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).
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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.
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.
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.