Karrie Malan - Physiotherapist & Owner
Karrie is a dynamic physiotherapist with a real passion for helping people move freely, feel better, and understand their own bodies. She values spending time with patients, allowing her to offer personalised attention, thorough assessment and optimal treatment.
After working for 13 years as a physio in private practices, her passion and enthusiasm for her work and helping her clients has only grown, and you can see the buzz she gets out of seeing them improve, and also reviewing more complex patient presentations with her physio colleagues and coming up with a plan together.
Karrie’s special interest areas include neck and shoulder pain, hip and lumbar issues. These areas lend themselves to the art of observing, analysing and retraining movement patterns, where she incorporates her expertise in Clinical Pilates and exercise therapy, which she balances with hands on skills, including dry needling. In the past few years she has particularly enjoying seeing "2nd opinion" clients to find the root cause of persistent issues.
Karrie is a Watson Headache®Certified Practitioner, having completed levels 1, 2 and 3 over the past 2 years. She is excited about the seeing the effectiveness of treating both headaches and migraines using a unique and research based approach - the Watson Headache® Approach.
There can be a large interplay between neck pain, posture, shoulder pain and arm pain. Karrie enjoys the challenge of teasing out these injuries, and addressing each aspect of the problem step by step. Combining thorough shoulder assessment with neurodynamic testing and exercise therapy means she can help track and explain symptoms that extend up into your neck or down into your arm, wrist or hand.
Similarly, hip pain, lower back pain and groin pain can sometimes become a complex picture to assess or treat as a physio. She believes that understanding and explaining to patients how these puzzle pieces fit together empowers them to start changing habits and solving the underlying issues that are causing the pain.
With a keen interest in recreational running herself, Karrie really enjoys analysing and improving running technique and treating running related injuries, and she does most of our Running Screenings at FLEX.
Having worked in sports focused practices, alongside bootcamps, football and netball teams, Karrie enjoys the fast paced, decision driven world of sports physio, returning clients to sport quickly, and allowing them to play at their best.
As an ex dancer herself, and with extra physio training in this area, Karrie treats many dancers. She does our Pre-Pointe Dancing Screenings and understands the specific challenges that dancers face with their injuries.
She's also a bit of a nerd, attending lots of professional development courses, and reading physiotherapy journal articles . . . for fun.
Karrie is currently working part time and sharing many of her cleints wtih Charlotte as she juggles the joys (and challenges) of mothering little Jamie and Amelie. She enjoys being outdoors, running, bushwalking, netball, pilates and keeping fit in her "spare" time.
She is so thankful that she has a wonderful team physios, it's such a blessing to have such top notch colleagues, and work so closely, often sharing clients and swapping ideas.
Maia Dell - Physiotherapist
Maia has 22 years of experience working as a physiotherapist with a broad range of experience ranging from headache and migraines, hand and wrists, to foot and ankle injuries, acute injuries right through to chronic arthritic conditions. The whole gammit really.
Maia treats many patients for sports and surfing injuries - neck, back and hip pain being common problems in this group of people, and uses Clinical Pilates, a McKenzie approach, and dry needling to aid their recovery.
Maia is a Watson Headache® Level 2 Practitioner, helping clients with headaches, migraines and neck pain.
Maia has worked previously in a hand therapy role, so is experienced in the assessment and treatment of hand, wrist and elbow injuries.
She is also interested in ankle and foot injuries and post operative rehabilitation for these areas. (Having fractured her own thumb and had an achilles repair herself, she has first hand experience of these!)
Maia works with client who have arthritic and rheumatological conditions, including less common types such as Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). Maia has worked closely alongside rheumatologists and orthopaedic consultants, as well as pain specialists in their specialty clinics.
Maia continues to further her skills by regularly attending professional development courses, and when she's not running a pilates class at FLEX, you might find her strolling along the beach with her energetic puppy. Maia is working part time, and enjoying cuddles and fun with her little boy Iggy.
Maia works 3 days, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Bec, Rachel, Bec and Annette - Receptionists
Sally Whitton - Massage Therapist
Sally is a welcome addition to the FLEX team - her hands are great at finding those tight knots and muscles, and releasing them to loosen out and help your movement feel freer and easier.
Sally holds a Diploma of Remedial Massage and is a Member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists so clients can claim their remedial massages using private health insurance.
She's also trained in pregnancy massage and cupping, which can be a really effective technique for release longstanding tension in fascial layers.
Sally works Wednesdays, Fridays and some Saturday mornings.
Stuart Nolan - Physiotherapist
Stu is an easy going, gentle natured, and highly experienced Physiotherapist who joined our team at FLEX after 22 years of experience in musculoskeletal private practice work in NSW.
His obvious passion for helping his clients, and his wealth of experience across both sports and spinal injuries, and post operative rehabilitation make him an asset to our team.
He is seeing most of our knee, ankle and hip patients,
and loves sussing out shoulder issues too.
Stu is a keen multi-sport competitor, and loves helping sports people of all ages and levels of competition to achieve their goals and enjoy their sport. This ranges from running biomechanics and injury rehabilitation to swimming, cycling and paddling.
He has competed in dragon boat racing for Australia, and has a particular interest in shoulder injuries, rehabilitation, and sorting out the tricky paddling related problems. Stu is always keen to help paddlers, kayakers and dragon boat racers not only deal with and recover from an injuries, but also look at technique to prevent this occurring, especially around the shoulders and lower back.
Stu's broad experience shows in his manual therapy skills, holistic approach, and the many tips and tricks he has up his sleeve. We love learning from him and sharing ideas as a team.
Stu has most recently been working in Coffs Harbour, and is enjoying settling into the Tassie lifestyle with his wife and son.
Stu works 4 days, with Wednesdays off.
These our admin angels, keeping things running smoothly at the front desk, (and also behind the scenes). Organisation galore, and lots of coffee and laughs in between. They are queens of multi-tasking, tea making, settling babies, and finding an extra, emergency appointment slot. They are worth their weight in gold. And you might spot them in some of our classes and duo sessions - they're are some nice perks to the job!
Charlotte Blake - Physiotherapist
Charlotte is a warm and bubbly physio who has a real passion for helping her clients understand their bodies. As a pilates instructor she often uses exercises to help retrain movement patterns and strengthen.
Charlotte has a broad range of experience, from developing exercise programs and rehabilitation for patients with cancer patients, hand therapy, cardiorespiratory physio, musculoskeletal and chronic pain! She's got it covered!
Charlotte loves the way pilates makes you feel: flexible, strong and balanced! Her warmth and positive energy is definitely evident in her instructing style, as she encourages clients to challenge themselves each class, re-centering, energising and strengthening.
She is an avid bushwalker, gardener and rockclimber, as well as enjoying yoga and cycling in her spare time.
She loves to treat with a holistic focus on integrating the biomechanical issues with explaining how pain works, so her patients feel empowered to understand and help themselves.
At FLEX we are excited to have Charlotte on board, her passion, and experience are an asset to our clients, and she's always got a smile on her face and a bounce in her step to brighten your day.
Charlotte works 4 days, with Mondays off.
Grace Robertson - Physiotherapist
Grace is a warm and bubbly physio who has worked for the past seven years in private physiotherapy practices helping people return to comfortable movement, by finding and treating not only the symptoms, but also their underlying cause. She is known for being very thorough and systematic - patients can relax knowing they are in her expert care.
Grace has a broad range of musculoskeletal knowledge and skills, and uses her skills in dry needling and pilates to help relieve a wide range of muscular pains, especially around the glutes and pelvis.
Grace has an interest in sacro-iliac issues and pelvic floor, which are common during and after pregnancy, and often uses real time ultrasound to help assess and retrain pelvic floor muscles as part of our "Core & Floor" Appointments.
Grace uses LJ Lee's ConnectTherapy and Thoracic Rings Approach, so has lots of weird and wonderful tricks, and together with Karrie, will often describe your issues in terms of victims and drivers. (Just watch her eyes light up when she finds your "driver"!)
Grace has also worked with clients who have vestibular disorders, helping them to overcome dizziness and retrain their balance.
Grace grew up in Fremantle, Western Australia. She is an active person and enjoys swimming, yoga, cycling, gym sessions and more recently, running. In her spare time Grace loves bushwalking, camping and travelling. Grace works part time (Tuesdays and Fridays), enjoying her days off with her young daughters.
Grace works Tuesdays and Fridays.
Meg Thorp - Physiotherapist
We are excited to welcome Meg back to FLEX. Meg has great hands - her years working as a massage therapist really shine through, and she still enjoys offerring half hour massages in between her Physio consults to help loosen out the tight spots.
Meg has a broad range of Physio experience, including years of Paediatric Physio, yoga instructing and massage, level 1 pilates reformer and matwork, and the Watson Headache Approach level 1 training to help clients with neck pain, headaches and migraines.
She particularly enjoys seeing people in early stage rehab, using hands on release and relief, home exercises and solo reformer sessions to help retrain core and movement strategies and restrengthen to support lower back and pelvis.
On weekends and after work Meg loves staying active, taking her dog Franklin for long walks and bike rides, paddle boarding, kayaking, you name it, she's tried it!
Meg works 3 days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Anna Heslop - Physiotherapist
Anna has a broad range of experience over the past 15 years as a Physiotherapist. She has worked mainly in sports-focused private practices, and has completed her Pilates certification with APPI and has recently done the Watson Headache Approach level 1 training to help clients with neck pain, headaches and migraines.
As a long distance runner, recreational triathlete, and yoga lover, she loves helping athletes (and weekend warriors) improve their technique, fix niggly issues before they grow bigger, and of course, rehabilitating sports injuries.
Anna keeps busy as she juggles four gorgeous children alongside work and staying fit. Her experiences during those four pregnancies and as a mother have led her to an interest in injuries that affect women around their childbearing years: sacro-iliac, lumbopelvic pains, lower back pain and pelvic floor issues.
Anna loves having long appointments to be thorough, so she can use all her experience to discover the root causes of your issues, as well as treating your symptoms.
Anna runs many of our Reformer Duo Sessions, which she enjoys as a medium for helping our clients retrain movement patterns with close supervision.
Anna works 2 days, Tuesdays and Thursdays.