Bree Spearman - Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Campbelltown Clinic
Bree works at both clinics (Bowral and Campbelltown) where she graduated from the University of Wollongong in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science) and further continued her studies at the University of Wollongong graduating in 2016 with a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Distinction). Bree has experience working with Medicare, DVA, WorkCover and private patients and strives to achieve optimal patient outcomes and goals. Bree is also passionate about hydrotherapy and therapeutic exercise for chronic and inflammatory conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Bree’s areas of interest included musculoskeletal injuries, metabolic disorders, neurological diseases and preventive exercise strategies and management. Bree is also WorkCover accredited and works closely with injured workers to return them to their pre-injury status.
Bree’s interests away from the workplace include classical ballet, in which she trained full time pre-professionally until the age of 19. Bree developed her passion for rehabilitation and conditioning from her training and now uses her skills to teach younger generations of budding dancers.
Iata Maeva - Remedial Massage Therapist - Campbelltown Clinic
Iata is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and finished her Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy in 2013. Since then, Iata has worked with a variety of people with musculoskeletal injuries, people who just want massage as a way to manage their daily lifestyles without any niggles or tension, as well as athletes who use massage as a self-management strategy to assist with their performance.
Iata has experience working with a wide range of athletes which include; CrossFitters, Olympic Weightlifters, Powerlifters, Tri-Athletes, AFL players (The Giants) and Soccer Players (The Wanderers). Iata is also passionate about pregnancy massage. As a Mum herself, Iata understands the pains as well as the beauty of carrying a child and strives to make clients feel as comfortable as possible whilst giving an effective treatment.
Iata likes to encourage each individual that I treat to make their health a priority and take care of their bodies as much as possible. Providing an understanding of being aware of posture and listening to their bodies, not overdoing things that are beyond their limit and knowing that in order to give or help others they need to help themselves first and foremost.
Outside of massage, Iata loves spending time with her son and taking him to his basketball games and just keeping active together. Iata also has a love for CrossFit and Olympic Weightlifting and hopes to eventually compete as an athlete again soon.
Jono Russo - Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Bowral Clinic
Jonathan (Jono) is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist having graduated from James Cook University in Townsville at the end of 2017. Prior to studying, Jono spent five years serving in the Australian Defence Force and has a keen interest supporting clients that come through the Department of Veterans Affairs system, as well as helping clients overcome their health concerns to return to an active enjoyable lifestyle.
Outside of work, Jono enjoys staying active through Rugby (currently playing with Bowral Blacks) and exercising with family (especially with his two cattle dogs) and friends.
Lana Hirth - Accredited Practicing Dietitian - All Clinics (On Maternity Leave)
Lana is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) who works at the Campbelltown and Bowral clinics. Lana is passionate about the role of nutrition in treating and managing chronic diseases. Lana studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours) at the University of Wollongong, graduating in 2017. She also enjoys writing about nutrition and published several articles in the Australian Healthy Food Guide Magazine and has won the Best Nutrition Blog Post Award 2017.
Lana’s areas of interest include weight management, gastrointestinal issues (including low FODMAP diet for IBS) and other chronic diseases such as diabetes.
In Lana’s spare time she enjoys cooking, playing soccer, trying new recipes and sharing food with friends.
Samantha Van de Wiel - Accredited Practicing Dietitian – Campbelltown and Bowral Clinic
Samantha is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) who works at the Campbelltown and Bowral clinics. Samantha graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Nutrition Science (Distinction) in 2016 and a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Distinction) in 2018. Samantha is passionate about the role nutrition plays in chronic disease management. She is an evidenced based holistic dietitian and a firm believer of preventative health care.
Samantha has training in the nutritional management of all chronic health conditions. Her areas of interest include weight management, sports nutrition, diabetes, and gastrointestinal issues (including IBS management).
In Samantha’s spare time she enjoys reading, exploring nature, attending social events and weight training at the gym.
Scott Connolly - Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Bowral Clinic
Scott has 10 years clinical experience working as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in private practice. Scott graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Sport & Exercise Science) and continued his studies at the University of Sydney graduating with a Masters of Clinical Exercise Science in 2009. Scott developed a passion for working with patients who had long withstanding, chronic pain conditions and returned to study a Post Graduate Certificate in Pain Management in 2014. Scott is passionate about finding out both the physical and non-physical contributors to long-term pain and ensuring his exercise treatment strategies centre around not only improving pain management but also improving function, well-being and gradually increasing activity levels of these persistent pain patients.
Scott’s other areas of interest are musculoskeletal injuries E.g. low back pain, post-operative joint replacement and inflammatory conditions as well as working with those individuals with chronic diseases such as cancer, poor cardiac health and neurological disorders.
In Scott’s time away from the workplace he competes in iron distance triathlons which is an endurance race consisting of 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and a 42km run! Scott has been competing in triathlons since 2008 and is his passion away from work.
Sheree Connolly - Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Bowral Clinic
Sheree graduated from the University of Wollongong with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2011 and has 5 years experience working as a practitioner in private practice. She is a driven clinician who is dedicated to helping her clients achieve their rehabilitation and health goals.
Sheree is passionate about utilizing exercise as a method of treating and managing chronic health conditions, including cardiovascular disease (heart disease high blood pressure or cholesterol), metabolic disease (obesity, diabetes), neurological conditions (stroke, Parkinson’s disease), various type of cancer, as well as many other chronic health conditions. Sheree is also a strong advocate for management of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, with a structured exercise plan.
Sheree also has experience working with a variety of musculoskeletal conditions, with a special interest in rehabilitation pre and post joint replacement.
Sheree’s interests outside of the clinic include 15 years playing cricket and hockey, while more recently she has taken to the soccer field.
Zac Turner - Accredited Exercise Physiologist - Campbelltown Clinic
Zac is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who works at ONTRAC Campbelltown. Zac completed his studies at Australian Catholic University (Strathfield) and Western Sydney University (Campbelltown). Zac has a strong passion for utilising different exercise modalities as a form of medicine to help improve his patients and client’s quality of life and overall health. Through his studies Zac has gained hands on experience in multiple hospital, clinical and private settings. Zac has enjoyed working closely alongside clients with a diverse range of musculoskeletal, metabolic, cardiopulmonary and neurological conditions.
Zac wholeheartedly believes it is important to not only individually tailor and modify exercises to best suit each client, but also provide education to the client regarding the reasoning for each exercise.
Outsde of the clinic, Zac’s interest includes travelling, spending time in the sun and watching any kind of sport.
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