Staff Profiles

Performance Rehab have a large team of highly qualified practitioners to assist you with all your health needs. As well as highly trained physiotherapists, we have pilates instructors, massage therapists and a health psychologist so you can benefit from the variety of services we offer.

 

Practice Owners

 

Director – Tracy Spencer BPhty; MPhty, (Musculoskeletal), Pilates Int. Cert.

Tracy Spencer staff imageTracy is a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.  Her areas of interest include post-neurosurgery rehabilitation, spinal dysfunction, core stability assessment and progression, acupuncture and fibromyalgia.  Tracy has had 30 years physiotherapy experience as a clinician, researcher and lecturer. She is a recent past president of APA(Q),member of the Queensland Board of the Physiotherapy Board of Australia and accreditation surveyor for QIP/AGPAL. She is also Director of Rivercity Rehab providing inpatient services to the Neurosciences Department at the Mater Misericordiae Private Hospital.

 

Director - Mark Comerford BPhty, MCSP

Mark Staff imageMark worked clinically at the Mater Public Hospital and lectured at the University of Queensland before moving to the UK in 1992. Having researched and practised extensively for 30 years, he has established postgraduate courses in dynamic stability and muscle balance. His other companies, Kinetic Control and Performance Stability, present courses worldwide in 20 countries and 7 languages. He also consults for various sporting and professional organisations around the world such as the Chicago Bulls. Mark has published several papers on the integration of local and global muscle retraining to enhance joint stability function.

 

Director – Sue Roll BPhty; Grad Dip Manipulative Therapy, BA(Psychology)

Sue Roll staff imageSue is a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She has lectured on spinal pain and segmental muscle control in Australia, United Kingdom, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Canada and New Zealand and consults on lumbo-pelvic rehabilitation and complex spinal pain syndromes. She was a senior clinical physiotherapist on the prestigious Harley Street, London before returning to Australia. Her expertise is in complex case management: diagnosing the pathology and coordinating the best combined medical approach. Sue has been a member of the spinal pain research group at the University of Queensland and an associate lecturer, clinical educator and examiner for the masters of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy courses at the University of Queensland and Griffith University.

 

Physiotherapy and Pilates Staff

 

Monique Kurki BApplSc (Physiotherapy) MApplSc (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy) Cert IV (Pilates Instruction)

Monique staff imageMonique has a Masters Degree in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and is a Certified Pilates Instructor. She has 30 years experience as a physiotherapist in private practice and public hospitals as well as teaching and mentoring physiotherapy students and Pilates instructors. Monique combines state of the art physiotherapy knowledge with her extensive Pilates experience to provide personalised rehabilitation programs at Performance Rehab. She has a special interest in the management of chronic pain conditions, in particular, correcting poor breathing and muscle patterning for better everyday function. Monique also provides individualised exercise programs for osteoporosis sufferers, minimising their chances of fracture.

 

Cathy Nash BPhty, MPhty (Sports)

Cathy Staff imageCathy is a Sports Titled Physiotherapist. Her particular areas of clinical interest include sport injuries (shoulders and knees) orthopaedic related conditions, musculoskeletal imbalances, and postural and functional movement analysis. Cathy has been involved in the Queensland Branch of the Sports Physiotherapy Group organising continuing education for physiotherapists with an interest in sports injuries. Cathy has also worked as a clinical educator and examiner at the University of Queensland.

 

Jenny Setchell BSc (Phty) Grad Cert (Clin Phty) PhD (Candidate)

Jenny Setchell staff image

Jenny Setchell has 20 years experience as a physiotherapist. She is also a pilates instructor, yoga teacher and circus trainer/performer. As a physiotherapist, Jenny has treated circus performers and dancers in Australia and internationally, bankers and lawyers in London, surfers in Byron Bay, the aged in Katoomba, both soldiers and prisoners in Darwin and miners on Groote Eylandt. Jenny is experienced in acupuncture, pilates and the treatment of BPPV (positional vertigo). She prefers a ‘hands on’ approach and brings a broad perspective to both her physiotherapy and pilates sessions. Jenny is on leave doing a conjoint international Post Doctoral Fellowship at The Universities of Queensland and Toronto (Canada).

 

Patrick Swete-Kelly BPhty (Hons); MPhtySt (Musculoskeletal); FACP

Pat Staff imagePat is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 20 years experience in sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapy with special interest in spinal and shoulder conditions and specific postural control. Pat is a Fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland providing clinical guidance and instruction to Physiotherapists undertaking their Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He works part time at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital leading a multidisciplinary allied health team managing patients with complex and chronic musculoskeletal conditions. His approach to treatment is patient focused and considers pain management strategies, longer-term function and performance with integrated multi-disciplinary care when appropriate.

 

Debbie Dale BPhty

Debbie staff imageDebbie graduated in 1994 from the University of Queensland. Her career began working in a Rehabilitation Centre for Workcover Qld, then followed on to Greenslopes Private Hospital. Her main area of interest at Greenslopes Private Hospital was working in the rehabilitation unit with people post stroke, amputation, parkinson’s disease or those struggling to recover post surgery. Debbie entered into the private practice arena in 1999 and shortly after became a pilates instructor. Debbie continues to follow her passion for rehabilitation now aimed more towards neck, back and sporting injuries. She feels that pilates, in conjunction with her hands on physiotherapy skills including acupuncture, offers a great way to recover from a vast array of injuries.

 

Julia Treleaven BPhty, PhD

Julia staff imageIn addition to her clinical work at Performance Rehab, Julia works part-time as a Researcher and Clinical Assessor for the Whiplash Physical Diagnostic Unit. She has gained extensive experience in assessing patients with whiplash injuries and providing recommendations to physiotherapists, insurers, general practitioners and medical specialists for best practice management of these patients. She completed her PhD studies on dizziness and sensorimotor impairments in whiplash. Her particular clinical interests include assessment and rehabilitation of neck pain, headache, cervicogenic dizziness and whiplash injuries.

 

Deb Hewat BApSc (Physio)

Deb graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in physiotherapy from Sydney University in 1999. Upon graduating Deb worked in the rehabilitation unit at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney rehabilitating quadriplegics and paraplegics. After moving to Brisbane, Deb worked in the rehabilitation unit at Greenslopes Private Hospital with a particular interest in spinal injuries. In 2001 Deb studied the pilates method which has been her area of focus for the past 9 years. Deb has a particular interest in clients who require rehabilitation.

 

Anne Walker BPhty

Anne staff imageAnne has over 20 years experience as a physiotherapist. She has worked in both the private and public hospital systems, the Defence Force (Air Force) at Amberley and most extensively within private practice. She has also been involved with teaching pilates over the last 10 years. More recently Anne has combined her interest in spinal stability with women’s health. She also works at the Mater Mothers’ Private Hospital treating post natal women and conducting post natal pilates classes. Anne enjoys playing a variety of sports such as netball, water polo and touch football and keeps active by running and cycling, therefore maintains a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries.

 

Damien Nolan BSc. Phty (Hons), MPhty (Musculoskeletal)

Damien is a Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He graduated with a BSc. (Hons) Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick in Ireland, and spent several years working in the acute hospital and private practice settings. He completed his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2012. He currently divides his time between clinical work and his role as a musculoskeletal clinical educator and examiner of physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland. He has a special interest in recurring low back pain, and has published research in the areas of musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy in recent years.

 

Corena Caltabiano BSc (Hons) Phty
Corena has over 10 years experience as a Physiotherapist. Her clinical areas of interest include complex dysfunction of the spine, musculoskeletal and sports injuries, and rehabilitation through clinical pilates. She also has experience in rehabilitation post-amputation and use of lower limb prosthetics. Corena previously worked at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and has significant experience treating complex and persistent conditions. She has a holistic approach and aims to reduce future injuries/pain through improvements of posture, functional technique and pain management. Corena is a keen runner and cyclist, and therefore maintains a particular interest in rehabilitation back to sports and exercise.

 

Samantha Starbuck Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Samantha graduated from the University of Manchester (UK) in 1999 with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Samantha’s clinical areas of interest are neurological physiotherapy & clinical pilates. From 2003 Samantha specialised in neurology working with Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Brain Injury, Motor Neurone Disease & Muscular Dystrophy in hospital & community settings. For 15 years whilst in the UK & Southern Ireland Samantha was involved in supervising & educating undergraduate & post graduate physiotherapy students for several universities. Whilst in Ireland Samantha used her physiotherapy background to develop & deliver healthcare training & development. Since her initial training in Pilates in 2000 Samantha has enjoyed integrating Pilates into 1:1 or group sessions. Samantha has completed post graduate Pilates training in mat work, advanced mat work, equipment and pre & post-natal Pilates.

Samantha joined the team here at Performance rehab in May 2016 part time as she also continues to work in geriatric physiotherapy.

 

Robyn McGahan, Phystiotherapist
Robyn has had a wide breadth of clinical experience as a physiotherapist across private practice, public and private hospital work and community rehabilitation. She has spent a number of years in a senior advanced clinician role within a large, multidisciplinary, community rehabilitation team and gained in depth clinical experience in the management of orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions, acquired and progressive neurological disorders, cancer care plus falls and balance management, with an emphasis on retraining of mobility impairment. She was involved in the setting up and, training of, a model of care that was client centered and driven by client identified goals. Robyn remains committed to this model of care and the depth and care of communication it requires. Robyn has taught physiotherapy students at The University of Q’ld, has a Level 2 qualification in Gerontology studies, has been a representative on the Q’ld Community Rehab Special Interest Group and the Q’ld Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Network. Robyn is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and is continuously active in professional development. With a great interest in motor retraining techniques and movement analysis, Robyn has trained and gained accreditation in clinical Pilates, and very much enjoys being able to share her enthusiasm for this with her clients.

 

Tim Endicott BPhty (Hons 1); BCA (Circus Arts)

tim endicott physiotherapistTim has undertaken both a Bachelor degree in Circus Arts at The National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA) and a Bachelor degree (Hon 1) at the Australian Catholic University.   He also has completed extensive pilates training with the Queensland Institute of Pilates.  He has a special interest in working with mountain bikers and gymnasts/acrobats but also enjoys treating the non-sporty population. Tim is also a published physiotherapy author with his work focusing on low back pain in elite cricket players.

 

Other physiotherapy staff: Eve Edwards and Stephanie Rea.

 

Massage Staff

 

Scott Robinson

Equipped with a solid background in Sports Coaching, and with extensive experience as an athlete, Scott brings a unique understanding of athletes’ needs to his practice.  During his 18 years as a massage therapist, Scott has worked with individual champions and professional sports teams (currently he is head massage therapist with the Queensland Reds).  Accustomed to working with other health practitioners such as physiotherapists, sports doctors and osteopaths, Scott offers a holistic approach to massage and seeks to address the specific needs of each client. He promotes the implementation of simple strategies to achieve and maintain physical wellbeing and values the opportunity to assist people to live a healthier and happier life.  Scott’s clients can expect not just a great massage, but also sound advice and an increased understanding of health matters. Whether their goal is simply to improve their posture, or win gold in their chosen sport, Scott’s responsive attitude and practical expertise assists them to achieve and maintain physical wellbeing.  Scott is also a member of AAMT and offers a rebate with all participating funds.

 

 

Psychology Staff

 

Kerryn Blunt MSc (Hlth Psych), PGDipHlthPsych, PGDipSci (Psych), BSc (Psych), BCApSc (Nutrition)

Kerryn is a clinical psychologist with specialised Health Psychology training and experience treating a wide range of mental health concerns in varied populations. At Performance Rehad, Kerryn Blunt provides psychological treatment to adults and adolescents for a range of mental illnesses and psychological concerns. Kerryn works with people to understand and clarify what is going on, and provides evidence based therapy and support to improve wellbeing and quality of life. Treatment is predominantly Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy based. With a background in Nutrition, she has a particular interest in weight loss and management. Kerryn often sees people who are experiencing depression and other mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain issues, difficulties relating to other physical conditions (e.g. diabetes, cancer, and other chronic health issues), eating difficulties and weight management problems, stress, body image issues, anger problems, grief & loss, relationship issues, and adjustment difficulties.

 

Pilates Staff

 

Jackie Ker Cert IV Pilates

Jackie staff imageJackie has over 14 year years experience and is an accredited pilates instructor having trained with Pilates International. She has extensive knowledge of repertoire and apparatus used for pilates in rehabilitation. She is also a current Level 1 member of the Pilates Alliance of Australasia. Her main interest is in rehabilitation of sports related injuries along with strength, conditioning and postural assessments. Her other interests include pre and post pregnancy related training to help strengthen the pelvic floor and core stability muscles. Jackie has found pilates to be beneficial in maintaining her extensive training and recovery process whilst competing in triathlons.

 

Luise Seidler Cert IV Pilates

Luise staff imageLuise became interested in Pilates through her classical dance training. Luise attended classes to further her love for this exercise framework before becoming an instructor. Luise studied both Stott and BASI methods of pilates to gain a broader overview before commencing teaching in 2000. Luise has instructed pilates at a number of physiotherapy centres in Brisbane and has instructed at Performance Rehab for over 10 years. Her expertise is in sports and dance related rehab and training and working with our maturing population. Luise’s cliental range from 12 years to 90yearrs in age.

 

Administration Staff

 

Cheryl Boyce Clinical Manager

Cheryl Staff imageCheryl has been the Clinic Manager for Performance Rehab since it first opened in 2003. Her ability to manage a diverse and busy environment has been an important asset to the sustainability and efficiency of the clinic.

With the extended hours we offer at Performance Rehab you may also meet one of our other friendly secretarial staff.

  • Bonnie Bell-Allen
  • Selina Comerford
  • Pip Green
  • Caitlin Parker
  • Kate Graving
  • Bridget McMahon