Dr Desha Welsh
Dr Desha Welsh spent more than 15 years doing research in the fields of human physiology and immunology and published over twenty research studies in highly recognised scientific journals. She graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Immunology with Honours (Zagreb University), Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Griffith University) and a PhD in Human Physiology (Zurich University).
Desha combines knowledge of physiology, immunology and nutrition with deep belief that these three disciplines strongly interact with each other. Therefore, when addressing any nutritionally related health concern, Dr Welsh looks at the immunological, nutritional and hormonal/emotionally triggered reasons for our health condition and how to prevent further harm.
Desha can offer nutrition counselling and advice covering a range of conditions including, but not limited to the following specialties:
- women's health
- chronic disease/liver disease/renal disease
- eating disorders/malnutrition/weight management
- food allergies and intolerance
Erin Barrett, Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist
Erin Barrett is a qualified Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Accredited Exercise Scientist (ESSA). Erin has a strong background in the health and fitness industry, and is passionate about the use of exercise as an evidence-based treatment for a wide range of chronic and complex medical conditions and injuries. Her clinical experience in physical assessment, goal setting, clinical exercise prescription and progression spans across a variety of conditions including:
- autism spectrum disorder
- cerebral palsy
- falls prevention
- heart disease
- mental health
Erin loves to work with her clients to establish personalised goals, develop individualised exercise and lifestyle programs and see them achieve a better health and quality of life. She also has a particular interest in women’s health, including:
- pre and post-natal
- core and pelvic floor strength
- mental health
- weight management
Mitch Hunter, Senior Physiotherapist
Mitch is a senior Physiotherapist working within clinical Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. With 9 years of clinical experience, Mitch has extensive experience in acute, chronic, post-operative, and rehabilitative management.
Mitch graduated from Otago University in 2007 achieving a scholarship and academic award in the process. Following graduation Mitch was awarded a McKenzie Scholarship and over the next 2 years he completed credentialing to become McKenzie Therapist specialising in spinal injuries. In 2014 Mitch completed the post-graduate Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University and achieved an academic award. In 2015 his depth of education and experience was recognised and he was accepted to become an APA recognised Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist.
Drawing on Mitch’s extensive education and experience he combines knowledge of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, and best practices to deliver effective Physiotherapy treatments. Through in-depth clinical reasoning and critical thinking, treatments use varied methods tailored to each patient to deliver the most effective outcome.
Mitch's special interests and areas of expertise include:
- spinal pain
- chronic shoulder problems
- jaw dysfunction
Kara Roffey, Senior Physiotherapist
Kara Roffey is an experienced Senior Physiotherapist with post-graduate qualifications in both Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (Griffith University, 2014). Since completing her undergraduate studies in Physiotherapy and Exercise Science at Griffith in 2007, Kara has worked in a variety of musculoskeletal clinics including Queensland Health outpatient services, orthopaedic/neurosurgical physiotherapy screening clinics, persistent pain management services and recognised sports medicine clinics. Kara has provided physiotherapy services for Queensland and Australian Touch Football at local, state and international events for the past 10 years and has also worked with athletes from a variety of sports including surfing, surf lifesaving, triathlon, AFL, netball and rugby league. Kara brings to the clinic a breadth of experience across a number of interest areas including:
- Athlete performance and rehabilitation
- Persistent pain management
- Complex spinal pain
- Knee and lower limb injuries
- Exercise prescription
Based on a thorough clinical assessment Kara employs a variety of client specific management strategies, including spinal and peripheral manual therapy, targeted exercise prescription, movement awareness/motor retraining, graded-exposure, dry-needling, and taping.
Eleanor Pidgeon, Senior Physiotherapist
Eleanor is an experienced and highly qualified Physiotherapist with advanced skills in the diagnosis and management of complex pelvic health conditions. Alongside Griffith University, Eleanor us currently establishing Advanced Women's health and Continence services on the Gold Coast.
Talking about pelvic health issues can be difficult which is why Eleanor prides herself on establishing rapport with patients so that they feel comfortable sharing their symptoms and the impact of the conditions on their quality of life. Eleanor's many years of clinical experience as a senior physiotherapy clinician in the specialised field of Women's and Men's health and generalised musculoskeletal conditions has led her to gain extensive experience in the conservative management of Women's health throughout women's life stages including pregnancy-related conditions, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, gynaecological and colorectal disorders.
Eleanor is currently completing her Masters of Women's Health and Continence (Curtin University) and has postgraduate qualification in Pelvic Floor rehabilitation (Curtin University) and Musculoskeletal Disorders in Women (University of Melbourne) and will soon become a titled member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). Eleanor is part of the APA continence and women's health special interest group and the Australian Continence Foundation. This enables her to use the most recent evidence-based approaches to pelvic floor assessment, treatment and management of complex pelvic health problems and to be able to design a personalised pelvic health program that meets patient aims and goals and fits into their lifestyle.
Eleanor also has additional specialist knowledge in the management of Musculoskeletal conditions and exercise therapy. Eleanor has extensive professional development training and qualifications in Mechanical Diagnostic Therapy (MDT, credentialed), Clinical Pilates (APPI certified), Yoga (200hr YTT), PINC Pilates (certified), dry needling and acupuncture (Combined Health), preventing pain and chronicity (Mindful Movement Physiotherapy) and Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (University of California).
Kerridyn is a certified practicing speech pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia who has a Master of Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Education. Kerridyn has experience working with both adults and children and has worked across most settings, including community health, private practice and educational settings.
Kerridyn has completed further specialised training including:
- Hanen certified - it takes two to talk (program for parents of children with language delays)
- Lidcombe Program Trained (behavioural treatment for young children who stutter)
- SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Approach to feeding program
- PROMPT (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) multidimensional approach to speech production
Kerridyn has experience in various areas of the speech and language disorders including:
- attention deficit
- auditory processing
- augmentative communication
- developmental delays
- neurogenic disorders
- sensory, social and behavioural difficulties
Special interests include working with children with autism as well as working with children that have language and learning disabilities. She is passionate in helping individuals reach their communication goals.