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Adam Smith APA Sports Physiotherapist
Adam Smith is an APA Sports Physiotherapist. Having graduated in 1999 with a Physiotherapy degree, he went on to complete his Masters of Physiotherapy (Sports) degree, expanding his knowledge of sport specific injury prevention and management. Adam currently works at Queensland Cricket, Queensland Academy of Sport and Optima Sports Medicine.
Adam has extensive experience in treating sports injuries and over the past 18 years Adam has supported and travelled both domestically and internationally with a number of national teams including Australian Triathlon, Australian Water Polo, and Australian Sailing. Adam has also worked as a Physiotherapist at Queensland Cricket for over 10 years and currently works with both the Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat teams.
With a specific interest in working with shoulder and sporting injuries of the spine, Adam is passionate about working with both developing and professional athletes to help them achieve their best.
Chari Stewart APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist
Chari Stewart is an APA Sport & Exercise Physiotherapist with 13 years experience. She graduated with a Bachelor or Physiotherapy from the University of Otago (NZ) in 2006, and completed her Masters of Physiotherapy in Sports in 2012.
Chari has worked with Rugby Union teams for 15 years. She is currently the Physiotherapist for the Reds Rugby SuperW Squad. She was part of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games volunteer medical workforce as a Sports Physiotherapist based in the Athlete Medical Facility for Rugby 7’s. She has travelled nationally & internationally for Rugby 7’s and has been involved in the QLD/QAS Rugby 7’s program, BSHS First XV Rugby and Uniroos Rugby 7’s previously.
Chari is also currently working part time at the University of Queensland as a Clinical Educator in the Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic. In this role she facilitates learning into clinical practice for the final year physiotherapy students.
Chari has a passion for exercise prescription that she utilises with her patients. This drove her to complete a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Science majoring in Physical Conditioning in 2009. She is often writing gym programs for patients and understands the complexity of strength and conditioning programs enough to help patients adapt theirs if required.
Jasleigh Geary Physiotherapist
Jasleigh Geary is an passionate and knowledgeable Physiotherapist with a keen interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation. Whilst studying she worked with the Gold Coast Suns AFL team and Gold Coast Titans NRL team which cemented her love for working with athletes.
After graduating, she was exposed to an array of patients from weekend warriors to elite athletes to post-surgical rehabilitation and chronic pain. She has also had the opportunity to work with some high level teams since being a physio including the Brisbane Roar W-League Team, Samford Rangers Women’s and Men’s Football Teams and the U16 Reds Team.
Jasleigh has a passion for AFL, triathlons and tennis but hasn’t found too many sports that she doesn’t enjoy. Her favorite thing about physio is learning new things from her patients, whether that be a sport she doesn’t know much about or just about their day to day life.
Adrian Kelly Physiotherapist
UPDATE Adrian Kelly is on extended leave from Optima Sport Medicine after securing a professional development placement in an alternative field of physiotherapy. Adrian is looking forward to returning to the clinic and apologises for any inconvenience caused by his absence. The Physiotherapists at Optima Sports Medicine are happy and available to see Adrian’s clients during his absence.
Adrian Kelly is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Physiotherapist with a particular passion in the sports medicine arena. Since graduating, Adrian has focused on developing and honing his practical and theoretical knowledge to best understand clients, their biomechanics and how best to achieve their goals and manage injury. Whether that be excelling in the elite sporting arena or simply completing a pain free round of golf.
Adrian is currently completing a Masters Degree in Sports Physiotherapy which will further complement and enhance his skillset, specifically in expanding his knowledge of sports injury prevention and management of complex cases. Adrian has worked closely with some of the top Physiotherapists and Sports Doctors in South East Queensland. He has also covered GPS athletics and rugby along with consulting within athletic development and school sports excellence programs.
Adrian’s areas of special interest fall into that of repetitive sports such as golf, running and cycling. A one handicap and avid golfer himself, Adrian loves treating and collaborating with golfing clients of all abilities. He has expertise in the latest flexibility, strength and motor control measures along with a solid foundation in swing and movement fundamentals. Adrian prides himself on maintaining a thorough evidence base along with a strong manual therapy and exercise-based approach to treatment. He is able to accurately assess injury or biomechanical deficiencies, ultimately putting a collaborative plan in place to regain or achieve optimal performance.
Adriana Wheeler APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist (parental leave)
Adriana Wheeler (née Camargo) has 13 years’ experience in Physiotherapy having graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2006 and then completing a Masters of Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy in 2012.
Adriana has extensive experience in a wide range of sports at club, state, national and international level and has worked with numerous local, state and National sporting teams including Australian men’s and women’s Waterpolo, Qld Softball, Women’s Roar and various Bodybuilding and Australian Powerlifting athletes. Adriana draws on her experience in the elite sporting world to deliver all of her clients a high level of individualised care.
Adriana believes in a multifactorial approach to improving her client’s quality of life and therefore will also incorporate Physiotherapy-based exercise prescription with the use of Reformers to assist patients reach their optimal health goals.
Her main interests are in Dry Needling, Chronic pain, Lower limb, Spinal Pain and Small group – individualised exercise sessions with reformers.
Dr Stacey Compton Sports Physician
Dr Stacey Compton BPthy B Ex Sci MBBS FACSEP is a Sport and Exercise Medicine Physician. She has also been a registered Physiotherapist since 2005, having graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Exercise Science. Dr Compton brings together a combination of medical, physiotherapy and exercise science skills to the practice of sports medicine. Dr Compton is currently the Chief Medical Officer for the High Performance Australian Triathlon and Paratriathlon teams, and Doctor to the Queensland Academy of Sport Softball, Triathlon and Waterpolo teams.
In addition to these roles, Dr Compton has worked extensively with community rugby teams, and is currently affiliated with Wests Rugby Union, and Norths Rugby Union. She has provided medicalcoverage of Rugby Union matches at the Premier, NRC, ARU and QRU junior representative level. She has also been part of the concussion team for the Wallabies at their Brisbane based matches, and provided medical coverage for Intrust Super Cup Rugby League matches, and AFLW matches.
Other previous sports medicine experience and events coverage includes Club Doctor to Brisbane Roar A-League and Y-League teams, Commonwealth Games 2018, Brisbane International Tennis, Swimming Australia Nationals and Grand Prix, elite cricket, ITU medical director for elite triathlon racing, marathon coverage and numerous Paralympic sporting events. Dr Compton has also worked in the Australian Institute of Sport Medical Department, supporting athletes in the residential programs and training camps.
To Dr Compton, supporting the management of any patient’s injury or illness is as important as assisting an elite athlete’s return to competition. Dr Compton takes a multidisciplinary approach to patient care. She collaborates with her patients’ practitioners to develop personalised treatment and management plans, and believes this tailored approach, together with accurate diagnosis best allows an early return to sport, exercise and work.
Jenni O'Neill Remedial Massage Therapist - QAS/AIS Soft Tissue Therapist provider
Jenni O’Neill is a Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist with over 20 years of experience in Remedial Massage Therapies. She has kept adding to her career with a Level 2 Sports Trainer, Matt & Reformer Pilates Instructing. Jenni is an experienced Allied Health professional with exceptional skills in developing relationships with a diverse range of patients.
She has extensive experience with a wide range of elite athletes, sports and sporting teams at the club, state, national and international level. Teams include the 2012 Olympic Rowing, Australian & Queensland Cricket, QAS Men’s & Women’s Water Polo, Qld Heat Softball, Qld State of Origin, ARL, GBRL, Rugby 7’s, Brisbane Boys and Girls Grammar Schools, and various AIS and QAS athletes in individual sports.
Jenni is also uniquely qualified to provide treatment to those who have experienced mastectomy, lumpectomy, biopsy and reconstruction of the breast. Jenni has found that the combination of myofascial release, relaxation and lymphatic drainage can have a positive effect on a patient’s self-esteem, mobility and pain relief. The effectiveness of myofascial massage specific to the breast, chest and shoulder area with pain or discomfort helps increase mobility among patients who have undergone a mastectomy or other breast surgery.
Now that she has broadened her knowledge with Reformer Pilates, Jenni now can maintain her work with her clients not just on a massage table but also with rehabilitation exercises on the Pilates Reformer.
Jenni is friendly and passionate about her job and understands the benefits of soft tissue therapy for her clients and athletes from 27 years of playing softball at an elite level herself.
Taryn Richardson Advanced Sports Dietitian, ISAK level 1 Anthropometrist
Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD)
Advanced Sports Dietitian (AdvSD)
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition & Dietetics) Hons
IOC International Diploma in Sports Nutrition
ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist
Certificate III Fitness
Taryn Richardson is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian & Advanced Sports Dietitian. She has a wide range of experience working over the past 10 years in the clinical, community & private practice settings consulting to a wide range of clients to help them achieve their health goals.
Sports nutrition is her passion & she founded Dietitian Approved to help people eat for both Health and Performance in sport and in life. She has worked with numerous athletes & sports including triathlon, ironman, swimming, cycling, running, jockey’s, polocrosse, crossfitters & the everyday athlete wanting to be fit and healthy.
She also consults to Triathlon Australia, looking after our Australian Triathlon and Para-Triathlon team. The mix of private practice and elite sport is her absolute dream job! It also means elite level, best-practice and evidence-based nutrition is passed on to the everyday “athlete” so you can be assured you’re getting the best nutrition information there is. Taryn is also a trained Anthropometrist, which means she is qualified to assess body composition with skin folds to the international standard.
As an “athlete” herself, Taryn knows first-hand the demands training has on your lifestyle. Growing up she balanced swimming with netball & she now competes in sprint & olympic distance triathlons while dabbling in a bit of CrossFit/Weight training
Renee Martin Accredited Sports Dietitian, ISAK Level 1 Anthropometrist
Renee Martin is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian. She is a committed foodie who enjoys a solid workout session, making it an easy decision to turn her two passions into her career. Renee believes in realistic and achievable goals, therefore encompasses an individualised and evidence-based approach to providing nutrition guidance and support.
Renee has clinical experience within multiple private practice settings as well as within the community facilitating cooking demonstrations and workshops. She is also currently working with Triathlon Australia’s high-performance athletes at Queensland Academy of Sport. Renee thrives in such diverse environments which exposes her to a wide range of people requiring various nutrition recommendations. Nothing gives her greater pleasure than helping people to achieve their health and performance goals.
Renee’s primary interest is everything sports nutrition, particularly endurance sports and body composition. However, she also enjoys providing nutrition education for allergy and intolerances, plant-based nutrition, general healthy eating, weight loss and mindful eating.
After completing several half marathons herself, Renee understands the physical, mental and lifestyle barriers to achieving your goals. As well as the importance of correct nutrition support. When Renee isn’t running or hanging out at her local performance gym, she is in the kitchen trialing a new recipe for the week.