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.
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
Victor Lee – Physiotherapist – BAppSc (ExSpSc&Nutr) GradDipRehabClng MPHTY APAM
Victor graduated with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney after completing his Undergraduate degree in Exercise Sports Science and Nutrition, as well as a Graduated Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling.
After Victor crossed the finish line of his third Ironman in 2013, he realised, battling acute and chronic injuries is not just physical, it is also mental. Despite holistic functional movement base rehabilitation is one of his domain, Victor’s competitive sporting experience has a strong influence towards his diversify physiotherapy approaches. These in conjunction with his knowledge and skills in the combined field of integrative acupuncture, advance dry needling, manual therapy, occupational rehabilitation, rehabilitation counselling, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning programs, sports specific coaching in running, swimming, cycling, and triathlons over the past years have all contributed his holistic approach to injury management and long-term injury prevention.
Victor’s passion for physiotherapy and community health are evident from his volunteering experience in the Philippines in 2016. There he assisted one of the local governments to establish a sustainable community-based rehabilitation therapy program and centre and help children with disabilities stand up again.
Victor has a particular interest in sports injuries and rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, knee, back and neck pain, any running related injuries and injury prevention management. He is also an active member and trainer of the Bondi bathers SLSC and continues to train in running, swimming, paddle board and triathlon events. You might find him pushing his bike
and riding the party waves causally along the coast.
– Musculoskeletal Segmental & Dry Needling for Physio’s
– Advance Dry needling & Western Acupuncture for Lower Limb, Pelvis and Lumbar Region
– Advance Knee Treatment and Rehabilitation with Tim McGrath
– Intro To Vestibular Rehabilitation in Adults of all ages
– Jenny McConnell Approach to the Problem Shoulder
– Integrative Acupuncture Level 1
– Spinal Physiotherapy Level 1
– Sports Physiotherapy Level 1
- Rehabilitation Counselling Association of Australasia (Full Member)
- Triathlon Australia Annual Membership – Coach (Professional) – Club
- Australian Physiotherapy Association (Full Member)
- Australian Swimming Coaches & Teachers Association (Premium Member)
Blake Smoothy – Physiotherapist – Bc Physiotherapy
Growing up in Wingham and completing his study at Charles Sturt University in Orange NSW, Blake has first hand experience working with clients throughout many rural and regional areas.
As an active athlete in the field of rugby union, Blake has a unique understanding of the demands of contact sport and training alike. This has stimulated his interests in acute muscle and joint injuries with a particular focus on Hamstring/Achilles pain, ACL recovery and athletic rehabilitation.
Blake has studied alongside head clinicians in the AFL, ARU and NRL and has worked with sporting teams at a representative level in rugby league and OzTag.
When not in the clinic Blake enjoys travelling, having worked abroad in hospitals across the Philippines and exploring throughout Eastern Europe.
Blake has completed the following additional training:
Level 1 and Level 2 RockTape Kinesiology Taping
Level 1 and Level 2 Sport Taping
SMA Level 1 Sports Trainer
Assessment and Treatment for the Aging Shoulder
Elite Sports Rehabilitation
– Return from Hamstring Tears
– Return from Calf Tears
Peter Feain – Exercise Physiologist
Peter is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Exercise Scientist and Podiatrist who has recently joined the team from Sydney where he has been working in the allied health and fitness industry for over 10 years with a variety of clients from diabetics, Olympic marathon runners, those fighting cancer or battling depression, stroke victims learning to walk again and others with chronic pain.
Peter completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science at ACU in 2005, a Bachelor of Podiatry at The University of Newcastle in 2009 and a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation) from Charles Sturt University in 2014.
He has a strong passion for continued learning and staying abreast of the current research and evidence that is continually being produced in order to deliver an evidenced-based service for optimal patient outcomes.
Considerable knowledge has now been accumulated on the significance of exercise for not only maintaining health and fighting the effects of ageing but as a treatment and management strategy for many chronic conditions.
Exercise can have very powerful and positive changes to how our body and mind function. It is now known that structured, individualised exercise is an integral tool to improve functional capacity, increase strength, bone density and muscle mass, lose weight, decrease chronic pain, increase cognitive function, and decrease stress, anxiety and manage depression. It is the best way to help us not only age better but to get the most out of life at any age, whatever your goals.
Peter has a varied sporting background, playing first grade Australian Rules Football in Sydney and national-level squash before moving more recently to endurance events including Ironman triathlons and marathon running.
He is very passionate about empowering you to get the most of your life through tailored exercise interventions that suit your lifestyle and current state of health.
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
Hot Stone Massage
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.