Our Physiotherapist Team

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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 5448 3369

Nichole Hamilton - Synergy Physio

Nichole Hamilton- Principal

Physiotherapist, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Demartini Facilitator, NLP Coach

Nichole has over 20 years of clinical experience in physiotherapy private practice with expertise in spinal, pelvic and hip conditions. 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 an expert team of physio’s, offering longer appointments, thorough assessment and treatment with both manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. Nichole has carefully handpicked her entire team to ensure both a caring and professional approach to physiotherapy care for all of our patients. She ensures a mentoring approach with her whole team to ensure your care.

Nichole’s area of expertise is spine, pelvic (sacroiliac joint) and hip pain. 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.

Read more about Nichole Hamilton here

Like to book an appointment with Nichole? Call us on: 07 5448 3369

Rebecca Horrocks - Synergy Physio
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Olivia Assi-Adou

Senior Physiotherapist, Acupuncture

Olivia is our resident Canadian physiotherapist with 17 years of experience, having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2005. She obtained certification in Acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute in 2006.

While new to Australia, her clinical experience is broad and includes sports, pediatrics, geriatrics, post-operative, complex pain and return-to-work programming. Her practice also includes the use of acupuncture and cupping, and she often takes an Eastern approach to her treatment.

Olivia’s areas of expertise include:

  • Acute or chronic nerve related pain
  • Arthritis
  • Post operative physiotherapy
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Migraines and headaches.
  • Work related injuries and rehabilitation

Olivia has taken numerous post-graduate courses including Charles Kelly Muscle Mobilisation, Mulligan Mobilisations, Neuroproprioceptive taping and more.

In 2009, Olivia volunteered on a non-profit hospital ship in West Africa for seven months, working as the physiotherapist attached to the orthopedic team as they provided free surgeries. She has also volunteered as a sports physiotherapist and trainer for Canadian premier men’s rugby, U-16 girls soccer, and the Canadian Gymnastics Championship.

Since 2018, and prior to joining our team here, Olivia took on a leadership role as a Clinic Director at a multidisciplinary health clinic in Leduc, Alberta, Canada, assembling a dream team of physiotherapists, registered massage therapists, occupational therapists, registered psychologists, a traditional acupuncturist and a chiropractor.

In her spare time, Olivia enjoys fitness through CrossFit, downhill skiing and wall climbing. She also enjoys travelling with her family.

Like to book an appointment Olivia? Contact us on: 07 5448 3369

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

Senior Physiotherapist, Women’s Health and Pilates

Rebecca graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with honours. 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 completed her honours research thesis on knee osteoarthritis and has an additional wealth of knowledge about both conservative and post surgical knee rehabilitation.

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:

      • 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)
      • 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 5448 3369

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Alix Arcalean

Physiotherapist, Pilates 

Alix graduated from The University of British Columbia, Canada with her Bachelor in Clinical Kinesiology, which is equivalent to Australian Exercise Physiology. 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. 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 back pain and also chronic pain conditions 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.

Alix also has additional expertise in the management of shoulder pain including rotator cuff injuries and bursitis and frequently using her skills in dry needling, diagnosis and exercise rehabilitation to help recovery from shoulder injury or post-operative care.

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

Alix enjoys incorporating various manual therapy techniques, combined with tailored exercise to provide optimal symptom relief and improve function. She looks forward to helping you!

Like to book an appointment Alix? Contact us on: 07 5448 3369

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Grace Gleeson

Physiotherapist, Pilates and Women’s Health

Grace graduated from Latrobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Applied Science / Master of Physiotherapy Practice. She has a special interest in pregnancy and post-partum related conditions and pelvic conditions, as well as hip, neck, ankle and balance-related conditions. Along with hands on treatment, Grace also treats using modalities such as Pilates, Yoga, and Hydrotherapy.

She has completed training in women’s health physiotherapy, and is qualified to treat and educate patients with conditions relating to:

  • Pregnancy and post-partum
  • Bladder and bowel function
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Abdominal separation
  • Mastitis
  • Prolapse

She has a particular interest in the post-partum period, and working with patients to reach their exercise/activity goals. Bladder and bowel health is also a keen interest of Grace’s. She works with patients to improve bladder and bowel function and habits in order to improve patient quality of life.

Grace’s additional training includes:

  • Women’s Pelvic Health with training in internal pelvic floor assessment (Mandy Roscher)
  • Pelvic Health Physiotherapy (Taryn Hallam, Australian Physiotherapy Association)
  • Women’s Health Through the Life Stages Physiotherapy (Taryn Hallam, Australian Physiotherapy Association)
  • APPI Level 1 Mat Pilates and Pre-/Post-Natal Pilates
  • Strength and Balance Program for Older Adults
  • Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling (Leigh McCutcheon)

Along with helping you with your specific goals, Grace delivers her service with warmth and loves to chat with her clients! Grace is also trained in hydrotherapy and enjoys helping people to achieve their functional goals. She also has a passion in working with older adults with their mobility, strength and balance.

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Hannah Rasmussen


Hannah graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Stuart University with Distinction after completing a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Sydney. Additionally, Hannah has obtained qualifications in Pilates and Sports Trainer Level 2. It is through these qualifications that she has gained the clinical experience necessary to educate and empower patients to regain function and recover from pain. 

Hannah has experience with musculoskeletal sports injuries and subsequent rehabilitation through her previous work with the Hinterland Blues AFL club and local rugby clubs in Sydney. She a passion for sports and running related injuries.

Hannah uses a variety of evidence-based techniques including exercise prescription, manual therapy, dry needling, movement analysis, running assessment and education.

In Hannah’s free time she loves to go on outdoor hikes around Sunshine Coast, travel around Australia and the occasional surf.

Hannah has a special interest in treating:

  • Lower limb injuries 
  • Low back pain
  • Running related injuries
  • Tendon and ligament injuries of the ankle and knee
  • Osteoarthritis-associated pain especially in the hips, knees and shoulders
  • Pre and post-op rehabilitation of hip, knee and shoulder injuries
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Simone Bilfuco

Physiotherapist, Hydrotherapy

Simone joins Synergy Physio with a wealth of experience in managing neck pain, headaches, spinal pain, chronic pain and injury.

Simone qualified her physiotherapy degree in 2005 and has worked in both Australia and Brazil.  Her experience includes working with the Royal Women’s and Brisbane Hospital as well as a variety of private practices with a special interest in musculoskeletal pain and injury.

Simone loves helping her patients manage pain with her amazing hands-on therapy work including massage, needling and cupping. She also loves providing hands on therapy in the hydrotherapy pool allowing the waters warmth and movement to restore mobility.

Simone has expertise and interest in:

  • Neck pain and headaches
  • Spinal pain
  • Complex or chronic conditions
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Hydrotherapy treatment

Like to book an appointment Simone? Contact us on: 07 5448 3369

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Keely Rosenthal

Remedial massage, pregnancy massage

Keely is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist, graduating with her diploma from the Australian College of Massage in 2013.
Along with her caring and empathetic nature, she brings 9 years of clinical experience and knowledge – working with you to tailor an individual treatment plan suited to your exact needs.
She offers Remedial / Deep Tissue massage for both acute and chronic conditions, along with Relaxation and Pregnancy massage to melt away aches, soothe stress and promote nervous system balance.
Keely is passionate about helping people feel their best in both body & mind, and she looks forward to treating you soon!

Like to book an appointment Keely? Contact us on: 07 5448 3369

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Natasha Mannion

Registered Nurse, Perioperative Nurse and Surgical Assistant

Natasha has been a qualified Registered Nurse since 2008, and has since completed post graduate studies to become a Perioperative Nurse Surgical Assistant and Nurse Practitioner. Since qualifying, her area of special interest has always been orthopaedics, and she has enjoyed working alongside Synergy Physio with Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group for the last 4 years. She has a big focus on non-operative management of hip and knee pain and is passionate about educating patients on how to best manage their pain to prolong surgery.

Natasha’s experience within the orthopaedics has given her a unique set of skills so offer patients pre-surgical assessment and advice, pre-surgical injection therapy for pain management with osteo-arthritis and bursitis, as well as musculoskeletal assessment.  She is passionate about educating patients about their chronic disease and providing tailored treatment plans to help them get back to living their lives without feeling restricted by pain. Tash offers her expertise here at Synergy Physio in conjunction with the Sunshine Coast Orthopaedic Group

Reception Team

Our team is growing! Dani-ela, Jane, Penny and Brianna are an amazing efficient and welcomed help to entire Synergy Physio team! They warmly welcome your call to assist you with your queries or appointments!

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