The Queensland Rheumatology Services Staff

Dr Navid Adib, MBBS (QLD), FRACP, PhD (Manchester) – Paediatric Rheumatologist

Dr Navid Adib is Queensland’s first paediatric rheumatologist who has been diagnosing and treating children and young adults with chronic conditions since 2006. Graduated from the University of Queensland’s medical school in 1992, he carried out his general paediatric training at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane until 2000, when he was given a training position at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

After one year fellowship at arthritis research campaign unit in Manchester, he completed his PhD in the outcomes of juvenile idiopathic arthritis, at the school of epidemiology, University of Manchester. He returned to Brisbane in 2006 for setting up paediatric rheumatology care in Queensland and has worked tirelessly since then to provide state wide services. He attends clinics in Brisbane, Gold and Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and visits Townsville and Mackay Hospitals frequently..

Jennifer Adib - Administration

Jenny comes from a nursing background which provides her with a perfect combination of health knowledge and gentle touch, a truly valuable member of the team in the forefront.

She tirelessly pursues the patient enquiries until the desirable outcome has been achieved.

The Admin Team

The reception team are a dynamic group who are there to support our patients and their families every day.
From left: Zoe, Mia

Daniel van Hoof-Harkin - Podiatrist

Daniel’s interest in podiatry started after being a patient of My Foot Dr when he was just a teenager. Despite leaving school and initially studying science and business, he re-entered university as a mature-aged student and graduated from the Queensland University of Technology with honours.

Before recommencing study, Daniel worked as a retail manager and then spent nearly a decade working as a disability support worker with people with autism. After he was accepted into QUT, he came back to My Foot Dr and started working in the orthotic laboratory where he gained invaluable hands-on experience in the manufacture of thousands of pairs of orthoses.

Since graduating, he has maintained a passion for learning and has actively sought to increase his knowledge by attending courses and conferences to better meet the needs of his patients. Outside of podiatry, Daniel has spent over 15 years as a rowing coach, working with both children and adults, from beginners to elite athletes.

He also enjoys cycling to stay (relatively) fit, and has a passion for being creative with his hands, be it building a model, to wood-working to keep himself occupied when not working, Daniel enjoys treating biomechanical and paediatric patients.

Oli Byrne - Podiatrist

Oli has been a part of the MyFootDr team since his first year studying Podiatry in 2018. During this time he worked primarily as an orthotic technician at our iOrthotic’s laboratory and our Camp Hill clinic before graduating from the Queensland University of Technology in 2022. His journey into foot and lower limb health started during his teenage years while working as a retail attendant helping customers find the perfect pair of sporting shoes for their feet. It was during these years he decided he wanted to expand his knowledge and take a step into the world of Podiatry.  

Oli practices within all facets of podiatry but his interests are in the assessment and rehabilitation of lower limb injuries and musculoskeletal conditions in patients of all ages and levels of activity. In-depth biomechanical assessments, footwear, orthoses and movement and exercise prescription are some of the many tools commonly employed in his treatment.  

Oli is a keen footballer, surfer and general lover of all things sport and exercise. He also enjoys playing guitar and spending time exploring and camping in his time off. 

Stephanie Tucker– Physiotherapist

Stephanie graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with First Class Honours in 2022 from Griffith
University. She has a strong interest working with kids, previously being a dance teacher and soccer
coach. This passion continued where she completed a paediatric placement with the Queensland
Paediatric Rehabilitation Services (QPRS) in the Queensland Children's Hospital, working specifically
with children who had acquired and/or traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries. In her own
time, Stephanie enjoys playing soccer competitively.

 

Holly Fazzo– Physiotherapist

Holly graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in
2018. After working in multiple settings with people of all ages, Holly has developed a keen
interest in working with the paediatric population. Holly loves working closely with her
patients and their families, and creates fun and engaging treatment sessions. Holly is
currently completing her Masters of Paediatric Physiotherapy through Monash University.

Nicole Haynes - Physiotherapist

As the founder of Q Paediatrics Nicole has been working exclusively with children as a physiotherapist since 2006 and supports staff across the organisation in the delivery of paediatric services.

Having worked in paediatric private practice for many years Nicole has a breadth of experience and knowledge from infants to young adults across a huge variety of conditions. Nicole has a passion for working with kids and their families to achieve meaningful goals and reach their potential.

Nicole is a leader within the physiotherapy profession and currently holds the position of Paediatric National Chair for the Australian Physiotherapy Association which sees her sit on the National Advisory Council who directs the APA board on important and emerging matters relating to the physiotherapy profession and its member association.

Nicole is a mum to two children and enjoys a life full of activity and leisure pursuits. She loves spending time at the beach with her family, cycling and working out with friends or reading a good book.

Brooke Gillmeister - Physiotherapist

Brooke graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. It was
here that she came to develop a special interest in working with the paediatric population. She is
passionate about delivering family-centred care and developing goals collaboratively with both the
client and their parent/s to optimise a child's physical development and participation within the
community.

Brooke Kohler – Physiotherapist

Brooke completed her Master of Physiotherapy at Griffith University, after completing her Bachelor
of Exercise and Sport Science (Hons I) at the University of Queensland.
Brooke has always had a passion for working with children, following ten years coaching cheer and
dance teams. She has ample experience working with children with cerebral palsy, accompanied by a
keen interest working with children with ASD, down syndrome, developmental delay, hypermobility
syndromes, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and sporting injuries. Brooke has worked confidently through
the NDIS for a number of years and prescribed a variety of equipment, including manual
wheelchairs, walkers and standing frames.
Brooke is close to completing her PhD, where she is evaluating the effects of a goal-directed exercise
program in children who have survived brain tumours. Brooke is passionate about providing
innovative and evidence-based physiotherapy interventions for children of all abilities to achieve
their goals through fun, supportive and family-centred care

Adele O'hare – Psychologist

Adele is a psychologist trained in educational and developmental psychology, which gives her a perspective on children and families that is guided by developmental science and attachment theory. She is a warm and intuitive therapist, and people tend to feel welcome and at ease in her presence.

Adele tailors her approach to meet the needs of each child, young person, and family in their relational, cultural and social contexts. She works from a humanist perspective, appreciating both the diversity and the commonality of the human condition.

Adele draws on the Circle of Security, psychodynamic psychotherapy, internal family systems (IFS), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal psychotherapy, and mentalising interventions. At the centre of Adele’s work is an understanding that we all have the same underlying needs: a secure base from which to learn and explore the world, and a safe haven to welcome us back in.

Alongside supporting children and young people at Queensland Rheumatology Services, Adele also runs her own practice, Being Human Psychotherapy, where she mainly sees adults for individual therapy and support with parenting.

Adele enjoys yoga, reading, music and forest walks, as well as spending time with her family and friends.

Isabella Boccalatte – Dietitian and Nutritionist

Isabella is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Paediatric Dietitian and Nutritionist. Issy studied a Bachelor of Nutrition Science at Queensland University of Technology. She decided to pursue further study at Griffith University where she completed a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Since graduating, Issy has completed further education including ASCIA’s Medical Nutrition Therapy for Food Allergy and Intolerances, Monash University’s FODMAP Course, National Paediatric Dietetic Training and The SOS Approach to Feeding.

As a dietitian specialising in paediatrics and gastrointestinal health, Issy can help optimise bowel health using food as medicine and play based therapies.

Issy is a strong believer in building a healthy relationship with food through creating sustainable and achievable goals for her patients and their families.

Zoe Ormrod – Dietitian and Nutritionist

Zoe is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and Nutritionist, having completed her studies at Queensland University of Technology.

Throughout her studies, Zoe has also worked at QRS as a member of our administration team which sparked her interest and desire to work in paediatrics, helping to optimise bowel health and manage gastrointestinal issues.

With her history as an elite athlete, Zoe also has a keen interest in the sporting community and a passion for helping athletes, and people looking to live an active lifestyle, to optimise performance through nutrition-based strategies whilst also having both a positive relationship with food and their body.

Zoe specialises in providing nutrition support for:

  • Clinical Speciality Areas: Weight Management, Chronic Disease Management (Type 2 Diabetes, Cholesterol Management), General constipation and diarrhoea, Chronic constipation secondary to living with joint hypermobility conditions such as Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome and IBS management through a
    holistic approach and using the FODMAP eating plan when required
  • Sports Speciality Areas: Junior athletes in team and individual sports including
    aesthetic sport (gymnastics and dance).

Elizabeth Moir – Occupational Therapist

Elizabeth (Liz) loves working with children to help them develop the skills they need in order to engage in family, school or community activities. She particularly enjoys seeing children grow in confidence as they master new skills, as well as working alongside families and teachers to develop strategies to support their child. Liz believes that all children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and grow in confidence and with independence.

Liz is an Occupational Therapist with a special interest in supporting children to reach their developmental potential, and be an active participant within their family, school and community. She has previously presented at state, national and international conferences. After investigating the skills and knowledge required to work in paediatric occupational therapy practice as a part of her Honours research, her PhD focused on the transition to practice for new graduate occupational therapists.

3 Fun Facts About Liz
1) Liz loves the outdoors, particularly camping, fishing, working in her garden, and exploring our beautiful country.
2) On a rainy day Liz loves to curl up with a book.
3) Liz grew up near the beach and learnt to surf while at school, but she says this is not a skill that has carried into adulthood!

Arthur and Audrey - Therapy Dogs

Arthur joined the team in April 2018, having enrolled in puppy school, aiming to play with everyone in the practice, to bring more love and happiness to the place.

Audrie joined the Arthur House Family in 2021! Audrey is Arthur’s supportive sister and partner in crime.

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