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Meet your team of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. 

They'll get you back to doing what you love. 

 

Joe Faalogo Sports Physio Southport

Joe Faalogo - Senior 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) 2011
  • D.Phty (Doctor of Physiotherapy) 2015
  • Dry Needling 2015
  • APA member 2013 - 2016


Mike holds an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and a post-graduate Doctor of Physiotherapy. He has experience working with an array of sports clubs and athletes. His experience ranges from weekend-warriors to working with the Australian Rugby Union U20 team.

Upon graduating from university, Mike has conducted research in the clinical area of foot pathologies. His area of focus is on plantar fascitis 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 special interest in; weight-loss management, musculoskeletal injuries, falls prevention and independence, sports rehabilitation and performance, pre and post operative rehabilitation, strength training, work-related injuries, and manual therapy.

 

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.

 

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

 

  

Lucas Merlin Shoulder Physio Southport

Lucas Merlin - Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 

 

Lucas is a Senior Physiotherapist with PhysioFlex, and holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, with post-graduate studies in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy and the Formation of Structural Integration (Rolf’s Method).

Lucas worked for over seven years in the orthopaedics unit of a major public hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lucas was responsible for post-operative rehabilitation of the shoulder’s group, as well as the outpatient clinic, where he treated a whole range of cases of trauma related injuries, chronic orthopaedic diseases and post-operative rehabilitation. Lucas was also notably part of a team that restructured the rehabilitation sector of the hospital from a physiatrist approach into one that is multidisciplinary. Lucas also has significant private practice experience, where he applied his post graduate studies in “Structural Integration”, which focuses on prevention and improvement of quality of life versus recovery and injury.

 

Lucas, a blackbelt in Shotokan Karate, was inspired to become a physiotherapist as a teenager by the words of his karate teacher: “you already know how to hurt; it would be nice to learn how to heal as well”. This embodies Lucas’ approach to his patients every day. Lucas instils trust and confidence by setting expectations and plans early, empowering his patients with knowledge and responsibility, and taking a hands-on, therapeutic, and objective-based approach.

 

Lucas’ special interest areas are in the relationship between posture and function, myofascia therapies and manual technique, shoulder rehabilitation, electrotherapy, chronic orthopaedic diseases and research.

Lucas was born and raised in São Caetano do Sul, a small city located in the core of the huge metropolis of São Paulo, Brazil. He is married, and would love to have children some day (which he has already named!). He is passionate about science and physics, martial arts and soccer. Lucas’s friends and patients find him respectful, engaging, intelligent, and importantly, good humoured.

  

Jay Creeks Exercise Physiologist Southport

Jay Creeks - Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology

  •  Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Queensland University of Technology)
  • Accredited Exercise Scientist
  • Accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist
  • Exercise and Sport Science Australia Member 2018

Originally from the Darling Downs, Jay has always been interested in sport and exercise. After completing High School, he began studying Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology because of his interest in sport, but immediately realised the fit he could have within the profession.

In his four years of study he developed a passion for assisting people with the use of exercise as medicine. Some of his key interests include musculoskeletal, metabolic and cardiorespiratory conditions.

 

Jay is interested in educating the importance of exercise in daily living and the amazing qualities it can have on overall health and wellbeing.

 

In his free time Jay enjoys spending time camping and travelling as well as engaging in social sport.

 

He is excited to be able to share his love and knowledge of exercise and the positive health outcomes associated with it, with the local community.

  

PhysioFlex Gold Coast Podiatrist

Aleks Baraksopulo - Podiatry

Bachelor of Health Science (Podiatry) /Bachelor of Science (Biomedical)

 

Member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine, Member of Sports Medicine Australia, Member of the Australian Podiatry Association, Clinical Supervisor Podiatry Southern Cross University, Gold Coast.

Aleks Baruksopulo is a Gold Coast Podiatrist who graduated with his Podiatry degree in 2007 and his Biomedical Science Degree in 2001.  His main interest and background is in the prevention, treatment and management of sports and musculoskeletal injuries of the feet and lower limb.  He has gained his experience working within Physiotherapy and Sports Medicine clinics and a Sports shoe store his whole career, working as part of a team to treat athletes and sporting teams of all ages and levels.

 

His specialties within Podiatry practice include injury management within a sports medicine team environment, management of athlete activities during injury period, treatment and management of injuries of the junior athlete, exercise prescription, foot strength exercises, return to running programs, dry needling, biomechanical assessments, running and walking video gait analysis, sports foot orthotic therapy, foot orthoses for casual shoes, footwear assessments, running & sports shoe referrals, diabetic foot assessments & care and treatment of conditions of the toe nails and skin.

  

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.