Physiotherapist, Pain Management
Patrick graduated from Griffith University on the Gold Coast in 2011 with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy and a Bachelor in Exercise Science. Patrick’s main area of interest is persistent pain of the back, neck and hip. He has completed a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Sydney and is passionate about assisting those with chronic injuries. A firm believer in continuing education, he is currently studying his Master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland.
Upon graduation, Patrick worked in the public hospital sector gaining experience in a wide variety of clinical areas before moving to Melbourne for a 5-year period in 2013 where he was working in a musculoskeletal and sports clinic. He has gained wide experience working with sporting teams, orthopaedic surgeons and sports physicians to develop his skills in this area.
Outside of work Patrick loves anything sports related (AFL and tennis mostly), enjoys going to the gym to work off some steam and can’t wait for the day the mighty Brisbane Lions make another three-peat!
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:
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.
Evin graduated with an honours degree in 2013 in Ireland. He is currently completing his Masters degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the NSCA and an accredited member of the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association.
He worked in the world-renowned Sports Surgery Clinic in Dublin, within a large multidisciplinary team including orthopaedic consultants, sports and exercise medicine physicians, strength and conditioning coaches and biomechanists. This gave him high exposure to a wide range of musculoskeletal presentations and injuries. In his time there, he was involved in SSC’S world leading research programme delivering rehabilitation for ACL injury and reconstruction and athletic groin pain.
Evin is very interested in the lower limb and uses his knowledge of strength and conditioning to bridge the gap between rehabilitation and return to performance in the athletic population and return to function in the general population. In his last year, he was lead physiotherapist for the Foot and Ankle stream in the Sports Surgery Clinic where he developed a specialist interest in the area.
He is excited about working in Australia with Physiotec and the new challenge of applying his skills and knowledge base to the Australian population.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.