Mark Goswell

Director of ProActive Rehabilitation and Health

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor Social Science (Human Movement) – 1997
  • Graduate Diploma in Pilates Rehabilitation (Polestar International) – 2004

  • Graduate Diploma Education (PDHPE) – 1998
  • Diploma of Contemporary Pilates (Tensegrity Training) – 2013

Experience

 

Mark has specialised in Exercise Physiology since 2000, developing areas of expertise with injuries to the lower back, shoulders, neck and knees. He has extensive experience in dealing with clients with complex neural conditions and has an interest in assisting clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression in coping with their condition through the use of effective exercise techniques.

Mark was one of the first Exercise Physiologists to become accredited with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in Newcastle. He has assisted clients with Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, Stokes, Acquired Brain Injuries, Amputation, Paraplegia, Autism and Gillian Barre Syndrome, by way of improving and managing their conditions.

He is a qualified Rehabilitation Pilates Practitioner and has a comprehensive understanding of the involvement of core stability in the rehabilitation of all major injuries. His knowledge in the development of exercise routines, that incorporate core stability, ensures that clients have a high success rate in improving their condition. Due to his extensive knowledge in the Pilates Method he can assist in increasing a client’s core, lumbopelvic, scapula and cervical stability.

Mark is also an educator, writing and delivering courses to Exercise Physiologists around Australia on Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation techniques, including assessment procedures and exercise prescription. Due to his extensive knowledge on musculoskeletal rehabilitation he has been invited to speak at companies on manual handling techniques, stress management strategies and injury management.

What is an exercise physiologist?

 

Exercise Physiologists are university qualified Allied Health Professionals who
provide specialist treatment through exercise prescription. They have extensive knowledge of the human body and movement analysis for special populations and injury management.

An Exercise Physiologist is a qualified specialist in the management and treatment of chronic injuries and also deliver strategies for disease prevention. The main benefit of engaging an Exercise Physiologist is that they educate clients on the most effective methods to manage an injury long term. This is achieved through exercise prescription that is specifically designed to the individual.

Tracy Thirkell

Staff of ProActive Rehabilitation and Health

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Qualifications:
  • B. Science (Exercise Science) 2009
  • Post Grad Diploma Exercise Rehabilitation 2010

  • Diploma in Pilates Rehabilitation (PoleStar Education) 2014
  • Certificate IV of Contemporary Pilates (Tensegrity Pilates) 2015

Experience

 

Tracy is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and has been working in this role with Mark Goswell since 2011. She specialises in injury management and rehabilitation utilising exercise modalities such as pilates, stability specific training and strength-based training. She has extensive experience in exercise prescription and delivery to clients with musculo-skeletal dysfunction, chronic medical conditions, disabilities and mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Tracy is also a fully qualified Pilates Instructor completing her Certificate IV of Contemporary Pilates in 2015 and her Diploma in Pilates Rehabilitation in 2014. Through the Pilates Method Tracy has gained a deep understanding of the human body in movement and is able to assess and identify faulty movement patterns within the body. This gives her clients the best possible outcomes in injury prevention and rehabilitation as she understands the importance of establishing sufficient base stability to support the body during movement.

Tracy has a passion for introspective mindful movement. She is a keen observer of the human body in movementand is fascinated by the interconnectedness of the human body. She is a student of The Anatomy Trains in Motion which centres around the myofascial tracts of the human body and is currently studying how fascial training can restore balance and ease in the body. She is a firm believer that by being more aware of how we move our bodies, all day everyday, we can establish good movement patterns and re-learn synergy of muscle movement and thus manage and prevent many non-trauma based injuries.

Out of the workplace, Tracy engages in a daily practice of yoga and meditation. She is a lover of the ocean and salt-water therapy, with activities such as surfing, SUP, swimming and snorkelling.

Makara Batten

Staff of ProActive Rehabilitation and Health

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Qualifications:
  • Ba. Exercise and Sports Science
  • M. Clinical exercise physiology (Rehabilitaiton)

  • Exercise Physiologist Exercise
  • Based Injury Rehabilitation

Experience

 

Makara Batten is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) and is passionate about empowering her clients to take control of their own future. After Graduating from Newcastle University with a bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, she went on to complete a Masters in Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation) at Charles Sturt University. To assist her goal of promoting injury prevention and rehabilitation through quality movement.

Makara has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2010. During this time, she has gained a deep understanding of the human body and movement patterns. She draws on this experience with all her clients giving them the best possible outcomes in injury prevention and rehabilitation

Makara has worked with a variety of clients with musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions and has a special interest in women’s health and young adolescence. She has worked with women with a variety of health conditions including; pregnancy, polycystic ovarian syndrome, incontinence, menopause and cancer. She works with children and teenagers who have autism, muscular dystrophy, developmental disorders, scoliosis, and rehabilitation pre and post-surgery.

Outside of work, Makara enjoys an active lifestyleincluding travelling, camping, water skiing, motorbike riding, snowboarding and more.

Alison Bonning

Staff of ProActive Rehabilitation and Health

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Exercise Science
  • Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology

Experience

 

Alison Bonning is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA). Alison Completed her Bachelor of Exercise and sports science at the Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE), then continued to improve her knowledge of Rehabilitation of body by completing A Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Alison has also been qualified in Pilates and has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2012. These experiences have allowed her to gain a strong understanding of movement patterns within the human body. Alison is able to use this knowledge and experience to provide her clients with the best possible outcomes in injury prevention and rehabilitation

Alison has had the pleasure to work with a range of different clients ranging from cardiac clients, musculoskeletal injuries and Neurological conditions to Cancer, Mental Health, Autism and Polycystic Cystic ovarian syndrome. Alison also has a strong interest in working with Neurological conditions.

Outside of the workplace, Alison enjoys being in the outdoors, Running, Wake-boarding, snowboarding and jet skiing.

Callum Smith

Staff of ProActive Rehabilitation and Health

Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)

Qualifications:
  • Ba. Sports Coaching and Exercise Science
  • Ba. Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • Accredited Exercise Scientist

Experience

 

Callum is an Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Physiologist. Callum graduated with a Bachelor or Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation in 2015 from the University of Canberra. Callum has gained valuable experience working with a number of chronic diseases and musculoskeletal conditions. Callum is a passionate Exercise Physiologist who loves to help people improve and manage their physical health and mental well-being.

As an Exercise Physiologist, Callum believes in taking a whole-person approach to rehabilitation. Through education and motivational interviewing, Callum aims to empower his clients to take control of their rehabilitation journey while facilitating and supporting them through the process. Callum has developed a special interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, pre and post surgery rehabilitation, mental health and disability. Callum is passionate about working with his clients to improve their quality of life through the improvement of both their physical and mental health in a supportive environment.

Outside of work, Callum enjoys playing soccer, going to the beach and drinking coffee.