Our Clinicians

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Jane-Anne Burns

OWNER | PRINCIPAL PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Jane-Anne has 30 years of clinical experience, from her physiotherapy degree in Edinburgh, to work in Adelaide and finally settling in Grafton. Here, she set up her practice, 23 years ago with the aim of taking city levels of skills, service and excellence to regional Australia.

Jane-Anne has a special interest in complex shoulder injuries, cervicogenic headache and dizziness, lumbar spine, hips and women's and men's health. 

Her passion for physiotherapy and methodical examination to work out what's wrong, underpins her main goal - how to best fix or manage the problem to be your physical best.

 
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Balla Traore

SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Balla a graduate of Otago Uni New Zealand, returned home to Seychelles to work extensively for Ministry of Health, ultimately as physiotherapist in charge at Anse Royale Physiotherapy Department. En-route to Grafton, Balla was the National Team Physio for Seychelles Football federation from January 2011 to August 2013, in their world cup campaign. 

Balla has completed his post-graduate Certificate in Spinal Manual Therapy and 1yr study in the biomechanics of running and lower limb injuries. In January 2020, he embarked on his MSK masters at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Studying and working full time in our busy practice is a testament to Balla's commitment to great physiotherapy.

 

With an eye for movement analysis and a keen eye on current evidence, Balla has an uncanny knack of joining the dots between great research and how to apply that for best results in clinic.

 
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Libby Nash

SENIOR SPECIAL CLINICAL INTEREST PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Libby is a senior physiotherapist with a special interest in lumbo pelvic stability, low back and hip pain & dance screening injury prevention & treatment. Libby has a great understanding of biomechanics and how altered movement, or posture can so profoundly affect joints & function.

Libby is the “backbone” of the low back and pelvis element of our graduate teaching program. This industry leading program uniquely combines best evidence with hands on clinical skills for our physiotherapists.

Libby also shares experience in paediatrics, women’s health and has ensured our hydrotherapy service at South Grafton pool has run successfully for over 12 years.

 
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Andy McKenzie

SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Originally from Newcastle UK, Andy’s interest in anatomy and sports injuries was sparked by his first career as a personal trainer and natural level body builder.

In 2017 Andy went on to focus his passion for strength & conditioning and its injury management and preventative benefits in his physiotherapy degree at Carlise University in North Western England.

Strength & conditioning exercise to match and treatment pathology is Andy’s professional passion and along with the unique importance of first addressing pain and movement deficiencies with thorough hands on treatment.

Andy made the move to Grafton with the aim of embracing Australian Physiotherapy practice and life in this vibrant country town. Already a keen member and an advocate for our local gyms and fitness facility.

However, with permanent residency in his sights, Andy looks forward to welcoming his first Jacaranda festival and North Coast summer.

 
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Lachlan Oberg

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

Lockie is a Grafton boy come home. Lockie delved into Biomedical Science before settling on Physiotherapy as his chosen career path. Lockie returns to Grafton from Uni in Newcastle and a job in private MSK practice in Nelson Bay. Whilst at university, Lockie had an internship with the Newcastle Knights rugby league Under 20’s team.

Lockie has won a place on our 2 year Graduate Training Program and joins us keen to take on the diverse case load we take on here at GP+S.

Lockie has been brilliant in helping meet patients needs and stepping in to help our busy practice, taking on his own Strength & Conditioning class and helping provide Dougherty Villa with physiotherapy. Lockie’s pragmatic & thorough approach has already developed a loyal following and is a huge help.

 

Lockie is currently seeing general neck, spinal & joint problems but is keen to develop his professional interest in upper limb problems with further study in this area on the horizon. Lockie is happy to see patients with a variety of conditions.

 
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Bree Whyte

PHYSIOTHERAPIST

After six years of study, our Grafton girl has come home. Bree is excited to come back to Grafton and start building her first house and new career as a physiotherapist. Winning a place in our industry leading Graduate Training Program, Bree is set to meet the challenge of our diverse case load and the demands of our busy clinical practice. 

Bree's first degree in Sport and Exercise Science dovetails beautifully with current physio practice in ensuring high level exercise rehab to ensure the problem is fixed and stays that way.

 

Bree's interest in fitness and wellbeing will benefit both our Pilates and Strength and Conditioning Program and the residents of Dougherty Villa.

In a groundbreaking initiative, Bree will ensure physiotherapy service provision and an independent active life for the residents of Dougherty Villa, placing our world leading musculoskeletal training program alongside an aged care one.

With two degrees under her belt, Bree is no stranger to hard work and looks forward to going to work to best help meet the needs of our community. 

 
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Rory Tolhurst

ACCREDITED EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGIST

Having completed a Bachelor’s of Exercise and Sport Science in 2017, and progressing to a Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology, 5 years of university studies have developed Rory’s knowledge on the importance of human movement as an integral part of health, along with managing chronic conditions such as Lower Back Pain, Type 2 Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Cardiovascular Disease and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

 

A rich array of sports including soccer, golf, cricket, surfing and gym training have equipped him with a versatile, but integrated set of experiences from different fields. This experience has consolidated into Exercise Physiology Rehabilitation, where evidence-based interventions are used to manage chronic conditions for the community.  

Rory’s unique passion for sport and movement complements his treatment, keeping you both mentally and physically strong to ensure you maintain an active lifestyle.