Queensland rehabilitation Specialists
n.b. QRS is a group of independent of practitioners who practice together. Each individual provider sets their own fees and has their own policies and protocols.
Dr Saul Geffen
Founder & Director
BM,BS (Flin) FRACGP, FAFRM (RACP)
Senior Lecture, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
VMO at Mater South Brisbane, Mater Mackay & Canossa Private Hospital
Director of Rehabilitation at Canossa Private Hospital
Director of Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists
Director of Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Services (BPRS)
Director of Brisbane Hypertonicity Clinic
General Medical Assessment Tribunal Member
Dr Geffen is an experienced Rehabilitation Physician with a special interest in sports medicine, chronic pain management and the treatment of dystonia & migraines. His treatment programs have been featured in multiple media stories here.
Dr Geffen's Clinics:
Exact Radiology Oxley
Exact Radiology Sunnybank
Dr Geffen is currently acting on a case by case basis and is accepting new referrals through a triage process, to ensure he is the correct professional to cover patients care.
Dr Geffen occasionally participates in Medicolegal/ Independent Medical Examinations, as per our triage process.
Contact our rooms for more information.
Dr Mostyn yong
MB ChB (UK), M Eng (Research), FAFRM (RACP)
As a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM), I am deeply honoured to join Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists.
By God's grace, the formative years of my training have enriched me with wide ranging and comprehensive clinical experiences and research in the field of Rehabilitation Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery.
The challenges and joys of providing medical oversight for hospital inpatient's needs as well as addressing psycho-social needs of patients, carers and families through education and counselling and spiritual faith-based care is immensely rewarding.
My special areas of interest include musculoskeletal rehabilitation, complex neurological conditions including the management of spasticity involving botulinum toxin and baclofen pump management, and reconditioning and optimization of lifestyle for older patients with chronic health conditions.
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday consultation clinics at Woolloongabba clinic.
Sunnybank Exact Radiology (fortnightly Wednesday's)
Consultations, CT Guided and Ultrasound Guided Injections.
Dr Yong is currently taking on new patients. Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
DR TARUNISHA SHARMA
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP)
VMO Canossa Private Hospital
Director of Medicine, Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service (BPRS)
Dr Sharma is also a consulting Rehabilitation Specialist and the Director of Medicine for the Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service (BPRS).
Dr Sharma runs clinics on Mondays, Fridays and some Wednesdays. She can consult via telehealth for those patients who are in rural areas which are eligible for telehealth consultations. Dr Sharma's speciality areas include FND management, medicinal cannabis, multi-disciplinary team care management and chronic pain.
Dr Tarunisha Sharma operates at our Woolloongabba clinic Monday's and Friday's
Dr Sharma is currently taking on new patients. Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Dr Angela Wills
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP)
VMO St Vincent Private Kangaroo Point
Delegate of the AFRM Policy and Advocacy Committee
Member of the AFRM Accreditation Committee
Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Dr Angela Wills is welcomed to join and get apart of the Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists team as a Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist.
Dr Angela Wills is an experienced and approachable rehabilitation medicine specialist with a special interest in chronic pain. She received her medical degree from the University of Queensland and undertook specialist training across Queensland, with her final placement at the Tess Cramond Pain and Research Centre.
Dr Wills takes a holistic approach to patient care, providing multidisciplinary treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. She is experienced in performing minor procedures, botulinum toxin injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and ketamine infusions.
Dr Wills is involved in research related to chronic pain and rehabilitation medicine. In addition to her clinical practice and research activities, Dr Wills plays an active role in the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM), serving on both the AFRM Policy and Advocacy Committee and the AFRM Accreditation Committee.
With her compassionate and attentive manner, Dr Wills ensures that each patient receives the individualised care they need to achieve the best possible outcome and improve their quality of life.
Dr Angela Wills consults at our satellite clinics:
- St Vincent's Private Hospital Brisbane (Monday and Wednesday)
Consultations, Ketamine and Lignocaine infusions.
Dr Wills works closely with patients to provide a high level care, through patient consultations, Ketamine and Lignocaine infusions. This service is available at St Vincent's Private Hospital.
Dr Wills is currently taking on new patients. Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Dr Tegan Stewart
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP)
Dr Tegan Stewart is welcomed to join and get apart of the Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists team as a Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist.
Dr Stewart grew up in rural Far North Queensland and attained her medical degree at James Cook University, Townsville. She moved to the Sunshine Coast to complete her specialist training across a mixture of public and private Rehabilitation clinics and inpatient facilities in the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane areas.
Dr Stewart is experienced in and enjoy all areas of general Rehabilitation Medicine, with special interest areas including spinal cord injury rehabilitation, amputation, chronic and persistent pain management, acquired brain injury (including stroke, traumatic brain injury and concussion) and chronic disability management including monitoring, prevention and management of disease-related complications, such as spasticity.
Dr Tegan Stewart consults at our offsite Morayfield clinic on Monday fortnights.
Dr Stewart is currently on leave until March 2024. Please contact our rooms for more information.
Rehabilitation and Pain Physicians
DR BEN MANION
Pain and Rehabilitation Physician
BVSc, MBBS, FAFRM(RACP) and FFPMANZCA
Dr Ben Manion is an Australian trained doctor with both Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine specialisations. He has a progressive and compassionate approach, with an emphasis on returning patients to their best level of function. He is backed by an integrated and multidisciplinary team, and his treatment uses pharmacological, psychological, physical and procedural strategies.
Dr Manion is trained in use of neuromodulation, intrathecal drug delivery devices, neuroablation and use of botulinum toxin. He has experience in managing pain and rehabilitation following spinal cord injury and brain injury.
Dr Manion works at our Woolloongabba consultation rooms, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday's.
Dr Manion works closely with multiple hospitals to provide surgical intervention options for our patients. These hospitals include:
Dr Manion is currently taking on new patients, Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Bulk-billed fighters clinic
Dr Ben Manion and our Rehabilitation Registrar conduct a weekly bulk-billed fighters clinic from 12pm on Thursdays. If interested, please contact our rooms on 07 3393 2001.
Professor Michael o'Sullivan
BA, MB, BS, PhD, FRCP, FRACP
Professor Michael O’Sullivan is a consultant neurologist and internationally accomplished neuroscientist.
Prof O'Sullivan has a special interest in stroke and brain injury, including sport-related and other types of concussion, and more severe traumatic brain injury. His focus is primarily on rehabilitation and recovery and developing new methods to predict outcome and aid recovery. He is also a leading international authority on the genetic disease CADASIL. He is a senior staff specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he is also Director of Research, and is Honorary Professor and Group Leader at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, UQ.
QRS have urgent appointments available for the following:
Prof O'Sullivan has a fortnightly clinic at our Woolloongabba clinic on Monday's.
Professor Michael O'Sullivan is currently taking on new patients, Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
PAEDIATRIC REHABILITATION PHYSICIANs
DR Gaj Panagoda
Paediatric Rehabilitation Physician
Director, Superkid Rehab
BAppSc(Physiotherapy), MBBS, FRACP, FAFRM
Dr Gaj Panagoda is a Paediatric Rehabilitation Physician with extensive experience in rehabilitation. Having worked with both children and adults, he is ideally placed to assist transition from paediatric to adult rehabilitation services. His main areas of interest are cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury.
Dr Panagoda accepts referrals from infants to approximately 25 years old, the upper age limit being decided on a case-by-case basis. He performs botulinum toxin injections in clinic under ultrasound guidance.
Queensland Rehabilitation Specialists - Fortnightly Wednesdays
Optimum Movement Ormiston - Monthly Fridays
Dr Panagoda is currently taking on new patients, contact our rooms to book an appointment.
For more information, please visit SuperKid Rehab website or contact our rooms for more information.
Allied Health Team
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Exercise Science, Member of APA, MPA, SPA & ADNG
Director of Mobilise Physio
Nathan Craig is a senior physiotherapist with experience in multiple areas of physiotherapy. He has special interests in persistent/chronic pain, spinal pain, musculoskeletal conditions and sports injuries. His favourite part of being a physiotherapist is that it allows him to help people on a daily basis and to be involved in their health journey.
Nathan will work closely with you and other members of your health & wellness team, including family & friends, support workers/carers, other allied health professionals, your general practitioner, specialists and surgeons.
Nathan believes strongly in frequent and clear communication with your health team to ensure a cohesive treatment plan with aligned goals towards improving your quality of life. As a previous sufferer of persistent neuropathic (nerve) pain, Nathan also understands the importance of education and self-management to ensure you get the most out of your therapy.
Aside from treating clients that are insured through private health or are uninsured, Nathan also has extensive experience in assisting patients with their case management. This includes clients who are utilising the following funding schemes:
Nathan clinics run on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
Nathan is currently accepting new patients and will be available at our Woolloongabba.
BA (Hons), M Psych (Clin.), MAPS; Dip Clin. Hypnosis
Siouxsie is a welcoming, compassionate, innovative Clinical Psychologist who enjoys connecting and working with people to support them to heal, grow and thrive. During her 15 years as a Clinical Psychologist working in Private Practice as well as across a range of health settings she has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting people with life transitions and skill building to address a wide-ranging array of issues including pain and health-related issues, anxiety, mood disorders, phobias, substance and addiction issues, grief and loss, career, confidence, communication, interpersonal and communication issues.
Siouxsie utilises evidence-based psychological techniques and/or hypnosis to assist people to achieve their goals.
She is currently taking patients on a case by case basis to ensure she is the right professional to support your needs. She is available under a Mental Health Care Plan (MHCP), Team Care Plan, Private Health Insurance, third-party and NDIS packages.
Siouxsie only offers Telehealth appointments on Thursday and Friday's.
Siouxsie is currently not taking on new patients at this stage.
Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Sport & Exercise Psychology Registrar
PostGradDipMgt, MBA. BPsych. PostGradDipPsych. MPsych (Sports & Exercise)
Steve has completed his Master of Psychology in the field of Sports and Exercise and after extensive leadership experience in both corporate and private enterprise is now pursuing a passion working with patients and clients and dealing with: teamwork and team building; leadership and leadership development; high performance cultures; stress and anxiety; injury rehabilitation; and (persistent) pain management.
Steve is enthusiastic about the benefits of life experiences and the combination with evidence based psychological techniques and therapies to create connection and trust and make a difference to the lives of patients.
Mondays and Thursdays
Steve is currently accepting new patients and will be available at our Woolloongabba clinic on Mondays and Thursdays.
Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Jean Clow graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 1991. Her specialist areas are neurological upper limb rehabilitation and advanced lymphoedema management.
Since 2008, she has been working at the Mater Private Rehabilitation Unit. During this time, she spent five years coordinating day therapy. Jean currently provides clinical care, multidisciplinary mentorship and student supervision in both neurological rehabilitation and advanced lymphoedema management. She provides national professional development in adult rehabilitation and functional electrical stimulation for the stroke-affected upper limb. She also provides oedema management and assistive technology workshops for the Australian Catholic University Masters of Rehabilitation program.
Monday - Friday as per appointment bookings
Jean is currently taking on new patients at our Woolloongabba clinic through referral.
Referral/brief consultation history is preferred to gather patient history when receiving referrals.
Contact our rooms to book an appointment.
Occupational Therapist, ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner
Deirdre has worked as an Occupational Therapist, Rehabilitation Coordinator, Stroke Care Coordinator and University Lecturer since graduating from the University of Queensland in 1988. She has spent over 30 years working in hospital and rehabilitation settings working with adults of all ages, with conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, traumatic brain injury, orthopaedic conditions, lower limb amputation, lymphoedema and conditions of ageing.
Deirdre is passionate about being an Occupational Therapist, and working in a team to support people in their recovery from injury and illness to achieve their greatest potential by working towards goals that are important to them.
Deirdre’s special interest in rehabilitation and recovery following stroke led her to development an Australian standardised screening tool for use by Occupational Therapists early after stroke to detect problems of visual perception and praxis. This assessment called the Occupational Therapy Adult Perceptual Screening Test (or OT-APST) was the topic of her PhD thesis completed in 2005.
In 2013 Deirdre travelled overseas on a Churchill Fellowship observing stroke rehabilitation care in centres of stroke excellence in the USA, Canada, the UK and Sweden.
Occupational Therapy Services offered include:
· Stroke and neurological rehabilitation
· Home safety assessment and home modifications
· Assistive equipment prescription
· Low vision adaptations
· Cognitive rehabilitation
· Falls prevention
· Lymphoedema management
Contact our rooms to book an appointment with Deirdre.