MEET THE TEAM

Geetu Manoharan – BSc BA (Psych. Hons) (UQ)
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 Senior 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 2020 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.

Nathan Ashby – BPhty (JCU), APAM
Senior Physiotherapist

I have humble beginnings in the Queensland town of Townville. Fitness and exercise have always been a core part of my life, so it was only natural for me to consider a career in physiotherapy. As such, I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy, graduating from James Cook University in 2015.

My special interest as a physiotherapist is in hips, knees, ankles and tendon injury management. These interests have facilitated my extensive experience in treating competitive football (soccer) players, runners, cyclists and triathletes. As a tri-athlete myself, I understand the demands of training and the determination to return to training in preparation for race day. My personal experience extends my professional ambition to provide effective and efficient therapeutic solutions through hands on treatment and engaging patients in their own rehabilitation. I employ practical approaches such as exercise prescription and education about the injury.
I genuinely believe that treatment effectiveness is not limited to just treating the current injury but investing in rehabilitation to prevent further injuries.

As a growing professional, I have committed to return to further studies towards a Masters in either musculoskeletal or sports physiotherapy.

Reggie Heywood – B.Ex.S.S. (Hons), AEP, AES (ESSAM),  Level 1 S&C Coach (ASCA), Cert IV Fitness
Accredited Exercise Physiologist / Sports Scientist

I graduated from University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Exercise & Sports Science majoring in Clinical Exercise Physiology. My honours project was completed in the field of Exercise Oncology, looking specifically at the effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on a variety of blood measures. I have since published two studies in the same field and am currently undertaking a Masters in Physiotherapy at UQ.

With a strong background in strength & conditioning for a variety of sporting populations, I bring an in depth understanding of the training demands of athletes ranging from developmental to Olympic levels. I also have a passion for competitive weightlifting and using a combination of physiologic assessment and scientifically backed principles to achieve athletic performance goals. I have a special interest in treating musculoskeletal pain and injuries, emphasising the importance of enhancing total body movement quality for optimising function. I also like to work closely with GPs and Specialists to develop targeted lifestyle interventions for a range of chronic and complex conditions that can benefit from moving more.

I thoroughly believe that exercise is medicine and that educating and empowering people to self-manage their existing injuries and prevent future health concerns is of paramount importance to leading a healthy fulfilling life.

Dave Berry – Dip. Fitness, Level 2 S&C Coach (ASCA), Dip. Remedial Massage (in progress)
Fitness and Strength Coach

I have been a fitness professional for 10 years. I am a Level 2 Strength and Conditioning coach, have a Diploma of Fitness, and have been teaching Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness courses for about 6 years. Over the years I have had the privilege to be a part of helping so many people reach their health and fitness goals.

Whether it is helping those who just want to increase their functional movement, rehabilitation, increase their strength, run a marathon all the way up to elite athletes. I have trained athletes who have become world champions, world record holders, Australian champions and best of all Paralympic swimmers who at the last para games in Rio won gold, silver and bronze and at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games they again had great success.

Soon I will be starting my Diploma in Remedial Massage so I can add another skill to give my clients the best possible experience and outcome.

My goal is for every client to leave their session feeling better about themselves than they did before they started.

Julie Kuskopf
Massage Therapist

My main focus of work is with sports rehab, chronic disease and the elderly. Through working with this range of people, I have been able to develop techniques to assist in maintaining health and managing a variety of conditions. I am able to do this by working with the body to enable the muscles to relax and receive the treatment they need.

A deep passion for healing came when I saw my elderly father benefit from the positive effects that Massage Therapy can provide. This lead me to working with other elderly clients in an aged care setting.

My love of helping people encourages me to achieve great results with my clients. I work to relieve muscular pain, prepare clients for sporting events, aiding recovery from exercise or allow the mind to escape through general relaxation.

Having survived a serious medical event myself whilst in training for triathlons, I understand the struggle and also the importance of healing, both physically and mentally, and returning to training.

Although someone may be experiencing discomfort or an injury in a particular area of the body, it can affect many other parts of the body as well. For this reason, when a client sees me for the first time, I conduct a full postural assessment to check where muscle imbalances occur.

Taylor Dawson
Senior Administration Officer

I have been working as an administration officer in the medical industry since 2013. I’m currently completing a Master’s Degree in Forensic Behavioural Science and postgraduate Juri’s Doctor Degree. I also possess a Certificate III in Business Administration, Diploma in Business, Diploma in Practice Management, Bachelor of Science (Psychology), and a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Behaviour Science. I am passionate about meeting and interacting with new people.

I enjoy reading biographies & snowboarding whenever I can. I love fitness & exercising, board games and my fish “Aces”.

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.

Saskia Letchford
Administration Officer

I am currently an undergraduate student studying physiotherapy in second year at Australian Catholic University. I was accepted into ACU under the Early Achievers Program (EAP). This highlighted my consistent involvement to the local community throughout high school, acknowledging my leadership and commitment in all the activities I have pursued. Fortunately, in my senior year, I was elected by my peers as Teresa House Convenor (captain), a role in which I emitted a sense of approachability and friendliness to, and gained a positive rapport with, both staff and students.

Throughout my childhood, I was extremely fortunate to represent my school, region and state in various sporting arenas. Whether it was shooting hoops on the court, passing the footy on the field or swimming laps in the pool, I have always lived and breathed sport, with water polo being very near and dear to my heart. Alongside this, I have experienced not only on the field of play, but also on the sideline, as a coach and referee. This has allowed me to develop quick decision-making skills, confidence and ability to remain positive throughout all situations. As such, I have learnt the ins and outs of working in a team and am incredibly excited become a part of the North Lakes Health Hub administration team.

Emily Marty
Administration Officer

During my studies at Grace Lutheran College, I gained the opportunity to work for a physiotherapy clinic. I have been a physiotherapy receptionist for the past three years and I enjoy getting to know patients and hear how they are improving week to week.

In working alongside the ethos of North Lakes Health Hub, I am always willing to assist you with any concerns or needs around your involvement with us.

I am also in the final year of my physiotherapy degree at Australian Catholic University. When I’m not at work or studying, I love to run, lift weights and do gymnastics.