About Katie

Katie's approach
Katie is committed to holistic, evidence-based and effective management strategies. She has a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy and plans to finish her Masters of Sports Physiotherapy by 2019. Her passion for movement on the rock has led to the development of physio-led clinics and workshops, as well as collaboration with coaches and other professionals in order to help her clients achieve the very best physical condition they can.

Katie's experience

Katie first worked in a diverse role in one of Darwin's leading private physiotherapy practices, where she was also worked with the Tiwi Bombers 2012 - 2013 NTFL team . She has worked with climbers as long as she has been practicing, and works with recreational, sub-elite and elite climbers across all disciplines.

Since moving back to Melbourne in 2014, Katie has worked in the private sector, including in her current role as a senior outpatient trauma/orthopaedic/amputee rehabilitation physiotherapist with one of Melbourne's leading private rehabilitation organisations, including as the senior physio in a Complex Hip program and the musculoskeletal / neck physio in a Concussion Clinic. She has worked in sports private practice since 2012.

Katie has been a keen climber for almost ten years, and enjoys a combination of trad, sport and bouldering. Her personal sporting experience includes competitive swimming, hiking/trekking, surfing, sailing, open water swimming, and trail running. Katie understands through personal experience how hard it can be to take time off from your favourite sport, and as such does her best to assist her clients to get back on the wall and maximise their performance.

February 2019 saw the inaugural Adaptive Climbing Victoria meet-up group run at North Walls Indoor Climbing Gym. This is a project that Katie is passionate about and has been involved in since 2018. For more information on adaptive climbing, please contact Katie via email, or visit the Adaptive Climbing Victoria Facebook page.


Katie's interests

Conditions of particular interest to Katie include shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand rehabilitation (yes, including fingers too!), tendinopathies, and the complex movement patterns involved in climbing. She has undertaken professional development and mentoring in hand therapy with some of Melbourne's leading hand therapists and hand surgeons. Other areas of interest include endurance sport injury management and reduction of injury risk, persistent pain, and trunk and lower limb contributions to climbing performance. Katie has participated in research in neurological physiotherapy, and is leading a rock climbing injury epidemiology study at present. She attends regular professional development courses, and describes herself as an eternal learning enthusiast. She prefers to treat the person, not the injury, and takes a multidisciplinary approach - including coaches, other allied health professionals and medical professionals as required - to help you achieve your goals.