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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 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 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

Alex Dilger

Alex is a Tasmanian local who completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW in 2019, and commenced work at Physiotas in February 2020.

With a keen interest in sport and fitness outside of the clinic, sporting injuries are an area of interest for Alex. Other areas of interest include the ankle, knee and back.

Outside of Physiotherapy Alex enjoys playing football, basketball and going to the gym.

About Alex

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

Cade Triffitt

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Cade has recently returned to Tasmania following a Bachelor in Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle. Cade’s areas of clinical interest include Musculoskeletal – particularly knees and ankles – and Neuro rehabilitation.
Outside of work, Cade enjoys playing football, basketball and tennis – but enjoy all sports and outdoor activities. Most of his time is spent with my young family, and in his vegetable garden.
About Cade

Chloe Wilson

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 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.

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

About Chloe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

George Maguire

About George

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

Michael Stocks

About Michael

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

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

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

Samuel Stieler

About Samuel

Shani Burleigh

About Shani

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

Luke Licht

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 Latrobe 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.

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

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