Meet Our Team

 

KATIE

Katie is our Ripples Health, Fitness and Rehabilitation Manager and Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She completed her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology through the Australian Catholic University in 2012 and graduated from a Bachelor of Human Movement from University of Technology Sydney in 2011. Over the past seven years Katie has been working with Ripples Leisure Centre, where she has gained extensive experience with exercise prescription and delivery for individuals through NDIS, WorkCover, DVA, EPC and privately.

Her passion lies with the neurological population specifically Parkinson’s Disease. Katie has undergone extensive professional development, including Parkinson’s (PD Warrior) training, APPI Matwork Pilates Series, APPI Ante & Post Natal Pilates as well as attending all of ESSA’s annual conferences. Over the last 24 months a large percentage of her time has been dedicated to building the Ripples Exercise Physiology Department.

Katie has and continues to be extremely driven through assisting all individuals meet not only their health needs but their overall aspirations and desired goals.

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RACHELLE

Rachelle is one of our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department Accredited Exercise Physiologists. She has four years of experience working as an Exercise Physiologist in Executive Health, Mental Health and in Private Practice.  Rachelle is currently in her final few months of completing her PhD at the University of Sydney. Her research focus is novel exercise therapies like HIIT for the modulation of body composition including visceral adiposity and lean body mass in adults with obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Rachelle’s biggest achievement to date is presenting her research to a full auditorium of fellow researchers and experts in the field at the Sports Medicine Australia Conference in Malaysia and becoming a lecturer for our future Exercise Physiologists at ACU and CSU. In her downtime, Rachelle enjoys treks throughout the Mountains and National Parks to find hidden gems of beaches and waterfalls and coastal hikes.

Rachelle is passionate about saving lives through exercise and assisting individuals optimize their rehabilitation through evidence-based programs.

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AISA

Meet Aisa

Aisa (pronounced E-Sah), has been an Exercise Physiologist since 2014 and is one of our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department Accredited Exercise Physiologists. He has worked as an Exercise Physiologist within a clinical setting performing both Occupational Health Testing and Health Consultations. He has also had the opportunity to work with private Elite Athletes in the realms of Archery and General Strength and Speed Training.

Aisa’s main passion lies in the field where he has the ability to help individuals’ recovery from injuries or improve their overall function and mobility. In his down time, Aisa enjoys training, playing sport and trying different cuisines.

Whether it be strength, balance, fitness or flexibility, Aisa, will do his best to use the knowledge he has and cater for each individual, as everyone is different.

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MIRNA

Mirna is one of our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department Accredited Exercise Physiologists and Accredited Exercise Scientist who has a passion and special interest in the role and benefit of exercise across many conditions, particularly neurological conditions like stroke.

Her hobbies include hiking, swimming or curling up with a good book (and some hot chocolate). Mirna’s favourite exercise is the compound exercise of a squat-to-row because it mimics every day activities like standing out of a chair, grabbing something then sitting back down, and it targets the whole body. Her biggest achievement would be being a part of a team that helped a stroke patient walk again.

As an Exercise Physiologist, it is Mirna’s personal goal to show the world how fun and rewarding exercise can be and how it is the best form of medicine.

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FRANK

Frank is one of our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department Accredited Exercise Physiologists who graduated with his Bachelor degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of New South Wales. He has two years of experience working as Rehabilitation Consultant, assisting individuals with their return to work, alongside two years of experience working as a clinician, assisting individuals with a range of disorders such as neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary.

Frank is also fluent in both Mandarin and Shanghainese dialect, and has worked closely with a large cohort of Non-English background individuals throughout his working tenure. His hobbies include red wine tasting and playing competitive badminton. Frank’s favourite exercise is the sit-to-stand because it’s simple, cost ineffective and its functional nature. His special interest includes knee rehabilitation as well as variety of neurological conditions consisting of Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Cord Injury and Stroke, and just the biomechanics of how the body works in general.

Frank key focus is to see an improvement in individuals clinical markers and general health wellbeing.

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JAMIE LEE

Jamie-Lee is the Ripples Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist. She was a scholarship recipient at the University of Western Sydney, where she underwent her 3-year Bachelor of Science (Nutrition & Food). Following that, Jamie-Lee completed her 2-year Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics at the University of Sydney. Since completing her University studies 5 years ago, Jamie-Lee have been Accredited with the professional body known as the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA). Jamie-Lee is planning on studying a Diabetes Educator Course alongside her Dietitian qualification at Deakin University in 2019.

Jamie-Lee has enjoyed working in the Private Practice sector & within Nursing Homes, gaining great knowledge & expertise in the areas of diabetes, chronic illness, weight loss, food allergies/intolerances & childhood nutrition.
Jamie-Lee loves to travel, especially when camping & hiking is involved, recently successfully trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal. Jamie-Lee enjoys cooking (gluten free foods in particular) as Jamie-Lee has been a diagnosed Coeliac for 6 years now & would say that her favourite foods include; Halloumi, Blackberries & Salmon.

Jamie-Lee believes that everyone deserves the right to good nutrition & looks forward to assisting you in reaching your health, food & weight goals.

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TAILAH

Tailah is an Accredited Exercise Scientist and one of our Receptionist at our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department. She currently conducts group classes and Pilates at Ripples Hydrotherapy Centre. A special interest of hers is Pilates for both clinical and ante/post-natal populations for alignment, stability and strength of the whole body. Tailah’s biggest achievement is graduating a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and being accepted into a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology where she aims to graduate as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist.

In her downtime, Tailah enjoys bushwalking and finding good TV series and movies to binge on.

Tailah believes in a holistic approach to each individuals rehabilitation experience.

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LYNETTE

Lynette is our Reception Team Leader and one of our Receptionist at our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department. Prior to this position, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) and has worked as a Practice Manager at a dental practice for 10 years. At Ripples Hydrotherapy Centre, she enjoys meeting new people and helping them with information to find the best possible action for their specific needs. Lynette enjoys seeing regular clients that come in to use the hydrotherapy pool and is encouraged by what they can achieve through their exercise sessions.

Lynette’s hobbies include knitting, crocheting, reading, bushwalking, and spending time with her family. She is a leader at kid’s club and enjoys working with and teaching kids.

Lynette believes in good old-fashioned customer service with a smile, where you need to be kind and respectful. She loves to help answer any questions that you have, or to have a friendly chat.

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KAT

Kat is one of our Receptionists at our Ripples Exercise Physiology Department. She currently works a variety of hours over 5 days a week and enjoys all aspects of her administrative role.

Kat enjoys travelling, particularly cruising, and has cruised multiple times to the Pacific Islands, as well as within Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Kat believes in providing a warm and welcoming environment for all of our customers here at Ripples Hydrotherapy and is always happy to answer any questions you may have about our facility.  

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