The Team

Ms Leigh McCutcheonMs Leigh McCutcheon

Graduated from Sydney University in 1991 & established the Robina Physiotherapy Clinic in 1993 and the Elanora Physiotherapy Clinic in 1995. In 1999 Leigh completed a years study to gain her Graduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy and then went onto specialise as a manipulative therapist with a Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (first class honours). Leigh has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Western Acupuncture. She now lectures locally and nationally to postgraduate physiotherapists. Leigh also has just completed a Research Fellowship at Griffith University studying the effect of acupuncture on Whiplash Associated Disorder. Additional interests include treatment of the Temporomandibular Disorder, shoulder rehabilitation, neck and head ache pain, lower limb biomechanics and sports & spinal rehabilitation.

Ms Karin van Heerden

Ms Karin van Heerden

Completed her physiotherapy degree in South Africa in 1982. Karin’s experience has been primarily in private practice with special interest in sports medicine, musculoskeletal physiotherapy, acupuncture and orthopaedics. Post graduate courses have been completed in acupuncture and dry needling, advance knee treatment, personal training & gym instructing, biomechanic assessment and exercise prescription, and orthopaedic manipulative therapy. Karin works with state representative netball players as well as local teams. Karin is presently completing post graduate studies in sports medicine through La Trobe University and tutors in conjunction with Leigh to post graduate physiotherapists.

 Aaron Woolley physiotherapist sport acupunctureAaron Woolley physiotherapist sport acupunctureMr Aaron Woolley

Aaron completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Charles Sturt University. Aaron has special interests in sports medicine and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and high level rehabilitation from neurological disorders. Aaron has completed additional training in acupuncture and dry needling, kinesio taping as well strength and conditioning training and run coaching.  Aaron competes in and has a special interest in triathlon including sports screening and rehabilitation.

Mr Alexander Ritchie

Mr Alexander Ritchie

Graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in 2002. Since graduation Alex has worked overseas in Canada and the UK across various areas of physiotherapy. He has a special interest in lower limb biomechanics and has completed postgraduate courses in Mulligan techniques and acupuncture and dry needling. Alex is presently enrolled in post graduate studies at Griffith University.

Heather NieuwenhovenHeather Nieuwenhoven

Graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Cumberland College of Health Sciences in Sydney in 1989. Prior to moving to the Gold Coast in 2010 Heather worked in the Northern Territory for 20 years practicing in the area of musculoskeletal health. For the three years prior to joining the Robina Physiotherapy team Heather worked in the specialised area of  orthopaedic and neurosurgery screening along with orthopaedic and neurosurgeons at Gold Coast Hospital.  Heather incorporates acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy and Pilates into the management of musculoskeletal conditions. Heather has had additional training in women’s health and is presently enrolled in post graduate studies at Griffith University.

Annie Heriot

Ms Annie Heriot

Graduated from The Massage Schools of Queensland, after completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage. She has gone onto to complete a Certificate of Hot Stone Massage and Certificate IV in Swedish, Relaxation, Aromatherapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Shiatsu. In 2009 she graduated from Australian Institute of Applied Science after completing a course in an Advanced Diploma of Homoeopathy. Additionally she completed Certificates 1, 2, & 3 in Touch For Health Kinesiology. Special interests are chronic and acute pain, scoliosis, kyphosis, lordosis, sciatica, joint mobility, and migraines.

Wade Ellis

Mr Wade Ellis

Wade completed a Bachelors degree in Health Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and a Bachelors degree in Podiatry at Brisbane’s Queensland University of Technology. Wade provides professional diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of medical and surgical conditions of the feet and lower limbs.  Wade commonly treats patients who require a gait analysis or have lower limb concerns such as Bunions, Severs Disease, Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Achilles Pain, Shin Splints, Morton’s Neuroma, Lower Limb Arthritis, Corns, Callous, Dystrophic Nails, Diabetic Feet and Ingrown Nails.