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

Colin has recently relocated to Uralla, NSW and has opened up a practice there, Uralla Chiropractic. He still visits us here on the Gold Coast, however is not accepting any new patients through our Elanora clinic.

Along with his chiropractic degree Colin has a post-graduate degree in sports chiropractic. He’s been in practice for 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.

Debbie Miller, Chiropractor

Dr Debbie Miller has been a chiropractor since 2008, and utilises a variety of techniques such as Diversified, Drop-Piece, Sacro-Occipital and Cranial Technique, Dry Needling, Activator and soft tissue.  This variety of approaches allows her to work with people who come in all shapes and sizes, ages and health profiles.

She particularly enjoys the fields of:

  • Women’s health by focussing on enhancing lower body strength and stability in support of comfortable pregnancies and the challenges of menopause
  • Headache management and treatment solutions for tension and migraine headache using cranial release treatments in addition to standard chiropractic approaches
  • Posture and deportment treatments and coaching prescriptive to the challenges of combating the “tech” world of smart phones and laptops, an issue for all of us but more particular for teenagers
  • The ageing process and the maintenance of a quality of life in movement, physical independence and activities of the day to day or otherwise

Debbie is always guided in the belief that Structure Governs Function.  If our body is structurally sound and strong, it follows then that we have every best chance of leading pain free, healthy, happy lives.

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, Animal 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 group physiotherapy core classes every Wednesday from 6.15pm-7.15pm and every Friday morning from 6.30am – 7.30am. She also runs our group stretching classes every Tuesday night from 6.15pm – 7.15pm. All classes are $25 with private health rebates available. Bookings are required.

Jen Sturm, Physiotherapist

Jen graduated from Physiotherapy in Albury, NSW in 2002 and has had the chance to work in both private and public health in Australia and internationally in the UK and Canada, with a focus on orthopaedic and sports injury rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. She has an interest in pelvic injuries and stability and and treats using the Barbara Hungerford method for this. Jen is able to use dry needling for treatments, as well as focusing on exercise therapy for long term health management. Aside from work, Jen is an ex-netballer who doesn’t like sitting still and is an active long distance triathlete and competes in Iron distance triathlon with hopes to return to the World Championships in Hawaii again one day.

Katrina Purdon, Physiotherapist

Katrina graduated from the University of Queensland in 1999. She brings a wealth of clinical experience having worked in a variety of settings, including hospitals and private practice, and in a variety of locations, including Sydney and the UK. Katrina also has extensive experience as a Clinical Pilates instructor and has a special interest in using exercise for rehabilitation. She is also a skilled manual therapist and enjoys assisting those rehabilitating following orthopaedic and spinal surgery. When not at work Katrina can be found exploring the outdoors- either locally or in some far- flung corner of the globe.

Katrina also runs one of our group physiotherapy core classes every Monday from 6.15pm-7.15pm. All classes are $25 with private health rebates available. Bookings are required.

Natali Zantvoot, Physiotherapist

Natali graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne in 1994. After working in the hospital system for a year in Melbourne she set off on overseas adventures. This lead to a decade in the UK where she worked both in the National Health Service and private practice. Natali returned to Australia in 2007 and has been working in private practice on the Gold Coast since.

Natali has over 20 years of private practice experience and her special interests include treating low back pain, clinical Pilates and Womens Health. She has completed all levels of DMA clinical Pilates training and many advanced level pelvic floor courses with Womens Health Training Associates.

Outside the clinic Natali enjoys playing tennis and spending time at the beach.

Melanie Platt, Physiotherapist

Melanie completed a Sports Science degree prior to doing her Masters in Physiotherapy in 2006 at the University of Sydney.
Her passion lies with women’s health, pregnancy and post-natal, and she loves sports physiotherapy having worked with Tennis Australia for the past 6 years in particular wheelchair tennis.

Melanie has also had experience in hydrotherapy, clinical pilates and loves to be able to help people reach their goals and find their inner belief. She loves the beach, enjoys the gym, stand up paddle boarding and yoga.

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.

Paul Purchase, Osteopath

Paul’s skills as an osteopath are a culmination of his careers as an Engineer, Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Human Anatomy and Physiology lecturer. These complementary experiences, together with his osteopathic training, give him a deep understanding of the structure and function within the human body to help unravel your problems and relieve your pain. He utilises a wide variety of osteopathic techniques and exercises to meet each client’s needs and works to restore optimal mobility and function to your muscles, tendons and joints.

Paul holds a Masters of Osteopathic Medicine and a Bachelor of Clinical Science from Southern Cross University and has completed post-graduate training in cranial osteopathy and dry needling. Paul has a daily yoga practice and enjoys resistance training as well as martial arts. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, surfing and bush walking.

ACUPUNCTURE & CHINESE MEDICINE

Dr Dimity Davis

Dimity Davis is a registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine practitioner, who utilises a blend of both scientific based research and traditional methods to inform her treatment, practicing a refined form of acupuncture which utilises direct feedback from abdominal and body palpation, pulse and tongue diagnosis to guide individualised treatment of every session (Kiiko Style). Treatment primarily involves gentle needling, the use of moxibustion (Artemesia Vulgaris), and may also include other techniques such as cupping, dietary therapy, or the use of Chinese or Western herbs.

Dimity’s foremost clinical interest is in the physiological effect of stress on our body and it’s associated impact on pain, mental health, immunity, digestive health, reproductive health and fatigue. Dimity’s other clinical interests include chronic and post-viral fatigue, anxiety and depression, menstrual health, pregnancy and post pregnancy support, wound healing, and post-surgery recovery and oncology treatment support. Dimity also practices Shonishin, a form of very gentle and needle free treatment which is suitable to babies and children.

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, EFT/TFT Therapist

Jan brings almost 3 decades of experience to our clinic, 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 and Reiki. Jan also worked as a sports massage therapist at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, treating Olympic and Commonwealth Games elite athletes. Having Jan’s skills available to our clients is an integral part of our clinic’s scope-of-services.

 Emotional Freedom TechniqueIt’s a simple yet profound tool that helps patients remove unwanted emotional baggage, fears, phobias, and addictions, while instilling confidence, clarity, and focus. Whether you’re juggling life’s challenges or preparing for a sporting event, EFT has successfully helped our patients with a variety of problems. EFT uses tapping techniques on specific body meridians, the same energy lines used in acupuncture, while repeating statements made by your practitioner. Jan combines the use of EFT with counselling. EFT is an important tool in the process of emotional recovery and it’s very important to find the emotional triggers and their foundations in order to really shift the limiting stress from the body and mind.

AromaTouch Therapy – The ArōmaTouch Technique is a dōTERRA essential oils based, systemic healing technique that is specifically designed to facilitate a physical & emotional centering of strength and serenity to the whole body through simple & specific oil application.  In essence, it is a clinical approach to applying dōTERRA CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essential oils along energy meridians and visceral contact points of the back & feet to help balance the sympathetic & parasympathetic nervous systems of the body.

Lava Shells Massage – Lava Shells massage is a type of heat treatment that uses Tiger-striped clam shells as a massage tool. The heat is produced by inserting a ‘lava gel sachet’ and ‘activator liquid’ into the shell. Lava Shells massage is greatly enjoyable for anyone with tense muscles, as the heat from the Lava Shells will gently relax and smooth away knots. The shells also give off calcium ions when heated, which transfers to your skin during the massage. Calcium can help to firm and regenerate the skin – a nice bonus.  There are several benefits to heated treatments including: an increase in extension of soft tissues; removal of toxins from cells; enhanced blood flow; increased function of tissue cells; relaxation of sore, stiff muscles; and relief of painful arthritic joints of tissue cells; relaxation of sore, stiff muscles; and relief of painful arthritic joints.

Darryl Calbert, Remedial Massage Therapist

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.

An-An Chou (Jo Jo), Remedial Massage Therapist

Jo-Jo has been working in the Australian Massage industry for 9years and uses a fusion of both Eastern and Western techniques in her massages in order to deliver the most effective massage for your needs. She uses her experience to tailor your massage to promote relaxation, improve circulation, relieve muscle tension, increase range of motion and assist healing.

Yumiko Usui, Remedial Massage Therapist

Yumiko has 5 years hands on experience in a variety of massage techniques including Remedial, Swedish, deep tissue, sports massage, Shiatsu, Reflexology and facial and head massage.  Whatever your need, Yumiko can tailor your massage to suit your needs. Yumiko has a passion for helping patients and believes that remedial massage can heal both physically and emotionally.

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, Amber McCarthy, Kellie Bradshaw, Imogen Clarey and our financial administrator, Dimity Davis.