Our health care professionals come together to provide you with assistance in the management of your problem. Their skills are different, complimentary, and offer a variety of approaches. Each patient will be given guidance on how to utilise these skills in their own unique combination.
Dr Saul Geffen
BM,BS (Flin) FRACGP, FAFRM (RACP)
Clinical Senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Queensland
Visiting Medical Officer at Mater and Canossa Private Hospitals
Director of Rehabilitation at Canossa Private Hospital
Director of Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service
Dr Geffen is the Director of BPRS. He works with Dr Sharma to provide medical supervision and perform any procedures that may be necessary.
Dr Tarunisha Sharma
MBBS, FAFRM (RACP)
Dr Sharma works with Dr Geffen to provide specialised rehabilitation care throughout the program. She reviews medication and performs any procedures that may be necessary. She will meet with you individually during the program and delivers a medication lecture. At the conclusion, she convenes a team meeting (case conference) to discuss your progress and to provide advice on further management.
Mr Nathan Craig
BPhty, BExSci (GU), APAM
Nathan’s main interest is in chronic pain management and believes the right education can help people to move well and safely again. He provides individual diagnosis, assessment and treatment plans throughout the program and supervises therapeutic exercise and self-management education sessions.
Miss Lucy Taylor
BPhty (Honours) (UQ)
Lucy is passionate about delivering holistic patient-centred care and establishing individualised rehabilitation. She supervises therapeutic exercise and gym sessions, working in conjunction with Nathan to provide superior treatment
Ms Lauren Sexton
Bach. Clinical Exercise Physiology, AEP, ESSAM
Accredited Exercise Physiologist
Lauren is driven by patients achieving their personal goals, returning to enjoyable activities and modifying risk of morbidity to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle.
Lauren supervises hydrotherapy and delivers an exercise lecture.
Prof Gina Geffen AM
BA Hon (Rand), PhD (Monash), DSc hon (Flin) FASSA, FAPS,
Professor Emeritus, University of Queensland
Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Psychologist
Professor Geffen is a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist who supervises the psychology program aimed at providing an understanding of the nature of chronic pain and strategies for managing it.
The Brisbane Pain Rehabilitation Service is recognised by the University of Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Catholic University, and the University of Southern Queensland for training postgraduate clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists and health and sports psychologists.
These provisional psychologists provide individual and small group therapy under her supervision.
Dr Heidi Saunders
BPsych(Honours), DPsych (Clinical), MAPS
Heidi has completed her Doctor of Clinical Psychology while working within the psychology component of the program. She facilitates various psychology group sessions throughout the program and is available for individualised therapy sessions, upon request.
Heidi has an interest in getting to know clients’ personal journeys of self-managing chronic pain. She is passionate about seeing the development of their psychological skills to assist with this journey. Heidi has experience and an interest working in the areas of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, self-esteem and management of chronic health conditions, all of which can be associated with the experience of chronic pain.
Ms Chelsea McCallum
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Chelsea studied a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Since graduating, Chelsea has gained experience in recipe development, aged care, corporate wellness, disability and one-on-one consults. She has further developed her knowledge in irritable bowel syndrome, the gut microbiome, and gut health attending several workshops and courses within Australia and internationally in the UK. Chelsea also welcomes clients wanting to achieve weight loss, those with dyslipidemia and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Chelsea offers two dietetic lectures throughout the program with individual follow-up as needed through her private rooms.
Mrs Alison Sykes
Registered Yoga Teacher
Alison has a special interest in the adaptation of yoga practices to meet the needs of the individual. She enjoys working in the multi-disciplinary approach of the program to support and complement other modalities. She offers one session in the program focusing on gentle movement within each participant’s comfortable range of motion, as well as guided breathing and relaxation techniques.
Luke works under the guidance of the physiotherapists to supervise exercise sessions and provide support to the multidisciplinary team.