Deborah Hunter

Principal Physiotherapist

B Science UNSW; PGD Physiotherapy USyd; B Arts Curtin Uni

Deborah has more than 30 years’ experience as a physiotherapist and has further physiotherapy training in Clinical Pilates and the Integrated Systems Model. Her training and experience offers her patients a unique combination of physiotherapy skills and Clinical Pilates training. She has a keen interest in treating patients with complex conditions and the treatment of back and neck pain.

Andrea Howarth

Reception

Relocating to Armidale, from the NSW Mid North Coast, Andrea has over ten years experience working in administration roles and holds the value of exceptional customer service above all else. Further to this committed practical experience, Andrea has a keen interest in health and nutrition. This is complimented by her enthusiasm towards working with the Move Better for Life team.

Sam Lord

Allied Health Assistant and Remedial Massage Therapist

Dip Remedial Massage Therapy, Cert IV Allied Health Assistant

Sam has 10 years’ experience working as a remedial massage therapist, working with teams such as the Brisbane Broncos, QLD Reds, QLD State of Origin, Wallabies and the Firebirds. She has worked as a Sports Trainer with various sports and has experience as a physiotherapy massage assistant in aged care.

Tanya Scales

Practice Manager

Dip Management & Leadership/ Dip Business Accounting/ CIV Training and Assessment 

Tanya was born and raised in Armidale. She has more than 20 years’ experience in customer service, and over 16 years’ experience managing small to medium teams in both the retail and health sectors. She brings with her an understanding of better outcomes for patients under a holistic, integrated care model, as well as a real passion to see the business succeed. Tanya has a keen interest in daily exercise, specifically walking and how it relates to overall health improvement both physically and mentally.

Shane Snowden

Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology and Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP), UNE

Shane enjoys helping people overcome their barriers, enabling them to live the greatest quality of life possible through a holistic approach to treatment with individualised health and exercise programming. He has a keen interest in the management and treatment of various shoulder conditions. His interest also extends into the treatment of chronic and neurological conditions. He enjoys working in both individual and group settings and establishing that rapport, making rehabilitation as enjoyable and interesting as possible.  Outside of work Shane enjoys playing local AFL and watching or playing most sports.

Carmela Birch

Physiotherapist

Physiotherapist B Physio Hons

Carmela has a broad range of experience in private practice physiotherapy including orthopaedic rehabilitation, pre-employment testing and aged care. Carmela is also qualified in clinical yoga and clinical pilates. Carmela has a keen interest in exercise classes, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal injuries.

Imogen Young

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, ACU  

Imogen is passionate about providing quality patient-centred treatment revolving around their goals, whether it is returning to sport, work, or any activity that is being limited by pain. She has a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, paediatrics and women’s health. Imogen also has additional training in clinical Pilates and enjoys implementing exercise modalities into her treatment on an individual and group basis.

Allison Erich

Senior Receptionist

Cert. 4 in Business Administration Cert. 3 Business Administration (Medical)

Ally has lived in the Tamworth region for 18 years but has more than 30 years experiences in customer service with clients of all ages. She has a keen interest in health and fitness from a holistic approach and looks forward to helping the people of Tamworth achieve the fit and healthy lifestyle they are aiming for.

Erin Donnelly

Physiotherapist

Master of Physiotherapy UC, PG Cert in human movement science UC, B. Biomedical Science, UNE

Erin is passionate about providing high-quality, holistic treatment to help clients achieve their goals and improve their lifestyle. Erin has an interest in musculoskeletal and sports injuries, orthopaedics and paediatrics. She has worked as a sports trainer for Canberra AFL and has experience in the disability sector which has given Erin skills in treating a broad range of clients.

Kristen Howe

Physiotherapist

BAppSc (Physio), USyd

Kristen started her career with St Vincent’s Hospital, gaining experience in cardiothoracic care, intensive care, musculoskeletal outpatients, transplant care, emergency care, palliative care, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation. For the next decade, Kristen was the senior rehabilitation physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital. Kristen has worked at Gunnedah Base Hospital and in private practice at the Gunnedah Rural Health Centre. Kristen’s interests include musculoskeletal injuries, re-conditioning, and orthopaedic/surgical rehabilitation.  

Alex Stones

Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and Master’s degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (AEP)

Alex is a north-west local who completed her studies in Newcastle and Lismore prior to relocating to Tamworth. She has several years of experience in the industry working with a variety of people from sub-elite athletes through to those with varying chronic health conditions. Alex has a passion for working with the ageing population and enjoys assisting people with managing their age-related barriers to physical activity and improving their quality of life. She has spent over ten years teaching group-based exercise programs and enjoys making exercise with her patients easy and fun! Alex enjoys being active around her property with her fiancé and dogs, playing oztag and competing in horse riding events.

Wendy Clarke

Receptionist

Wendy is a born and bred local who has spent most of her working career in health and allied health services. Originally training as a registered nurse she went on to work with what is now The Home Nursing Group caring for the aged, dementia, and palliative care patients in the community.

Whilst caring for six children she spent 10 years in the dental industry both as a dental assistant and a receptionist. Wendy enjoys being part of the Move Better For Life team, facilitating the day’s workflow and building relationships with the valued patients that visit the business. Wendy has a keen interest in a holistic health approach incorporating diet and exercise for herself and her family. She is passionate about her local community and the people in it.

Dane Edmonds

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, UNE

Graduating in 2017, Dane has spent two years working in the occupational rehabilitation sector. Dane has a particular interest in musculoskeletal injuries and exercise to improve the functional capacity of those living with diabetes, COPD, Parkinson’s disease, and other chronic illnesses. Dane is also interested in exercise prescription for the management of Type 1 diabetes. Dane enjoys working with patients in both individual and group settings to help them achieve their health goals. Outside of work, Dane enjoys running, gymnastics, and working on cars.

Ben Fittler

Receptionist

Bachelor of Computer Science, UNE

CrossFit Level 1 Trainer; Ben has worked in IT and Risk management roles for over 20 years. After so many years behind a computer Ben is realising his passion for helping people to be stronger and more mobile, as a CrossFit Trainer. He is in the process of training to be a personal and group fitness trainer and has a keen interest in massage therapy. Ben provides backup and support to this great administrative team as a casual receptionist.