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Nichole has over 18 years of clinical experience in physiotherapy private practice. She graduated as a physiotherapist from Sydney University at the end of 1997. Since this time she has worked in London and Sydney alongside Australia’s leading Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Doctors. Nichole Hamilton founded Synergy Physio on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland in 2007 with a view to a more relaxed lifestyle outside Sydney. However, since leaving Sydney she is busier than ever both in practice and with her education work.
Nichole is committed to individual assessment and care to optimise your recovery and return to your goals utilising a combination of approaches. These approaches can include biomechanical assessment, manual therapy or release work, specific goal orientated functional exercise rehabilitation and brain retraining work to facilitate return to function.
Nichole’s area of expertise is spine, pelvic (sacroiliac joint) and hip pain. She has studied extensively in both Australia and the UK to improve her treatment skills in this area. Her additional training has also included “The Integrated Systems Model” (ISM) which is a specific form of biomechanical assessment developed by Canadian Physiotherapist’s and international lecturers Diane Lee and LJ Lee. This 12 month post-graduate training teaches a unique approach to assessment and treatment, where a whole body biomechanical assessment is used to determine the underlying cause of your symptoms. In this approach we can see how different parts of the body interrelate; how your previous ankle injury might be contributing to your hip or back pain, how your thorax might be contributing to sports performance or groin pain on the bike, or how your upper neck pain and headaches might be stemming from your running technique!
Nichole has completed her full training in the ISM in 2011 and is one of only three physiotherapists qualified in Queensland in the ISM approach. Nichole regularly utilises the ISM to determine any factors that may have been adding to your problems that are ‘outside the square’ and can be missed or overlooked. As a result Nichole commonly assesses chronic or ‘difficult’ cases with a fresh biomechanical approach.
Staff at Synergy Physio are mentored by Nichole and have an understanding of the ‘whole body’ ISM approach.
Over the last 17 years some of Nichole’s additional training includes courses with;
▪ Discover Physio Series, The Sports Thorax, The Sports Pelvis, The Lower Extremity (Lee and Lee)
▪ Advanced Manual Therapy Associates: MET for Pelvis, Lumbar Spine, Thorax and
▪ Cervical Spine (Barbara Hungerford- Sydney)
▪ Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy (Manual Concepts: Toby Hall and Kim Robinson)
▪ APA Sports Physiotherapy
▪ Dry Needling
▪ Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (David Butler)
▪ Centre for Professional Development for Osteopaths (London)
▪ The Upledger Institute (Cranio-Sacral Therapy level 1 and 2)
▪ The Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (London)
▪ Yoga Teacher level one- Being Yoga
Nichole is passionate about education and sharing knowledge and has furthered this with her popular podcasts and e-learning with Clinical Edge and World Health Webinars. She has worked as an assistant teacher alongside Dr LJ Lee in her physiotherapy courses in Australia. She has also worked as an assistant teacher in Muscle’s Energy Technique both in London and Australia with Dr Barbara Hungerford. Nichole has lectured with North Sydney Sports Medicine on hip and pelvic pain. She has also developed the post-operative physiotherapy protocol for arthroscopic hip surgery alongside orthopaedic hip specialist Dr Michael O’Sullivan. Nichole and Dr O’Sullivan teach together on post-operative management of hip arthroscopy which has further developed into her popular one day course for physio’s “The Irritable Hip”.
Nichole’s outside interests include snow skiing, climbing mountains and yoga. She looks forward to providing a unique and specialised service to the Sunshine Coast.
Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Jessica joins Synergy Physio with a strong background in exercise science and is passionate about tailoring your rehabilitation to your individual needs. Jess has also completed extensive additional training in the management of lumbar-pelvic pain and utilises manual therapy skills including massage, soft tissue techniques, dry needling, muscle energy technique to restore optimal function and health. Jess also incorporates Pilates based rehabilitation into her practice. Jess believes in finding the root cause of the problem, which is where correcting muscular imbalances with a combination of manual therapy and exercise is essential.
Jess is a keen surfer and is equipped to treat all aspects of surfing injuries. She has experience in the management of surf and sporting injuries and is happy to rehabilitate all injuries and support you in your return to work or sport.
Paula is from Brazil and relocated to Australia in 2009 to gain her qualifications as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education (UFRJ), a Masters in Exercise Science (UNDA) and has been working an AEP with chronic disease management since 2011. Paula has also worked in various health clubs and fitness studios across Brazil and Australia, teaching Pilates, Yoga and Functional Training. She is a certified Pilates Instructor with Pilates Institute of Queensland and has also completed her Yoga training with MyHealth Yoga. Paula is married and lives with her husband in Sunshine Beach, where she loves spending time at the beach surfing, reading and meditating. She is passionate about her job and truly enjoys being able to make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring and nurturing positive changes.
Paula joins the Synergy Physio team teaching our popular yoga-pilates classes. Health fund rebates apply for Paula’s classes. She also offers comprehensive health and fitness assessment, exercise physiology (chronic disease management) and individual pilates or yoga instruction.
Monica has her diploma in remedial massage and is passionate about utilising massage as a maintenance tool for injury prevention and overall body balance. Monica firmly believes that in today’s hectic and stressful world, massage should not be considered a luxury but an essential component in managing health, calming the nervous system and addressing muscular imbalances in the body. Monica welcomes each client with an individual and tailored approach to her treatments.
Monica has been involved in massage for over 20 years – initially with AFL football clubs before having a family. Her passion for massage was always there and she completed an intensive Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2014. She has worked alongside physiotherapists for several years, during which time she has a large cross section of clients ranging from young elite athletes to the elderly. Monica has also worked with Coolum Rep Netball.
Along with Monica’s diploma she is qualified in sports, deep tissue, trigger point therapy, myofascial cupping, reflexology, relaxation, pregnancy and infant instructor massage. Monica looks forward to assisting you with your health through the benefits of massage.
Synergy Physio is proudly supported by Annette and her wonderful reception staff including Brittney and Janine.