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Our People

Meet the team at Physiotas

Gareth Bell

Physiotherapist / Director

Gareth is a Director of Physiotas and joined the team in 2013. 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.  

Inside Physiotas:

Gareth holds a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in Melbourne. In 2019 he successfully completed a Clinical Competency Certificate in assessment and treatment of Vestibular and Balance Disorders. His professional interests include; treatment of vertigo, dizziness and vestibular rehabilitation, neck pain and headache assessment and treatment, spinal pain, knee rehabilitation and dry needling.  

Outside Physiotas:

His personal interests revolve around family life in one of the most wonderful places in the world – North West Tasmania. His hobby is practising, reading about and performing magic.   

About Gareth

Geoff Haberle

Physiotherapist / Director

Geoff is a Director of Physiotas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from La Trobe University in 2002. Geoff has been with Physiotas for over 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 Tasmania. 

Inside Physiotas:

Geoff has a special interest in treating neck pain, headaches and lower back problems. He also has a keen interest in mentoring and teaching the younger staff at Physiotas. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Geoff is kept busy with family life married with 4 boys.  Geoff enjoys mountain biking and the occasional fishing trip and found a new interest in soccer following the boys with their soccer for the Devonport Strikers. 

About Geoff

Lia Giovanovits

Physiotherapist / Director

Lia is a Director of Physiotas, a Specialist Sports and 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 Australian Rowing Team (’09-’13, ’21), Canadian Women’s Rowing Team (’13-’14), the Australian Para-Cycling team and she volunteered at the London Olympics. She has also presented at various physiotherapy courses and General Practitioner education days. 

Inside Physiotas:

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

Outside Physiotas:

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

About Lia

Luke Licht

Physiotherapist / Director

Luke is a Director of Physiotas South. He graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy from Griffith University in 2013, later completing his APA Masters in Sports Physiotherapy at La Trobe University in 2018. 

Since graduating Luke has worked with the Queensland Sports Medical Centre part-time in their private practice splitting his time with Brisbane Lions Football club before working solely as a full-time physiotherapist with the football club over the past 6 years. Luke also spent time with the Papua New Guinea National Cricket Team as well as touring parties for soccer in the UK. 

Inside Physiotas:

Luke has a particular interest in sporting injuries in particular the groin and hamstring, as well as adolescent and junior sporting injuries.  

Outside Physiotas:

Luke has recently moved back to Tasmania, originally from Penguin, and enjoys spending his spare time with his family, golfing, fly fishing and hiking.

About Luke

Ryan Carroll

Physiotherapist / Director

Ryan is an APA Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and a current registrar in the Specialisation Program. After studying in Melbourne and Queensland, he has made the North-West of the state his home for over 15 years. 

Ryan has worked with multiple sporting events, teams and athletes. Most notably, he was part of the Australian Sports Medicine team at the Youth Olympics in 2018 and has worked with Basketball Australia programs from the Centre of Excellence, the under 19 Emus and the senior men’s team, The Boomers at the World Championships in 2019. 

Locally, Ryan is the Sports Physiotherapist for the North-West Thunder in the NBL1 competition and also consults with Basketball Tasmania and their junior programs. 

Inside Physiotas:

Ryan’s interest areas are any sporting injuries, particularly the lower limb as well as adolescent injuries. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work and study, Ryan enjoys keeping active and fit with a focus on triathlon and spending time at home with his partner and border collie. 

About Ryan

Alex Dilger

Physiotherapist

Alex completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW in 2019 and started his career with Physiotas in February 2020. 

Inside Physiotas:

Acute sports injuries are an area of interest for Alex along with the knee, ankle, and low back. In 2021 Alex has started working with AFL Tas as one of the physios for the Tasmania Devils NAB League Under 19’s football team. Alex is a GLA:D Registered Physiotherapist. GLA:D (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark), is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Outside Physiotas:

Alex enjoys playing football, spending time at the gym and the casual game of basketball. He also enjoys going camping in his van, which was his proud COVID project.

About Alex

Alice Robinson

Receptionist

Alice started working in reception at Physiotas in 2019 where she completed a Certificate 3 in Business. She now works casually while studying at uni full time. 

Inside Physiotas:

Working at Physiotas feels like a second family for Alice, making it a great place to come to.

Outside Physiotas:

Alice enjoys playing touch football and rugby, as well as spending time at the beach with her dogs.

About Alice

Amy Whitney

Physiotherapist

Amy completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Tasmania and then went on to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy in South Australia in 2018. Amy started her career with Physiotas in February 2019. 

Inside Physiotas:

Amy enjoys treating sports injuries, particularly within the lower limb. She is a physiotherapist for the AFLTAS Tassie Devils girls and boys teams and has spent the last 6 years working within the local football leagues. Amy is a GLA:D Registered Physiotherapist. GLA:D (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark), is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Most recently Amy became an Accredited Lymphoedema Therapist, training with MQ Health’s ALERT program.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Amy owns a small hobby farm with her husband and dog, Rosie, and also loves exploring the local mountain bike trails.

About Amy

Ange Savage

Receptionist

Ange joined the Physiotas team in July 2021.

Inside Physiotas:

From day one, Ange has loved how awesome the team have been and looks forward to coming to work each day.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Ange spends a lot of time in basketball stadiums and is part of the Devonport Warriors Club. She loves spending time with her husband and kids, she enjoys getting her camera out and having some couch and Netflix time with her family.

About Ange

Annette Totham

Receptionist

Annette has been a receptionist at Physiotas since 2017, and before that for Active Physiotherapy Launceston.

Inside Physiotas:

Working with such a great team is Annette’s favourite part about work.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Annette loves bike riding, travelling and spending time at her shack.

About Annette

Ben Brockman

Exercise Physiologist

Ben completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science from the University of Tasmania in 2011 and started working at Physiotas straight after.

Inside Physiotas:

Ben’s clinical interests include exercise management of chronic health conditions, particularly Diabetes and Osteoporosis, and educating on the role that exercise and reducing physical inactivity play in improving the health of our community. 
Running is another big area of interest. Ben is an Athletics Australia Level 2 Accredited Running Coach providing running coaching services along with running focused strength and conditioning training and running injury management. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, running, competing mainly in marathons and ultra-distance events are what keep Ben busy. He is the Event Director for Devonport parkrun and parkrun Event Ambassador for North West Tasmania as well as a board member for UTAS Athletics Club. Ben has recently picked up an interest in golf where he’d describe himself as a novice golfer. Outside of running and golf, Ben attempts to manage his Labradoodle puppy (who you might also see at parkrun from time to time!).

About Ben

Cade Triffitt

Physiotherapist

Cade completed a Bachelor in Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle in 2020 and started working at Physiotas shortly after.

Inside Physiotas:

Areas of clinical interest for Cade include Musculoskeletal – particularly knees and ankles – and Neuro rehabilitation.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Cade enjoys playing football, basketball and tennis – but enjoy all sports and outdoor activities. Most of his time is spent with his young family and in his vegetable garden. 

About Cade

Carol Doonan

Finance & HR Manager

Carol is the Finance and HR Manager at Physiotas and is a Member and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She joined Physiotas in 2015 and has over 30 years’ accounting, taxation, audit and management experience having worked in both public accounting practice and management accounting roles. 

Inside Physiotas:

Carol is passionate about ensuring that her role provides high quality, timely, and professional support to the Directors and the rest of the Physiotas team. Working as a team and doing her bit to ensure the business thrives are what she enjoys most.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Carol is a busy mother of two and enjoys time with her family, running, yoga, and participating in Physiotas’ exercise physiology and clinical exercise groups. She is also determined to be a better rower, loves travel, parkrun volunteering and helping out at her children’s sporting clubs.

About Carol

Chloe Wilson

Physiotherapist

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.

Inside Physiotas:

Chloe enjoys the diversity of ages and conditions that private practice physiotherapy offers. She is qualified in DMA Clinical Pilates, and takes clinical exercise groups in the Ulverstone clinic. 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. 

Outside Physiotas:

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

About Chloe

Coby Ansell

Physiotherapist

Coby completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice in 2018 at La Trobe University in Melbourne. As a graduate, she worked in hospitals along the North West Coast and started working with Physiotas in 2021.

Inside Physiotas:

Coby enjoys all areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy but has a particular interest in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Coby enjoys hiking, going to the gym, and spending time with her friends and family.   

About Coby

Connor Parke

Physiotherapist

Connor joined the Physiotas team in 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from ACU in Brisbane in 2018

Inside Physiotas:

Connor’s clinical interest is in strength and conditioning, exercise, sports rehabilitation and general musculoskeletal conditions. He enjoys translating the latest research evidence into practice and keeping up to date with the research. A personal career highlight for Connor is starting a podcast with a couple of his university mates and also working as a trainer at the Commonwealth Games.

Outside Physiotas:

In his spare time, you can find Connor playing football with the Devonport Strikers, playing tennis, mucking around on the guitar and bushwalking.   

About Connor

Daniel Yeo

Physiotherapist

Dan has been working at Physiotas since graduating from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy 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. 

Inside Physiotas:

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

Outside Physiotas:

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

About Daniel

Dinah Spratt

Physiotherapist

Dinah has a Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy and Master of Science in Medicine (Pain management). She started working for Physiotas in 2007.

Inside Physiotas:

Dinah’s clinical interests include chronic pain management, with a particular interest in workers comp and MAIB clients, and the assessment, diagnosis and management of complex spinal conditions, as well as pre and post-op spinal surgery rehabilitation. 

Career highlights for Dinah include:

  • Working for orthopaedic spinal surgeon David Edis, in the role of Advanced Scope Practitioner from 2010-2018 
  • Becoming an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist in 2019
  • Member of the Australian College of Physiotherapists 2020 to current 
  • Tasmanian representative of the APA National Pain Special Interest Group 2018-2021 
  • Tasmanian Board Member of the Australian Pain Society 2018-2021 
  • Secretary of the Australian Pain Society 2021-2024 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of Physiotas, Dinah enjoys tennis (both playing and watching the grand slams), bushwalking, reading, theatre, live music, socializing with friends and family.

About Dinah

Edwina Mullenger

Practice Manager

Edwina has been a receptionist at Physiotas since 2017, and before that for Active Physiotherapy Launceston.

Inside Physiotas:

Edwina is the Practice Manager of our Launceston clinic. She enjoys working with all the lovely staff & also seeing the progress patients make during their time with us. 

Outside Physiotas:

Edwina enjoys reading, walking, bike riding, yoga, gardening, travelling (whenever she can) & spending time with her family. 

About Edwina

Emma King

Accounts Officer

Emma started in our reception team in 2019 and now works as the Accounts Officer. Before joining the Physiotas team, Emma worked as an accountant after studying a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

Inside Physiotas:

Emma enjoys the friendly and supportive nature of the Physiotas team, and the fun environment to work in.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Emma is busy chasing after her 3 children (& husband), and enjoys downtime reading and watching trashy TV.

About Emma

George Maguire

Physiotherapist

George relocated back to Tasmania after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, starting at Physiotas in 2021. He also has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from Deakin University, where he was able to develop his skills in exercise prescription. 

Inside Physiotas:

George has special interests in lower body sporting injuries and tendon related pain and is passionate about helping all of his clients achieve their goals. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work George enjoys playing Cricket, travelling and spending time with friends and family. 

About George

Hannah Proctor

Operations Manager

Hannah is the Operations Manager at Physiotas, where she started out with the team in 2009 as the receptionist. She completed Certificates 2 & 3 in Business, has a Diploma of Business and is currently studying a Diploma of Social Media Marketing.

Inside Physiotas:

Hannah loves being part of the Physiotas team and working with such a great bunch of people. Her role within the team includes managing staff diaries and the admin team, supporting the Practice Managers, managing our social media and website, and assisting the Directors to ensure the practice is running at its best.

Outside Physiotas:

In her spare time, Hannah enjoys spending time with family & friends, sewing (a new hobby taken up when Covid hit), baking, and trying to get into running. 

About Hannah

Heather Cooper

Physiotherapist

Heather has been part of the Physiotas team since 2017, and prior to that worked for Active Physiotherapy Launceston. She is a postgraduate APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a background in Exercise and Sports Science. Heather has recently completed further training in the management of shoulder injuries, particularly rotator cuff tears and tendinopathy, as well as tendinopathies of the upper and lower limbs. Heather enjoys an active lifestyle. 

Inside Physiotas:

Heather’s areas of expertise include tendinopathy, shoulders, Pilates, joint replacements, lower back pain and exercise management of osteoporosis. As a trained Pilate’s practitioner, Heather has a strong focus on exercise-based active rehabilitation, assisting clients to recover from acute and chronic injuries. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Heather enjoys mountain biking, cycle touring, bushwalking and gardening.

About Heather

Jacci Whiteway

Physiotherapist

Jacci graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, from Charles Sturt University in 2018, and commenced working at Physiotas in January 2019.

Inside Physiotas:

Jacci’s clinical areas of interest include paediatrics, adolescent sporting and developmental injuries, pre-and post-natal exercise therapy, hand splinting, and exercise-based rehabilitation. Jacci’s career highlight, so far, is getting the opportunity to participate in a range of professional development, learn from experts in physiotherapy, and continue to increase her knowledge base.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work Jacci enjoys swimming, surfing, bushwalking, resin art, and snowboarding. 

About Jacci

Jacob Glover

Physiotherapist

Jacob Glover has been working at Physiotas since 2014 after he completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Physiotherapy in 2013. Since then he has completed post-graduate training and has completed his masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy.  

Inside Physiotas:

His main clinical interest areas are hip and groin pain, lower back pain and physical activity-related injuries however regular treats injuries around the whole body. Jacob also has an interest in MTB injuries. His career highlights include obtaining his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and being asked to take part in the Tasmanian Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association Committee. 

Outside Physiotas:

Jacob’s interests outside work included spending time with his daughter and mountain biking (when he manages to stay on his bike).

About Jacob

Jeanette Hope

Receptionist

With 14 years of GP practice reception behind her, Jeanette joined the Physiotas admin team in 2021.

Inside Physiotas:

Jeanette enjoys each day where she gets to work with some amazing people delivering Allied Heath services. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Jeanette loves fossicking in Tasmania for gemstones and enjoys camping, sewing and craft. 

 

About Jeanette

Jennie Walsh

Receptionist

Jennie is part of our reception team at Physiotas and started working for us in October 2019. 

Inside Physiotas:

The highlight of working at Physiotas for Jen is coming to a job that she loves every single day and working alongside amazing colleagues who always feel more like family.  She also loves that she gets to meet new people and build relationships with those that become regular patients and familiar faces. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Jen loves travelling around Tasmania with her husband Mike in their van, as well as spending quality time with their two beautiful children, bike riding, reading when she gets the time and of course, Friday night bubbles!

 

About Jennie

Jessica Batten

Practice Manager

Jess has been a receptionist at Physiotas since 2019, where she completed a Certificate 3 in Business.

Inside Physiotas:

Jess is the Practice Manager of our North-West clinics. She loves being a part of Physiotas and the friendships she has formed with the team. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Jess enjoys travelling, camping and socialising with friends.  

About Jessica

Jordan King

Exercise Physiologist

Jordan completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science with Clinical Honours in Exercise Physiology at the University of Tasmania and joined Physiotas in 2021. 

Inside Physiotas:

Jordan enjoys all aspects of exercise physiology, with a particular interest in the role of resistance training for the treatment of musculoskeletal, cardiometabolic, respiratory and neurological conditions. His treatment philosophy involves utilising education, activity modification and exercise training to assist individuals in achieving their goals. Jordan also has a strong interest in sports physiology and enjoys assisting athletes in reaching high levels of performance while minimising injury risk. He holds certifications as an ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach and a Sports Medicine Australia’s (SMA) Level 1 Sports Trainer.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of exercise physiology, Jordan enjoys hiking, playing the guitar and is currently training to become a certified canine search and rescue handler. 

About Jordan

Laura Downie

Exercise Physiologist

Laura is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science, and Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology at the University of Tasmania. She started with Physiotas in 2017 and previously worked for Active Physiotherapy Launceston.

Inside Physiotas:

Since graduating, Laura has gained experience in chronic disease management, strength and conditioning, community health programs 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.

Outside Physiotas:

Laura had previously devoted her spare time to Athletics competitions and training, but is now a proud Mum and loves spending time with her little family.

About Laura

Liam Williams

Physiotherapist

Liam has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons), graduating from the University of Queensland in 2016. He started with Physiotas in 2017. 

Inside Physiotas:

Liam’s clinical interests include, lower limp pathology, particularly the hip and knee, adolescent acute sporting injuries , cervical spine & headaches , neuro-rehabilitation and complex cases. Liam is a GLA:D Registered Physiotherapist. GLA:D (Good Life with Arthritis: Denmark), is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Career highlights for Liam include:

  • Having the opportunity to travel and be involved with state squads in Football and Hockey  
  • Exposure to performing many courses over the last 5 years to upskill in specific areas 
  • Helping develop and support new graduates within the clinic 
  • Having the Physiotas parkrun record 😉

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Liam enjoys participating in regular sport including football, basketball and running and spending time with my partner Lucy and our close family and friends 

About Liam

Lisa Fagan

Receptionist

Lisa joined our reception team at Physiotas in 2021, moving on from her background in hospitality.

Inside Physiotas:

The highlight of being a part of Physiotas for Lisa is that everyone is so warm and welcoming, and the pleasure it is to come to work. 

Outside Physiotas:

Lisa is married with three children. They love camping and spending time with friends and family. She also loves running, going to the gym and exploring the Tassie trails with her friends. 

About Lisa

Marlii Stubbs

Exercise Physiologist

Marlii completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science and Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Professional Honours) in 2019. While she was at university, Marlii was part of our reception team and started at Physiotas in 2015 then moving into a clinical role in 2019.

Inside Physiotas:

Marlii’s clinical interests include assisting in the management of chronic health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis and PCOS. She also has an interest in working with dancers to help them achieve their fitness goals. Highlights of Marlii’s job include any moment helping someone to achieve something they didn’t think they could do.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work Marlii enjoys dance, group fitness, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.

About Marlii

Megan Clark

Physiotherapist

Megan has been working in musculoskeletal physiotherapy at Physiotas since completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours in 2005.

Inside Physiotas:

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. Since returning to Australia and Physiotas in 2013, Megan has completed her Master’s in Pain Management at Sydney University and is now an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist. Her other main work interests include occupational rehabilitation and clinical exercise groups.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Megan enjoys hiking and gardening.

About Megan

Michael Stocks

Physiotherapist

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2017 from Charles Sturt University in Orange, NSW. Before coming to Physiotas in 2020, Michael worked in Launceston General Hospital, Southland Hospital in New Zealand and in a Burnie aged care facility. 

Inside Physiotas:

Michael has developed a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation and disability care. He enjoys helping people to accomplish their goals and achieve their best self. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Michael is a keen bushwalker. He enjoys seeing mossy forests, waterfalls, mountains and all the natural scenery Tasmania has to offer. 

About Michael

Mick Brotja

Myotherapist

Mick is a highly experienced Myotherapist, who has been treating since 2008. He has spent the majority of his professional career working in high-performance teams in the world of elite sport. Mick started with Physiotas in 2018.

Inside Physiotas:

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

Inside Physiotas:

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

About Mick

Natalie Claudio

Massage Therapist

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. 

Inside Physiotas:

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

About Natalie

Nathan Philip

Physiotherapist

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

Inside Physiotas:

Since graduating, Nathan has become a 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. Aside from his work at the Howick St Clinic, Nathan is the current AFL Tasmanian Devils physio. He also has worked with state-level rugby, touch football and cricket teams, as well as spending some time with the North Melbourne AFLW team. Nathan works full time at the Launceston clinic. His interest areas are neck pain, post-op spinal rehab, jaw pain, sporting injuries and hand/wrist injuries. 

Inside Physiotas:

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

About Nathan

Odette Carpenter

Receptionist

Odette joined our reception team at Physiotas in 2013.

Inside Physiotas:

Odette loves being part of a fun and supportive group of people at Physiotas. She’s enjoyed seeing how the business has grown over her years with the team and feels lucky to be part of it. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Odette loves spending time with her family and friends, being active and getting outdoors.

About Odette

Rebecca Stephens

Receptionist

Bek started with Physiotas in 2018 with 19 years of experience in medical administration.

Inside Physiotas:

She is committed to providing quality service to our patients whilst supporting the clinicians to keep things running smoothly. 

Outside Physiotas:

When Bek is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and heading to the shack on the East Coast of Tassie. 

About Rebecca

Renae Kelly

Physiotherapist

Renae has been with Physiotas since 2016 after completing a Masters of Physiotherapy in South Australia.

Inside Physiotas:

Since being with Physiotas, Renae has developed a clinical interest in treating hands, as well as neck and shoulder injuries. 

Outside Physiotas:

Renae’s personal interests include keeping active, gardening, renovating and spending time with family. 

About Renae

Renee Chick

Receptionist

Renee started with Physiotas with the new Hobart practice in October 2021 and is completing a Certificate 3 in Business.

Inside Physiotas:

While only new to the Physiotas team, Renee is loving how much she’s learning and being part of such a lovely team.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of Physiotas, Renee tries to get out and do nature walks around Tassie. She also enjoys reading, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

About Renee

Robert Talbot

Exercise Physiologist

Robert is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for Physiotas, joining the team in late 2018. He studied both his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science and Professional Honours in Exercise Physiology at UTAS in Launceston. During this time, Rob developed a keen interest in the role of exercise as medicine, and the many aspects of health it can improve.

Inside Physiotas:

Now having years of experience in the field, Rob enjoys taking the principles of movement into developing programs for any age, condition and goal. Highlights have been helping people over 60 realise their potential for strength and movement gains is not lost, and that with appropriate programming, that they can regain a quality of life they thought they were losing. The best thing about being part of Physiotas is the opportunity to develop friendships with these people whilst doing it.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Rob enjoys being outdoors as often as possible; playing football with the Penguin Football Club, mountain biking, hiking, spending time in the garden and time at the beach.

About Robert

Roland Hanson

Physiotherapist

Roly started with Physitoas in 2019 after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga) in 2018.

Inside Physiotas:

Clinically, Roly is interested in sporting injuries, shoulders, vertigo, and complex pain patients.

Outside Physiotas:

Roly’s personal hobbies include anything with a board or wheels (surf, snow, MTB) and he is always down for a music chat (especially classic bands he may have missed growing up as a millennial).

About Roland

Sally McLaine

Physiotherapist

Sally started with Physiotas when the group commenced in Launceston in 2017, making the transition from a previous director of Active Physio.

Inside Physiotas:

Sally is an APA Sports Physiotherapist with a special interest in shoulders, swimming and running injuries. She recently completed a PhD investigating shoulder strength and injury in swimmers, publishing and presenting the research over the past few years. She is a member of Sports Medicine Australia and the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapists of Australasia. 

Working at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Melbourne Commonwealth Games, as well as working with local teams (AFL, basketball, cricket and swimming) and with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport as a sports physiotherapist, have all been career highlights

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Sally loves running, road and trails, and was happy to complete a life goal, finishing a marathon in every state. She enjoys continuing to learn, teach, run and have fun.

About Sally

Samuel Stieler

Physiotherapist

Sam is recently moved down to Tasmania after studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Australian Catholic University in Brisbane, QLD.

Inside Physiotas:

Sam began work with Physiotas in 2021 and has a special interest in knee and ankle pain. Sam also enjoys seeing sporting injuries and has a background in elite level soccer. 

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work, Sam now spends his weekends exploring the mountains on a mountain bike or by foot. 

About Samuel

Sarah Pullen

Receptionist

Sarah started at Physiotas in October 2021, when the clinic moved to Creek Rd, New Town.

Inside Physiotas:

Her favourite part of the job at Physiotas is seeing patients achieve their personal goals. Sarah has an interest in Woman’s Health which will be a big focus when she begins her degree in Health Science in the coming months.

Outside Physiotas:

Away from Physiotas, Sarah is usually spending her time with her dog at the park or beach. She loves being active, playing netball and also enjoys yoga and pilates.

About Sarah

Shani Burleigh

Exercise Physiologist

Shani is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from Deakin University. Following this, she went on to complete a Diploma of Clinical Pilates before returning to Deakin to complete a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology where she graduated in 2019.  

Inside Physiotas:

Since graduating, Shani has worked in private practice in Melbourne before relocating back to Tasmania after living in Melbourne for 9 years. Shani has been exposed to chronic disease management, orthopaedic rehab, neurological conditions along with both private and public hospital settings. Shani is passionate about exercise and the role it plays in the management and prevention of various chronic conditions. She has a specific interest in diabetes management, lower back pain and exploring exercise for women’s health.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work Shani has been a previous National swimmer representing Australia but now enjoys staying active and exploring new areas around the state since returning back to Tasmania.

About Shani

Tayla Burk

Physiotherapist

Tayla has been working at Physiotas since 2018. She completed a Bachelor of Health Science in 2015 at the University of Tasmania followed by a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2017 at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Inside Physiotas:

Tayla’s clinical interests include paediatric rehabilitation, developmental conditions, and the management of osteoarthritis and common sporting injuries. A big career highlight for Tayla was her trip to Malawi in 2017 where she worked in neurorehabilitation.

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of Physiotas, Tayla enjoys getting out and exploring Tassie in her free time, usually accompanied by her beautiful Labrador.

About Tayla

Veronica-Lee Licht

Physiotherapist

Veronica-Lee recently moved to Tasmania after working in occupational rehabilitation and private practice in Brisbane for a number of years. Veronica-Lee graduated from Griffith University in 2015 where she completed her Master’s degree. 

Inside Physiotas:

Veronica’s clinical areas of interest include paediatrics, occupational return to work clients, exercise-based rehabilitation, general women’s health and persistent pain management.  

Outside Physiotas:

Outside of work Veronica-Lee loves exploring the outdoors, taking their family dog for trips up the coast and snowboarding when the chance presents itself! 

About Veronica-Lee