Our People

Meet the team at Physiotas

Geoff Haberle

Geoff is a Director of Physiotas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2002.

Geoff has a special interest in treating neck pain, headaches and lower back problems. He also has an interest in basketball, working with local athletes and providing expertise to local teams.

Geoff has been with Physiotas for 10 years as one of the Principal Physiotherapists. Over this time he has been instrumental in the development and growth of Physiotas to become the leading physiotherapy practice in the north of Tasmania.

About Geoff

Gareth Bell

Gareth is a Director of Physiotas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 1997. After spending almost a year backpacking around Australia he and his wife Jo emigrated to Tasmania in 2002.

Gareth opened the current Physiotas practice in Ulverstone in Feb 2013. Gareth holds a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in Melbourne. His professional interests include; neck pain and headache assessment and treatment; treatment of vertigo, dizziness and vestibular rehabilitation, spinal pain, knee rehabilitation and dry needling.

His personal interests revolve around family life in one of the most wonderful places in the world – North West Tasmania.

About Gareth

Ryan Carroll

Ryan is a Director of Physiotas and an APA Sports Physiotherapist. He studied his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of Queensland.  Ryan then worked for a year in a hospital before moving to Tasmania to join the clinic. He returned to Queensland for a while to complete his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University. During this time his studies included stints at Richmond Football Club and the AIS.

Having lived and worked in Tasmania for over 10 years, Ryan now regards himself as a local! Ryan’s professional interests include sports injuries, adolescent/junior sport injuries, knee and ankle/foot injuries.  He is involved with Basketball Australia ADC, the North West Thunder Basketball Club, Tennis Australia ProTour and the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.

Ryan’s personal interests include spending time with family and friends, running, cycling, mountain biking and surfing.

About Ryan

Ben Brockman

Ben studied a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania and joined the team at Physiotas as an Exercise Physiologist in 2011. Ben is an advocate for exercise and the important role it can play in improving the health of our communities. His clinical interests include the exercise based management of chronic health conditions, particularly Diabetes and Osteoporosis.

Ben also has a strong interest in running biomechanics and how gait retraining can be used to aid recovery from injury and enhance performance. Ben is also a Level 2 Recreational Running Coach. He is a committee member for the Tasmanian branch of Exercise and Sport Science Tasmania.

Ben is the Event Director of the Devonport Parkrun and enjoys competing in distance running events.

About Ben

Chloe Medwin

Chloe completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus in 2016 and started working at Physiotas in early 2017. Chloe enjoys the diversity of ages and conditions that private practice physiotherapy offers.

Chloe is qualified in DMA Clinical Pilates, and takes classes in both the Ulverstone and Devonport clinics. Chloe has also completed her certificate in Dry Needling for sports and spinal conditions, and regularly implements this into her practice.

Chloe has a specific interest in women’s health, and has completed additional training in urinary incontinence, prolapse management, pelvic pain, pregnancy and post-natal physiotherapy.

A self-confessed ‘foodie’, Chloe likes to visit local cafes and bake desserts in her spare time.

About Chloe

Dale Jones

Since Graduating from the University of Queensland in 1992 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Dale has completed a Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Dysfunction at the University of Melbourne. Dale is passionate about supporting and helping people with pelvic floor dysfunction including men, women and children presenting with issues of urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pelvic pain.

Although Dale now living in Mackay, Queensland, she commutes back to Devonport every three months to maintain a pelvic floor service for the North West coast.  Dale has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Divinity and a Graduate Diploma in Counselling.

About Dale

Daniel Yeo

Dan has been working at Physiotas since graduating from Monash University with Honours in 2011. He has undertaken further professional development in the acute management and rehabilitation of sporting and spinal injuries, as well as dry needling and Clinical Pilates.

Dan is involved in the Clinical Pilates/Clinical Exercise Groups and Workplace Health programs at Physiotas. Dan has worked with a variety of local and interstate sporting clubs including Devonport FC, Tassie Mariners and Soccer TAS. His professional interests include Clinical Pilates, sports and spinal injuries, post-operative rehabilitation and dry needling.

In his spare time, Dan enjoys working out, hiking and all things coffee.

About Daniel

Dinah Spratt

Dinah has a special interest in the management of spinal and chronic pain conditions. She has worked in an advanced scope role for an orthopaedic spinal surgeon diagnosing and managing spinal patients conservatively and pre and post operatively. Dinah has a Masters of Science in Medicine on Pain Management (MScMed(PnMgt)) from the Sydney University, and is an APA Pain Physiotherapist.

Dinah gives regular talks entitled ‘Chronic pain from a biopsychosocial perspective’ for patients, and is involved in presenting talks to GPs on this subject. She is based in the Physiotas Shearwater clinic.

About Dinah

Jacob Glover

Jacob graduated from Griffith University before starting at Physiotas. In 2017 Jacob completed his Musculoskeletal Masters of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University, and enjoys keeping up to date with current clinical practices.

Jacob’s main areas of clinical interest include spinal, hip, groin and  knee conditions.

His interests outside of Physiotherapy include soccer, surfing, technology/gaming, and more recently mountain biking and snow boarding!

About Jacob

Liam Williams

Liam graduated from the University of Queensland with honours in 2016. Liam’s areas of professional interest include all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. He recently traveled away with the Queensland under 18 men’s hockey squad as the team Physiotherapist for their national carnival.

His personal interests include spending time with friends and family, as well as playing football.

About Liam

Lisa Sanderson

Lisa qualified as a physiotherapist from the University of East London in 1999. She spent the first 7 years of her career in the NHS before emigrating to Tasmania in 2006. Prior to working at Physiotas Lisa worked in the acute hospital sector in clinical and managerial roles, where she developed her special interest in lung conditions and Parkinson’s disease.

Lisa began working at Physiotas in 2012, providing general musculoskeletal physiotherapy and lung and Parkinson’s disease management. Lisa has appointments available in our Shearwater and Ulverstone clinics.

About Lisa

Lisel Pearson

Lisel graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has been working at Physiotas since 1994 when the practice started. Lisel currently facilitates our Clinical Pilates groups at our Shearwater clinic on a Tuesday. She aims to make these groups effective and fun for those attending.

Lisel spends the rest of her week being a mum to her four children and enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, walking along the beach, travelling with her family and spending time with friends.

About Lisel

Megan Clark

Megan has 13 years experience working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy since completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours in 2005. She has a keen interest in the field of Pain Management (acute and chronic) which she developed whilst working as a physiotherapist in the United Kingdom in an occupational pain management rehabilitation setting.

Megan has completed her Master’s in Pain Management at Sydney University and is an APA titled Pain Physiotherapist. She  enjoys helping people move and feel better and she is passionate about assisting people to discover which of the many different strategies and techniques available that can help with their recovery.

 

About Megan

Renae Kelly

Renae has a Masters of Physiotherapy and a Bachelor of Exercise Science.  Renae works at both our Devonport and Ulverstone clinics and her professional interests include musculoskeletal injuries (particularly sporting injuries) and Clinical Pilates.

Renae’s personal interests include fishing, camping and cycling.

About Renae

Mick Brotja

Mick is a highly experienced Myotherapist of 11 years.  He has spent the majority of his professional career working in high performance teams in the world of elite sport.

For seven years Mick worked as the Head of Myotherapy at the Western Bulldogs Football Club (AFL).  In more recent times he has worked as the soft tissue co-ordinator for the Melbourne Rebels Rugby Union Club in the super rugby competition, as well as the game day Myotherapist for the Sydney Swans Football Club (AFL).

Mick has also spent the past three years working in a busy private practice in Melbourne.

A skilful practitioner, Mick’s passion is in the treatment of all sporting injuries from the elite level through to the every day athlete.

Outside of work, Mick enjoys playing basketball, going to the gym and chasing his two young sons.

Mick works from our Shearwater, Launceston and Ulverstone clinics.

About Mick

Robert Talbot

Robert studied a bachelor of Exercise Science, followed by Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology, at the University of Tasmania, completing his studies in 2017. He enjoys the amazing outcomes that exercise and activity can provide when done with the correct instruction and guidance.  He has a  specific interest in the role exercise has in the improvement of musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and metabolic health conditions.

 Rob has experience in fitness instruction, and in strength and conditioning coaching for football, basketball and netball teams.  He enjoys arranging personalised, graded activity programs for individual clients and running group exercise programs and he has a wealth of exercise knowledge ready for any level. 

Outside of work, Rob happily throws his hand to anything, most recently an addiction to mountain biking.

About Robert

Connor Parke

Connor studied physiotherapy at ACU in Brisbane and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Connor enjoys all aspects of musculoskeletal physiotherapy, with his main interests being the shoulder, spine and hip.

Whilst studying Connor spent time as a trainer across a number of sports including soccer, hockey and rugby.

In his free time Connor spends his time playing soccer and tennis. He also enjoys hiking, running, music and spending time with his friends.

About Connor

Jacci Whiteway

Jacci completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University’s Albury campus in 2018, and started working at PhysioTas in early 2019.

Her clinical areas of interest include: the ankle, knee, shoulder, post operative clients, and paediatrics.

Outside of Physiotherapy Jacci enjoys water sports, bush walking, snowboarding and playing touch football.

About Jacci

Marlii Stubbs

Marlii completed a Bachelor of Exercise at the University of Tasmania in 2018 before completing her Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology in 2019.

Marlii loves working with clients of all ages and watching how exercise can improve the quality of life of all individuals! She has a particular interest in assisting elderly clients with mobility and maintaining optimal health with age, but also enjoys pushing athletes to their best efforts. Marlii has a keen interest in working more with younger ages, particularly children, to assist with setting them up for best health outcomes throughout adulthood.

Outside of her practitioner life, she enjoys keeping active through group fitness, soccer and her long time passion of dance!

About Marlii

Joseph McCormack

Joe is a Director of Physiotas and a Masters of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist. Joe has a special interest in sporting hip and groin pain, as well as knee injuries in junior sports people.

Joe is about to complete his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy which has had the opportunity to work in elite cycling at the 2019 Tour de France and Australian Hockey Masters programs. He currently looks after the AFL Tasmania Devils and works with Football Federation Tasmania.

Joe is an avid triathlete who you will find running and riding along the streets of Launceston most days.

About Joseph

Lia Giovanovits

Lia is a Director of Physiotas, a Specialist Sports Exercise Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2018), and a titled APA Sports Physiotherapist.

Lia has a Masters in both Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, and an Honours degree in Physiotherapy from the University of London. She is also a fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists, and part of the medical network for the Tasmanian Institute of Sport.

Lia is the clinical leader at our Launceston clinic, and has worked under leading UK Sports and Orthopaedic physiotherapists at Oxford and Nottingham. Lia has also worked with elite athletes across many sports, including the Austraian Rowing Team (’09-’13), Canadian Women’s Rowing Team (’13-’14), the Australian Para cycling team in the lead up to the Rio Olympics, and she volunteered at the London Olympics.

Lia has also presented at various physiotherapy courses and General Practitioner education days.

Lia has a special interest in hip, ankle and knee injuries (especially patellofemoral and ligament injuries), and the management of injuries in cyclists, runners and rowers.

Lia has competed in many sports including swimming, rowing, cycling, triathlon and hockey.

About Lia

Sally McLaine

Sally is an APA Sports Physiotherapist with a special interest in sports injuries and the shoulder. After studying and working in Melbourne, Sally moved to Tasmania and then achieved the Sports Physiotherapy title in Perth, W.A. She is a member of Sports Medicine Australia and Shoulder & Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia.

Sally teaches at the University of Tasmania and completed her PhD thesis: “Shoulder strength, scapular position and pain in young swimmers” in 2019.

Working at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and with several sports teams has been among her career highlights.

Sally also has a passion for running and has completed (and enjoyed!) a marathon in every Australian state!

About Sally

Annabel Gibson

Originally from Launceston, Annabel spent time completing her Physiotherapy degree in South Australia. Annabel has a special interest in sports injuries and has worked with many leading sports physiotherapists throughout South Australia. Having rowed at an elite level, Annabel now works with athletes in the lead up to their competitions.

Annabel is transitioning into the triathlon and running scene with the hope of completing Half Ironman events!

About Annabel

Nathan Philip

Nathan relocated back to Tasmania after completing a Master of Physiotherapy degree at the University of South Australia. Nathan also has a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree from the University of Tasmania, where he gained a wealth of experience in exercise prescription and technique.

Nathan is a current committee member of the Sports Physiotherapy Australia group and is also an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Nathan began his professional career by working at Cricket Tasmania as an elite strength and conditioning coach. Nathan is the current North Launceston Football Clubs head physio and has also worked with state level rugby teams as well as the North Melbourne AFLW team.

Nathan works full time at the Launceston clinic. His interest areas are neck pain, headaches, jaw pain, sporting leg injuries and hand/wrist injuries.

Outside of work Nathan enjoys playing cricket, watching local sport and he is also a keen surfer.

About Nathan

Heather Cooper

Heather is a postgraduate APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a background in Exercise and Sports Science. Her areas of expertise include tendinopathy, shoulders, children’s and adult sports injuries, Pilates, and exercise management of osteoporosis.

As a trained Pilate’s practitioner Heather has a strong focus on exercise based active rehabilitation, assisting clients recover from acute and chronic injuries. Heather instructs some of our weekly Clinical Pilates classes, in addition to the rehabilitation class. Heather has recently completed further training in the management of shoulder injuries, in particularly rotator cuff tears and tendinopathy, as well as tendinopathies of the upper and lower limbs.

Heather enjoys an active lifestyle.  Her favourite activities include running, cycling, bush walking, gardening and yoga.

About Heather

Laura Downie

Laura is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science, and Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology at University of Tasmania.

Since graduating, Laura has gained experience in chronic disease management, strength and conditioning, community health programs, sleep studies and respiratory technician services. Laura is passionate about exercise and the role it plays in the management and prevention of various conditions. She has a specific interest in bone density management, as well as establishing graded exercise programs for those with chronic fatigue and auto-immune conditions.

Laura has devoted over 12 years to her own athletics training, aiming to transition into a coaching role in the near future.

About Laura

Tayla Burk

Tayla completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Tasmania in 2015 followed by a Master of Physiotherapy at Flinders University in 2017. As a graduate, Tayla worked in paediatric neurorehabilitation before moving back to Tasmania.

Tayla enjoys educating and empowering others on how to manage their health. She is interested in a range of musculoskeletal areas of physiotherapy, in particular paediatrics and surgical rehabilitation.

In her spare time Tayla enjoys being outdoors and playing the violin.

About Tayla

Fiona Tilsley

Fiona is an APA member with a special interest in hand injuries and splinting.

After studying and working in Perth, Western Australia, Fiona moved to Tasmania.  She has gained a wide range of experience in Hobart and Launceston public and private hospitals, and private practice.

In her spare time Fiona is a keen tennis player, bushwalker and gardener.

About Fiona

Natalie Claudio

Natalie graduated as a Remedial Massage Therapist in December 2010 and is a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia. She provides high quality remedial massage services for a diverse range of clients, working within a dynamic team of allied health professionals.

Natalie offers deep tissue, sports massage, trigger point therapy, muscle energy techniques, pregnancy massage, integrative fascial release, joint mobilisation, corporate and relaxation massage. She also assists patients with meditation techniques for health and well being.

About Natalie

Monique Clark

Monique relocated from Launceston to study Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. Following this she worked at the Launceston General Hospital, gaining experience in rehabilitation and post operative physiotherapy.

Monique is interested in a range of musculoskeletal areas of physiotherapy including sports injuries, Pilates and women’s health including pelvic floor, continence and prolapse.

Outside of work Monique has a keen interest in fitness taking part in local fun runs, triathlons, rowing and surfing in her spare time.

About Monique

Ross Matton-Johnson

Ross completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at UTAS, followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia. He has spent the majority of the last six years in musculoskeletal private practice, with a short stint as a senior musculoskeletal physiotherapist at the Launceston General Hospital.

Ross has now returned to private practice with a wealth of experience. He has a particular interest in blending strength and condition concepts, and modern pain science, to help people take control of persistent problems. Ross has also upskilled as a vesitbular physiotherapist, being able to treat vertigo and dizziness, post-concussion syndromes, whiplash associated disorders and headaches.

Outside of work Ross is a keen volleyball player at the Launceston Volleyball Club, and ‘has his hands full’ with three young children.

 

 

About Ross

Amy Whitney

Amy returned to her hometown of Launceston after completing a Master of Physiotherapy degree at the University of South Australia in 2018. Prior to this she completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Tasmania in 2015.

Amy has spent time as a football sports trainer, as well as coaching junior netball and touch football teams. She has an interest in a range of musculoskeletal areas of physiotherapy including sports injuries, pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation and paediatrics.

Amy’s interests outside of work include exploring the local mountain bike trails, spending time with her two dogs and playing netball, basketball and touch football.

About Amy

Roland Hanson

Roland is a Tasmanian local who studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW.

Roland is particularly interested in sporting injuries. Roly is an avid sports person who takes part in any sport he can find, but his favourites are AFL, basketball, surfing and snowboarding.

Roland also has an interest in chronic pain and has spent time working as a sports trainer.

About Roland

Milly Clark

Milly is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and provisional Sports Dietitian with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) and Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA). Since completing her masters degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney in 2015, Milly has worked with a range of clients, to assist them with meeting their varied nutritional goals. Her main goal when working with clients is to assist in seeing the bigger picture, instead of getting caught in the minor details. Through a nourishing and wholesome diet, people can lead healthier, happier and more balanced lifestyles.

Milly’s clinical experience includes weight management, diabetes, insulin resistance, food allergies/intolerances, hypertension, heart disease and other hormonal conditions such as adrenal fatigue and PCOS. Milly has always had a special interest in sports nutrition and food intolerances, working with endurance athletes and sports teams to assist with nutrition plans pre, post and during competition. More recently, Milly has begun independent research into the benefits and adaptations that occur following a lower carbohydrate diet to assist with a wide variety of clinical conditions.

Personally, Milly has a strong background in sports herself. She is a long-distance runner and ran her first marathon with a time of 2:29:07 (fastest ever Australian on debut) in 2015 to qualify for the Rio Olympics in 2016. She placed 17th at the Olympics and was first Australian to cross the line. Fittingly, she believes that “slow and steady wins the race” and takes such an approach when assisting clients in their own diet or lifestyle goals.

About Milly

Joshua Burk

Josh is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science, and with Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tasmania. Josh has experience in cardiac and metabolic health and previously worked in cardiac rehabilitation at Charles Clinic Heart Care.

Josh also has a special interest in musculoskeletal strengthening and pain management. In 2018 Josh completed an advanced musculoskeletal screening and assessment course, training him in the identification of structural and movement imbalances which often lead to impairment and injury.

In his own time, Josh enjoys playing football, hiking and mowing his lawn. Josh is passionate about helping others feel and move better by improving strength, mobility and function.

About Joshua