• Danielle Edwards - Principal Physiotherapist - BSc(PT)Hons

    Danielle is a senior physiotherapist in pelvic health, which encompasses bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction, along with pregnancy related dysfunction and pelvic pain. After 15 years of continuous learning, she is now commencing her PhD in bladder physiotherapy.

    75% of Danielle’s case load comprises complex conditions such as obstructed defecation or fecal incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, pudendal neuralgia and dyspareunia. Danielle trains a team of pelvic health physio’s providing rehabilitation for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, including the use of vaginal support pessaries.  

    Danielle is an active public speaker, teaching evidence based practice and clinical pearls to community groups, medical training groups and integration committees.

    The other 25% of Danielle’s case load is spent assisting her very loyal musculoskeletal patients, for instance with headaches and spinal pain.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    Bladder, bowel and sexual health  -  Chronic complex pelvic pain  -  Abdominal pain  -  PhD candidate in urinary urgency, brain-bladder sensitisation  -  Prolapse including pessaries  -  Postpartum dysfunction including separation (diastasis) and back pain or returning to sports

  • Ginny Erichsen - Senior Physiotherapist - BSc(PT)Hons

    Ginny is a senior physiotherapist in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has been a clinician for 24 years and in that time has had varied experience in both University teaching hospitals and private practice in England and Australia.

    Ginny developed an interest in the assessment and treatment of shoulders whilst working alongside Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeons in England. Here she had the opportunity to watch them operate, sit in on out-patient clinics and conduct some research.

    Throughout the last 15 years she has continued her professional development by attending post graduate education to keep up to date with the latest evidence based practice in Physiotherapy.

    The majority of Ginny’s case load now comprises of complex shoulder conditions referred from local and Brisbane based surgeons, local GP’s and allied health professionals.

    Ginny also leads the post graduate training program at Active Physiotherapy and speaks at local events.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    Pre and post op Shoulder conditions  -  Shoulder pain / injuries  -  Neck related conditions  -  Whiplash  -  Chronic Pain  -  Western Acupuncture

  • Suzanne Ketsimur - Senior Physiotherapist - BAppSc (PT) Hons

    Suzanne graduated from the University of South Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy with Honours.

    She then worked in Griffith, NSW, for the following 3 years. During that time, she worked with a number of local Rugby League clubs as well as local Rugby Union, Soccer and AFL teams, gaining valuable experience in the assessment, management and rehabilitation of various sporting injuries. Suzanne has enjoyed participating in many different sports throughout her life, playing hockey for many years, and competing in Outrigging at a National and International level.

    Since moving to Mackay in 2003, Suzanne has developed an interest in BPPV and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Dizziness and loss of balance can not only be a debilitating problem on its own, but increases the risk of falls, which can cause serious injuries in some cases. She finds it very rewarding to see people regain their mobility, independence and confidence through Physiotherapy. Suzanne enjoys expanding her knowledge through regular courses and in recent years has attended various workshops and conferences around the country. One particular course she enjoyed involved identifying "weak links" in patients, which is not only useful in treating chronic or recurrent problems, but also in injury prevention and even improving sporting performance.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    Hip problems including Gluteal Tendinopathy  -  Running related injuries  -  BPPV/Vertigo  -  Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Dale Jones - Physiotherapist - BPhty, GCertPF, GDipCouns&Psych, GDipDiv

    Dale moved to the warm climate of Mackay in 2017 after spending the previous eight years in Tasmania. Her main area of interest is in pelvic floor dysfunction which usually involves very intimate areas of people's lives that can be embarrassing to discuss – urinary incontinence, faecal incontinence, sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse. She really enjoys being able to support people and help remove barriers to being able to fully enjoy their lives. Dale has completed a Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Psychotherapy and uses this within physiotherapy practice to support psychological impacts of health dysfunctions and is now completing her Masters of Counselling.  

    Dale has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy positions: hospital, private practice, Education Queensland, Aged and Disability Services.  While living in the Northern Territory Dale was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indigenous application of the Ponseti method of managing club foot which was a very rewarding experience travelling to both Iowa and Uganda.  In her own time she loves to read, go camping, play the piano and flute, walk, and discovering about people's life journeys.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    -Pelvic floor dysfunction

    -Children

    -Complex presentations

    -Neurological rehabilitation

  • Claire Stevenson – Physiotherapist - BESS, MPhtySt

    Claire graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland after also completing a Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science.

    Claire is currently studying a Master of Clinical Rehabilitation in Neurological Physiotherapy to specialize in neurological rehabilitation.

    Claire works with NDIS participants and people with neurological conditions such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Functional Neurological Disorder and many others.

    With her background in exercise science and neurological rehabilitation, Claire prescribes targeted exercise programs and strategies for patients to improve their function, quality of life, and independence. Claire sees patients in the clinic but also visits homes, gyms, pools and the community to work on specific activities relevant to patients goals.

    Claire has additional training in Pilates and Hydrotherapy and often uses these exercises for neurological rehabilitation.

  • Isaac Fitzsimon - Physiotherapist - BPhty

    Isaac graduated from James Cook University in 2018. Having grown up in Mackay he is proud to return to the region and join the Active Physiotherapy team. In his spare time Isaac can be found exploring the Mackay/Sarina region, camping and playing local hockey and volleyball. Prior to becoming a physio, Isaac worked in aged care and has also worked with the NRL and Women’s Big Bash League as a massage therapist.

    Currently, Isaac works with the Mackay Meteors as the lead physio and is a member of the APA Musculoskeletal and Sports + Exercise national groups. He is also the team leader of our Sarina clinic.

    Isaac prides himself on having a very personable approach to all his patients taking the time to understand both the condition and the person in front of him. He has undergone a number of post graduate courses to expand his knowledge and assist in enhancing patient outcomes.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    • Spinal pain – neck and lower back (APA Spinal A – Lumbar and Cervical)
    • Dry needling/Western Acupuncture
    • Osteoarthritis Management
    • Falls prevention
    • Sporting Injuries (APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1)
    • Strength and conditioning (ASCA Lv 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach)
    • Occupational Health (JobFit Systems Accredited)
    • Orthopedics/post-operative management
    • Upper and lower limb musculoskeletal
  • Jemma Carter - Physiotherapist - BPhty

    Jemma graduated from James Cook University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Having moved to Mackay once completing her study, Jemma enjoys getting away in her spare time camping, surfing and spending time at the beach. Jemma also loves playing sport, including AFL and beach volleyball.

    Currently, Jemma works in both our Mackay and Sarina clinics, enjoying helping both communities to achieve their best health outcomes. Her approach to treatment is very individualised and focuses on understanding clients goals to create personalised treatments.

    Jemma enjoys treating a mixed caseload of general musculoskeletal and orthopedic conditions. She also has a special interest in Neurological physiotherapy and rehabilitation, working with many clients on NDIS.

    The rest of Jemma’s caseload consists of women’s health physiotherapy. This includes pregnancy related conditions, post natal recovery such as abdominal separation and return to sport, bladder and bowel disorders, and prolapse (including pessaries).

    She has completed a number of post graduate courses to expand her knowledge and assist in enhancing patient outcomes.

    SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    • Dry Needling / Western Acupuncture
    • General musculoskeletal physiotherapy
    • Bladder, bowel and sexual health
    • Pre and post-natal physiotherapy including abdominal separation and return to sport
    • Neurological Physiotherapy and NDIS (APA Level 1 Neurological Physiotherapy)
  • Brayden Gaviglio - Physiotherapist - BPhty

    Brayden graduated from James Cook University in 2018. Having grown up in the Mackay community Brayden was excited to return home and join the Active team.

    In his spare time Brayden can be found exploring the Mackay/Walkerston region, camping and playing/ providing physio to Brother’s senior rugby league club. Brayden also has experience in state and national rugby league as both a player and sports trainer. Prior to becoming a physio, Brayden gained experience as a physio assistant for the Confraternity Shield carnival in 2018. Currently, Brayden works with the Brothers rugby as the lead physio and is looking to build ongoing relationships with both grass roots and elite rugby league pathways in the Mackay community.  

    Brayden believes in providing a thorough approach to rehabilitation, and likes to ensure his patients are involved in setting their own specific goals and working as a team to provide the best possible outcomes. He has undergone a number of post graduate courses to expand his knowledge and assist in enhancing patient outcomes.

     SPECIAL AREAS OF INTEREST:

    • Spinal pain – neck and lower back (APA Spinal A – Lumbar and Cervical)
    • Dry needling/Western Acupuncture
    • Sporting Injuries (APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1)
    • Dizziness/ vertigo
    • Occupational Health (JobFit Systems Accredited)
    • Orthopedics/post-operative management
    • Upper and lower limb musculoskeletal (Upper Limb Excellence Clinical course)
  • Steve Gabriel - Physiotherapist - BAppSc MPhysioPrac

    Steve has relocated from Melbourne with his wife and daughter to join the team at Active Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University. Steve’s family in law are long term Mackay residents. He has enjoyed playing a wide variety of sports including basketball, volleyball, netball and boxing before discovering his passion for Australian Rules Football and rock climbing.

    Steve places a high value on patient education and communication to ensure his patients always feel they have a fantastic understanding of their road to recovery. He enjoys treating a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions including low back, neck and shoulder pain and has a special interest in treating sporting injuries.

    In his spare time, aside from enjoying the outdoors, running, rock climbing, hiking and travelling, he can be found advancing his clinical skills at local and interstate professional development courses. Two of his greatest achievements include trekking to Mt Everest Base Camp and completing the Melbourne half marathon.

  • Georgie Mickan - Physiotherapist

    Georgie graduated from University of Canberra in 2019 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, and has just moved to Mackay recently after spending a year rurally in Charters Towers.

    Georgie enjoys keeping active, exploring North Queensland and spending time at the beach.

    As a Physio, she values the opportunity to be able to assist in changing quality of life and achieve personalised goals. Georgie enjoys treating a mixed caseload including general and sporting musculoskeletal, orthopedic and neurological conditions. Her special interest is in Women's Health Physiotherapy. 

    Georgie ensures she is learning continually to expand her knowledge so her patients can receive the best individualised rehabilitation to succeed.

    Georgie is very excited to be part of the Active team and be able to help make a positive healthy impact in Mackay.

  • Josie Carnew - Physiotherapist

    Josie graduated from the University of Queensland in 2021 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She moved to Mackay upon graduating and now enjoys spending her weekends exploring waterholes in the area, playing AFL, and spending time at the beach.

    Currently, Josie works in both our Mackay and Sarina clinics helping to engage both communities in active living, rehabilitation and reaching their best health outcomes.  Josie enjoys treating all musculoskeletal conditions, particularly neck, shoulders, backs and sporting injuries. She also has a special interest in pediatric and geriatric physiotherapy. Having grown up in a large family, Josie has enjoyed being actively involved in caring for seniors and young children for most of her young adult life. Josie has volunteered teaching English and caring for children in multiple primary schools across Cambodia and Sri Lanka, and plans to visit India and Thailand for similar opportunities in 2023.

    Josie is motivated as a physiotherapist when patients feel understood about their pain and confident to take the relevant steps to recovery. Josie is excited to be part of the Active team and have an important role in driving the Mackay community towards healthier living.

  • Joshua Reimann - Physiotherapist

  • Courtney Townsend - Physiotherapist

    Courtney made the move from Brisbane this year to join the team at Active Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland.

    Courtney is interested in musculoskeletal conditions including knee and ankle injuries and their return to sport. She is very excited to have the opportunity to work closely with the Gold Coast Suns Academy this year. Courtney also has keen interests in long-term and progressive diseases like Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injury and Motor Neuron Disease.

    Courtney appreciates that each person is unique and requires individualized treatment. She takes the time to understand individual goals and needs and will help you work towards achieving these. 

    Since moving to North Queensland, Courtney enjoys exploring the surrounding beaches and waterholes, as well as playing AFL and netball. Her biggest passions in life are her dogs and travelling the world. So far she has visited 47 countries and well over 100 cities.  One day, she hopes to be able to volunteer or work as a physiotherapist in a developing country and contribute to bettering their overall healthcare. She also dreams to work with animals in the future.

  • Erin Kerr - Physiotherapist

    Erin has recently returned to Mackay to be closer to family and friends. Erin graduated in 2020 from Central Queensland University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Afterwards, she spent a year working at the Children’s Hospital in Brisbane treating children and infants across a wide scope of practice. Erin enjoys a varied caseload of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. She has a passion for paediatrics (infants, children and adolescents) and Neurological rehabilitation.

    Erin is eager to help her clients achieve their goals and to provide family centred care. Outside of work Erin enjoys netball, squash and spending time with friends. Erin has completed multiple professional development courses in paediatrics and is looking to continue this throughout the future.

    Some common conditions Erin is able to treat:

    • Paediatric sporting or musculoskeletal injuries
    • Pre-screening assessment for young dancers wishing to start pointe
    • Community rehabilitation following surgery
    • Genetic & Syndromal conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system.
    • Atypical gait patterns such as knock knees or toe walking
    • Scoliosis and Kyphosis
    • Respiratory Conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiectasis, Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia
    • NDIS and Early Childhood clients such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Dwarfism, Down Syndrome, etc.
    • Infants with torticollis and plagiocephaly (head preferences and flat spots)
  • Kylie Watts – Accredited Exercise Physiologist

    Kylie started with Active back in 2018 as a receptionist and began a dual role of allied health assistant and receptionist in 2019. During Kylie’s time at Active she has completed a Bachelor of Sport & Exercise Sciences at CQ University and a Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology at Charles Sturt University.

    Kylie will now be offering clinical, gym, hydrotherapy, home visit, telehealth and group class exercise physiology services from Monday-Friday in Mackay and Sarina. Kylie can prescribe clinical exercise interventions for the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, musculoskeletal conditions, osteoarthritis/porosis, respiratory diseases such as COPD/emphysema, obesity and neurological conditions including cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, autism, MS and many more! Kylie accepts private, Medicare, Workcover, DVA and NDIS referrals.

    Kylie also has a special interest in helping athletes return to sport post-injury by offering exercise rehabilitation programs and sport specific training. Kylie created her own athlete development business in 2021 – Untapped Athlete Development. Be sure to check it out!

    Outside of work Kylie enjoys training & competing in CrossFit and Olympic weightlifting, playing social sports, watching any sport and spending her weekends catching up with friends at local cafes or adventuring to Mackay’s famous swimming spots up the valley. Kylie looks forward to continuing to working alongside our physiotherapy team to support patients creating a healthy and balanced lifestyle through exercise prescription.  

  • Carmel Ballard - Massage Therapist

    Carmel is our full time massage therapist, with many years experience. Massage therapy focuses on:

    • Improving Circulation and Fluid Drain
    • Improving Movement of Different Parts of the Body 
    • Relieving Pain and Help you Relax 
     
    Conditions that are often treated using massage include Neck Problems, Headaches and Stress.

  • Alexandria Harris - Therapy Assistant

    Alex started with Active Physiotherapy in 2022 in the role of Therapy Assistant. Since starting she has been assisting the physiotherapists with their National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) patients, helping them improve through exercise and hydrotherapy programs.

    This has brought up a passion for helping people improve their strength, mobility and reaching their goals. Alex is hoping to continue this journey by studying physiotherapy in the future.

    Outside of work Alex enjoys playing rugby league, spending time outside exploring or hanging out with her dogs and family. Alex looks forward to meeting all kinds of people, expanding her knowledge and helping as many people as she can.