At Sunshine Coast Developmental Therapies we are a team who are always up for a challenge!
We work collaboratively with families to deliver high quality, goal orientated care across all ages, backgrounds and clinical conditions.
Please see below a brief summary of our Physiotherapy Team.
Director – Senior Physiotherapist
Paula, our Principal Physiotherapist established SCDPhysio in 2010, to allow specialist neurological and disability services for children on the Sunshine Coast. Paula has worked across remote QLD, Tertiary paediatric hospital, research settings , community disability services and private practice within a variety of paediatric services with 17 years experience.
Paula has a strong background in management of children with neurological disability, from infant early intervention/diagnosis to adolescent orthopaedic management and transition to adulthood.
Paula can be found in the clinic 3 days a week, 2 days Management as she also participates in research activities through the CP Alliance GAME study to support evidence based data collection regarding goal directed early intervention therapy.
Paula enjoys working within a specialist , multi-disciplinary team which we have established links to create a highly skilled team within, which transdisciplinary skills are provided to our clients.
In Paula’s spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband and 2 children sewing, playing piano, baking and especially family trips camping.
Mandy started with our Company in 2013, after also developing specialist skills in Paediatrics, as she has been in the field for over 13 years.
Mandy’s experience has been influenced by the children, families and professionals she has met, and she has worked with in a multiple of settings including tertiary children’s services, community based services and rural settings in both Australia and abroad.
From this diverse range of work experience Mandy has acquired a range of specialist skills in the areas of general childhood development, paediatric rehabilitation, neurological and orthopaedic conditions and specialist training relating to gait analysis.
Mandy is a keen sportsperson and enjoys a variety of outdoor sport and recreation activities. She is also fond of travelling and photography, whilst keeping busy with her lovely family.
Zenna is a qualified physiotherapist and loves her role of working with children and their families. With a background in musculoskeletal injuries, adolescent sports injuries and a qualified Pilates Instructor. You can find Zenna in the clinic Monday to Friday, as well as in the pool teaching Hydrotherapy twice a week.
When Zenna is not working, you can find her in a pottery studio with amazing creations, or catching some waves and enjoying the sun at the beach with her loved ones and friends.
Kandice has worked in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for more than 10 years, in a diverse range of roles, including public and private hospitals, community organisations and private practice.
Kandice is passionate about supporting and empowering families to help their children reach their goals. With extensive experience in assessment and management of infants and children, Kandice also specialises in neurodevelopmental and orthopaedic concerns and enjoys hydrotherapy sessions with her clients.
During Kandice’s spare time, Kandice explores the Sunshine Coast hiking, swimming or rock climbing with her husband, 3 children and 2 cheeky border collies.
Lauren has worked across a range of clinical areas in Paediatrics including neurodevelopmental, acute/post-operative orthopaedics, rheumatology, neurological, musculoskeletal, respiratory and oncology.
Lauren is particularly passionate about infant assessment and early intervention and endeavours to support all families in providing a strong foundation for their children to learn, play and thrive.
Between volunteering for children’s and disability charities, Lauren loves travelling and exploring the unknown. Her favourite holiday style is cold weather for skiing and snowboarding with her husband and son.
Jen has been a paediatric physiotherapist for the past 4 years and has vast experience working in specialist areas of hydrotherapy, Department of Education State Schools and paediatric private practice, as well as being involved in research studies. Jen specialises in paediatric persistent/chronic pain, neurological conditions (acquired and traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy) rehabilitation, orthopaedic conditions and high level complex sports and community participation.
Jen’s experience is working with toddlers, school aged children and young adults, as she is passionate about school-based access and inclusion for all children.
When not at work, Jen is a crafty lady with sewing and embroidery. With her energetic Jack Russel and 3 nephews, they certainly keep the whole family hopping!
Julie comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, and being a paediatric physiotherapy for 35 years, brings extensive expertise and passion to our team. Julie offers a diverse environment with her disability services history and thrives with complex cases, specialising in equipment also. Julie has a particular love to work with babies, and always updating her skills and education.
Outside of work, you can find Julie watching her kids play soccer, or taking her dog for walks on the beach or swimming in her natural pool.
Allied Health Assistant
With over 15 years’ practical experience working in the health and fitness industry. Melissa enjoys blending Pilates and Fundamental Fitness with the science of sport and exercise, guiding others to unlock the full potential of their mind and body, and fulfil their life’s goals.
Melissa is certified in multiple disciplines including Tensegrity Contemporary Pilates DIP Teacher, Allied Health Assistant- Physio, Personal Trainer and Water Therapy Instructor. Melissa works on a one-to-one basis and through group programs.
As a competitive age group Triathlete, Melissa enjoys the great outdoors & training all year round.
Katie is our full time Administrative Assistant who joined the team in 2020 with over 15 years of Admin experience. Katie loves to welcome all families with her bubbly personality and can help with any problem great or small, whilst also specialising in NDIS knowledge. Katie loves every minute here with the team, and has vast knowledge within the admin and Physiotherapy industry.
Katie spends her weekend with her partner and daughter Scarlett mostly at the beach, or chasing around their dog and 3 cats.
Michael works part-time for the practice keeping the back office running smoothly. He keeps the book keeping, website, NDIS audit paperwork up to date and making sure the IT systems run smoothly.
Michael likes helping clients with their NDIS plans and using his knowledge that he’s gained from managing his own children’s plans. Hobbies include gaming, technology, DIY, and crazy Christmas light displays!