MEET THE TEAM

Geetu Manoharan – BSc BA (Psych. Hons) (UQ) – APS
Psychologist and Director

I landed on the beautiful sandy shores of Brisbane when I was 7 years old and have called Brisbane home ever since. My journey to becoming a Psychologist has been shaped by all my interactions with people as well as my passion for stories. I thoroughly enjoy listening to the life stories that people have to tell and as such, have found a career that is fulfilling and rewarding. Upon graduating from my honours year at the University of Queensland, I quickly found myself working with ABIQ where I met 7 year old Lachlan who sparked an interest in the Autistic Spectrum Disorders. I have pursued my journey in learning and understanding the mechanics, logistics and the pure magic of Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

From here my journey led her down the path of Child Safety services and provided me with a breadth of learning in the fields of trauma and attachment. This became my focus for many years until I connected with Disability Services, only to learn that Trauma and Autism have a lot in common. Now I find a lot of peace and reward supporting and assisting clients within this population.

I believe that people are a beacon of ‘awesomeness’ and every person, big or small, deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. I believe that there is nothing in this world that we cannot overcome or survive, if we believe in the magic of our own potential. As a psychologist, I practice with passion and patience; at a comfortable and achievable pace. I believe in an eclectic approach as it allows us to support anyone who walks through our doors with the most relevant therapeutic mode to that person. You will ALWAYS receive a unique therapeutic journey underpinned by expert knowledge of how the human psyche works and the highest respect for your journey in life: your stories.

Gavin Manoharan – BPhty, MPhty (Sports) (UQ), APAM
Discipline Principal and Titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

Born in England and having a solid Sri Lankan family heritage, I have set high professional expectations of service delivery. I have long enjoyed a presence in the athletics arena, both as a former state triple jump record holder and a treating physiotherapist.

Being the first born in a family of three boys and a sports’ (soccer and cricket specifically) fanatic father, it was only natural for me to choose a career in Sports and Exercise physiotherapy. My passion for track and field has given me opportunities to work with the Australian Athletics team for the past 10 years and am currently part of Australia’s handpicked physiotherapy team supporting our nation’s most driven and effective athletes on a quest to reach the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

After retiring as an athlete, I undertook the role of physiotherapist for the Queensland Academy of Sport track and field division. My track-side experience has provided me with an inside knowledge of sports injury management and biomechanics. My work at Queensland Academy of Sport has given me exposure to the national standard of sports and exercise physiotherapy practice. This now sets the benchmark for physiotherapy excellence for all our physiotherapists at North Lakes Health Hub.

Robyn Harvey – BPhty (ACU), APAM
Senior Physiotherapist

I grew up in the ACT until I was 15 when we moved to sunny Queensland and haven’t looked back. Growing up in sport loving family meant I was never to far away from a track, a field or subsequently a physiotherapy table, which is where my passion for physiotherapy began. I graduated my Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013 from ACU and worked in a hospital while completing my Graduate Diploma of Sport Physiotherapy in 2018. I am currently completing my dual masters of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy to graduate in 2020.

My love of sports grew, it paved the way for my career in sports and exercise physiotherapy. In 2017 I started working with Queensland Cricket in the women’s program and since have had multiple opportunities to work in the underage program with Cricket Australia. I have also been privileged to work in a number of sports including state level netball, hockey, rugby union and national level rugby 7’s. My interests are shoulders, muscle injuries, tendons rehabilitation, concussion management, load management for injury prevention and the return to sport for athletes in particular rugby and cricket.

As a former Netballer myself, I understand the challenges that come with injuries and strive to get everyone back participating as soon as safely possible. I believe rehabilitation is a two way street and I enjoy working closely with people to ensure their program fits their needs.

Corbin Dickfos – BPhty (ACU), APAM
Senior Physiotherapist

Local to the community, I grew up in Mango Hill and North Lakes where I lived for 20 years. I attended North Lakes State College from grade 5 to grade 12, and then graduated with my Bachelor of Physiotherapy from ACU in 2015. My local upbringing has inspired me to provide high level service and help unite our community through our health and wellbeing.

Born into a passionate AFL family and growing up with two siblings, my competitive nature and exposure to sport and fitness started at a very young age. While AFL is still my passion, my love for all sports has contributed to my career as a physiotherapist. This has also provided motivation to undertake further study in the future and complete my Masters of Sports Physiotherapy.

I have had the opportunity to be a physiotherapist at the Southeast Queensland Rugby League Representative carnival and look forward to many more opportunities to engage with local sporting communities.

I thoroughly enjoy meeting people and developing individual management plans to assist in achieving their goals, whether that be on the sporting field or getting back to everyday activities.

Daniel Munro – BExSSc and MCEP (ACU), ESSA
Exercise Physiologist

I have always had a strong passion for sport having played basketball since age 8, I also have a strong love the other American sports as well as the AFL back home. If I am not playing basketball, I will probably be watching sport.

Luckily enough I have been able to experience and tour a number of high-performance environments in the USA through my undergraduate degree of Exercise and Sport Science. I have also been involved in rugby league in Brisbane working as a strength and conditioning assistant at Norths Devils RLFC.

This has tied in well with my passion for rehabilitation which started with my own rehab journey after a knee reconstruction in 2014. This journey lead me to completing my Masters in clinical exercise physiology to follow this passion and begin to help others.

I want to bring these qualities into my role at the Health Hub to help people stay healthy and active, participating in sports and leisure activities for as long as they can!

Brad McIntyre – BExSSc (ACU)

Performance Analyst

Growing up in WA I developed a passion for team sports with AFL being my first love, and cricket being a close second in the summer. Later in life I began training and competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts at a national level, although I don’t get on the mats as often as I would like to these days.

However, before my love for sport was ignited, I began my fitness journey (like so many others) with weight loss. This began at 17 years old where I weighed 125 kg and was on my way to a very unhealthy adulthood. Struggling with my weight, and the negative impacts it can have on a person, I made the choice to change and it was the best decision of my life!

Since then I have turned my life around and dedicated myself to learning as much as possible about how to get the most out of the human body.
Studying Exercise and Sports Science at The Australian Catholic University has allowed me to grow my knowledge of exercise prescription and athlete development, gaining hands on experience developing the general population and athletes to their full potential. I am currently undertaking a Master’s of High Performance Sport (finishing June 2021) at ACU to further develop as a coach and performance specialist. I have developed a love for the science (some would even say art) behind athlete development.

Developing athletes should be undertaken not only on the field but off as well. I believe that performance is affected by all aspects of the individuals well-being and that an athlete needs to have balance in their life away from sport if they want to perform at their best.

Jake Theis – BExSSc,  ESSA 

Exercise Assistant

Having grown up in and around Brisbane I attended North Lakes State College, being a foundation member going through from Grades 1-12. I then went on to study Exercise and Sports Science at ACU, completing my degree in 2020.

My passion for sport started at the early age of five, I played rugby league for the Redcliffe Dolphins for over a decade as well as lifesaving, track and field, touch football and the list goes on. In more recent times I keep active through multiple hours at the gym, CrossFit, and hiking.

After personally going through some subpar experiences in rehabilitation and coaching, it is my goal to work with likeminded professionals and use my knowledge to not only help people reach their goals but to also provide the care needed for them to flourish as a person and not just feel like another client.

Hayley Parker – BCounsel (ACAP)and MSW (GU), AASW

Social Worker and Counsellor

I grew up in the North Brisbane by the beach and have always had a passion to help vulnerable people.  Mental health and trauma-informed care became my focus after seeing how this impacts people both physically and emotionally.  This inspired me complete a Master of Social Work, Diploma and Bachelor of Counselling and Diploma in Mindfulness.  I value social justice and integrity and pride myself on treating people fairly and equitably.  Throughout my journey I have worked alongside social workers, counsellors and psychologists in the mental health sector, Child Safety, aged care and disability sector.

My passion as a social worker is utilising a person-centered, strengths and systems approach which enables me to enter my client’s world.  I feel honored that my clients can share their story with me which gives me an insight into their environment and the people around them.  I believe everyone has a reservoir of strengths, resilience and abilities that can be drawn on to facilitate change.  I strive to encourage self-determination of all people including their families and community.  At times my client may want me to advocate for them or facilitate community support.  I believe everyone has their own individual traits and I respect people for who they are and what they believe in. I believe that as one door closes another one opens.  I will walk with you on your journey not in front and not behind.

So, who am I and what do I like?  I am a proud mum and like to be outdoors and enjoy spending time at the beach. I love camping with my family and friends – all of which I consider to be self-care.

Damon Gower – BNutrition and Dietetics (APD)

Dietitian and Nutritionist

Growing up as a sporty kid, I found it difficult to gain weight and was always labelled the ‘skinny kid’ from a young age and struggled with the idea of the perfect weight size, being told your too skinny to play Rugby League. I ended up playing soccer and cricket as a young kid, before falling in love with AFL. My passion for nutrition developed throughout my younger years as ‘how to gain muscle’ became a common google search term.

My interest in food and nutrition fuelled my motivation to complete a Bachelor of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  As an avid learner I seek additional training and professional development opportunities to ensure my clients are receiving the very best service possible.

As a Dietitian I am passionate about improving health, promoting recovery, and tailoring an individual meal plan to suit each person’s needs and commitments. I understand that life can get in the way and will focus on giving you the skills needed to make quality changes in your busy lifestyle. I am all about making sure you walk away feeling supported and given the best possible plan to suit your needs.

I have a keen interest in men’s health and well-being, and have experience working with an array of clients developing nutrition plans for managing chronic diseases as well as generalist nutrition focusing on helping clients reach their weight related goals.

Angela Brabazon
Senior Administration Officer

After 25 years working in Customer Service in the finance industry, I commenced working as an administrative assistant within allied health. The allied health industry has provided me with growth-based challenges as well as a lot of rewards and as such, I have never looked back.

I enjoy providing a meaningful customer service experience for our clients and patients. It is a core value of mine to deliver excellence in the customer service arena and as such, I am excited to be a part of the North Lakes Health Hub team, who pride themselves on service excellence. I look forward to meeting all people who access our services at North Lakes Health Hub and offering them an amazing first contact experience.

When I’m not at work, you will find me being a proud mum to all my children, fur ones included. When I am discharged ever-so briefly from my mum role, I hit the gym for some me-time. I enjoy the outside world and you can find me enjoying the beach, walking and climbing mountains. On a rainy day, I will be curled up with a good book to read.

Karlee Hughes
Administration Officer

For the majority of my working life, I have been involved in the Children Services Industry. I loved working with families and their children, and found it rewarding to be an influential part of their early foundation years.

Commencing work as an administration assistant with the North Lakes Health Hub team, has provided me with new experiences, expanded my knowledge, but has allowed me to continue my passion for helping people and making a difference in people’s day.

I am excited to be a part of the North Lakes Health Hub team, and look forward to meeting all our clients who access our services. I will strive to provide that first friendly, helpful point of contact, and will work together with the practitioners, to provide a high level of service and individualised care, where our clients can achieve their goals.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my boys and in my little sanctuary I call ‘home’. I am an avid reader, but also enjoy lots of different types of walks out and about exploring, or escaping for a weekend away.

Kylie Ward
Administration Officer