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.

  • Hans Giebeler – Senior Physiotherapist

    Qualifications:

    B Phty, PG Dip Sports Physio, GCHE.

    SPORTS and EXERCISE PHYSIOTHERAPIST (APA Titled)

    Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1984), University of Queensland
    Post Graduate Diploma Sports Physiotherapy (1992), Curtin University (WA)
    Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Physiotherapist Titleholder (2000)
    Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (2019)

    Areas of interest:

    Spinal, Pelvic Dysfunctions, Headache, Lower Limb injury management and prevention

    Musculoskeletal

    Sports Injuries and training load injuries

    Passion:

    Hans graduated from the University of Queensland’s Physiotherapy program in 1984 and went on to further studies completing the Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1992 with distinction. He has worked with a great variety of athletes at elite and recreational level. During his years as a Club and Rep Sports Physio he has worked with athletes from several sports – field hockey, Rugby League, basketball, triathlon and cycling. Roles that he is particularly proud of were as Physio for the Australian U21 Men’s Hockey, Brisbane Bullets NBL and Brisbane Broncos NRL teams.

    “The work was very satisfying because you saw athletes return to high performance in short periods of time, remembering that these fine-tuned athletes are professionals and dedicated – after all it is their job.”

    Hans spent two years at each club resulting in four very busy and intense years of travel, work and great memories. Applying knowledge and skills as a Physiotherapist requires a high-level understanding of sciences such as anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, exercise prescription as they apply to sports at all levels of participation as well as everyday work and life activity. Hans believes what is most important in healthcare is the profound and fundamental value of communication between CLIENT and PRACTITIONER. As a practitioner, one has to be a good listener to be able to assess, treat, advise, help and collaborate.

    “I have always had a special interest in managing and learning more about the knee joint complex. The knee is such a biomechanical compromise – a hinge joint that also rotates! Knee problems attract such a lot of attention from health care practitioners as well as from media commentators who are able to ‘diagnose’ an ACL rupture and offer a return to play prediction to the repeat ACL rupture that finally ends a great career. Then there are also clients, mostly in their later years, trying to decide what to do about a painful, swollen arthritic knee. The challenge has always been there for me to better understand and manage knee problems in an evidence informed and client specific way.”

    These days, what gives Hans the greatest satisfaction as a Physio is seeing the person who returns to comfortable activity after months of rehab, who overcomes weeks to months of debilitating back pain, who works a 9-5, M-F job, has family responsibilities, still trains 3 times a week and works incredibly hard to get back to ‘A’ grade.

    “My philosophy to patient care is pretty basic – manage people’s movement problems like you would want yours to be managed. For me, it begins and ends with the relationship. As Physios, we spend quite a bit of time with our clients, we communicate with our clients to understand how their movement problems interfere with their enjoyment of life, work and sport participation. Through those conversations, we get to know our clients quite well and most often a good relationship is established. We are a ‘caring profession’ and we are human after all.”

    Hans practices as General and Sports Physiotherapist and has achieved Titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist status with the professional body in recognition of his knowledge and skills.

    His interest lies in most areas of physiotherapy but specifically spinal and pelvic dysfunctions, headache and lower limb injury management and prevention. He has worked with many athletes, young and older, as well as office workers and trades people aiming to manage their acute or persistent pain in a work or recreational environment. Hans is also a long-term keen cyclist which has led to an interest in cycling injury and training load injuries associated with all types of sport and exercise.

    Hans has been heavily involved in teaching at undergraduate, post-graduate and speciality Masters level at several tertiary institutions. He completed postgraduate studies in the design and delivery of tertiary adult learning programs. In addition to a full clinical load, Hans embraces his role as a professional Mentor to young and emerging Physiotherapists.

    He works collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team inclusive of General Medical Practitioners, Sports Physicians and Spinal and General Orthopaedic Surgeons as well as other Allied Health practitioners for the management of complex conditions.

  • 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

    Specialist techniques:

    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.