Our Team

  • Scott DeFilippis

    Triathlon and Running Coach; Professional Triathlete

    First In Physio is proud to be affiliated with Scott DeFilippis, Professional Ironman Athlete and world class triathlon and running coach. Scott is currently based in America, and coaches athletes from all over the world via Training Peaks, email and Skype. Scott has been a professional Ironman athlete since 2009. (more…)

  • Lisa Zabel

    Practice Manager

    Lisa has been First In Physio’s Practice Manager since 2013.
     
    Lisa is also a qualified Gymnastics Instructor and away from the clinic runs a very successful early childhood movement based program at the local PCYC. She also enjoying making quilts in her spare time as well as spending time with her husband and 2 teenage girls. (more…)

  • Jaclyn Edwards

    B.PHTY – Physiotherapist

    Jaclyn is a Burdekin local, born and bred in Home Hill before moving to Ayr. She studied at James Cook University in Townsville, graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2014. She took up her new grad position at First In Physio and has made herself at home within the First In Physio team, enjoying living back home in Ayr. (more…)

  • Gemma Busiko

    Exercise Physiologist

    Gemma completed her Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2010 and went on to complete her Graduate Diploma in Exercise Physiology in 2011 at James Cook University.
     
    She has a special interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pre and post-natal exercise, hydrotherapy and Clinical Pilates. On the weekends she likes to strap for the local rugby league, union and netball teams. (more…)

  • Patrick Shannon

    B.Appl.Sc(HMS) Hons; M.PHTY Principal Physiotherapist and Director

    Patrick completed his first degree at the University of Queensland, graduating with honours as an Exercise Physiologist. He then went on to complete his Masters in Physiotherapy from Griffith University. Before moving to the Burdekin, Patrick worked as an Exercise Physiologist at a private studio in the Brisbane CBD, gaining invaluable experience in treating athletes across the board, including many cyclists and triathletes.

     
    Patrick has a special interest in Orthopaedic Physiotherapy, as well as shoulder and knee injuries. He is involved with the local swimming clubs with injury prevention and strength and conditioning programs, as well as assisting the High Performance Programs running out of the local Catholic High School, BCHS. Patrick keeps fit by getting involved in CrossFit and is a multiple-Ironman triathlon finisher. He is also involved with the local Road Runners club and Cycling Group.
     
    Patrick is a current member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
     

  • Kristy Shannon

    B.Appl.Sc(HMS) Hons; M.PHTYPrincipal Physiotherapist and Director

    Kristy completed her first degree at the University of Queensland, graduating with honours as an Exercise Physiologist. She then went on to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy from Griffith University. Before moving to North Queensland from Brisbane, Kristy also worked as a research assistant at the School of Human Movement Studies, at The University of Queensland.
     
    Kristy has a special interest in dance physiotherapy, hip and spinal injuries. She is a fully qualified Clinical Pilates Instructor, and loves teaching her advanced Pilates classes at the clinic every week. She is a strong supporter of the local dance schools and assists with injury prevention programs and Pre-Pointe Assessments for the budding young dancers in the Burdekin and Townsville areas.
     
    Kristy is also an active member of the local Running and Road Cycling groups in Ayr.
     
    Along with her husband Patrick and their son, she enjoys travelling around the world to various triathlons. Her passion lies in long course triathlons, and she is a multiple-Ironman finisher.
     
    Kristy is a current member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
     

  • John Alford

    Ba.Phty Senior Physiotherapist

    John completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at James Cook University in Townsville. He has a special interest in treating sporting injuries with an emphasis on rugby. In his role as Senior Physiotherapist at First In Physio, he assists in mentoring the younger staff at the clinic and regularly runs Professional Development sessions on sports injuries. He is also qualified in dry needling, and uses this as an adjunct therapy with great success in his patients.

    When not at the clinic he can be found in the gym or on the football field. He is an active member of the Burdekin Rugby Club and has travelled with the Queensland Stockman’s Rugby Union Team to New Zealand in early 2013. John also enjoys playing touch football and social soccer.

    John is a current member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

  • Thomas Wendt

    Exercise Physiologist

    Thomas completed his Bachelor of Arts, Sport, Health and Prevention at the German Sport University in Cologne in 2010, before making the move out to Australia. He is now a current member of ESSA.
     
    Thom has a special interest in sport-specific strength and conditioning to increase performance, as well as active recovery for sporting injuries. He has also completed his qualification in CrossFit coaching as well as Clinical Pilates, and enjoys mixing elements of both Pilates and CrossFit into his clients’ programs to help them reach their maximum potential. Thomas also assists in running First In Physio’s Running Group, which has a huge local following.
     
    His interests include swimming, running, touch football, soccer and CrossFit, and he is an active member of the local Burdekin Road Runners. Thomas also completed his first Half Ironman recently.