Our Team

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Eloise Borschtsch

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

University of Newcastle, APAM

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH, CONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR 

MEN’S HEALTH, CONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR 

PROSTATE SURGERY PRE AND REHABILITATION

PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

MASTITIS AND INFLAMMATORY BREAST CONDITIONS

Born and raised in Orange, Eloise moved to Newcastle in 2013 to pursue her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). After successful completion, Eloise worked as a rotating Physiotherapist at Belmont, Maitland, Gosford, and John Hunter Hospitals.

In 2018, Eloise was offered an opportunity to complete Male and Female Pelvic Floor Workshops in Newcastle, which provided her a steppingstone into private practice. In 2021, Eloise desired to move ‘back home’, and she has joined the Pinnacle Physiotherapy team.

Eloise is passionate about the management of a variety of female pelvic floor conditions surrounding pelvic pain, continence, pelvic organ prolapse, and pregnancy or post-natal concerns. Eloise is also a strong advocate for promoting men’s health, and provides continence and pelvic floor management, alongside prehabilitation and rehabilitation for men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Remaining up to date with the latest in this field, Eloise has just completed a practical management course for men undergoing prostatectomy.

Eloise has also completed Workshops in Female Sexual Pain and Real-Time Ultrasound (RTUS) for the Pelvic Floor. As a result, Eloise utilises both Trans-abdominal and Trans-perineal RTUS for guidance in pelvic floor activation, relaxation, function and dynamic control in both men and women.

With a long-term goal to promote access, awareness and education within pelvic health, Eloise is currently undertaking her Graduate Certificate in Public Health through Deakin University. When she isn’t studying, you can find her on the basketball court, golf course, gardening, or spending time with her family.

Eloise recognises that pelvic health is a difficult topic to discuss, and often these issues go neglected for some time. Eloise’s goal is to breach this ‘stigma’ and empathetically work together to establish a realistic management plan.

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Ben Fairfax

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 

University of Sydney, APAM

 

MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY (VERTIGO, DIZZINESS AND IMBALANCE)

HEADACHE MANAGEMENT

TEMPORMANDIBULAR JOINT (JAW) PAIN AND DYSFUNCTION

SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT

Ben graduated from Sydney University in 2002 and worked in a variety of private practice and hospital settings in Sydney and the UK before moving to Orange with his family in 2012.

 

Ben is passionate about his profession and helping his patients. His many years of experience and diverse training allow him to apply a wide range of assessments and treatment techniques when seeing clients. He is also committed to ongoing education and professional development within the clinic.

 

Ben has been practising as a Dean Watson headache practitioner for over 10 years helping patients with cervicogenic headache and migraine. He has undertaken significant post graduate training in the management of dizziness, concussion and vestibular disorders such as BPPV and vestibular neuronitis and works closely with ENT specialists and Neurologists in the management of these patients. He also has a particular interest in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (jaw and facial pain) and has presented to dentistry students at Charles Sturt University in Orange on the Physiotherapy management of these conditions. Over the years Ben has also trained in dry needling, muscle energy techniques for the spine and pelvis, Clinical Pilates, exercise rehabilitation and Mulligan technique.

 

When not working Ben can be found spending time with his family, playing touch football, running and planning his next holiday or diving adventure. 

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Jo Fairfax

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

University of Sydney, APAM

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

CONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR

PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL CARE

Jo graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 and has worked as a Physiotherapist in the public and private sectors in Sydney, the UK and then in Orange after moving from Sydney to Orange with her family in 2011.

 

It was after the birth of her first child that Jo developed an interest in women's health physiotherapy and has narrowed her clinical focus to treating continence and pelvic floor disorders as well as musculoskeletal conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.

 

Jo is a member of the Women's Health Training Associates where she has trained in the management of incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pain disorders of the pelvis and pelvic floor. Jo uses real time ultrasound for assessment and treatment of core muscle activation in the management of pregnancy related problems such as back pain, pelvic girdle pain and abdominal muscle separation. She is trained in Clinical Pilates as well as exercise in pregnancy and the post natal period. 

 

When not at the clinic Jo is busy looking after her 3 children!

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Emily O'Neill

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Australian Catholic University, APAM

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

CONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR

PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL CARE

PAEDIATRICS

Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from ACU (North Sydney) in 2019 and spent her new graduate year working as a Physio in various areas of Royal North Shore Hospital. Emily has since made the move to Orange at the beginning of 2021, starting at Pinnacle to follow her true passion for Women’s Health Physiotherapy.

 

Emily is passionate about accessible and destigmatised treatment for women of all ages facing (traditionally less spoken about) issues such as incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and dyspareunia. She is a firm believer that no woman should have to live in silence with these treatable issues! The pre and post-natal period, as well as return to exercise post bub, is another journey that Emily loves to help her patient’s navigate.

 

On the weekends you will find Emily café hopping, spending time with friends or reading somewhere in the sun.

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Kate Murphy

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Charles Sturt University

GradCert Paediatric Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne

GradCert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne 

PAEDIATRIC PHYSIOTHERAPY

CONTINENCE AND PELVIC HEALTH PHYSIOTHERAPY (MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN)

After graduating as a Physiotherapist from Charles Sturt University, Kate decided to pursue her interest in the specialist areas of paediatrics and continence and pelvic health through further studies at Melbourne University. Kate has worked in a variety of settings in NSW and Victoria but now calls Orange her home.

 

Within Orange Kate has worked in private practice, as a lecturer and assessor at Charles Sturt University, at ODEEP (Orange and District Early Education Program), and was running her own business Central West Kids Physio prior to taking maternity leave.

 

Kate will join the Pinnacle team in April 2020 and we're thrilled to be able to provide a paediatric physiotherapy service, including treatment for conditions such as plagiocephaly, torticollis, talipes, developmental delay, neuromuscular and congenital disabilities, incontinence and soiling, musculoskeletal and growth-related conditions and impaired balance and coordination.

 

In the area of pelvic health and continence Kate treats both men and women, including management of a range of conditions such as urinary and faecal incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain and pre and post surgical care and advice (such as hysterectomy in women and radical prostatectomy in men). Kate also provides physiotherapy for pregnancy related musculoskeletal conditions. Kate uses real time ultrasound in the diagnosis and management of pelvic floor dysfunction.

 

When not working as a Physiotherapist, Kate’s favourite things to do are to spend time with her husband and young twins, travel and stay active playing netball and running.

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Rob Thorburn

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Charles Sturt University, APAM

 

MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPY, SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT, REHABILITATION and HYDROTHERAPY

 

Rob completed his Physiotherapy degree at Charles Sturt University after years of involvement in sport as a rugby player, trainer and swim instructor.  

 

Rob is trained in the Mulligan Technique and dry needling and is committed to the ongoing development of his clinical skills in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, sports injury management and rehabilitation. Rob's easy manner and skills in rehab have quickly established him as a favourite of our neurological rehab, aged care, NDIS and hydrotherapy patients.

 

When not playing rugby union, touch football or mixed netball Rob enjoys trivia and solving the daily cryptic crossword puzzle. 

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Tegan McQeeney

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

University of Newcastle, APAM

 

REHABILITATION, AGED CARE and DISABILITY (including NDIS)

Tegan completed her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Newcastle in 2016 before working as a physiotherapist at Muswellbrook Hospital where she treated a wide range of patients on the wards and in the outpatient department. After developing a passion for treating the elderly and people with chronic conditions and disability Tegan worked in multiple aged cared facilities across the Hunter region.

Tegan moved back home to Orange in 2020 after starting a family. She has recently joined the Pinnacle Physio team to continue helping the aged and disabled improve their quality of life and independence through exercise and education.

When not working, Tegan enjoys playing netball and spending time with her family.

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Bronwyn Vaughan

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

University of Newcastle, APAM (Sports Physiotherapy)

SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT

MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

Bronwyn joined the Pinnacle Physio team in May 2020 after relocating to the Central West from Newcastle. After graduating from Newcastle University Bronwyn pursued her interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, working in private practice and providing physiotherapy coverage for a range of sporting teams including netball, rugby union, touch football and soccer. In 2017 Bronwyn was appointed as the Newcastle Jets W-league soccer physiotherapist. For the following 3 years she travelled with the team and was their sole treating practitioner. 

 

Bronwyn has completed her Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy training through the Australian Physiotherapy Association as well as strength and conditioning training through the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA). She uses a range of manual therapy techniques including massage, mobilisations, dry needling and taping. A strong focus of her management is specific exercise prescription in relation to injury reduction and pre-habilitation. Bronwyn has completed her Pilates matwork training through the APPI as well as advanced training in hip/pelvic rehab and Pilates for runners. She works closely with doctors, surgeons and coaches to achieve functional goals for her patients. She is interested in treating injuries related to running, ACL injury management, hip/pelvis and shoulder conditions and sports injuries. 

 

Outside of the practice, Bronwyn loves to paint, collect records, explore the world through food and wine and trail running.

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Kylie Watkins

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy)

University of Sydney, APAM

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

CONTINENCE AND PELVIC FLOOR

PREGNANCY AND POST-NATAL CARE

MASTITIS AND INFLAMMATORY BREAST CONDITIONS

After years working in general private practice, Kylie has turned her focus to women's health physiotherapy. With three children of her own, Kylie is well aware of the issues faced by women in the pre and post-natal stages of life and beyond, and is passionate about restoring, maintaining and preventing the loss of function during the demanding stages of pregnancy, motherhood and menopause.

 

Kylie also has a particular interest in assisting women with lactation related conditions such as mastitis and blocked ducts. 

 

Aside from teaching several of the Clinical Pilates classes held at Pinnacle Kylie likes to keep fit running around after her children and training her children’s various sporting teams.

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Alex Umbers

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Charles Sturt University, APAM

 

MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY (VERTIGO, DIZZINESS AND IMBALANCE)

SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT

REHABILITATION

HYDROTHERAPY

After growing up on the family farm in Bogan Gate, Alex moved to Orange to complete a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with Honours) at Charles Sturt University in 2016. During his 4 years at university, Alex played in University games tournaments, regular students vs lecturers frisbee games on a Friday afternoon and his beloved CSU Aggies Rugby club.

 

Since graduating, Alex has treated a wide variety of patients in hospital settings in both Tamworth and Orange and then in private practice in Bathurst. He furthered his knowledge and treatment skills in areas of interest, undertaking courses in vestibular rehabilitation, running retraining, advanced shoulder rehab and sports injury management. He has combined his love of sport and physio by providing sports coverage to various teams. 

We welcomed Alex to the Pinnacle Physiotherapy team in November 2021. Alex joins Ben Fairfax in the provision of our vestibular rehabilitation service as well as treating musculoskeletal, neurological and sporting injuries. 

Alex’s current interests include developing his golf game, walking his dog Hazel and tending to his productive backyard with fiancée Steph which hosts chooks, bees, a worm farm and several raised vegetable garden beds.

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Peter Zuman

Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Australian Catholic University, APAM

MUSCULOSKELETAL PHYSIOTHERAPY

SPORTS INJURY MANAGEMENT REHABILITATION

HEADACHE MANAGEMENT

Pete joined the Pinnacle Physio team in February 2018 after making the tree change from Sydney to Orange with his family. 

 

Pete is passionate about helping people manage their condition and get back to what they love doing and keeps up to date with the latest research to guide his treatment plans.

 

Pete has worked at several busy Sydney private practices and has trained in Dry Needling, Maitland, Mackenzie and Mulligan techniques. Prescribing individualised rehabilitation exercises is a big part of why he gets great results. He has an interest in treating neck and back pain, shoulder pain, acute sporting injuries and running injuries.

 

On the weekend Pete can be found at the gym, running after his toddlers at Cook Park or travelling to any snow that might be about to pursue his love of snowboarding.

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Tanya Goodwin

Receptionist

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Mallory Kelleher

Receptionist

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