Our Physiotherapist Team

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Our Team - Synergy Physio

Our team here at Synergy Physio welcomes you! We look forward to assisting you with your health with physiotherapy, exercise rehabilitation, massage, yoga, pilates and a variety of courses and classes. Our friendly reception team look forward to assisting you with appointments, GP referrals and questions. Contact us for all enquires or appointment bookings contact us on: 07 544 83369

Nichole Hamilton - Synergy Physio

Nichole Hamilton- Principal

Physiotherapist, Pilates, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher

Nichole has over 20 years of clinical experience in physiotherapy private practice with expertise in spinal, pelvic and hip conditions. She graduated as a physiotherapist from Sydney University in 1997. Since this time she has worked in both 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 providing patients with expert treatment, longer appointments and thorough assessment.

Over the last 20 years some of Nichole’s additional training includes courses with;

    • Discover Physio Series, Connect Therapy, The Sports Thorax level one and two, 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
    • Australian Ballet Physiotherapy – The Hip
    • 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 and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher- Being Yoga
    • Dr Demartini Facilitator Training

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 Connect Therapy. Nichole regularly utilises the Connect Therapy approach 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 and offers ‘second opinion’ services for patients and physiotherapists.

Nichole has lectured with North Sydney Sports Medicine throughout Australia 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 her popular one day course for physio’s “The Essential Hip”. Nichole regularly teaches her workshop for graduate physiotherapists in Sydney and Melbourne.

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 expanded her skills for pain management to include mindfulness and mindfulness meditation training and also a Dr Demartini facilitator. This offers additional cutting edge skills to assist patients overcome injury, pain or life obstacles and reach their potential. The Synergy of health care, integrating body mind and heart for the benefit of patient health to maximise potential has been the drive for Nichole’s approach behind her clinic.

Nichole’s outside interests include snow skiing, climbing mountains and yoga. She looks forward to providing her unique and expert service to the Sunshine Coast.

Rebecca Horrocks - Synergy Physio
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Rebecca Reiss (nee’ Horrocks)

Physiotherapist, Women’s Health and Pilates

Rebecca graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with honours. Rebecca completed her honours research thesis on knee osteoarthritis and has a wealth of knowledge about both conservative and post surgical knee rehabilitation.  Since graduating Rebecca has been working in busy private practices building up experience treating a vast range of musculoskeletal conditions as well as completing her women’s health and pilates training.

Since graduation Rebecca has gained further post graduate qualifications in women’s health physiotherapy and has experience treating a variety of pelvic and pelvic floor conditions. These include; incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, pregnancy related pelvic pain, postnatal pelvic floor tears and postnatal stomach muscle separation. Rebecca also has additional training in pessary fitting, which offers women conservative management options for incontinence and prolapse and can help many women avoid surgical management.

Rebecca is passionate about helping women both prepare and recover their body’s during and after pregnancy, and has developed her “Birth and Beyond” course for expectant and new mums that she runs here at Synergy at regular intervals throughout the year.

Rebecca is also an advanced gymnastics coach and has been teaching gymnastics for over 11 years. Rebecca has been involved in developing injury prevention screening tools and enjoys working with athletes and children on injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Rebecca’s additional training includes:

      • Shoulder rehabilitation (Lynn Watson)
      • Advanced Manual Therapy Associates: MET for Pelvis, Lumbar Spine, Thorax and Cervical Spine (Barbara Hungerford)
      • The Sporting Thorax (LJ Lee)
      • Pilates qualifications through the Pilates institute of Queensland
      • Musculoskeletal Acupuncture and Dry Needling (Leigh McCutcheon)
      • Explain Pain- Neuro-Orthopaedic Institute (David Butler)
      • Women’s Health Training Associates- introductory and also advanced pelvic rehabilitation, pessary fitting (Taryn Hallam)
      • The dancing athlete- (Unite health)

Like to book an appointment Bec? Contact us on: 07 544 83369

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Alix Arcalean


Alix graduated from The University of British Columbia, Canada with her Bachelor in Clinical Kinesiology. Additionally, Alix has graduated from The University of Queensland with a Masters of Physiotherapy.

She has completed extensive work in developing a health and wellness app with one of the leading worldwide sport research institutions, VALD Performance. VALD works with elite teams such as the NBA, NFL, AFL and English Premier League to measure and improve the performance of elite athletes. Alix also has her Group Fitness Instructing qualification and has an extensive background teaching a variety of land and water-based fitness classes.

In conjunction with her sports, health and fitness background, Alix shares a personal background in chronic pain management that led her into the field of physiotherapy. Alix has a passion for helping those with spinal and also chronic pain conditions including osteo-arthritis, back pain, knee conditions and shoulder pain. With additional training in clinical pilates and exercise based rehabilitation, Alix’s runs popular classes here at Synergy to help patients restore their health and vitality within a supportive physiotherapy led environment.

In addition to her passion for helping those with chronic pain and injury, Alix also has expertise in vestibular problems, balance and neurological conditions.

Alix enjoys incorporating various manual therapy techniques, combined with tailored exercise to provide optimal symptom relief and improve function. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge with clients to help them live their most fulfilling life.

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Michelle Holmes

Physiotherapist and Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Pilates 

Michelle graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with her Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Whilst completing her undergraduate degree Michelle also completed further training in clinical Matwork, Reformer Pilates and pregnancy Pilates. Following graduation, Michelle worked in a busy private practice in Brisbane City whilst completing her Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland. Michelle was the lucky recipient of both the Judith Gould and APA Queensland Branch awards upon graduation for academic and clinical practice excellence.

She has extensive experience working with a diverse range of populations as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, including:

  • High performance athletes in swimming, Netball, Basketball, AFL and the NRL
  • Women’s Health conditions such as incontinence and pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy and post-partum, including exercise management for abdominal separation and return to higher intensity exercise after pregnancy
  • Post-operative care following shoulder, hip and knee replacements
  • Musculoskeletal disorders and sports injuries
  • Exercise oncology
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis and stroke
  • Metabolic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes

Michelle also has a passion for delivering group exercise fitness and pilates classes. Michelle utilises a range of manual therapy techniques and enjoys combining these with her exercise based rehabilitation expertise to help get you back to what you love sooner! Michelle looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your health and rehabilitation goals.

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Brigitte Grofski


Brigitte graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters of Physiotherapy. Since graduating, Brigitte has worked in various clinics with a focus on expert management of acute sports injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. Brigitte has expertise and interest in treating musculoskeletal and sporting injuries of the knee, ankle, shoulder and hip.

Over the last four years Brigitte sporting expertise has offered her the opportunity to work with multiple recreational and representative sporting teams such as Northern Territory Netball ANL team, USC Thunder Netball team and USC Barbarians Rugby Club Men’s and Women’s teams. Brigitte is passionate about helping and guiding patients step by step on their rehabilitation journey to return to sport, physical activity and a healthy lifestyle following injury and orthopaedic surgery.

Brigitte is also currently completing her DMA Clinical Pilates Level Two certification and Yoga Teaching Training.

In addition to her expertise in sports injury management, Brigitte has also completed pelvic pain education and Post-Partum Exercise therapy courses to further expand her knowledge of exercise therapy and rehabilitation for women’s health and our post-partum women.

In combination with her experience, these studies have provided Brigitte with and integrated and holistic model of treatment strategies to facilitate recovery and a return to healthy lifestyles and wellbeing for her patients.

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Candice Graetz

Physiotherapist, Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Candice graduated from Monash University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She underwent further university study completing a post-graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and Musculoskeletal Conditions in Women at The University of Melbourne in 2016.  Since becoming a physiotherapist, she has worked in private practices and continence clinics on the Mornington Peninsula, before moving to the Sunshine Coast in 2021.

Because of her passion for exercise and movement, Candice has completed extensive pilates training and has years of experience teaching individual and group classes helping people manage and overcome a variety of musculoskeletal and sports injuries. She enjoys educating and inspiring people to use movement to achieve stronger, healthier and happier bodies.

Candice enjoys treating hip, back and shoulder pain but also has a strong interest in pelvic health and treats a number of pelvic health concerns for men and women. This includes pelvic girdle pain, pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic & sexual pain, abdominal separation, pre & postnatal care, pre & post prostate surgery, incontinence and other bladder or bowel problems.

Her physiotherapy practice utilises education, exercise therapy and manual therapy techniques tailored to each individual to maximise injury recovery and improve overall health and function.

Candice’s additional training includes:

  • DMA Pilates Level 1 & 2

  • Polestar Pilates Australia Comprehensive Rehabilitation Series Certificate

  • Shoulder rehabilitation (Lyn Watson)

  • Lower Limb Tendinopathies (Dr Peter Malliaris)

  • The Sports Thorax (LJ Lee)

  • Dry Needling (St John of God)

  • AMTA Pelvic & Lumbar Spine (Barbara Hungerford)

  • Diastasis & The Abdominal Wall (The Physiotherapy Clinic)

  • Female Sexual Pain (Australian Physiotherapy Association)

Candice has played high level tennis, playing state grade Victorian Pennant (now called Premier League), national and international tournaments, as well as playing college tennis in The United States. She now loves social basketball, nature walks, running and yoga. Candice looks forward to meeting you and helping you become empowered to reach your health goals.

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Cache Carpenter

Remedial Massage Therapist

Cache has come to The Sunshine Coast from Kona, Hawaii to combine both his passions, the ocean and touch. Cache has his diploma in Remedial Massage and feels honoured to be apart of the oldest healing modality that we know of. He is passionate about using massage for both clinical and relaxation benefits.

Cache strives to treat the whole person and tailors each treatment so the client can achieve the best possible results for overall health and wellbeing. Cache strongly believes that massage should be used regularly for its benefits of calming the mind and disconnecting from the outside world. Cache’s treatments are effective and unique because he is able to adapt his style to different clinical situations. Cache can offer a variety of techniques such as myofascial release, trigger-point therapy, Swedish relaxation, deep tissue, myofasical cupping, lymphatic drainage, and pregnancy massage.

Cache works together with the Synergy Physio team to optimise your recovery from pain or injury. He cannot wait to meet you and assist you with your health.

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Keely Rosenthal

Remedial Massage Therapist

Keely has her diploma in remedial massage and is passionate about utilising massage as a maintenance tool for injury prevention and overall body balance. Keely 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.

Keely welcomes each client with an individual and tailored approach to her treatments. 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. Along with Keely’s diploma, she is also qualified in deep tissue, trigger point therapy, relaxation and pregnancy massage. She is also studying to become a practitioner of Aromatic Medicine.

Keely is a welcomed part of the Synergy Physio team and works together with your physiotherapist to assist you recover from pain and injury. Keely looks forward to meeting you and assisting you with your health through the benefits of massage.

Reception Team

Both Dani-ela and Caitlin are an amazing efficient and welcomed help to Synergy Physio team! They both warmly welcome your call to assist you with your queries or appointments!

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