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Your Team

Meet your team of Gold Coast Physiotherapists. Whatever your passion (or passions!), they'll provide the support and guidance you need to get back to enjoying them again.    

 

Joe Faalogo Sports Physio Southport

Joe Faalogo - Lead Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Health (Physiotherapy)

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Health (Physiotherapy) - 2000
  • Western Acupuncture
  • Sports and children physiotherapy

Joe is a highly accomplished Physiotherapist, with over 18 years’ experience as a sports, children and musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. He is a leading expert in Western Acupuncture and has a loyal following of clients who have trusted him over the years.

 

Joe has operated at senior levels of elite rugby union, including as head coach of the Gold Coast Eagles Rugby Union for 10 years, Gold Coast Cyclones Director of Rugby, and Queensland Country Coach.

He is thorough and attentive, and his point of difference is that he empowers his clients to reach and sustain a state of physical wellbeing, so that they can do all those things that they love. Joe provides immediate relief for current pain symptoms but is particularly skilled at taking a step back and uncovering the root cause. This then allows him to provide his clients with a pathway to manage the underlying cause so that they can get back to a normal range of function.

 

Born in Samoa, and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Joe cites his proudest personal achievement as being a father of his beautiful son (who he, admirably, home-schools!). Outside of work, Joe enjoys rugby, golf and raising his son. Joe is very much looking forward to continuing what he says is his “calling in life”, by serving our local Southport and extended community. 

 

Mike Clair Physiotherapist Southport Gold Coast

Mike Clair - Physiotherapist

Doctor of Physiotherapy

 

Qualifications:

  • Hon BA Kin (Human Movement Science) 
  • D. Phty (Doctor of Physiotherapy) 
  • Dry Needling 
  • APA Member

 

Mike holds a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University, together with a Bachelor of Kinesiology (with honours) from Western University, Canada.

 

Mike has several years’ experience as a Physiotherapist in the private sector, with a particular interest in sports rehabilitation and performance, supporting his clients to return to their optimal function.  Mike has enjoyed working with sports clubs and athletes, ranging from weekend-warriors to working with the Australian Rugby Union U20 team. Mike uses a combination of dry needling and manual therapy to support his clients.

 

Mike also has a special interest in foot injuries and foot pain, having conducted research in the clinical area of foot pathologies. His area of focus is Plantar Fasciitis and the effect of strength interventions. His most recent publication was in the Journal of Physical Therapy and Sport: Strength Training for Plantar Fasciitis and the Intrinsic Foot Musculature: A Systematic Review. Mike has a novel way of treating foot pathologies and is awaiting publication for his most recent research.

 

Mike has a gentle and caring approach, and absolutely knows his stuff. Born in Canada, Mike ventured to Australia in 2013 to undertake his post-graduate studies. He fell in love with the beautiful Gold Coast lifestyle and Australian people. During his pastime, Mike enjoys golf and ice hockey, resistance training, hiking and running. He completed his first Marathon in 2017, which he cites as one of his proudest personal achievements.

 

Ben Mack - Physiotherapist

Master of Physiotherapy / Bachelor of Exercise Science

 

Qualifications:

  • BExSc - 2005
  • MPhys (Masters of Physiotherapy) - 2008
  • CROP - Cardiorespiratory and Orthopedic Specialty Courses RBH - 2009
  • PACCMAN - Post acute Clinical Care and management Specialty course RBH - 2010
  • APA member – 2010 - 2015
  •  Dry Needling 2010

 

Ben holds a bachelors degree in Exercise Science and post graduate Masters degree In Physiotherapy from Griffith University. He has worked extensively within private practice treating many elite national athletes of varying sports as well as many local sporting teams, the Mater Childrens and Adults hospitals and has worked rurally in Queenslands St.George and Roma Hospitals. 

 

He uses a variety of techniques to help clients achieve the best possible results. Ben undertook various courses in cardiorespiratory and orthopedics at the Royal Brisbane Hospital and uses these courses in combination with various other manual therapies, pilates and rehabilitation exercises to help manage and treat his patients.

 

A previous middle distance track and field national athlete, Ben is now interested in most sports and uses his elite sporting background experience and exercise science degree to aid physiotherapy assessments and treatments. He has had extensive experience with hamstring strains, ACL and MCL knee injuries, and ankle sprains. His background has enabled him to work with a significant number of middle to long distance runners and experience treating sporting injuries, patellofemoral pain, osgood schlatters, achilles tendonitis, and calf pain.

 

Ben also worked within a team clinic of orthopedic screening physiotherapists where he and his team were responsible for the management and rehabilitation of chronic disease and post-operative orthopaedic patients, including knee, hip and shoulder arthritis plus rotator cuff repairs, ACL Knee Reconstructions, hip and knee replacements, and various other musculoskeletal conditions.

 

Ben does not currently consult at our practice on the Gold Coast as he has taken the opportunity to broaden his skills and experience in Sydney - supporting some large corporates with their workplace injuries and prevention (like Qantas, Kellogg and DHL).

 

Joe Faalogo Sports Physio Southport

Jessica Stinson - Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Exercise Science / Master of Physiotherapy 

 

Jess holds a Masters of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science from Griffith University.

Jess has conducted various placements in South East Queensland and Northern NSW. These have included within Women’s Health and Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal and Neurological physiotherapy in a number of diverse settings (hospital, outpatients, community and aged care).

 

Jess is down-to-earth and personable, which her patients love. She listens carefully to what her patients want to achieve and works with them to deliver long term improvement.

 

Jess spent her childhood playing lots of sports with swimming, tennis, and hockey to name only a few. With her keen interest in science and her caring nature, she was drawn to Physiotherapy. The oldest of 3, Jess spent part of her childhood on a small farm in rural Queensland, and later Brisbane, before moving to the Gold Coast.

 

Outside of work, Jess plays Division 1 and Division 2 hockey competitively. She has also held numerous sports training positions for the University Games. As a result, Jess has had a lot of experience in acute injury management, treating every day people to professional athletes.

 

Jess has particular expertise in:

  • Acute and sub-acute musculoskeletal sports injuries
  • Chronic lower back pain, chronic shoulder pain, chronic neck pain, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and chronic bronchiectasis, osteoarthritis
  • Plagiocephaly and torticollis in babies and developmental assessments for children
  • Motor vehicle whiplash and motor vehicle injuries
  • Workcover injuries
  • Fit to work assessments
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Balance and falls prevention, strengthening and pain management for the elderly

 

  

Rian Olivier - Physiotherapist

Masters of Physiotherapy / Bachelor of Exercise Science

 

Rian holds a Masters of Physiotherapy from Griffith University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science. Rian has conducted various placements within Orthopaedics, Cardiorespiratory, Musculoskeletal, Paediatrics and Neurological across hospital, outpatient, community and aged care settings.

 

Rian’s professional passions lie in sports and rehabilitation, and he has a particular interest in the neurological element.  In these areas, he finds he is able to be creative and tailor his practice to meet the needs and interests of his clients. Rian sets and maintains high professional standards and goes above and beyond to ensure his clients achieve their goals.  He has a laid-back and personable demeanour, a big heart, and he strives to make his clients feel comfortable and at ease.

 

Rian was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and moved to Australia at the age of 13.  Growing up in these two proud sporting nations, he was immersed in sport throughout his childhood and teenage years. Rian regularly saw both social and competitive athletes sidelined from sports and physical activities they were passionate about. This inspired him to pursue a career as a Physiotherapist.  Rian gains immense satisfaction from helping people do what they love, achieve their full physical potential, and live an active and healthy lifestyle, free from pain.

 

Rian is a sport enthusiast and Rugby Union lover. He has played and captained at senior levels of Rugby Union. He played for the Melbourne Rebels, and captained Scotch College’s First XV Rugby Union, Bond University’s Rugby Reserve Grade and the Harlequin Under 20’s Rugby. Rian has also coached various sports, including Rugby from U10’s to First XV. And he has served as sports trainer for various teams, including Gold Coast Hockey.  Rian’s extensive sporting background has well equipped him to lead PhysioFlex’s new Sports Hub program – providing physiotherapy support for local athletes, clubs and schools – a role that he is extremely excited about.

 

Outside of his Rugby Union and sporting interests, Rian enjoys personal and spiritual growth and spending time outdoors with his Fiancé. He has also recently been learning to surf!  

  

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Arna Chestakova - Receptionist/Administration

 

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Jenny Mack - Reception/ Administration

Administration

Jenny has developed an extensive knowledge of allied health and administrative services after having joined the PhysioFlex team in 2010. 

She has extensive customer service experience and will be more than happy to assist you with bookings, prices or general information about our practice.