training and ongoing professional development in neck/headache and vestibular treatments. Zoe creates treatment plans that aim to have you back to doing the things you love in a way that is realistic and has your goals at the core.

Zoe has always lived a very active lifestyle; is heavily involved with the local Surf Life Saving Club, and enjoys yoga, touch football and tennis. Zoe’s interest in a healthy lifestyle and general well-being will provide clients with a holistic treatment approach.

Zoe has a special interest in Neck & Headache Physiotherapy, Vestibular Treatment & NDIS 

Zoe is available for appointments at our Coolum clinic.

Corey Prior

Shoulder & Lower Limb Physiotherapist
Corey joined the Chermside Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy team after studying both Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy at Griffith University. He has a strong interest in the human body and spent 3 years tutoring university students in anatomy. He is passionate about diagnosing the correct condition and delving further into identifying the true cause of somebody’s pain.
Corey is a Level 1 CrossFit coach and is an expert in the lower back, hip, knee and shoulder pain. He prides himself on keeping his patients active through the initial phases of injury and develops long term solutions for his clients. Corey provides practical solutions to technical movement considerations often missed.
Corey addresses his patients problems in a systematic ordered approach that looks at the whole person and is the primary contributor to the popular LVLUP online blog.

Outside of physiotherapy and coaching, Corey is passionately working on his own training and progressions. Corey also enjoys Sunday morning coffees and walks with his miniature dachshund, Sadie.

Corey is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

Mandy Lung

Physiotherapist

After completing a degree in Exercise Physiology followed by Physiotherapy in Sydney, Mandy decided to explore more of Australia, particularly Queensland and its warmer waters.
Mandy’s experience in physiotherapy and exercise physiology has allowed her to see a wide range of conditions in both the public and private sectors. Mandy believes empowering clients through education and self-management strategies allows them to be in the driver seat of their own health so they can continue to do the things they love.

On days off, Mandy loves exploring the outdoors, hiking, heading to the beach and trying her hand in various sports.

Mandy is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana clinic.

Aidan Hermence

Physiotherapist

Aidan is a life-long Sunshine Coast local and is familiar with the active and outdoor lifestyle that comes with the region.

Aidan has a passion for post-operative conditions. He has experience in both pre and post-rehab care and is dedicated to getting you back to what you love post-surgery.

He is also interested in sports injuries. Aidan has participated in many sports including surf lifesaving, running, surfing and CrossFit which gives him a unique perspective of the specific demands of different sports.

Aidan completes running assessments with the assistance of video analysis to help you return to running sooner. He also utilizes our gym space to demonstrate and correct exercise programs.

Aidan is available for appointments at our Sippy Downs and Maroochydore locations.

Steve Osborne

Physiotherapist

Steve trained in the UK, qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 2002. He initially worked in the UK national health system for 6 yrs and then moved back to NZ to run his own clinic for 13yrs. Steve has an extensive background in the health and fitness industry after gaining an Advanced Certificate in Exercise Science in 1992 and worked as a fitness instructor for over 10 years in Auckland and London.

Steve has been qualified in Acupuncture and Pilates since 2006. Steve has completed post-graduate training in Watson Headache Method, Manipulative Therapy Techniques, Dry Needling, Myofascial Massage, and trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Steve believes in functional training and getting to the cause of your problems, leading to a longer-lasting and more effective long-term result. Steve’s goal is to get you better than you were pre-injury/operation.

Steve is also a keen photographer, enjoys fishing and mountain biking and is kept busy by his three children.

Steve is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore clinic.

Jamie Lineburg

Physiotherapist

After growing up in Hervey Bay, Jamie spent several years living on the Sunshine Coast before pursuing a career in Physiotherapy. Jamie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from Central Queensland University and was excited to move back to his hometown to join the Sports and Spinal team. Jamie has an interest in Sports Physiotherapy and plans to complete postgraduate studies in this area.

Outside of work, Jamie enjoys heading out in his boat fishing, spending time with family and friends, and taking his golden retriever for walks on the beach.

Jamie is available for appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Cara Niven

Lymphedema/General Physiotherapist

Cara completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. Since leaving university, she has gained experience in many areas of physiotherapy, including musculoskeletal, chronic pain, pilates, orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory and neurological rehabilitation.

Cara has also undergone further study for the treatment of Lymphoedema and is a qualified Australasian Lymphology Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner. She is qualified to treat Lymphoedema in the upper and lower limbs, breasts, genitals, trunk, abdomen, and paediatrics. Her treatment involves manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, exercise prescription and education. Cara can also treat and prescribe garments for other conditions such as chronic venous insufficiency and lipoedema. 

Cara decided she wanted a career in physiotherapy at a very young age. As an avid soccer player, her interest was sparked by the care and support she herself received from physiotherapists for injuries she sustained on the soccer field. Cara understands what it is like to have an injury and knows how it can affect an individual physically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, you can be reassured that she will have your best interests at the forefront of her care. Together you will smash goals and return to what you love doing.

Outside of work, you can find Cara playing soccer and drinking coffee.

You can find Cara at the Redcliffe clinic.

Karis Moffatt

Physiotherapist With An Interest In Women’s Health

Karis graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University, Townsville at the end of 2020. Karis initially grew up in Cairns before starting her next journey on the Fraser Coast to see what it has to offer. Karis has developed a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy, however, shares an equal interest in a musculoskeletal caseload.
Karis has a passion for all aspects of Women’s Health, however, plans to continue her postgraduate studies in antenatal and postnatal conditions, urinary incontinence and prolapse symptoms.
Karis has a positive and enthusiastic approach to working collaboratively with the client to optimise outcomes and achieve rehabilitation goals.
In her spare time, Karis enjoys hanging out with friends, spending her days at the beach and finding new places to eat and drink

Karis is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Bayside/ Hervey Bay clinic.

Georgia Nierfeld

Physiotherapist With An Interest In Women’s Health

Georgia has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). She has gained experience in various areas throughout her clinical practice, such as cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal, neurological rehabilitation, and paediatrics. As her career progresses, Georgia has currently completed her Level 1 in Women’s Health Physiotherapy, enabling her to help women with a variety of pelvic floor conditions, such as incontinence and pre and postnatal.

Georgia has a passion for physiotherapy and health care, driven by the pursuit to help her clients overcome their physical barriers and achieve their goals in an active and client-centred approach. She enjoys working together with the client to develop a treatment plan that suits their needs.

Outside of work, Georgia enjoys participating in gym classes, going for bush works, volunteering for Bush care and spending time with friends and family.

Georgia is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

Harris Johnston

Neck, Headache and Vestibular Physiotherapist

Harris completed his postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Harris’s passion & focus remains on helping patients maintaining an active lifestyle whilst managing their acute or chronic injuries to regain their optimal level of function. Whether that be getting them back onto the sporting field, returning to the gym, back to work or just returning to be able to perform their usual daily regime.

Harris has a strong passion for a hands-on approach to his treatment and utilises various treatment modalities to achieve a positive outcome for his patients. Harris also loves implementing a structured rehabilitation program and preventative strategies to reduce the risk of re-injury, along with tailored stretches and exercises to help reduce pain and flare-ups.

Harris has strong interests within the neck, jaw, headaches and vertigo/dizziness demographic of patients and rehabilitation. Harris has completed additional courses focusing on neck pain, with most recently completing his introductory and advanced course on Vestibular Rehabilitation to provide the best outcomes for his dizzy/vertigo patients. Harris plans to continue learning & developing within this aspect of physiotherapy with him due to complete additional courses on jaw pain & headaches in early 2022.

Outside of work, Harris has a keen interest in rugby league, supporting the Penrith Panthers, going to the beach & trail hikes with friends, along with being an amateur photographer of nature & enjoys chasing the milky-way for some astrophotography.

Harris is available for appointments at our Redcliffe clinic.

Holly Ryan

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Holly graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University in Townsville. Holly has always had a passion for all things relating to exercise, physical activity and well-being, with her favourite sport being hockey, for which she made the Queensland team. Given her personal experience with the devastation that ACL injuries can have on young sporting people, she is interested in running ACL injury prevention programs and younger athlete development programs in the future.

In addition, Holly has a special interest in Women’s Health Physiotherapy, having completed further training to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of incontinence, and pre and post-natal pelvic floor conditions.
Holly has a positive, encouraging and methodical approach to treatment, and has a passion for working collaboratively with patients to achieve their individual rehabilitation goals and provide them with the tools and knowledge to assist them in returning to the activities they love.

Holly is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Caloundra clinic.

Madison Simmons

Shoulder Physiotherapist

Madison graduated from UQ Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in 2017 and has thoroughly enjoyed working as a private practice physiotherapist since. With his experience working in a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals, Madison thrives on working with the Sports and Spinal team to work toward the individual goals of his patients.
Madison has extensive experience in helping people overcome chronic pain obstacles on their way to improving their quality of life and is a firm believer that with the right approach, anything is possible when you put your mind to it. As a result, treating chronic pain and injuries that won’t go away is Madison’s particular interest.
Madison has also developed a strong passion for treating sporting injuries after competing as an elite tennis player in Australia. Outside of the clinic, he has a passion for road cycling, hiking, and after relocating to the Sunshine Coast, surfing will be next on the list.
Overall, Madison utilises a holistic approach of hands-on therapy, dry needling, individual exercise programs and education to work with patients to achieve their personal goals.

Madison’s interests are Shoulder & General Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

Madison is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum clinic.

Tom Williams

Shoulder, Trunk & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Tom has graduated with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy. He has been involved in numerous sporting teams, including UQ Rugby Football Club, Toowong Football Club, UQ Swimming Club, and a physiotherapist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. Tom also spends time teaching in the physiotherapy program at the University of Queensland.

Tom is passionate about exercise. He loves getting people back into exercise and sport, with a keen interest in running and swimming. His exercise science and strength and conditioning background have allowed him to bring a mixture of hands-on and exercise prescription skills to his physio work. Tom utilises manual therapy, breathwork, vision and vestibular training, and strength work to create efficient movement patterns with his clients. His goal is to help you move better and get back to exercise!

Tom is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Nigel Smith

Hamstring & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Nigel has an educational background in both Exercise and Sports Science and Physiotherapy.  Furthermore, he is an accredited APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and has worked within sports medicine clinics or elite sport since 2005.  He has been involved with professional Cricket, Soccer and Rugby Union teams and is currently the Head Physiotherapist for The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club.  Nigel is finalising his studies for his PhD thesis investigating hamstring injuries in AFL players and has published some of this research.

Nigel is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Paul Fien

Lower Back and Pelvis Physiotherapist

Principal physiotherapist and practice owner Paul Fien has extensive experience in sports and musculoskeletal practice.  Paul’s many years of practical experience have exposed him to a broad range of acute and long-term injuries – with Paul particularly enjoying the challenge of complex chronic injury recovery and management.

Paul has lead physiotherapy services for St George Rugby League and the University of Queensland Red Heavies Rugby Union – while also enjoying some ‘guest appearances’ for the Brisbane Lions. Outside of the various football codes, Paul previously coordinated physiotherapy services for the Tri-Alliance triathlon squad and has treated many national and international level athletes in track and field and cycling. A little know fact about Paul is that somewhere in his past, he even enjoyed a stint as a physiotherapist for the Holden Racing Team at Bathurst!

Paul is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Jennifer Aviles

Physiotherapist

Jenn graduated with a Bachelor of Kinesiology from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She moved to Australia to complete her Masters of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland in 2017. Jenn has worked in private practice, aged care, and community care.
Jenn enjoys working with closely with patients to reach their rehabilitation goals. Outside of work,
Jenn enjoys regular gym sessions, being outdoors, and playing sports – previously learning and playing netball and AFL.

Simran Shah

Ankle, Knee & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Simran joined Chermside Sports and Spinal after several years of working under close supervision with some of Queensland’s leading physiotherapists. In Brisbane, Simran works closely with some of the country’s leading hip, knee and ankle surgeons. She holds a Bachelor in Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland and is currently studying for her masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Simran has developed a particular interest in knee and ankle injuries and uses a mixed approach of hands-on therapy and tailored exercise prescription to ensure that each of her patients achieves their goals. Simran prides herself on developing easy-to-follow step-by-step treatment plans that not only rehabilitate the original injury but also ensure her patients leave with their risk of re-injury being as low as possible.
Simran has also completed her Level 1 Sports Injury course along with additional training in hip management and vestibular physiotherapy.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing a variety of sports including tennis, basketball and badminton and travelling the globe

Simran is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

Jacob Walmsley

Physiotherapist

Jacob has degrees in both Exercise Science and Physiotherapy. Jacob, an avid learner and a people person, will leave no stone unturned in achieving the best results for his clients.
Jacob has an interest in pain management and vestibular rehabilitation. On top of his hands-on treatments, Jacob is excellent at designing rehab programs for clients to do at home, in the gym or in the pool to ensure a full recovery.

Jacob is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Mark Cassidy

APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist

Mark is a Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist. He is a member of Sports Medicine Australia and a member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. He has extensive experience working with athletes at an elite and everyday level. He has worked as a physiotherapist at the Sydney Olympic Games and Melbourne and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He has a passion for rugby and, in the past, has been a physio for NSW Country, Queensland Country, Australian Women’s team and currently Australian Stockmen.

Mark has a passion for helping people with complex and difficult to diagnose conditions, particularly the shoulder, lower back and persistent pain. He gets to know his clients and works with them to get them back to having fun at the sports and activities they enjoy.

Mark is involved in the local Fraser Coast Community. He contributes to sports such as Surf Life Saving and Rugby as a volunteer. He is regularly involved with charities such as the Dunga Derby, Rally for a Cause and Fraser Coast Mates, helping make the Fraser Coast a great place to live.

Mark is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Michael Gilbert

Physiotherapist

Michael graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (First Class Honours). He has experience working with sporting teams and athletes from various sports at local, state and national levels.

Michael has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, particularly in injury prevention and sports physio. He is passionate about using hands-on treatment and therapeutic exercises to achieve the best possible outcome for his patients.

Michael enjoys the outdoors and many sports in his spare time, including cricket, rugby league, basketball, and golf.

Michael is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba location.

Marina Melnikoff

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Marina has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with first-class honours. She has since gained knowledge and experience in a range of areas for musculoskeletal injuries, TMJ treatment and dry needling.
Over the years, Marina has also pursued post-graduate courses in Women’s and pelvic health. She can treat a range of conditions including bladder and bowel dysfunctions, pelvic organ prolapse, pre and post-natal treatment, pessary fitting, pelvic pain syndromes, and pelvic girdle pain.

Most recently, Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class. She has also recently completed NOI group explain pain course, enabling her to work with more complex pain conditions.

Marina has an extensive background in different sporting fields such as gymnastics, powerlifting and CrossFit. She believes in helping people stick with the training they enjoy and educating them on effective injury prevention strategies. She enjoys living an active outdoor lifestyle, including spending time by the beach, diving, and running with her energetic Border Collie.

Marina is available for General Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Montana Morrison

Physiotherapist

Montana completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University in her hometown of Townsville before relocating to the Sunshine Coast in 2019. Driven by a passion for enhancing movement and kicking goals, Montana believes every individual requires a unique and holistic approach to ensure successful outcomes.

Montana has a clinical interest in complex presentations and persistent pain, as well as lower limb rehabilitation. With considerable changes in the management of chronic pain over the years, there is a critical role for physiotherapy and non-medical management. With training in the complex field of chronic pain management, Montana will deliver evidence-based treatment and give you the tools to strive for improved function.

Outside of work, Montana enjoys an active lifestyle, often participating in hikes and treks, and enjoys time at the gym. Overall, the beach is where you will find her when she is not in the clinic, attempting to master surfing.

Montana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour clinic.

 

 

Sam Moyle

Lower Back & Spinal Rehab Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy was a natural career choice for Sam, having competed at a high level in track and field, cricket, touch football and Australian Rules Football. He realised the impact of strong physical health and its impact on physical and emotional wellbeing.

Sam graduated from the University of Queensland with first-class honours and began his career in the public sector. He enjoyed gaining valuable experience in pre and post-surgery treatment protocols and excellent communication skills to provide optimum client care. Sam has worked with and learnt from some of Australia’s leading neurological physiotherapists. He used these effective skills when screening for more serious conditions to ensure his treatment plans reflect the needs of his clients.

Sam then transitioned into private practice and was able to apply his knowledge and skills working with some of Queensland’s premier cricket and football clubs.

Sam has recently returned from working in the United Kingdom. He worked as a Lead Physiotherapist in the heart of London with some of the world’s leading sports physicians and orthopaedic surgeons, enhancing his theoretical and practical knowledge within this vibrant and stimulating environment. Sam developed close working relationships with acclaimed shoulder, spinal and foot/ankle surgeons, constantly learning, refining and enhancing his current practice.

Sam looks forward to bringing his knowledge and experience to Sports and Spinal and learning from his new colleagues and patients about the provision of exemplary physiotherapy care. Sam’s patients will benefit from an excellent communicator and active listener who will provide a hands-on approach to quality care and expert exercise prescription skills.

In his leisure time, Sam enjoys the outdoors. He loves to explore the South East Queensland walking tracks, and he is a keen cricketer and runner. Sam played cricket in England and is always looking to lower his 10km running PB. Sam’s overall professional goal is to provide optimum health care to all those who engage with him.

Sam is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

Jarrad Campbell

Physiotherapist

Jarrad graduated from Australian Catholic University (ACU) in 2019. He has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries and always strives to get the best outcomes for his patients. He is always open to further expanding his knowledge and expertise and will undertake further courses soon.

Having competed internationally in sprint kayaking, he knows the importance of looking after your body and the demands of training and competing well to prevent injuries.

Outside of physio, Jarrad enjoys spending time at the beach, surfing, travelling, living an active outdoors lifestyle and hanging out with friends.

Jarrad is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs clinic.

Cat Egan

Physiotherapist

Cat completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with James Cook University and holds a passion for injury rehabilitation and prevention. Cat enjoys assisting her patients to decrease their pain, improve their movement and return to their work, hobbies and sports. Cat aims to enhance the quality of life of all her patients and firmly believes that movement is medicine.

Cat has worked in the health industry for the past 12 years. Cat has a unique view of the broader medical system, having previously worked at Caboolture Hospital on the surgical and medical wards. Cat has also worked in metropolitan, rural and remote areas of Queensland.

Cat has a young family, which has further ignited her interest in women’s health. Cat has completed the Australian Physiotherapy Association Introductory Women’s Health Course (Level 1).

Cat leads an active lifestyle and has competed at state, national and international events in Athletics. She is a previous two-time Oceania Champion in the Open Women’s Long Jump. Because of her sporting background, Cat understands the demands of training and competing and knows what it’s like to experience an injury and go through the rehabilitation process.

Cat has previously worked on the sidelines of many sporting events providing acute injury management to both players and spectators. Over the years events, Cat has worked at the Townsville Triathlon Festival, Cowboys Rugby League matches, the NAB AFL Cup and International Cricket Matches. Other events have included various school sports, motocross and motorsport events, rodeos and horse racing.

As well as this, Cat has worked in the aged care sector for a short time. Cat enjoyed being able to improve her elderly patient’s quality of life by using her hands-on physiotherapy skills, providing individualised exercise programs and being a friendly face for her patients to chat to. Cat now enjoys treating older patients in the clinic and always gets a kick out of seeing how much improvement her patients get from physiotherapy treatment for conditions such as osteoarthritis.

Cat has strong military ties in her family. Because of this, Cat has a vested interest in assisting the defence community and enjoys helping both current and ex-serving military personnel and their families overcome their physical injuries and improve their quality of life.

On her days off, Cat enjoys walking and running to the local park with her daughter in her pram and spending time with her Husband and those nearest and dearest to her, including her seven-year-old cocker spaniel. Cat also enjoys taking her daughter to swimming lessons and riding her mountain and road bikes, especially along the Kedron Brook Bikeway. Cat’s long-term fitness goal is to put herself out of her comfort zone and compete in a sprint triathlon.

Cat is available on both weekdays and weekends for Physiotherapy appointments at our Northlakes clinic.

Montana Waddington

Musculoskeletal & Women's Health Physiotherapist

Born and raised in Australia, Montana graduated from the University of Queensland with 1st Class Honours. Having completed her Physiotherapy degree, she went on to work in private sports and musculoskeletal practice. It was there that she further developed her knowledge and application of manual therapy and soft tissue release techniques. She also completed courses in Dry Needling and Western Acupuncture and conducted regular Mat Pilates sessions.

Montana returned from working in the UK at the end of 2019, where she gained invaluable experience in a private hospital and in private practice in central London. On the orthopaedic ward, Montana fostered her understanding of surgical procedures and protocols and developed key relationships with some of the world’s leading surgeons.

She also worked in the boutique health and fitness space combining hands-on treatment with Dynamic Reformer Pilates. She taught group classes and quickly established herself a leading Pilates Clinician in the heart of London. Montana helped her previous company develop pre and postnatal care pathways and is always looking to extend her knowledge in this space. Her exercise prescription skills are a testament to the quality of training she received overseas. Most recently Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class.

Most recently, Montana completed her Level 1 Women’s Pelvic Health course and is on track to complete Level 2 in 2022. She is enjoying seeing Women’s Health patients in the clinic and takes a weekly Pre/Postnatal Pilates class. She has also recently completed NOI group explain pain course enabling her to work with more complex pain conditions.

Being a keen runner, gym-goer, and cook, Montana loves promoting a healthy (but balanced) lifestyle. She enjoys working with patients from all walks of life, and utilising the talented team here at Sports and Spinal to help her clients achieve their goals.

Montana is one of our lead Physiotherapists and is an Associate Partner. She is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe clinics.

Carly Burch

Shoulder & Neck Physiotherapist

Carly has gained a wealth of experience in treating musculoskeletal conditions, with a special interest in the management of neck and shoulder pain. Carly has a passion for working with her patients to help them overcome injury and return to optimal function. She will work relentlessly to help you achieve your goals. Carly often utilities Pilates-based rehabilitation with her patients to allow them to continue to improve beyond their injury. Carly is likely to be found out on the run with her dog Ollie when she’s not at the clinic or out to breakfast with friends.

Carly is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location.

Alannah Grimm

Physiotherapist

Alannah completed her Master of Physiotherapy studies in Canberra before moving to Harvey Bay to work in private practice. Allannah has a background in sports and exercise science and has completed several professional development courses, including Pilates mat work and APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 and 2. Alannah is always open to further expanding her knowledge and experience and will undertake more courses soon. Alannah has previously worked with rugby union and soccer teams in Canberra and enjoys running and swimming.

Alannah is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs locations.

 

Nick Hurrell

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Nick studied at Griffith University, where he completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy. He has a keen interest in sporting injuries since working with elite athletes from a range of sports. His interests are specifically shoulder, knee and ankle injuries and teaching his patients how best to maximise their rehab journey to get back to what they love doing. Nick takes a holistic approach to injury management and rehabilitation with a focus on exercise to helping clients achieve their goals and maximise their quality of life. He is always looking to further his knowledge through professional development to ensure he provides his clients with the most relevant, up-to-date, and evidence-based treatments.

Nick is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach and Robina clinics.

 

Lucy Taylor

Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland, where she also conducted research alongside a world-renowned Physiotherapist. Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation programs so that you can achieve your goals and return to the things you enjoy in life sooner. Lucy is devoted to continuously expanding her skill set and knowledge so that she can provide superior treatment to every patient.

Lucy can assist with questions and concerns related to pre and post-natal incontinence, pelvic floor muscle strengthening and relaxing, endometriosis, menopause, pelvic pain conditions and other bladder and bowel dysfunctions. She has also completed advanced training in pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, birth choices and pessary fitting. She is very passionate about delivering you the latest research-based treatment and empowering you with the knowledge and exercises to achieve your goals.

Lucy is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba clinic.

Cielo O’Neill

Musculoskeletal & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Cielo (pronounced “Shell-o”) graduated from the Australian Catholic University with first-class honours. Her research focused on how people cope after rupturing their anterior cruciate ligament – a major stabilising ligament in the knee. Cielo is passionate about providing high-quality treatment by keeping up to date with the latest research and applying evidence-based practice. In 2017, Cielo was invited to present her thesis at the national Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference in Sydney held at the International Convention Centre. Her research is currently submitted for publication as the leading author.

She has since undertaken multiple professional development courses to continue broadening her knowledge of treating sports-related injuries, specifically the knee. Cielo has a keen interest in treating dance- and sports-related injuries, having undertaken eight years of classical ballet training under the Royal Academy of Dance. Cielo is passionate about using a holistic approach to help people get back on their feet and achieve their goals, whether to improve daily function, return to recreational or competitive sports and or optimise general health and well-being.

Cielo is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Springfield location.

Alex Rachcoff

Shoulder, Knee, Foot & Ankle Physiotherapist

Alex has gained valuable experience in treating foot/ankle/shoulder/knee/ and spinal conditions from his years of working in Private and Public rehab in Australia and the UK. Since returning to the coast, he extensively treats post-operative and non-operative patients from some of the best specialists from Brisbane and the sunshine coast. Using a holistic approach, he can tailor treatment to the individual and their goals.

Alex is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

Bethany Butler

Hand Therapy

Bethany Butler is a physiotherapist special interest in the upper limb – shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand conditions. She has now completed her studies to become an Accredited Hand Therapist, a post-graduate specialization recognized by AHPRA.

She started the “The Hand Therapy Clinic” within Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy at her clinic in Sippy Downs and has been training her colleagues and new graduate staff in the optimal treatment of the shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand. Hand Therapists are best positioned to help people recover their hand and arm function after injury/trauma/surgery. Early in her career, Bethany developed an early love for exercise rehabilitation and still integrates Clinical Pilates and gym-based rehabilitation into her treatment of the upper extremity.

Bethany loves to see people take control of their health in a holistic manner and values the multi-disciplinary team environment where she works. With interest in lifestyle medicine both personally & professionally, she is passionate about finding their best quality of life at all different stages. Building long-term professional relationships with patients, doctors, specialists and other medical professionals; allows her to achieve optimal results for her patients. In her downtime, Bethany loves to spend her spare time surfing, gardening & enjoying time in nature and spending quality time with her family & friends.

Bethany is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs clinic.

Julie Gear

Neck, Head & Vestibular Physiotherapist

Julie graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand in 1998 and has gained a wealth of experience working in busy clinics around the world, including a professional sports centre in France, the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London, and a clinic in the ski resort of Verbier in Switzerland. She has also worked with rugby teams in New Zealand and the England Volleyball team in the UK.

Julie has postgraduate training in Vestibular Physiotherapy, Ergonomics, and Pilates. Julie has been using the Dean Watson approach since 2005. Julie is also a qualified acupuncturist, having studied both in the UK and China. Julie combines her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and dry needling with traditional physiotherapy treatment techniques for optimum results.

Julie has a special interest in Vestibular, Neck & Headaches.

Julie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra location.

Ben Hones

Neck & Shoulder Physiotherapist

Ben completed his Physiotherapy degree in New Zealand at the University of Otago in 2010. Since then, he has treated a range of patients in private practice and has developed a clinical interest in treating neck and shoulder conditions.

He supports patients towards their individual goals by supporting his practice with the latest evidence, postgraduate courses, and a holistic approach.

He enjoys all things outdoors, with sporting interests including hiking, surfing, rugby, and martial arts.

Sophie Stewart

Chronic Pain & Back Physiotherapist

Sophie graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2010 and has worked in private practice ever since. Sophie has a huge passion for physiotherapy and believes in a holistic approach to patient care with great importance on active rehabilitation and education towards long-term self-management. Her passion lies in rehabilitation from chronic conditions, persistent pain and rehabilitation during and after cancer treatment.

The evidence is overwhelming to indicate that a multidisciplinary approach to treatment yields the best outcomes for patients. Therefore Sophie places great importance on communication between the patient, physio and all health professionals involved in the recovery process. Sophie believes this team approach will ensure the best possible outcome and care for her patients.

Sophie is currently on Maternity leave.

Dion Wallace

Shoulder, Knee & Sports Rehab Physiotherapist

Working in the field for almost a decade, Dion has completed a post-graduate Masters in Physiotherapy on a background of a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science.
Dion likes to think outside the box and help return clients to their optimum level of function, and manage acute and chronic pain, whether that is in the home, at work or in the sporting environment.
Dion has completed additional studies in Sports injury, Musculoskeletal Injury and Chronic Pain Management and enjoys working with a wide variety of patients to help them achieve their goals.
Dion has a keen interest in AFL and Rugby Union outside of work.

Dion is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Baringa and Kawana locations.

Jana Rydwanski

Lower Limb & Acupuncture Physiotherapist

Jana studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy in 2006 from AUT. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2010 and a Master of Health Practice in 2011. She worked in New Zealand for five years before coming to Australia, during which time she has been the physiotherapist for Rugby teams and ran gym-based rehabilitation programs. She has the honour of having an article published in the international physiotherapy journal, Physical Therapy Reviews. Jana believes in a holistic approach to injury and management, is highly dedicated to exercise, and regularly attends further training to ensure that her clinical skills and knowledge are updated.

Jana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

Briony McSwan

Neck Pain & Headache Physiotherapist

Briony has been with Sports and Spinal since 1998. She has a wealth of experience in all areas of physiotherapy but for over a decade has focussed particularly on the treatment and management of head, neck and jaw pain, and dizziness and vestibular dysfunction.

Briony has achieved Competency level Vestibular training and has been a Watson Headache practitioner for over 15 years. Watson techniques for headaches are internationally recognised and renowned and can be a breakthrough in managing chronic headaches and migraines.

Briony is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location. To book an appointment with Briony, please contact the Maroochydore clinic on 07 5479 1777.

Koren West

Lower Back & Neurological Physiotherapist

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 areas Koren enjoys working with are 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 has a special interest in Lower Back Physiotherapy, Spinal Rehabilitation, Neurological Physiotherapy & NDIS

Koren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

Louise Meek

Shoulder & Persistent Pain Physiotherapist

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’s interests are in Shoulder Rehabilitation & Persistent Pain

Louise is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

Laura Perry

Low Back & Pelvic Pain Physiotherapist

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, and since then has been working in rehabilitation centres and private practice. Laura has developed a passion for low back and spinal rehabilitation and working closely with GPs and specialists. Laura believes in a holistic approach to injury and management by addressing issues at a functional and impairment level to help her patients achieve their goals and get them back to optimal functioning and performance.

Laura has postgraduate training in lower back and pelvic injuries and clinical Pilates and spinal rehabilitation. She regularly attends further training to ensure that her clinical skills and knowledge are kept up to date. Laura enjoys the outdoors, surfing and spending time with family and friends.

Laura is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location.

Joakim Wisting

Shoulder & Neck Physiotherapist

Originally from Norway, Joakim completed his physiotherapy degree in South Australia before working throughout Australia and Europe in hospital and private practice. Joakim has developed a special interest and knowledge in treating the shoulder, upper limb, and pelvis through regular postgraduate courses. Joakim has a special interest in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which he keeps fit through regular training and competing in.

Joakim has a special interest in Shoulder & Neck Physiotherapy 

Joakim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra clinic

Danielle Keogh

Low Back & Hip/Pelvic Pain Physiotherapist

Danielle has developed expertise inaccurate diagnosis and treatment of low back and hip pain and regularly attends national and international conferences dedicated to these areas to stay up to date with research and current evidence for optimal patient care and positive outcomes.

Danielle is very passionate about exercise rehabilitation and helping people return to their optimal physical and mental health through Pilates. Danielle is experienced in identifying biomechanical dysfunction and using exercise specific techniques ensuring great outcomes. Danielle is an avid horse rider in her spare time, competing in dressage competitions with her two horses.

Danielle is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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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 ⁠