I am a physiotherapist, yoga teacher, wellness advocate and educator. I am equal parts nerd, jock and hippie. In becoming a yoga teacher I did not turn vegetarian, nor did I cease having the occasional beer with my mates. I love the outdoors especially when that involves the ocean. Surfing is undoubtedly my number one pastime.
I am passionate about what I know but realise that ‘knowing’ something is a fluid concept. I enjoy asking and being asked great questions. I love understanding and integrating different paradigms and am happy to be proven wrong (just not all the time!).
I reject radicalism in all forms. I believe clinging to one dogma is ultimately short-sighted and that collaboration encourages innovation. I realise that people are doing the best they can with the information they have at hand. There has been more than enough of the ‘how to’; we need to understand more of the WHY. I have a great life – I have good health, a great partner, friends, and family; I have travelled the world, and I have learnt from teachers amazing, as they are diverse.
I believe that when you know how your body works, it will work better for you. This is my effort to give back.
I believe we can do things better in health.
My consultations prioritise identifying not only the problem but also the underlying causes, before outlining a clear path to optimised health. As an adolescent athlete, I was a frequent user of physiotherapy services and I saw first-hand what physiotherapy could do for injury management and athletic performance.
Following my undergraduate degree and sports medicine diploma in New Zealand, I spent time working in many different professional areas in New Zealand, England and now Australia. I believe this varied experience has shaped my philosophy of an individual’s health being a team effort.
Now, as a provider of physiotherapy services to Athletics Australia and Queensland Academy of Sport Athletics, my speciality is running injury prevention, rehabilitation and performance.
I work best with anyone who is serious about helping themselves to live a healthy and active lifestyle.
Like the other members of the Health Collab, I value the “why” of an injury. While there are a lot of excellent treatments that can provide short term pain relief, I like to spend my time trying to find the “glue” – the key to treatment that holds makes recovery stick and provides long term solutions. I am not here to tell you what to do, true patient centred health care means that all treatment decisions are joint decisions based on the best knowledge and evidence I can provide.
I have worked with sports teams starting with university level Netball and amateur AFL, working my way up to semi-professional teams including North Brisbane Cougars Netball, who I continue to work with for the 2020-2021 seasons.
I am in the final year of my Masters of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy through La Trobe University which has included further study into the treatment of sports-related concussion. Through courses and further education my areas of special interest include the shoulder and hip, as well as acute muscle injuries.
There are no hot packs or ultrasound machines to be found in this practice. Our physio sessions are built around the individual. With your dedicated 1-hour initial appointment rest assured that there will be no stone unturned in uncovering the root cause of your issue. Highly skilled assessment and treatment is paired with education, easy to understand self-treatment techniques and prevention strategies.
Yoga is a practice for your mind and body. Most people come to yoga to improve their flexibility but in the process they uncover much more. Yoga improves strength, mobility, body awareness, breath awareness, balance, mental clarity, sleep quality…I could go on all day (or at least all page!)
Yoga at THC integrates knowledge from diverse fields to help all our clients to discover how to most effectively find their equilibrium. Discover the power in your neutral spine and the intrinsic focus your relaxed and calm breath generates. Learn through movement and discover just how good a balanced and energised mind and body can feel.
If you have an injury concern or are just starting out and would like a detailed assessment you can book a private 60-minute consult. It is much easier to learn properly first rather than unlearning later!
The Health Collab specialises in assessment and treatment of swimming athletes of all ages and skill levels. Whether you are looking for a solution to an injury, injury prevention strategies or ways to optimise performance, you are in good hands. We use swimming specific screening and movement analysis tools and collaborate with coaches, athletes and other health professionals to ensure the best outcome possible for each individual.
This year saw the release of the Q Swim app. The app aims to help deliver swim screen capabilities and high quality educational content to all swimmers in Queensland. Tom continues to be strongly involved in the education of young swimmers around the state through the Regional development and talent ID camps.
Watch the video Tom produced for Swimming Queensland demonstrating some new ideas on how to get the most out of a pre-swim activation routine. We are always happy to share the knowledge. If you would like to arrange a pool deck visit or would like more information please just email or call and we would be more than happy to help.
This treatment is much like a hitting the ‘reset button’ for muscle. Dry needling involves needling altered or dysfunctional tissues in order to improve or restore function. Commonly, this involves needling myofascial trigger points.
Dry needling causes a neurophysiological tissue response where the muscle contracts and subsequently ‘resets’. It is an effective method to promote resolution of both acute and chronic painful conditions. It is a favourite of elite and recreational athletes alike because of its quick results allowing you to get back to what you love doing sooner.
Taking inspiration from people from diverse fields, cultures, ethnicities, ages, lifestyles is the way to best way to guide individuals and the community at large toward the larger goal of optimal health. This is the age of collaboration.