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Michael Gilbert

Michael-gilbert

Founding Fizzio for Life in 2010, Michael is the principal physiotherapist, who is focused on providing the Logan community with exceptional allied health care. Experienced, thoughtful and caring, Michael takes a holistic approach to helping our patients improve their functional movement, mobility, health and well-being.

Michael has extensive experience in general physiotherapy and rehabilitation, helping patients recover from a vast range of injuries and health conditions. Having experienced multiple injuries himself, coupled with intermittent back pain, Michael fully understands and empathises with the pain that our patients are often feeling.

Also an exercise physiologist, Michael tailors exercise programs to assist our patients in managing chronic disease and other health conditions. Furthermore, Michael is a qualified lymphoedema practitioner, helping patients improve and manage this uncomfortable condition.

Leading the Fizzio For Life team, Michael’s workday begins with coffee, after which he heads into the clinic to treat patients with complex needs, supervise and mentor our junior team, and provide support for our clinical staff. Combining his listening and problem-solving skills, Michael is unwaveringly focused on achieving good outcomes for our patients. Always.

Dedicated to building a team that’s more like family, Michael loves watching our junior staff progress and develop their skills. A jack of all trades himself, he’s often called upon to get rid of hiccups (a unique skill) that can be attributed to his commitment to perseverance.

As a child, Michael wanted to drive tractors and work with his dad in the sugar cane industry. However, after an early rugby and coaching career, Michael developed an interest in exercise science and went on to pursue physiotherapy.

Passionate about all sport, especially rugby union, Michael also loves being on the water, a place where you’ll find him most weekends. Exploring the local waterways and beyond, Michael loves spending time with his wife and dog.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Exercise Science, Masters of Physiotherapy and is an accredited Lymphoedema physiotherapist. He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Exercise & Sports Science Australia and is registered with the Australian Lymphoedema Organisation.

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Julie Atkin

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A senior member of our team with extensive industry experience, Julie graduated as a physiotherapist in 2008 and has since continued to develop her skills and qualifications. A senior physiotherapist, here at Fizzio For Life, Julie’s focus is centred around women’s health, cancer rehab and assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions.

Dedicated to helping our patients improve their health, strength and confidence, Julie takes a holistic approach to her patients. Attending to the whole person, rather than the symptom or injury, Julie treats pelvic floor, prolapse and continence disorders. She also helps women with pregnancy and post-natal care along with cancer rehabilitation.

Before becoming a physiotherapist, Julie worked as an executive assistant in the public service. After rupturing her ACL in 2000, Julie developed a deep understanding of the rehabilitation and recovery process. Knowing she wanted to make a tangible difference to people’s lives, she decided to combine her love for exercise and interest in the function of the human body. Thus, she pursued her career in physiotherapy.

Coming a long way since her childhood dream of being an accountant, Julie has extensive experience in providing dedicated and effective treatments and programs. Helping her patients achieve a high quality of life, her motto in life is to be warrior, not a worrier.

Creative at heart, on weekends you’ll find Julie baking a delicious cake, lighting up the dance floor or out on the water. A former flying trapeze amateur and Latin dancer, Julie always loves a new and adventurous challenge. And, if she had her own teleporter, Julie would whisk herself away to Italy for a three month travel holiday.

In addition to her expertise in women’s health, Julie also has a wealth of experience in sports physiotherapy, having worked with Morningside AFL Club, Labrador AFL Club, Qld Senior AFL, Qld/NT Under 21s and Queensland Women’s Hockey.

Julie has undertaken additional training in the assessment and treatment of pelvic floor disorders, clinical Pilates (DMA Level 4), western acupuncture and dry needling, as well as sports physiotherapy. Julie holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and is an accredited Pinc Cancer Rehabilitation therapist. She is also a member of the Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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Maathangi Karunaharan

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Maathangi, or “M” as we affectionately call her, has over four years of experience working as a physiotherapist in both private practice and occupational health. Bubbly, honest and compassionate, Maathangi is dedicated to providing holistic care to her patients. Looking further than simply managing a condition, Maathangi will look further into each patient’s individual needs, concerns and future health goals.

Very personable with an eye for detail, Maathangi takes an active, evidence-based approach with her patients. She cares for a wide of range of people and conditions, from pre- and post-surgical management through to musculoskeletal and sporting injuries. She is also competent in dry needling and clinical Pilates.

A day in Maathangi’s week will always begin with a hot cup of tea before she heads into work. Once here, her typical routine consists of assessing and treating patients, setting and helping them reach their goals as well as running clinical Pilates classes twice a week. Phew! Inspired by the people she works with, Maathangi is driven by the satisfaction she gets helping patients. Oh, and cake. She loves cake.

Hitting the gym after work, followed by dance practice at the Nadananjali School of Dance, Maathangi will then go home to spoil her two (very cute) kittens.  And on weekends? You’ll find her hiking, dancing, playing board games, Dungeons & Dragons and relaxing with her friends.

If Maathangi could click her fingers and go anywhere in the world, it’d be Milford Sound in New Zealand. And her number one bucket list to-do is to visit all the Wonders of the World, with the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu placed at number one.

With childhood hopes of once being a tree fairy, when Maathangi realised this was an unlikely career path, she pursued her dancing dream. A classical Indian dancer for over 20 years, Maathangi has experienced a range of injuries, from ankle sprains and cartilage tears through to tendinosis. Also suffering from whiplash in her early 20s, Maathangi understands the importance of seeking early physiotherapy treatment as well as continued self-management and exercise.

Maathangi holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and is currently completing extra professional development in the area of ankle and foot injuries in dance.

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Emily Nelson

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Compassionate and caring, Emily is dedicated to helping people achieve their health goals and improve their quality of life. Taking an evidence-based, problem-solving approach, Emily provides comprehensive assessments and detailed treatment plans for her patients. Treating people with acute injuries, persistent pain and disabilities, Emily also visits patients in their homes.

Seeing patients return to the activities that they love and achieving their goals is the number one aim for Emily. Second to this, Emily thoroughly enjoys working within the Fizzio For Life team. And a close third is her love of cake.

On a typical day, Emily will start her morning with coffee, then exercise which may include a gym workout, running, surfing or yoga. Active and adventurous, on weekends you’ll find her at the beach surfing or camping with friends. The number one ticket on her bucket list is to skydive and if you have a question on marine animals, she’s your go-to for random facts.

As a child, Emily dreamt of becoming a vet, but this all changed after she completed work experience with a physiotherapist in Year 12. Having experienced neck pain, headaches and migraines throughout her childhood, Emily learnt that the stronger she became, the less frequent the pain. Understanding this firsthand gives Emily the insight to help patients minimise, manage or eradicate pain, dependent on the assessment.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), has completed a placement in Timor-Leste and has a keen interest in international public health.