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Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Physiotherapist @ drchenphysio.com

Special interests in neck, back, hip, shoulder & arm pain, Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)

Chen is from Singapore and has been a physiotherapist since 2009. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2017, 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 exercise and ergonomic interventions and sensorimotor dysfunction. Altogether, Chen has co-authored 8 publications in the manual therapy, physical therapy, and occupational health journals. Chen is also a casual clinical tutor, examiner, and guest lecturer to physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland since 2014.

Chen’s clinical interests are as follows:

  • Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders (HSDs)
  • Hypermobile Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
  • 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)

A combination of advice and education, real time ultrasound (RTUS), electrical muscle stimulation, strapping/taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques are utilised in her practice. Chen continually improves her practice by keeping up with the latest technology, skills, and research.

In her free time, Chen maintains her physio related website/blog at drchenphysio.com. Outside of work, she enjoys walking her Kelpie Cross, hiking, gym and rock climbing.

Links to Chen’s publications and media appearances related to her research are listed below:

Honors & Awards:

  • 2017 Dean’s Award for Outstanding Higher Degree by Research Theses (University of Queensland)
  • 2013-2017 Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship (Australian Federal Government)
  • 2012 University Merit Award (University of South Australia)
  • 2012 Three Minute Thesis Finalist (University of Queensland)
Megan Power

Megan Power

Megan Power

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 and Hypermobility.

Megan assists Dr Alison Grimaldi with data collation associated with our Hip & Groin rehabilitation programs and her research work at the University of Queensland and is also working with Physio-Network, a company providing online research reviews for physiotherapists to promote evidence-based practice.

Megan enjoys running, touch football and Pilates and she teaches both group and individual Pilates classes here at Physiotec.

Sharon Hennessey

Sharon Hennessey

Sharon Hennessey

Sharon completed her physiotherapy degree, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with concurrent research-based honours, at the University of Queensland in 1997. In the first five years of her career, Sharon worked in a diverse range of physiotherapy special interest areas including general hospital medical/surgical, intensive care, burns, paediatrics, women’s health, neurology, rheumatology, amputees, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, inpatient/outpatient neuro-rehabilitation, gerontology, palliative care and musculoskeletal outpatients. Sharon has worked in major teaching hospitals in Brisbane, Australia and London, England as well as smaller rural based clinics and urban practices.

As well as working in various hospital facilities, Sharon worked concurrently in musculo-skeletal outpatients/private practice for the first eight years of her career. In the more recent 12 years of her career she has worked solely in Brisbane in private physiotherapy practices and has been working at PhysioTec with Dr Alison Grimaldi since 2010.

She has extensive experience in the management of hip, pelvic, spinal and shoulder pain and developing targeted rehabilitation programs and teaching pilates, use of real time ultrasound for muscle recruitment training, integrated dry needling approaches and more recently added the Compex muscle stimulator to her rehabilitation strategies.

Sharon has a special passion for treating those with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She has recently attended Ehlers-Danlos conferences in the USA and Sydney. Her primary aim is to achieve meaningful functional and quality-of-life improvements for patients with individualized and paced exercise programs. Sharon uses a problem-solving approach to achieve goals and improve function in this often-complicated group of individuals. As the Hypermobility Team Leader at PhysioTec, Sharon mentors other team members regarding evidence-informed care for this group of people. She is always interested in fostering relationships with other professionals who have a special interest in this field of connective tissue disorders.

Sharon believes that a broad knowledge base is paramount in understanding her clients who present with a multi-faceted issue. With this in mind, Sharon is very proactive with her approach to regular professional education, reviewing clinical research and adapting her treatment approach appropriately as new evidence emerges.