Welcome to Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres

Core Physiotherapy & Exercise Centres is a physiotherapy-lead allied health company committed to providing clients with comprehensive assessment and treatment programs in a warm and friendly environment.

We have multiple clinics across Brisbane, Logan and the Gold Coast. Our services include:

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Sports Physiotherapy
  • Back And Neck Rehabilitation
  • Paediatric Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Pilates 
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Psychology

We’re committed to improving your physical health and condition, and helping you regain movement and physical independence. 

We offer tailored, professional advice and a long term solution to the self-management of chronic and acute conditions.

We are recognised as an industry leader by our public, sporting, employer and insurance-based clients. 

We partner with leading medical specialists to provide integrated pain management, occupational rehabilitation and return to work facilitation for injured workers suffering from complex musculoskeletal injuries and persistent pain.

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Edward Francis

Edward enjoys helping clients achieve their goals and working with them to improve their strength, balance and overall well-being. His treatment and management addresses deficiencies, aims to prevent injury and optimise function, using evidence based approaches and techniques. Edward’s balanced and individualised approach will provide you with the confidence to return to what you enjoy.

Edward has experience treating general musculoskeletal conditions, with an ongoing interest in the treatment of sporting injuries after having worked with various school and amateur Touch and Rugby Union sporting teams in Northern Queensland.

Edward graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2019.

Kate Hooper

Kate has a bachelors degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland (1999) and completed her post graduate certificate in Continence and Women’s Health, Curtin University (2016). She has been working in the field of Women’s and Men’s Pelvic Health since 2002 and only treats conditions involving pelvic floor dysfunction. She has extensive experience treating urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, prolapse, functional bowel disorders and persistent pelvic pain.

Phone: (07) 3716 0111

Web: katehooperphysiotherapy.com.au

 

Sascha Halpin

Sascha is a Physiotherapist with an interest in sport related injuries and chronic pain management.

Sascha has worked with local Gold Coast AFL teams where he discovered his interest in working with injured athletic patients, and takes a special interest in the management of persistent pain.

Sascha graduated in 2019 and holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science as well as a Masters of Physiotherapy, both completed at Griffith University.

Raimee Hillier

Raimee is a passionate and enthusiastic Physiotherapist with a keen interest in musculoskeletal injury diagnostics, management and rehabilitation.

Incorporating individually tailored exercise prescription, manual therapy, hydrotherapy, injury prevention and education, Raimee is a strong believer in holistic treatment and self-management. Raimee prides herself on being client centred in her approach to your recovery, working with you on your treatment and rehabilitation in a way that is evidence based but directs you towards your goals and a pain-free lifestyle. Whether you want to recover from injury or improve your performance in the gym or the sporting arena, your treatment and rehabilitation is tailored to your needs.

Raimee graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2019, and continues to work with leading researchers in the musculoskeletal field, currently focusing her research on Patellofemoral Pain.

Tamasyn Carman

Tamasyn has a competitive sporting background, and has keen interest in helping injured athletes get back to their sporting best. Her special interest areas include knee, ankle, and lower-back injuries. She has worked with a wide variety of patients including post-surgical patients, elite athletes, industry workers, and chronic-pain patients.

Tamasyn graduated in 2019 with a Master of Physiotherapy Degree and a Bachelor of Exercise Science Degree from Griffith University.

Jessica McDonald

Jessica is a passionate Physiotherapist who has a special interest in treating shoulder and spinal injuries. These skills have led Jessica to be the Physiotherapist for the Australian Olympic Kayaking Team, supporting them on their journey to Tokyo, 2020.

Jessica first graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science before completing her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2013 where she received the award for Academic Excellence.

Due to her interest in musculoskeletal injuries and her love of sports, Jessica returned to Griffith University to complete a Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2018. She is now a Titled Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist, as awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Justine Currie

Justine is highly motivated to improve the quality of life for all of her patients and takes great pride in her personalised approach to functional assessment and exercise prescription. Justine uses current evidence-based practice including manual therapy and personalised exercise programs to get her clients back on track. A great communicator, Justine will work with you to develop the most appropriate strategies for you and your recovery. Her areas of interest include the shoulder, lower back injuries and the use of exercise, pilates and hydrotherapy in rehabilitation.

Justine completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 2016 at the University of Western Australia majoring in Sport Science and Exercise Health, before completing a Master of Physiotherapy in 2019 from Griffith University.

Jasmine Collier

Jasmine is a Physiotherapist with a background in sports, having previously worked as a sports trainer at various sporting events in North Queensland including Hockey and AFL.  Jasmine has an interest in sports injuries, in particular ankle injuries. Jasmine is passionate about helping individuals achieve their goal of returning to a high level of function as quickly as possible.

Jasmine graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2019 from James Cook University in Townsville.

David Pettit

David is a physiotherapist with an interest in the treatment of the body as a whole entity, rather than its individual parts. He has a keen interest in the back, pelvis and sporting injuries,  and also in injury prevention. David can provide assessment, treatment and care of a variety of conditions and injuries including sports injuries, acute and chronic back and neck pain as well as general musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

David has completed both undergraduate degrees in sports science and physiotherapy, graduating in 2004. David is currently undertaking a postgraduate degree in sports physiotherapy from Sydney University.

Dr Asa Kenworthy

Dr. Asa Kenworthy is a Clinical Psychologist with excess of 20 years clinical experience working in both public and private practice settings. Asa has presented at international conferences and has been a regular guest lecturer in team/group processes at Griffith and Bond University.

Dr Graham Rice

Dr Graham Rice is a Consultant Pain Specialist, Psychiatrist and Anaesthetist, and has presented at many national and international conferences with his ‘pathways’ method of managing persistent pain. Dr Rice has over forty years of medical experience in the field of pain medicine, pain psychiatry and the management of co-morbidities.

Dr Kym Boon

Dr Kym Boon is a Pain Medicine Specialist and Psychiatrist, Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland, over 20 years’ experience in clinical medicine with special interest in Pain Medicine, Pain Psychiatry, and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Dr Boon has presented in Pain Medicine, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine conferences and has publications in areas of Medical Education and Addiction Medicine.

Renee Meffan

Renee is a dance physiotherapist with an interest in the hip and pelvis. After graduating, Renee worked at sports clinics in Melbourne before touring for 6 years as head physiotherapist with the Walt Disney Production Company, on shows including The Lion King and Aladdin. Renee aims to reduce the amount of time off from sport or work due to injury and finds ways to manage an injury with the least amount of disruption to your usual routine and commitments.

Renee holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Doctorate of Physiotherapy, and is a course instructor for Clinical Pilates.

Joe Roberts

Joe is a physiotherapist that has worked across the public health network prior to transitioning to private practice.  His clinical interests are varied, from acute injury management through to chronic pain. Joe has a special interest in sports injuries, chronic pain and exercise prescription. Joe utilises manual therapy, dry needling, education and exercise (including clinical pilates) within his physiotherapy treatments.

Joe has also completed his post graduate diploma of Veterinary Physiotherapy and is currently undertaking his masters through Liverpool University, allowing him to treat our animal friends as well!

Joe graduated in 2004 from the University of Melbourne.

Steven Wynia

Steven is a physiotherapist with extensive experience in private practice, having worked in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Steven treats all general injuries and is specialised in treating acute or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis of the neck, thoracic or lower spine. Steven provides hands on treatment consisting of soft tissue release, mobilisation and home exercises.

Steven graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Anna Wood

Anna is a physiotherapist with an interest in sport and sport related injuries. She has been to 4 Olympic Games as an athlete and to one Olympics as a staff member. Anna is very passionate in keeping people active and healthy as they mature and likes to contribute positively to her clients long term health, well-being and quality of life.

Anna has been practicing for 30 years and holds a Masters Degrees in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy.

Patrick Green

Patrick is a physiotherapist with a clinical focus in musculoskeletal private practice which has allowed him to gain extensive experience with a wide variety of patients and conditions including elite level athletes, professional dancers, industry and office workers, children and the elderly. His special interest areas include persistent and recurring pain, injuries to the shoulders and knees, as well as headache and migraine treatments.

Patrick graduated in 2013 and holds a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Exercise Science at the University of Tasmania.

Dr Romana Bowd

Romana Bowd has been working as a psychologist for over 15 years. This has included working in hospitals, community health, community corrections, community organisations such as Lifeline and the Domestic Violence Resource Centre and has had her own private practice for over 10 years. Romana has also worked as a research officer and an academic researcher and tutor at the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology in health promotion and health education, and has continued her professional development by achieving her PhD in e-health (telehealth) and communication and relationship building.

Romana specialises in the treatment of anxiety, phobia, depression, personal and couple counselling, sports performance, motivation, alcohol and drug dependence, crisis and trauma counselling, physical and sexual abuse, employee assistance, medico-legal assistance and relaxation programs.

THERAPY MODALITIES
CBT, Solution Focussed, Change-Oriented, Family Therapy, Person Centred, Reality Therapy.

Email: info@romanabowdpsychology.com.au

Web: romanabowdpsychology.com.au

Jon O’Dwyer

Jon is an Exercise Physiologist with over 10 years experience working in rehabilitation, athletic and normal population settings. Jon is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) and a Tactical Strength & Conditioning Coach (TSASCA) . Jon is an integral member of Core’s injury rehabilitation team with a highly successful track record of creating and delivering effective exercise interventions for post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic disease management and industrial strengthening & work hardening for injured workers. He has rehabilitated workers from a wide variety of industrial and military occupations, ensuring their ability to confidently return to physically demanding roles. Jon also has considerable experience as an athletic strength and conditioning coach working with elite adolescent and young adult athletes; using proven testing protocols, strength and speed & agility programs to gain the performance outcomes they need to succeed at the highest of sporting competitions.

Jon graduated in 2005 and holds a combined bachelor of Human Movements (BAppliSci (HMS)) and Business Management (BBusMgmt) from QUT.

Ashlea De’Cent

Ashlea is a physiotherapist with a keen interest in musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. She has a passion for helping people get back to being pain free and doing what they love to do.

Ashlea can perform a range of treatment techniques individually tailored to your needs. These may include exercise prescription, manual therapy, strapping, clinical pilates, hydrotherapy and injury prevention and maintaining independence education. She is a strong believer in holistic treatment and will support you through your journey, progressing you from hands on treatment to return of function.

Ashlea graduated in 2017 and holds a Master of Physiotherapy (Griffith University) and a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Griffith University).

Thomas Cyprien

Thomas is a Physiotherapist with a key interest in sports injuries and all musculoskeletal conditions including pre and post op rehabilitation. Thomas is an integral part of our mobile rehabilitation team with both hydrotherapy and gym based rehabilitation becoming a key part of his clinical work.

Thomas graduated in 2018 having completed a dual degree in exercise science and physiotherapy at Griffith University.

Johnny Tawhara

Johnny is a physiotherapist with extensive knowledge of sporting injuries, chronic pain, exercise prescription and work related injuries. He has applied his interest in Sports Physiotherapy, not just clinically, but also outside the clinic, with many years involvement as physio to sporting teams such as the Coomera Crushers Rugby Union team and elite athletes such as the national champions in Mixed Martial Arts. Johnny is passionate about helping people achieve their goals, whether it be as an elite athlete, weekend warrior or the non-athletically inclined!

Johnny graduated in 2011 from The University of Otago. He then obtained a Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy in 2015 and a Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 2017. In 2019 Johnny completed a postgraduate Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Ray Koppe

Ray graduated from the University of Queensland and spent three years as Head Physiotherapist at the Bundaberg General Hospital. Ray previously owned private practices in Bundaberg and Noosa, working across all areas of physiotherapy including antenatal and women’s health, spinal mobilisation, postoperative care and pain relief. Ray has studied in and practices a combination of Maitland, McKenzie and Mulligan style treatments. Ray has completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 in Sports Medicine whilst working with AFL teams in Noosa and running an after-hours drop in clinic for sports injuries.

Ray is also as a highly qualified Acupuncturist. He has studied in China and New Zealand and holds acupuncture qualifications from Queensland, NSW and RMIT Melbourne.

Over the many years of general practice including his years at Banyo Physiotherapy, Ray has gained an increasing interest in aged care and pain control,  with an emphasis on treating preventatively and maintaining mobility.

Jeremy Putman

Jeremy is a physiotherapist with a love of sport and fitness that developed into a focus of helping people return to activity as quickly as possible. He incorporates resistance-based exercise into the management and rehabilitation of injuries. Jeremy likes to use clinical pilates and manual techniques in his treatments and addresses patient care with a holistic approach. Other key interests are chronic pain, headaches, low back pain and pre and post-operative spinal surgery management.

Jeremy graduated in 2017 and holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University. He also has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from the University of Sydney.

 

Valentine Akem

Valentine is a physiotherapist who initially worked within private practice in North Queensland and was the head Physiotherapist for local rugby league and AFL clubs. He then completed a two year period working in the United Kingdom within the private and public sector. Val gained invaluable experience treating and developing management plans for injuries of varying complexity. He uses an active based rehabilitation approach in conjunction with manual therapy techniques to help clients get back on top of things.

His clinical interest areas include neck and back pain, sporting injuries – particularly lower limb, postural related headaches and pain (desk work, study etc), post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation and tendon pain.

Valentine graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University.

Laura Fraser

After graduating Laura worked extensively as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice where she acquired a special interest in Women’s Health. She incorporates a range of manual treatment techniques with individualised exercise programs including clinical pilates and hydrotherapy to improve pain and movement for many conditions.

Laura also followed her passion of working with children and families into the Education system where she specialised in paediatrics for almost 9 years. Laura worked with a multitude of different childhood conditions affecting movement in children. She focuses on achieving movement milestones in infants, developing gross motor abilities in the areas of strength, balance, coordination and ball skills in school-aged children and strength and conditioning training for teenagers. Laura also has a special interest working with children with disabilities including conditions with physical impairments to maintain range of movement and improve strength, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder and the importance of sensory motor integration in the development of gross motor skills.

Laura graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science (double degree) from Griffith University.

Matt Roser

Matt is a physiotherapist with over 10 years experience and is a credentialed therapist in the renowned Mckenzie method.

Matt has provided refined clinical expertise and treatment methods across a diverse range of settings, providing an individualised and hands-on approach to the New Zealand Defence Force, onsite occupational work sites and working with both international and professional sporting teams. His special interests include treating spinal and sporting injuries, chronic pain and musculoskeletal injuries, ergonomics, functional rehabilitation programs and vocational/occupational rehabilitation management.

Matt graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, completing his Post-Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation at the Auckland University of Technology in 2015.

Nick Dodemont

Nick is a physiotherapist with a strong sporting background having previously worked as a physiotherapist to the Brisbane Roar FC (Youth Development).

Prior to joining Core in early 2014, Nick worked extensively in the field of occupational physiotherapy within the construction industry, as the head physiotherapist on the largest construction site in Australia (and one of the largest in the world). His special interests include sports rehabilitation and occupational rehabilitation. Able to treat all areas, Nick has a keen interest in the neck, lower back and knees, and rehabilitation from initial onset through to higher level gym programs and return to sport and work.

Nick graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland.

Read Nick’s latest blog on Posture and Headaches here!

Drew Singleton

Drew Singleton is an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist and Occupational Rehabilitation provider with 20 years clinical experience in private practice.  His role as Clinical Coordinator focuses on steering Core’s interdisciplinary team towards best-practice management of patients presenting with complex musculoskeletal injuries, and persistent pain presentations. 

His passion lies in the initial assessment and understanding of various factors which contribute to his patients’ complex pain presentations, before goal setting and integrating with his team at Core for exceptional patient outcomes. 

Drew has completed a Postgraduate Masters of Medicine (Pain Management) from Sydney University, is an active member of several Australian Pain Rehabilitation Organisations, and holds guest lecturer/leadership roles at various professional organisations across Queensland.

Expertise in:
Pre and Post Operative Spinal Rehabilitation
Acute and Chronic Back and Neck pain
Complex Injury Management Services
Coordination of Persistent Pain Management and Specialist Spinal Injury Triage Clinics
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based

Donna McCook

Donna McCook, Director at Core Healthcare Group, Senior Physiotherapist and Exercise Physiologist with over 25 years of clinical experience. Donna provides both clinical services and mentorship to our clinical staff, specialising in the areas of complex spinal, shoulder and lower limb injury treatment, management and rehabilitation.

Donna has completed Post Graduate Qualifications in Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology having completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy, a Masters in Health Science, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinically Applied Exercise Science. She conducts seminars both nationally and internationally on back and shoulder clinical presentations, clinical reasoning and evidence-based rehabilitation.

Donna treats a vast range of injuries and conditions including acute neck and lower back injuries, chronic back pain, and complex upper limb injuries. Donna also has a keen interest is devising exercise programs for patients’ recovery following cancer treatment. 

Expertise in:
Post Operative Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Acute  and Chronic Back and Neck pain
Complex Injury Management Services
Involvement in Persistent Pain Management and Specialist Spinal Injury Triage Clinics
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based
Cancer Rehabilitation

Joel McPhee

Joel completed a Bachelor of Physical Education (BPhEd) double majoring in Sport Science and Exercise Prescription; and a double degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the Otago University in Dunedin, NZ. He also has a Masters in Physiotherapy (MPhtySt) from the University of Queensland and is an Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

Joel brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our team, having worked in both private and occupational rehabilitation. Clinically, Joel has extensive experience in workplace injury assessment and treatment as well as rehabilitation of all injuries and conditions including sports, spinal, shoulder and lower limb, persistent pain and functional rehabilitation (hydrotherapy and gym based exercise programs).  He also oversees our Core Sports Physiotherapy program and is heavily involved in the mentoring of our clinical staff.

Expertise in:
Sports Injury Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation
Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
Persistent Pain and Complex Work Injury Management Services
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based

Greg Stewart

Greg Stewart is a Senior Physiotherapist and Injury Management Advisor with Core, who brings over 10 years’ experience in clinical private practice in musculoskeletal, persistent pain and neurological rehabilitation. Greg also holds a degree in Biomedical Science previously working in both a hospital and research setting in cardiac sciences.

Greg specialises in the evaluation and treatment of spinal, shoulder and lower limb including pre and post operative rehabilitation protocol prescription (inclusive of hydro and gym based exercise programs) as well as persistent pain and complex injury management.

Greg is involved with several industries and organisations in providing early intervention triage and treatment for work related injuries including exercise prescription and advice regarding body mechanics, movement precautions and work restrictions. He has worked closely with many occupational physicians performing pre-employment and functional capacity assessments along with injury management and return to work planning.

Greg’s role as a partner with Core Healthcare enables him to assist in driving the partnerships with specialist and local and larger businesses to provide premium services in physiotherapy to the Northern and Southern Gold Coast Regions. This includes both clinical treatment and offsite rehabilitation for Workcover QLD and NSW, SIRA, Sonic Healthcare, Suncorp and Allianz.

 

Expertise in:
Post Operative Spinal and Orthopaedic Rehabilitation – Spinal, Shoulder and Lower Limb
Persistent Pain and Complex Injury Management Services
Involvement in Persistent Pain Management and Complex Spinal Injury Triage Clinics/Programs
Functional Rehabilitation – Aquatic and Gym based exercise including biomechanical assessment and rehabilitation

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