South East Queensland's Number One Physiotherapy Provider

Sports & Spinal’s Physiotherapists use hands-on treatment and exercise therapy to manage a wide variety of injuries and complex pains that present.
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.
Sports & Spinal works closely with General Practitioners, Specialists, and other allied health professionals to plan and manage your treatment.

At Sports & Spinal we pride our self with our Physiotherapists specialising in specific areas and injuries.

Payment and Claiming Facilities available at Sports & Spinal:
Hicaps on-the-spot claiming for private health funds, Medicare Rebates  (for eligible patients), Veterans Affairs and WorkCover, CTP Insurance and NDIS.

Low back pain (LBP) is ranked globally as the leading cause of disability (World Health Organisation, 2018). It is estimated that 70-90% of people will suffer from LBP at some stage in their lives. In 2014-15 one in six Australians reported back problems, equating to roughly 3.7 million people nationally (AIWH, 2017).

Generally, lower back pain is something you can avoid and treat with the added knowledge of back education, back care strategies and back exercises.

How Can We Help?

Sports & Spinal’s Physiotherapist can help thorough musculoskeletal assessment and analysis of faulty movement patterns and postures, Manual Therapy: to reduce pain, allowing a quicker return to work and normal activities, Home Stretching programs, Core Stabilisation training: Helps to reduce pain and prevent recurrences, Postural and ergonomic advice: Enables a faster pain-free return to normal activities, Graded Activity and Return to work plans: Step by step plans to help guide patients back to their normal activities as soon as possible and Reassurance: Encouragement, advice to stay active, limit fear-avoidance behaviour etc.

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 and strains, Muscle dysfunction, Tibialis posterior tendinopathy and Ligaments Injury

How Can We Help?

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 structures of the foot and ankle.

Whether its 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!

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!

Many of our patients also make the decision 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.

The hip is a ball and socket joint consisting of the thigh (femur) and the pelvis. There are many ligaments that support the bones, which provide considerable stability to the joint. Numerous muscles also attach around the hip to help move the joint.

Hip pain and joint injury is 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.

Hip pain can be caused by many factors. Often, you may start feeling hip pain for no apparent reason. Sometimes recreation or sports puts a repetitive strain on the hip causing pain.

Your hip function can also be affected by lower limb biomechanics involving your knee, foot and ankle plus your thigh and calf muscles.

Because the hip is a major weight-bearing joint, arthritis of the hip is a common problem. The hip is responsible for such functional activities as walking, running, rising from sitting, and climbing stairs. Pain in the hip can limit these activities.

 How Can We Help?

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.

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

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

At Sports & Spinal we deal with a wide range of conditions, including headaches and neck pain. Our headache and neck pain Physiotherapists will assess you to locate what could be the potential source of the problem and identify how best to fix it or ease the symptoms. This will include Physiotherapy techniques, exercises, and advice for beyond the treatment session such as your sleeping position, posture, work/life balance, exercise routine or even how much ‘relax time’ you get.

Talking to a professional and getting expert help can put you on the right track to a happy, healthy and pain free life.

Sports and Spinal provide quality and experienced management options for Shoulder Rehabilitation and Shoulder Pain.

Sports & Spinal Shoulder Physiotherapists can assist with Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness, Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension, Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains, Frozen Shoulder and Arthritis of the Shoulder.

Your management plans will include hands-on therapy; education on biomechanics & posture; advice for optimising the function of your shoulder; and specifically tailored exercise programs that are customised to meet your individual needs. Plus many more techniques to provide YOU with optimal care on your rehabilitation journey.

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

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

Some common symptoms of 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, as well as from chronic problems such as arthritis or persistent pain.

What Does Hand Therapy Provide?

  • 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 getting back to work & sport with the best recovery
  • Help to 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 assistance with 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

Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists have post-graduate training and experience in a broad range of issues associated with the life stages of pregnancy; birth, postpartum, lactation and menopause. Their area of expertise is pelvic floor muscle function and dysfunction. They will assess and guide you through any condition relating to the pelvic floor. Some of the conditions they can assess and treat for you include:

  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Incontinence (stress incontinence, urge incontinence, fecal incontinence)
  • Prolapse
  • Pre and postnatal checks
  • Menopausal conditions and
  • General exercise and conditioning

Physiotherapy & the Female Pelvic Floor

“Physiotherapy has been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and is recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.”

What is the Pelvic Floor?

The pelvic floor muscles support the bladder, uterus, vagina, bowel and anus. They tighten to lift and support these organs and close their openings when pressure is exerted downwards eg. Coughing, sneezing, lifting, laughing and standing up.

This helps maintain our continence. When we need to empty our bladder or bowel, the pelvic floor relaxes and allows urine or a bowel motion to pass out. Being ‘Incontinent’ ranges from totally unable to control your bladder or bowel to just losing some urine when you laugh or do yoga.

The pelvic floor muscles can be damaged or weakened during childbirth; from straining when constipated; with a chronic cough; from repetitive lifting and high impact gym work if the abs (6 pack) are allowed to dominate the core muscles (deeper abdominals).

What you may notice if you have a continence issue (big or small)

  • Leaking urine when coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting.
  • Can’t get to the toilet in time.
  • Can’t keep a tampon in.
  • Bulging feeling in the vagina or feeling as if you have to push yourself back up inside after using your bowels.
  • Not emptying bowels properly (using lots of loo paper and still not clean?)
  • Vaginal or anal wind on bending/lifting.
  • After dribble or poor flow (men).

Pelvic Floor Disorders Physiotherapy can help:

  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Dyspareunia
  • Incontinence – both urinary and fecal
  • Constipation and obstructive defecation

What can our Physiotherapists do?

Our Physiotherapists are specially trained in pelvic floor rehabilitation. They will discuss your problem with you and take a detailed history. If appropriate, and if you agree, they may suggest an internal examination to assess your pelvic floor muscle function. They may also use ultrasound (RTUS) and biofeedback to aid assessment and develop an individualised program aimed at regaining your pelvic floor function.

What does Pelvic Floor Treatment Involve?

Treatment will comprise an appropriate individualised program for your particular condition. Some of the treatments prescribed may include a pelvic floor strengthening program; relaxation and down training of overactive muscles; correct activation and strengthening of weak muscles (pelvic floor and core), bladder retraining; defecation training as well as general education on your condition.

These simple techniques have been shown to be extremely effective in helping many problems associated with pelvic floor dysfunction and are recommended as the first option before any surgery is considered.

Pregnancy & Physiotherapy

“Maintaining your pelvic floor fitness, throughout your pregnancy and birth is essential”

Pelvic Floor

No other stage of life stresses the pelvic floor more than pregnancy and childbirth. Even caesarian births affect the pelvic floor as it still stretches and bears the weight of the pregnant uterus for nine months. Maintaining pelvic floor fitness throughout your pregnancy, birth and postnatally is essential.

Other Muscles

Abdominal muscle separation is common in later pregnancy. This is normal but special care needs to be taken to ensure that we protect them and give them the best chance of recovery afterwards.

Back & Joint Pain

Back/SIJ pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. Hormones increase the stretchiness of your ligaments and can contribute to joint pain; stretched muscles don’t support the pelvis as well as they used to. Treatment is often as simple as some trigger point massage, modified stretches and education in the use of your stability (core) muscles.

Pregnancy Massage

Beneficial for Mum and Bub

Pregnancy is a blessing and is a thrilling, special time in your life that should be cherished. However, it can also be a physical and emotional rollercoaster, which is why it is so important for mums-to-be to take some time out to relax, be pampered and ease the aches, pains, and tension that come with pregnancy. Studies have also shown that, when you receive a relaxing prenatal massage, the body naturally secretes endorphins. These “feel good” hormones traverse the placenta and ultimately soothe and relax your baby.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. With the aid of this purpose-designed pregnancy massage cushion, your body will be supported in the position that is most comfortable for you. Our massage therapists will then use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work, as well as your back, neck, legs, ankles and feet.

Postnatal Follow-Up

Postnatal follow-up is really important to check that you are re-activating the ‘core and floor’ correctly, especially in the early postnatal days when you are busy lifting and carrying whilst your body recovers. After baby arrives it is essential to regain control of your pelvic floor and core muscles.

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.

Assessment:

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.

Treatment:

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 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.

Dry needling is a treatment designed to ease muscular pain. Dry needling provides relief for some muscular pain and stiffness and also can increase range of motion. Dry needling involved practitioners placing a very fine needle in “trigger points” in your muscle or tissue.

There are many common conditions dry needling can with:

  • Low Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle strains
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Increasing range of motion

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

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 which is challenging and satisfying, as new approaches offer hope. Chronic pain patients often present with;

  • Long history of pain
  • Adjoining mental health deterioration
  • Failed numerous rehab programs,
  • Flared up with standard rehabilitation approaches
  • A strong 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: 1 in 5 people in Australia are 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 both 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. Sport & 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 a range of 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.

As Athletes, you need the Best. You want to get better Fast. You want to Achieve. You want Success.

We use a range of hands-on techniques, including massage, joint manipulations, trigger point therapy, taping and stretching, to facilitate a rapid recovery.

At Sports and Spinal we are passionate about helping people achieve their goals and the ultimate success that comes from such ambition.

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

Meet Sports & Spinal Physiotherapists

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Adam Horwitz

Shoulder, Neck and Headache

Adam graduated from The University of Sydney with an applied science degree in Exercise and Sports Science followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy. He has undergone further training in Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling as well as attended a range of courses for the management of shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ Disorders (Jaw Joint) and spinal pathologies.

Adam developed a keen interest in Physiotherapy and injury management through competing in Football, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Squash over the years. He uses a variety of techniques to help diagnose and treat his client’s injuries. His effective treatment planning includes easy to understand advice and education, soft tissue therapy, joint mobilisations and exercise prescription.

His inpatient hospital training gave him an in-depth knowledge of medical management of a variety of conditions and the effect hospitalisation can have on the body after discharge. Adam is fortunate to have worked with some of the leading hip, knee, shoulder and spinal specialists in the country. He is well experienced rehabilitating patients following joint replacements, including; Total Knee Replacements, Total Hip Replacements and Total Shoulder Replacements.

Through further training in Pilates and his involvement with Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Adam has a deep understanding of human movement, biomechanics and how to use exercise to stimulate adaptation and recovery.

Adam has extensive experience in managing sports-related injuries. He has worked with the Sydney FC strength and conditioning team and provided on-field injury management for the Tongan Rugby 7s Youth Olympic team.

Adam recognises that every client is unique and recognises the importance of collaboration with his clients and their wider medical team (GP, specialists and other health professionals) to manage their pain and decipher what the most ideal form of rehabilitation will be for them.

In his spare time, Adam likes to hike, train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, play guitar and travel.

Adam is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

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Aidan Morris-Bullot

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Aidan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies. Having also completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sunshine Coast, and with many years experience in sport (predominantly soccer, swimming and running) at club, state and national levels, Physiotherapy was a natural career choice for him.

Through his academic and sporting pursuits, which have taken him across New Zealand and Australia, Aidan has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, realising the important connection between physical and emotional wellbeing at all levels of physical functioning. As a therapist, he is passionate about promoting health and preventing injury, and believes in a holistic approach to treatment, through hands-on therapies, tailored exercise and education for optimal patient outcomes. Aidan is dedicated to continual personal and professional growth and thrives in helping others to create change and kick goals.

Outside of work, Aidan is a keen football player and runner, and can be found involved in a variety of sports, at the gym or exploring the outdoors.

Aidan is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic

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Alana Dinsdale

Neck, Jaw & Headache

Alana is a passionate physiotherapist who is experienced in working with a wide range of musculoskeletal complaints. She enjoys the challenge of finding and addressing the root cause of a problem and works closely with her patients and other health professionals to deliver the best treatment possible.

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from UQ in 2012, Alana has gone on to further her knowledge through various conferences and courses.

She has developed a particular interest in spinal rehabilitation, and treatment of neck pain, TMJ dysfunction and headaches. Alana uses a number of techniques with her patients including dry needling, manual therapy, exercise prescription and pilates.

Alana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

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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 expand her knowledge and experience and will be looking to undertake more courses soon. Alannah has previously worked with rugby union and soccer teams in Canberra but also enjoys all things running and swimming.

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

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Alice Latham

Neurological & Hip Rehab

Alice is a UK Qualified Physiotherapist. She has a Sports and Exercise Science degree from Loughborough University and Completed a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Southampton. She has experience working in both the acute and community sectors of the National Health Service in the UK, where she developed a range of skills, as well as a specialist interest in Stroke and Neurological rehabilitation as well as elderly care.

Alice is a lover of all things active, getting outdoors and healthy living. She has been involved in competitive sports all her life, competing at national and international levels in Swimming, Running, Netball and most recently Triathlons. She has great interest and passion for rehabilitation, exercise and Pilates.

Alice is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana location.

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Alex Rachcoff

Shoulder, Knee, Foot & Ankle

Alex has gained valuable experience in the treatment of 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 is able to tailor treatment to the individual and their goals.

Alex is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Andrew Duff

Lower Limb & Sport Injuries

Andrew Duff has been working with both a national level and international athletes since graduating in NZ with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2009.
Throughout this time he has worked with NZ Youth Olympic, Winter Olympic & Paralympic athletes, including being part of a successful gold medal Paralympic campaign in 2010, Sochi 2014, and most recently South Korea in 2018.
Andrew enjoys working with and supporting his patients to achieve their goals, applying his extensive knowledge and experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and injury prevention to fully rehabilitate your injuries and develop and strengthen performance in your selected area.

Andrew is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra and Sippy Downs locations.

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Ashlee Unie

General Physiotherapy

Ashlee graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland. Since then she has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sporting injuries with a holistic attitude in regard to rehabilitation. She is passionate about seeing clients of all abilities achieve their short and long-term goals and improve their health and quality of life. Ashlee’s focus is on providing individualised, evidence-based approaches for her clients and ensuring that they receive the highest level of care.

Outside of physio, Ashlee is a member of the Sunshine Coast Lightning squad as a training partner and competes in the Australian Netball League. She is keen to translate her experience in the high-performance environment to help her clients achieve their goals in all areas.

Ashlee is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our  Sippy Downs location.

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Bella Zimmermann

General, Neurological Physiotherapy & Pilates

Bella graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) at the University of Queensland. Bella is passionate about getting people back to doing the things they love through combining hands-on treatment with tailored exercise programs. She is also a qualified Mat and Reformer Pilates instructor and loves both teaching and attending pilates classes.

Outside of the clinic, Bella enjoys going to the beach and exploring national parks.

Bella is available for appointments at the Woolloongabba location.

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Ben Hones

Neck and Shoulder Rehab

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 the treatment of neck and shoulder conditions.

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

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

Ben is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour location.

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Bethany Butler

Hand Therapy

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

She went on to start 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 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 an interest in lifestyle medicine both personally & professionally, she is passionate about people finding their best quality of life at all different stages. Through building long-term professional relationships with patients, doctors, specialists and other medical professionals; this 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 location.

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Briony McSwan

Neck Pain & Headache Rehab

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, as well as 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 the management of chronic headache and migraine.

Briony is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location.

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Bruno Rebello

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Bruno is physiotherapist with over 15 years’ experience in the private practice setting. He graduated from his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2003. In 2006 he completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Orthopaedics. Bruno has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.

Some of the highlights of his career include:

– Physio part of the team caring for professional Brazilian Soccer player Ronaldo ‘Phenomenon’;
– Granted rights to practice Physiotherapy in Australia after completing the Australian Physiotherapy Council Exams, a well-known process in the industry due to its high standards;
– Physio for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games working with athletes from Weightlifting and at the Athlete’s Village Polyclinic;
– Physio for the Australian Judo Nationals and Queensland International Open of Judo since 2016;
– Physio for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 working with athletes from Weightlifting, Wrestling and Badminton

Bruno is passionate about movement analysis and pain science. He thoroughly enjoys working with clients from all backgrounds and has a passion for assisting participants of CrossFit, Gymnasts and Combat Sports. Although gentle by nature, he is a Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Bruno also enjoys surfing and weight training.

Bruno is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Robina location.

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Carly Burch

General Physiotherapy

Carly has lived an active lifestyle since a young age and has a strong drive to help others, both of which inspired her to become a physiotherapist. Carly graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane. She has gained a wealth of experience in the treatment of general musculoskeletal conditions, with a special interest in the management of neck, back and sporting-related injuries. In 2017, Carly volunteered as part of the medical team at the Pacific Mini Games in Port-Vila, Vanuatu and was involved in the acute management of sporting injuries for the participating athletes. She has also previously been associated with sporting teams including men’s and women’s AFL.
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. When she’s not at the clinic, Carly is likely to be found out on a run, playing footy or out at brunch with friends.

Carly is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location.

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Candice Lamb

Women’s Health

Candice graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has been working with Sports and Spinal since 2014. Since graduation, Candice has undertaken further study in the field of Women’s Health and Continence and is this year beginning her Master’s Degree in this specialised area through Curtin University, WA. Candice enjoys treating women of all ages and is incredibly passionate about educating and empowering women to better understand and manage their conditions. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions including pelvic pain, prolapse, incontinence and constipation, as well as pre and postnatal conditions.

Candice also has a keen interest in strength and conditioning, functional movement and exercise based rehabilitation which stems from her background as a weightlifter and Crossfit coach.

Candice is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore, Nambour and Sippy Downs locations.

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Cassandra Kennett

Shoulder Rehabilitation

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

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

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

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Cielo Kelley

Musculoskeletal & Lower Limb

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 the 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 on treating sports-related injuries more specifically to 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 it is 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.

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Danielle Keogh

Low Back & Hip/Pelvic Pain

Danielle has developed expertise in accurate 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 the use of Pilates. Danielle is experienced in identifying biomechanical dysfunction and using exercise specific techniques ensuring great outcomes. In her spare time, Danielle is an avid horse rider, competing in dressage competitions with her two horses.

Danielle is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Damien Howell

General Physiotherapy

Damien completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University with High Distinctions in all his Clinical Placements. Damien had a successful career in the Queensland Police Service as a Constable, however, his true passion is within Physiotherapy where he can help his patients overcome injuries and achieve their goals.

Damien has extensive experience as a Sports Trainer, where he provided treatment to high-level football teams in the NPL and QPL competitions as well as for QLD during National Competition Tours.

With a background in Rugby League, Track Cycling and Ironman, Damien has developed a keen interest in providing care for all musculoskeletal and sporting injuries, post-surgery rehab and helping patients maximise their functional ability in everyday life. Damien incorporates a holistic approach in his treatments, combining client-specific strategies, strengthening and hands-on techniques to gain the best results for his patients.

Damien is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba and Springfield locations.

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Dion Wallace

Shoulder & Sporting Rehab

A Sunshine Coast local, Dion has completed a postgraduate Masters in Physiotherapy on a background of a Bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science. As well as this, Dion is a full member of Sports Medicine Australia and has completed the level 2 APA Sports Physiotherapy course.

Dion passion lies in keeping people active whilst managing acute and chronic injuries. Dion is invested in helping his clients regain their optimal level of function whether that be on the field or in the home. Working closely with top local surgeons Dion also has significant experience with the rehabilitation of who are undertaking surgery or who are recovering from recent surgery.

Dion’s interests lie in Shoulder and Knee physiotherapy and runs a return to sports clinic focusing on high-performance rehabilitation. Recently Dion has been working with the senior sporting teams of Matthew Flinders Anglican College providing a weekly triage service and game day assistance. Outside of work, Dion has a keen interest in AFL, Rugby Union and surfing.

Dion is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana location.

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Ed McHugh

General Physiotherapy

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from Nottingham University in the UK in 2005 and went on to complete an MSc in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University in 2014. Ed is a highly skilled and dynamic physiotherapist with a proven track record of expertise in the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Ed has previously studied Sports Science at the prestigious Loughborough University and combines his knowledge in this field to help develop effective rehabilitation and exercise prescription

.Ed has been fortunate to have worked in a variety of clinical settings which have given him a wholesome understanding of physiotherapy to a variety of patient groups and settings. Ed has worked in private sports physiotherapy clinics, corporate healthcare, occupational health and private hospital facilities as well as running his own private practice.

Ed’s specialist interests are treating sports injuries with a particular interest in the analysis of movement patterns in their role in injury. Ed also has an interest in treating spinal pain conditions using a variety of manual techniques, acupuncture and rehabilitation to help patients achieve their goals.

Ed is available for Physiotherapy appointments at the Caloundra clinic.

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Erica Werner

General Physiotherapy

Erica graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University. She enjoys working with patients to relieve their pain as well as implement preventative strategies to help reduce the chance of re-injury. Erica is passionate about helping patients return to their optimal function whether that’s back to sport, work or chosen hobby. She enjoys working together with patients towards achieving their goals in a variety of settings including in treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool and CSM (Clinical Pilates) classes.
Outside of work, Erica is an active person who loves group gym classes, taking her dog for walks and spending time in the kitchen.

Erica is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Redcliffe location.

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Erin Macintyre

General Physiotherapy

Erin graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters in Physiotherapy and has been working in private practice ever since. With a background in exercise physiology, Erin has a strong foundation in exercise prescription and believes that exercise is medicine. She believes in a holistic approach to patient care and aims to empower patients to take an active approach to their treatment for long term self-management. She is passionate about supporting her practice with the latest evidence, applying the newest research to support her patients towards achieving their goals. She has done extra training in persistent pain and upper limb conditions.

Out of work, Erin has a keen interesting in everything outdoors. You can find her camping, climbing mountains and exploring new waterfalls.

Erin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour location.

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Hayley Wilkinson

Lower Limb Injuries, Sporting Injuries & Concussion Management

Hayley graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from The University of Queensland and also holds a Bachelor Degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Ballarat. She is also currently studying her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy.

Since graduating Hayley has also completed further study in Concussion Management and is passionate about helping athletes return to their sport safely following a concussion particularly if they continue to experience persistent symptoms.

Hayley has been working for the Brisbane Lions Australian Football Club the past 4 years and has developed an interest in treating sporting and lower limb injuries.

Hayley is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore location.

 

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Heather Hondow

Neurological & Vestibular Physiotherapy
Heather graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
Heather is passionate about enhancing the functional outcomes and quality of life of people experiencing neurological and vestibular conditions by guiding the highest quality, evidence-based, goal-oriented, and patient-focused care possible.
To achieve this, Heather has participated in and contributed to, a wide variety of professional development activities. In particular, she has successfully completed advanced competency training in vestibular physiotherapy, and concussion assessment and management. Heather has additionally undertaken professional development and is extensively experienced in the use of motor relearning and normal movement approaches to neurological rehabilitation. She is currently undertaking the neurological titling process of completing a Masters of Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy) via the Australian Catholic University.
Heather has recently relocated to the gorgeous Sunshine Coast from regional Victoria. She is looking forward to enjoying beautiful sunrises from the Glasshouse mountain peaks, training for upcoming marathon events on the local trails, followed by relaxing at the beach
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Jai Laroiya

Neurological Physiotherapy

Jai graduated from Griffith University in 2015 with a Master of Physiotherapy, after gaining his Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2013.

Prior to joining the Sports and Spinal team, Jai has worked at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital since 2016 and has acquired a strong interest in neurological Physiotherapy. Jai has continued to strengthen his skills by completing a range of neurological specialised courses and workshops.

Jai has been a local to the Sunshine Coast since 2016, enjoying the beach, surf and exploring all that Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Jai’s professional desire is to optimize the quality of life for each of his patients, always ensuring he creates and tailors programs that address the patient’s goals, current functional ability and lifestyle to cater to their specific needs.

 

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Jana Rydwanski

Lower Limb & Acupuncture

Jana studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelors in Health Science majoring in Physiotherapy in 2006 from AUT, 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 also 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 kept up-to-date.

Jana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Jarrad Campbell

General Physiotherapy

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 expand his knowledge and expertise and will be looking to undertake further courses soon.

Having competed at an international level 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

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Jason Vaughan

General Physiotherapy

Jason graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland. He is passionate about seeing clients achieve their short and long-term goals to improve their health and quality of life. Jason’s focus is on providing active, evidence-based approaches for his clients to ensure they receive the highest level of care.

Jason has a keen interest in all areas of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, particularly in acute & chronic pain, the lower limb and sports injuries for all levels of athletes. Over the past three years, he has enjoyed providing pitch-side first aid coverage for a range of football, rugby union and league teams such as Olympic FC, Wests Bulldogs Rugby Union, Easts Tigers Rugby Union, Normanby Hounds Rugby League and Marist College Ashgrove.

Outside of work, Jason enjoys basketball, rugby, cooking and travel.

Jason is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location

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Jess Morey

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Jessica graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science from Griffith University. Her Physiotherapy passion lies within the sporting and athletic domain, which has developed from an extensive history with Athletics, competing as a middle distance runner.

Jess believes in treating the presenting injury while also treating the underlying cause, allowing her clients to successfully perform at their peak all year round. Jess strives to work as a partnership with her clients to provide high-quality evidence-based treatment, allowing you to achieve your goals and get back to the things you enjoy.

Jess is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

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Joanna Szczodry

Headache and Neuro physio

Joanna graduated her Master’s Degree in Neurological Rehabilitation in Poland in 2011 and since than she treated patients across three continents: in Europe, Canada, and finally in Australia.  Joanna has over 10 years of experience as a physiotherapist in hospital, neurological clinic and in aged care. She enjoys working with NDIS and neurological patients and has vast experience in rehabilitation. Joanna completed Watson Headache Approach in 2018 and since than she helped many patients with migraines and headaches. She continues pursuing her passion and will be participating in Level 2 Watson next year.

Joanna’s skills are targeted to aid in pain relief and return to function but also she puts great emphasis on injury prevention.

Joanna has a holistic approach to her patients and by keeping her skills up to date and using evidence-based practice she gives patients the best chance to achieve their goals.

In her spare time, Joanna enjoys discovering Australia with her husband. She loves horse-riding, hiking and sightseeing and this year she wants to try kitesurfing!

Joanna is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Northlakes practice.

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Julie Gear

Neck, Headaches & Shoulder

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 worked with rugby teams in New Zealand and the England Volleyball team in the UK.

Julie has postgraduate training in ergonomics and Pilates and is also a qualified acupuncturist having studied both in the UK and in China. Julie combines her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Intra-Muscular Stimulation with traditional physiotherapy treatment techniques for optimum results.

Julie has a special interest in spinal problems and headaches.

Julie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra location.

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Julia Wilson

Musculoskeletal Physio

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University, Julia was able to gain experience in Melbourne, Wales, and England before moving up to the Sunshine Coast. Through this time, Julia has developed a passion for treating Women’s Health conditions and has completed a range of courses in this area. In particular, Julia enjoys empowering women to better understand their bodies and teaching them how to do everything they love. She has experience treating a wide range of conditions including pre and postnatal conditions, prolapse, incontinence, constipation, and pelvic pain.

In her spare time, Julia loves traveling, eating good food & learning to surf.

Julie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim location.

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Julia Camporeale

Psychologist

Julia has many years of experience as both a psychologist and physiotherapist making her perfectly positioned to have a great understanding of both professions, particularly the overall pain experience and its underpinnings and complexities for clients. Through working for many years with physiotherapy injuries but also in areas of long term pain throughout many regions of Australia, Julia has developed her skills and a deep understanding of both physical pain and the psychology behind it. Julia has worked in the paediatric physiotherapy field for over three years and has developed a specialist area in working with children, particularly with autism spectrum disorder and in disability management.

Julia is available for Psychology and Paediatric Physiotherapy appointments at our Redcliffe and North Lakes location.

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Joakim Wisting

Shoulder & Neck Rehab

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

Joakim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana location.

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Kaitlin Davis

Neurological Physiotherapy

Kaitlin is a motivated and passionate physiotherapist who is experienced in working with a wide range of neurological conditions. Over the course of her career, she has worked within both public and private hospitals in all areas of neurological physiotherapy – Acute, Subacute and outpatients.

Since graduating in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Physiotherapy in 2011 she has gone on to complete the further study within Vestibular rehabilitation and PD warrior- Specialised physiotherapy for Parkinson’s Disease.  Kaitlin completed her formal Bobath training in 2016 – A specialized concept for the assessment and treatment of neurological conditions.

Her particular areas of interest include stroke, traumatic brain injury rehab, vestibular rehabilitation, Amputee Rehabilitation, Parkinson’s Disease and multiple sclerosis.

In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys spending time chasing after her two young boys.

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Kelly Kortick

Physiotherapist

Kelly completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Newcastle and worked in private practice before moving to the Sunshine Coast. Kelly believes in a holistic approach to injury and disease management to help improve the overall health and well-being of patients. She is devoted to developing individualized treatment programs around patient-centred goals using the latest evidence. Kelly also has a background as a group fitness instructor and has played lots of different sports from a young age which established her passion for health and fitness. Outside of work you will find Kelly at the beach, hiking, running or at Crossfit.

Kelly is available for appointments at our Maroochydore and Nambour locations.

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Koren West

Low Back & Spinal Rehab

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

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

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

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

Koren is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Lara Titlestad

Neurological Physiotherapist

Lara is a UK qualified physiotherapist having completed her degree at the University of the West of England. She started her Physiotherapy career rotating through the core areas of Physiotherapy practice at St Georges Hospital in London, before deciding to specialise in the management of Neurological patients in 2012. Since then Lara has gained significant experience and developed a special interest in the management of patients with a variety of neurological conditions both in the acute setting and in private practice. Lara is also trained in the Bobath concept and uses this knowledge to facilitate her rehabilitation of neurological patients, ensuring that treatment is patient-centred and goal orientated.

Lara is available for appointments at our Kawana clinic.

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Laura Perry

Low Back & Pelvic Pain

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, and since then has been working in rehabilitation centres, as well as 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 to get them back to optimal functioning and performance.

Laura has postgraduate training in the lower back and pelvic injuries, as well as clinical Pilates and spinal rehabilitation, and 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.

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Louise Meek

Shoulder & Spinal Rehab

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

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

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

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

Louise is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Lucy Taylor

Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy & Pilates

Lucy graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland. She has since completed post-graduate studies in a range of women’s health conditions and is devoted to continuously expanding this skill set. Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation programs so that patients can achieve their goals and return to the things they enjoy in life sooner.

Lucy is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba, Springfield and Beenleigh locations.

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Maddie Franco

Women's Health Physiotherapist

Maddie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (First Class Honours) at the University of Queensland. Maddie places an importance on a personalised holistic treatment approach and has undertaken further training in dry needling, pilates and Women’s Health. She has a passion for improving patient quality of life with an interest in treatment of pelvic pain, incontinence, prolapse, urgency as well as pre and postnatal conditions. Outside of work, Maddie enjoys scuba diving, travelling and netball.

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

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Margie Thackwray

Neurological Physiotherapy

Margie graduated from the University of South Australia in 2013 and moved to Queensland. Margie began working for Queensland Health at the Nambour Hospital, Maleny Hospital and then the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Margie has most recently been working in the Community visiting clients from Gympie to Caloundra.

Margie  has a passion for assisting people with neurological disorders such as Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons and Stroke rehabilitation. Margie enjoys working closely with people to identify and achieve their goals. Margie is here to support clients and their families along their journey whatever that might entail.

 

 

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Marina Melnikoff

General Physiotherapy

Marina completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University.

Marina has an extensive sporting background in gymnastics, powerlifting and athletics. She also holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science with Honours, which assisted in developing her passion in musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. Marina believes in taking a holistic approach to patient care and utilising exercise therapy throughout treatment to optimise outcomes and achieve patient goals.

Outside of work she can often be found at the beach, surfing or diving. She enjoys an active lifestyle outdoors that provides new and exciting challenges.

Marina is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

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Matthew Williams

General Physiotherapy

After sustaining a low back injury on the football field that left Matt unable to tie his shoes, Matt turned his attention from sport to studying Physiotherapy to give the others same experience that got him pain-free and back on the sporting field.

Matt completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane with a special interest in sport and exercise. Matt is new to the Sunshine Coast having spent the past year working with a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions in Geelong.

Matt is available for appointments at our Maroochydore location.

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Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Rehab

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

Meredith is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Michael Davis

Lower Back & Spinal Rehab

Michael studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology. He has gone on to complete a postgraduate certificate in western acupuncture and has attended NZMPA courses for the management of neck, low back and upper limb pathologies.

Michael has developed a high level of experience in spinal rehabilitation working closely with neurosurgeons (BrizBrain & Spine), pain specialists and GPs. In his time in New Zealand, he formed a strong interested in musculoskeletal physiotherapy working with numerous sporting teams, schools, high-performance athletes and the general public. He has a client-centred approach, working together with patients and their treating specialists to achieve optimal function and performance in their personal or sporting goals.

In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors and many sports including cricket, rugby, tennis and golf.

Michael is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside location.

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Michael Gilbert

General Physiotherapy

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 a wide variety of 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 exercise to achieve the best possible outcome for his patients.

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

Michael is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Woolloongabba location.

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Montana Morrison

General Physiotherapy

Montana has recently completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University in her home town of Townsville, before relocating to the Sunshine Coast. 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 aims to optimise self-management to enhance the quality of life.

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

Montana is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour and Buderim clinic.

 

 

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Montana Waddington

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 has recently returned from working in the UK 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.

Her most recent role was in the boutique health and fitness space combining hands-on treatment with Dynamic Reformer Pilates. She taught group classes and quickly establishing 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.

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 available for appointments at our North Lakes clinic.

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Nathan Craig

Persistent Pain Management

Nathan Craig graduated from Griffith University in 2009 with Bachelor Degrees in both Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. His main interests are in the field of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with a special interest in chronic pain management, as shown through his involvement as the physiotherapy director of the Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service.

Nathan has worked with sporting teams, CrossFit coaches, aged care providers, chronic pain management programs and many other allied and medical health professionals which have provided him with considerable knowledge to successfully treat a wide range of conditions and diseases. He uses a combination of hands-on techniques, dry needling, activity modification, self-management education, professional advice and therapeutic exercise to get patients back on track faster. Nathan also has extensive experience in assisting patients with their WorkCover, Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) and DVA case management to ensure their rehabilitation is smooth and comfortable.

In 2017 Nathan was involved in a research study into Predictors of Responsivity to Interdisciplinary Pain Management‘ with Rehabilitation Specialist, Dr Saul Geffen at Rehab + Fitness. Please click here to access the study.

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Nick Hurrell

Musculoskeletal Physio

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 which came through his own experience as a semi-professional rugby player as well as working closely with elite athletes from a range of sports. Recently, Nick has worked with the Gold Coast SUNS AFL team for the past  4 years as well as contract work with the ACT Brumbies, Kangaroos NRL, Jillaroos NRL, Canberra Raiders, Sydney Roosters and the NSWIS Diving.

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 is providing the most relevant, up-to-date and evidence-based treatments to his clients. Outside of work, Nick enjoys traveling, running, swimming and cycling.

 

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Piumi Herath

General Physiotherapy

Piumi has completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland and is passionate about educating and supporting others as they strive to achieve their goals. She has had clinical experience in hospital and community settings and uses an exercise-based approach that is tailored to each individual.  She has a special interest in fields such as musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological physiotherapy and is enthusiastic about continuing to build her knowledge and skills in these areas to provide high-quality care.

Piumi is also passionate about supporting wider communities and has previously lead a volunteering team to Romania to educate children in disadvantaged communities. She has also had up to12 years of experience as a dancer and choreographer in traditional Sri Lankan and Bollywood dance troupes.  Outside of the clinic, Piumi enjoys spending time with her family & friends, practising dancing and exploring beaches or waterfalls.

Piumi is available for appointments at our Springfield clinic.

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Renee Shaw

General Physiotherapy

Renee graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with first class honours. Her passion is for musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, particularly acute injury management, spinal conditions and pre and post-natal patients. She also has extensive experience in clinical Pilates, teaching since 2013 and completing her APPI equipment certification in 2017.

Renee has a strong background in sport, currently participating in triathlons and running events on the Sunshine Coast. She has also completed extra professional development in running assessments and strength & conditioning, combining her love of sport, exercise and physiotherapy. Renee has recently moved to the Sunshine Coast to study medicine, and in her spare time loves running, cycling and hiking around the coast.

Renee is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Kawana location.

 

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Sabrina Maynard

General Physiotherapy

Sabrina graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at Central Queensland University. Sabrina is passionate about providing the utmost quality of care for all patients with a focus on an individualised holistic approach. Sabrina has a keen interest in sport especially netball, cricket, rugby league and rugby union. She loves working with a variety of people and prides herself on being friendly and approachable. She wants to help you get back to your daily living and reach your goals as soon as possible. Sabrina is keen to continually develop her clinical skills and knowledge to provide the best possible treatment for you.

Sabrina is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra and Kawana locations.

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Sam Fahey

General Physiotherapy

Sam completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with James Cook University before relocating to the Sunshine Coast. A passion for movement, performance, injury prevention and rehabilitation, he is a firm believer in a holistic approach to treatment. Sam has a unique view, having worked within the medical system, as a Crossfit Coach, as a Personal Trainer, and believes movement is medicine!

Sam’s interests include strength and conditioning, Crossfit, weightlifting, and general health and fitness. Having competed at a high level within his chosen sport of Crossfit, he knows the demands of training and competing well, having also dealt with various injuries himself.

Sam leads an active lifestyle and if not found within the gym he will be out on the beach, mountains, his motorbike, or travelling.

Sam is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Sippy Downs and Nambour locations.

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Sam Moyle

General Physiotherapy

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 where he enjoyed gaining valuable experience in pre and post-surgery treatment protocols as well using his excellent communication skills in providing 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 made the transition 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 as well as learning from his new colleagues and patients about the provision of exemplary physiotherapy care. Sam’s patients will benefit from an excellent communicator, an 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.

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Sarah Creamer

General Physiotherapy

Sarah graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010. Since then she has worked in private practices both in Australia and in Europe, gaining valuable experience in manual therapy and exercise prescription to enable high-quality patient care. Sarah’s professional experience has taught her the value in holistic management, working collaboratively with her patient’s to create a management program that best suits their goals.  She has also taken part in a yoga teacher training course in India, which showed her how mindfulness and yoga can be beneficial in physiotherapy management.

Sarah has a growth of experience in general physiotherapy but found a passion for persistent and chronic pain management – a field in which she is currently undertaking a post-graduate Master’s degree. This has allowed her to treat with the most up to date, evidence-based practice, in order to get the best results for her clients.

Outside of the clinic, Sarah enjoys an active lifestyle, adventuring in the hinterland or at the beach, riding her bike, and practising yoga.

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Sara-Jane Cheong

Physiotherapist

Sara has recently graduated from physiotherapy at ACU in Brisbane. Sara has done a previous degree in nursing and has had 8 years experience working with acute orthopaedic, medical and surgical patients. Although Sara has found her true passion in physiotherapy and has a keen interest in rehabilitation. Sara is excited to work with people to help them achieve their full potential.

In her pastime Sara enjoys walking her dachshund Oscar, swimming at the beach and watching AFL

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Shannan Goodman

General Physiotherapy

Shannan was born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and after having moved to Brisbane to complete his Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at ACU, he has since returned with a passion to improve the quality of life of his patients using the latest evidence-based research.

Shannan has gained valuable experience competing and working in a variety of sports, representing his state in rugby and rugby 7s, and working with athletes from other sporting codes such as soccer, basketball, netball and athletics. As a result, Shannan has a thorough understanding of injury management and movement analysis. Shannan incorporates a holistic approach utilising hands-on physiotherapy, tailored exercise programs and condition education to maximise his clients function in their day-to-day life or physical activity ambitions.

Shannan Continues to lead an active lifestyle, when not on the training paddock you can find him outdoors hiking up a trail, on the water in a kayak or hunting down the best wine vineyards!
Feel free to share any remarkable experiences of your own from the land, sea or dining table.

Shannan is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Siliva Tufuga

Lower Back & Spinal Rehab

Originally from New Zealand but graduating from The University of Queensland, Siliva has developed extensive international experience over 20 years of clinical practice including both Australia and the UK. In England, he was the team leader of a specialised group of advanced orthopaedic clinicians and helped to successfully develop the GP screening clinics and Injection Therapy service. Upon his return home, he has spent the past few years treating active Australian troops at the large military base in Enoggera, Brisbane where overloading of the spine and effective return to military service go hand-in-hand.

Accordingly, Siliva has vast knowledge in treating spinal disorders and low back pain. He enjoys working with his patients to identify and resolve their daily pain issues and implement strengthening strategies to prevent future occurrences.
In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his young family and is an IRB Level 2 rugby coach.

Siliva is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our North Lakes and Redcliffe locations.

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Simon Burley

Shoulder Pain Rehabilitation

Simon Burley has developed expertise in shoulder conditions over many years of postgraduate training. He has completed level III Sports Physiotherapy at the Australian Institute of Sport. Simon also runs the Sunshine Coast Shoulder Clinic with some of the Coast’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.

“The shoulder is a complex and challenging joint that is very reliant on the surrounding musculature working properly. Hence a joint particularly suited to physiotherapy treatment when injured or painful.” Simon Burley

Simon also sets up exercise programs for weight loss and fitness/strength training. He works closely with the Coast’s leading medical team for patients undergoing lap-band surgery.

Simon was the physio for the New Zealand Track and Field athletes as they prepared for the Sydney 2000 Olympics and is the physio for a number of well-known athletes on the Sunshine Coast.

Simon has 1 published article on shoulder pain (Please click the title below):

  1. Systematic approach to diagnosing and managing disorders of the shoulder joint and surrounding structures

Simon has also been involved with Shoulder research trials (Please click the titles below):

  1. Conservative management of shoulder rotator cuff tears
  2. Feasibility and acceptability of a standardised shoulder exercise program for supraspinatus full thickness tears

Simon 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.

Simon is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim and Maroochydore location.

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Sophie Stewart

Chronic Pain & Back Rehab

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 placed on active rehabilitation and education towards long-term self-management. Her passion lies with 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 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 available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Nambour location, to book an appointment with Sophie please fill out the contact us form or contact Nambour Sports & Spinal on 07 5441 2744

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Sophie Zykus

Womens Health & General Physiotherapy

Sophie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia. Sophie found her passion for helping women early in her career and since graduating, has completed further study in the field of Women’s health. Sophie is passionate about educating and empowering women at all stages of life so they can better manage their conditions and achieve their personal and physical goals. In conjunction with women’s health, Sophie also enjoys treating low back, hip and pelvic pain. She strives to provide her patients with the most recent evidence-based practice and give them the self-management tools they need to get on top of their pain and feel in control again.

Sophie is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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