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- 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 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 advanced pelvic rehabilitation (Taryn Hallam)
- The dancing athlete- (Unite health)
Like to book an appointment Bec? Contact us on: 07 544 83369
Physiotherapist, Womens Health, Yoga and Pilates
Caitlin graduated from the University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Since graduating Caitlin has worked in a busy private practice in Hervey Bay and has also completed further post-graduate qualifications in Health Psychology as well as Women’s Health Physiotherapy.
She has experience managing women’s health conditions such as pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic pain, pelvic organ prolapse and incontinence. She also has experience helping women with pregnancy related pelvic pain as well as treating sexual disorders such as vaginismus.
Caitlin is also passionate about sport and has experience working for a local AFL and rugby club as a sports trainer. She has six years experience coaching gymnastics and enjoys sports injury management and prevention including shoulder pain, knee pain and chronic injury management. Her recent studies have included additional training in the management of shoulder pain and dysfunction.
Caitlin moved to Queensland for the lifestyle and warm weather. She enjoys outdoor activities including scuba diving, surfing and snowboarding. She is also interested in the connection and interplay between physical and emotional wellbeing and enjoys practicing yoga and meditation. As a pregnancy yoga and pilates teacher Caitlin combines her unique skills to offer women guidance through a healthy pregnancy and whilst preparing women for labour. She also offers pre and post natal classes and Mums and Bub’s physio-pilates groups.
Caitlin’s additional training includes:
- Women’s Health- Women’s Health Training Associates (Tarn Hallam)
- Shoulder rehabilitation (Lynn Watson)
- Pilates qualifications through the Pilates institute of Queensland
- Level One Dry Needling Course – Global Education of Manual Therapists
- Moving Away from Pelvic Pain Course
- Yoga Teacher level one (Being Yoga) and Pregnancy Yoga
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.
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.
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.
Exercise Physiologist, yoga teacher and pilates instructor.
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 and son, 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.
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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Telephone: 07 544 83369