Our Team

CHIROPRACTORS

Chiropractic care is designed to help restore normal balance and function to the body structure, relieve abnormal stresses or compensatory mechanisms within the spine and nervous system, thereby giving the body greater harmony, resistance to disease, improved function and better overall health. As we all know, prevention is better than the cure… so preventing spinal decay is easier than curing it.

Colin Clarey, Sports Chiropractor

Along with his chiropractic degree Colin has a post-graduate degree in sports chiropractic. He’s been in practicefor 25 years working with a variety of patients ranging from all levels of health and age. This also includes extensive experience working closely with Olympians, elite triathletes, adventure racers, swimmers, cyclists and runners.

Colin uses a combination of skilled manual therapies, western acupuncture and targeted rehab exercises to help you attain peak fitness, strength and biomechanical efficiency irrespective of your age. He has an affinity for treating complex or unresolved, spinal-related issues. He’s had special training in core strength and spinal stabilisation. For patients, this means Colin provides the treatment that leads to improved mobility as well as the guidance that teaches patients how they can strengthen their spine and bodies core stability and thereby lessen the likelihood of recurring problems.

Colin is also a trained health and wellness coach, an avid adventure racer as well as a trekker, kayaker, father and explorer. He is also an active member and group facilitator of MensWellbeing.org which is a non-profit organisation committed to improving the wellbeing of individual men and in turn strengthening the families and communities those men belong to. All of which exemplifies his holistic approach to a health, balanced, purposeful life, personal growth and individual wellness.

His further interests include meditation, cooking and keeping fit. He is a mind-full ethical chiropractor who understands that each client is unique and requires different care or help.

Nik Furse, Chiropractor

Nik is an accomplished hands-on styled chiropractor with over 15 years experience. He has run his own successful practice prior to joining the team here at Ridiculously Well. He is a very knowledgeable up to date clinician with excellent manual adjusting skills and is also very experienced at western acupuncture, dry needling, core stabilisation skills and spinal rehabilitation.

He has a very client-centred approach, providing care that is respectful of and responsive to your individual client preferences and needs and ensuring these values guide the collective treatment goals and decisions.

Nik also enjoys trekking (in Tasmania especially), travelling, cooking and keeping fit. He lives on the coast with his partner Heidi.

Nathaly Desjardins, Chiropractor

Nathaly Desjardins

Nathaly, a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, has been a practicing chiropractor in Australia since 2001. She first joined Ridiculously Well in 2003.

Prior to becoming a chiropractor, Nathaly was a physical education teacher and a personal trainer. She holds a certificate in weight training injury management and is also a certified acupuncturist.

Her experience, skill and knowledge enbles her to work effectively with both male and female patients even those of taller and heavier stature than hers.

Keith Maitland, Chiropractor, Applied Kinesiologist, Herbalist, Life Coach and Author

Keith has been practicing Chiropractic in the local area for 28 years having created both Palm Beach Chiropractic and Nooyans Wholistic Health Centre on the corner of 14th Ave and the Gold Coast Hwy.

He has recently moved his practice into Ridiculously Well and is a specialist in his field of Chiropractic and also Sports Chiropractic. He specialises in corrected chronic health problems particularly chronic pain and persistent sports injuries.

Keith through his life coaching also helps clients overcome persistent negative beliefs and habitual emotional reactions and demonstrates how to achieve happy harmonious family relationships. He lives with both his mother, mother-in-law, has been married for 30 years and has two adult daughters. He has recently become a complex care foster parent.

Keith has also written two books “How to Live a Positive life The 5 Keys” and “Difficult Customers No Stress”.

PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy addresses dysfunction in the muscles, bones, joints, nerves and soft tissue. Physiotherapy is an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions. Common conditions treated include back pain, sprains, strains, arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, bursitis, whiplash injuries, workplace and sports injuries, problems with posture, incontinence and reduced mobility. Our physiotherapists are experienced in rehabilitation following a wide variety of surgeries including rotator cuff repair, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and spinal surgery.

Suzanna Vacher, Physiotherapist

Suzanna graduated from University of Queensland in 2000 and completed her Masters in animal physiotherapy in 2007. Working with animals has developed her observational and problem solving skills. Suzanna takes a holistic approach to treatment, looking at the cause of problem. Areas of interest include headaches, whiplash and vertigo, hip injuries and women’s health as well as being qualified in Dry Needling and clinical pilates. As a dancer and horse rider, Suzanna is well qualified to treat people in these sports. Her other interests include yoga and walking her dog on the beach.

Suzanna also runs Pilates classes every Tuesday from 6pm-7pm and every Friday morning from 6.30am – 7.30am. She also runs our Yoga classes every Wednesday night from 6pm – 7pm. All classes are $18 with private health rebates available. Bookings are required.

Nicole Thoroughgood, Physiotherapist

Nicole Thoroughgood

Like Sue, Nicole graduated from the University of Queensland with a degree in physiotherapy in 1999. She’s been in private practice since then.

Nicole has a special interest in Orthopedic and Sports Physiotherapy and has applied her skills working with elite athletes including State and National ice skating teams. Over the years she’s accrued a strong track-record with shoulder injuries as well as guiding patients of both genders to complete rehabilitation.

Lynda Stainton, Physiotherapist

Lynda Stainton

Lynda is our most experienced physiotherapist with over 25 years of professional experience.

She’s accrued this in private practice clinics as well as hospitals. Lynda tenured at Southport Hospital. This experience is underscored by her work in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Her multinational work experience often provides a deeper understanding to accurately diagnose and treat patient problems.

She has in-depth experience in treating sports injuries, manual therapy, post-op orthopedic rehabilitation and dry needling therapy.

OSTEOPATH

Osteopaths understand the close relationship between the structures (and position) of the body’s parts and its function (or lack of). Osteopaths consider the body as a whole and use this in their diagnosis and treatment of a problem.

Erin Barnes, Osteopath

Erin holds a Masters in Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Science from Southern Cross University. She has undergone post-graduate training in interests such as visceral osteopathy, dysfunctional breathing and how emotions such as stress and anxiety can affect the body. Erin uses a broad spectrum of osteopathic techniques varying from craniosacral to physical manipulation, and believes that having an understanding in all osteopathic techniques allows her to be able to provide the best specialized treatment for each individual. Working with the idea that ‘patient education is key’, Erin uses her knowledge help people take control of their pain and enables them to manage their recovery through exercise prescription and empowering, positive choices.

DIETITIAN

Dr Desha Welsh

Dr Desha Welsh graduated with Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Immunology with honours, Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics and PhD in Human Physiology. She 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 immunological, nutritional and hormonal/ emotionally triggered reasons for our health condition and how to prevent further harm.”

Although born in Croatia, Desha has been fortunate to live in a number of different countries, which has provided her with the unique opportunity of being able to observe and learn from differing cultures, traditions, cuisine and eating habits.

Now an Australian citizen, happily settled on the Gold Coast with her three beautiful, healthy children, Dr Desha loves her new country, its people, and its rich variety of cultures, cuisine and traditions. Click here to read more of what Dr Desha can do for you.

REMEDIAL THERAPISTS

When we have over stressed, over worked, over trained or just pushed our bodies too far, tiredness, fatigue, aches and pains become common place in our body which can result in extremely painful muscle spasms depleting our body of vitality and energy. Having a massage helps restore your vitality and wellbeing giving you a feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Jan Folley, Remedial Massage Therapist

Jan Foley

Like Lynda (above), Jan brings over 2 decades of experience to our clinic. She’s been actively working in the Alternative Therapies Industry since 1990. She’s a fully qualified practitioner of Therapeutic and Remedial Massage.

These qualifications include Swedish Massage, Soft and Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Sports Medicine, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Reiki.

It’s no coincidence that Jan has developed her own client roster over the years. Having Jan’s skills available to our clients is an integral part of our clinic’s scope-of-services.

Darryl Calbert, Remedial Massage Therapist

Darryl Calbert

Darryl has been a credentialed and practicing massage therapist for over 13 years. Born and raised in Palm Beach, Darryl has built a local reputation as an expert in deep tissue massage. If not the best sports remedial masseuse on The Gold Coast, then easily in the top 10.

His strong interest in surfing, tennis and cross-fit training has played an integral role in treating his patients. He has a near-intuitive understanding of our muscular structure which leads to highly effective remedial massage therapy.

He specializes in sports injuries, lower back pain, sciatica and he’s also qualified in trigger point dry needling.

Reece Frankham, Remedial Massage Therapist

With many years playing a variety of representative sports, Reece understands the essential role that massage plays in physical health and mobility and brings that knowledge to the table in his treatments.

With a Diploma of Remedial Massage, Reece is confident in facilitating the recovery and well-being of his patients. He has a special interest in remedial, deep tissue and sports massage therapies. Reece’s clients frequently report his instinctive natural ability as a massage therapist and the presence and touch he has with his hands. He looks forward to helping you relax, heel and perform at your best.

Fabienne Thomas, Remedial Massage Therapist

Fabienne offers a thorough remedial treatment, which draws from a background of remedial, sports and deep tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy, yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine theories to restore balance and harmony in your body and mind. Backed by a decade of experience, Fabienne’s massage is both deeply relaxing and effective and is guided by you and your body type. Fabienne especially enjoys working with post natal conditions, chronic injuries and holding patterns, acute pain/tension relief and generally anyone who is looking to heal, transform or just feel better.

Tarnia Dorrington, Remedial Massage Therapist

Since finishing her studies at Q Academy Tarnia has been working as a therapist providing sports massage, with ongoing experience working with athletes from a variety of Professional Sports League teams. Tarnia is multi-talented and has a background in Beauty Therapy; which she had spent most of the last decade performing Swedish, Deep Tissue & Hot stone massage with trigger point and myofascial release techniques.

Dedicated & passionate towards her work, she will go above & beyond for her clients and customise their treatment to suit the individual. Her goal is to allow full relaxation & comfort enabling the individual to reach their goals and assist in treating whatever issue they may present with. Tarnia also has a post graduate qualification in Trigger Point Dry Needling.

Tarnia is currently on maternity leave and will return to us in late 2017.

FRIENDLY TEAM

Erin Cameron, Clinic Manager

Erin joined Ridiculously Well because we appreciate that fact that making every business run effectively requires tireless administration and management. And Erin provides exactly that.

She brings years of front-line business experience to our practice. She’s also adept at keeping our own internal communications open and clear. This combination lends itself to making a positive and indelible first impression on patients.

Honorable mentions need to go to her able assistants who also run the front-line. They are Kellie Vest, Laura Vazquez-Smith, Amber McCarthy, Brydie Frankham and our financial administrator, Dimity Davis.