Originally trained in Physiotherapy, David graduated from The University of Queensland with first class honours and the University Medal for academic excellence in 1995. He completed a Masters of Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy at Griffith University in 2008, again winning the academic prize. He is one of only a handful of Physiotherapists worldwide who have completed clinical masters degrees in both sports Physiotherapy and musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. He loves study! He regularly is an invited speaker at Medical conferences and seminars sharing his knowledge of up to date research and years of fine tuning his skills.
David completed a two year course in the multi-system management of chronic pain in the USA in 2001. This lead to a change in the focus of his practice, enabling his approach to chronic problems to move beyond the mechanical (musculoskeletal) model to incorporate cranial, visceral, myofascial and endocrine approaches. With his continual focus on chronic pain & dysfunction, David established Chronic Pain Solutions in 2007 to better deliver personalised care for complex problems. He re-named the clinic to Pain Solutions Qld in 2014 when he moved into our current Milton rooms. Pain Solutions Qld successfully treats people with chronic & acute dysfunctions in all systems within the body.
The sports arm of his practice, Cycle Physio, was launched in 2010 and offers professional bike fitting, body performance and injury management for cyclists and triathletes of all abilities and disciplines. His love of competing in mountain biking, road cycling and track cycling keep his weekends busy! For more information about Cycle Physio, go to www.cyclephysio.com.au.
David has worked both publicly and privately in Australia and the UK, and operated his own private practice in inner Brisbane since 2000. In addition to private practice, David has been involved in teaching other manual therapy practitioners, both in Australia and Europe. He has been a guest lecturer at The University of Queensland & Griffith University Physiotherapy programs, although his teaching focus primarily involves post-graduate level teaching to other clinicians.
David’s passion is helping people overcome difficult and persistent problems. He’d be happy to help you overcome your pain.
Brooke graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1997 and spent 2 years working in the hospital setting before moving to Brisbane and has since been at the Princess Alexandra Hospital specialising in rehabilitation of people suffering a spinal cord injury. She is passionate about providing the highest level of care backed by comprehensive knowledge of the science and research into rehabilitation and obtaining the best outcome for the patients she works with. Her knowledge is recognised through provision of assessments and reports for medico-legal matters, guest lecturing at SE QLD Universities, involvement in research and recent completion of a book chapter for an international textbook.
In 2011 she completed a longitudinal study into enhancing breathing and speech for people having a spinal cord injury and has published several papers. Whilst she is currently not taking new private patients for ongoing therapy at the clinic, she is happy to assist with any queries on medico-legal assessment and reports, specific interventions and planning, equipment funding applications, advice on therapy options, respiratory dysfunction and ventilation. At this time her work within the Queensland Spinal Cord Injuries Service at PAH keeps her busy in addition to being Mum to two young boys.
Dr Tony O’Neill is a Queensland trained orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in sports injuries and sub-specialty training in knee and shoulder surgery.
Dr O'Neill grew up in Mount Isa and went to boarding school in Brisbane. He undertook undergraduate degrees at the University of Queensland completing a Bachelor of Science in anatomy followed by a medical degree.
Dr O'Neill worked in hospitals in Brisbane and the UK before undertaking orthopaedic training in Queensland, gaining his fellowship in 2012.
He completed a fellowship in shoulder surgery at the Cape Shoulder Institute and Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa where he worked under Dr Joe De Beer. The practice specializes in the management of sports injuries of the shoulder as well as primary and revision shoulder joint replacement.
Dr O'Neill then worked as the knee fellow at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Fortius Clinic in London UK, where a large percentage of the clinics patients are professional athletes. Working with Mr Andy Williams and Mr Jonathon Lavelle the fellowship incorporated multi-ligament injuries of the knee, meniscal preservation surgery, osteotomies about the knee and knee replacement.
His practice focuses on sports injuries of the knee and shoulder and their surgical management. He has published and presented research internationally and works publically at the Mater Adults and Mater Children’s Hospitals.
Dr O'Neill is happy to make himself available to manage acute orthopaedic problems including trauma, keeping emergency slots open in his outpatient clinic.
He can be contacted at his rooms:
Level 6 Brisbane Private Hospital
Ph: (07) 3834 6623
Fax: 07 3834 6631
Dr Matthew Evans is a registered clinical psychologist with over 15 years experience in a broad range of fields. He runs his Brisbane-based psychology practice from four locations in Brisbane, including Pain Solutions Qld. Matthew provides individual therapy to adults, adolescents and children, and is especially focused on establishing good therapeutic rapport and measuring client’s outcomes and progress at the end of each session, to provide feedback-informed therapy and excellence in outcomes.
Matthew takes an empathic and evidence-based approach to helping people deal with life’s challenges. He believes that all people can find emotional health, healing and hope in their lives, and assists people to achieve this by taking a non-judgmental, sensitive and collaborative approach, finding the right approach and fit for each individual, to provide lasting life-change.
Matthew holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych) from the University of Oxford, England. Alongside his private practice he also provides clinical supervision to extern and intern students from the University of Queensland and Griffith University, as well as to other registered psychologists. His background includes experience in medical inpatient and outpatient settings, having formally been the primary psychologist providing services for Internal Medicine and Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, where he ran specialty clinics for people with chronic health conditions including endocrine (diabetes), respiratory, cardiac and gastroenterological conditions. He also has experience working with children and families and he has been trained and certified under the Triple P program. Matthew has run his own private practice alongside his other clinical work and supervision commitments, since 2010.
Matthew has expertise in treating high prevalence disorders in adults, adolescents and children and commonly treats people with following concerns (including but not limited to):
Matthew sees children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of conditions and is particularly experienced in treating anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, bereavement , trauma and individuals experiencing unexplained physical symptoms.
He will soon be providing couples therapy sessions.
Heather Woodford is an experienced general psychologist with over 15 years clinical experience in a variety of settings, including private practice for the past five years. She is fully registered with APHRA's Psychology Board of Australia, and practices one day per week at our Milton rooms. She has additional practice locations in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast.
Heather's priority is providing a compassionate and collaborative approach with clients to assist them on a journey of change. She provides a very down to earth and motivational approach, and a safe non-judgemental space for people to work productively on their issues. Heather works closely with a number of psychiatrists, general practitioners, and other allied health practitioners and believes in a holistic approach to care.
Heather has extensive experience working in community health settings, Not-For-Profit Organisations, as well as correctional and hospital settings. For the past five years she has worked at Damascus Health Services, a specialised substance dependence clinic at Brisbane Private Hospital. This highly reputable service provides specialised group therapy and individual treatment of alcohol dependence, prescription medication misuse and other substance use disorders. In 2015 at this service she has piloted a mindfulness based sobriety program and is a highly skilled group facilitator.
She has well rounded skills providing assessment and counselling to adults and young people across a number of areas including mental health, chronic health conditions, addictions (nicotine, gambling, alcohol, medication misuse and illicit drug use), relationship issues and work related stressors and injury. Common conditions in treatment include major depressive disorder, other mood disorders, anxiety conditions, grief and loss, sleep problems, persistent pain conditions, adjustment disorders, post traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma histories.
Given her speciality in the addictions area, Heather is skilled in providing supportive sessions, couples workshops and ongoing individual counselling to family members affected by a persons' substance problems.
She also has an interest in pain management and injury rehabilitation and is passionate about assisting people to reach their health goals.
Heather has training in a number of evidence based approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness based meditation and relaxation training. She is also trained in clinical hypnosis and very experienced in the area of tobacco cessation support. She is experienced in developing and facilitating group programs for patients and peer education sessions. She is also skilled in providing legal reports for criminal court matters.
Pain Solutions: Milton
Australian Skin Cancer Clinic: Cannon Hill
Innate Vitality Chiropractic & Health: Springwood
To be arranged: Sunshine Coast