Meet our Allied Health team

The Friendlies Physiotherapy Service is made up of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and a Podiatrist. Find out more about them and their interests.

Sarah Atkinson

Sara has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and worked for Queensland Health for two years before joining The Friendlies over 10 years ago.

During her career, Sara has also travelled as a physio with the Queensland Junior Soccer Girls team to the national titles.

Sara enjoys working with all types of patients, but further training and increasing patient needs have seen her develop extra skills in

  • Dry Needling
  • Casting
  • Lyphoedema
  • Women’s Health
  • Pre and Post Natal
  • Pelvic floor
  • Bladder training
  • Paediatrics
  • Workstation/worksite assessment
  • Sports Injuries

Outside of work, Sara was heavily involved in soccer before having children and used to referee internationally. Now she loves all sports and fishing.

Tara Gribble

Tara graduated in 2014 from the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane.

Tara enjoys all areas of physiotherapy with added interest in:

  • Paediatrics
  • Pilates
  • Advanced Dry Needling

In her spare time, she likes to try to get away for a night camping or catch a wave surfing.


Mitch has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy which he studied at the University of Queensland, completing his degree in 2015.
Mitch grew up in Bundaberg but has spent the last 9 years studying and working in southeast Queensland. Mitch worked as a sports trainer while studying and then as a graduate worked in the community setting where he gained an interest in persistent pain. He then moved to a clinic in Noosa continuing his education in pain science, persistent pain treatment, tendon rehabilitation and honing his skills in numerous other areas.
Mitch’s special interests include:

  • Persistent and neurogenic pain with a holistic focus
  • Tendon rehabilitation
  • Degenerative shoulder injuries
  • Knee and hip osteoarthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Outside of work Mitch is a keen surfer and water skier and loves to travel and experience different cultures whenever he can.

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