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James McKenzie

Occupational Therapist

Casey Morrison

Occupational Therapist

Emily East

Occupational Therapist

Emily Kerslake

Exercise Physiologist

Heather Hondow

Neurological & Vestibular Physiotherapy

Jacob Payne

General Physiotherapy

Jai Laroiya

Neurological Physiotherapy

Kristen Laver

Occupational Therapist

Lexi Ironside

General Physiotherapy

Lucy Chudleigh

Occupational Therapist

Margie Thackwray

Neurological Physiotherapy

Michael Cottam

General Physiotherapy

Rachel Harris

Occupational Therapist

Stacy Phillips

Occupational Therapist

Teah Engle

Occupational Therapist

Thomas Jones

Remedial Massage Therapist & Allied Health Assistant

William Watson-Brown

Occupational Therapist

Emily Sydenham

Client Relationship Manager

Jade Harper

Business Manager

Tahlea Anderson

Admin Manager

Emily Whitmore

Remedial Massage Therapist

Faith Cochrane

Exercise Physiologist

Mish Thurlow

Remedial Massage Therapist & Allied Health Assistant

Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

Maddy Sheehy

Occupational Therapist

Rachael Gilholm

Dietitian

Matilda Sweeney

Exercise Physiologist

Amber Hicks Keith

Allied Health Assistant

Caitlin Winen

Occupational Therapist

Coen Watts

Physiotherapist

James McKenzie

Occupational Therapist

James graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). He has a passion for assisting clients to overcome barriers set by injury, disease or disability through goal setting, equipment prescription and task-oriented rehabilitation. James has a specific interest in neurological conditions, particularly in stroke and upper limb rehabilitation post-stroke. He has a keen interest in providing innovative interventions that can improve physical and cognitive functioning for people of all demographics. James’ goal is to provide effective rehab strategies and environmental modifications that enable his clients to achieve more productive, enriching participation in activities at home and within their communities. In his spare time, he loves to travel, cook for friends, and adventure in and around the Sunshine Coast’s hinterland region.

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Casey Morrison

Occupational Therapist

Casey graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours). She is passionate about community care and enabling people to remain in their own homes for as long as possible, whilst maintaining safety and independence. A strong focus on safe mobility, reducing falls risks and home modifications enable Casey to help her clients reach this goal. Casey has a keen interest in pressure injury prevention, fatigue management, dementia, brain injury, and cognition rehabilitation. Casey studied Occupational Therapy as a mature aged student after running a successful business as a Personal Training and Massage Therapist. She prides herself on her holistic approach to healthcare which focuses on psychosocial wellness and collaboration with all care providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients.

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Emily East

Occupational Therapist

Emily completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree at the University of Queensland. Emily is passionate about ensuring each client’s journey is individualised and their personal goals are the forefront of their treatment. She is motivated to support the client to remain independent and to participate in activities that are purposeful and meaningful to them.

Outside of work Emily enjoys going to the beach, water-skiing and socialising with friends.

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Emily Kerslake

Exercise Physiologist

I recently graduated from Charles Sturt with a masters in EP and am now looking forward to using the knowledge I gained through my studies, to help you.

I have worked the past few years in admin here at TRS, so am excited to now get out of the office and into your home to help you get to where you want to be!

Our first appointment together, we will set some goals, make a plan and do some basic testing to design a program perfectly suited to your goals.

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Heather Hondow

Neurological & Vestibular Physiotherapy

Heather graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice.
Heather is passionate about enhancing the functional outcomes and quality of life of people experiencing neurological and vestibular conditions by guiding the highest quality, evidence-based, goal-oriented, and patient-focused care possible.
To achieve this, Heather has participated in and contributed to, a wide variety of professional development activities. In particular, she has successfully completed advanced competency training in vestibular physiotherapy, and concussion assessment and management. Heather has additionally undertaken professional development and is extensively experienced in the use of motor relearning and normal movement approaches to neurological rehabilitation. She is currently undertaking the neurological titling process of completing a Masters of Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy) via the Australian Catholic University.
Heather has recently relocated to the gorgeous Sunshine Coast from regional Victoria. She is looking forward to enjoying beautiful sunrises from the Glasshouse mountain peaks, training for upcoming marathon events on the local trails, followed by relaxing at the beach

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Jacob Payne

General Physiotherapy

Jacob graduated from Griffith University in 2016 with a Masters of Physiotherapy following a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2014.

He has spent the majority of his career working in private practice and sports physiotherapy, developing particular interests in musculoskeletal, post-operative and neurological rehabilitation. Jacob is highly motivated to help each patient reach their desired goals.

He has recently moved back to the Gold Coast where he enjoys riding his motorbike, travelling and hiking, and spending the day at the beach.

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Jai Laroiya

Neurological Physiotherapy

Jai graduated from Griffith University in 2015 with a Master of Physiotherapy, after gaining his Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2013.

Prior to joining the Sports and Spinal team, Jai has worked at the Sunshine Coast University Hospital since 2016 and has acquired a strong interest in neurological Physiotherapy. Jai has continued to strengthen his skills by completing a range of neurological specialised courses and workshops.

Jai has been a local to the Sunshine Coast since 2016, enjoying the beach, surf and exploring all that Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Jai’s professional desire is to optimize the quality of life for each of his patients, always ensuring he creates and tailors programs that address the patient’s goals, current functional ability and lifestyle to cater to their specific needs.

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Kristen Laver

Occupational Therapist

Kristen graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Kristen is passionate about advocating for people living with disabilities. Kristen has an interest in complex assistive technology, neurological conditions and spinal cord injury. Kristen prides herself on a gentle and open approach to all people she works with. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with friends and family.

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Lexi Ironside

General Physiotherapy

Following her passion for helping others achieve their optimal quality of life, Lexi completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University in early 2016. In the years since she has gained experience across a wide variety of hospital wards including inpatient and outpatient orthopaedics, cardiac and pain management programs, and surgical rehabilitation.

Lexi has made the transition to Community Care to help engage her clients and create lifelong health benefits through individualised treatment plans that provide lasting independence in the home.

When Lexi is not working you will undoubtedly find her hiking in the great outdoors or enjoying the sunshine on her stand up paddleboard, (trying to get those “core” muscles working!).

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Lucy Chudleigh

Occupational Therapist

Lucy graduated from James Cook University in Townsville in 2015. She is passionate about providing a holistic service to her clients to enable them to reach their full potential. Lucy has an interest in geriatric care and rehabilitation to assist people to maintain independent and full lives in their own homes through support with equipment, home modifications and client education.
Outside of work, Lucy enjoys outrigger paddling and spending time with friends.

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Margie Thackwray

Neurological Physiotherapy

Margie graduated from the University of South Australia in 2013 and moved to Queensland. Margie began working for Queensland Health at the Nambour Hospital, Maleny Hospital and then the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. Margie has most recently been working in the Community visiting clients from Gympie to Caloundra.

Margie  has a passion for assisting people with neurological disorders such as Motor Neuron Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons and Stroke rehabilitation. Margie enjoys working closely with people to identify and achieve their goals. Margie is here to support clients and their families along their journey whatever that might entail.

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Michael Cottam

General Physiotherapy

Michael graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2017. Michael has spent the last two and a half years working in the aged care and community sectors, treating a wide range of neurological, musculoskeletal and orthopaedic presentations. Michael also has experience in running individual and group falls prevention and balance classes Michael is eager to ensure that each client achieves their goals and is keen to continue to develop his skills moving forward. Outside of work Michael is a keen tennis player and enjoys travelling and the outdoors.

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Rachel Harris

Occupational Therapist

Rachel graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours). Rachel is passionate about enabling clients to safely remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible.  Rachel has a strong interest in falls prevention, home modifications and prides herself on working with genuine empathy and care, ensuring the needs of you or your loved one are heard. Outside of work Rachel enjoys the gardening, camping and the beach and values time with family (including 4 legged family) and friends.

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Stacy Phillips

Occupational Therapist

Stacy graduated with an Honours in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sunshine Coast in 2018 and since then, has been working within the aged care sector.

She has developed a passion for working collaboratively with clients in an evidenced-based, holistic and client-centred way.  This approach enables her to better support clients to overcome challenges in their most important and meaningful activities, empowering them to live a more satisfying and fulfilling life.

In her spare time, Stacy enjoys living an active and balanced lifestyle with outdoor activities such as hiking and stand-up paddle boarding and indoor activities such as reading, cooking, journaling, and Qigong.

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Teah Engle

Occupational Therapist

Teah graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours). Teah is passionate about providing client-centred care to achieve successful outcomes within the community. Ensuring her clients achieve their goals, maintain independence and their ability to participate in meaningful activities. Teah has a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation, lymphedema, fatigue management and falls risk prevention. Teah’s goal is to promote independence in her clients to remain living at home safely, with effective and successful evidence-based interventions. Teah is motivated and prides herself on her empathetic nature and ability to communicate and build healthy relationships with clients and health professionals. In Teah’s spare time she enjoys fitness and being outdoors.

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Thomas Jones

Remedial Massage Therapist & Allied Health Assistant

Tom completed his studies obtaining a qualification as a Remedial Massage Therapist (Advanced Rehab) and an additional Cert 4 in Allied Heath Assistant (Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy). Tom is also continuing his knowledge by studying in Advanced Diploma in Myotherapy to help his clients be the best they can be.

Tom has a passion for rehabilitation, Pre- and post-op care, Work Cover or NDIS treatment care plans. With a background in the trades, he understands getting back to work after injury or taking care of those aches and pains after hard work as soon as possible.

Tom uses his kind, caring, compassionate nature and knowledge of traditional massage techniques to customise his treatments best suited to you. Tom understands that each individual requires a different approach, complementing his adaptations of treatment styles. These include (but are not limited) the use of Swedish style therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial cupping, and dry needling.

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William Watson-Brown

Occupational Therapist

William graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. He is motivated and passionate about assisting those with disabilities to participate in all meaningful activities as independently as possible. He prides himself on his ability to communicate openly and honestly to develop meaningful goals for his client’s treatment, which promotes a positive and effective rehabilitative service. In his spare time he enjoys traveling, surfing and relaxing.

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Emily Sydenham

Client Relationship Manager
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Jade Harper

Business Manager
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Tahlea Anderson

Admin Manager
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Emily Whitmore

Remedial Massage Therapist

mily Whitmore graduated from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom in June 2012 achieving a first class honours degree in Sports and Exercise Science. She then went on to complete her Level 5 BTEC Professional Diploma in Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy at the London School of Sports Massage, qualifying in August 2013. She is also a qualified therapist in advanced Dry Needling.

Since qualifying Emily has worked as a Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist within Physiotherapy clinics in the United Kingdom. Her clinical experience also includes working with British Triathlon at their base in Loughborough; this has involved travelling overseas to training camps and European and World Triathlon events, helping to prevent injury and facilitate recovery from training and competition. Emily also worked as the primary masseuse for the Loughborough Students Elite Rugby Union Team who compete in National League 1.

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Faith Cochrane

Exercise Physiologist

Faith is an Exercise Physiologist from Tasmania, graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast, who now considers the Sunshine Coast home.
Faith is motivated to optimise the quality of life for all that come to see her, ensuring sessions and programs address personal goals, current ability and lifestyles.
She has a passion for Women’s Health and movement analysis, looking at how to you’re moving daily that has an impact on your musculoskeletal aches and pains.

During her time off Faith likes to mountain climb, mountain bike, play soccer and be down on the beach with her dog. Faith believes that motion is lotion so let’s get moving!

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Mish Thurlow

Remedial Massage Therapist & Allied Health Assistant

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

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Ricki-lee Driver

Dietitian

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

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

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Maddy Sheehy

Occupational Therapist

Maddy Graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours). Maddy has experience working as a community based Occupational Therapist with clients on the NDIS. He has also had experience based in schools as well has in a hospital setting. Maddy makes therapy relevant to each client dependent on their interests, beliefs and needs. She provides intervention and education to support her clients in achieving their goals so they are able to live safely and independently in their home.

Maddy has a particular interest in complex seating, assistive technology and home modifications to help enable her clients in their day-to-day life. She prides herself on her ability to build healthy relationships with clients, their families and health professionals.

Outside of work Maddy enjoys playing sport, going to the beach, socialising and being creative.

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Rachael Gilholm

Dietitian

Rachael Gilholm is a dedicated and passionate Accredited Practicing Dietitian who graduated from the University of Sunshine Coast. Rachael Gilholm prides herself in optimising an individual’s health and well-being through nutrition therapy. Rachael Gilholm provides an individualised approach to ensure her patients get the best outcome. Rachael Gilholm has special interests in women’s health, gut health and diabetes. Outside of work Rachael Gilholm spends her time at the beach, hiking, and going out for brunch with friends.

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Matilda Sweeney

Exercise Physiologist

Originally from the Far North Coast of NSW, Matilda relocated to Brisbane where she has recently graduated from her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Queensland University of Technology. Matilda is friendly and client-focused, with a creative approach to help every individual achieve their health goals. She aims to deliver highly individualised exercise interventions specific to her clients needs.

Matilda is a firm believer that exercise is medicine, and is incredibly passionate about working together with her clients to problem solve and ensure optimum outcomes.

Outside of the workplace, Matilda is a keen adventurer, spending all of her free time travelling, surfing and playing water polo.

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Amber Hicks Keith

Allied Health Assistant

Amber is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast heading into her third year of her degree. Previously she has worked in pharmacy for six years as a dispensary technician and is a qualified AIN. Amber has an empathetic nature and ensures her work is client centred. She has a drive for her clients to reach their goals whilst building a therapeutic relationship. Amber is interested in neurological conditions, oedema, sensory regulation and fatigue management. In Amber’s spare time she likes to spend time with her family, friends and partner, enjoy the outdoors and traveling 

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Caitlin Winen

Occupational Therapist

Caitlin graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Caitlin has had clinical experience in both hospital and community settings. Caitlin is passionate about enhancing each of her client’s quality of life through maximising independence and engagement in meaningful activities. Caitlin highly values building therapeutic relationships with her clients and acknowledges the importance of a collaborative therapy approach to achieve client-centered outcomes.

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Coen Watts

Physiotherapist

Coen completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University. He has had clinical experience in both a hospital and community setting. Coen strives to use individualised exercise therapy and education to support others to reach their goals.

Coen has a particular interest in the musculoskeletal and neurological fields of physiotherapy which he is eager to continue building to deliver the best care. This interest was developed through his work as a sports trainer for local sporting teams and his own sporting involvement.

Outside of work Coen enjoys fishing, going to the beach, playing soccer, and spending time with friends and family.

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“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”

- CAROL WELCH