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We offer various Physio Disciplines

We are proud to offer a wide range of comprehensive services to meet the needs of adults, seniors, and pediatric patients. Our team of professional caregivers.

Emma Reid (Principal)

Emma was raised in Townsville and completed her high school education at Townsville Grammar School before commencing study at JCU.

Since a young age, she has been a keen softball player and has represented Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland. Emma continues to play socially and has been the Physiotherapist for the Queensland Heat (Queensland Open Women’s Softball Team) since 2015.

Due to her love of sports, Emma has a special interest in treating sporting injuries and has experience working with senior teams in several sports including Softball, AFL and Soccer. She also enjoys treating general musculoskeletal complaints in people of all ages.

Emma became a Principal of PhysioCare Townsville in 2015.


Ryan Bartholomew

Ryan was originally from Gladstone in Central Queensland, before moving to Townsville to study a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, which he completed in 2010. Upon completion of his degree, he secured employment in his home town where he practiced for four years before returning to Townsville in 2014. Ryan has worked in a range of Musculoskeletal practices where he has gained an extensive knowledge of all Musculoskeletal injuries. During this time Ryan has had the opportunity to work closely with local and state level sporting teams across a wide variety of sports. Ryan has furthered his studies by gaining qualifications as a level 2 Sports Physiotherapist and a level 1 Paediatric Physiotherapist. Ryan has also undertaken numerous professional development courses such as pilates and dry needling.

Although Ryan’s love of sport began at a young age, it still is a large part of his life today. Ryan has represented Central Queensland for touch football and athletics as well as being the Queensland champion for beach flags and sprint in surf lifesaving. This has also allowed Ryan to gain accreditation as a beach sprint and flag coach. Ryan still continues to play touch football on a regular basis with his wife Ashleigh.

In 2016 Ryan and Ashleigh welcomed their first child Ivy into the world and in 2018 welcomed Ayla into his family. When Ryan isn’t working or playing sport, he enjoys relaxing with his family, fishing and camping.


Claire Struber

Claire was born and raised in North Queensland. She completed her schooling in Proserpine, before moving to Townsville to commence her Physiotherapy university degree. Claire graduated with a bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at James Cook University in 2013. Claire has been working at PhysioCare Townsville since 2014.

Claire has always had a keen interest in biomechanics and exercise and enjoys working one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their goals and enhance their quality of life. Claire uses a broad range of manual therapy techniques including dry needling to assist in the rehabilitation of her clients. Claire enjoys working with clients of all ages and capabilities, tailoring treatment plans to suit each individual’s abilities and goals. Claire has completed a Level 1 Paediatric Physiotherapist Course.

Claire and husband, Adam, have two children: Lily who made her grand entrance in 2017 and Isla, hers in 2019. Outside the practice Claire enjoys spending quality time relaxing with family and friends when she is not busy chasing after her two girls.


Matthew Toumazou

Matt was raised in North Queensland and graduated from James Cook University in 2016. He was drawn to Physiotherapy initially by his love for sport and his desire to help people. He began working at PhysioCare in 2017, moved to Brisbane for a year in 2018 and then returned to Townsville. Matt is qualified in Dry Needling and has completed research into amateur cricketers, the results of which he presented at the ASICS Sports Medicine Australia Conference in 2017 in Malaysia. Matt has also completed a Kinetic Link Training level 1 and Pilates Matwork level 1 course.

As a physiotherapist, Matt enjoys treating all sorts of complaints, especially lower limb and sporting injuries. He is also passionate about facilitating peoples return to exercise and educating the on the dos and don’ts for a healthy return. It is highly important for Matt that patients leave their session knowing more about their condition and understanding the reasons behind the management plans produced. Additionally, Matt aims to provide every patient with self-management strategies to give people the tools to take ownership of their own rehab and management.

Outside of work, Matt enjoys playing and watching sport and spending time with family, friends and his two dogs. While he loves any sport, Matt is particularly keen on cricket, rugby league and AFL.


Sam Weimar

Sam grew up and completed his schooling in the small town of Mossman before relocating to Townsville to start his Physiotherapy degree at JCU. Whilst studying at university Sam engaged in a variety of placements including private musculoskeletal clinics, orthopaedic and general surgical wards, neurological rehabilitation units and special needs education schools. Each of these placements provided Sam with invaluable experiences and skills.

Sam’s keen interest in physical activity combined with his willingness to listen to people and help them achieve their goals is what attracted him to the profession of physiotherapy. Sam enjoys providing education, tailored exercises and hands on treatment techniques to his clients to meet their individual needs. He has also completed a personal development course in Pilates and looks forward to doing further courses in the coming years. Outside of the clinic Sam enjoys spending time with friends and family as well running, going to the gym, exploring the outdoors and fishing.


Debra Melrose

Debra graduated in New Zealand and has since worked in many parts of Australia.

She has considerable experience in providing Physiotherapy treatment to a range of clients, including those needing Dry Needling, sporting injuries, necks, backs, shoulders, knees, headaches etc.

Debra has lived in Townsville since 1989 and has quite a following of clients who value her experience and enjoy her sense of humour. Debra’s interests include car racing, camping and travel.


Sam Walker

Sam is one of our Physiotherapists based out of our Hermit Park clinic. He has also achieved a Bachelor of Sports Science/Bachelor of Business and spent over 5 years as a Remedial Massage Therapist before starting Physio. He is also experienced in Myofascial Dry Needling and Kinesiology taping.

Sam enjoys working with Musculoskeletal conditions and has a special interest in shoulder injuries. In his spare time he loves exploring North Queensland, going to the gym and running the iconic Castle hill.


Julia Anderson

Julia is one of the Senior Physiotherapists at the Hermit Park Clinic. Since graduating from the University of Queensland in 2006 she has worked across many areas, utilizing her broad skill set to provide holistic care to all of her patients. Julia incorporates manual therapy, Dry Needling, exercise and Pilates approaches to manage injuries and particularly enjoys managing complex conditions.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys many outdoor pursuits including running, cycling and bushwalking.


Christie Laffey

Christie is a Townsville local who graduated from James Cook University in 2010. She began working at Cleverley Physio upon graduation and has been there ever since.

Christie loves working with a various range of musculoskeletal conditions but also gets great satisfaction from working with clients with neurological conditions both privately and with the NDIS. She enjoys working with these clients and their families to enable them to achieve their maximum potential and reach their goals. After volunteering with the Thurningowa Bulldogs AFL Club for a number of years she has expanded her knowledge on managing acute sporting injuries and rehabilitating these injuries from the onset right up until the return to sport.


Lachlan Prince

Lachlan is originally from New South Wales, was raised in south-east Queensland and moved to Townsville in 1997. After finishing Grade 12 at Thuringowa High School in 2002 and working in several industries through the 2000’s, it was a chance meeting with a Chiropractor who piqued Lachlan’s curiosity in health and rehabilitation. This ultimately led into enrolling in James Cook University and completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2017.

Lachlan enjoys working with a wide variety of people of different ages and background, and has worked in neurological rehabilitation and community aged-care settings before settling in at PhysioCare. Outside of work, Lachlan likes to spend his time exercising in the gym, maintaining the yard at home and relaxing with his wife and two young children.


Jordan Waller

Jordan graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with first class honors in 2017. Throughout his degree he gained experience at the Moi Trauma Institute and various rural hospitals across Tanzania. He moved to Townsville in 2018 to start work at PhysioCare. Jordan has an interest in trauma and enjoys his work, employing a strong goal based exercise approach. He also commenced a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at James Cook University in 2019 which complements his work as a Physiotherapist.