Hands are our Life is a specialty Hand Therapy and Upper Limb clinic

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Hands are our Life - Our staff

Olga Alkin

Olga Alkin - Hand Therapist and Director

(BHSc physio, PGD HUL, PGD Western Acupuncture)

Olga is a qualified Hand Therapist and a fully registered member of the AHTA (Australian Hand Therapy Association). Olga is also a qualified Physiotherapist registered with the APA (Australian Physiotherapy Association).

Olga has years of experience in rehabilitating patients with various hand and upper limb pathologies and injuries both in New Zealand and Australia. She works closely with the orthopaedic and plastic Hand Surgeons.

Olga graduated from Auckland University of Technology with BHSc (physio) and further completed postgraduate training in Hand and Upper Limb rehab and Western Acupuncture.

Rosie Gospel

Rosie Gospel - Hand Therapist

(B ApSc OccThy, , HTCC, GemT)

Rosie is a qualified Occupational Therapist who has specialised as a hand therapist for the last 12 years. She is an Accredited Hand Therapist (as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association), and attained Certified Hand Therapy status, providing world-wide recognition of excellence in hand therapy.

Following graduation as an Occupational Therapist from the University of South Australia in 2000, Rosie taught as an Associate Lecturer at James Cook University while studying the Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching and a post graduate subject - Soft Tissue Injury Management. Since 2005 Rosie has worked in hand therapy in the public and private sectors alongside respected hand therapists and surgeons in the UK and Australia.

Rosie is passionate about challenging cases involving injury to the upper limb and thrives on using her clinical skills to achieve positive client outcomes. She uses a multi-media approach to optimise client education ensuring that they have a greater informed understanding of their condition and the steps required to heal optimally. Rosie takes great pride in being meticulous with her splint fabrication for comfort and function, and enjoys problem solving ways to meet clients unique needs. This is constantly underpinned by an evidence-based approach to treatment.

Rosie has a special interest in treating complex regional pain syndrome, base of thumb arthritis and any complex trauma.

Summer Johnson

Summer Johnson - Trainee Hand Therapist

(BOccThy (Hons))

Summer is a qualified and registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) who has recently joined us at Hands Are Our Life to commence her career as a hand therapist. Summer is also an Associate member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and will be completing her traineeship in hand therapy alongside Olga and Rosie.

Summer graduated with honours from the University of the Sunshine Coast as an Occupational Therapist in April 2020. Since graduating she has gained experience with older adult rehabilitation, hip and upper limb fractures. She also has experience in pain management, soft tissue massage, use of equipment and different techniques to help patients engage in their everyday occupations. Summer also has experience providing education for both patients and families about their new condition or environment.

Summer represented Australia in the 100m hurdles and after a 10-year career in athletics, she has developed a passion for rehabilitation. She hopes to continue helping others as an occupational therapist and is eager to start a career in hand therapy.

Bev Trevithick

Bev Trevithick - (Retired - acting locum)

( Dip. Phys. M. App. Sc. (Biomedical)
Physiotherapist - Hand and Upper Limb. Level 2 Sports Physiotherapist)

Prior to relocating from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in 2005, Bev was the principal and director of Rehabilitation of Hand and Upper Limb, Sydney, for 25 years. Bev was a clinical tutor for under graduate physiotherapy students for over 20 years and post graduate Masters students in hand and upper limb at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney. She also worked as a clinical tutor in hand therapy for undergraduate physiotherapy students at UQ from 2006 to 2011 and set up the hand therapy module for the physiotherapy students at JCU in 2012. She has presented papers at both national and international hand therapy conferences.

Bev is full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and has served on the executive as President, Vice President, Qld secretary, and coordinator of the Knowledge and Resources portfolio and been involved on various committees to further the education and knowledge of hand therapy. Bev's specific interest is sports injuries of the hand and upper limb and is currently researching as a Phd candidate the 'Efficacy of wrist bracing in gymnasts 10-18 years of age with wrist pain while performing gymnastic activities'.

Medical Receptionist

Eleni Diacos - Practice Manager

Eleni completed high school at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosaville, graduating Year 12 with an OP 8 in 2018.

She has been accepted into Bachelor of Arts at the University of the Sunshine Coast and plans to major in Creative Writing and Psychology. Eleni has deferred her offer to take a gap year of full-time work to enhance her skills in strong public relations.

Eleni is determined to contribute her passion for helping others and learning new skills to assist the Hand Therapy team and all patients at both clinics. In her brief tenure with us she has already been promoted to Practice Manager and has become an efficient and highly dependable member of the HAOL team.

Medical Receptionist

Chelsea Meadows - Practice Administrator

Chelsea joins us having recently graduated from the high school with an OP1. Chelsea is very keen on pursuing a career in medicine and University beckons for her in the future, in the field. She brings with her a versatile character and adaptive hard-working skills. She has a variety of interests in sport, music, leadership and public speaking. We welcome her to the reception team.

Medical Receptionist

Lillee Rossow - Practice Administrator

Lillee is currently completing Year 12 at Good Shepherd Lutheran College. She has keen interests in technology and science and hopes to combine those interests in a University course for 2022.
Lillee is very determined and hard-working, allowing her to thrive in a receptionist position. Her eagerness to help and communicate with others makes the reception area a comfortable and welcoming space, aligning with HAOL values. We welcome Lillee to the team here at HAOL.

Matthew Popplewell

Matthew Popplewell - Managing Director

( B Sc hons, PGD FJ)

With 25 years business management experience and an honours degree in applied science, Matthew works with both the therapists and the administration team in managing the two clinics.
Matthew was educated in the UK, before learning business management in New Zealand for a decade. He moved to Australia in 2011 and now enjoys the Queensland lifestyle with his young family and dogs.
He continues to strive to improve the Hand Therapist services provided by HAOL and focuses on patient care and improving awareness of what hand therapy can offer.
As a wicket keeper for many years, Matthew states he is indebted to the work of hand therapists who have repaired his fingers countless times.