Category Archives: Meet Our Team

Melanie Roberts

Principal Physio – Melanie is the Principal physiotherapist with 21 years physiotherapy experience in private practice. Melanie started Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio in February 2003.  She graduated from the University of South Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy and completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2002.  She began her career working in private practice as well as in hospitals before working over in the UK . Following this she worked for three years in a private practice/private hospital before heading off to work in the USA.  Since returning she has worked in private practice, mainly in the area of sports physiotherapy.  Since 2007 Melanie has become an “APA Sports Physiotherapist”, a specialist title awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She has previous experience with various sporting teams including freestyle snow skiing with the ‘Australian Ski Team’ as well as Australian Rules, Rugby Union and League and Motor Racing both nationally and internationally.  Her main areas of interest are with sports related problems, lower limb biomechanics, hip and pelvic tendinopathies as well as neck and back pain and headaches.  Melanie loves treating those patients who have been “everywhere” and not found a solution to their pain and dysfunction – “the more complicated the better”.  She has completed the Watson Headache® Institute (run by founder Dean Watson - – Level 1, Level 2 and finally Level 3 to be a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner, for migraine and headache treatments.  She has also completed Level 1 DMA Pilates course for “core stability” training, as well as various other post-grad courses including Sports Physio Level 1 and 2, dry needling Level 1 with CPD and Level 1 with GEMt as well as courses in ”Safe and Effective Cervical Manipulation” and courses in hip and pelvic stabilisaton and treating hip and pelvic tendinopathies .  Melanie is an extremely passionate physiotherapist who prides herself in achieving excellent results.  Melanie is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and the Sports Physiotherapy Group. Melanie is a preferred provider for Medibank Private and BUPA and participates in the “More for Muscles” program with HCF. Melanie has also opened a sister clinic Gold Coast Headache Clinic. When not working, Melanie loves spending time with her family, including her two young boys.  

Dean Corpuz

Physio – Dean joined Gold Coast Sports and Spinal Physio, having moved up from Sydney where he completed his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.  Originally he migrated to Australia from Vancouver, Canada where he worked as an Exercise Physiologist.  He worked with individuals who sustained work and motor vehicle accidents where he did a biomechanical assessment and exercise prescription to rehabilitate them.  He has a keen eye for detail in movement dysfunction being the cause of most peoples pain and injury.  He has done various post-graduate courses including dry needling, to treat trigger points.  Dean has completed the Watson Headache® Institute Level 1 and Level 2 Course in the treatment of migraines and headaches. Dean is a very passionate physiotherapist which you can tell when you talk to him and he loves to treat all sorts of injuries ranging from sports overuse injuries to those everyday aches and pains that we all suffer.  He is always keeping up with the latest treatment techniques to get the best results for his patients. He is a preferred provider for Medibank Private and BUPA, and also participates in the “More for Muscles” program with HCF.  Dean is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Dean also works alongside Melanie in the Gold Coast Headache Clinic. During Dean’s time off from work he loves keeping fit and relaxing in the Gold Coast sun.

Jeff Bridges

Physio – Jeff joins the team at Gold Coast having worked in private practice for the past 8 years. He has been heavily involved with Rugby Union also during this time at a club and representative level. He has also completed his Level 1, 2 and 3 (advanced) in Dry Needling with GEMt, Integrated Dry Needling Level 1 and TMJ Dysfunction Level 1.  Jeff is a very personable, friendly and passionate physiotherapist who has a great understanding of human biomechanics.  He has an interest in improving performance with his patients and fixing the complex issues.  Jeff is also currently at Griffith University studying dentistry so has a passion and good understanding for the treatment of TMJ (jaw) dysfunction and pain.  He is a preferred provider for Medibank Private, BUPA and participates in the “More for Muscles” program with HCF.  He is a member of the APA. Outside of work Jeff loves adrenalin based activities as well as running, watersports, mountain bike riding and motor cross. He completed a Half Ironman in 2012.

Joe Rowley

Physio – Joe is currently working at Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio.  He has a background as a massage therapist before completing his studies in Physiotherapy, thus allowing him to have great manual skills especially with his deep tissue massage.  Joe has a major interest in biomechanical analysis, rehabilitation and strength and conditioning coaching and he is up to date with all of the latest research.  He has a wholistic approach including rehabilitation as a major focus of his treatment approach.  When not working Joe is into Martial Arts, snowboarding and strength and conditioning.

Lara Lopert

Physio – Lara works at Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio part time.  Lara has been a physio in private practice for the past 10 years with a wealth of experience and excellent manual handling skills.  She loves the biomechanics of the body.  To correct the underlying dysfunction a good knowledge and a keen eye for subtle changes is important and Lara has done post-graduate courses in this area.  Lara is our Pilates instructor for our Reformer Pilates one-on-one sessions and classes.  Lara has also completed a course in dry needling. Lara is a preferred provider for Medibank Private and BUPA and participates in the HCF “More for Muscles” program.  Lara has a keen interest in travel and surfing which fills her time away from work and takes her on varied overseas travels.

Dave Cross

Physio – Dave comes to us with a wealth of experience in private practice over the past 10 years both in NZ and Australia.  Dave graduated from AUT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Health Science in Physiotherapy and since then Dave has completed both Level 1 and Level 2 (Advanced) Dry Needling with GEMt as well as McKenzie Method for the Cervical/Thoracic and Lumbar spine.  Dave has a real passion for dry needling as he feels that it gives great improvement to “deactivate” muscles, help with muscle tightness and myofascial pain.  He feels that the needling gets in a lot deeper than massage and physiotherapy alone.  He is our specialist in dry needling if this is the treatment option you feel gives maximum benefit.  He has also done many other musculoskeletal post-graduate courses to improve his manual handling skills.  Dave has completed his Level 1 course in the treatment of headaches and migraines through the Watson Headache® Institute.  Dave has worked with both representative U18s Rugby and U19s Netball teams including at National Championships.  Dave is a preferred provider for Medibank Private, BUPA and HCF “More for Muscles” program. Dave also works at the sister practice Gold Coast Headache Clinic alongside Melanie. Away from work Dave has a keen interest in travel and the outdoors, as well as sports such as running, surfing, skateboarding and touch rugby.

Tomoya Tawara

Remedial Massage Therapist - Tomoya is a very experience massage therapist, having completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage and a Certificate IV in Massage Therapy.  Tomoya has also completed a Dry Needling Course through Q Academy Gold Coast.  Tomoya also uses a technique based on anatomical physiology and kinetic chain allowing treatment of acute areas to be painfree.  He is a member of the Australian Natural Therapies Association and is registered with the Private Health Funds allowing you to claim a portion of your treatment if you have this level of cover.

Deb Crawford

Massage Therapist/Group Pilates Instructor – Deb studied to be a Fitness Leader and attained her accreditation in 1992. In 1994 she became a “Fat loss Counselor”, studying under nutritionalist Matt O’Neill of “Sunrise” fame.  In 1995 she attained her Certificate of Massage Therapy from Om Shanti College in Canberra before moving to the Gold Coast in 2002.  In 2002, after participating in a Pilates class and enjoying this she decided to become a Pilates Matwork instructor.  She now teaches in various locations around the Gold Coast as well as at Gold Coast Sports & Spinal Physio since 1998, where she teaches “Clinical Pilates” designed for people with pain and dysfunction.


Receptionist – Zoe is our receptionist working job-share whilst at University studying Marine Biology, and is a great asset to the team.


Receptionist – Chella works in our reception doing job-share with Zoe.