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.


Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) 1999

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Upperlimb Musculoskeletal Diagnositic Ultrasound Course, Peter Esselbach, Sydney, 2019
Getback Spinal Rehabilitation Course, Melbourne, 2018
ADAPT Chronic Pain Course, Univerity of Sydney, Dr Micheal Nicolas, 2017. Also, involved in a pilot study relating to use of the ADAPT program in regional areas for the treatment of Chronic pain.
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.


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

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Orthopaedic Updates Lecture Sydney 2019
Understanding Dementia, University of Tasmania, 2018
Masterclass Symposium in Sydney, 2018
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


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.


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

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Hip Differential diagnosis and Prescriptive Exercise by Trish Wisby–Roth, Port Macqurie, 2018

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


‘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.


Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2014 (University of Newcastle)

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Upperlimb Musculoskeletal Diagnositic Ultrasound Course, Peter Esselbach, Sydney, 2019
Watson Headache Level 1 Course, Sydney, 2018
Introductory Vestibular Physiotherapy Course 2017
Integrated Solutions for Head and Neck Pain 2016
Bobath Concept “What is Normal Movement” – Lower Limb/Locomotion 2015

Gregg Mathews


Gregg grew up in Port Macquarie and Queensland but moved away from ‘Port’ when he was 21. He spent 15 years working as a Youth Worker and Pastor before studying to become a Physiotherapist in Queensland at the Australian Catholic University. Gregg was awarded a Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship during his studies and also worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant at the Prince Charles Hospital. Gregg graduated in 2017 and has worked in Brisbane in Private Practice, community and aged care. In 2019, he relocated back to ‘Port’ with his young family to be closer to their ‘Pa’ and is excited to be joining the team at Wauchope Physiotherapy and Sports Rehab Centre.

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

Personal Interests: Gregg is the proud Father of 4 boys with his wife Suzie. He loves the ocean and can be regularly found surfing and spending time with his young family. He grew up participating in athletics, basketball, rugby, soccer and cricket.


Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2017 (Australian Catholic University)

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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The shoulder in sport – typical clinical patterns – 1 & 2, 2018

Business 101 – setting up your practice, 2018

Advanced taping, 2016

Basic taping, 2016

Sports trainer Level 1, 2014

Promoting and supporting athletes with disabilities, 2013

Swiss ball for patient management, 2013

Jessica Witherow


Jess has worked in healthcare and education for over twenty years. Her career began in molecular imaging where she worked clinically and lectured at Sydney University. Concurrently she enjoyed dancing and working as a dance teacher to students from all ages and abilities. It was her own experience with injury combined with a love for science, movement and patient care that drove her to a career as a physiotherapist.

Jess completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University where she was awarded clinical and research excellence awards, and the University medal.  In 2018 she was honoured to receive the Australian Physiotherapy Association award for academic excellence.

Jess is passionate about delivering the best care possible and looks forward to supporting you in your journey to recovery and good health.

Clinical Interests: Musculoskeletal rehabilitation, chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions of pregnancy and the post-natal period, movement analysis and pre-pointe assessment of dancers, neurological physiotherapy, aged care and falls prevention, clinical research. .

Personal Interests: Spending time with my young family, mindfulness meditation, good food and good coffee, dancing, spending time outdoors, and travel.


Doctor of Physiotherapy with the University Medal, 2018

Sports Trainer, Level 1, 2017

Bachelor of Applied Science, Medical Radiation Science, Nuclear Medicine (Honours), 2004

Diploma of Teaching (Dance)(Distinction), 2008

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Upperlimb Musculoskeletal Diagnositic Ultrasound Course, Peter Esselbach, Sydney, 2019
Pain Management Multidisciplinary Workshop, Sydney University, 2018
First International Motor Impairment Conference (abstract), Sydney, 2018
Ageing well week, Online Seminar Series, Neuroscience Research Australia, 2018
Spinal cord injury for physiotherapists, Professor Lisa Harvey, 2018
Sleep workshop, Dr Karen Peebles, 2017
Advanced pain workshop, Professor Julia Hush, 2017
Master Class: Imaging for Physiotherapists, Catherine Ketsimur, 2017
Advanced Sports taping course, 2015

Virginia ‘Gini’ Leister


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!


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

Tim Wood

Exercise Physiologist

Tim has completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport science as well as a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Tim has experience with Musculoskeletal rehabilitation of chronic conditions, neurological conditions and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. Tim has a keen interest in spinal rehabilitation and working with a range of conditions relating to spinal-cord injuries.  In addition, Tim has extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning programs, with a developed practice in diabetes and cancer survivor exercise programs in particular working with the ‘Man Plan’ following Prostate cancer treatment.

Clinical Interest: Spinal health and rehabilitation, Cancer patients and multiple sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy (neurological) population

Personal interests: Hiking and outdoor fitness, Crossfit and good coffee!


Masters Degree Clinical Exercise Physiology, Australian Catholic University, 2018
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, Australian Catholic University, 2015

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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GetBack Spinal Rehabilitation Training Melbourne 2019
Australian Sports Commission beginner’s Coach 2013 – 2014
First aid certificate 2019
CPR Certificate 2019

Krysia Mailo

Massage Therapist

Krysia began her working career as a Veterinary Nurse, then went on to work in Aged Care Nursing and Early Childhood Education.
She Graduated with a Certificate IV in Fitness, Cert IV Allied Health Assistance (physiotherapy) and Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2014.
Prior to joining our team in Wauchope, Krysia developed her skills as a massage therapist at an Osteopath clinic in Port Macquarie, in an Oncology and Lymphodemia Clinic and at a Fitness Centre. Her work has involved Remedial, Sports and Lymphatic Drainage Massage, as well as Fitness Training and Exercise Rehabilitation Instruction.

Clinical Interests: Acute and Chronic Musculoskelatal Injuries, Sports Injuries and Myofascial/Deep Tissue/Trigger Point Massage Therapy.

Personal Interests: Outdoor Fitness Training, Camping, Surfing and spending time with her Dogs, Chickens and Horses.


Certificate IV in Fitness
Cert IV Allied Health Assistance (physiotherapy)
Diploma in Remedial Massage, 2014

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Advanced Myofascial Techniques, Neck, Jaw and Head – 2019
CPR and First Aid -2019
Baker IDI and Fitness Australia Lift For Life – 2018
Dr Vodder’s Manual Lymph Drainage Basic and Therapy 1 Courses -2017
Oncology Massage Modules 1 and 2 – 2016
Advanced Trainings Leg Knee and Foot – 2015, Advanced Knee Issues – 2015
Rehab Fx – Functional Training and Minimise Injury -2014.

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

Ashlee Karbowiak

Practice Manager

Ashlee has been an integral part of our team for some years now. She started as an administration trainee and after completing further tertiary qualifications in business administration she has worked to build up her skills to become our Practice Manager. Ashlee’s primary role is to ensure that our team provides you with the help you need and to exceed your expectations. We want you to be thrilled with your experience at Wauchope Physiotherapy and Sports Rehab Centre.

Our Reception Team

Georjean Davison, Ashlee Karbowiak, Rhianon Slade, Michelle McCudden (from left to right)

Meet our friendly and attentive reception team! Georjean, Rhianon and Michelle are all active members in the Wauchope Community and genuinely care about providing you with a positive experience from the moment you walk in the door!