Womens Health @ Sports & Spinal Coolum

Womens Health @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is available at our Coolum clinic. Our Women’s Health Physiotherapists have completed post-graduate training in this specialised field and have experience with a broad range of issues that may present during the different stages of a woman’s life including pregnancy, birth, menopause and everything in between. Our team is committed to learning everything they can about conditions that affect women (and sometimes men!), and are constantly attending conferences, courses, and seminars to ensure they stay up to date with the most current research.

Some of the conditions they commonly treat include:

– Incontinence (leakage from the bladder and bowel)

– Prolapse

– Constipation

– Mastitis

– Pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain

– Cancer Rehabilitation

– Pelvic pain and pain with intercourse

– Return to exercise after pregnancy

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Meet the team @ Coolum

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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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Please see below for more information on the type of conditions our therapists can help with:

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

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

Some of the areas and conditions that they are able to assess and treat include:

  • Pregnancy & Post Natal
    • Pelvic Girdle Pain
    • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (RAD or DRAM, Tummy Muscle Separation)
    • Post Natal Pelvic Floor Checks and Return to Exercise Assessment
  • Incontinence (Stress Incontinence, Urge Incontinence, and Fecal Incontinence)
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Painful Intercourse (Dyspareunia)
  • Mastitis (Maroochydore only)
  • Constipation
  • Pre and Post Prostatectomy Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pre and Post Gynae Surgery Pelvic Floor Muscle Training and Advice
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Rectus Abdominis Diastasis (Tummy Muscle Separation, RAD, DRAM)

We like to allow 60mins for your initial appointment (in most cases, this may vary in some circumstances) to ensure that there is enough time to take a detailed and thorough history and to allow plenty of time for discussion, education, treatment, and questions.

Your initial appointment will involve some form of assessment, but this will depend on the condition you are seeking treatment for. Where appropriate this may consist of an internal vaginal exam, but this will be discussed in more detail at your appointment where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss the reasons behind the assessment. Other assessment methods include real time ultrasound, biofeedback and musculoskeletal screening.

After your assessment, your Physiotherapist will be able to discuss with you the diagnosis, and the options for treatment. This may involve a variety of things including (but certainly not limited to) pelvic floor muscle training, bladder and bowel management and strength and exercise programs. You will always leave our rooms with a good understanding of your diagnosis and with a comprehensive plan in place to improve your symptoms.

What Do I Wear?
Whatever you feel comfortable in!

Do I need to bring anything?
Any relevant scans, letters or reports, as well as current medication lists. Sometimes we will also require a full bladder if we are planning on using the ultrasound machine for assessment, but the reception staff will let you know prior to your appointment

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 strength and function throughout your pregnancy and postnatally is essential.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain is very common during pregnancy due to the major changes that occur within your body both physically and hormonally. A combination of hands-on treatment, strength and conditioning and mobility work is used to treat these aches and pains throughout pregnancy.

Pregnancy Exercise Classes

Exercise in pregnancy has been shown to reduce complications such as gestational diabetes and pre eclampsia and is a great way to reduce and treat pelvic girdle pain. The classes are run from our Sippy Downs practice and offer a supportive environment to keep you strong and active right up until delivery.

Pregnancy Massage

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.

At Sports & Spinal we have a special pregnancy massage cushion, enabling Mums-to-be to be massaged while laying on their stomach. Our massage therapists use a specialised massage oil blend to massage your entire body focusing on the areas that most need work.

All initial massages are charged at 50% off – contact your local clinic to book in otday!

Postnatal Follow-Up

A Pelvic Floor check is an essential part of your post-natal recovery and is highly recommended prior to returning to exercise to prevent any long term complications. Our Physiotherapists work closely with our Exercise Physiologist to ensure new mums are building their pelvic floor strength as well as their general strength and fitness to support their lifestyles and health and fitness goals. We also offer specific post natal ‘Active Mums’ strengthening classes which achieve all of the above in a supportive class environment, where little ones are welcome!

The term ‘pelvic floor’ refers to the group of muscles that sit at the base of the pelvis. Their job is to provide support to the pelvic organs; bladder, vagina, uterus and rectum, as well as maintain continence.

The pelvic floor muscles can become weakened during pregnancy and childbirth, but they are can also be affected by constipation, a chronic cough and repetitive heavy lifting. Menopause can also influence how these muscles work.

Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine. There are several different types of incontinence.

Stress Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with exercise, coughing, sneezing or movement such as rolling bed or standing from a chair.

Urge Urinary Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of urine with the urge to go to the toilet. People often describe this as ‘not quite making it in time!’

Fecal Incontinence refers to the involuntary loss of stool; liquid or formed.

The term prolapse refers to any movement of the pelvic organs from their original position. Prolapse is commonly seen in women following childbirth but can happen at any stage during a woman’s life. Common symptoms include feelings of bulging or heaviness in the vagina or anus, difficulty emptying the bladder and/or bowel and difficulty keeping a tampon in.

If you are in need of  Women's Health Physiotherapy services, contact us and see how we can help today!

Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Caloundra Dietitian

Dietitian @ Caloundra Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Caloundra is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We can be found on the corner of Minchinton Street & Ormuz Avenue in suite 4 of the building ‘Trinity House’, with Ochre Health Caloundra, and Spinal & Sports Medicine Caloundra.

Dietitians are expert health professionals trained on Diet and Nutrition. Our Dietitians aim is to assist in a person’s journey to reaching optimal health through food and nutrition.

Sports & Spinal’s Dietitians have many roles including;

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

Our fully qualified Dietitians are dedicated to providing you with the best possible level of care. Our experts will get to the source of your symptoms working with you to address your goals and prescribe dietary treatments for many conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancers, gastro-intestinal diseases and obesity. We will always keep you informed and involved in the management of your health journey. Our Dietitians are registered with The Dietitians Association of Australia. Health fund rebates and bulk-billing are available.

Dietitian @ Sports & Spinal Caloundra features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Caloundra clinic is a popular choice for Dietetics as well as Physiotherapy.

Meet the team @ Caloundra

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Tarni Sanewski

Dietitian

Tarni is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving health, promoting recovery and preventing disease by inspiring healthy diet and lifestyle choices using a patient-centred approach. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Tarni has since had clinical experience working with acute cardiac and respiratory patients in hospital. Special interest areas include rehabilitation, weight management, cardiovascular disease, gut health and sports nutrition.

Outside of work, Tarni enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, exploring new places, drawing and photography. She is always experimenting with new foods, recipes and keeping up to date with the latest research in nutrition and dietetics.

Tarni is available for Dietetic appointments at our Caloundra, Buderim, Kawana, Redcliffe and North Lakes locations

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Our consults will involve making a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the client’s diet and health background. This will be paired with current lifestyle habits to provide evidence based and practical advice to suit the individual. By helping our patients to set their own nutrition goals and developing useful strategies to implement in everyday life, we can help to make realistic changes to their lifestyles.

Our Dietitian can help you to understand:

  • The relationship between the food that you eat and your health
  • The link between your diet and managing certain diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes

Provide practical, individualised and evidence-based advice on your diet.

Diabetes and Weight Management:

  • Teamed with our fantastic exercise physiology team at sports and spinal, we can help you to achieve your nutrition goals for diabetes management and weight management

Other areas covered:

  • cardiovascular disease (high blood pressure, high cholesterol)
  • weight loss
  • weight gain- for those who struggle to put weight on
  • gastrointestinal issues: constipation/diarrhoea/bloating
  • diverticulosis
  • osteoporosis
  • iron deficiency

What is Diabetes? 

Type 2 Diabetes is a disorder characterised by high blood sugar levels due to the ineffectiveness or lack of, the hormone insulin. There are a number of things which can contribute to you developing diabetes, including a poor diet, sedentary lifestyle and having a family history of diabetes.  

How can a Dietitian help people with Diabetes?

When we look at monitoring and managing diabetes, diet is a major component which has a very big impact on your short- and long-term diabetes management.  There is a lot of information available about your diet which makes it crucial to ensure you are getting reliable and accurate information to enhance your health!  

Put your health in our hands! You can relax, learn and be assured, that you are getting the most up-to-date, evidence-based information and guidance.

If you are after more information on Diabetes we suggest you look at the Diabetes Queensland website.

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) ?

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

How can a Dietitian help people with IBS?

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

How can a Dietitian help people with Weight Management?

Losing weight is a confusing task in today’s world! There is so much information available on different food products, what we should & shouldn’t eat and what new diet is taking over as the latest craze. It is important not to put your body in harm’s way and to ensure you are only taking on advice which is evidence-based and accurate. Achieving a healthy weight is important to reduce your risk of many co-morbidities such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease etc. It is also important to make sure you do so in a healthy way by making small, sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle. Our dietitians can help you to set achievable goals and work with you to determine strategies which are going to work for you!

Caloundra Sports & Spinal can be found at Suite 4, Trinity House, Cnr Minchinton St & Ormuz Ave, Caloundra QLD 4551

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Why Do Cross Fit Injuries Occur? Written by Cassie Kennett

Written by Cassie Kennett, Sports & Spinal's Cross Fit Enthusiast and Physiotherapist. 

Why do CrossFit injuries occur??

Firstly, what is CrossFit?

For those of you that have not yet joined the CrossFit ‘cult’, CrossFit is a form of exercise that incorporates rapid and successive high-intensity ballistic movements from the likes of gymnastics, Olympic lifting and powerlifting, with just a few other functional movements incorporated. Due to the higher intensity and very technical movements, Crossfitters can be prone to injury. More specifically, injuries are believed to occur due to a few very common reasons.

Reason a) Advanced movements attempted by not so advanced athletes (i.e. technique, and more importantly, technique under load)

Reason b) Inconsistency of training

Reason c) Poor core strength and stability

Reason d) Spike in volume and load of training /weights

Now, this can affect anyone. I see it most commonly in newbies and in competitors.

Typically, people new to the sport represent the largest population of injury. However, they are generally of a larger body mass and do not have a background in gymnastics or Olympic lifting – which is a major component of the sport. These movements are very technical and can take weeks-months-years to master and perform in WOD, so don’t rush it. Take it slow and use only the bar/stick to the progressions until you and your coach are comfortable in moving up in weights and/or movements. Now, I’m not trying to scare off any potential new crossfitters reading this, so read on to find out how best to avoid injury when starting.

Inconsistent training is another risk factor for injury. The individuals that can only make 1-2 sessions a week/fortnight have less of a chance at mastering the movements and being able to RX the workouts. This, as well as the potential deconditioning that comes with inconsistent training, can make them more prone to injury. CrossFit workouts typically involve high reps, heavyweights all completed as fast as possible - not the best combination for sporadic training.

Core strength and stability is imperative for not only all lifts in CrossFit but in all positions under load. Think about it. Which of these two positions looks better? If you picked A, you’ve just saved yourself from a potential back injury. Knowledge of and use of core strength in all movements will not only improve technique, but it will also help prevent injury. This ‘rib flare’ is a common mistake that overextends/overarches the back which is a loss of core engagement and control, which ultimately protects the back.

Conversely, competitors, whose technique is usually on point, are more likely to become injured when there is a sudden increase in load and volume of training. – i.e. training for a comp, undertaking a new program or starting CompTrain (check it out, you won’t be disappointed). Weights increase, accessory work takes a step back, and hours at the gym increase.

There is a training continuum, if you will, that depicts a training: rest ratio that is optimal for the sport of CrossFit. Typically, gyms will program 6 days per weeks to cater for everyone’s schedule. This does not mean that to be ultimately fit, you have to train for 1-2hrs 6 days a week. No. This is put in purely to give people options. A training regime that allows one day off during the week – i.e. train Mon-Wed, rest Thurs and train Fri-Sat is an optimal training schedule as it allows recovery during the week which not only promotes rest for the body (trust me, you need it) but rests for the mind. However, other recommendations made by CFL1 courses state that a 5on, 2 off training roster is also beneficial. People that train above this recommendation risk injury.  While they may progress quickly at the beginning, eventually the volume catches up to them in the form of an injury.

Now don’t get me wrong, injuries in this sport is not a particularly common thing, and won’t happen to everyone. There are definitely ways to avoid injury, however, as in any sport, it still happens. The best way to avoid injuries is to:

  1. Start off slowly with VERY lightweight (if you’re a beginner)
  2. Focus on getting the technique right first (leave your ego at the door – there’s no need to lift heavy weight if you cannot do the movement)
  3. Have rest days and work on mobility. Yes, mobility.

The most common injuries seen are in the low back, shoulders, knees and wrists. Unless people have come from a gymnastics/weightlifting background, they can come across these when beginning CrossFit. These will be covered in the next couple of blog entries.

So what do we do about these injuries??

See your Physiotherapist!

At Coolum, Cass is a CrossFitter herself and is able to design a rehab program based around CrossFit movements and goals. She is also able to provide advice regarding technique and progressive loading to rehabilitate current and prevent future injury. 


Coolum Psychology

Psychology @ Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

We believe that a strong relationship between client and therapist is the foundation through which a client will progress towards their therapeutic and life goals.  Psychology @ Sports & Spinal offer a range of flexible service delivery options to suit your needs

We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Psychology as well as Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage in the heart of Coolum.

Booking can be made online or contacting our clinic directly, we do not require a referral from your GP to get booked in however to see our clinical psychologist under the Mental Health Care Plan by Medicare you will need to see your GP, the process starts with your GP preparing a Mental Health Care Plan which you then bring to your first appointment. A Mental Health Care Plan is not required to receive a rebate from your private health fund.

Meet our Psychologist @ Coolum

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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from the University of Queensland. Domonique has a diverse range of experience working in mental health including mental health case management, performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support), substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Domonique is available for Psychology appointments at Maroochydore and Coolum

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Coolum

Coolum Sports & Spinal

Coolum Sports and Spinal Physio is located in beautiful Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast. You can find us at 19 Birtwill Street, on the first floor of the building ‘Matlow Place’,  conveniently located near Peregian Beach, Yandina, and Mudjimba.

Sports & Spinal Coolum clinic features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Coolum clinic is a popular choice for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, PsychologyHydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Sports & Spinal also have telehealth consultations available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide. Our telehealth platform enables allied health Practitioners to use telehealth for secure video consultations and live exercise demonstrations. Our Telehealth consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailed treatment plan to help reach their health goals. To find out more about Telehealth click here.

Meet the team @ Coolum

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gemma Egan

Exercise Physiologist

Gemma has a strong belief that living an active healthy lifestyle improves both longevity and quality of life. She has completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Science and has gained accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist (AEP).

Gemma has developed a passion for spinal rehabilitation and improving quality of life for those suffering from lower back pain. She has also worked with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to musculoskeletal injuries, obesity, diabetes, heart conditions and osteoarthritis.

Gemma has a strong focus on prescribing programs that are individually tailored and that can be self-managed for future health and fitness.

Gemma is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Coolum and Sippy Downs location.

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Brad Jobson

Exercise Physiologist

Brad has extensive experience in chronic disease management including cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management and specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis . He also specialises in Musculoskeletal conditions including back pain and upper and lower limb pain. Assessments and exercise rehab are conducted in the clinic’s own gym which is purpose built for rehabilitation. Brad’s hobbies include  surfing and running.

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

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Tarin Cowley

Exercise Physiologist

Tarin has been practising as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist since 2013 and recently relocated to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney. Tarin finds great reward in being able to provide exercise interventions and education that assist people with chronic conditions to lead a better life, whether it be by improving their confidence and daily functioning, pain management, feeling ‘fitter’ or for athletes, competing at their optimum capacity. Tarin has experience in a range of clinical settings, which allows her to constantly challenge herself to develop innovative exercises and lifestyle modification interventions for people seeking advice for the management of their conditions.
Tarin has also recently taken up studying again, this time in medicine.

Tarin is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our Coolum location.

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Sophie Lewis

Exercise Physiologist

Sophie is passionate about all things Womens Health! This includes Pre- and Post-natal exercise, as well as specific exercise prescription for Osteoporosis, Menopause and Pelvic Health. Sophie strives to be a positive role model and believes that exercise has the potential to improve all aspects of health including physical, mental and social health. Sophie will help you achieve your goals with an individualised treatment plan and exercise prescription. She believes that exercise should be a fun and enjoyable part of everyday life so she will take time to educate you on the multiple benefits of a sustainable healthy lifestyle.

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

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Dan Ford

Remedial Massage Therapist

Dan has been a practising remedial massage therapist for 9 years and loves seeing the difference that himself and massage can make to the health and well-being of others. Dan’s background is as a health & fitness educator at TAFE, so he brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience as an educator and therapist.

As well as deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, and various other traditional massage techniques, Dan has a special interest in chronic pain. structural alignment and lymphatic massage. He incorporates gentle stretching within massage treatments to balance posture and functional alignment. This approach aids in a speedy recovery from injury and feels fantastic.

Dan tailors treatments specifically to each client’s individual needs. He is a caring therapist and aims to ensure a safe, effective and positive outcome for each and every treatment.

Dan is available for Remedial Massage appointments at our Coolum location.

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Mish Thurlow

Remedial Massage Therapist

Mish believes in creating a safe space to facilitate healing, strength, balance, and serenity in the body and mind through a variety of Remedial Massage techniques. Her background includes a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Yoga Teaching and a Certificate 3 & 4 in Fitness and completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at DEMI International on the Sunshine Coast. Mish is committed to personal development and is continuously improving her skill set in order to better serve her clients. She has always had a passion for uplifting the lives of others through movement, health, and wellbeing. Mish loves providing high-quality service and works with you to create the most optimal and individualized treatment plan to help meet your specific goals.

Mish is available for Remedial Massage appointments at the Coolum location

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Jaryd Cowley

Remedial Massage Therapist

Jarryd has over 10 years of experience as a Remedial Massage Therapist and during that time, Jarryd has worked with a range of clients, from world-class and Olympic athletes to the weekend warriors. As an ex-track and field athlete and coach, Jarryd has a passion for encouraging people to be the best they can be.

Jarryd enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his 2 Rhodesian Ridgebacks (the boys), bush walks, beach runs and camping.

 

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Tim Boyle

Podiatrist

Tim graduated from the Queensland University of Technology as a Podiatrist in 2006. He has gained valuable experience over the last eight years working in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic. Within this setting, Tim had the pleasure of working alongside medical & allied health professionals including Sports Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists.

Tim enjoys a broad scope of podiatry including sports injuries of the lower limb, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, orthotic therapy, footwear assessments and recommendations, diabetic foot assessments and treatment of conditions of the toenails and skin.  Tim is particularly passionate about running biomechanics and footwear advice/prescription, a special interest that commenced through his strong interest in athletics and involvement in the footwear industry.

Over the years Tim has treated a number of senior and junior athletes from a range of different sports, including 2 years treating both the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Roar youth teams.

Tim is a sports enthusiast himself having been involved in a number of sports from a young age competing at a state level in Athletics and Basketball.

“I see that working in a strong multi-disciplinary team ensure the best treatment and outcome for my patients”

Tim is available for Podiatry appointments at our Buderim, Maroochydore, Nambour and Sippy Downs locations.

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Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Ricki-lee is passionate about supporting and empowering clients to achieve their health-related goals. Since graduating with an Honours in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Ricki-lee has obtained experience across a variety of sectors including private hospitals, aged care facilities, private practice, and specialist teams. Ricki-lee applies a patient-centred approach to enable clients to overcome health barriers and facilitate diet and lifestyle independence.  Ricki-lee has special interests in adult and childhood obesity, bariatrics and disability.

Outside of work, Ricki-lee enjoys rock climbing, spending time with family and friends and experimenting in the kitchen.

Ricki-Lee is available for Dietitian appointments at our Buderim, Nambour, Maroochydore and Coolum locations.

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Domonique Doyle

Psychologist

Domonique is a performance psychologist who has received a Master of Psychology (Sport and Exercise) from the University of Queensland. Domonique has a diverse range of experience working in mental health including mental health case management, performance psychologist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and several sports academies, spinal cord injury, NDIS, work cover, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and general psychological counselling and services.

Domonique is passionate about helping clients improve their quality of life and achieve goals in a safe and heard environment through face-to-face, telehealth, and/or video platform.

Without restricting to any presenting issue, Domonique welcomes all enquiries for therapy with a special interest in depression and anxiety, athlete wellbeing, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) support, work cover (including pain and injury support), substance use, LBTIQ+, and general counselling.

Domonique is available for Psychology appointments at Maroochydore and Coolum

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Coolum Sports & Spinal can be found at Level 2, Matlow Place, 19 Birtwill Street, Coolum Beach QLD 4573

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Caloundra

Caloundra Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy

Sports & Spinal Physio Caloundra is located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. We can be found on the corner of Minchinton Street & Ormuz Avenue in suite 4 of the building ‘Trinity House’, with Ochre Health Caloundra, and Spinal & Sports Medicine Caloundra.

Sports & Spinal Caloundra features on-site car parking. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Caloundra clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy.

Sports & Spinal also have telehealth consultations available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide. Our telehealth platform enables allied health Practitioners to use telehealth for secure video consultations and live exercise demonstrations. Our Telehealth consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailed treatment plan to help reach their health goals. To find out more about Telehealth click here.

Meet the team @ Caloundra

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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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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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Caloundra Sports & Spinal can be found at Suite 4, Trinity House, Cnr Minchinton St & Ormuz Ave, Caloundra QLD 4551

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Buderim

Buderim Sports & Spinal

Sports & Spinal Physio Buderim is located in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The practice is situated at 120 King Street on the corner of King Street & Bairnsdale East Street, conveniently located near Mountain Creek and Forest Glen.

Buderim Sports & Spinal features on-site car parking as well as an onsite gym with Pilates equipment. We’re NDIS registered, and Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims are available. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. Modern, clean and inviting, your local Buderim clinic is a popular choice for Sunshine Coast residents looking for Physiotherapy, Pilates, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics, Hydrotherapy, Group Gym Classes and Remedial Massage.

Sports & Spinal also have telehealth consultations available for Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietitian, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy and Psychology for clients Australia-wide. Our telehealth platform enables allied health Practitioners to use telehealth for secure video consultations and live exercise demonstrations. Our Telehealth consultations will continue to deliver the same outstanding level of care as our in-clinic services, where our experienced clinicians will provide a tailed treatment plan to help reach their health goals. To find out more about Telehealth click here.

Buderim Sports and Spinal Physiotherapy has also been recognised for the quality and safety of their service with the award of accreditation by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP). QIP is Australia’s most comprehensive not-for-profit accreditation organisation, dedicated to delivering accreditation and support services to a diverse range of organisations including physiotherapy practices, diagnostic imaging services, dental practices and community services.

Meet the team @ Buderim

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tenikka Mogno

Exercise Physiologist

Tenikka completed her Clinical Exercise Science Degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast with a passion to help people manage their chronic disease or injury through evidence-based exercise prescription and education. Tenikka has a special interest in working with people with Type 2 Diabetes, osteoporosis, and low back pain. Her positive and welcoming attitude makes you feel at ease through your journey of recovery and a healthier lifestyle.

Tenikka has gained experience running cardiac, diabetes and hydrotherapy group classes and throughout her final year of study worked closely with paraplegics, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

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

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Cheyne Lee

Exercise Physiologist

Cheyne completed a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she discovered how exercise can truly be medicine. She finds joy in helping people improve their independence and lead happier, healthier lives with their loved ones. With her warm and bubbly personality, she will ensure you feel supported and empowered to achieve your health goals through a holistic, evidence-based approach.

Cheyne has experience in the prevention and management of osteoporosis/osteopenia and has special interests in individualised exercise prescription for chronic health conditions such as cardiac and metabolic diseases as well as neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Additionally, Cheyne runs hydrotherapy sessions and is also a qualified Pilates instructor, delivering Core Strength Mobility (CSM) classes.

Cheyne is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Buderim & Kawana clinics.

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Dianne O’Donnell

Remedial Massage Therapist

Di has worked for Sports and Spinal since 2008, and every day she sees the real benefits of a regular soft deep tissue massage. She has always been passionate about her work: treating sports injuries, pregnancy massages and pre and post-surgery treatments.

Di has a special interest in deep tissue, relaxation, trigger point therapy and lymphatic massages. She also has a keen interest in neck and back injuries but enjoys treating all areas of the body.

Di works alongside every physio at Sports & Spinal to assist in a patient’s recovery to a life of better health. Di believes it doesn’t matter how old you are or your level of fitness, everyone will benefit from a remedial massage.

Di is available for Remedial Massage appointments at our Buderim location.

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Tarni Sanewski

Dietitian

Tarni is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who is passionate about improving health, promoting recovery and preventing disease by inspiring healthy diet and lifestyle choices using a patient-centred approach. Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics, Tarni has since had clinical experience working with acute cardiac and respiratory patients in hospital. Special interest areas include rehabilitation, weight management, cardiovascular disease, gut health and sports nutrition.

Outside of work, Tarni enjoys hiking, climbing mountains, exploring new places, drawing and photography. She is always experimenting with new foods, recipes and keeping up to date with the latest research in nutrition and dietetics.

Tarni is available for Dietetic appointments at our Caloundra, Buderim, Kawana, Redcliffe and North Lakes locations

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Tim Boyle

Podiatrist

Tim graduated from the Queensland University of Technology as a Podiatrist in 2006. He has gained valuable experience over the last eight years working in a multidisciplinary sports medicine clinic. Within this setting, Tim had the pleasure of working alongside medical & allied health professionals including Sports Doctors, Physiotherapists, and Massage Therapists.

Tim enjoys a broad scope of podiatry including sports injuries of the lower limb, biomechanical assessments, gait analysis, orthotic therapy, footwear assessments and recommendations, diabetic foot assessments and treatment of conditions of the toenails and skin.  Tim is particularly passionate about running biomechanics and footwear advice/prescription, a special interest that commenced through his strong interest in athletics and involvement in the footwear industry.

Over the years Tim has treated a number of senior and junior athletes from a range of different sports, including 2 years treating both the Brisbane Roar and Brisbane Roar youth teams.

Tim is a sports enthusiast himself having been involved in a number of sports from a young age competing at a state level in Athletics and Basketball.

“I see that working in a strong multi-disciplinary team ensure the best treatment and outcome for my patients”

Tim is available for Podiatry appointments at our Buderim, Maroochydore, Nambour and Sippy Downs locations.

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Ainslee O'Connell

Podiatrist

Ainslee graduated from Charles Sturt University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) and has been working in private practice since.

Ainslee completed her honours research in the biomechanical field, with her paper ‘The effect of dynamic movement tasks on the restrictive properties of rigid strapping tape’, being presented at the 2019 Australian Podiatry Conference. With a passion for all things lower limb, Ainslee has a special interest in musculoskeletal conditions, biomechanics, injury prevention and footwear prescription/advice. Outside of Podiatry Ainslee is a keen netballer and enjoys all things sport related.

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Buderim Sports & Spinal can be found at: 120 King Street Buderim 4556

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Parking @ Buderim

Buderim Sports & Spinal has 11 car parks located on site. Turn into Bairnsdale East St behind the building. If these parks are full there is overflow street parking nearby.

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