Below you can get to know the friendly team who pride themselves on helping you.
Tamara Urquhart – Principle Physiotherapist
Tamara is the principal physiotherapist at Soulitude Health. She completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle and is a member of the APA. Previous to the studies at Newcastle she studied dance full time at Queensland University of Technology. On completion of her studies she spent five years working in Grafton and Yamba in private practice. Here she undertook a graduate training program to further develop her skills in private practice.
Additional training includes:
- Pilates training through the Qld Institute of Pilates
- Hydrotherapy certificate
- Acupuncture & Dry Needling
- Level 1 Sports
- Taping: sports and dynamic
- Muscle Energy Techniques
- Gaitscan training
- Bio-mechanical and running assessments
- Women’s health physiotherapy
- Clinical Pilates – trained with DMA Australia Pilates and Qld institute of Pilates, Pilates International Training Centre, Polestar Pilates;
- APA Level 1 Sports Course
- Exercise throughout pregnancy and beyond including muscle energy techniques for the pelvis
Tamara has extensive experience with musculoskeletal sporting injuries having worked with a range of athletes across all sports. Her special interest is in dance and pilates. She combines her extensive dance knowledge and history, with training through dance physiotherapist, Lisa Howell, to conduct pre-pointe assessments for local dance schools. Her dance background ties in well with Pilates. Tamara has been involved with Pilates for over ten years and teaching for three years. Her combination of physio, Pilates and dance makes her body awareness and eye for detail paramount in classes.
Tamara has competed at state level in swimming and north coast level in running and netball. She is a keen runner, having completed the Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour half marathon’s in 2011. If you need help and guidance with running technique and programs Tamara can assist you helping to achieve your running goals sooner.
Tamara is the mother to 2 young girls. Since the birth of her first daughter in 2014 she has been running exercise classes for mums and bubs in Macksville. She has also been attending additional courses in womens health physiotherapy so she can assist with musculoskeletal conditions during and post pregnancy, prolapse, incontinence, physio post gynaecological surgery and retraining of the pelvic floor muscles.
I am a physiotherapist with an interest in paediatric, musculoskeletal and women’s health physiotherapy. I enjoy helping people and trying to better their life whether it is decreasing someone’s pain or helping someone increase the strength or quality of life. I am a local girl, born and bred in Macksville and have returned to join the team here at Soulitude Health. I enjoy physical activity especially team sports. I am part of the soccer club and now playing indoor netball.
Jess is currently completing her Masters in Paediatrics
I like to try my best to help all my patients in any way possible!
Andrew Gaterell – Physiotherapist – MSc PT, BSc Hon HK
Andrew graduated with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Queen’s University Canada after completing his Undergraduate degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa. As a physiotherapist, he has a special interest in working with active individuals ranging from recreational to professional-level athletes. As an avid athlete, Andrew has extensive knowledge in a variety of sports and athletics with a keen interest in helping the amateur to the professional improve any movement-related dysfunctions which may be leading to pain or poor performance.
Andrew’s uses a variety of “hands-on” and evidence-based manual therapy approaches, supplemented by a strong background in neuromuscular and exercise-based rehabilitation. He teaches Yoga-Pilates strength and conditioning programs, applies taping techniques and assesses using a functional movement screening approach.
In addition to his focus on holistic, movement-based rehabilitation, Andrew has also developed a special interest in treating the shoulder complex and any issue regarding the nervous and myofascial system.
Outside of Physiotherapy, Andrew spends his time training and competing in individual and team sports. He is an avid competitive soccer player having competed in Canada, England and Australia. In addition to soccer, he spends his time: mountain biking, rock climbing, surfing, playing ice hockey, running as well as strength and conditioning training.
As part of his commitment to continuing education, Andrew has completed the following course/ certifications:
– Diploma of Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Therapy Level 1 and Level 2 Lower Extremity
– Mulligan Concept Lower Quadrant
– Acupuncture and Dry Needling Level 1
– Complete Concussion Rehabilitation and Management
– Soft Tissue Release (STR)
– Trained in Gait Analysis, Orthotic Casting and Gait Scan Technology
– McConnell Institute– Treating the younger knee
Rhonda McConnell – Remedial Massage Therapist
Rhonda is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist with a passion to assist people to gain and keep their full capacity of mobility. With a background in both nursing and physiotherapy assistance Rhonda is well aware of the effect that injuries, sedentary lifestyle and age can have on our body’s ability to move. Whether your problem is chronic pain, injury or tension built up from your day to day life Rhonda can help you feel relief.
As an Aged Care Nurse Rhonda saw firsthand the physical problems that people can endure as they age which led her to study physiotherapy assistance. Prior to and during studying the Remedial Massage Diploma Rhonda worked as a Physiotherapy Assistant gaining a wealth of knowledge working alongside Physiotherapists and an Exercise Physiologist treating a wide range of clientele from the aged, sports injuries, work related injuries, correcting posture and children.
Rhonda provides a hands-on treatment in a warm, friendly professional way.
A typical Remedial Massage from Rhonda may include techniques from modalities such as:
Trigger Point Therapy
Chinese medicine styles eg Shintai, Shiatsu, Body Meridian therapy
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
Sarah Ttooulou – Practice Manager/Customer service Manager
Sarah is our dedicated practice and customer service manager. She has extensive experience in managing medical facilities across NSW. Her goal is to ensure that your experience at Soulitude Health is of the highest standard.