Our Physiotherapists & Exercise Physiologist

It is not often you will find Physio’s and Chiropractors working together, but here at Embrace Life, our Physiotherapists, when required, can work closely with our team of Chiropractors and Remedial Massage Therapists, to help you get back to your best health. We also have the expertise of an Exercise Physiologist to assist with injury rehabilitation, chronic disease management and fitness, strength and performance training.

  • Elissa Johnson – Physiotherapist


    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Areas of interest:

    Musculoskeletal Issues & Shoulder, Knee, Upper & Lower Limb Injuries; Chronic Pain; Dry Needling; Western Acupuncture


    Elissa is passionate about helping those in need. She believes in helping people feel empowered, heard and understood and get back to enjoying life without pain holding them back. Elissa was ranked highest in clinical practice upon graduation from ACU in 2016 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

    She is very experienced in providing physiotherapy in private practice, sporting and occupational settings and has a special interest in using manual therapy, hydrotherapy, dry needling and Western Acupuncture to assist her clients to feel their best. Elissa enjoys working with clients who have neck and back pain, or shoulder, knee, upper and lower limb injuries.

    Elissa was the head physiotherapist for the Brisbane Netball Association for 4 years, working with athletes of varying ages and levels all the way up to the Netball State Championships. She is passionate about incorporating exercise into her treatments, especially for clients with more complex or persisting presentations and is able to train from beginner up to athlete level.

    As a mum, Elissa understands the physical toll of having a family and life with young kids and is ready to help parents in need. Elissa grew up in Brisbane and enjoys spending her time off with her husband and son.

  • Ankita Jariwala – Physiotherapist


    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Exercise & Wellness Diploma (Post Graduate)

    Kinesio Taping

    Areas of interest:

    Musculoskeletal Issues & Injuries; Chronic Pain; Orthopaedic; Cardio-Respiratory & Neurological Disorders


    Ankita is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping people regain function and return to sporting activities.

    Ankita has a strong background in orthopaedic, cardio-respiratory, neurological disorders and an excellent understanding of the challenges that patients face living with these chronic diseases. She has also completed a post-graduate diploma in Exercise and Wellness from Canada, where she developed an exceptional interest in pain management, injury prevention and post-op orthopaedic rehabilitation.

    Clinic work remains a real passion for Ankita, as she enjoys treating patients of all ages and backgrounds and gaining new experiences and knowledge from every individual patient she treats.

    In addition to speaking English, Ankita also speaks Gujarati, Hindi and Marathi.

  • Naomi O’Keeffe – Physiotherapist


    Bachelor of Physiotherapy

    Consultant of Emotional Anatomy

    PhysioKey Practitioner

    Neurolinguistic Coach

    Certificate in Aromatherapy

    Certificate in Reflexology

    Certificate in Managing and Treating Dementia

    Areas of interest:

    Musculoskeletal Issues & Injuries; Chronic Pain; Geriatrics (Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Orthopaedic, etc); Paediatrics; Neurological Rehabilitation (Brain, Spinal injuries, amputation); Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Joint & Spinal Surgeries & Replacements); Women’s Health (pre, ante and post-natal care)


    I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Queensland in 2010. Throughout my 10 years of experience, I have covered many fields of Physiotherapy, and travelled to many locations across Australia. My favourite is Broome & The Kimberley region of Western Australia – the red dust meeting the blue-green sea is breath-taking. I have worked across the lifespan: from newborns to the elderly, and with many cultural populations.

    Although I am foremost a physical therapist, I intertwine my sessions with mental and emotional practices. I believe balance comes from a mind-body connection and so my approach to treating pain and dysfunction includes the physical body, the emotional body, the mental body and the spiritual body.

    Sessions with me could include:

    • Physical Therapy (Muscle, Joint & Nerve mobilisations)
    • Emotional Anatomy
    • PhysioKey Treatments (advanced neurostimulation for the treatment of pain)
    • Myofascial Release
    • Injury Rehabilitation
    • Geriatrics
    • Balance Training
    • Dynamic Exercise Prescription
    • Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Ante- & Post-natal Care
    • Work Cover & Third Party Injuries
    • DVA
  • Mick Craven Exercise Physiologist
    Mick Craven – Exercise Physiologist


    Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)
    Bachelor of Science (Human Movement Studies), Pilates Instructor, Remedial Massage Therapist, Scenar Therapist Level 1, PhysioKey Therapist Basic & Advanced training.

    Over 15 years experience in the Health industry

    Areas of Interest:

    Fitness, Strength, Flexibility, Performance Training, Posture, Gait Retraining, Core Stability, Weight Loss, Injury Rehabilitation, Chronic Disease Management, Scenar Therapy, Physiokey Therapy


    Mick completed his degree at the University of Queensland in 2000 and has worked in many different settings in the health industry including gyms and health clinics as both a Personal Trainer and Exercise Physiologist.  He has extensive experience working with a broad range of clients, including those wanting to lose weight or improve in fitness, athletes, children, war veterans, those with complex health issues and many others in between.  He particularly enjoys helping clients who are experiencing ongoing pain and dysfunction to regain their health and vitality.

    In years past Mick has enjoyed playing soccer, weight training and martial arts, but these days he gets most of his exercise chasing his three young boys around.