Dr Alison Grimaldi
Alison is our Principal Physiotherapist, with 25 years of clinical experience and particular expertise in the management of hip, groin and lumbo-pelvic pain and dysfunction. Alison also has a special interest in the assessment and optimisation of lumbo-pelvic and lower limb biomechanics for running, change of direction and all weightbearing sports, aiming to maximize an athlete’s performance outcomes and minimize risks of injury or re-injury.
Alison completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 1990, a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 1997, and her Doctorate in Philosophy in the Field of Physiotherapy (PhD) in 2008. Her PhD studies were concerned with improving our understanding of hip muscle function and the relationship with hip joint pathology and weightbearing stimulus. These studies involved research collaboration with the European Space Agency. Alison continues to be passionate about extending our understanding of why we develop problems around the hip and pelvis, and what we can do to most effectively prevent and manage these problems. She is currently involved with research studies through the University of Queensland and University of Melbourne, co-supervises a number of PhD students, and has pioneered the use of Real Time Ultrasound technology for the assessment and retraining of muscle function around the hip & pelvis.
It is one of Alison’s core beliefs that research should be relevant to clinical practice and helping the patients we treat every day, and that physiotherapists in the community should have access to this valuable information to allow them to transfer this knowledge into clinical practice as quickly as possible. To this end, Alison continues to publish, present and provide practical workshops for other health professionals. Alison has published a number of papers in scientific journals, has contributed detailed information freely accessible via podcasts by PhysioEdge (itunes) and the British Journal of Sports Medicine (SoundCloud), and has recently contributed to 3 leading physiotherapy and sports medicine text books. Alison is a visiting lecturer at Masters level at Queensland University, and also runs weekend seminars and courses around Australia & overseas with a focus on muscle function, therapeutic exercise, and the use of real time ultrasound in clinical practice. She has presented at many state, national & international conferences as an Invited or Keynote Speaker, and has run international seminars in England, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Alison established Physiotec in 2005 and continues a clinical load, working with patients with complex hip and lumbopelvic conditions, and across a broad spectrum of sports, including elite level triathlon, running, dance, cricket, athletics & swimming. She also spends a considerable amount of time mentoring her excellent staff, ensuring they are up-to-date and able to provide a high level of clinical expertise for management of musculoskeletal problems.
Rebecca is our amazing Administration Manager and has been an integral part of the PhysioTec team since 2006. She is not only part of the furniture (just joking Bec) but a part of the family (Bec is actually Nunz’s cousin). Rebecca ensures the clinic operates smoothly, keeping the files and accounts in order….and the physio’s! Coming from a background of 15 years in childcare, she has the diverse skillset to manage the dynamics of a busy physiotherapy clinic.
Coming from a background of 11 years in Primary School teaching in Qld, Sue’s family made a huge move to Melbourne where she began working for a family Osteo clinic and eventually managing it after 10 years service.
Sue has recently moved back to Brisbane to be closer to family. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two teenage children and loves walking her French bulldog, Buddy.
Kristy has a diverse background in Fitness, Administration and Human Services (Youth Work).
Kristy has previously worked in a broad range of Administration roles in a Allied Health (Physio) Organisation and fitness health club settings.
She is currently studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise (Honours) (Clinical Exercise Physiology) and has qualifications in previous studies in Human services (Counselling).
Kristy also works as a Personal trainer and Group fitness instructor teaching Les Mills (yoga blended and dance programs), Pilates and group training HIIT classes which keeps her very busy and active.
She loves dancing, cooking, all types of exercise and singing and yes (karaoke!)
Nunz has over 30 years of experience in business operations, management and administration – 13 years as an employee in state and national management roles and then 18 years as an independent business owner. Nunz’s support is an essential part of the PhysioTec team. He also has a long term love of and association with sport, particularly cricket, and is a Cricket Australia Accredited Coach.
Oh, and he’s a pretty useful handyman too…
Carolyn Uhlmann – Registered Psychologist
Carolyn is a registered Psychologist with AHPRA, who is experienced in providing support to people across a range of areas such as; living with acute & chronic health issues, Diabetes, chronic & acute pain, mental health & emotional well-being, trauma, body image and eating issues. Carolyn is also experienced in providing support to those caring for a person with health, disability or mental health issues.
Carolyn currently works part-time as part of a large Diabetes medical team. Previously Carolyn has worked in hospital, health, community and private practice settings. Carolyn is trained in and utilises a number of evidence based practice such as;
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Behavioural therapies
- Coaching techniques
Carolyn values the opportunity to work with people when they face changes and challenges in their life; providing support, and developing skills and strategies to adjust, cope and continue to live a life of value. Carolyn has a strong interest in working with people experiencing health issues, and changes in their health.
In addition, Carolyn is a skilled and experience supervisor and provides professional and clinical supervision to psychologists and other allied health professionals, and is a registered Psychology supervisor with AHPRA.
Carolyn is an associate member of the Australian Psychology Society (APS). Carolyn completed a Bachelor of Science at University of Southern Qld, before completing her Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Central Queensland University. Prior to being a Psychologist Carolyn worked as a primary and special education teacher for Education Qld, and worked extensively in the disability sector. Carolyn is currently completing a Professional Certificate of Health & Wellness Coaching, with Wellness Coaching Australia.
Dr Xiaoqi Chen
Special interest in neck pain, headache & jaw pain
Originally from Singapore, Chen has now made Brisbane home. Chen has been a physiotherapist since 2009, and recently completed her PhD at the University of Queensland which studied the risk factors associated with neck pain, and the impact of workplace-based interventions on neck pain in office workers (2017). Her passion to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice is manifested in her publications related to virtual reality gaming technology, and exercise and ergonomic interventions for neck pain. Altogether, Chen has authored and co-authored 5 publications in the Manual Therapy, and Physical Therapy journals, with more publications currently in preparation. Chen was also a clinical tutor and guest lecturer to physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland from 2014-2017.
Chen’s clinical interests include chronic neck and back pain, headache, jaw pain, work-related, and motor vehicle accident related injuries such as whiplash. Chen utilises a combination of manual therapy, taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, and exercise prescription in her practice. Chen continually strives to improve her practice by keeping up to date with the latest technology, skills, and research.
Chen strongly believes in providing her clients with the highest level of service by regular communication with their general practitioner, specialists, and other health professionals. Chen routinely sets objective goals with her clients, and helps them take control of their problem by equipping them with appropriate self-management strategies.
In her free time, Chen enjoys her weekly tennis, running and gym, and exploring the Australian hinterland via weekend getaways and bushwalking trips.
Links to Chen’s publications and media appearances related to her research:
Len graduated with a BSc Honours Degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin in 2012. He then joined the world renowned Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, Ireland. In this unique setting with a large multidisciplinary team including orthopaedic consultants, sports and exercise medicine physicians, strength and conditioning coaches and biomechanists, Len was heavily involved in delivering and implementing the hugely successful GROIN and ACL pathways. He was also involved in undergoing research and has a strong interest in biomechanics, orthopaedics, overload and tendon injuries.
Outside of the clinic, Len was team Physiotherapist for Dublin Under 21 Hurlers for two consecutive seasons. He is has a keen interest in Gaelic games, Soccer and Rugby. He also has considerable interest in Strength and Conditioning and is certified in Dry Needling.
Len made the move to Australia to gain an even wider experience and education base, planning to complete a flexible delivery Masters in Physiotherapy Programme at the University of Queensland in the near future. He has undergone intensive training with Dr Alison Grimaldi and is helping Physiotec develop and implement specific, integrated programmes for Hip, Groin, Back, Knee, Hamstring & Running injuries.
Bike Fit Analyst
Eric has been a qualified Physiotherapist since 2004, having worked in a variety of clinical settings from medical centres to holistic health centres before joining PhysioTec. Currently he splits his time between PhysioTec and providing onsite injury management services to a variety of manual handling industries.
His interests in physiotherapy are neck and upper back pain, cycling related pain and injuries and dry needling. Eric is a competitive cyclist himself, runs his own cycling crew, MIA, and is passionate about all things cycling. He provides our bike fit service and is a wealth of knowledge where it comes to balancing optimal performance outcomes and recovery from injury or training fatigue. In his spare time he also enjoys keeping a great looking tropical aquarium.
Gym and Program Coordinator
Colm graduated from the University of Limerick in 2007 with an Honours Degree in Physiotherapy.
Colm has worked in a variety of clinical settings including musculoskeletal practices, MS Ireland and Sports teams. He worked for 6 years with Munster Rugby in Elite Rugby Union in Ireland and Europe.
Within Physiotherapy he has a particular interest in Hip injuries and Gym based rehabilitation for people returning to sport/post-surgery.
Colm has moved to Physiotec to further his experience and using his experience in Elite Rugby to help implement gym based rehabilitation programs in the clinic. A lifelong Learner, Colm is constantly keen to learn and work at a high level and regularly completes up to date professional development. He intends to complete a Masters from the University of Queensland in the near Future.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Colm is a keen sportsman having played Gaelic Football and Hurling at club level. He also loves to play the guitar and banjo.
Sharon is always willing to take on clients with challenging conditions as she believes that everyone can improve and loves working with individuals to problem solve and achieve their goals.
Sharon completed her physiotherapy degree with honours from the University of Queensland in 1997. In the first five years of her career she developed a very broad knowledge base working in all areas of physiotherapy including hospital inpatient, neurological rehabilitation, women’s health, paediatrics and musculoskeletal therapy. Two of these years were spent working in London in large teaching hospitals and small rural based practices honing her problem solving skills and learning a diverse range of treatment modalities.
On returning from the UK in 2003, Sharon has been working in musculoskeletal private practices in Brisbane and joined the PhysioTec team in 2010.
Sharon attends physiotherapy training courses regularly with highlights including Pilates training, hypermobility/Ehlers-Danlos conferences, dry needling and weekly training/mentoring with Dr Alison Grimaldi (PhysioTec principal).
Sharon has a special passion treating those with joint hypermobility syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome as she has seen firsthand the progress and improvements that can be achieved with individualised, paced exercise programs.
As well as more traditional physiotherapy techniques (such as massage and mobilisation) Sharon has training in an integrated dry needling approach which looks at an individual’s issue within the broader view of the limb and body it inhabits.
Sharon enjoys progressing people into the gym for active exercise and Pilates. While always attempting to progress an individual’s strength she also balances this with an element of pacing and caution to ensure that any negative impacts of exercise are minimized.
Sharon relaxes by swimming, laughing and enjoying time with her young family.
Annie has always wanted to pursue a career that would allow her to help people make a difference in their lives. Her goal is to help pain sufferers to break their viscous pain cycle and not let it interfere with their lives.
After finishing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at University of Queensland, she has been keeping up with her learning and always making sure that she has the most up-to-date knowledge and skills. The techniques she has learned throughout the years include dry-needling, kinesio-taping, muscle energy and Mulligan techniques.
Working together with your other health professionals, Annie will always help you to find a realistic treatment plan that will fit into your lifestyle and help you to achieve your goals.
Clinical Pilates is one of Annie’s special interests. She believes it is one of the most effective rehabilitation tools to help people to recover from their injuries and most importantly, prevent their injuries from reoccurring. Her other special interests include the treatment of adult and paediatric musculoskeletal injuries (both acute and chronic), hypermobility, women’s health. Annie has had extra training in the assessment and management of pelvic floor dysfunction, incontinence and urgency and has run special classes for pregnant women and new mothers. Her happy disposition and fun, friendly nature also help her to relate to children.
Her idea of the perfect weekend is watching the sunrise from her bike at the break of dawn, followed by relaxing in a nice café with the company of friends before enjoying a beautiful sunset, bringing the day to a close.
Kirsty qualified in 1998 as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours in the UK. Coming to Australia in 2000, she has worked with and treated a multitude of sporting disciplines including triathlon at the Goodwill Games and Brisbane Premiership rugby union.
For 5 years she provided physiotherapy for the Australian Short Track Speed Skating, traveling extensively to World Cups. In 2006 she was selected as a Physiotherapist for the Australian Team at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Having completed her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2006, she focused her attentions on tennis and became a Physiotherapist for the Australian Tennis Open, continuing this until present day. Her wide experience with sporting teams has provided her with a high level of expertise in the management of acute and overuse sports injuries.
In addition, she has been involved in teaching, including within the University of Queensland post-grad Physiotherapy courses as well as running courses for Physiotherapists nationally.
Of special interest to Kirsty is the treatment of injuries relating to the hip, shoulder and lower limb complex. Her skills involve screening evaluation to correct muscle imbalances and joint alignment – both in the treatment and prevention of injury – as well as a high level of hands-on treatment skills. Kirsty also has a high level of skill in the use of real time ultrasound for muscles assessment and rehabilitation around the trunk, hip and shoulder.
Dip Rem Mass
Trina completed her Physiotherapy degree in 2002 in the Philippines where she then worked and specialized in Sports Physiotherapy, with a particular interest in rehabilitation of lower limb injuries and post-surgical recovery.
In 2005 Trina came to Australia and completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, and the following year a obtained a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2006 at The Australian College of Natural Medicine. Trina has worked as a Sports Physiotherapist with various sporting teams in the Philippines and as a sports trainer and Physiotherapist with the AFL team Mayne Tigers in Queensland from 2005-2008. Trina has a special interest in sport and rock climbing injuries as well as injuries relating to the hip, knee, ankle and foot complex.
Trina is currently in Italy with her partner who is completing a post doctoral project in Genoa. She is acting as our foreign correspondent, keeping you up to date via Facebook and our online Newsletter. We are looking forward to her return. Come home soon Trina!
Julie Allen – Physiotherapist
Julie Allen is an empathetic, caring and delightful physiotherapist with nearly 20 years experience in both sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation for chronic neck and back pain. She is passionate about tailoring exercise filled with enjoyment, skills and interests. Julie is also a survivor of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and has drawn on both her professional expertise and own cancer experience to develop the Next Program – A physiotherapy approach to post cancer treatment rehabilitation. Julie offers individual tailored rehabilitation options, in addition to group support sessions. Her aim is to assist cancer survivors regain a level of physical and psychological health and wellbeing in a quest for improvement in quality of life.
She obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 1994. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)and endorsed by the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). She works closely with The Queensland Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. She also provides service to clients of Haematology Oncology Clinics of Australasia (HOCA) and their clinical network company: Integrated Clinical Oncology Network (ICON).
Visit The Pentimento Project founded by Julie Allen
Megan completed her post graduate Physiotherapy Masters degree at the University of Sydney and has an undergraduate Bachelor degree in Health and Exercise Science from the University of New South Wales.
Megan’s primary interest area is within Women’s Health and she treats a variety of conditions including pelvic floor weakness and stress/urge incontinence for women of all ages, as well as pre and post-natal women. She has undergone extra training in this field and has presented to community groups regarding Women’s Health issues. Megan is also passionate about restoring optimal movement and function for areas surrounding the hip and pelvis, as well as with running injuries.
Megan enjoys running, touch football and Pilates and she teaches both group and individual Pilates classes here at Physiotec.
Louise has a double Masters having completed her Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2012 and a Master of Sports Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Queensland. The Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy has provided Louise with superior skills in assessing and treating acute and chronic spinal conditions, as well as a broad range of upper and lower limb conditions. The Masters of Sports Physiotherapy has equipped Louise in thorough assessment and treatment of a wide range of sporting injuries with attention to biomechanics, management of injury, and return to participation. Louise has additional training in dry needling techniques and dynamic taping.
Having grown up with a passion for dance, Louise has a special interest in assisting dancers through injury recovery, optimising technique, and assisting in injury prevention. She has attended multiple additional courses for dancers including the treatment of hip, foot and ankle injuries, pre-pointe assessment, and flexibility workshops. She completed her Pilates instructor classes at Dance Medicine Australia, Melbourne.
Louise enjoys attending a variety of gym based exercise classes to maintain fitness and general well being. She is also a keen snow skier and has developed our “Snow-Fit” classes to assist snowboarders and skiers prepare for their next snow adventure. If she isn’t in the clinic, Louise will usually be found in a country somewhere enjoying the snow!