Meet Our Team:

Nathan Lynch

Director and Physiotherapist

Nathan qualified as a physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1999, having grown up in Queanbeyan in rural NSW. He has since worked in both public and private settings in Australia and Internationally, including in India, England, Wales, the Isle of Man, Scotland and the Shetland Islands. He settled on the Mid North Coast and joined the Wauchope Physiotherapy and Sports Rehab Centre in 2007. In 2015 Nathan was instrumental in designing and building the first purpose-built allied health multidisciplinary clinic in the Hastings area.

Working in many remote locations over the years has led Nathan to develop a passion for evidenced-based physio in challenging rural settings where best practice is not always possible. Consequently, Nathan has committed himself over the past decade to organising and running professional development events to help keep physios and other AHPs up to speed on the best practice evidence here on the Mid North Coast. He has also been a member of the Primary Health Network Clinical Council to provide advocacy for physiotherapy.

Nathan has spent his fair share of time as a patient too… undergoing four 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.

Nathan is the Principal Physiotherapist at Wauchope Physiotherapy and Sports Rehab Centre which has six physios, an exercise physiologist, two remedial massage therapists and other visiting allied health practitioners. With low back pain being the largest cause of disability worldwide, the clinic has established a special interest in the rehab of chronic spinal pain over many years and in 2018 the clinic purchased special equipment (Getback Spinal Rehabilitation System) that enables accurate range of movement and strength dynamometry measurement in all spinal planes to assist patients suffering from chronic spinal pain.

Clinical Interests: Hip impingement pathology, Chronic Spinal pain, Lumbo-pelvic dysfunction, Chronic Neck pain, headache treatment with Watson Headache approach, return to sport rehabilitation, and vestibular/vertigo rehabilitation.

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

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) 1999

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Nutting Out Men’s Health Physiotherapy, Craig Allingham, 2021
Manual handling train the trainer for the health professional, Corporate Work Health, 2021
Office Ergonomic Workstation Setup Training For Allied Health Professionals, Corporate Work Health, 2021
Vehicle Physical Ergonomic Considerations For Allied Health Professionals, Corporate Work Health, 2021
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

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 dry needling and western acupuncture course, Gold Coast, 2021
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

Jessica Witherow

Physiotherapist

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.

Qualifications:

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

Tahlia Hunter

Physiotherapist

Tahlia is home grown in the Hastings area and completed her high school at St Joseph’s Regional College. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy through Charles Sturt University, joining the first cohort to complete this degree at the Port Macquarie campus. Tahlia intends on completing further training to follow her interests in Women’s health and Pilates.

Tahlia is passionate about providing patient centred care, and works hard to help her clients achieve their goals.

Clinical Interests: Acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, women’s health, Pilates and return to sport rehabilitation.

Personal Interests: Resistance training, Pilates, spending time with family and friends.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 2020 (CSU Port Macquarie)

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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SIRA Workers Compensation Accreditation Course 2021
First aid certificate
working with childrens check
level 1 matwork pilates

Blake McKenzie

Physiotherapist

Blake was born in Port Macquarie and grew up in the area, only moving away to study. He studied at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, completing a Bachelor degree in Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy degree. Since graduating he has worked in musculoskeletal private practice.
Blake grew up playing soccer and during his teens found a passion for bodyboarding. He now enjoys competitive boxing and surfing regularly.

Physiotherapy as a profession was a logical choice for Blake as it combined his passion for sports and fitness, with his desire to help others.

Clinical Interests: Rehab of recurrent shoulder dislocations, dry needling, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries, sporting tendinopathies, and return to sport rehabilitation.

Personal Interests: Boxing, bodyboarding, cars, and photography.

Qualifications:

Master of Physiotherapy, Griffith University, 2019.
Bachelor of Exercise Science, Griffith University, 2017.

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Dry Needling: Introductory, 2020
Dry Needling: Advanced, 2020
Mulligans Concept: Lower Quadrant, 2020
Mulligans Concept: Upper Quadrant, 2020
SIRA Workers Compensation Accreditation Course 2020
Sports Trainer Level 1 & Advanced Taping, Sports Medicine Australia, 2016
Current CPR certificate
Current Working with Children check

Ben Crowe

Physiotherapist

Ben grew up in Bairnsdale, Victoria. He studied at the University of Newcastle completing a bachelor of physiotherapy (honours). He has a passion for working in rural areas and was able to complete his final year of study in Port Macquarie. He loved the areas natural beauty and chose to stay!

Ben has always been a keen sportsman, playing AFL in country Victoria, which initially led to his interest to become a physiotherapist after playing, and later coaching, tennis, soccer and surfing. With an evidence based approach, Ben looks forward to helping his clients at Wauchope Physiotherapy by getting to the source of the problem to allow them to recover from injuries and achieve their goals.

Clinical Interests: Chronic pain, sport rehabilitation, acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Personal Interests: Surfing, running, tennis, AFL and exploring the outdoors with friends.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), The University of Newcastle 2021.

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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“Nutting out Mens Health”, Men’s Health Workshop 2021
Surfing Australia, Surf Coach Level 1, 2016.
Current CPR certificate
Current Working with Children check

Kylie Ballantyne

Physiotherapist

Kylie qualified as a physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1999, after growing up in various locations around the world owing to her fathers’ army career. Kylie worked at the Mater Hospital in Newcastle for 2 years after graduating, before travelling overseas to work in a variety of roles in England, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Shetland Islands. During this time overseas, Kylie worked in numerous community based roles, which she found very rewarding. Through these roles Kylie has worked extensively with a range of patients in the areas of aged care, falls preventions, chronic lung and heart conditions, neuro-degenerative conditions, oncology and palliative care . Kylie has worked in the Hastings area for the past 15 years providing community based Physiotherapy to these patient groups.

Kylie has developed a passion for working with patients with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and in the area of palliative care. Kylie is well respected for her work in the area of MND Physiotherapy over the past 15 years, and has been an invited speaker at the Sydney MND symposium and provided numerous education and training sessions for other health professionals and patients/carers in the area of MND at the invitation of the MND Association of NSW. Kylie is a passionate advocate for her patients and works collaboratively with other Allied Health, and medical professionals to provide the best possible care for her patients.

Clinical Interests: MND, Inclusion Body Myositis, Palliative Care, Falls Prevention, Aged Care enablement

Personal Interests: Enjoys spending time with her two young children, bush walking, sewing, researching family history, looking after injured native wildlife and enjoying a red wine and a good book!

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Sydney) 1999.

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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Macquarie University MND Research update- April 2022
Australian/NZ MND symposium – April 2022
International MND conference – December 2021
MND/ALS Alliance Allied Health Professionals Forum- December 2021
Movement Analysis in Neurological Rehabilitation – A science based framework for clinical decision making – June 2021
Health Literacy – Uni of Newcastle – February 2021
Spinal Cord Injury Update – March 2021
HITH Care model and Covid-19- February 2021
MND Phenotypes – research update – Uni of QLD – March 2021
Basics of Cough Assist – Philips Australia – November 2021
In’s and Out;s of Mechanical Cough Assist – Philips Australia – July 2021
NDIS for Health Professionals – April 2021
Interactive decision tools in ALS- December 2021
MND Aware – Mechanisms of disease – November 2021
MND Aware – Measuring progression in MND – December 2021
Chronic Pelvic pain – Sydney Pelvic clinic – November 2021
Respiratory management in Neuro-muscular disease – Philips Australia – October 2020
MND Aware – Improving Patient Care – December 2020
International MND conference – December 2020
MND/ALS Alliance Allied Health Professionals Forum – December 2020
Womens Pelvic Health & Mens Pelvic Health – Uni of Newcastle – December 2020
Leading for Better Patient Outcomes – 2019
Understanding and respecting the person with Dementia , Dementia and Delirium training– Sept 2019
Dementia and COPD workshop- July 2018
Presented at MNDA NSW conference – March 2018
Dementia Australia – Health Brain and Aging Seminar – November 2017
Heart Failure webinar- October 2017
Post polio conditions and management – 2015
Everything you need to know in the management of Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and MS – August 2015
Positive Approach to Care of the Older Person – 2015
Barriers to end of lift care in Dementia – 2015
Advanced Care in Dementia – 2015
Child well being and child protection – July 2015
Respiratory Webex 6 Minute Walk Tests – Agency for Clinical Innovation – March 2015
How to Detect and treat Malnutrition in Respiratory Patients – Agency for Clinical Innovation – November 2014
Asthma Handbook – assessment and management – Agency for Clinical Innovation – July 2014
Integrating Services in Chronic Disease management – 2014
Cervicogenic dizziness in Older Adults – 2014
APA Conference is Gerontology – 2014
Asia Pacific Parkinson’s Disease Conference – 2013
Promotion of Exercise in Sedentary Parkinson’s Disease – 2013
APA Diabetes Training – 2011
Rural management of Stroke, Heart Attack and Diabetes – 2010
Dance Medicine Australia Conference – 2007
Pubic Symphisis Dysfunction Workshop, and the Pregnant pelvis – 2005
Rehabilitation Oncology – Practical approach to Axillary Web Syndrome – 2005
Connective Tissue Approach to Shoulder Complaints – 2005
Australian Ballet Injury management – Ankle, knee, hip, spine- 2001
Muscle energy – 1999
Mulligans Level 1 & 2 – 2000 & 2001
Mackenzie Approach 1 & 2 – 1999 & 2000
Jenny McConnell Patello-femoral knee pain management – 2002
Clinical Pilates training – Matwork, Reformer, Trapeze – 1999- 2002
Current CPR certificate
Current Working with Children check and Police check

Alison Wilson

Exercise Physiologist

Alison completed her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2021. Prior to becoming an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), Alison enjoyed an extensive career in education and spent 13 years as Head PE Teacher in Mudgee. She then spent several years working as an Exercise Scientist and Pilates Instructor in a Physio/Allied Health clinic and then moved to the Port Macquarie area and worked as an Exercise Physiologist before joining our team. She has experience working in the areas of musculoskeletal rehabilitation, neurological conditions, falls prevention programs, mental health and metabolic conditions. Alison has also undertaken further training in the areas of Parkinson’s disease (PD Warrior training) and hydrotherapy for chronic disease.

Clinical Interest: Alison has a keen interest in neurological conditions, chronic disease management (including diabetes, arthritis, COPD and hypertension), the emerging area of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and return to exercise post COVID-19 infection.

Personal interests: A competitive hockey player and sports person, Alison loves the challenge of trying new physical activities and sports, but also enjoys cooking and gardening at home.

Qualifications:

Masters Degree Clinical Exercise Physiology, CSU Bathurst, 2021
Diploma of Exercise Studies, CSU Bathurst, 2019
Certificate III and IV in Fitness, Australian Fitness Academy, 2018
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement), Wollongong University, 1993

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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GetBack Spinal Rehabilitation Training, 2022
COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Lung Foundation Australia, 2020
Understanding traumatic brain injury MOOC, University of Tasmania,2020
Understanding dementia MOOC, Univerity of Tasmania
Management of urinary incontinence, Western NSW PHN
Working with Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ESSA
Evidence for the use of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in patients with chronic disease, ESSA
Gait training and neurological conditions, ESSA
The pelvic floor in men – considerations for surgery, ESSA
Dipolma of Professional Pilates Instruction, Pilates ITC, 2020
Hydrotherapy for Chronic Disease, Gateway Physiotherapy, 2019
Lift for Life Training Workshop, Fitness Australia, 2018
Certificate in Pilates Matwork and Reformer Instruction, Pilates ITC, 2018
PD Warrior Level 1 and 2, PD Warrior, 2018.
WorkHab Internation FCE System Licence, Workhab Australia, 2017
First aid Trainer Current
CPR Certificate Current
Police Check and WWCC Current

Anthony Mahr

Remedial Massage Therapist

Anthony studied Remedial Massage in Katoomba (Blue Mountains NSW) and moved to Port Macquarie in February 2019. He enjoys running, surfing, cycling, swimming and going to the gym regularly. Did we mention he is also blind… but with his guide dog Shadow he enjoys taking on any challenge placed in front of him. He has a passion for helping people feel better through massage and getting his clients back to the activity they love!
Vision impairment has the effect of enhancing other senses. Anthony takes full advantage of this enhanced sense of touch and this is demonstrated in the massage he performs! Book in a massage with Anthony today!

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

Personal Interests: Running, surfing, Riding, Swimming and going to the gym.

Qualifications:

Diploma in Remedial Massage Therapy 2016
Hot Stone Massage Statement of Attainment 2015
Certificate 4 in Massage Therapy Practice 2015

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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First Aid Certificate (June 2018 Completed)
Statement of Attainment in Basic Computing Skills 2017
Statement of Attainment in Business Administration 2017
Certificate 4 in Community Services 2014

Ashley Anderson

Remedial Massage Therapist and Exercise Scientist

Ashley brings a wealth of massage experience to our clinic. Originally from the Blue Mountains, Ashley has provided massage therapy in Penrith, Bathurst, and in the Hamilton Island area while also servicing numerous triathlons around Whitehaven beach, Dent Island, Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach to name a few. Since 2018, Ashley has completed further studies at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst obtaining a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science gaining her the title of Exercise Scientist. Along with providing Remedial and Sports Massage therapy to our clinic, Ashley is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Port Macquarie, she plans to complete this and commence her career as a Physiotherapist by 2024. Ashley’s years of experience as a Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist and further studies allows her to provide a high quality and tailored approach to every massage she performs.

Clinical Interests: Sports, Deep tissue, and Pregnancy massage. Combining Massage with Exercise advice especially to benefit older adults with balance, and strength needs.

Personal Interests: Spending time outdoors, photography, catching up with friends and family and keeping update in the massage and exercise world.

Qualifications:

Currently study at Bachelor of Physiotherapy at CSU
Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (CSU Bathurst) 2020
Diploma of Leadership and Management 2017
Certificate III in Beauty Services 2014
Diploma of Remedial Massage 2012
Certificate IV in Massage Therapy 2011

Postgraduate Courses Attended:

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First aid certificate 2020
Certificate in Pregnancy Massage 2013
Certificate in Hahana Hot Stone Therapy 2013
Our front desk team, like our therapists, strive to be helpful, attentive and friendly!

Our Admin Team

Georjean Davison (Practice Manager), Michelle McCudden, Cheyenne Winship and Rhianon Slade
(from left to right)

Meet our friendly and attentive front desk team! Our aim is to make your rehab journey through our practice as smooth and comfortable as possible. We are all active members in the Wauchope Community and genuinely care about providing you with a positive experience that exceeds your expectations.