About Us

Meet Our Team:

John Scullin

Director and Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

John is well known to the people of Wauchope as he has been successfully treating the Wauchope community since purchasing the practice in 1984. In 1989 he returned to full time study for a year at Sydney University to gain his postgraduate qualification in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. This qualification made John an APA Titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Subsequent continuing education has ensured he maintains this specialty.

John has extensive knowledge ,skills and experience in most areas of physiotherapy with particular interest in musculoskeletal dysfunction and sports injuries. His management is centred around hands-on treatment after thorough assessment of the presenting condition. He follows this up with specific exercise prescription to help maintain or improve client function.

He is also involved and passionate about providing services for residents of Bundaleer Aged Care Services.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science NSW University 1978
Grad Dip Physiotherapy 1979
Post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy 1999

Courses Attended:

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Explain Pain by David Butler 2015
Rescuing theYounger Knee by Jenny McConnell 2015
Rescuing the Older Knee by Jenny McConnell 2014
Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Course 2014
Expert member of a working party at Uni of NSW to formulate guidelines for workers compensation management of shoulder rotator cuff injuries, 2013
Gerontology Level 1 2013
Manual Handling in Aged Care 2013
Power Taping Rocktape 2013
Falls Prevention Workshop 2012
The Everyday Foot and ankle by Craig Allingham 2011
Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo Course by Dr Swee Aw and Sally Burton Brady 2012
Simplifying Shoulders by Craig Allingham 2011
Annual Masterclass Symposium convened by Sydney Specialist Physiotherapy Centre 2011 and 2012
Acupuncture and Dry Needling Courses in 2009 to 2013
Watson Headache Level 2 Course Sydney 2010
Lower Limb Tendinopathy and Heel Pain Forum 2010
Dynamic Stabilisation of the Hip & Pelvis with Alison Grimaldi 2006
Muscle Energy Techniques Level 1 & 2 Pelvis and Lumbar Spine with Barbara Hungerford
Muscle Energy Techniques for Cervical and Thoracic spine with Barbara Hungerford
Lyn Watson Level 2 shoulder Course 2000

Nathan Lynch

Director and Physiotherapist

Nathan Qualified as a Physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1999 and has worked in both public and private settings as a Physiotherapist in Australia as well as multiple countries internationally in various rural and remote clinics and hospitals. Working in many remote locations has led Nathan to develop a passion for providing Evidenced based Physiotherapy in rural settings. Nathan has been part of the Wauchope Physiotherapy team since 2007 and is proud to have been instrumental in designing and building our current building which opened in October 2015 – the first purpose-built Allied Health Multidisciplinary Clinic in Hastings area.

In 2014 Nathan was involved in developing the Mid North Coast Health Training group (MNCHT) which was created as there was a need to provide quality and affordable professional development to keep Physiotherapists and Allied Health Professionals up to date on Evidence Based Practice on the Mid North Coast of NSW Australia. Along with continuing to lead this professional development group, Nathan is also a member of the Primary Health Network Clinical Council as the Physiotherapy representative.

As a keen sportsman, Nathan has an interest in sports and sport related injuries and provides great outcomes for his clients while being known for his sense of humour, enthusiasm and relaxed approach.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) 1999

Courses Attended:

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Introductory Vestibular Physiotherapy Course 2017
Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Course 2016
Anatomy Trains Fascial Manual therapy Course 2015
Explain Pain by David Butler 2015
Rescuing the Older Knee by Jenny McConnell 2014
Rescuing the Younger Knee by Jenny McConnell 2015
Kinesiotaping by Thuy Bridges Course 2014
Watson Headache Level 1 Course Sydney 2013
The Everyday Foot by Craig Allingham 2013
The Everyday Shoulder by Craig Allingham 2011
3D Lumbar spine, hip and Pelvis by Trish Wisbey Roth 2010
Advanced Musculoskeletal Acupuncture to Upper Limb, TMJ and Cervical/Thoracic Region 2009
Advanced Msuculoskeletal Acupuncture to Lower Limb and Lumbar Region 2008
Dynamic Hip Stability by Alison Grimaldi 2008
Managing Soft Tissue Injuries by Work Cover2007
Acupuncture ‘Anatomy for Acupuncturists’ by Dr Mike Cummings 2006
Gait Analysis Study Day (Ranchos Los Amigos approach) Shetland, UK, 2006
A Combined approach to the Shoulder by Dr Jeremy Lewis, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 2004
Evidenced-Based Acupuncture for Physiotherapists by Dr Panos Barlas – Foundation Training in Acupuncture, Birmingham, England, UK, 2003
Management and Development 1 by Hunter Area Health Service 2001
Muscle Energy Techniques by Barbara Hungerford Level 1: Pelvis, SIJ and Lumbar Spine, Gosford NSW 2001
Mulligan Concept ‘NAGS and SNAGS’ Combined Level 1 and 2 (Spinal and Peripheral Mobilisation with Movement), Sydney, NSW, 2001
McKenzie Institute of Australia
Part A: The Lumbar Spine, Newcastle, NSW, 2000
Part B: The Thoracic and Cervical Spine, Newcastle, NSW, 2001
‘Vasyli’ Foot Orthotic Fitting and Prescription – Lower Limb Biomechanics: Level One Sydney, NSW, 1999
Operation India (Action Aid India and University of Sydney) Fieldwork and Education in Community Based Rehabilitation in India, 1999
Swedish and Remedial Massage University of Sydney, NSW, 1997

Ros Chudleigh

Physiotherapist

With a wealth of skills and experience, Ros is well known to the people of Wauchope and has been providing effective treatment and great outcomes to the people of the Hastings area for more then 30 years. Ros has previously owned and run a very successful practice in Port Macquarie for many years and has been part of our team at Wauchope Physiotherapy since 1998.

Ros has a passion for keeping up to date on recent research, skills and techniques to provide her clients with effective evidence based treatment. She has excellent manual therapy skills providing ‘hands-on’ techniques in combination with specific exercise prescription.

Ros has an active interest in physical fitness and various sports. She is a keen horse rider and has been known to travel Australia to compete in national endurance riding events.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney University 1980

Courses Attended:

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Lyn Watson Shoulder Course Level 1 2016
Anatomy Trains, Thuy Bridges 2015
Explain Pain, David Butler 2015
Rescuing The Younger Knee, Jenny McConnell 2015
Rescuing The Older Knee, Jenny McConnell 2014
Kinesio Taping Fundamentals and Advanced (KT1 & KT2 ) ,Thuy Bridges 2014
Everyday Foot And Ankle, Craig Allingham 2013
Simplifying Shoulders ,Craig Allingham 2012
Fascial Fitness, Thomas Myers and Robert Schleip, 2010
3 Point Pivot Propulsive Biomechanics, 2010
Demystifying The Pelvis And SIJ, Taso Lambridis 2010
Dean Watson Headache Course Level 2, 2010
3 Dimensional Treatment of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines, Trish Wisby-Roth 2006
3 Dimensional Treatment of the Lumbar Spine, Trish Wisby-Roth 2006
Muscle Energy Techniques for the Pelvis, SIJ &Lumbar spine Levels 1 & 2, Barbara Hungerford 2006
Muscle Energy Techniques for the Thoracic & Cervical Spines and Ribs , Barbara Hungerford 2006
Dean Watson Headache Course Level 1, 2005
Steve Saunders, Treatment of the SIJ
Lyn Watson Shoulder Course Level 1, 2000
Jill Cook and Craig Purdham , Tendinopathy
Megan Dalton, Mobilization of the Nervous System, Neurodynamics
Brian Mulligan Spinal and Peripheral Joint Mobilization Levels 1 & 2
Brian Edwards, Combined Movements Spinal Mobilization Techniques
Muscle Energy Techniques Cervical, Thoracic ,Lumbar Spines and Pelvis, Loren Rex
Robin McKenzie, McKenzie Techniques for Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Spines

Neil Blezy

Physiotherapist

Originally from Canada, Neil completed bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Exercise Physiology in Canada before coming to Australia to complete a Masters of Physiotherapy in Canberra in 2015. His training in exercise physiology enables him to specialise in exercise prescription not only for physical rehabilitation but also for improving fitness and achieving performance. He approaches physiotherapy and rehabilitation with a strong commitment to evidence-based practices and strives to keep up to date with the latest research in order to provide the best outcomes for his clients.

Neil has professional interests in the management of acute injuries and rehabilitating individuals back to high levels of performance so they may participate in the sports or physical activities that they enjoy.

Neil is passionate about getting active outside and enjoying nature through activities like hiking and surfing. He has also been a known to be an enthusiastic competitor for the Wauchope Soccer Club. Other interests include philosophy, politics, economics, history, science, and healthcare ethics.

Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree Philosophy
Bachelor Degree Exercise Physiology
Masters of Physiotherapy 2015 (University of Canberra)

Courses Attended:

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Introductory Vestibular Physiotherapy Course 2017
Lyn Watson shoulder course level 1 2016
Mental health first aid
Sports first aider

Rebecca ‘Bec’ Dalzell

Physiotherapist

Since graduating from Physiotherapy at the University of Qld in 2000 Bec has had a diverse and successful career. She did a brief stint in a remote hospital in Africa in 2000, and then has spent most of her professional career based at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital where she has undertaken a range of clinical and senior roles. She has only recently relocated to NSW. Bec has experience in managing an array of musculoskeletal problems with particular focus on arthritis and chronic diseases, chronic pain, core training for spinal stability, balance and falls prevention, and pre and post orthopaedic surgery rehab. Bec has a special interest in Haemophilia and helping those who experience joint damage and arthritic changes as a result of bleeds. She has been recognised as a leading expert in this field both within Australia and also internationally, having been an invited speaker on this topic at national and international conferences. She has also written numerous scientific papers. Through this specialised role Bec has developed advanced skills that can be applied in the management of any chronic conditions. She has developed and run many unique group programs to address balance, falls prevention, osteoporosis, arthritis and chronic pain.

Bec has recently done training in a new form of exercise called ‘GravityFit’. This can have benefit for many patients through improving core muscle control, helping to prevent many musculoskeletal problems and enhancing athletic performance.

Bec is an outgoing and active person who loves the outdoors, and enjoys running, swimming, and playing soccer and touch football. She also loves helping people and has a passion to assist those of all walks of life to optimise their physical health so that they can live life to the full!

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2000 (University of QLD)

Courses Attended:

Gravity Fit Course Level 1, 2015.
Shoulder course with Sally Hess (2 days), 2015.
Australian and New Zealand Haemophilia conference (2 days) and associated Physiotherapy professionals’ day 2015
Manual handling, CPR, and hydrotherapy training 2016

Publications:

Peer reviewed publications:

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● Dalzell R (2005): Non-haematological pathologies – the importance of musculoskeletal assessment in haemophilia. Haemophilia 11(6), 620 – 622
● De Kleijn P, Blamey G, Zourikian N, Dalzell R and Lobet S (2005): Physiotherapy following elective orthopaedic procedures. Haemophilia 12(3), 108-112
● Mulder K, Cassis F, Seuser DRA, Narayan P, Dalzell R, and Poulsen W (2004): Risk and Benefits of sports and fitness activities for people with haemophilia. Haemophilia 10 (4), 161 – 163
● Dalzell R (2004): Shoulder hemiarthroplasty to manage haemophilic arthropathy: two case studies. Haemophilia 10, 649 – 654
Non-refereed publications:

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● Dalzell R (2005): Inspire – Tai Chi and Yoga for adults with bleeding disorders. DVD. Haemophilia Foundation Australia, Glen Iris, Victoria, ph 1800 807 173
● Dalzell R (2005): Understanding Haemophilia. APA ‘In Motion’ magazine, June.
● Dalzell R. Ten articles in HFA newsletter (2002-2016): ‘Badminton’, ‘Fencing’, ‘Sports and Risks’, ‘Tai Chi’, ‘The Olympic Challenge’, ‘Knees’, ‘Ultimate Disc’, ‘Inspire DVD’, Conference summary on Ageing, and ‘Balance, Bone Density and Falls’.
● Dalzell R. Ten articles in HFQ newsletter (2002-2016): ‘Arthritis’, Mild Haemophilia’, Footwear’, ‘Sports’, ‘Musculoskeletal Congress’, ‘Tai Chi’ and ‘Inspire DVD’, ‘The importance of the Psoas muscle’, ‘Strong Bloody Men’ and Musculoskeletal US.
Published conference proceedings:

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● Dalzell R (2004): Author index. Haemophilia 10 (6), 758-760
● Dalzell R (2004): Author index. Haemophilia 10 (s3), 147-163

Virginia ‘Gini’ Leister

Physiotherapist

Virginia qualified as a Physiotherapist from University of Sydney in 1971.Then completed a junior residency year 1972 at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney before moving in to private practice on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. In 1974 she took on a sole Physiotherapist position in Switzerland for just over one year at Thurgarten Schaffhausen Heilstatte Davos specialising in Joint replacement rehabilitation. The hospital was also a large centre for lung resections and asthmatic patients and Virginia was involved in planning suitable exercise programs in group classes and individually. On her return to Australia Virginia worked at Royal North Shore Hospital mainly in the Spinal Injuries Unit and Hand Clinic before joining private Practice at Royal North Shore Medical Centre.

Virginia was Physiotherapist in Charge at Wauchope District Memorial Hospital for 23 years from 1991-2013 providing both inpatient and outpatient services for the Wauchope Community .While at Wauchope Hospital Virginia was involved with the University of Newcastle for Clinical placements and supervision of Physiotherapy students

In 2013 she joined the team at Wauchope Physiotherapy and now enjoys being part of the team providing services for residents of Bundaleer Aged Care Services.
In her spare time Gini revels in trail running, bushwalking and multiday hiking adventures in remote areas. She recently was part of the Animal Emergency Services team to finish the toughest team endurance race in Australia the 96 kms Kokoda Challenge 2016.

Qualifications:

Diploma in Physiotherapy University of Sydney 1971.

Courses Attended:

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Lyn Watson Level1 Shoulder Course 2016
Explain Pain by David Butler 2015
Rescuing the Older Knee by Jenny McConnell 2014
Tai Chi courses by Dr Paul Lam
Bobath course by Kim Jennings
Mulligan Concept Upper Quarter University of Queensland 2013
Simplifying Shoulders Craig Allingham 2012
The Everyday Foot and Ankle Workshop Craig Allingham 2012
Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo Seminar Dr Swee Aw, Sally Burton Brady 2012
The Hip Assessment Treatment and retraining optimal Dynamic Function Trish Wisbey Roth 2012
An evidence Based Approach to the craft of Manual Therapy. Dr Neil Tuttle . Senior Lecturer Griffith University 2012
Optimising 3D Biomechanics’ the Pelvis and Lumbar Spine. Assessment and Treatment Trish Wisbey Roth 2011
What is Normal Movement? Australian Bobath Tutors 2010 Wauchope Hospital
The Bobath Concept supine to sit to stand St Vincents Hospital Sydney 2010
Diagnosis and Management of Cervical Spine Disorders Gwendolen Jull 2009
Static Splinting Workshop. Belinda Dawson 2009. Port Macquarie Base Hospital
2008 Virginia was awarded an Australian Government Rural and Remote Health Professional Scholarship to attend a Manual concepts 8 day Course in Sydney and gained a certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy
The Sporting Knee and Ankle Injuries Workshop Julie Godfrey 2008
Osteoporosis and Falls Prevention Seminar Novotel Olympic Park 2008
Royal Newcastle Centre Hand Trauma Seminar 2008
Tai Chi for Arthritis Instructor/Leader Course 2007
Tai Chi For Back Pain Instructor’s Workshop 2007
The Elderly Foot Physiotherapy Geriatric special Interest Group Royal North Shore Hospital 2007
Hand Therapy Update Coffs Harbour Health Campus Rosemary Prosser 2006
Treatment of the Pelvis and Lumbar spine Level 1. An Introduction to Muscle Energy Techniques. Dr Barbara Hungerford 2006
The Integrated Pelvis level 2 Course A functional Approach to assessment treatment and stabilization of the Lumbo-pelvis Region. Dr Barbara Hungerford 2006
Treatment of the Cervical and Thoracic Spine and Thoracic Cage. Application of Articular and Muscle Energy Techniques. Dr Barbara Hungerford 2006
Multidisciplinary Assessment Protocol for patients with Low Back Pain Sydney Low back Pain Interest Group 2004
Treating the Lumbo Pelvis Instability Patient as a Whole Module1 and Module 2Trish Wisbey Roth 2003
Designing and Grading a Dysfunctional Specific Core Stability Program Trish Wisbey Roth 2002
Introduction to evidence Based practice for Neurological Physiotherapists 2001
Lyn Watson Level 2 Shoulder Course 2000
Lyn Watson Level 1 Shoulder Course 1999

Mitchell Olsen

Physiotherapist

‘Mitch’ is home grown in the Port Macquarie region and went on to complete his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle. Since graduating in 2014, he has spent the last two years working at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital where he developed a diverse range of acute care skills and acquired a special interest in post-operative care and rehabilitation.

Mitch has a great passion for the outdoors and sports in general, spending his free time camping, surfing, playing touch football or competing in Crossfit competitions. Mitch is eager to pursue his interests in Sports Physiotherapy and helping athletes of all levels recover quickly and maximise their potential in their sporting field. With a hands on approach and dedication to evidence based practice Mitch looks forward to making a difference in your health and recovery.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2014 (University of Newcastle)

Courses Attended:

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Introductory Vestibular Physiotherapy Course 2017
Integrated Solutions for Head and Neck Pain 2016
Bobath Concept “What is Normal Movement” – Lower Limb/Locomotion 2015

Julie Ainsworth

Exercise Physiologist and Myotherapist

Julie is a relative new comer to the Mid North Coast having grown up in Victoria. Julie has been working in rehabilitation, injury prevention and management as both an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Myotherapist for many years. She has experience in in both private practice and hospital setting. Julie has a wealth of experience in exercise prescription for management of chronic conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, osteoarthritis and persistent pain. She also has a keen interest in falls prevention, balance and postural stability.

Julie has great hands on skills having over 10 years experience treating condition such as headaches, low back pain, sciatica, neck and shoulder pain, general muscle tightness and over use injuries. Julie uses a range of soft tissue manipulation techniques, together with modalities such as trigger point therapy, dry needling, deep tissue massage, hot and cold therapies, passive/active muscle stretching and corrective or rehabilitative exercises.

Julie enjoys a broad range of activities including sports, travel, art and live music, camping and hiking.

Qualifications:

Ad. Dip. Myotherapy 2006
Bachelor of Exercise Science / Exercise Physiology 1997

Courses Attended:

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PD Warrior Instructor Course 2016
Pilates small equipment short course
Beyond Mechanical Pain- Persistent Pain Management Workshop
Fascia and Foam Roller course
Fundamentals of Pyonex Press Needles workshop
Balance & Postural Stability Workshop
Joint Mobilisation Workshop
Comcare Workplace Rehabilitation training

Teresa ‘Tess’ Scammell

Pilates and Yoga Instructor

Teresa ‘Tess’ Scammell Clinical Pilates and Yoga Instructor
Tess qualified as a Pilates Practitioner 2005. Tess brings plenty of life experience to her role in our clinic as a Pilates and Yoga instructor.
Tess is known for her positive enthusiastic personality, and brings with her over 11 years experience as Pilates Instructor. Along with her Pilates qualifications, Tess is also a Yoga Instructor and has most recently undertaken a further 100 hours of Yin Yoga Training in Fiji
Tess works with our Physiotherapy and Allied Health Team and communicates with them if a health condition needs attention so that clients can be assured that they will get the best results.

Tess’s recreation is long walks on Light House beach with her beloved dog Oscar, practicing her Yoga. Sharing the love of cooking camping, gardening and music with her partner, and getting down to Melbourne to see her family.

My indulgence is a full body Shiraz and dark, dark chocolate

Qualifications:

Certificate IV Pilates Instruction in Mat and all Pilates based equipment
Diploma Clinical Pilates
Yoga 300 hours
Certificate IV Training & Assessment
Member of Pilates Alliance Association

Our front desk team, like our Physio’s, strive to be helpful, attentive and friendly!

Helen

Practice Manager

Helen is our practice manager who is a qualified Physiotherapy Assistant and has been working in the health and fitness industry now for 10 years. Her experience enables her to assist our patients in a variety of ways from assisting the physiotherapists in some areas of treatment like exercise monitoring brace/support fitting. Helen has spent her entire working career in customer service roles and will ensure that your experience at Wauchope Physiotherapy is a positive one.

Holly

Receptionist

Holly has been working in the health industry since entering into the workforce and prides herself as an active member of our community both on and off the sporting field. Holly has a variety of sporting interests with in our community and on a representative level. Keep your eye out for her you never know where you’ll see her! Her bright personality and welcoming smile will only add to your positive experience at Wauchope Physiotherapy.

Ashlee

Receptionist

Ashlee is our most recent acquisition to the team. Ashlee has worked in customer service since leaving school and is our Administration Trainee who has an enthusiastic interest her new role and is eager to help assist the physio’s and their patients. Ashlee loves the outdoors and social interactions; she is committed to her role at Wauchope Physiotherapy and her community, and is keen to assistance you.