About Us

Meet Our Team:

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 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 and learning and development subgroup as an advocate for Physiotherapy.

Nathan has spent his fair share of time as a patient too… undergoing 4 hip surgeries, a tendon lengthening procedure, a groin reconstruction, a shoulder reconstruction and abdominal surgery. He believes that this experience has improved his clinical practice and his empathy with his clients – particularly those living with chronic pain. He is renowned for providing great outcomes for his clients while being known for his sense of humour, enthusiasm and relaxed approach.

Clinical Interests: Hip impingement, Lumbo-pelvic dysfunction, return to sport rehabilitation, Headache therapist and vestibular/vertigo rehabilitation.

Personal Interests: Enjoys spending time with his young family, resistance training, tennis and rescuing/rehabilitating injured wildlife.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) 1999

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Understanding MRI – a musculoskeletal perspective with Dr Bob Marshall 2017
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

John Scullin

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.

Clinical Interests: Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal disorders, Headache therapist, Sports Injuries and Aged Care. John is passionate about providing services for residents of Bundaleer Aged Care Services.

Personal Interests: Spending time with family and friends, surfing and Yoga.

Qualifications:

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

Postgraduate 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

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.

Clinical Interests: Lumbo-pelvic rehabilitation, Headache therapist, Sports Injuries and various Acute and Chronic Musculoskeletal disorders.

Personal Interests: Pilates and physical fitness, endurance horse riding and travelling around Australia to compete in national endurance riding events.

Qualifications:

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

Postgraduate 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

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 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.

Clinical Interests: Return to sport rehabilitation, acute and chronic Musculo-skeletal rehabilitation and vestibular/vertigo rehabilitation.

Personal Interests: Cross-fit, surfing, camping and touch football.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2014 (University of Newcastle)

Postgraduate 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

Rhyannon Bowles

Physiotherapist

Growing up in Tasmania, Rhyannon was actively involved in a number of sporting teams leading to her interest in Physiotherapy. She later moved to Newcastle to follow her passion recently completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy through the University of Newcastle. Over the duration of her degree she worked in a number of locations and setting across NSW including acute care, paediatrics, orthopaedics, private practice, rehabilitation and alongside multiple sports teams. Following the completion of her final year in Tamworth she developed a passion for providing health services to rural communities. She is eager to extend her knowledge to help continually improve her patient’s care though evidence based practice to optimise their quality of life.

Clinical Interests: Return to Sport rehabilitation, orthopaedic post-op rehabilitation and acute and chronic musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Personal Interests: Spending her time outdoors camping, bush walking, playing hockey, diving and running.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, University of Newcastle, 2017

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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The Physio Academy 10 week anatomy course 2017
Spinal Cord Injury Online Course 2016
Rock tape Course 2016
NU Moves Strapping Course 2016
Sports Trainer Certificate I 2015

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.

Clinical Interests: Aged Care, balance rehabilitation and musculo-skeletal rehabilitation

Personal Interests: Trail running, bushwalking and multiday hiking adventures in remote areas. In 2016, she was part of the Animal Emergency Services team to finish the toughest team endurance race in Australia the 96 kms Kokoda Challenge!

Qualifications:

Diploma in Physiotherapy University of Sydney 1971.

Postgraduate 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

Dylan Furey

Exercise Physiologist

Dylan has completed a Bachelors of Exercise and Sport science as well as a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. He has experience in both public and private hospitals assisting people with chronic conditions such as Cardiopulmonary dysfunction, Diabetes, Obesity, Parkinson’s, Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis. In addition, Dylan has extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning coaching for athletic development and return to sport and activity, with experience in training Mixed Martial Artists, Footballers, Weight training and Powerlifting. Dylan comes to us after working in a private Exercise Physiology Practice in Sydney where he gained experience assisting Firefighters and Police Officers to manage injuries and develop greater functional strength and movement.

Clinical Interests: Diabetes, Osteoartritis rehab, orthopaedic post-op rehabilitation, return to Sport rehabilitation and chronic musculoskeletal rehabilitation

Personal Interests: Martial Arts, resistance training, Cricket and Chess

Qualifications:

Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation) CSU 2017
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, University of Newcastle 2015
Certificate 3 and 4 in Health & Fitness 2014

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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First aid certificate 2017
CPR Certificate 2017

Ian Dunbar

Massage Therapist

Ian Dunbar has joined our team as our Massage Therapist in January 2018. He brings a wealth of experience and a good understanding of human anatomy and injury treatment. He started his working life as a teacher (Diploma of Teaching at Armidale in 1984), then went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Phys.Ed) through UNE in 1996 and later completed his massage qualifications in 1997 (Associate Diploma in Health Science (Massage Therapy) at Port Macquarie). He is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science degree at Charles Sturt University. For the past 20 years Ian has run a successful massage therapy business in the Kempsey region and decided to join our team so that he could work with our multidisciplinary team.

His experience includes working at clients at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, South West Rocks Triathlon and Marathon, working with elderly people and those with disabilities, and on-field sports work with Kempsey Rugby Club, NSW Indoor Sports as a remedial massage Therapist, Sports Trainer and First Aid Officer.

Ian enjoys working closely with our team of Allied Health professionals ( eg physio’s, exercise physiologists, podiatrists etc) and strongly believes in closely communicating with our professional team to achieve the best results for our clients. He has a professional interest in rehabilitation of veterans and his broad life experience and extensive education means Ian’s massage skills are highly sort after.

Clinical Interests: Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Remedial Massage as well as Relaxation and Hot Stone Massage

Personal Interests: Rugby League, Cricket, weight training, hiking and watching his kids play sport. He plans to complete his studies over the next few years and to visit Sandakan, North Borneo, where his great uncle was a P.O.W. in WW2.

Qualifications:

Currently completing Bachelor of Health and Rehabilitation Science degree at CSU Port Macquarie
Associate Diploma in Health Science (Massage Therapy) Port Macquarie 1997
Bachelor of Education (Phys.Ed) UNE 1996
Diploma of Teaching at Armidale 1984

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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First Aid Certificate 2016
Level 1 Sports Trainer
Hot Stone Therapy Certificate
Sports Taping

Teresa ‘Tess’ Scammell

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 13 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.

Clinical Interests: Pilates, Yin Yoga and Tai Chi

Personal Interests: 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. Indulgence is a full body Shiraz and dark, dark chocolate

Qualifications:

Diploma of Clinical Pilates, Pilates International Training Center, Melbourne. 2005
Cert IV Training and assessment, TAFE NSW

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Tai Chi for Health & Fall’s Prevention Program, Exercise Medicine Australia 2017
Yin Yoga Instructor training – Fiji  (300 hours) 2015
Fall’s Prevention 3 D Balance, Australian Physiotherapy & Pilaties Institute 2012
Member of Pilates Alliance Association

Gerry Buckland

Pilates Instructor

Gerry discovered her love for Pilates 14 years ago when a health professional recommended Pilates to her for chronic back pain. After working in accommodation management and front office reception/administration for most of her working life, she decided on a career change and completed the certificate IV in Allied health as a Physiotherapy assistant. This course ignited my passion for Anatomy & Physiology, rehabilitation though movement and the mind & body connection.

To compliment her newly acquired physio assistant skills and to fulfil a 10 year dream, she completed the certificate IV in Pilates teaching & methodology. In 2017 she completed the diploma of Pilates teaching & methodology. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science at CSU to continue on her career path.

Clinical Interests: Seeing clients transform through pilates & physical exercise. Motivating people to move & not be scared of using physical rehabilitation as pain management.

Personal Interests: Pilates, Yoga, Camping, Travelling, Dancing & spending time with family & friends.

Qualifications:

Diploma of Pilates Teaching and Methodology 2017
Certificate IV in Pilates Teaching & Methodology
Certificate IV in Allied Health

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Enrolled in Bachelor of Rehabilitation Science, CSU
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.