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Our Team

Daniel Macdonald

Founder Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy / APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist APAM

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Daniel Macdonald
Founder Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy
APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist APAM

 

My passion is helping athletes and people from all walks of life achieve their health and fitness goals. I have been a Physiotherapist for over 18 years and attained the title of Sports Physiotherapist in 2009. I am committed to getting to the root cause of an athletes pain as I know and understand the frustration of repetitive injuries. I have worked with everyone from Olympic athletes and professional surfers but get just as much satisfaction from transforming the way recreational athletes move to correct injuries and improve performance.
My special interests in Physio are shoulder problems in surfers, video running analysis and I founded our running school program at Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy.

Outside of work I love living in Pottsville and surfing around our local breaks and spending time with my two young children.

Melissa Macdonald

Founder Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy / Senior Physiotherapist
Watson Headache institute practitioner

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Melissa Macdonald
Founder Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy
Senior Physiotherapist
Watson Headache institute practitioner

 

My passion is helping sufferers of headaches and migraines and treating neck pain.I graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 1997.

Since then I have undertaken extensive Post graduate study through the Watson Headache institute. I love seeing people’s lives transformed when they start to live a life free from headaches and neck pain. I am also Clinical Pilates qualified and I oversee the Pilates program at Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy. I love using my extensive experience in Physio and Pilates to help people from all walks of life achieve their health goals.
I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Australian Continence Foundation.

Outside of work I love to surf, stand up paddle board, dig in my vegetable garden and best of all spend time with my kids.

Matthew Bracken

Senior Physiotherapist APAM

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Matthew Bracken
Senior Physiotherapist APAM

 

Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2005 and a Master in Physiotherapy in 2007.

Since graduating Matt has been committed to furthering his Physiotherapy knowledge through ongoing Postgraduate study including dry needling and Myofascial techniques.

He treats a wide variety of clients and has developed a very loyal following amongst his clients for the results he is able to achieve for them.

Outside of work Matt’s hobbies are travel and surfing and he loves to combine the two of them.

To read more about Matt click here: http://pottsvillephysio.com.au/birthday-blog/

Joel Watkins

Senior Physiotherapist APAM

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Joel Watkins
Senior Physiotherapist APAM

 

Joel has a Masters in Physiotherapy (2013) and a Bachelors of Exercise Science (2011). Joel’s passion is educating and problem solving with patients to achieve their health goals. Joel’s interests lie in persistent/chronic pain and exercise prescription. Joel is currently studying his Masters in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to become an APA titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and specialize in the area of complex pain disorders. Joel wouldn’t go a day without surfing and drinking tea.

Carly Jenner

Physiotherapist APAM

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Carly Jenner
Physiotherapist APAM

 

Carly graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science (2009), Master of High Performance Science (2011) and Doctor of Physiotherapy (2016). Her passions include assessment and management of sports injuries and tendon conditions as well as exercise prescription. Carly has worked closely with athletes from rugby league, rugby union and AFL. She currently works with the Burleigh Bears rugby league team. She enjoys hiking, running and paddle boarding.

Darla Baldwin

Physiotherapist APAM

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Darla Baldwin
Physiotherapist APAM

 

Darla graduated from Bond University with a Doctor of Physiotherapy. Prior to attending Bond, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Rehabilitation Science from the University of Hawaii.
Darla is passionate about helping people achieve their health, fitness, athletic, and rehabilitation goals. She takes a holistic approach and utilises many techniques including manual therapy, dry needling, soft tissue massage, myofascial release, and movement analysis to get the best results for her clients. In addition to being a physiotherapist, Darla is a certified Pilates and yoga instructor. Â She has personally experienced the immense benefits of Pilates & yoga and loves sharing these with her clients. When she is not working, Darla enjoys surfing, kite boarding, and yoga.

Darla will be a locum with Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy till the end of 2017.

Kai Allison

Physiotherapist APAM

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Kai Allison
Physiotherapist APAM

 

Kai’s passion is working with people to understand and overcome their pain and empowering people to achieve their performance or lifestyle goals. Kai has a particular interest in treating lower limb injuries and knee pain, as well as sporting injuries.

Having previously completed in high level sporting competitions, Kai has a strong understanding of the impact of injury on all aspects of life and is motivated to achieve the best results for his clients.

Kai graduated from LaTrobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy practice in 2016 and made the move North for the beaches and laid back lifestyle.

Kai previously worked for 8 years as a professional surf lifeguard and his hobbies outside of work include surfing, running and photography.

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Marium Mekaeil

Physiotherapist APAM

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Marium Mekaeil
Physiotherapist APAM

 

I graduated in 2015 from the Masters of Physiotherapy program at Griffith after completing a bachelor of Exercise Science. I strive to tailor treatment and exercise to every individual and enjoy working with all ages. My passion in Physio surrounds teaching patients how to understand their bodies and guiding them as they achieve their goals. I have a special interest in Women’s health and hope to further my study in this field.

I have been apart of the Gold Coast sports scene since I was 11 years old, playing rep basketball and soccer and having every injury known to Physio. I’m looking forward to learning how to surf to become a true Pottsville and Cabarita local.

Helen

Fabulous Front Desk team

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Helen
Fabulous Front Desk team

 

Helen moved to Pottsville with her husband and two children in January 2013 and began working with Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy shortly after.

Outside of work Helen enjoys cooking, paddle boarding, gardening and doing Pilates.

Mary

Fabulous Front Desk team

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Mary

Fabulous Front Desk team

 

Mary has lived in beautiful Pottsville Beach since 2006 after moving up from Sydney. Mary joined the Pottsville Physiotherapy team in 2008. She loves going for long walks on the beach and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

Lavinia

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Lavinia
Fabulous Front Desk team

 

Lavinia lives in Cabarita and enjoys the outdoors in her spare time, her passions include walking her dog on the beach, gardening, bike riding, stand up paddle boarding, spending time with family and friends, cooking – eating!! and skiing.

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy is based on four core principles:

1. Personalised Clients Goals.

We want all of our clients to achieve and excess their goals and this is what we are passionate about. Everyone has different goals and all are equally important to us. We will listen to what you want and provide a clear pathway for you to get there.

2. Have a ‘best in the business’
team to help you.

We have a dynamic team of seven Physio’s, two Exercise Physiologist’s, Massage therapist, dietician all of which have undertaken extensive Post graduate study and have developed special areas of clinical expertise. What this means is that you will see a practitioner who is passionate about getting you better and if necessary call in other team members as you progress through your health and movement journey

3. Have outstanding customer service

We pride ourselves on our customer service, it is what we live by at Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy. We guarantee you a prompt appointment and will make it easy and convenient for you so that you can focus on getting rid of pain and achieving your health and fitness goals.

4. Provide the best facilities

To ensure you feel comfortable and get the best results we give you and our team the highest level of facilities. From acute injury management where you will be treated in a clean, private room to our fully equipped Pilates studio we have everything you need. What also sets us apart is our use of cutting edge movement analysis technology such as Posture screen and Move2Perform.

Our Commitment

If you feel we have not met any of the above 4 founding principles of Pottsville and Cabarita Physiotherapy we will insist on refunding your money or giving you your next session for free.

From the moment you make the appointment to the care you receive from our practitioners we are so confident that you’ll experience the friendliest most professional service in physiotherapy that if for any reason you don’t agree we’ll refund your money or give you your next session for free.

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