Our Team

 


SARAH FINCHAM-THOMSON

Director Arnhem Allied Health Centre

MPhty (Master Physiotherapy)

BSc Exercise Physiology

Born and raised in Nhulunbuy, Sarah completed all of her schooling here finishing high school before jetting off to Europe for a year abroad volunteering in a nursing home. It was here she solidified her love and passion for helping people in need, and decided to pursue a career in health. Sarah started her studies completing a Bachelor Degree in Exercise Science – giving her the knowledge of using exercise as medicine and understanding how to adjust dosage of exercise for a range of conditions such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Osteoporosis. She then went on to study a Master’s of Physiotherapy and worked at Logan hospital before returning back to her roots 10years later, with a clear vision of improving the health and accessibility to health care for the people of Nhulunbuy and East Arnhem Land.

Sarah strives to empower the community that exercise is the best, cheapest and most accessible medicine available. Her passion for her community and the people in all of East Arnhem Land is one of her finest qualities. Not only is she a knowledgeable, skillful and calming physio, she is an advocate for improving the healthcare system in Nhulunbuy and the region, and has been the driving force behind the development of the Arnhem Allied Health Centre you see today. Behind the scenes she is constantly advocating for all of you, creating opportunities for health care services to give our community what it deserves, to make your lives here in Nhulunbuy just that little bit easier.

The love that Sarah has for Arnhem Land is a deep love, it’s more than just a town she lives in, it’s her home and the only place she wants to live and grow old with her family. Sarah is a physiotherapist, a manager, a director, a business woman, a mother, a partner, but most importantly she is someone who whole heartedly wants the best for the people in her community.

Sarah is well-recognised as a respected primary health care provider throughout the region and has achieved a reputation for delivering an exceptional clinical service experience. These days you’ll mainly find her ensuring the clinic is running smoothly and dealing with all things management, but on occasions she loves to get back to her passion of being a treating Physiotherapist.

BRONTE ELLIS

Senior Physiotherapist and Clinical Lead Arnhem Physiotherapy Services

BSc Physiotherapy

Bronte graduated from Curtin University in Perth in 2014, and has has spent the majority of her time since then working in Private Practice. Originally hailing from Albany on the South Coast WA, she has now called Nhulunbuy home for the past 4 years.

Bronte has upskilled in multiple areas of physio, including being APPI Pilates trained and certified,  APA Sport’s Level 1, APA Paediatrics Level 1, Dry Needling, completed WHTA Women’s Health Course, WHTA Advanced Prolapse, Stress Urinary Incontinence and Pessary fitting trained and is currently studying her Master’s of Clinical Physiotherapy in Continence and Women’s Health. She is also able to fabricate customised thermoplastic splints, and has completed additional hand therapy training with Territory Hands in Darwin.

Bronte’s main passion in Physiotherapy is Women’s Health, particularly ante- and post-natal women. This is an area that can have such a large impact on a woman’s life and so many people don’t know how well many issues can be managed and treated effectively with Physio. She believes it’s such a rewarding part of the job being able to assist women back to activity and living their life without discomfort or issues associated with continence and prolapse.

Bronte teaches Group Pilates, AquaFit and is available for appointments Monday- Saturday.

STEPHANIE LOCK

Physiotherapist

MSc Physiotherapy

Whilst originally from Melbourne, Steph has found herself skipping around Australia getting to know each state and different ways of living- meaning she has multiple homes away from home! Steph was originally a photographer but after copious amounts of time in dark rooms editing on a computer she decided that a more active and varied career path was for her. And what a change she had becoming a rock climbing instructor before decided to study Physio in Melbourne, Townsville and finally Perth.

Steph’s Physio experience is solely in Private Practice and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, working mainly across Perth with a stint rurally in Tom Price. Steph also has a huge amount of experience with sporting related injuries and rehab as she’s worked as a Sports Trainer for Interstate Roller Derby teams and various men’s and women’s footy, rugby and soccer teams. Steph is trained in dry needling (acupuncture), Pilates and specific Strength and Conditioning.

Steph’s ability to assess, diagnose, treat and create a personalised rehab program for each and every patient she sees is why she gets amazing results with all patients she sees.

Steph teaches group Pilates and is available for appointments Monday- Saturday.

LEANNE WRIGHT

Physiotherapist and Outreach Physio

BSc Physiotherapy

Leanne grew up in Sydney but has spent the last 7 years living and working in Canberra. She originally moved to Canberra to pursue her swimming and was a swimmer for the Australian Institute of Sport. Her love of water doesn’t stop here, Leanne also is a dive master and loves scuba diving and exploring the underwater world.

Leanne is trained in Musculoskeletal Physio, Women’s Health and Pilates, and is passionate about helping people actively participate in their recovery. She prides her approach to managing injuries by ensuring each individual has a voice in how they can also participate in recovery, as she knows the best results come when individuals feel like they have a say and control over their recovery and rehab.

Leanne is also our Outreach Physio, currently visiting Galiwinku fortnightly for chronic disease management and to provide physiotherapy to NDIS participants. She also visits closer communities regularly to provide Physiotherapy to the people of East Arnhem Land.

Leanne is available for appointments in the clinic fortnightly Monday- Thursday, and runs AquaFit classes and group Pilates classes.

SARAH JOLLOW

Practice Manager

Sarah is the driving force behind Arnhem Physio running smoothly, there is no problem too large or too small that Sarah can’t handle. With a wealth of experience in book keeping and financial management Sarah’s relentless work behind the scenes keeps all members of staff without a worry.

TAHLI STIMPSON

Administration Assistant

One of the smiling faces you meet as soon as you enter the clinic. Tahli ensures everyone feels welcome and comfortable as soon as you arrive.

JAMIE HENARE

Administration Assistant

Another smiling face to ensure your experience at Arnhem Physio is one of high standard and quality care. Jamie makes sure everything is organised and ready to go before your appointment.

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