Pumicestone Physio & Sport is a family owned practice dedicated to ensuring quality patient care.
In order for us to ensure the best outcomes for our patients, we provide a thorough assessment to identify the cause of pain and dysfunction. High quality 'hands on'treatment is then aimed at individual needs to reduce pain and restore normal range of movement and function. Further rehabilitation is done by using Pilates, Hydrotherapy and Exercise Prescription.
At Pumicestone Physio and Sport we treat musculoskeletal conditions which include; neck and back pain, rotator cuff syndrome, tennis elbow and all knee related issues. We also treat and assist in the rehabilitation of post operative conditions i.e. hip and knee replacements. Other conditions that are commonly treated are headaches, vertigo and lung conditions.
Our team is highly experienced and motivated in keeping up with the latest research and techniques.
Meet Our Staff
Owner & Senior Physiotherapist
B. Phys T (Pret)
BSC (Med) (Hons) Sport Science (UCT)
Marie-Louise completed her degree in physiotherapy in 1986 at the University Of Pretoria, South Africa, where after she specialised and completed her honours in Sport Science at the University of Cape Town.
After her graduation she worked in a number of public hospitals, before opening her own private practice in Pretoria, South Africa, where she practiced for 14 years. Her family immigrated to Australia in 2004 and settled here on the Sunshine Coast, where she joined Pumicestone Physiotherapy, Golden Beach, and became owner of the practice in 2007.
Marie-Louise has a special interest in Sport injuries, with experience in the analysis, biomechanics and treatment of these injuries. She is an experienced Craniosacral and Musculoskeletal Therapist and skilled in Myofascial and Neural Release Techniques. She also has a special interest in the management of chronic pain and is experienced in trigger point dry-needling.
Since graduating from James Cook University in 2010, Brad has gained extensive experience in a variety of areas including gym, private practice and sports team settings. He has also worked closely with prominent surgeons on the Sunshine Coast on pre and post operative rehabilitation of total hip and knee replacements, regularly presenting at patient education sessions.
Brad has previously worked in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg but has called the Sunshine Coast home for the last 5 years.
Brad is passionate about Physiotherapy and helping people. He is interested in all areas of musculoskeletal Physiotherapy but has specific interest and experience in orthopedic rehabilitation (shoulder, hip, knee and ankle), spinal pain and rehabilitation of sports injuries. He has undertaken further training in these fields in addition to Dry Needling.
Brad has a keen interest in sport and fitness in general. He especially has a great passion for soccer and currently plays in the local Sunshine Coast competition.
B.Exercise Science (BYU)
Doctorate of Physical Therapy (Utah)
Jorjia graduated from Brigham Young University, in Utah USA with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and then went on to complete her Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Utah (Utah, USA) in 2010. Jorjia has worked mainly in private practice and she has a special interest in physiotherapy treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. vertigo and exercise rehabilitation. Jorjia has a passion for women's health including pre and post-partum recovery. She enjoys a hands-on approach to her treatment using techniques such as joint mobilisation, massage and dry needling. Jorjia has also trained in clinical Pilates to assist with recovery.
When Jorjia returned to Australia in 2011 she completed her DMA Clinical Pilates and is passionate about using Pilates exercise in the treatment of many conditions. She is especially enthusiastic about promoting exercise for women before, during and after pregnancy. Jorjia has 4 children and understands how difficult it can be for mothers to escape the demands of family life and look after their own health. She enjoys helping people reach their full functional potential and get back to doing what they love after their injury or surgery.
When she is not working, Jorjia enjoys being with her family, being at the beach and running.
B. Exercise Science (Griffith)
M. Physiotherapy (Griffith)
Growing up in southern Sydney, Sam excelled and enjoyed sports and science at school making physiotherapy the perfect career choice. Since graduating from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy, his clinical experience has been both diverse and complex. He is well versed in treating neurological conditions, having worked in a neurological rehabilitation specialty team within a public hospital. Further, he is a highly accomplished musculoskeletal practitioner who has spent most of his career in the private sector and has worked within elite sports. He is an ASCA Level 1 Strength and Conditioning coach, has dry needling qualifications and has completed numerous shoulder, hip and lower back courses to broaden his skill set.
Sam’s real intrigue lies in the realms of pain. “A system that is both wonderfully complex and fascinating to study. Fundamental for our survival but also in specific contexts, crippling beyond belief.” Sam offers not only his wealth of experience but also his holistic approach to helping those who are suffering from pain. His integration of hands-on treatment, personalised movement coaching and shared decision making empowers his clients to get back to their passions.
Outside of the clinic, he is a fiancé and a father and has (at times) an unhealthy relationship with sports. His particular favourites include golf, tri-sports and strength training.
Certificate 3 Fitness
Level 2 Intermediate Running Coach
Allen brings a wealth of knowledge in the Sport of Running as well as Triathlon and Squash. He spent 2020 studying, achieving a Cert 3 in Fitness and obtaining a Level 2 Run Coach Accreditation.
With these accreditation and years of personal experience behind him, Allen will be building a platform to help beginner to competent runners reach their full running potential.
As well as coaching Allen also provides runners/walkers in need of advice on what footwear they should be wearing, with a full analysis to help fit you in the correct shoes. With an impressive 40 years of running experience, and 35 years of running shoe retail knowledge, your feet will certainly be in good hands!
Remedial Massage Therapist
Dip. Remedial Massage (VFA)
Since completing his Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy through VFA Learning in Melbourne, Alex Dimopoulos has worked alongside other Remedial Therapists, an Osteopath, a Naturopath and is now working alongside the Team at Pumicestone Physiotherapy.
He has a keen interest in clinical massage, injury prevention, management, and the mind-body connection, and how our emotions and state of mind can translate as stress within the body, allowing him to adjust his treatment plan accordingly.
Alex uses a broad range of techniques within his treatment, ranging from Lymphatic drainage to Swedish massage but has a special interest in deep tissue massage, myofascial release, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and muscle energy techniques.
With his own personal history of injuries such as a bulging disc, Alex went from an initial 3-month healing journey to then managing and completely eradicating the condition within 2 weeks on the second occasion through trial and error, personal and acquired knowledge and through his own perseverance which he translates into his treatments through care, understanding and a 'never give up' attitude.
Alex is methodical, muscle-specific, has a superb amount of control with his techniques and whether you need a general massage or have an injury that requires treatment, then rest assured, that you are in good hands.
Maddie brings a warm and welcoming energy to the practice. Having previously completed a certificate 3 and 4 in fitness and Mental Health First Aid, she has a passion for health and mental health alike. Having previous experience in Allied Health reception and hospitality, she brings years of customer service experience to the role.
Maddie is currently completing her bachelors in psychology at USC, She has an interest in the mind-body interactions, pain management and health psychology.
Outside of the clinic Maddie enjoys exploring the beauty of the sunshine coast and running around with her dog. She's always up for a discussion so feel free to say hi!