About Me

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I am a postdoctoral physiotherapist with expertise in managing acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries. I undertook a research and clinical career pathway, which led to several of my publications on neck pain, and the completion of my PhD at the University of Queensland in 2017.

Having worked in the private sector for many years, I consult all musculoskeletal conditions, with special interests in the following conditions:

  • Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders (HSDs)
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
  • Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Connective Tissue Disorders (CTDs)
  • Neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, including but not exclusive to:
    • Cervicogenic headaches and dizziness
    • Whiplash and associated disorders (i.e. dizziness, headaches, visual disturbances)
    • Concussion syndrome
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Nerve impingement, neuropathies, radiculopathies, disc-related pathologies
  • Hip pain, including but not exclusive to:
    • Hip impingement syndromes
    • Lateral hip pain – bursitis, tendinopathies
  • Work-related injuries (Workcover claims)
  • Complex, car accident related injuries (Compulsory Third Party, CTP insurance claims)

I regularly keep myself informed on the latest evidence on HSDs, hEDS, and musculoskeletal conditions. I apply a multi-modal approach to management including advice and education, real time ultrasound (RTUS), electrical muscle stimulation, strapping/taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and manual therapy.

Our Hypermobility Services Team Leader Sharon Hennessey and I are involved in regular focus group meetings to create and improve our patient handouts, discuss case studies and share knowledge on the latest evidence-based practice strategies. In addition, fortnightly inservice sessions are held by our clinic lead, Dr Alison Grimaldi for ongoing professional training and learning.

Professional Memberships/Registrations:

  • Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
    Registration no: PHY0001709945
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association Member
    Membership no: 89379
  • International Consortium on Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and Related Disorders
    Member
  • Medicare & DVA Provider: 4637582T (PhysioTec)

Education:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Health Science (1st Class Honours), The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of South Australia)
  • Diploma of Physiotherapy (Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore)

Awards:

  • Dean’s Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses, University of Queensland (2017)
  • University of Queensland Idea Hub Travel Scholarship (2017)
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship, Australian Federal Government (2013-2017)
  • Three Minute Thesis for Honours Students Finalist, University of Queensland (2012)
  • University Merit Award, University of South Australia (2011)
  • Health Sciences Study Bursary Award, National Healthcare Group, Singapore (2007)

Media publications: 

Courses & Workshops: 

  • Hypermobility, Ehlers-Danlos & Connective Tissue Disorders:
  • Musculoskeletal:
    • 3-Day Workshop by Dr Alison Grimaldi (Brisbane, 2020)
      -Mastering Movement of the Hip & Pelvis
      -Anterior Hip & Groin Pain
      -Lateral Hip & Buttock Pain
    • Real Time Ultrasound for Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation – Neck, Shoulder, Trunk, Pelvic Floor & Hips by Dr Alison Grimaldi (2018)
    • Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound by Dr Alison Grimaldi (2018)
    • DMA Clinical Pilates for Physiotherapists Unit A (2017)
    • Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering & Dry Needling Course for Physiotherapists (2013)
  • Head, Neck & Jaw:
    • Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation by A/Prof Natalie Rando & Leia Barnes (2019)
    • Cervicogenic, Oculomotor and Vestibular Evaluation and Treatment post concussion by Dr Julia Treleaven (2018)
    • Clinical Assessment and Management of Whiplash by Dr Trudy Rebbeck (2018)
    • Making Sense of Temporomandibular Disorders by Dr Guy Zito (2018)
    • Watson Headache Institute – The Role of C1-C3 Cervical Afferents in Primary Headache Level 1 Foundation Course (2018)
    • Management of Cervical Disorders by Prof Gwendolen Jull, Dr Julia Treleaven & Dr Lucy Thomas (2015)
    • Advanced Physiotherapy Management of Cervical Spine Disorders Workshop by Prof Gwendolen Jull (2010)
  • Others
    • Data Analysis using STATA by Dr Asad Khan (2015, 2016, 2017)
    • Tutors @ University of Queensland (2016)

Research Publications:

Research Conference Presentations: 

University Lectures:

  • Evidence for interventions to reduce and prevent neck pain in office workers. University of Queensland Physiotherapy Student Lecture, 2016-2017.
  • Promoting health in the workplace- the role of exercise. University of Queensland Physiotherapy Student Lecture, 2015.

Physio Network Research Review Contributions:

  • Issue 31 (June 2020) – Symptomatic Joint Hypermobility
  • Issue 23 (October 2019) – Screening of the cervical spine in subacromial shoulder pain: a systematic review
  • Issue 20 (July 2019) – Prevention, assessment, prognosis, and treatment of concussion syndrome
  • Issue 17 (April 2019) – Dizziness, unsteadiness, visual disturbances, and sensorimotor control in traumatic neck pain – clinical commentary
  • Issue 14 (January 2019) – Clinical course and prognostic models for the conservative management of cervical radiculopathy: a prospective cohort study

Clinic Inservice:

  • Critical Appraisal of Research Evidence. Physiotec Physiotherapy Staff Inservice, 2019