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.

  • Jamie Van Beek – Physiotherapist

    Qualifications:

    Bachelor of Nutrition and Exercise Science

    Masters of Physiotherapy Studies

    Areas of interest:

    Musculoskeletal pain

    Neck related headaches and dizziness

    Neurological rehabilitation

    Paediatric physiotherapy

    Passion:

    Jamie graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies from the University of Queensland. Upon completion, he was awarded the Judith Gould Clinical Practice prize for the greatest proficiency in clinical practice.

    He has completed placements at various hospitals and clinics around Brisbane, as well as in the community where he provided physiotherapy to children with a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. It was here that Jamie discovered his passion for equipping children and families with the skills they need to thrive during development.

    “Paediatrics is such a challenging area. You have two clients (three if Dad comes along), and one of them is too busy trying to draw on walls and find things to swallow to listen to you. Making time to ensure everyone involved is on board and knows their role is the key to excellent outcomes. For parents, that means understanding their concerns and providing them with the skills and information they need. For Bub, it means making sessions the right mix of fun and challenging in order for them to progress.”

    Jamie has also completed research into Cervicogenic Dizziness through the Cervical Spine and Whiplash Clinic at the University of Queensland and has clinical experience managing Vertigo, Headaches and Whiplash injuries.

    “Headaches and Dizziness are often the most emotionally charged conditions I see in the clinic. And that’s completely reasonable; it’s scary for things to go wrong in your head. As first contact practitioners, Physiotherapists are trained to screen for all possible causes of Headaches and Dizziness, providing clients with much peace of mind as they progress through their treatment plan.”

    Jamie’s background in Exercise Science and his experience competing in high level football and running events make him adept at helping clients return to high levels of performance. However, he believes these skills can help get the best out of all of his clients, whatever their goal.

    “Understanding how to break down and optimise a movement isn’t just useful in sport. It can help people in all facets of their life. The goal may be to be able to carry the shopping bags inside without pain or walk up a flight of steps without the rails or to do a fun run. Being a good Physio is about working with clients to manage pain and address their impairments so that they can see functional, goal-oriented results.”

  • Mick Craven Exercise Physiologist
    Mick Craven – Exercise Physiologist

    Qualifications:

    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

    Passion:

    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.