Hi, my name is Gemma and I would like to welcome you to Vitalise Physiotherapy, a holistic and hands on private practice. I have recently moved back to the area after 8 years away and am excited to bring my passion for health and helping people back to my home town. I am located in The Lismore Health Hub and new multidisiplinary centre in Lismore with Michael and Lauren Woods (Exercise Physiology ) and Dr Richard Harvey (Sports Medicine) and Summit Sports and Fitness Centre in Gooonellabah and work with an amazing group of trainers that help to implement a safe and pain free training environment so that you can achieve your goals.
I began working with sports and sporting injuries from a young age under the guidance of Dr Richard Harvey, a prominent sports medicine doctor in Lismore (and my dad). I completed my Level 1 sports trainers certificate at the age of 18 and began working with junior and senior rugby league and union. I then went on to work for the next 18 years in a large variety of sports as both a trainer and a physiotherapist. I was extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to train under the Melbourne Strom physiotherapist in 2006 and spent 3 years travelling with NSW Country Cricket at the Australian Country Championships. More recently, I was the team physiotherapist for Weston Soccer Club in the NBN state league and earlier this year travelled to Qatar with the Emerging Jets youth teams to play a round of friendlies against the Qatar Aspire teams and Galatasaray.
I completed my Human Movement/Exercise Science degree at Southern Cross University in 2006 and moved to Newcastle to study Physiotherapy. I graduated in 2010 and worked in private practice there til last year.
Whilst in Newcastle I helped develop a professional relationship with Lake Macquarie City Council and Hunter Water and became their preferred provider for all injuries and rehabilitation. I am work cover accredited and quite converse in the processes and communication required between employers, insurance companies and treating physicians. I have also spent a great deal of time working with DVA and elderly populations assisting in chronic conditions and general reconditioning.
I believe in a holistic, hands on approach to my patients and have tailored my ongoing eduction to encompass this. I try to challange my knowledge by selecting courses that expand my knowledge of a variety of topics to enable me to help people with problems that may be more difficult to diagnose and treat.
I have included a list of further educational training courses that I have attended and qualified in, in the treatment section for your information.
With the knowledge that everyone is different and no injury is the same, I offer a thorough one on one assessment and treatment, and provide an individual home exercise program for each person.
You don't need a referral to come and see a physio (unless DVA, Work Cover or EPC/medicare) and I am happy for you to call and have a chat to see if this is the best fit for you.
Hi, I'm Jono. I was born and bred in Lismore, completing my HSC at Trinity Catholic College, going on to study Sport and Exercise at Southern Cross University in Lismore, before relocating to the Gold Coast to complete my Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University.
I've now returned to Lismore to work in the regional community I grew up in, and have a real passion to serve.
I was a state level runner through school and have been involved in local sport from the age of 9. I'm currently playing soccer in the Football Far North Coast Premier Division for Richmond Rovers, and was fortunate enough to achieve the Golden Boot and Player of the Year awards in 2014.
I'm a firm believer in the approach of incorporating both exercise and manual therapy techniques for treatment, as well as thinking holistically and looking at lifestyle. I have particular clinical interests in running-related injuries, sports injuries, musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, low-back, etc), headaches, neurological rehab and vestibular/vertigo conditions.
I look forward to working with you to develop a plan, to help achieve your goals, recovery and wellbeing.
Hi I’m Josie and I have recently graduated from the University of QLD in Brisbane with a Masters of Physiotherapy. Before that I was living in Lismore studying Sport and Exercise Science at Southern Cross Uni.
Throughout my degree and work I have developed an interest in several different areas. Musculoskeletal injuries, I enjoy the hands on work (massage, mobilisations, dry needling) required to rehab a sports injury, chronic pain because helping people overcome long term pain and disability is the most rewarding part of being a physio and clinical pilates as it can be adapted to suit absolutely any condition so everyone has a chance to enjoy exercise.
When I’m not at work you find me training for triathlons, marathons and kind of crazy long distance event I can find! I appreciate the importance of keeping your body in top shape for your sport and will help you find the right combo of manual therapy and exercise to keep you in the game or help you return to playing as soon as possible.
You can also find me teaching Les Mills classes at Summit Sports and Fitness Centre in Goonellabah as this has been a long term passion of mine, and what really got me into fitness to begin with.
I’m a strong believer that movement is the best medicine and I look forward to helping you return to sport or work, keep active or just sort out any niggles that are getting in the way of you performing at your best.