• Meet the team

  • Danielle Bell


    Danielle is a senior physiotherapist in Continence and Women’s Health. “The extensive number and depth of fields required to learn including urology, colorectal, gynaecology, lactation, endocrinology, and the pelvic floor- I feel that after 10 years of active learning I’m 70% of the way there!!”

    Danielle balances being the owner of large musculoskeletal practice Active Physiotherapy Mackay, with being a mother of 2 and representative netballer!

    75% of Danielle’s case load comprises complex conditions such as obstructed defecation or faecal incontinence, urge urinary incontinence, and pelvic pain including pudendal neuralgia and dyspareunia. Danielle trains a team of pelvic health physio’s providing rehabilitation for pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence, including the use of vaginal pessary supports.  

    Danielle is an active public speaker, supporting groups and educating the public. Recent engagements include the Prostate cancer foundation, MS Australia and GP groups.

    Danielle is a member of several committees, working towards integrating health systems and promoting primary health practitioners’ rights and training. Danielle is the first rural branch counsellor of the QLD APA continence and women’s health group.

    The other 25% of Danielle’s case load is spent assisting her very loyal musculoskeletal patients

  • Ginny Erichsen


    Ginny Erichsen studied physiotherapy at Brighton University in England and graduated with honours in 1995. From there she worked at a large university teaching hospital in the UK. Ginny left the UK in 1999 to travel and moved to Australia working in private practice as she travelled. In Perth she had the opportunity to further her studies and completed a Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual therapy at Curtin University, Perth in 2002.

    Ginny developed an interest in the assessment and treatment of pre and post-operative shoulder conditions whilst working in a private hospital in the UK between 2002 to 2006. She worked alongside 2 Orthopaedic shoulder surgeons with the opportunity to watch them operate, sit in their outpatient clinics and undertake some research. In this time Ginny attended several post graduate courses in the assessment and treatment of shoulder conditions and was responsible for pre-operative assessments and post-op rehabilitation of the shoulder patients in the hospital. Since her move back to Australia in 2007 Ginny has been working in private practice.

    She continues her interest in shoulder conditions and is often asked to give a second opinion on the physiotherapy treatment of shoulder patients within the clinic.

  • Suzanne Ketsimur


    Suzanne graduated from the University of South Australia in 1998 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy with Honours.

    She then worked in Griffith, NSW, for the following 3 years. During that time, she worked with a number of local Rugby League clubs as well as local Rugby Union, Soccer and AFL teams, gaining valuable experience in the assessment, management and rehabilitation of various sporting injuries. Suzanne has enjoyed participating in many different sports throughout her life, playing hockey for many years, and more recently competing in Outrigging at a National and International level.

    Since moving to Mackay in 2003, Suzanne has developed an interest in BPPV and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Dizziness and loss of balance can not only be a debilitating problem on its own, but increases the risk of falls, which can cause serious injuries in some cases. She finds it very rewarding to see people regain their mobility, independence and confidence through Physiotherapy. Suzanne enjoys expanding her knowledge through regular courses and in recent years has attended various workshops and conferences around the country. One particular course she enjoyed involved identifying "weak links" in patients, which is not only useful in treating chronic or recurrent problems, but also in injury prevention and even improving sporting performance.

  • Timothy Simpson

    BPhty - Grad Cert Sport/Manual Therapy

    Tim completed his Physiotherapy degree in 1998 and went on to a Graduate Certificate in Sports and Manual Therapy in 2000. 

    He has worked throughout Australia- from the helping the RFDS in the outback to running his own private practice in Townsville. He has worked in large Sports Physiotherapy practices in Melbourne and most recently in Canberra (And yes, one of his locations was inside Parliament House treating our Federal Parliamentarians (if only those walls could talk!). He has extensive experience with local and elite-level sports teams, helping AFL, NRL, NBL and WNBL teams along the way. He has a long history with Surf lifesaving and still loves snow skiing. 

    After almost 30 seasons of playing local level Aussie Rules he now devotes his spare time to his wife, his toddler Ollie and has endured a lifetime of pain by supporting the Melbourne Demons.

  • Dale Jones


    Dale’s thrilled to be living in a warm climate, as she’s spent the last eight years in Tasmania. Her main area of interest is in pelvic floor dysfunction which usually involves very intimate areas of people's lives. She really enjoys being able to support people and help change their lives. This year Dale will also be completing a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    Dale has worked in a wide variety of physiotherapy positions: in hospital, private practice, Education Queensland, Aged and Disability Services.  While living in the Northern Territory Dale was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2006 to study the Indigenous application of the Ponseti method of managing club foot which was a very rewarding experience travelling to both Iowa and Uganda.  In her own time she loves to read, go camping, play the piano and flute, walk, and discovering about people's life journeys.

  • Sarah Champion


    Sarah is a born and bred “Rock Vegas” girl, graduating from James Cook University Townsville with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2012. Sarah has experience in providing physiotherapy assessment and treatment to cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and post-operative patients. She enjoys treating all musculoskeletal injuries, having a strong interest in chronic pain self-management, postural retraining, pelvic and core stability retraining and lower back injuries. Sarah has completed certification in providing Pilates classes and one-on-on sessions for the rehabilitative or intermediate level; in addition to conducting Pregnancy Pilates classes.

    Sarah is passionate about continuing to broaden her clinical knowledge and experience in all areas. Having completed Neuromuscular Dry Needling, Lyn Watson Shoulder Level 1, Introductory to Pelvic Floor Muscle assessment, Coccyx assessment and treatment, Level 1 Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy and in July 2017 Vestibular rehabilitation in adults.

    Sarah enjoys seeing people take on an active role in their rehabilitation; ensuring that each treatment is goal directed to each individual. Sarah believes very strongly about education, ensuring that each individual leaves with a thorough understanding of their condition and how they can reach optimal improvement.

  • Joshua Hopton


    Joshua graduated from James Cook University, Townsville with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013. He enjoys treating a diverse range of injuries and conditions, having specific interest in ankles, hands, shoulders and necks. He believes in a "hands on approach" to treatment and providing patients with thorough understanding of their conditions in order to gain the best outcomes for them.

    Having completed advanced dry needling course, Mulligan's Upper Quadrant, Lyn Watson Shoulder and Rocktape Level 1 courses, Josh has an array of skills to individualise and tailor treatments to each of his clients. Josh is our lead physio for the QBL Mackay Meteors basketball team. In his spare time Joshua enjoys playing touch football, ultimate frisbee, fishing and camping.

  • Brendan Walsh


    A local Mackay boy, Brendan has returned to Mackay after graduating from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014. He completed clinical placements throughout Queensland developing skills in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and neurological conditions. 

    Brendan strives to provide quality individualised care and enjoys working with clients who take on an active role in their recovery. He has developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Outside of work, Brendan enjoys most sports and is an avid sports fisherman.

  • Ellie Ruddell


    Ellie is a confident and down to earth physiotherapist, who joined the Active team in April 2015. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys most sports, spending time at the beach, boating and fishing, which is only natural when born and bred in Airlie beach!

    Ellie has experience treating a wide range of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Ellie has developed a particular interest in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy and has also qualified in dry needling. Ellie strives to create individualised programs to ensure the best possible outcome for her clients. Ellie has completed training in Women's Health physiotherapy and has recently accomplished a certificate in spinal manual therapy. In addition Ellie has completed running assessment training - she is interested in running re-training and performance and can undertake running assessments in our clinic.

  • Emily Biggs


    Emily joined the Active team in 2015 after completing a 5 week placement with us in 2014. Emily enjoys shopping, live music, travelling and spending time with her menagerie of animals. Her adventurous side has bought her to Mackay from Adelaide! 

    Emily has a passion for Women’s Health and has recently completed further study in Overactive Bladder, Genito-urinary Pain Disorders and Sexual Dysfunction. She prides herself on making sure that patients feel comfortable and cared for whilst ensuring that their goals for treatment are reached. Emily will continue to progress her knowledge in Women’s Health, with her latest course, Lila Abbotte’s Bowel and Coccyx course, completed in November 2016.

  • Ryan Jones


    Ryan has returned to his home town, Mackay, after graduating with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy at James Cook University. Ryan brings enthusiasm to apply his depth of knowledge in the musculoskeletal field. He also has gained valuable experience with neurological, cardiorespiratory and orthopaedic conditions. Ryan highly values patient education, endeavouring to thoroughly explain patient'€™s conditions and facilitate self- management to optimise recovery. 

    He has strong passion in managing sporting and acute injuries, having worked this year alongside the Crusaders Soccer team, Souths Rugby League Senior team and is involved with Mackay Cricket. He has recently completed his Level 1 APA Sports course, dry needling Introductory & Advanced course and Specialty Shoulder course to improve treatments of shoulder, knee and ankle joints. He intends on expanding his expertise further in the hope of completing Level 2 Sports, Level 2 Shoulder and Spinal manual therapy courses in 2017!

  • Connie Whittle


    Connie graduated with Honours from James Cook University in Townsville in 2015. Her hobbies include running, touch football and paddle boarding and a strong background in dance, particularly classical ballet. Her specific musculoskeletal interests include neck, back, knee and ankle injuries. Connie has completed post-graduate training in Pilates, dry needling and acupuncture, musculoskeletal rehabilitation for breast cancer patients and pelvic floor muscle training. She interested in completing women’s health training through courses planned later in 2016 and 2017. 

    Connie has had the pleasure this year of working with dancers from Roby Roger’s School of Dance, helping them to improve their core stability and postural awareness in the lead up to their RAD examinations. She is also the lead physio for the QBL Mackay Meteorettes. Connie believes that getting to know her patients is the best way to ensure treatment is aimed towards achieving their goals.

  • Claire Trotter


    Claire has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of South Australia. This year has been a year of firsts with getting married at the start of the year, becoming a physiotherapist and moving away from Adelaide. So far loving every minute of it!

    Claire completed her final year placement at Active Physiotherapy last year. She enjoyed being a part of the team so much that she decided to stay. Claire has a broad range of interests and comes to Active with an invaluable 12 months experience as a Neurological Physiotherapy Assistant, a field she is interested in developing as a special interest. Claire is very excited to be a member of the Active Physiotherapy Team and is looking forward to assisting people to achieve their individualized goals.

    In her spare time she enjoys anything to do with water whether that be swimming, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, or attempting surfing.  

  • Jarrid Kennedy

    Jarrid is our full time massage therapist. Jarrid is a diploma certified Sports & Remedial Massage Therapist specializing in Remedial, Sports, Deep Tissue and Pregnancy massage, and Posture & Stretching. Also, Jarrid is the official QBL Meteor and Meteorettes' Massage Therapist for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Jarrid has lived in Mackay for his whole life and he is passionate about health and wellbeing. Gift vouchers available or call to find out more about the massage membership program.