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.

Dr Dean Willis, BMed FRACP – Rheumatologist

Dr Dean Willis is a Queensland trained Rheumatologist with a broad interest in all aspects of Rheumatology including arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, autoimmune disease, and undifferentiated presentations. He graduated in Medicine with Distinction from the University of Newcastle in 2014 before completing residency training in Hunter New England Health Service, basic physician training at the Prince Charles Hospital, and advanced Rheumatology training in multiple Queensland teaching hospitals.

He has performed research relating to methotrexate use, shared care arrangements between Rheumatologists and General Practitioners, and patient reported outcome measures in gout. Since qualifying as a Consultant Rheumatologist in 2021 Dr Willis has commenced a Staff Specialist position at The Prince Charles Hospital and launched a visiting Rheumatology service to Hervey Bay Hospital. He is also interested in junior doctor education and holds an academic title of Associate Lecturer with the University of Queensland School of Medicine.

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.

Christy Liaw - Podiatrist

Christy joined the My FootDr team after graduating from Queensland University of Technology in 2020.

Since a teenager, Christy has always aspired to work in allied health industry. She is passionate about improving people's overall health and wellbeing, and after doing some volunteering work in the community for diabetic patients with feet complications, it led her to pursue a career in podiatry.

Christy enjoys all aspects of podiatry, particularly lower limb biomechanics and orthotic therapy. She continues to expand her knowledge and skills through attending conferences, workshop and seminars. She is also an active member of Australian Podiatry Association (Qld).

Outside of podiatry, Christy enjoys jogging, photography, and spending down time with friends and family.

Michelle Chiang – Psychologist

Michelle has provided counselling support for adults, adolescents, and families experiencing difficulties both at work, home, and/or school. She has over 13 years of experience in providing a range of psychology solutions and services, including: counselling, individual support, case management and critical incident management, as well as family support. Michelle is also passionate about providing support relating to trauma-informed interventions and services, including vicarious trauma and the various complex environmental factors.

Michelle adopts a philosophy that fosters resiliency and approaching life’s difficulties and disappointments with a growth attitude and one of acceptance. Michelle strives to engage in approachable, collaborative, and supportive therapeutic alliances. She relates to the clients to assist them in understanding and therefore managing their day to day emotional selves. It is her goal to work collaboratively with clients and to empower them with problem-solving skills, self-efficacy, emotional regulation and helpful internal dialogue.

She believes that therapy should not be unpleasant or arduous but an empowering experience that can be personally rewarding and enhance emotional maturity and growth. She enjoys the opportunity to help individuals grow and develop both at school and in life toward their desired goals and potential.

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.

Eloise Perrier - Physiotherapist

Eloise completed her Physiotherapy degree at the Australian Catholic University, where she developed a keen interest in the area of Paediatrics. Eloise is passionate about delivering family-centered care, developing goals collaboratively with her patients and their families.

She will work with you in having your child reach their own unique potential and participate with their peers. With a particular interest in working with a variety of Paediatric conditions such as ASD, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, developmental delay, joint hypermobility syndrome, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and sporting injuries.

Eloise incorporates a multi-disciplinary approach, making use of her close working relationships with her allied health team. She confidently operates within the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and will happily walk you through the process and answer any questions you may have.

Eliza DeCastro – Physiotherapist

Eliza completed her Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland, after completing her Bachelor of Science studies. Growing up, Eliza always had a desire to work within the paediatrics field and has worked as a physiotherapist within school, early-childhood, and private practice settings.

Eliza is very passionate about connecting and collaborating with children and their families to achieve their functional movement goals to help them experience life to their fullest potential. Outside of physiotherapy, Eliza is an avid lover of the Performing Arts and you can find her teaching singing and dance classes or performing on-stage.

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.

Jemma Ploughman – Occupational Therapist

Jemma Ploughman has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) from the University of Queensland. Before becoming an OT Jemma worked as an Athletics Coach and a Junior Sport Instructor. This gave her the opportunity to work with children of various age groups and increased her understanding of their motor needs and abilities.

She has also worked as a disability carer with clients who had had a Traumatic Brain Injury. Her clinical experience in Paediatrics and Hand Therapy has furthered her knowledge and understanding.

Jemma loves Paediatric OT because the therapy can be fun: interactive whilst assisting both the child and the family to reach their goals.

Jemma enjoys going camping and is always ready to play a game of netball or go to Pilates. In summer she loves to sit by the pool or the beach and read a book. She is always up for a new experience and when on placement in Darwin went swimming with a 5.5m saltwater crocodile.

Arthur and Audrie - 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.