Melanie is the Principal physiotherapist with 20 years physiotherapy experience in private practice. Melanie started Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio in February 2003 and Gold Coast Headache Clinic in 2016. She graduated from the University of South Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy and completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2002.
She began her career working in private practice as well as in hospitals before working over in the UK. Following this she worked for three years in a private practice/private hospital before heading off to work in the USA. Since returning she has worked in private practice, mainly in the area of sports physiotherapy.
Since 2007 Melanie has become an “APA Sports Physiotherapist”, a specialist title awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She has previous experience with various sporting teams including freestyle snow skiing with the ‘Australian Ski Team’ as well as Australian Rules, Rugby Union and League and Motor Racing both nationally and internationally.
Melanie opened the Gold Coast Headache Clinic when she decided there was a lack of knowledge and accurate assessment tools in treating headache and migraine related issues, having been a past sufferer of headaches since a child and more severely in her early 20s. She found having tried many other treatments that the Watson Headache® approach was the only one that worked. She no longer suffers from headaches.
She has completed the Watson Headache® Institute (run by founder Dean Watson -www.watsonheadache.com) – Level 1, Level 2 and finally the Level 3 to become a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner for headache treatments and uses this approach on her patients.
Melanie is an extremely passionate physiotherapist who prides herself in achieving excellent results. Melanie is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Sports Physiotherapy Group. Melanie is a preferred provider for Medibank Private and BUPA and participates in the “More for Muscles” program with HCF. Melanie is a member of BNI – Paradise Chapter.
When not working, Melanie loves spending time with her family, including her two young boys.
Dean joined our sister practice Gold Coast Sports and Spinal Physio, having moved up from Sydney where he completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. Originally he migrated to Australia from Vancouver, Canada where he worked as an Exercise Physiologist.
From working with Melanie and seeing the success with headaches, he decided he too wanted to learn this approach. Dean completed his Level 1 and Level 2 with the Watson Headache® Institute and now works alongside Melanie using this form of treatment to assess and treat headache and migraine related issues.
Dean is a very passionate physiotherapist, which you can tell when you talk to him, and he loves to treat headaches and make a real difference in someone’s life. He is always keeping up with the latest treatment techniques to get the best results for his patients. He is a preferred provider for Medibank Private and BUPA, and also participates in the “More for Muscles” program with HCF.
Dean is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. During Dean’s time off from work he loves keeping fit and relaxing in the Gold Coast sun.