EXTEND REHABILITATION   BRISBANE    AUSTRALIA        07 3847 2922

 

Ashgrove • Auchenflower • Chermside • Greenslopes • Indooroopilly • Jindalee • Spring Hill • The Gap

 

Most Clinics open Monday to Friday. Early and Late Appointments available.

 

 

 

Privately owned and operated since 2002

© 2015 Extend Rehabilitaion Brisbane.

 

About Us

Proudly Queensland owned and operated by Mary Mitchell, Wilma Walsh and Marguerite Copley.

As Directors and as treating therapists, we have an extensive background in hand and upper

limb rehabilitation.

 

We understand the concerns of the people who come to us for care and we equip our staff with the tools and development they need to deliver consistently high care. Our staff are our greatest asset. All of our therapists are degree qualified and participate in regular professional development programs. Therapists regularly attend workshops, seminars and conferences throughout Australia and overseas to ensure they stay at the forefront of their profession.

Directors

Wilma Walsh

Wilma (Willie) is an Occupational Therapist who has practised hand therapy for over 30 years. Willie was one of the five founding members of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and served as president from 1983-86. She has lectured extensively and is recognised as an expert in the field of hand/upper limb rehabilitation both in Australia and internationally. She has been the invited keynote speaker at the French and New Zealand Hand Therapy meetings and in 2010 was the invited Honored Professor at the prestigious Philadelphia Hand Foundation meeting. She has served as an editor of the American Hand Therapy Journal and is the only international therapist to serve as a member of the Hand Therapy Certification Commission Exam Review Committee. Willie has a special interest in the wrist, sporting injuries, flexor tendon injuries and fractures. Wilma is a life member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is a Certified Hand Therapist (USA).

Director Hand Therapy

Marguerite Copley

Marguerite is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of Queensland in 1983. Marguerite is involved in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Queensland and has lectured extensively. Marguerite has a Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation and has a special interest in complex injuries, overuse injuries and workplace rehabilitation. Marguerite is an accredited member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Director of Hand Therapy

Mary Mitchell

Mary is a Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Queensland in 1991. She received a Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation from Curtin University in 1995. Mary has lectured extensively throughout Australia and to undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Mary has worked in hand and upper limb rehabilitation since 1994 and has a special interest in shoulder surgery and elbow injuries. Mary is an accredited member of both the Australian Hand Therapy Association and a full member of the Shoulder Elbow Physiotherapy Australia Association.

Director of Physiotherapy

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Hand Therapy Team

Jessica Porter

Jessica graduated from the University of QLD in 2004 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Jessica has completed post graduate qualifications in Hand Therapy as well as a post-graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation.  Jessica worked for a large hand therapy clinic in New Zealand for 9 years before returning to QLD in 2016. Jessica has the skills and experience to treat a wide range of upper limb conditions and is an accredited member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association .

Jennifer Hughes

Jen graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Brighton in the U.K. in 2008. After having worked as a Physiotherapist in private practice and hospital settings for 8 years, Jen developed a passion for hand therapy and has been working as a hand therapist since January 2015.  Jen is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association .

Isis Feehely

Isis Feehely graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Master of Arts in Occupational Therapy. Isis has also completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours and a post-graduate Bachelor of Education. She worked as a primary school teacher for six years in a remote Aboriginal community on the west coast of Cape York and in the Western Suburbs of Brisbane before a significant hand injury of her own encouraged her to return to study with a view to becoming a hand therapist. 

Isis has worked for private hand therapy companies throughout the southern and northern suburbs of Brisbane since graduating as an Occupational Therapist and now practices in the western suburbs.

Isis has a particular interest in and passion for rehabilitation following trauma. She has a special interest in wound, scar and oedema management as well as advancing best practice around understanding and managing pain following injury or surgery. Isis also particularly enjoys participating in the rehabilitation of chronic injuries and stiffness through fabrication of various static and dynamic orthoses.

Isis joined the Extend team in January 2017 and is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Paul Foster

Paul graduated from the University of Otago in 2013 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Paul has also completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation in 2014. Paul has also completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Marketing

 

After completing his degree in 2013 Paul worked full time as a hand therapist in Christchurch, N.Z.  He has also worked part time as a musculo-skeletal physiotherapist and has been involved with representative sports teams in New Zealand.

 

 Paul joined the Extend team in 2018 and is an accredited member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Joseph Tuppen

Joseph graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Joseph has also completed a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours in Microbiology.

 

Joseph has extensive experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation in the public and private sectors, working for seven years in the public health system in Tasmania and then a further six years in private hand and upper limb practice in Brisbane before moving to Extend Rehabilitation. He has a keen interest in all areas of hand and upper limb rehabilitation, and enjoys helping clients to meet their goals, be they returning to their work, hobbies, or to high level sporting endeavours.

 

Joseph joined the Extend team in 2019 and is an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. He is also a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Bridget Harding

Bridget graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons). Bridget has worked in Rockhampton and has a special interest in Hands and Upper Limbs. Bridget joined the Extend Team in 2018, is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. 

Abigail Bradshaw

Abigail Bradshaw graduated from York St John University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Occupational Therapy. Originally from Liverpool in the UK, Abigail moved to Brisbane September 2018. Previously Abigail worked as a rotational Occupational Therapist at Whiston Hospital before practicing in Hand Therapy. Abigail then worked for Merseyside’s Regional Burns and Plastics Unit at Whiston Hospital. Abigail has specialist interest in plastic surgery, the rehab of flexor tendons and major hand traumas. Abigail joined the Extend team in October 2018.

Emma Colby

Emma graduated from the University of Queensland in 2014 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Emma has worked in a variety of different hospitals both in Brisbane and the UK, predominantly in hand therapy, acute trauma and general surgery. She has a special interest in trauma related injuries. ​

 

Emma joined the Extend team in April 2019 and is an associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.​

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Physiotherapy Team

Michael Winn

Michael has 15 years’ experience specialising in shoulder rehabilitation and treating neck, back and lower limb injuries. With degrees in exercise science and physiotherapy, Michael is well versed in issues related to proper technique and injury prevention with respect to strength and conditioning. Michael has a keen interest in the development and supervision of gym programs, in preparation for patients returning to work, sport or everyday activities.

Lucy Angelini

Lucy graduated from The University of Queensland in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies). Lucy also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies in 2004. 

Lucy worked in the US for a couple of years before returning home to Brisbane. She has been working in shoulder rehabilitation at Extend for 12 years.

 

Lucy joined the Extend team in 2006 and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association as well as the Shoulder and Elbow Physiotherapy Association.

 

 

Chris Brouard

Chris is a Physiotherapist who graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2015. Prior to studying physiotherapy, Chris completed a Bachelor of Engineering (QUT) and a Master’s Degree in Technology Management (MTM) at UQ. Chris has gained experience working within the community to improve the mobility and function of patients, and patient rehabilitation after cardiac, respiratory and orthopaedic procedures. Chris joined Extend to further his experience in upper limb rehabilitation. Chris is a Level 1 Sports Trainer and is a keen cyclist.

Ben Huynh

Ben graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013. Since graduation Ben has worked in private practice with his experience covering orthopaedics, high level athletes, general musculoskeletal, group balance and exercise classes,  and aged care. Ben has additional qualifications in Dry Needling and Clinical Pilates and due to his strong interest in sport and exercise including mixed martial arts.

Melanie Parker

Melanie Parker graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours Class I). She has completed student placements in orthopaedic, cardiorespiratory, neurological and musculoskeletal areas across various locations in Queensland, and has professional physiotherapy experience in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal upper limb rehabilitation.

 

Her special interests include rehabilitation to high level activities including sports, and she completed the APA Sporting Elbow, Wrist and Hand professional development course in 2017.

 

Melanie joined the Extend team in January 2017 and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

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Administration Team

Este van Rensburg

Este joined the Extend team in September 2017 as the Practice Manager. She has a strong background in Office Management, Human Resources and Recruitment and holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Este is based at our Greenslopes clinic for the majority of the week and regularly visits our other clinics at Brisbane Private Hospital and Chermside. Originally from South Africa, Este also lived in Auckland for many years before moving to Brisbane with her husband. She has two young boys at home who constantly keeps her on her toes!

Practice Manager

Prue Griffin

Prue is our longest serving administrator, having joined Extend in 2006. Prue now has 2 beautiful young boys and works on a part-time basis at our Chermside clinic. In addition to being a wonderful administrator and very organised, Prue will ensure you are comfortable and well cared for. Prue and her family love to travel; their most recent adventure being a 4 month holiday travelling around Australia.

Natalee Stephens

Natalee is always at the ready to offer assistance and works diligently to ensure our clinic operations run efficiently and that every client receives outstanding service. Natalee joined Extend in 2009 and balances working part-time at our Chermside clinic with her young family.

Christy McIntosh

Christy loves interacting with our clients and strives to provide amazing customer service. Christy has worked for Extend since 2010 and works on a part-time basis at our Greenslopes clinic. Christy balances work with raising a young family and somehow still manages to make amazing cakes!

Marcia Fenton

Marcia joined Extend in 2012 after completing a Health Management course. Marcia has previously worked in administration, body corporate and sales roles. With a keen eye for detail, combined with excellent planning and organisational skills, Marcia ensures our Greenslopes clinic is running smoothly.

 

 

Anita Birdi

Anita is our lovely English lady who primarily works at our Brisbane Private Hospital clinic.  Anita has a background in banking and finance and joined Extend in 2013 after performing a variety of administration roles within the public hospital sector. Anita is very friendly and approachable, can speak 3 languages and has a great love of cooking, flower arranging and cake decorating (her cakes are stunning!).

 

Betsy Milne

Betsy is currently a full time student at the University of Queensland, studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons). She enjoys working with people and hopes to become a child psychologist

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