Wellness Embodied Blog

Alyza Brown

Alyza first became interested in Physiotherapy after gaining her blackbelt in karate and observing the many injuries that occurred to her training mates throughout the process. She completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University, Albury. Alyza is a passionate advocate for physiotherapy management of conditions such as ACL tears and is always furthering her training in Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Alyza is one of our CCMI trained Concussion Management Practitioners and provides Physiotherapy services to local sporting teams, including the Wanderers Rugby Union. She is also our Running and Strength / Movement Assessment Physiotherapist. Alyza grew up in

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Carrie-Lee Garcia

Carrie is committed to providing clients with excellent customer service. Her passion for service keeps her motivated in volunteering at various local events in Cairns and surrounds. Carrie is a proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander woman born and raised in Cairns, and is passionate and dedicated to giving back to her community. Outside of work Carrie finds joy in maintaining an active lifestyle, constantly challenging herself and pushing through her physical limits training and competing in local powerlifting competitions During her leisure moments, she cherishes quality time with her loved ones and is often found exploring the beautiful beaches,

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Catherine Lipsett-Moore

Catherine is originally from Canada but has worked all over Australia since graduating as a physiotherapist. She has degrees in Biology, Naturopathy and Physiotherapy. Catherine is a strong advocate of holistic treatment and endeavours to treat the cause of the problem, while also alleviating the symptoms. She has undertaken additional study in Clinical Pilates, Dry Needling, Cupping, Motor Control Retraining, Tendinopathy management, Visceral Manipulation, DNA health testing, Men’s Health, Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, Long Covid support, Bone health nutrition, Neuroinflammation Management and Brain Health optimization. Catherine offers physiotherapy and naturopathy appointments at Wellness Embodied and looks forward to meeting you. When

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Clara Andrich

Clara grew up in Azul, a small town in Buenos Aires State, Argentina. She studied at Buenos Aires University, graduating in 2014, and speaks Spanish, English and basic Auslan. Clara worked in private practice treating musculoskeletal disorders, before moving to Australia. She met her FNQ born husband James while working in the Torres Strait and is happy to call Cairns home now. Clara is a passionate physiotherapist who is always learning and encourages our team to do the same, in her role as Lead Physiotherapist for the Wellness Embodied ‘Dizzy Clinic’. She is one of our CCMI trained Concussion Management

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Danielle Erskine

Danielle loves making our clients feel welcome when they walk through our clinic doors, advocating for Wellness Embodied and supporting our goal of making Cairns the healthiest city in Australia. Danielle grew up in Adelaide before making the move to sunny Cairns in 2001 to further her then career as a Chef. After spending 20 years as a chef, working in Cairns and the Middle East, she knew it was time to make a change to a more fulfilling job with a better work life balance, so she joined the Wellness Embodied team in 2019. In 2023 Danielle was the

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Francesco De Vito

Francesco graduated from the University of Vanvitelli in Naples, Italy. He began working in the aged care sector, specializing in neuromusculoskeletal disorders and hospice care. During this time, he also pursued further studies in osteopathy, attending courses in Rome and Florence. In 2015, he relocated to Australia to improve his English language skills and obtained a diploma in remedial massage therapy. Upon returning to Europe, he worked as a senior physiotherapist in England for 4 years, treating musculoskeletal patients within the NHS (National Health Service). In September 2023, Francesco returned to Australia, choosing Cairns as his new starting point. Francesco

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Kate Jeremy

Kate grew up in Cairns, before travelling and moving about, and eventually graduating from QUT in 2017 with First Class Honours. Kate has been a Crossfitter for a decade and has extensive experience coaching adults and children in this modality. Kate loves to find a way to meet a client where they are at and believes that everyone’s approach to exercise should be different. She enjoys helping CrossFitter’s improve their training outcomes, technique and reduce injury profiles. She loves to help patients with osteoporosis or osteopenia, mental health struggles, back pain and musculoskeletal issues. Outside of work, Kate loves to

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Lea Samson

Lea is from Malolos, in the Philippines. She graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College, with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy and received an award for being the best trained intern in their batch. After this Lea, enrolled in a Post Graduate course to expand her knowledge and skills in Sports physiotherapy and before moving to Australia, she was one of the physiotherapists who supported the Philippine National team for Obstacle Course Racing that competes worldwide, and won most of the gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games. Lea is committed to helping her clients reach their full potential and

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Leisa Lawson

Leisa graduated from University of Queensland in 1997. Since graduating, she has worked in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy in Australia and the UK, before focusing on Women’s and Pelvic Health in 2007. Leisa has a passion for helping women with all pregnancy niggles / pelvic girdle pain, prepare for birth (both vaginal and caesarean delivery) and helping them recover their pelvic floor, tummy and any discomfort after. She aims to treat the cause of the problem whilst relieving the symptoms. Leisa utilises a bottom up and top down approach to assist in calming the nervous system, normalise muscle tone including

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Maigi Korbe

Maigi is from Estonia, where she graduated from Tartu Health Care College in 2013. She obtained a master’s degree at the University of Tartu in 2015. She is passionate about helping people and enjoys working as a physiotherapist. Maigi has a special interest in vestibular rehabilitation and has completed a vestibular rehabilitation competency certificate in Australia, as well as a competency renewal course with U.S. faculty. She has undertaken extensive CPD in vestibular rehabilitation and she uses Vesticam infrared video goggles during sessions. She is also one of our Complete Concussions trained clinicians and assists people who have sustained a

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Marnie Wren

Marnie joined the Wellness Embodied team in February 2019 and has continued to see the practice grow its team, expand its services and expand its locations, including services in Cooktown. She loves interacting with clients and providing first class service. Marnie grew up on the NSW Central Coast and moved to Cairns in 2018. Outside of work Marnie is busy with her 3 young children who you may have seen in the clinic from time to time. On the weekends Marnie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going 4WDing and exploring Cairns and its surrounds.

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Nicolas Olguin

Nicolas grew up in Neuquen, a city located in the Patagonia region. He graduated with a BsC in Physiotherapy at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, one of the oldest universities in South America. Before moving to Australia, he worked in private practice treating lower limb musculoskeletal disorders and as a sports physiotherapist in rugby teams. After moving to Australia, he developed a great interest in neurological and respiratory conditions. Nicolas is interested in treating patients with Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s disease, Cerebral Palsy, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis among other conditions. Nicolas has been a physio for four years. When not at work,

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Novi Novitasari

Novi joined the Wellness Embodied Administrative team in mid-2023. She is delighted to join a close-knit team like Wellness Embodied and looks forward to assisting and providing a positive experience for our clients. Originally from Indonesia, she’s been living in Australia since 2018. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, taking the dogs from the shelter for walks and photography.

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Suzanne Rath

Initially the sole practitioner at Wellness Embodied, Suzanne believes in the importance of a diverse team with multiple areas of expertise, to offer best practice health care to our clients and achieve our vision. Having previously suffered months of chronic pain and fatigue following a life-threatening bike accident in Sydney, she has experienced headaches, TMJ pain (and multiple facial fractures), rehab and the CTP process first hand, giving her a uniquely empathetic and knowledgeable standpoint when treating clients. Available for second opinion consults only, Suzanne’s areas of interest include Craniosacral therapy, TMJ, Headaches and Concussion. Her books are currently closed

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Trudie Causer

Trudie Causer, a dedicated Administration Manager and Cairns native, embodies the essence of warm hospitality and commitment to Wellness Embodied. Renowned for exceptional customer service across diverse channels, she brings extensive experience from roles at Hearing Australia, The Cairns Post, and Telstra. Trudie’s accomplishments include Manager of the Year nomination, achieving Sales Team Leader distinctions and exceeding performance targets. A strategic leader, she successfully navigates change initiatives and implements programs for quality enhancement. Beyond her professional achievements, she enjoys exploring the tropics and spending time with family.

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