Physiotherapists

Learn more about the Physiotherapists team at Flex Health Therapy in Hobart.

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.

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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 works part time as she juggles the joys (and challenges) of parenting  Jamie and Amelie.  She enjoys being outdoors, running, bushwalking, netball, pilates and keeping fit in her "spare" time.  

Karrie works 4 days, with Wednesdays off.

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.

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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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Cathy James

Physiotherapist

Cathy comes to us from Melbourne, with a wealth of private practice experience ranging from post surgical rehabilitation to persistent pain, from clinical pilates to balance retraining programs.

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She really enjoys using targeted exercise based rehabilitation and pilates exercises to address and solve movement or pain problems.

Cathy loves helping clients understand and unravel their issues, and help coach them to take charge of their next steps.

After graduating in 2010 from Melbourne University, she worked across several practices in Melbourne and the Macedon Ranges.

Recently she's worked as a senior physio supervising and mentoring other physios, and offering her expertise to help with more complex clients.

Cathy is a great fit for our team at FLEX, with the same holistic approach to physio: thorough assessment, clear communication, restoring movement and solving the underlying issues with exercises and self management.  She's such a warm and friendly personality we know our clients will just love her.

Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, playing tennis, swimming and spending time with her little family.

Cathy works 4 days,  with Thursdays off.

Daniel Ferguson

Physiotherapist

Daniel is moving from Melbourne to join us at FLEX. He loves rock climbing, and has an interest in strength training and sports. Daniel is starting with us in January, and will be working 4.5 days Monday - Friday.

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FLEX Health Therapy in Hobart provides exceptional Physiotherapy, including assessment and diagnosis, effective hands on therapy, and targeted exercise rehabilitation, looking after you from top to toe.

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