Meet Our Physios
Studied in Sydney and Graduated with a Bachelor Applied Science in Physiotherapy, in 1988. Caroline has since completed a Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy, gained at University of Queensland. She has a keen interest in horse riding and the biomechanics of riding to complement this Caroline has completed her EA coaching certificate and holds a level I riding certificate.
Caroline is a womens health physiotherapist; however her practice is not limited to womens health, has a vast range of experience in all aspects of Physiotherapy. She also often treats complex patients and has had success treating stroke patients, patients with disabilities and young children. Caroline just loves being able to see people relieved of pain and discomfort.
Tony graduated from the University of South Australia in 1997 as a mature age student. He has worked in the hospital setting until 2003. Since then he worked in private practice.
Tony gained a Certificate in Mulligan Therapy (CMP), and utilises McKenzie Therapy and the Watson Headache Techniques. The combination of these enables him to successfully treat a vast number of conditions effectively.
Sarah is currently the practice principle at our Kurri Kurri location. Growing up she has always been passionate about health and fitness, sparking her interest in physiotherapy.
“I am fortunate enough to have the greatest job in the world. I love working with my patients to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.”
Sarah is readily involved with local sporting clubs and has worked with the Newcastle Knights, Newcastle Jets Youth Team, Maitland Blacks Rugby Club and more recently the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs. Sarah also instructs weekly Pilates, Osteoperosis and Women’s Health Classes.
Sean graduated from the University of Newcastle with first class honours in 2015 and currently operates out of the Maitland and Dungog clinics. He is currently the practice principle at the Dungog location. Sean prides himself on patient education and providing clarity with regards to the rehabilitation process.
He has a passion for sport- with particular interest in football and currently plays for Beresfield USSC in the ZPL and has recently finished working with the Maitland Blacks Rugby Club as their club physiotherapist (2016 and 2017). His interests in physiotherapy lay in post-surgical rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease and sporting injuries. Sean utilises techniques including advanced dry needling and also designs individualised exercise programs in order to suit patient needs. This also includes the Parkinson’s Disease Warrior exercise program- a specialised set of exercises tailored to stem to progression of the neurological disease. Sean also instructs weekly mat based pilates classes out of the Dungog location.
Emma obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy at Newcastle University in 2011. Since then she has worked in the Hunter region in private practice. Emma has a keen interest in antenatal and post-natal pregnancy care, pelvic floor physiotherapy for men and women and paediatric physiotherapy. Emma has completed numerous courses in these fields. Emma is also a full-time mum with another budding edition arriving shortly.
When not looking after her family she enjoys playing netball, soccer / “football” as she has been bred to call it and enjoying park run on Saturdays. She hopes to see you in the clinic soon to help you with your condition.
Amber graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2016. Amber is passionate about patient care and enjoys the diversity of being a physiotherapist.
“I am a keen soccer player and enjoy all outdoor adventures especially camping.”
Amber is working alongside the Kurri Kurri Bulldogs rugby league team and also instructs weekly Pilates out of our Maitland location.
Maçon (Mason) graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2015 with first class honours researching physiotherapeutic interventions available for disabled and disadvantaged children in Tamworth. Since starting with the Mitchell Physio team in 2016, Maçon has been working out of the Maitland clinic and supporting the local sporting clubs, acting as the team physiotherapist for the Maitland Pickers RLFC. Working as an anatomy tutor at Newcastle University gives Maçon a strong anatomical background.
Maçon is one of our Men’s Health (post-prostatectomy and sexual dysfunction) physiotherapists. Maçon also takes on a hand therapy and injury caseload, doing most of the casting and splinting of the upper limb in the clinic.
Shahinda completed her post graduate studies in Physiotherapy in 2013 and has since worked at 2 multispeciality hospitals and a private physiotherapy centre. She has worked extensively with post-operative cases to achieve individual goàls.
“My aim is to work with our clients to integrate them back into their “normal” and keep it that way. I also believe that education and awareness are key to successful outcomes.”
Shahinda’s interests revolve around working with ankles and elbows, especially the stubborn ones. She also enjoys yoga, cooking, reading and listening to people’s life stories.
Education: B Appl. Sc. in Physiotherapy, Cumberland College of Health Sciences, Sydney 1982
MSc., Loughborough University 1991
PhD, Nottingham University, 1998
Thesis: ‘Investigation of Reaching Movements Following Stroke’
Clinical: 1981-1989: Training neurological patients using movement science- based approach, including 2 years as supervisor of neurological clinical placements. Continued clinical contact via teaching activity since then. Recently joined Mitchell Physiotherapy as part-time neurorehabilitation physiotherapist.
Meet Our Staff
Larissa is the Administration Manager at Mitchell Physiotherapy. Along with this she is also PA to Caroline Cooper. Larissa joined Mitchell Physio in 2012 and really enjoys being part of this dynamic and passionate team.
Larissa has completed her Diploma in Business Administration and continues to study short courses to further her skills. Outside of work Larissa is a full-time mum of 2 and enjoys travelling as much as possible with her family.
Paula joined our Administration team in 2017 bringing with her 30 years experience in Administration and finance. Paula holds a Diploma of Accounting and is passionate about people and business. Paula enjoys spending time with her family, reading a good book and recently putting her creative hand to restoring furniture.
“Working at Mitchell Physiotherapy has given me the opportunity to improve my skills and continue to learn new things. I enjoy taking on new challenges and expanding my knowledge, working at Mitchell Physiotherapy allows me to do just that. A few of my interests are learning a new language, fitness, work health and safety and nutrition. It’s always been a passion of mine to learn about different cultures and helping people make the right decision to better their well-being.”