Deborah Hunter
Deborah Hunter

Principal Physiotherapist

B Science UNSW; PGD Physiotherapy USyd; and B Arts CU

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.

Shae Flynn, Exercise Physiologist
Shae Flynn

Exercise Physiologist

Bachelor of Clinical Physiotherapy and Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)

Shae is a New England local who is a passionate clinician, enabling patients to live their best lives through holistic individualised exercise and health programs. She has a keen interest in the management and treatment of acute and chronic back pain through strength, mobility and stability-based exercise. Additionally, Shae is passionate about exercise interventions for individuals undergoing or recovering from all forms of cancer treatments.

Tanya Scales

Practice Manager

Dip Management & Leadership; Dip Business Accounting; and 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.

Allison Erich

Senior Receptionist

Cert. 4 in Business Administration; and 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; and 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.

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.

PIcture of Alicia Seery, Physiotherapist
Alicia Seery

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), UoN

Originally from the north-west, Alicia has lived in Tamworth since 2016. An experienced physiotherapist she completed her studies at the University of Newcastle before moving to Tamworth. Alicia has previously worked in private practice and has a keen interest in treating patients with neurological conditions, and uses dry needling as one of her treatment options. She is passionate about providing a quality service to rural communities. Alicia enjoys competing in horse riding events on the weekend.

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Australian Catholic University (ACU) Brisbane

Georgia was born and raised in Armidale, before working in England for one year and studying occupational therapy in Brisbane for four years. Prior to working as an occupational therapist, Georgia worked as a labourer and is passionate about being active and taking a hands-on approach. Georgia has an interest in helping people return to and maintain everyday life occupations and roles in a positive manner.

Sophie Edwards

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (SCU)

With an approach that is equal parts energetic and compassionate, Sophie embodies ‘activity as therapy’, and fosters a space where therapeutic goals are celebrated, and person-centered care is paramount.

Having recently relocated to Armidale from Brisbane, Sophie is an experienced occupational therapist having worked in hospital settings, community, schools and within the NDIS. With interest areas including complex home modifications, equipment prescription and capacity building.

Sophie is also a registered yoga teacher and combines these with her clinical skills in therapy to build body awareness and function, mindfulness and meaningful engagement in all areas of life.

Receptionist

Certificate III Business Administration 

Bronwyn relocated to Tamworth at the start of 2021. This is her first role in Allied Health, but she brings over 10 years of customer service experience with her, along with her positive energy and enthusiasm for helping the local community with the Move Better for Life team. 

Bronwyn has a keen interest in nutritional eating and the health benefits of being outdoors. In her spare time, you’ll find her at the park with her family, quietly reading a book in the sun, or running around on the hockey field. 

Receptionist

Heidi has an extensive history in banking, finance, workers compensation, and administration roles. Heidi prides herself on building rapport with people and enjoys assisting both staff and patients throughout the day.

Constantly learning in her role with Move Better for Life, Heidi also has a keen interest in learning how aromatherapy can assist in mental and physical health and well-being.

Outside work Heidi holds a Level 1 Statistician Certificate for basketball, having collected stats at local & national competitions, as well assisting with bench duties at representative weekends. 

Elody Huelmo

Physiotherapist

B Physiotherapy (Hons) UON

Elody is passionate about empowering each and every patient in their rehabilitation journey. Elody has had experience working with orthopaedics, cancer rehabilitation, and musculoskeletal injuries. She has also worked as a sports trainer for AFL, soccer and touch football teams. Outside of the clinic Elody enjoys playing soccer, running, and dining out at new restaurants. 

 

 

Carla van der Hoeven

Therapy Assistant

B Physiotherapy (Netherlands) 

Carla was born in Belgium, raised in England, and completed her degree in physiotherapy in the Netherlands. Carla graduated at the beginning of 2020 and then moved to Australia shortly after. Carla has done a lot of travelling and has experience with a variety of patients. She has completed work placements with both paediatrics and the elderly and is now keen to expand her knowledge at Move Better for Life. Carla is enthusiastic, positive and always wanting to help others achieve their goals. Carla is working towards her Physiotherapy AHPRA Registration in Australia. 

 

 

Eliza Ho

Massage Therapist/Therapy Assistant

Cert. 4 Therapeutic Massage; and B Nursing

Currently studying Diploma remedial massage at Evolve College (finishing in August 2021). Eliza also has a Bachelor of Nursing. Eliza has grown up in Armidale and has a genuine interest in holistic health and wellbeing. 

Remedial Massage Therapist and Therapy Assistant

Dip Remedial Massage; Dip Personal Training; Certificate in KaHuna Massage 

Tara carried out her Diploma of Personal Training and Sports Massage whilst living in the UK and re-trained in Australia with her Diploma of Remedial Massage to gain the health fund benefits for her clients. Her work at the Golden Door Elysia (now Elysia Wellness Retreat) has given her experience with a myriad of conditions. Health and fitness have always been a focus for her, having participated in various sports which helps to understand the stresses placed on the body. Having previously worked in the motor trade, Tara is known for her strong hands. She has been a regular therapist at sporting events such as the UTA and Port to Port.