Dr Alison Grimaldi
Alison is our Principal Physiotherapist, with 28 years of clinical experience and particular expertise in the management of hip, groin and lumbo-pelvic pain and dysfunction. Alison also has a special interest in the assessment and optimisation of lumbo-pelvic and lower limb biomechanics for running, change of direction and all weightbearing sports, aiming to maximize an athlete’s performance outcomes and minimize risks of injury or re-injury.
Alison completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 1990, a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy in 1997, and her Doctorate in Philosophy in the Field of Physiotherapy (PhD) in 2008. Her PhD studies were concerned with improving our understanding of hip muscle function and the relationship with hip joint pathology and weightbearing stimulus. These studies involved research collaboration with the European Space Agency. Alison continues to be passionate about extending our understanding of why we develop problems around the hip and pelvis, and what we can do to most effectively prevent and manage these problems. She is currently involved with research studies through the University of Queensland and University of Melbourne, has co-supervised a number of PhD students, and has pioneered the use of Real Time Ultrasound technology for the assessment and retraining of muscle function around the hip & pelvis. Due to her valuable contributions to research at the University of Queensland, Alison has been awarded the title Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences.
It is one of Alison’s core beliefs that research should be relevant to clinical practice and helping the patients we treat every day, and that physiotherapists in the community should have access to this valuable information to allow them to transfer this knowledge into clinical practice as quickly as possible. To this end, Alison continues to publish, present and provide practical workshops for other health professionals. Alison has published a number of papers in scientific journals, has contributed detailed information freely accessible via podcasts by PhysioEdge (itunes) and the British Journal of Sports Medicine (SoundCloud), and has recently contributed to 3 leading physiotherapy and sports medicine text books. Alison is a visiting lecturer at Masters level at Queensland University, and also runs weekend seminars and courses around Australia & overseas with a focus on muscle function, therapeutic exercise, and the use of real time ultrasound in clinical practice. She has presented at many state, national & international conferences as an Invited or Keynote Speaker, and has run international seminars in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai (UAE).
Alison established Physiotec in 2005 and continues a clinical load, working with patients with complex hip and lumbopelvic conditions, and across a broad spectrum of sports, including elite level triathlon, running, dance, cricket, athletics & swimming. She also spends a considerable amount of time mentoring her excellent staff, ensuring they are up-to-date and able to provide a high level of clinical expertise for management of musculoskeletal problems.
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Eric has been a qualified Physiotherapist since 2004, having worked in a variety of clinical settings from medical centres to holistic health centres before joining Physiotec in 2009. With this many years at Physiotec, Eric is currently our longest serving physiotherapist. For many years, Eric split his time between PhysioTec and providing onsite injury management services to a variety of manual handling industries. In 2018, Eric decided to move from onsite injury management to work with Dr Patrick Weinrauch at Brisbane Hip Clinic. His many years working and training under Dr Alison Grimaldi and now under Dr Weinrauch make him highly qualified in the management of Hip & Groin pain.
His other interests in physiotherapy are neck and upper back pain, cycling related pain and injuries and dry needling. Eric is a competitive cyclist himself, runs his own cycling crew, MIA, and is passionate about all things cycling. He has competed at both Australian and World Track Championships. Eric provides our bike fit service and has a personal and professional interest in strength & conditioning. This experience he brings to our GymStart programs, where Eric can teach, assess and correct your form with gym lifts to ensure you will be safe and gain maximum benefit from your gym program. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience where it comes to balancing optimal performance outcomes and recovery from injury or training fatigue. In his spare time he also enjoys spending quality time with his family and keeping a great looking tropical aquarium.
Kevin is an experienced Sports Physiotherapist who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Australia. Kevin also holds a Masters in Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports) and has achieved titling as awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association as an APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist.
In early 2020 Kevin made the move to Brisbane from Adelaide where he worked at a large, multidisciplinary sports medicine and orthopaedic centre. He also worked with NPL football teams in Adelaide, which has helped shape his rehabilitation philosophy.
Throughout Kevin’s many years of experience, he has developed an interest in treating injuries of the hip, pelvis, and groin. His clinical interests also include tendon and soft tissue injury management, low back, shoulder, and knee pain rehabilitation. Having sustained an ACL injury himself, Kevin understands the pitfalls and struggles of the rehabilitation journey, leading to a passion for quality ACL rehabilitation.
Kevin’s passion for Physiotherapy stems from meeting new people and developing great relationships to foster improved health outcomes and long-term recovery. He is a lifelong learner who has a strong commitment to best-practice Physiotherapy having completed numerous post-graduate courses including courses with Alison Grimaldi. Consultations with Kevin involve detailed assessments to understand the cause of your injury, hands-on treatment to relieve pain, and prescription of high-quality exercise to build resilience and improve long-term health.
Joanne graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy Honours Class l. A skilled dancer, choreographer and director, Joanne forged a highly successful career internationally and more specifically on Broadway before transitioning to a career in physiotherapy.
After completion of her physiotherapy degree, Joanne has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, gaining experience in outpatient musculoskeletal work, general hospital medical/surgical, and post-surgical rehabilitation.
With her extensive dance background Joanne has a special interest in dance rehabilitation and injury prevention for dancers and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science.
Joanne is always looking to expand her knowledge and skills. She has trained in dry needling, pain sciences, dancer assessment and rehabilitation, kinesio-taping, vestibular dysfunction and APPI clinical Pilates.
Outside of work Joanne is an avid traveller, scuba diver and photographer, and enjoys spending time with family and friends while enjoying the Aussie lifestyle.
Rhianna graduated in 2018 from Curtin University in Perth with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. During her studies, Rhianna had the opportunity to work closely with full-time ballet and contemporary dancers at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and contributed to a paper investigating the beliefs about low back pain in pre-professional dancers.
After completing her studies, Rhianna moved over to Sydney and gained experience working in private practice settings and teaching Pilates classes. She attained additional training in dry needling, clinical Pilates and pre-pointe assessments. Her experience includes a wide exposure across musculoskeletal pain and injuries, including hip and lower limb conditions. Rhianna has completed Dr Alison Grimaldi’s in-depth training on hip, groin and buttock pain.
With her extensive background in dance, Rhianna has a special interest in dance injury rehabilitation and prevention. Rhianna has worked backstage treating members of the Dream Dance Company and made the move to Brisbane after completing a full-time dance course herself. Rhianna continues to enjoy her dance training across all styles including hip hop, heels, and jazz in her spare time.
David brings nearly 30 years experience with a focus on human performance across a broad range of sports, performing arts and everyday life. His early career in Mt Isa and Townsville focused on rugby union leading to a 5 year term as the senior Physio for London Wasps Rugby Club, tours with Qld Rugby and Penguins International to the UK, China, Croatia, Czech Republic and Hong Kong.
Inspired by his wife Lisa Wilson, David developed a passion for the performing arts and on return to Australia in 2000 built relationships, support and consultancy roles with the Qld Ballet, Opera Queensland, Qld Theatre, EDC (now ADC), Brisbane Festival and the Qld Symphony Orchestra to which he is currently consultant Physiotherapist. He did however maintain links with rugby and was part of the Qld Reds medical setup in 2010/11 when they won their maiden Super Rugby title.
David founded his own clinic, Pondera Physiotherapy & Pilates in 2006 and last year left after selling the business in 2016. His clinical focus remains on human performance tailored to the individual needs of dancers, musicians, actors, sports people or those just wanting to decrease pain and really enjoy life to the fullest. His collaborative approach mimics that of the arts sector where the director will engage whoever and whatever means are necessary to result in the best possible performance. He is not afraid to ask for help (and even for directions!) if it means the best care and outcome for the client.
David’s dedication to understanding injury and pain includes being hit by a car, dislocating both shoulders, rupturing his R ankle and knee ligaments and managing occasional lower back pain. He is a father to two daughters, husband to an extraordinary wife and a fairly unsuccessful but passionate fisherman.
Irene is currently on Maternity Leave.
Irene completed her Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2019 and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014 from the University of Queensland.
Over years of working in private practice setting, Irene developed special interests in treating spinal, hip and pelvis related conditions. Despite treating musculoskeletal disorders, Irene is also qualified in providing lymphoedema management. She is an Australasia Lymphology Association (ALA) accredited lymphoedema physiotherapist since 2015.
Irene is a lifelong learner who had additional training in dry needling and clinical Pilates, but also she is planning to advance her learning in women’s health area.
Outside physiotherapy, Irene is a keen snowboarder and has a strong interest in rehabilitation of skiing or snowboarding related injuries as well as conditioning. Irene also enjoys hiking, weight training and travelling with her family during her spare time.
Avery is a member of the Pilates team at Physiotec Physiotherapy. She is a fully qualified Pilates instructor with a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction from Pilates International Training Centre (PilatesTIC). Avery is trained across all Pilates equipment and familiar with working in a gym environment. In 2021, she will be completing her final year of a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology degree at QUT.
Avery is passionate about the Pilates method and teaching it to help her clients improve their health and wellbeing. With her background in Exercise Physiology she is a firm believer of exercise is medicine and using it to manage and treat a wide array of chronic health conditions. In her teaching, she works with clients on achieving their goals and applies the principles of exercise progression to their programs.
Having experienced on-going back pain since her teenage years, Avery began her Pilates journey through her physiotherapist at the time. Since experiencing the long-term benefits of Pilates and exercise, it inspired her to pursue a career in Pilates and allied health to help others experiencing similar circumstances. Avery enjoys working with clients of all ages, especially in the area of active ageing.
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Sharon completed her physiotherapy degree, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with concurrent research-based honours, at the University of Queensland in 1997. In the first five years of her career, Sharon worked in a diverse range of physiotherapy special interest areas including general hospital medical/surgical, intensive care, burns, paediatrics, women’s health, neurology, rheumatology, amputees, orthopaedics, hydrotherapy, inpatient/outpatient neuro-rehabilitation, gerontology, palliative care and musculoskeletal outpatients. Sharon has worked in major teaching hospitals in Brisbane, Australia and London, England as well as smaller rural based clinics and urban practices.
As well as working in various hospital facilities, Sharon worked concurrently in musculo-skeletal outpatients/private practice for the first eight years of her career. In the more recent 12 years of her career she has worked solely in Brisbane in private physiotherapy practices and has been working at PhysioTec with Dr Alison Grimaldi since 2010.
She has extensive experience in the management of hip, pelvic, spinal and shoulder pain and developing targeted rehabilitation programs and teaching pilates, use of real time ultrasound for muscle recruitment training, integrated dry needling approaches and more recently added the Compex muscle stimulator to her rehabilitation strategies.
Sharon has a special passion for treating those with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder and Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She has recently attended Ehlers-Danlos conferences in the USA and Sydney. Her primary aim is to achieve meaningful functional and quality-of-life improvements for patients with individualized and paced exercise programs. Sharon uses a problem-solving approach to achieve goals and improve function in this often-complicated group of individuals. As the Hypermobility Team Leader at PhysioTec, Sharon mentors other team members regarding evidence-informed care for this group of people. She is always interested in fostering relationships with other professionals who have a special interest in this field of connective tissue disorders.
Sharon believes that a broad knowledge base is paramount in understanding her clients who present with a multi-faceted issue. With this in mind, Sharon is very proactive with her approach to regular professional education, reviewing clinical research and adapting her treatment approach appropriately as new evidence emerges.
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Marlisa Kwan is part of the Not Just Bendy Hypermobility Services team located inside the PhysioTec clinic.
Marlisa is passionate in helping assist any client who has hypermobility in becoming their best and strongest self. Marlisa caters her treatment towards each individual’s goals and aspirations, utilizing:
- through assessment including video assessment of posture and common movement patterns
- specific advice/strategies on hypermobility related issues including energy conservation, pain management, POTS/dysautonomia and joint protection
- specific, individualized, exercise program including electronic delivery of the program to an app on your phone or computer
- hands-on techniques of massage and gentle joint mobilisation.
Marlisa completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University in 2018 and she began her career as a Community Physiotherapist delivering therapy to a wide range of clients of all ages within a diverse scope of practice including: neurological, musculoskeletal, hydrotherapy, gerontology, cardiorespiratory and mental health patients. Through this exposure of treating clients in the community (including those funded through the NDIS), Marlisa has developed a special interest in rehabilitation and assisting each person through their individual journey.
Marlisa is available for home visits and telehealth consultations to take the stress out of organizing transport to the clinic. She is even willing to come to your home and assist with a hydrotherapy program in your own pool (reasonable weather permitting).
Marlisa is continually active in developing her professional experience. She has completed an Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation course and attends regular training and mentoring sessions with Sharon Hennessey, who is the Not Just Bendy principal.
Marlisa utilises the real-time ultrasound to access the timing of muscle control around the abdomen, pelvis and pelvic floor for real-time feedback to her clients about which muscle they are targeting. She is also able to assist with reporting for NDIS for her clients including NDIS applications, planning meeting reports and special equipment requests.
Marlisa is also available after school and on Saturday mornings to assist families with hypermobile school age children/teenagers with both individualized treatment and supervised programs in the gym.
In her spare time Marlisa enjoys spending her spare time outdoors: hiking, at the beach or on any adventure with her two dogs.
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Dr Xiaoqi Chen
Special interests in neck, back, hip, shoulder & arm pain, Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS)
Chen is from Singapore and has been a physiotherapist since 2009. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2017, which studied the risk factors associated with neck pain, and the impact of workplace-based interventions on neck pain in office workers (2017). Her passion to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice is manifested in her publications related to exercise and ergonomic interventions and sensorimotor dysfunction. Altogether, Chen has co-authored 10 publications in the manual therapy, physical therapy, and occupational health journals. Chen is also a casual clinical tutor, examiner, and guest lecturer to physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland since 2014.
Chen’s clinical interests are as follows:
- Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders (HSDs)
- Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
- Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Connective Tissue Disorders (CTDs)
- Neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, including but not exclusive to:
- Cervicogenic headaches and dizziness
- Whiplash and associated disorders (i.e. dizziness, headaches, visual disturbances)
- Concussion syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Nerve impingement, neuropathies, radiculopathies, disc-related pathologies
- Hip pain, including but not exclusive to:
- Hip impingement syndromes
- Lateral hip pain – bursitis, tendinopathies
- Work-related injuries (Workcover claims)
- Complex, car accident-related injuries (Compulsory Third Party, CTP insurance claims)
Starting of the year 2020, Chen is involved in Project ECHO (Group 3B) launched by The Ehlers-Danlos Society and led by Consultant Rheumatologist and Acute Physician, Dr Alan J Hakim. Project ECHO is a telemedicine program that involves health professionals from all around the world to share knowledge, expert updates and have case-based discussions on EDS and HSD. Later in the year, Chen will be involved in the Allied Health Australia ECHO program.
Chen & our Not Just Bendy lead, Sharon Hennessey, are involved in regular focus group meetings to create and improve patient handouts, discuss case studies and share knowledge on the latest evidence-based practice strategies. In addition, fortnightly in-service sessions are held by our clinic lead, Dr Alison Grimaldi for ongoing professional training and learning.
A combination of advice and education, real time ultrasound (RTUS), electrical muscle stimulation, strapping/taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques are utilised in her practice. Chen continually improves her practice by keeping up with the latest technology, skills, and research. In her free time she enjoys walking her Kelpie Cross, bike riding, reformer pilates, and rock climbing.
More information can be found at Chen’s website/blog: drchenphysio.com.
Nunz has over 30 years of experience in business operations, management and administration – 13 years as an employee in state and national management roles and then 18 years as an independent business owner. Nunz’s support is an essential part of the PhysioTec team. He also has a long term love of and association with sport, particularly cricket, and is a Cricket Australia Accredited Coach.
Oh, and he’s a pretty useful handyman too…
Julie Allen – Physiotherapist
Julie Allen is an empathetic, caring and delightful physiotherapist with over 20 years experience in both sports physiotherapy and rehabilitation for chronic neck and back pain. She is passionate about tailoring exercise filled with enjoyment, skills and interests. Her early career was filled with success as a sports physiotherapist who travelled with Australia’s top international sporting teams including the Australian Hockeyroos, Queensland Firebirds, the Brisbane Blades and Queensland Netball State teams. Her passion was rehabilitation after injury, helping athletes recover and return either to full function or transition to life post sport.
Julie is also a survivor of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and has drawn on both her professional expertise and own cancer experience to develop the Pentimento Project – A physiotherapy approach to post cancer treatment rehabilitation. Julie offers individual tailored rehabilitation options, in addition to group support sessions. Her aim is to assist cancer survivors regain a level of physical and psychological health and wellbeing in a quest for improvement in quality of life.
She obtained her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 1994. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)and endorsed by the Australian Health Practioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA). She works closely with The Queensland Branch of the Leukaemia Foundation. She also provides service to clients of Haematology Oncology Clinics of Australasia (HOCA) and their clinical network company: Integrated Clinical Oncology Network (ICON).
Visit The Pentimento Project founded by Julie Allen
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Maria graduated Physiotherapy with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 2013. She began her physiotherapy career in the public system, and has experience rehabilitating cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic, neurological, critical care, and geriatric conditions. She then specialized in musculoskeletal and sports injuries within the outpatients department, mentoring younger staff and supervising physiotherapy students. Since leaving the public sector, Maria has worked in physiotherapy clinics in Singapore, Newcastle, and Brisbane, treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions across the lifespan, from sporting injuries to post-surgical rehabilitation, as well as participants under the NDIS.
Maria Yee has 8 years of experience working across all ages and disciplines. She has special interests in dance conditioning and rehabilitation, hypermobility, and clinical pilates. Maria is Clinical pilates certified and is happy to provide individual or small group supervised clinical pilates sessions. She can also provide dry needling services.
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MDT, Pilates Clinician
Belinda is a highly qualified, dedicated and motivated physiotherapist with fifteen years of experience.
Belinda is excited to bring her advanced skills in movement analysis, muscle assessment and exercised based rehabilitation to complex hypermobility clients and those with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.
Belinda Studied a Masters of Physiotherapy at Griffith University and went on to consolidate her physio skills in orthopaedics, cardiac, neuro and rehab at some of the major hospitals throughout Tasmania (RHH) and Victoria. (RMH, RCH).
On making the change to private practice, it was here where Belinda was introduced to Mechanical Diagnostic Therapy (MDT) and appreciated its very mathematical approach to diagnoses and treatments. She went on to further studies in MDT and passed her credentialing exam in 2010. This is also known as the McKenzie Method. She has since used this treatment method to great success for mainly spinal conditions of the low back and neck.
Belinda also furthered her studies through Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) to become a Clinical Pilates Clinician. She was quick to incorporate this specific form of exercise into her rehabilitation of clients, realising how beneficial a specific and targeted program can be to clients suffering from pain and disability. It was during her time in Melbourne that she became Director of a very successful Clinical Pilates clinic that used solely Pilates based rehabilitation (with a few exceptions) to treat clients.
As a dancer in a previous life, Belinda has developed her special interest in dance medicine and consequently worked with a lot of very “bendy” subjects. Belinda has completed training in extreme mobility and how to control and manage these features in hypermobile clients during exercise. Belinda has worked with consultants from the Australian Ballet and gained a huge appreciation for how exercise prevention and rehabilitation can work to provide a strong and functional body. She enjoys using her keen observation and skilled rehabilitation techniques to mould broken bodies back to good health.
Belinda has been a member of the APA since graduating and has been an active participant in APA professional development both as a recipient, as a lecturer and a course coordinator for the Dance Network, a special chapter group within the APA.
In her spare time (wait! Did I really say that?) she enjoys dancing, playing with her two young children, camping and exploring the beautiful outdoors in any way possible.
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Lucy completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours Class I at the University of Queensland in 2008, followed by Master of Physiotherapy in both Musculoskeletal and Sports, 2012 and 2013 respectively. Lucy has comprehensive experience in a variety of health care settings. Her community exposure includes post-operative rehabilitation (specialist upper limb clinic), orthopaedic wards in hospital settings, workplace ergonomics management as well as residential aged care. Lucy has also worked extensively in private practice and regularly includes therapies such as clinical pilates, western acupuncture and dry needling in her rehabilitation programs. Lucy is currently available for home visits and telehealth consultations, in additon to her regular in-clinic consultations.
Lucy Yan is motivated in aiding clients with hypermobility in achieving their best health outcomes. She is also passionate about delivering a patient-centred approach with a myriad of treatment protocols, individually tailored for each client. As a result of this passion, Lucy is continually investing in her professional education and is currently enrolled in the 2021 Allied Health Professionals ECHO program, which focuses on the many symptoms and issues associated with the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders. She also attends regular training and mentoring sessions with Sharon Hennessey, the lead Physiotherapist at Not Just Bendy.
In her spare time Lucy is an avid foodie, and relishes the great outdoors. She enjoys being physically active, either at aerial yoga or badminton.
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April completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at the University of Queensland in 2008, followed by a Master of Arts in 2010.
April has worked with and treated a diverse range of patients in private clinic and hospital settings for over 10 years. She is passionate about genuinely listening to patients with hypermobility in order to help them achieve personal health goals and be their best self. Her extensive experience includes:
- Providing physiotherapy treatment in medical and surgical wards, as well as post-op, cardio-respiratory, and orthopaedic wards
- Teaching clinical pilates, with specialist focus on antenatal and postnatal clients
- Using Western dry needling to complement manual therapy and aid in patient recovery.
April regularly engages in professional development to ensure her skills and knowledge are up to date with latest evidence-based practice. She has recently completed an Explain Pain course and also a Level 1 Women’s health course. She has regular training and mentoring sessions with Sharon Hennessey, the principal of Not Just Bendy.
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Trina completed her Physiotherapy degree in 2002 in the Philippines where she then worked and specialized in Sports Physiotherapy, with a particular interest in rehabilitation of lower limb injuries and post-surgical recovery.
In 2005 Trina came to Australia and completed a Masters of Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, and the following year a obtained a Diploma of Remedial Massage in 2006 at The Australian College of Natural Medicine. Trina has worked as a Sports Physiotherapist with various sporting teams in the Philippines and as a sports trainer and Physiotherapist with the AFL team Mayne Tigers in Queensland from 2005-2008. Trina has a special interest in sport and rock climbing injuries as well as injuries relating to the hip, knee, ankle and foot complex.
Trina is currently in Italy with her partner who is completing a post doctoral project in Genoa. She is acting as our foreign correspondent, keeping you up to date via Facebook and our online Newsletter. We are looking forward to her return. Come home soon Trina!