Liz O’Brien: Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Liz completed her physiotherapy degree at Sydney University in 2000 graduating with first class honours. She spent the next 4 years working in private practice in Sydney and then returned to her home town in 2005 to open Country Physiotherapy. In 2012 the second location, Gulgong was opened. Liz’s work passion is treating acute musculoskeletal injuries, back/pelvis injuries and womens health. Her love of being fit and encouraging others to improve their health led to the evolution of Country Physiotherapy’s Fitness and Pilates Classes.
Belinda Drysdale: Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Belinda moved to Mudgee in 1998 and, apart from travelling from time to time throughout the state to do locum work has called Mudgee home for the past 15 years.
Her special interests include treating neck and back pain, wrist and hand injuries including splinting, fibregalss casting, lymphoedema, post surgery rehab, sports injuries, overuse injuries and chronic pain.
She is trained in dry needling techniques and acupuncture (Japanese Meridian Therapy) as well as being a Pilates Instructor teaching both mat and studio classes.
Hamish Finlayson: Physiotherapist
In 2014 Hamish completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Orange and joins us as a new graduate in 2015. Hamish grew up in Orange and has always had a passion for sport, both playing and watching. Through sport, Hamish was introduced to injury management and this sparked his interest in physiotherapy, the human body and in particular back injuries. Hamish was looking to stay in the central west after finishing uni and so Country Physiotherapy was the perfect team to join. Hamish has really enjoyed his time in Mudgee so far and is look forward to working within the community.
Melissa Gibbins: Physiotherapist
Mel completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University, graduating with Distinction in 2015. Whilst growing up in Mudgee she nurtured her passion for all sports, specifically soccer for which she competed at representative levels throughout high school. During this time she witnessed the importance of physiotherapy, instigating her to pursue the profession as a career.
Mel has a keen interest in acute sports and overuse injuries, back pain and post surgery rehabilitation. She is trained in dry needling techniques and has appointments available at both the Mudgee and Gulgong clinics
Kim Duckworth: Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
In 2015, Kim completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University. Kim begun her private practice physiotherapy career in the Hawkesbury region. Making the move to Mudgee earlier this year, Kim has developed a passion for practicing and teaching pilates both matwork and studio. Kim has completed her Pilates training and aims to incorporate this further into her treatment to promote correction of body movements and awareness.
Through hands on manual therapy and exercise treatment Kim also enjoys treating a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries, including acute injuries and post operative rehabilitation.
Jane Roberts: Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor
Jane Roberts, a Sydney University Physiotherapy graduate, has had a particular interest in paediatric developmental physiotherapy for 30 years. Her work focus for children requiring therapy support is to improve their inclusion in their community. Jane’s initial work years were spent at major teaching hospitals and schools including RPA in Sydney, Royal Newcastle Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Enjoying rural life in Mudgee for the last 30 years, Jane has worked across a broad range of settings including the local hospital, government agency ADHC and her own private practice. This experience has fostered her comprehensive professional network with both local and specialist referral centres. Jane has joined the Country Physiotherapy team and will be providing paediatric physiotherapy services as well as teaching Pilates studio classes.
Anna Guenkel: Physiotherapist
Originally from Germany, Anna came to Australia to travel a number of years ago. Loving the weather and the Australian lifestyle, she did her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University in Queensland in Brisbane from where she graduated in 2010. A few years of work in a private practice as well as sports coverage for a local Rugby and semi-professional soccer team followed, before Anna returned back home to Europe. She collected international experience across Europe working in England, Germany, Switzerland and France and further specialized in her favourite area of musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a Masters of Science for Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy from the University in Brighton in England. Anna herself is a keen Beach Volleyball player and “health, fitness & sports” enthusiast. She has developed a keen interest in spine related problems as well as general overuse and sporting injuries. Apart from her focus on hands-on manual therapy, she is also trained in Dry Needling and puts a big emphasis on exercise based therapy and ongoing self-management.