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 recently gained a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from La Trobe University. He is currently training to be an accredited practitioner of the Dr Dean Watson headache treatment approach. His professional interests include; neck pain and headache assessment and treatment; treatment of vertigo and dizziness; 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! He enjoys playing the guitar and practicing his main hobby – magic!

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 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, dry needling.

In his spare time Dan enjoys working with sporting teams, running, hiking, and playing tennis and hockey.

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 is currently studying a MSc in Medicine on Pain Management at Sydney University, which she will complete in 2018.

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

Kathryn Kohler

Kathryn graduated from Queensland University of Technology in 2012 as an Exercise Physiologist. Her clinical interests are neurological rehabilitation, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, and falls and balance training. She has undertaken further professional development in Parkinson’s disease and is a qualified PD Warrior instructor. She is also one of our group and individual Clinical Pilates instructors.

Kathryn enjoys exploring the great outdoors, hiking, mountain bike riding and participating in Clinical Pilates.

About Kathryn

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 completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours in 2005 and has been working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy ever since. Megan 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 is currently completing her Master’s in Pain Management at Sydney University and she contributes to various multidisciplinary pain management programs.

Her other main professional interests include occupational rehabilitation and Clinical Pilates.

About Megan

Rachel Sullivan

Rachel completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy through Charles Sturt University in 2014. Following graduation Rachel worked in private practice for two years in her home town of Orange, NSW, before moving to Tasmania in early 2017.

Rachel has completed post graduate study in mechanical diagnosis and therapy and is a Credentialed McKenzie Therapist. Rachel also has a special interest in Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapy and is a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Physiotherapist. Rachel has experienced firsthand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis can have on an individual, their family and friends, and is passionate about supporting others through this difficult journey.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys photography, running, hiking and travel.

About Rachel

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

Joseph McCormack

Joe is a Director of Physiotas. He grew up in Launceston and studied at UTAS and UNISA. Joe has a special interest in sporting hip and groin pain, as well as knee injuries across all age groups. Joe is about to complete his Masters of Sports Physiotherapy which has given him the opportunity to work with many elite and sub elite football and soccer teams. He worked with AFL TAS, Football Federation TAS and Hockey 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 is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Tasmania where she is investigating shoulder strength and pain in young swimmers. 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 is our newest physiotherapist to join the Physiotas team. Nathan has recently moved 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 has worked closely with top levels athletes while working at Cricket Tasmania as a strength and conditioning coach. Nathan has a particular interest in neck pain, headaches, sporting injuries (especially ball sports) and pediatrics.

Outside of work Nathan enjoys playing and watching sport on weekends 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 with Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology from the University of Tasmania. Since graduating Laura has worked primarily in chronic disease management. She has also worked as a respiratory technician.

Laura is passionate about exercise and the role it plays in the management and prevention of various conditions. She aims to work alongside clients to achieve their goals through tailored exercise programs designed for their needs.

Laura devotes her spare time to her own athletics training and to mentoring junior athletes.

About Laura

Lauren Shipp

Born in Tasmania Lauren studied at Sydney University, completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first class Honours in 2013.  Following this Lauren worked at a private rehabilitation hospital in Westmead, NSW, and spent a year working at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.

Lauren has an interest in all musculoskeletal areas of physiotherapy including sports injuries, paediatrics and post-surgical rehabilitation. Lauren uses thorough assessment, education and individualized exercise programs to help patients achieve their physical and lifestyle goals.

Maintaining an active and productive life is Lauren’s priority for herself and her patients. Outside work Lauren spends her time horse riding, water skiing and swimming.

About Lauren

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

Zachary Young

Zac is currently in the final stages of a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University.   As well as working at Physiotas, Zac is the State Strength and Conditioning Manager and Physiotherapist for the AFL Tasmanian Football Academy.

Zac’s main clinical interest is in the application of strength and conditioning to the rehabilitating athlete, whether that be at the elite level or the weekend warrior. Other areas of interest include chronic and acute low back pain, and shoulder pain.

Zac’s personal interests include football, strength training and riding horses.

About Zachary

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, Paediatrics, Pilates and women’s health.

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

Philip Sweeney

Phil graduated from Brunel University, West London, in 1993. Since then Phil has worked in public hospitals and private practices in the UK and Australia.  He also spent five years treating Defence Force members in both countries.

Phil’s main field of practice is the treatment of musculoskeletal/sporting injuries, rehabilitation of post-operative orthopaedic conditions and spinal physiotherapy.  His clinical skills include manipulation, Pilates and acupuncture for pain relief.

Outside of work Phil loves travel, cooking and exploring his new home of Tasmania.

About Philip