Meet the Team

  • Paul Parker

    Paul graduated in 1991 from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After graduating from university Paul worked in Sydney at St Vincents hospital and in various other private positions.

    Paul then made the move back to his home state of Queensland in 1995 where he started SportsMed Physio here in Townsville, now SportsMed NQ Physio. The business has grown from 1 physio to 10 Physiotherapists, 3 Exercise Physiologists and 2 Massage Therapists, now incorporating three Practices Paul enjoys working with a great group of physio’s, who continue to improve skills and knowledge base in fortnightly physio training.

    Paul has a strong interest in sports rehabilitation which is evident through his involvement with a number of different sporting including:

    Junior Queensland Football,

    Townsville Fury A League Club from 2009 (currently acting as a consultant)

    Townsville Crocodiles from 1998

     

    Most recently, Paul has been specifically working with post operative rehabilitation of the knee, shoulder and back, doing post operative clinics for several orthopaedic surgeons. He is also very passionate about real time ultrasound for muscle retraining for conservative rehabilitation of lumbar spine. Paul has recently shared his expertise in this area as a key note speaker at conferences in Malaysia and Sydney. Paul has also been a regular guest speaker for Sports Medicine Australia conferences and Tropical Medical Training for the past 3 years.

    Having grown up in Bundaberg he now calls Townsville home. Paul and wife Leisa have two small children and together they enjoy spending time pursuing outdoor activities like swimming and playing at the Strand.

    Paul is also known for his love of food and wine as well as his keen interest in golf. Paul also gives a lot of his time to different charities including the Townsville to Cairns bike ride. More recently Paul displayed his skills on the dancefloor during his turn in Townsville Dancing with the Stars, in which he was the second highest fundraiser for his Charity of Choice, Cystic Fibrosis Townsville.

  • Tamara Shaw

    Tamara graduated from a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2008 with very high academic achievement. Upon completion of her degree she spent time working in Brisbane in private practice, and has now been a valued member of the SportsMed NQ team since late 2012.

    She has undertaken further studies in western acupuncture, advanced dry needling, and clinical Pilates. Tamara has a strong passion for Pilates, and instructs 7hours of classes per week, and also undertakes Pilates herself to maintain good core stability, posture and flexibility.

    Tamara enjoys working with a wide variety of clients including acute and chronic conditions, post operative spinal rehabilitation, and sporting injuries. She has been the primary physiotherapist for the Magnetic North Steelcats Netball team for the past two seasons, and loves the challenge of injury rehabilitation and helping the team to perform at their best.

    Tamara works between both the Park Haven and North Shore clinics, and enjoys the variety of clientele that this brings.

    You can be assured that your assessment and treatment with Tamara will be delivered with compassion and the highest quality of care.

  • Max Murray

    Max grew up on a small property in the Burdekin and after finishing his primary and secondary schooling in Ayr, he moved up the road to Townsville to study at James Cook University. Max graduated from JCU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy after completing practical work in Cairns, Darwin and Townsville.

    Max was employed at SportsMed NQ as a new graduate physio in 2009 and has been a valued member of the team ever since.  Max’s main interest is sport, particularly basketball, which he has played from a young age and. has been fortunate enough to work with both the Townsville Crocodiles and Townsville Fire National Basketball teams.

    Max has completed various professional development courses over the years in order to expand his skill base and increase his knowledge. These courses include dry needling, Level 1 & 2 sports physiotherapy and Pilates level one. Unfortunately Max doesn’t instruct pilates classes – Max says “believe me, you do not want to see me in tights”

    Max enjoys rehabilitating knees and ankles both which involve a lot of fun and exciting exercises in the gym, allowing him to be creative. Max also claims to do a “mean ITB release”…you have been warned!

  • Justine Warren

    Justine graduated from The Bachelor of Physiotherapy, James Cook University in 2008.  She spent her first year out at The Townsville Hospital completing her rotations in medical/Surgical, Intensive Care and Musculoskeletal outpatients and fracture clinics.  It was in her last rotation that Justine developed a love for musculoskeletal physiotherapy and soon moved to private practice. She spent several years working for Sportsmed NQ before giving birth to her little boy.

    Justine retuned to physiotherapy within the Occupational Health area and enjoyed expanding her skills in pre-employment screening, return to work injury management and functional capacity assessments for the mining sector. In the recent few years Justine has shifted her passion into clinical education and treatment of chronic and complex musculoskeletal conditions and continues to keep close ties with James Cook University by tutoring physiotherapy undergraduates.

    Justine has undertaken further studies in the Cervical spine, Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling, Occupational Health and Advanced Clinical Supervision. Justine works between both Park Haven and Northshore Clinics and has a passion for treating the Neck, Temporomandibular conditions, Chronic pain, Hydrotherapy, Occupational health and return to work injury management.

    Justine places emphasis on education and support of patients through their journey and enjoys helping them to explore alternative and different treatment options to optimise rehabilitation. Townsville has been home for Justine, however she has spent a few years in England travelling, visiting her family and exploring her English roots.  She loves culture and loves listening to client’s stories, places travelled and life experiences good or bad. She does love a good chat!

  • Kyle Whebell

    Kyle graduated from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and since graduating he has worked in private clinics throughout Townsville, Ingham, and Ayr. Kyle has had extensive experience in musculoskeletal/sports rehabilitation and exercise prescription from working in both clinic and alongside several soccer and basketball sporting teams. He has also gained experience in post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation from working in the Mater Hospital (Townsville).

    Kyle has a passion for all thing sports, which is why he finds such enjoyment in working as a musculoskeletal/sports physiotherapist. He has played soccer since the age of 5, earning representative honours in both junior and senior teams. Most recently Kyle played for North Qld Razorbacks and Brothers TSV FC. Since becoming a physiotherapist he has been involved with soccer teams at local club level, QLD State League, National Premier League, and A-league levels and is currently the head physiotherapist for the Northern Fury FC and is also looking to work with junior state representative football teams this year. In his time at SportsMed NQ Kyle has also gained valuable exposure to elite level basketball athletes and has worked briefly with Townsville Crocodiles, Melbourne Tigers, and Perth Wildcats NBL teams.

    Kyle is a local lad, having lived in Townsville his entire life and he likes to lead an active, seaside lifestyle. Kyle loves travelling with both family and friends and has been lucky enough to visit destinations such as France, Spain, England, Scotland, Greece, Turkey, Indonesia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and most recently Brazil for the World Cup (to the envy of his SportsMed NQ team members).

  • Tegan Humphries

    Physiotherapist

    Tegan has been a part of the team at SportsMed NQ since 2009 working within the clinic between University studies and now practices full-time at the Bayswater Road clinic. Being born and raised in Townsville, attending James Cook University was a natural choice and in 2013 Tegan graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After experiencing physiotherapy work in a range of hospitals and clinics around Queensland, Tegan developed a keen interest in working within a private practice.

     

    Tegan completed her Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) accredited Clinical Pilates Matwork Course, beginners and advanced, in 2012 and has since developed a passion for the use of Pilates-based exercise in the treatment and prevention of back pain.

     

    Outside of work, Tegan has a strong interest in health and fitness participating in a range of activities including gym-based exercise, running, outdoor-based exercise, Pilates and social and competitive touch football.

  • Chenaye Oakenful

    Mackay born and bred, Chenaye now calls herself a Townsville local after relocating over decade ago. Completing her schooling at Kirwan State High School, it was only natural for Chenaye to attend JCU, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014. Chenaye found her calling early on within private practice, and joins the SportsMed NQ Physio team in late 2015 with particular interest in sports physiotherapy.

     

    Standing at above average height and learning to walk on a netball court, it was only natural for Chenaye to have a passion for the sport. Since beginning her netball training over 20 years ago, Chenaye has played at a representative level for seven consecutive years and still plays socially today. Outside of work Chenaye enjoys a laid back lifestyle, typically spending down time at the beach.

     

    Chenaye has completed post-graduate studies in dry needling, RockTape Level 1 & 2, and is currently the only physio in North Queensland qualified in Active Release Technique. Chenaye will soon be a qualified Level 1 & 2 matwork Pilates instructor – completing her course in December. One day, Chenaye would like to work along side Australian Olympic athletes as a Sports Physiotherapist.

  • Tyler Fidoe

    Tyler was born and raised in a small country town in northern Tasmania. He moved to Townsville five years ago to begin his university degree, challenging himself in a new environment and climate which was extremely hot! He fell in love Townsville instantly, even the heat…. now calling Townville his home.

    Since arriving in Townsville he has continued his passion for sport where he has represented the Townsville Eagles representative side in Australian Rules football on four occasions. He has also captained his local AFL club the University Hawks, winning their best and fairest award in season 2015.

    Tyler completed two musculoskeletal physiotherapy placements during his degree where he found helping people in a busy team environment extremely rewarding. Along with sports physiotherapy he has a special interest in back and shoulder injuries and is keen to add more skills to his toolkit by enrolling in dry needling and palates courses this year.

    Tyler is a friendly down to earth young man that takes his work seriously, but also knows how to have a laugh. He is looking forward to working closely with his patients so as they can have the best outcomes over a lifetime.

  • Kim Dunstan

    Kim is local, born and raised in Townsville. She has recently completed a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at from James Cook University in 2015, graduating with an academic medal! Kim has a keen interest in health and wellbeing, and the desire to assist people to better their health was the driving force to Kim pursuing a career in physiotherapy. Following clinical placements, Kim maintained a strong interest in musculoskeletal practice. Key areas of interest are women’s health, paediatric physiotherapy, preventative health care and chronic pain. These interests emerged during Kim’s pregnancy and care of her child, and following her own extensive rehabilitating following a motorcycle accident, along with observing family and friends go through health challenges that may have been preventable with appropriate advice, guidance and self-management.

    Currently, Kim has completed two courses in clinical Pilates and has a Sports Trainer Level 1 certificate. She is committed to furthering her education in areas of interest by keeping up to date with current research, completing short courses and postgraduate study in the future. Kim is fluent in sign language and is excited to be able to offer more accessible services to the Townsville deaf community.

    In her spare time, Kim enjoys spending time with her young family, going to the gym and cycling. Kim is very excited to be joining the SportsMed NQ Team and is enthusiastic about beginning her career as a physiotherapist.

  • Andrea Rich

    Andrea is excited to be part of the SportsMed NQ team after completing her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University in 2015. Living in Central Queensland meant limited options for tertiary study, so Andrea packed up and moved to Townsville excited for a challenging new adventure. Andrea now considers Townsville home and loves the array of outdoor activities Townsville has to offer.

     

    Since undertaking a variety of clinical placements through JCU in hospitals, community settings and musculoskeletal practices, Andrea aspired to work within private practice. Andrea’s gymnastic background initiated her interest and passion in the management of sports related injuries along with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and post-operative rehabilitation. Andrea is eager to gain additional skills and experience in clinical Pilates, sports training and dry needling, to achieve the best outcomes for her patients.

     

    During her spare time, you will often find Andrea on Castle Hill, at The Strand or in the water, enjoying the sun, beach and scenery of North Queensland.

  • Sarah Bell

    Sarah completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies) at RMIT Melbourne in 1995 and commenced  her career in orthopaedic, cardiothoracic and spinal post operative rehabilitation assisting the Physiotherapy team. Sarah decided to return to her home town of Townsville for the warmer weather , taking a position with WorkCover QLD as a rehabilitation and return to work Case Manager.

    In 2000 Sarah established her own business providing occupational rehabilitation, physical reconditioning, chronic disease management & injury prevention services to clients until 2004. During this period Sarahs’ experience included  providing exercise prescription and health prevention services for the Mater Hospital within the Cardiac and PTSD units.

    Sarah then moved in to education and taught casually for a few years in local primary schools, before returning to her first love – Exercise Physiology. Sarah became a member of the SportsMed NQ team in late 2013 and enjoys being able to contribute to such a vibrant and professional group of clinicians. Sarah gets great satisfaction working in preventative health care, knowing that she can assist clients reach their best with optimal health and wellbeing outcomes. “I am particularly interested in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management and I’m keen to continue gaining further knowledge and expertise in these areas.” said Sarah

    Sarah has a good family/work balance and feels blessed to have plenty of quality time with her husband, two boys and friends doing the things they love; such as camping,  walking along our beautiful Strand and just hanging out with no agenda.

  • Linda Pinker

     

    Linda graduated from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane in 2009 and from there she relocated to Townsville to begin her career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).  Linda gained 12 months experience working in chronic disease management before joining the SportsMed NQ team in 2010.

    Once here at SportsMed NQ Linda developed the communicative skills used to help educate her patients in the safest and most effective way to incorporate physical activity into their lifestyles. Linda also enjoys being able to assist patients to achieve the mobility and physical goals they are striving for.

    Linda has become accredited as both a Pilates matwork and Bounce Back instructor, where she can explore her passion for group exercise instruction.  Linda has also gained invaluable skills as a hydrotherapy instructor, where she has developed a great respect for the physical properties of water and the enormous benefits water can play in physical rehabilitation. This passion has now lead Linda to also presenting as a guest lecturer at James Cook University.  Linda gets great job satisfaction in assisting her patients from crippling physical disabilities to return to work and/or sporting goals, or simply improving mobility.
    With a young family of her own she is enjoying the challenges of parenthood and is finding creative ways to fit physical activity into her lifestyle.  Linda and her family enjoy walking up castle hill, the strand and making backyard activities energetic and beneficial for the whole family.

    Linda is currently working from our Parkhaven Clinic every second Saturday morning.

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