We offer a variety of allied health services provided by professional and experienced practitioners.

Chiropractic Services

Coastal Chiropractic Torquay was founded in 2007 by Dr Steve Cunneen, Chiropractor. Utilising a range of chiropractic techniques and with a focus on sports and family chiropractic, it is the longest serving chiropractic practice on the surf coast.

Please visit Coastal Chiropractic’s Facebook Page for more information on the services provided.

Physiotherapy Services

Aubrey Francis

Blue Sky Physiotherapy Torquay

Since graduating as a physiotherapist Aubrey has diligently worked toward developing skills in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. He has gained a wealth of experience in sports medicine clinics and multidisciplinary health clinics in Victoria and Western Australia. Please feel free to visit the website for Blue Sky Physiotherapy Torquay at www.blueskyphysiotorquay.com.au.

Audiology

Provided by National Hearing Care,

Did you know that 1 in 6 Australians have some degree of hearing loss? Hearing loss occurs when the ability to hear sound decreases. National Hearing Care provide free hearing assessments on the first Tuesday of every month.

Psychology

Brett Jones

Clinical Psychologist

Brett is a Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years’ experience. He has a wealth of experience providing services and support for people under WorkCover including writing Psychological Reports at the request of Lawyers. Brett’s training includes CBT, Schema Therapy, Mindfulness and EMDR.

Dr Caitlin Grace

Clinical Psychologist

Caitlin is a Clinical Psychologist who has also earned her PhD in Psychology. She works with clients across the lifespan from childhood to later life in a wide range of contexts.

Dr Vicki Trethowan

Counselling Psychologist

Vicki is a Counselling Psychologist who has over 30 years’ experience working in public and private sectors. She specialises in working with adults and young people presenting with trauma symptoms, PTSD, depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, relationship and personal issues.

Dietetics

Pip Keatinge

Eat Happy Dietetics

Pip is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with over 10 years experience working with children, adults and families. She values spending time with her clients to help them manage and meet their nutritional needs whilst supporting them to have happy relationships with food and their bodies.


Pip has a special interest in infant, paediatric and adolescent nutrition and has worked with children and families in a variety of settings.

Podiatry Services

Jack Duffy

Podiatrist

Jack has carried out further training in Advanced Dry Needling, Foot Mobilisation Therapies (FMT), Prolotherapy and Nail Surgery. Jack has a special interest in musculoskeletal injuries, biomechanics and paediatrics. He is a member of the Australasian Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine Jack has over 10 years experience in both private practice and the public health service, providing a flexible foundation for a holistic approach to Podiatry.

Fees:

EPC / GPMP referrals from your GP – bulk billed

Private –            $90 Initial appointments – 40 minutes

                          $70 Follow-Up appointments – 30 mins

20% discount applies to all Pension Card holders and children under the age of 18.

We accept all major private health insurance funds with HICAPS on-the-spot claiming available onsite.

From the weekend warrior, to the elite athlete, everyone who plays a sport knows what it’s like to be injured. JD Podiatry will use the latest technology mixed with the most up-to-date knowledge to assess your injury right from the early stages and guide you through an effective treatment plan to get you back to your fittest as quickly as possible.

JD Podiatry sponsor Surf Coast F.C. in Torquay and are active members within the community and local sports clubs. JD Podiatry is available to carry out injury prevention talks, team screenings and offer discount rates to your local club.

Dry needling is an extremely effective treatment for both acute and chronic inflammation/injuries. Affecting both the physical structure and nerve responses, it can jump-start the healing cascade and provide fast, long-term treatment results. Fun fact: it is called dry needling because the needle is tiny and it doesn’t have a hole through the middle of it (unlike wet needling which includes injections of any type). A thorough assessment must be carried out prior to Dry Needling to ensure it is the correct treatment modality for your injury.

Children are not just smaller versions of adults; they are constantly growing and changing and need to be treated differently. JD Podiatry has the approach that prevention is better than a cure and if we can provide you with the tools to prevent injuries later in life then this is the best result for everyone.

Children can be screened for potential problems later in life however the most common injuries associated with children are flat feet and ‘growing pains’, both of which require a thorough assessment to firstly determine whether they are within the normal limits. If not, a simple treatment program can be implemented to ensure your child is back to running around pain free as soon as possible. If for nothing but peace of mind, an assessment can ease your worries, and if treatment is required, remember that prevention is always better than a cure. We offer free 15 minute assessments for all kids and encourage any parent who might have any questions or concerns, to utilise this service.

Orthotics are used to treat a wide range of injuries including tendon, ligament and joint injuries. It is important to carry out a complete and thorough biomechanical assessment prior to orthotics being issued as they should not be used as the first line of treatment or a quick fix. It is also important to note that orthotics are used in conjunction with other treatments and are not a ‘magic bullet’, nor are they a life sentence, they are simply a tool that we use to offload certain structures, if needed.

JD Podiatry will carry out a complete biomechanical assessment to determine whether orthotics are a necessary treatment option for you, this will then be followed by a discussion on whether semi-custom or custom orthotics are required for your best treatment. JD Podiatry utilises the latest technology including computer gait analysis and 3D laser scanning to ensure a comprehensive assessment is carried out and the best results are just around the corner. If you suffer from ongoing foot or ankle pain, the answer could be just around the corner.

Ingrown toenails are one of the most painful and uncomfortable conditions. If you are suffering with an ingrown toenail, JD Podiatry will assess the severity and treat it conservatively by clearing the nail and infection if possible. Unfortunately the nail can sometimes break the skin and cause an infection, if this is the case, a small procedure may be required to numb the toe and remove the nail.

Nail surgery is a procedure carried out to remove part, or all of a nail. Problem nails that we commonly treat are infected ingrowing toenails and curved or distorted/thick nails that are causing pain. Phenol is the chemical used to stop re-growth of the nail. Conservative treatment is always attempted first, with surgery being a last resort for those patients with recurrent pain or infection.

Prolotherapy is a simple procedure carried out to stimulate the body’s natural healing process. Prolotherapy consists of a series of injections used in the treatment of tendon and ligament injuries but is also very effective in arthritic knee, ankle and big toe joints

In most cases, commonly prescribed anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and more drastic measures like surgery may just mask pain and not address the cause of the symptoms. Prolotherapy requires post graduate training and is a great treatment option for those chronic, niggling injuries.

One of the most crucial aspects of Podiatry is assessing footwear and ensuring you are in the correct shoe for your foot. When you go and buy shoes, there are hundreds to choose from, but it is possible to get it wrong and this alone can be the cause of your problem or on the flip side if it’s corrected, can resolve your problem.

A footwear assessment involves going through all your commonly worn shoes, taking a thorough history of your daily activities and medical history, followed by a biomechanical assessment to see whether everything lines up. A footwear prescription is then prescribed for you to keep and take with you to all your favourite shoes shops to ensure you are always in the best shoes for your feet.

Diabetics require an annual foot assessment, much like they require an annual eye test. The reason this is so essential is because Diabetes can affect the both the circulation and the nerves in the feet, increasing your risk of peripheral vascular disease and peripheral neuropathy. Common symptoms include numbness, pins and needles, tingling, burning, and hot or cold feet.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it is strongly advised that you see your local podiatrist for a thorough diabetic assessment.

Having flat feet, or a low arch, is probably the most common concern. It is important to realise that this isn’t always an issue that needs treatment, however, if you are experiencing some pain in your feet or legs then it may be worthwhile seeing your specialist podiatrist. Having a full biomechanical assessment can determine whether your flat feet are the cause or a contributing factor and an individual treatment plan will get you back to your feet quicker than if left untreated.

Heel pain is to a podiatrist what tooth ache is to dentist. It is one of the most common causes of pain in adults and children alike, yet there are many causes. A full assessment will diagnose and determine the cause of your pain. A treatment plan will then be implemented to fit in with your lifestyle and goals to get you back to your feet as soon as possible and enjoying life.

This is a very common problem that can strike anyone at any age. It is usually caused by attempting to cut your nails too short or by cutting down the side of your nail. If you are experiencing any redness or swelling around your toe nails then book yourself in immediately to get assessed as this can progress into an infection.

High arched feet can lead to a number of conditions and injuries, particularly in active individuals. The forefoot (ball of the foot) tends to cop most of the pressure while the rearfoot and ankle is also a common injury site. A full assessment of your injury coupled with a biomechanical assessment will get your treatment plan implemented as quickly as possible.

Numbness, tingling or burning feet are the most common symptoms of nerve pain and diabetic neuropathy in the feet. The underlying cause would need to be established in a consultation where a series of tests will be carried out to determine the extent of damage. If you are a diabetic, it is advised that you have an annual diabetic foot assessment carried out, as you would with your eyes, to identify and prevent any risk of complications.

Corns and callus arise from pressure on the foot. Most commonly this is caused by footwear but can also be caused by a change in the bony structure of the foot such as bunions or hammer toes. It is important to address the underlying cause in the treatment, as well as remove the corn itself.

Warts are a small viral reaction in the skin that can become painful, we use a couple of treatment methods to address the wart, depending on the size and location of the wart. These include Cryotherapy (freezing) and Salicylic Acid treatment.

These are all carried out in a general consultation and do not require any local anesthetic.