Meet the Team

ZOË ATKINSON

Bsc Physiotherapy, AHPRA & APAM
Business Owner and Clinical Lead

Zoë graduated as a physiotherapist from University of Birmingham in the UK in 1993. Zoë has worked in hospital, community and not for profit organisations during her career, and has a vast experience of working with children and adults of all ages with physical disability.  Zoë has a clinical interest in complex physical disability and postural management.   She has experience with neurological conditions in adults and paediatrics and has worked as a community provider for over 20 years.  Community service delivery is Zoë’s area of expertise and the work she enjoys doing the most.  Zoë’s postgraduate studies have been in paediatric and adult neurology and 24 hour positioning.  She is committed to helping you to achieve the physical goals you have for your 1Life.  Zoë is a registered physiotherapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and APA Paediatric and Disability groups. 

In her spare time Zoë enjoys swimming in cold rock pools and spending time with her family. 

NICKY MARSHALL

BSc Physiotherapy

Nicky trained as a physiotherapist in the UK, receiving a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from the University of Birmingham in 1997. She worked in England for 10 years in the public hospital system gaining a broad experience in areas including musculoskeletal, neurology, orthopaedics, disability and community health. She moved to the Illawarra in 2007 and has worked in both the private and public sector since then. Her clinical areas of interest include chronic pain, having completed a postgraduate professional certificate in pain sciences through the University of South Australia in 2018 and neurological conditions including Parkinson’s.

She has completed training in LSVT BIG therapy and PD warrior exercise prescription. She is involved in facilitating a local Parkinson’s exercise group and is also a local pain educator through the Pain Revolution.

She is passionate about helping people manage their health conditions and/or disability to allow maximum function, achieve their valued goals and enhance their quality of life.

AMANDA SIMISTER

BSc Hons Physiotherapy

Amanda trained as a Physiotherapist in the UK, receiving her BSc Hons in Physiotherapy from Nottingham University in 1997.  She spent 3 years working in the public health system in the UK specialising in Musculoskeletal, Rehabilitation, Hydrotherapy and Respiratory care before moving to Australia in 2001. 

She has worked in both the Public and Private sectors in Australia across Neurological and Musculoskeletal rehabilitation and Community care.  She has a special interest in assisting clients with recovery from persistent musculoskeletal pain conditions. She completed her post graduate professional certificate in pain management in 2018 and has been involved with Pain Revolution as a Local Pain Educator.

Amanda loves working with clients in the community, helping them achieve their functional goals. As a Physiotherapist with over 2 decades of practical experience, she brings a wealth of clinical knowledge, skill and empathy to the team, providing confidence and ensuring successful outcomes.

JO CARROLL

B App Sc (Physiotherapy)
LSVT-Big Certified Clinician

Jo graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Sydney in 1995. She has worked in rehabilitation for most of her career with a vast array of neurological conditions such as stroke, MS, Parkinson’s Disease, FND and brain injuries as well as with amputees, spinal injuries, orthopaedic conditions and general reconditioning.

Jo is passionate about working with you to achieve your physical goals within your home and in the community to maximise your independence and function.

BEVERLEY GALLAGHER

Allied Therapy Assistant Level 2

Bev enjoys connecting with people and working with them to achieve their goals. Bev has a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance and a Diploma in Community Services (Disability Work). She is a self-motivated, creative, positive energetic person with more than 25 years’ experience in the Disability Sector, both in government and not-for-profit organisations. Bev has specialised in providing therapeutic support across Allied Health areas of Speech pathology, Occupational therapy and Physiotherapy.

Out of work Bev enjoys bushwalking, riding her motorbike, yoga, meditation, ocean fun and photography.

NICOLE BUCKMAN

Allied Therapy Assistant Level 2

Nic holds a Certificate IV in Allied health Assistance and a Certificate IV in Fitness. She has spent most of her career in the Fitness and Aquatic industry working with children and adults of all ages. From this career a true passion and enjoyment has developed to help those she connects with gain a greater wellbeing and independence.
When Nic isn’t working you will find her at the beach with her family or being a taxi for her girls’ activities.

DANIEL MCKENDRY

Allied Therapy Assistant Level 2

Meet Daniel, a dynamic member of our team who is currently completing his second-year studies in Physiotherapy. With a keen interest in building relationships with people, Daniel believes that understanding and respecting how individuals view the world is critical to supporting them in working towards improving and maintaining their wellbeing.

With a diverse career background that includes working as an adventure sports guide across Australia and Canada, Daniel has been exposed to unique situations that have allowed him to observe the interrelation of the body, mind, and environment. He understands how these factors blend to influence an individual’s perception of themselves, their capabilities, and ultimately their health.

In his spare time, Daniel enjoys immersing himself in learning about the human body and psychology. He is an avid surfer, rock climber, and can often be found spending time in nature. With his warm and approachable personality, Daniel is dedicated to providing exceptional care to his clients.

NYREE SAXBY

NYREE SAXBY

Allied Health Assistant Level 2

Nyree has worked as an Allied Health Assistant for the past 2 and a half years, guiding clients with disabilities and mature-aged clients through their allied health programs. Nyree enjoys building relationships with her clients and is passionate about helping her clients reach their full potential, making every session interesting and fun.

From her own life experiences, Nyree’s goals are to make a difference and to create a positive impact on the lives of others.

BORIS BARALDI

Accounts & HR

Boris is responsible for managing Accounts and Human Resources at 1Life Physio and ensuring our compliance . Boris has extensive knowledge of the NDIS Rules, Act and Practice Standards and manages billing, invoicing and funding.  Boris is committed to ensuring essential paperwork, policies and procedures are in place for the everyday running of 1Life Physio.
Boris is an active part of his community and plays an integral role within the Oak Flats Swim Club and other local organisations. Boris is passionate about volunteering and making a positive difference in people’s lives.

ASHLEIGH SWEENEY

Administration Assistant

Ashleigh provides administration support to the team and our participants.  Ashleigh is passionate about supporting people with a disability and has previously managed and supported people in Supported Independent Living.  Ashleigh keeps the team organised and has extensive knowledge of working with the NDIS.

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