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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 being able to treat complex and 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 the right 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 & 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 can 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 related 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 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.

Physiotherapists can perform 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 manoeuvres – 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 physiotherapists 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 & 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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Claire Buttner

Physiotherapist

Claire graduated from Bond University with a Doctor of Physiotherapy, having completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science prior. Claire was awarded Dux of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and her Physiotherapy Cohort during her postgraduate studies.

Claire has presented research at the 2023 Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference and completed an internship in the United States at Stanford University during her Physiotherapy degree. She also has a background in Strength and Conditioning, having worked with athletes involved in American Football and Rugby, AFL, Soccer, Rowing, Athletics, Swimming and Basketball.

Claire is passionate about helping people maximise their quality of life through focus on rehabilitation, movement and education. Outside of work, Claire enjoys staying active through time spent at the beach or hiking in nature, as well as going for runs.

Claire is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Runaway Bay clinic.

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.

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 Runaway Bay and Broadbeach clinics.

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.

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 Runaway Bay and Broadbeach clinics.

Marium Mekaeil

Physiotherapist

Marium completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2013 before pursuing her Masters of Physiotherapy at Griffith University. As a senior physiotherapist, Marium is committed to serving the local community’s health and well-being requirements. With a passion for aiding local sports clubs and individuals experiencing both acute and chronic conditions, Marium can address and assist in treating Headaches and Migraines.

Her experience also extends to treating patients experiencing challenges with balance and lower limb strength, an area she finds particularly rewarding.

Marium is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Runaway Bay clinic.

Kristen Nicholson

Physiotherapist

Kristen is originally from Johannesburg, South Africa. This is where she completed her education at the University of Pretoria, obtaining her Bachelors degree in Sports Science (CumLaude) and her Bachelors in degree in Physiotherapy. Kris has been practising and developing her skills and knowledge in Physiotherapy treatment and rehabilitation for the last 6 years in South Africa. Working in private practice as well as hospital setting, her primary focus is in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, post operative rehabilitation, sports injuries and orthopaedics. Kris clinical interests focus on lower limb especially hip and knee, arthritic conditions and education, sporting injuries, strength and conditioning and rehabilitation specifically post operatively.

Kris enjoys to work with people of all ages and abilities in a holistic approach of treatment and rehabilitation to improve and maintain their desired quality of life.

Kris has three key interests in her spare time, coffee, sports and outdoors. Following a completive sporting background specifically in swimming and triathlons back in SA, Kris is an avid swimmer, crossfitter, beach lover and all things active and outdoors.

Kristen is available for physiotherapy consults at our Maroochydore clinic.

Elli Melrose

Physiotherapist

Elli graduated from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree.

Elli is committed to providing high-quality evidence-based treatment tailored to her client’s individual needs empowering them to reach their full potential in therapy. Elli has an interest in sports-related injuries and general rehabilitation. With a passion for sports and health, Elli grew up competing at the highest level in gymnastics before using her experience and skills to coach for several years. Involving herself in her community, Elli contributed her physiotherapy skills to the Central Queensland football team Capras. Elli aims to continue her development towards sports physiotherapy as this is her clinical area of interest.

Outside the clinic, Elli loves enjoying her free time at the beach, attending high-energy fitness classes, and sharing the excitement of NRL matches with friends.

Elli is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Hayley Aitchison

Physiotherapist

Hayley graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland and has recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane. Hayley is a physiotherapist who is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care. She is passionate about all areas of physiotherapy, including acute rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, and persistent pain rehabilitation.

Hayley has a background in water polo coaching and has experience working with rugby teams as a sports trainer. Throughout these various roles, Hayley has gained an appreciation for the importance of a holistic approach to healing and well-being.

Hayley believes in empowering patients to take an active role in their rehabilitation journey and focuses on addressing all aspects of recovery. With her brilliant communication skills, commitment to providing excellent care and holistic approach, Hayley is well-equipped to help patients achieve their goals and improve their overall quality of life.

In her spare time, Hayley enjoys spending time outdoors, reading, cooking and travelling.

Hayley is available for physiotherapy consults at our Nambour clinic.

Reagan Hetherington

Physiotherapist

Hailing from rural NSW, Reagan graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Throughout her studies, she gained invaluable experience across many fields including musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological physiotherapy.

Reagan values the importance of good communication whilst working closely with her patients to achieve optimal results. She employs a warm and supportive approach to her sessions, motivating her clients to reach their goals and return to feeling their best. With a passion for health and fitness, Reagan is an accredited Mat work and Reformer Pilates instructor. She is passionate about incorporating Pilates into exercise programs, acknowledging its pivotal role in rehabilitation and recovery.

Reagan has also completed a Sports Medicine Australia Level 1 Sports Trainer course and has experience working with a variety of different sporting teams, including rugby league, rugby union and netball.

After recently relocating to Queensland, Reagan looks forward to exploring all that the local region has to offer. Outside of the clinic, Reagan enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling the world, water skiing, playing netball and watching the footy.

Reagan is available for physiotherapy appointments at our Morayfield clinic.

Tayah Stevens

Physiotherapist

Tayah completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours at Central Queensland University in Bundaberg. She is local to the area, having grown up in Maryborough, and looks forward to giving back to her community.

Tayah enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and team to develop an individualised treatment plan to provide her clients with the best care and to achieve their goals. Tayah enjoys musculoskeletal and neurological physiotherapy and has a special interest in paediatric physiotherapy. She is currently completing level 1 training in this area, with plans to extend her post-graduate studies in the future.

Outside of work, Tayah enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling. A favourite place of hers to visit is Disneyland.

Tayah is available for physiotherapy appointments at our Hervey Bay clinic.

Thomas Suttie

Physiotherapist

Tom completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at Central Queensland University. During his studies, Tom was fortunate to gain experience in both rural and remote healthcare settings.

Having personal experience dealing with chronic conditions, Tom is passionate about using both hands-on treatments and individualised exercise to help his clients manage their conditions and achieve their rehabilitation and lifestyle goals. Outside of the clinic, Tom is a regular at the gym and also enjoys riding his mountain bike, hiking, camping and playing with his dog.

Tom is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Gympie clinic.

Eliza Morris

Physiotherapist

Eliza graduated from Otago University in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and was awarded runner up for the top overall student in her year. After completing her studies, Eliza worked for two years in a musculoskeletal private practice which specialized in Clinical Pilates. During this time, she completed her Comprehensive Polestar Pilates Course and is now certified in teaching Pilates using all equipment including matt, reformer, and the trapeze table.

Eliza uses a combination of manual therapy techniques, taping, clinical Pilates and movement therapy to treat a wide range of acute and chronic injuries. She is a strong advocate for actively involving her clients within their rehabilitation to help them achieve their movement goals.

Eliza enjoys living an active lifestyle both in the gym and in the outdoors. Being active and disciplined with her own fitness, she understands the importance of smart training and injury prevention.

After recently moving across the ditch, Eliza is looking forward to exploring the beautiful beaches on the Sunshine Coast and learning to surf. She also enjoys hiking, playing tennis, baking and spending time with friends and family.

Eliza is available for physiotherapy consults at  our Caloundra clinic.

Preeti Kutty

Physiotherapist

Preeti recently graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Her passion lies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, and she harbors a deep love for paediatrics, driving her aspirations to make significant contributions to these fields.

Preeti has previously collaborated with local AFL and netball teams, where she witnessed first hand the transformative impact a tailored treatment and recovery plan can have on the rehabilitation of young athletes. This exposure has enriched her understanding of the unique challenges and requirements of sports-related injuries and has motivated her to seek mentorship from leading sports physiotherapists to gain a better understanding on how to best manage athletes.

Preeti is committed to fostering a collaborative approach to rehabilitation. Her goal is to empower clients to take an active role in their recovery, creating a sense of ownership and motivation that enhances the effectiveness of the treatment process.

In her free time you can find Preeti on a jog or a riverside walk with a pastry in hand.

Preeti is available for physiotherapy consults at our Chermside clinic.

Jess Lorraway

Physiotherapist

Jess completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) at Central Queensland University. She has always had a focus on musculoskeletal patients, and particularly enjoys treating athletes (whether social or competitive).

Jess strongly believes in working as a team with her patients to ensure they get what they need out of physiotherapy. She will commit to giving any patient she sees 100% effort and strives to aid them in reaching their goals.

With a background focused heavily on competitive basketball, Jess has had her fair share of her own physiotherapy appointments and understands the demands sport places on the body both mentally and physically. She is keen to aid others with working to reduce their pain, improve their movement or simply get back to an activity they love.

Outside of work you will definitely find Jess at a basketball court, wishing she was at the snow skiing, or taking a break reading a book.

Jess is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Buderim clinic.

Mitch Esdale

Musculoskeletal, Spine & Knee, Lower Limb & Spine Physiotherapist

Mitch graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University in 2013. Since then he has worked across a number of reputable private practices in Brisbane, London and the Sunshine Coast. Mitch has over 10 years experience working within musculoskeletal and sporting private practices, including extensive experience with complex knee conditions.

Mitch has also worked with a number of professional and semi-professional rugby, soccer and netball teams. Mitch enjoys helping patients to understand their conditions and utilising best evidence based practice to achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Outside of work, Mitch keeps busy enjoying social soccer, running and playing with his two young children.

Mitch is available for physiotherapy consults at our Sippy Downs practice.

Poonam Roopa

Pelvic Health & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Poonam is an experienced physiotherapist that graduated from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has a passion for managing patients with sports injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction, back and neck pain, and those needing orthopaedic rehabilitation. Poonam prides herself in conducting a thorough assessment to ensure that she fully understands your condition before treating you with the latest evidence-based treatment programs.

She completed her Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) certificate in 2012, achieving the top student award for the course. This is an intense 12-month postgraduate certification focused on enhancing one’s skills in the assessment and treatment of patients. She has since completed various continued education certifications in dry needling and taping techniques, amongst many others.

Poonam has extensive experience in treating all gendered patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. This can include bladder, bowel, or sexual dysfunction relating to incontinence, haemorrhoids, pregnancy and post-partum, pelvic pain conditions, dyspareunia, or post-gender affirmation surgery.

Poonam is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, AHPRA, the South African Society of Physiotherapy, the Word Association of Sexual Health, South African Society of Sexual Health.

Poonam enjoys dancing and is a graduate of Indian classical dance. She is the proud mom of 2 little boys and enjoys running and baking in her free time. When she is not at work, you will find her outdoors exploring with family and friends.

Poonam is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Springfield clinic.

Jo Gooderson

Physiotherapist

Jo has been working in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years. She graduated from Griffith University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science, and a Master of Physiotherapy degree.

Jo has worked in a wide range of settings from Elite Sports, private practice and Acute Hospitals in Australia and England, and spent 10 years working with the Ministry of Defence at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) as well as other Barracks in England and Germany. She is passionate about building a holistic team approach to health, where everyone is collocated and committed to delivering the highest level of care. Jo has completed further training in Acupuncture and Pilates and is passionate about correcting movement patterns and motor control issues for athletes and general rehabilitation.

She later became interested in more complex conditions such as chronic pain and hypermobility syndrome. Jo works closely with other members of her healthcare team to manage these conditions and provide clients with better management strategies.

Jo lives in Manly with her family and growing menagerie, and can often be spotted walking the dogs on the esplanade. She has competed at a high level in athletics, touch football, netball, basketball and martial arts in her time, but now prefers pilates and yoga.

Jo’s professional qualifications include a Master of Physiotherapy (Griffith University), Bachelor of Exercise Science (Griffith University), PhD (withdrawn) Bond University, Pilates instructor (mat and equipment), Acupuncture (AACP), and Previous level 2 Strength and conditioning certification.

Jo is available for physiotherapy consults at our Wynnum clinic.

Gretchen Skorzewski

Neurology, Disability & Complex Conditions Physiotherapist

Gretchen has over 25 years of experience in delivering quality physiotherapy care for adults and children. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 1992 and has worked in various roles in hospitals and community care settings, public, not-for-profit and private in Australia and the UK. Her particular passions are neurology, disability, hydrotherapy, 24-hour postural care for complex disability and spinal health. 

She has completed further training in hydrotherapy, respiratory treatment, complex postural care, seating and positioning, manual handling for carers and postural care in lying, sharing her knowledge with a wide variety of therapists and families through courses and presentations. She became a qualified yoga instructor in 2014, completing her 350-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Kate Pell and Dan Alder. She has been practising yoga since 1997 and finds it brings balance to a busy mind, strength and flexibility to the body. She has a strong focus on practising safely with optimal alignment and believes that yoga has something to benefit everyone. 

She lives in Wynnum with her family and enjoys yoga, walking, cooking, running slowly, and spending time on the water. 

Gretchen’s professional qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Queensland, 1992
  • Certificate 3 in workplace assessment and training 

Gretchen is available for physiotherapy consults at our Wynnum clinic.

Natalie Taylor

Physiotherapist with interest in Women's Health

Please note Natalie is only available for follow up appointments with existing patients. 

Natalie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and her career has taken her far and wide since then.

Natalie believes in holistic and comprehensive healthcare. Her passion lies in understanding your unique story, your challenges, and your goals. She doesn’t just treat ailments; she treats you as a whole person, tailoring her solutions to your individual lifestyle.

Natalie’s expertise covers a wide spectrum of physiotherapy, but she has some interests in pelvic health, lower limb rehabilitation, headache, and back pain. Natalie can assist with pre and postnatal care, internal pelvic floor treatment, and a range of women’s health treatments. She has also completed additional training in paediatric bladder and bowel issues.

Outside of work, Natalie thrives in the great outdoors, often exploring nature with her partner and son. She’s not just a physiotherapist; she’s also an Ultimate Frisbee enthusiast with a global competitive spirit. Nowadays, she prefers to keep it local you might spot her at the Wynnum Parkrun.

Natalie is available for physiotherapy consults at our Wynnum clinic.

Lachlan Righetti

Physiotherapist

Since graduating from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2019. He is enthusiastic and committed to helping clients through pain, injury, or disability, and working collaboratively to achieve their goals.

He has experience in treating a wide range of conditions, including acute and chronic pain, sporting injuries, lower back and neck pain, orthopaedic, and mobility/balance issues as well as symptoms of dizziness/vertigo. His approach is one that is strongly client-centred and individual to each person, providing a variety of treatment methods including hands-on treatment techniques, exercised-based rehabilitation, dry needling therapy and taping techniques.

He has an interest and passion in treating acute sporting injuries and return to sport, post-surgical orthopaedic rehabilitation of the shoulder, knee and ankle, as well as chronic pain, having undertaken further training in advanced dry needling therapy as well as ACL and meniscus rehabilitation.

Outside of work, he is regularly keeping up to date with a wide variety of sports, predominantly football and his beloved Tottenham. Otherwise he can be found spending time with family and friends, and taking advantage of regular opportunities to explore new places with his partner on days off.

Lachlan is available for Physiotherapy consults at out North Lakes clinic.

Thomas Corradine

Physiotherapist

Tom graduated from the University of Nottingham (UK) and has recently made the move over to Brisbane from London. He has extensive experience across the public and private sectors, having worked in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy since 2014. He has worked closely with some of the UK’s best orthopaedic surgeons; and knows that building strong inter-disciplinary relationships within the healthcare industry can only help enhance patient care and outcome.

Tom particularly enjoys treating lower limb and shoulder injuries, including post-operative rehabilitation. He prides himself on understanding the goals of his patients and working on treatment plans to help them achieve the best possible result.

Outside of physio, Tom enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle. Since hanging up his rugby boots, he’s turned his interests to strength & conditioning and, more recently, hacking his way around the golf course. He is keen to explore more of the East Coast and is gladly accepting recommendations.

Tom is available for physiotherapy consults at our Chermside and Springfield clinics.

Lexi Ironside

Women's Health & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Lexi graduated from Bond University with a Doctorate in Physiotherapy in 2016. She has since honed her skills across various physiotherapy disciplines including orthopaedics, pain management, and surgical rehabilitation.

Lexi has a deep passion for women’s health and musculoskeletal rehabilitation. She responsibly addresses all aspects of her client’s well-being and works diligently to create individualised treatment plans. Her aim is to empower clients to achieve lifelong independence and uphold their health with lasting solutions.

Lexi is available for physiotherapy consults at our Nambour clinic.

Ashley Ervine

Physiotherapist

Ashley is an experienced physiotherapist who graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2010. Ashley went on to complete her-graduate Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) training in 2013 and was awarded the top case study for the year. This forms the basis of her clinical reasoning and hands-on treatment. She has also completed her Pilates Mat Training, allowing her to provide high-quality Pilates classes.

Ashley gained most of her experience working in the private sector seeing patients with a wide range of conditions. She is an empathetic and compassionate physio who works closely with her patients to get the best results and help them with their healing journey. Ashley enjoys treating neck and sacroiliac dysfunctions, post-mastectomy patients, and since becoming a mum of two littles, she has a special passion for working with women during pregnancy and during their post-partum recovery.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Ashley is available for physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra and Kawana clinics.

Ashley Ervine

Physiotherapist

Ashley is an experienced physiotherapist who graduated from Stellenbosch University, South Africa in 2010. Ashley went on to complete her-graduate Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT) training in 2013 and was awarded the top case study for the year. This forms the basis of her clinical reasoning and hands-on treatment. She has also completed her Pilates Mat Training, allowing her to provide high-quality Pilates classes.

Ashley gained most of her experience working in the private sector seeing patients with a wide range of conditions. She is an empathetic and compassionate physio who works closely with her patients to get the best results and help them with their healing journey. Ashley enjoys treating neck and sacroiliac dysfunctions, post-mastectomy patients, and since becoming a mum of two littles, she has a special passion for working with women during pregnancy and during their post-partum recovery.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.

Ashley is available for physiotherapy appointments at our Caloundra and Kawana clinics.

John Petil

Physiotherapist

John finished his undergraduate study of Physiotherapy at Our Lady of Fatima University in the Philippines. He initially started practising at one of the top hospitals in his home country, which helped broaden his knowledge of neurologic and muscular cases. After a couple of years, he decided to challenge himself even further by moving to Dubai, where he stayed for five years, developing his craft more around postural and biomechanical issues, especially spinal-related issues.

Over the past eight years of being a Physiotherapist, John always strives to provide quality and evidence-based practice producing satisfactory results for both the patient and provider.

John loves reading books or playing mind-puzzling board games on his off days with a friend. Lately, he also enjoys indoor rock climbing.

John is available for physiotherapy appointments at our Gympie clinic.

 

Michael Cahanding

Physiotherapist

Mike completed his Physical Therapy degree in 2016 at the Manila Adventist College (Philippines). He has been a registered Physiotherapist since 2017. With over six years of experience, Mike is known for his Myotherapy techniques which help patients with injuries manage pain and improve their range of movement and rehabilitation. His work with musculoskeletal symptoms and sports injuries in younger and middle-aged clients allowed him to treat acute and chronic pains and thousands of joint problems.

He is adept at identifying the cause of trauma and designing a safe, personalised, and effective treatment plan that best addresses each patient’s need and produces results. Mike is also a very hands-on PT with a reputation for keeping patients motivated and committed to treatment plans in and out of therapy sessions.

On a personal level, Mike is a fur daddy of 2 lovely dogs; as a sporty guy, he loves watching and playing basketball, wants to learn Cricket if given a chance, loves trying new foods, and is a coffee lover.

Michael is available for Physiotherapy appointments at Sports & Spinal Gympie.

Clinton Tran

Physiotherapist

Clinton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Griffith University with First Class Honours and was awarded the prestigious university medal for his academic achievements. Clinton also teaches anatomy to physiotherapy students at Griffith University. His passion lies in combining hands-on treatment and exercise to help all his patients achieve their goals.

Clinton has a strong interest in managing and treating sporting injuries and has worked closely with both local and elite sporting organisations such as the Queensland Academy of Sport and the Brisbane Roar during his studies. Clinton has also completed research in hamstring injuries and function in elite track and field athletes.

In his spare time, Clinton is a competitive powerlifter and enjoys watching different types of sports.

Clinton is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Beenleigh location.

Yoshiki Chen

Physiotherapist

Yoshiki graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree and was awarded the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence for each year of his studies. Yoshiki’s approach to treatment involves a combination of hands-on therapy and a tailored home exercise program to help patients get back to doing the things they love. Yoshiki prioritises empowering their patients and encouraging them to take an active role in their recovery.

Growing up, Yoshiki participated in a variety of sports, including soccer, tennis, golf, and snowboarding. These experiences gave him a deep appreciation for the body’s potential and naturally developed his passion for sports physiotherapy.

Outside of the clinic, Yoshiki enjoys lifting weights at the gym, spending time with his mates, or finding the next country to go traveling to!

Yoshiki is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Beenleigh clinic.

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 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 at the University of Sydney for eight years and Dean of St John’s College at 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 of 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

Alex Dopper

Physiotherapist

Alex is a passionate physiotherapist dedicated to helping individuals achieve their full potential. He holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first-class honours, was Dux of his course and received the Australian Physiotherapy Association Queensland Award for Academic Excellence. Alex also holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

Beyond his academic pursuits, Alex brings a unique blend of expertise to his practice:

  • Cutting-Edge Knowledge:

Alex has presented at various world-renowned physiotherapy conferences, including the prestigious World Physiotherapy Congress. This ensures his patients receive the best available treatments, informed by the latest research and evidence-based practices. Alex also teaches in university physiotherapy courses, sharing his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of physiotherapists.

  • Elite Sports Experience:

Beyond his dedication to research, Alex brings a wealth of practical experience from working with elite athletes, including serving as a physiotherapist for Hockey Queensland. This in-depth understanding of the demands and challenges faced by high-performing individuals translates into effective treatment plans for patients of all activity levels.

  • Running Physiotherapy:

Alex offers a wealth of knowledge in running physiotherapy, specialising in the management and prevention of running-related injuries and optimising running technique. He understands the unique demands of running and is skilled in treating lower limb injuries. This stems from his own extensive background as a competitive ultramarathon runner, which fuels his dedication to helping runners of all abilities achieve their goals.

Alex’s personalised approach focuses on understanding each patient’s unique needs and goals, developing tailored treatment plans, and taking an active role in their recovery journey.

Alex is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach clinic.

Kim Wright

Physiotherapist

Kimberley graduated with Masters of Physiotherapy as well as a Bachelor in Exercise Science from Griffith University. Kimberley is also a qualified Pilates instructor, which allows her to incorporate Pilates in her rehabilitation programs for her clients to improve ones’ health and wellbeing as well as recovering from injury.

Kimberley is dedicated and passionate about ensuring a holistic patient – centred treatment and care while creating individualised rehabilitation programs to support your goals and allow you to achieve them and return to the things you enjoy in life.

Kimberley has an extensive sporting background, with a keen interest in swimming having competed at state level. Kimberley also incorporates the use of shockwave therapy treatment for patients with chronic tendinopathies which coincides with her developed interest in chronic pain conditions. Kimberley can assist with musculoskeletal, sports and chronic pain physiotherapy.

Outside of work, Kimberley enjoys spending time with family and friends, been at the beach, hiking, and camping.

Kim is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Broadbeach and Runaway Bay clinics.

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.

 

Landon Inglis

Physiotherapist

Landon graduated from Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland having previously completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Movement Science. This combination has helped to shape his belief in the importance of movement and exercise to compliment manual therapy in his patient’s rehabilitation.

He strongly believes in treating the person, and not just the injury – making the treatment plan tailored to the unique challenges and goals they have in their life.

He has extensive experience working with runners, triathletes, and Australian Rules Footballers in physiotherapy, strength and conditioning, and coaching capacities. Landon is currently the running coach of a local triathlon club, and trains and competes in his spare time.

Because of this, Landon has a special interest in treating sporting injuries, as well as upper limb (shoulder, elbow, and hand) conditions, and has completed additional training in both of these areas.

Landon is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Leigh-Ann Bennett

Physiotherapist

In 2018, Leigh-Ann graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy). After university she returned back to her hometown Tauranga, New Zealand, and started working in private practice, over these years she did a combination of clinic work and assisting ample sports teams with their Physiotherapy needs. In February 2023, she made the move across the ditch and has been at Sports & Spinal ever since.

Leigh-Ann loves working with people from all walks of life, helping to enhance mobility and strength, reduce pain and ultimately help them to lead a more active and rewarding lifestyle. She has a keen interest in sports injuries, post-operative rehabilitation, and knee injuries.

When she is not in the clinic, Leigh-Ann enjoys getting outside and keeping active. She is very excited to be living on the Sunshine Coast and being able to explore this beautiful part of the world.

Leigh-Ann is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic.

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 Sunshine 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, Alex can tailor treatment to the individual and their goals.

Alex is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Jana Rydwanski

Lower Limb Physiotherapist, Acupuncture & Pilates Instructor

Jana studied in New Zealand and graduated with a Bachelor in Health Science 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 was the physiotherapist for Rugby teams and ran gym-based rehabilitation programs. She is honoured to have 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 appointments at our Buderim clinic.

Danielle Keogh

Low Back & Hip/Pelvic Pain Physiotherapist

Danielle has a wealth of knowledge 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 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 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.

Ed McHugh

Spinal Back Pain & Lower Limb Rehab Physiotherapist

Ed graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Degree from Nottingham University in the UK in 2005 and completed an MSc in advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy from Hertfordshire University in 2014. Ed is a highly skilled and dynamic physiotherapist with a proven track record in managing 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 various 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, and running his own private practice.

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

Ed has a special interest in Spinal Back Pain & Lower Limb Rehab 

Ed is available for Physiotherapy appointments at the Caloundra 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 Caloundra clinic.

 

 

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 interest area 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 & Spinal.

Kim is available for appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Gema Greasley

Musculoskeletal and Women's Health Physiotherapist

Gema holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University and holds additional qualifications in Reformer and Mat Pilates. She is a musculoskeletal, pelvic and women’s health physiotherapist and is the former lead physiotherapist for the Aspley Hornets AFLW team and has previously worked with the AFLW Brisbane Lions team.

Gema’s favourite areas to treat include lower back, spinal, pelvic and hip pain. She also has a keen interest in assisting women through throughout pregnancy and in their post-natal/ post-partum journey.

Gema is passionate about empowering everyone to play an active role in their health journey. She acknowledges that everyone is unique and designs bespoke treatment plans for each of her clients. She is determined to get you back to your optimal level of function so you can do what you love to do pain-free. Gema combines hands-on and exercise therapies to provide the best long-term approach.

Gema is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Chermside clinic.

Simran Shah

Ankle, Knee & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Simran joined Chermside Sports & 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.

Ashleigh Graves

Shoulder & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Ashleigh joins the Sports & 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.

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 & 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.

Meredith Hill

Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Meredith has extensive experience as a Sports Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor but has focused her practice in recent years on lower limb injuries. Meredith has a special interest in endurance sports, triathlon, and running-related injuries as a professional triathlete herself.

Meredith completes running assessments in the clinic using video analysis to diagnose and manage 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’s interests are in Lower Limb, Sports Injuries & Running Assessments

To book an appointment with Meredith, please contact the Coolum clinic at 07 5415 0024.

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.

Other areas Koren enjoys working with are chronic complex musculoskeletal pain conditions, neurological conditions and has completed her certificate in Dry Needling. 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.

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 complete 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 and NDIS, and has completed her certificate in Dry Needling.

Zoe is available for appointments at our Coolum 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 & 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.

Sam Cobourn

Sports Physiotherapist

Sam grew up in the beautiful town of Port Macquarie where he studied at Charles Sturt University graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Distinction. Sam believes that everyone deserves to live a prosperous, healthy lifestyle where they are able to move well and pain-free so they can engage in activities that are meaningful to them. This all starts with a thorough assessment, followed by diagnosing the root cause/s of symptoms, tailoring an effective treatment plan, and then journeying with the individual towards 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 and has completed his certificate in Dry Needling.

Sam is available for Physiotherapy at our Coolum clinic.

Kira Chipizubov

Lower Back, SIJ & Hip Pathologies Physiotherapist

Kira recently graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Griffith University Nathan, and is new to the Sunshine Coast! She is passionate about people and helping them live their most active and fulfilling lives. Kira strives to create meaningful clinical relationships and deliver individualised and high-quality evidence-based treatment to all her patients. She would love to help you reach your goals no matter how big or small.

Kira is eager to start her career in physiotherapy and continues to peruse further professional development and growth as a therapist and person, and has recently completed her certificate in Dry Needling. Kira has particular interest in treating lower back, SIJ and hip pathologies. Kira enjoys living an active life and particularly enjoys yoga and Pilates and enjoys practicing mindfulness and getting into nature!

Kira is available for Physiotherapy consults at our Coolum clinic.

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 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 definitely 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. Louise 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

To book an appointment with Louise, please contact the Coolum clinic at 07 5415 0024.

Zakkiyya Latib

Physiotherapist

Zakkiyya completed her Physiotherapy degree in 2014 at the University of Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa. Zakkiyya owned her own practice and Pilates studio before relocating to Australia. She has experience in many fields including aged care, cardiopulmonary physio, and musculoskeletal physio.

Zakkiyya has a great interest in Clinical Pilates and rehab through exercise. Zakkiyya enjoys working closely with her patients and structuring programs that suit each individual best. She is a firm believer in a holistic approach to treatment so that together we can achieve more!

A motto that Zakkiyya likes to live by is that ‘It’s never too early or too late to work towards being the healthiest version of yourself!’ 

Outside of treating, Zakkiyya loves cycling, running, hiking, and pretty much anything involving outdoor sports

Zakkiyya is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Maroochydore 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 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.

Jenn is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Gympie clinic.

Laird McKay

Physiotherapist

Laird completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at Central Queensland University in Bundaberg. Having an interest in all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, Laird undertook additional research into the effectiveness of treatments for lower-back related conditions during the Honours component of his study.

Laird believes strongly in working collaboratively with his patients and is passionate about using individualised exercise and hands-on therapies to allow his clients to better achieve their health and lifestyle goals.

Outside of the clinic, Laird enjoys spending time with his friends and family and playing sports, including hockey and cricket at representative levels and in the local Fraser Coast competitions.

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

Karis Moffatt

Musculoskeletal and Women's Health Physiotherapist

Karis graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University, Townsville. Karis grew up in Cairns before making the move to the Fraser Coast to see what it has to offer. Karis is a passionate Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist who has also completed further post-graduate training in Women’s Health Physiotherapy. Karis has a positive and enthusiastic approach to working collaboratively with her clients to optimize outcomes and achieve rehabilitation goals.

Karis is trained to treat antenatal and postnatal conditions, constipation, faecal incontinence, urinary urgency, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pelvic pain conditions.

Karis is available for Physiotherapy and Women’s Health appointments at our Hervey Bay 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.

Chloe Whitton

Physiotherapist

Chloe graduated from James Cook University, Townsville with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After growing up in Townsville, Chloe has recently made the move down to the beautiful Fraser Coast region to join the Sports and Spinal team.

During her studies, Chloe was recognised for her excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and is passionate about working collaboratively with individuals of all ages to optimise their function and achieve their rehabilitation goals.

Outside of work, Chloe enjoys playing team sports, particularly basketball which she has represented at a state level. She also enjoys spending time outdoors at the beach and socialising with family and friends.

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

Lleyton Lamont

Physiotherapist

Lleyton completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University, Townsville. Lleyton has previously worked in Physiotherapy clinics in Townsville before moving to Hervey Bay.

Lleyton enjoys working collaboratively with his clients to achieve their rehabilitation goals. Lleyton has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and neurological Physiotherapy. Lleyton is also qualified in Dry Needling and is excited to continue the development of his clinical skills.

Outside of work, Lleyton enjoys walking his dog, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

Lleyton 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.

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.

Mandy Lung

Shoulder, Elbow, Hand & Sports 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.

Chris Stack

Physiotherapist