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.

Matthew Churchill

Matt graduated from Sydney University in 1998 and completed several years in a large teaching hospital in Sydney, working in areas including orthopaedics, neurology, outpatient care, cardiac and pulmonary rehab and hydrotherapy.

He received further training in Muscle Energy Techniques (MET), Dry Needling, Swimming, running and cycling biomechanical analysis training and plaster and synthetic casting.

Matt has extensive experience working as a physiotherapist including:

  • Facilitating the introduction of extended scope physiotherapy in an emergency department to ease the load on doctors
  • Working in a busy sports injury clinic in Sydney which dealt with a range of musculoskeletal injuries and participation in ankle research
  • Working in a variety of sports roles, including rugby and netball, with preventative taping and injury management
  • Two years working in both public and private hospitals throughout the UK.

Matt has worked at The Friendlies for more than 11 years. In that time he has developed the Physiotherapy and Allied Health service as well as assisted with the CQU Australia physiotherapy program and developed strong professional relationships with all the orthopedic surgeons, general physicians and other Allied Health providers.

He enjoys all types of patient conditions but gains the most satisfaction from enabling people to return to their desired level of performance, whether that is walking or competition.

Areas of Interest: Matt has a keen interest in running and riding injuries and has completed several course assessments of bike and running biomechanics as well as swimming biomechanics.

Areas of Speciality: Dry needling, casting (plaster and synthetic), injury screening for running and swimming, muscle energy techniques for thoracic, lumbar and pelvic areas, joint replacement rehabilitation.

Matt loves running and touch football.

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.

Cory has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy which he studied locally at CQUniversity completing his degree in 2017.
Cory has grown up in Bundaberg and has been heavily involved in soccer in the local area both playing and refereeing at State League level.
Cory’s special interests include:

  • Acute and Chronic Back pain
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

Outside of work Cory is a keen fisherman and loves spending time on the water.

Seb Martinez Physio

Seb completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2014. Seb then went on to complete a Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, graduating in 2016.

Seb gained a broad experience working in Brisbane at the Mater Private Hospital with a workload of hospital inpatients and private clinic patients.

Seb enjoys problem-solving and assisting his patients to reach their optimal outcomes. In particular, Seb has an interest in:

  • Sports injuries and management
  • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation
  • Injury management for all areas of the body including neck, back, shoulder, knees and hips
  • Dry needling

Outside of work, Seb enjoys family time, the outdoors and Rugby League.

Blyton Physiotherapist

Blyton studied locally at Central Queensland University in Bundaberg, completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours in 2020, on a background of completing previous qualifications in Exercise Physiology.

Predominant areas of interest and expertise are largely inpatient services of critical care patients, ensuring rehabilitation commences at the earliest opportunity.

Active in the local community, Blyton captains the Bundaberg North Division 1 cricket side.

Corinne studied at the University of Newcastle in NSW and graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2015. She has worked at the Friendlies since October 2017. Corinne has an interest in all areas of physiotherapy. She particularly enjoys working with hospital inpatients and seeing patients following orthopaedic surgery.

Outside of work Corinne enjoys travelling in Australia and overseas, scuba diving and going to the beach.

Mitchell-Shorten

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.

Ashleigh-Agius

Ashleigh graduated from Bundaberg CQ University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Occupational therapy (Honours). Since graduating Ashleigh has joined the Friendlies Occupational Therapy team. Ashleigh is a familiar face within the Friendlies hospital as she has been working within the hospital since 2019 starting in the administration department whilst completing her studies and upon graduating is continuing her career now within the allied health team.
Ashleigh is a caring, friendly, and dedicated new graduate occupational therapist who enjoys working with clients of all ages and providing therapy to paediatrics, inpatients, and outpatients. As a new graduate, Ashleigh is wanting to gain as much knowledge and experience as she can within this diverse range of practice areas.

She has a particular interest in the areas of:

  • Providing Paediatric therapy to assist with child development.
  • Completing functional assessments for the NDIS.
  • Completion of cognitive and neurological assessments for both in and outpatients to provide recommendations and interventions to assist clients to achieve their desired goals and live to their maximum potential within their environment.

Outside of work, Ashleigh enjoys camping, fishing and gardening on the weekends and spending time with her family and friends.

Georgia Bell OT

Georgia is a Bundaberg local who graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the Central Queensland University campus in 2018.

She has worked in the Aged Care sector and hospital inpatients before joining the Friendlies in February of 2021.

Georgia enjoys working in all areas of occupational therapy with interest in:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Older adults and home care packages
  • Completing full functional capacity assessments for NDIS
  • Providing paediatric therapy to assist with children’s development
  • Completing home safety assessments and minor home modifications
  • Trial and scripting of assistive technology
  • Completing cognitive assessments

Outside of work Georgia enjoys camping, travelling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Larissa Jordan OT

Larissa is a positive and enthusiastic occupational therapist with a passion for collaborating with clients, families and stakeholders to strive towards increased participation, independence and function within daily life activities.
Larissa joined the growing Occupational Therapy team at the Friendlies after graduating from Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2020. Larissa enjoys working with all clients across the lifespan from birth to palliation, and across a wide range of abilities, needs and funding bodies including NDIS, DVA, Workcover, NIISQ, EPC and privately funded clients.
She has a particular interest in the areas of:

  • Community and home assessments to ensure client safety and independence, including the recommendation and provision of minor and complex home modifications and assistive technology
  • Comprehensive assessment, trial and provisions of assistive technology including mobility aids – manual and PowerDrive wheelchairs, daily living aids – lift chairs and electric beds, to maintain independence and participation
  • A thorough assessment of functional capacity for the NDIS
  • Systematic evaluation of upper limb injuries and ongoing rehabilitation and fabrication of individualised orthoses to aid in recovery
  • Provision of ongoing Occupational Therapy intervention to support paediatric development
  • A comprehensive examination of neurological and cognitive assessments to identify and achieve rehabilitation and compensatory client centred goals
  • Providing client-centred, Occupational Therapy interventions to build capacity and independence in toileting, life transitions, personal and sexual health, sleep management and cancer care/lymphedema management

Outside of work, Larissa loves going to the gym, playing netball and touch football, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kymberley Podiatrist

Kymberly has a Bachelor of Podiatry from the University of South Australia and has worked in Bundaberg for the past five years since leaving Adelaide.

She has experience working in the Private, Community and Aged Care sectors.

Kymberly enjoys all aspects of podiatry but her main interests are Paediatrics, Sports injuries and the Diabetic Foot.

She is able to prescribe orthotics and strengthening exercises, perform nail surgeries and can offer laser and mobilisation treatments.

When not at work Kymberly loves to play Volleyball and spend time with her family.

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