Director/Senior Physiotherapist

Education History: I have had a long term interest and experience in the healthcare sector. I first completed a nursing degree and subsequently worked for Queensland Health. After sustaining an injury from a car accident I developed a greater understanding of the role of a physiotherapist to enable patients to return to health even after injury or illness. I then completed a Master of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2009.

I have worked in both the public and private sectors and was a lecturer and clinic manager at the University of Queensland and I continue to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate student learning at UQ.

Areas of Interest: Cardiorespiratory and women’s health physiotherapy.

Personal Interest: I enjoy travel, gardening, cooking and sewing

Shruti Patel

Senior Physiotherapist

Education History: I graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from India in 2008 and worked there in different clinical setups with a multi-disciplinary team focusing on musculoskeletal conditions and neurological rehabilitation.

Areas of physio: I have worked with Auscare for 6.5 years. I studied Physiotherapy to learn about human body and movement; and to help others in improving their lifestyle and managing their health.

Further Qualifications:

  • Dry Needling
  • Pilates Matwork and Equipment Level 1
  • The Shoulder Complex
  • Everyday Foot and ankle

Personal Interest: I have a keen interest in Pilates, post-operative rehabilitation and women’s health. I like hiking and traveling whenever I get the opportunity. I am also trying to get better at gardening.


Zachary Cronk

Physiotherapist & Allied Health Team Leader

Education History: Since a young age I remember having family members in and out of the hospital. It made me appreciate how fulfilling helping people can be and I decided that’s what I wanted to do with my life!

I first completed a Diploma of Remedial massage, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutrition and Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at UQ.

Areas of Interest: I enjoy treating vestibular conditions like vertigo (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo or BPPV, Vestibular deconditioning), and headaches (migraine, cervicogenic and tension type).

Further Qualifications:

  • Watson Headache Institute Level 1.
  • 2 Day Vestibular Introduction Course.
  • BPPV Intensive: Introduction to Advanced. An expanded workshop.
  • Combined Health: Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry needling.
  • 2 Day Assessment and Treatment of the Wrist.
  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1.

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy camping, going for a hike, rock climbing or snowboarding.

Josiah Turnbull


Education History: Since I was young, I have always had a passion for helping people and a love of sport. When I combined the two Physiotherapy seemed like the best fit. Having completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2018 I started working at Auscare later that year.

Areas of physio: I enjoy working with people of all ages and all backgrounds from school kids to those still young at heart. I take a holistic approach, acknowledging the connections and interactions of the injured area with other parts of the body. I enjoy working with the neck, shoulders and upper back where little changes can make a big difference and take particular interest is post-operative rehabilitation for total hip and knee replacement patients.

Further Qualifications:

  • Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry Needling Course

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy getting outdoors to go camping or hiking, mixed with some drone photography. If it’s not that you’ll find me trackside somewhere as I’ve followed motorsports since I was a child.


Matt Bushell

Physiotherapist & Allied Health Team Leader

Education History:  I started working in gyms as a personal trainer more than a decade ago. Over that time my interest in the human body and the reward of helping others achieve their goals has led me to complete a Bachelor degree in Sport and Exercise Science on the Sunshine Coast and then a Masters of Physiotherapy Studies at UQ.

Areas of Interest: I enjoy treating those with sporting or performance goals and integrating sport specific strength and conditioning into the rehabilitation plan. Lower limb conditions and tendinopathies are of particular interest to me.

Further Qualifications:

  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1.

Personal Interests: In my spare time I’ll generally be chasing a wave, camping, mountain biking or checking out the latest café to satisfy my coffee cravings.

Samantha McPake


Education History:  Growing up with a sporting background I saw a diverse array of injuries and the process of recovery. This increased my interest in physiotherapy and the prospect of helping others achieve their goals. I completed my Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree with 1st class honours at CQU.

Areas of Interest: I enjoy working with all age groups to aim for optimal function with interest in treating shoulders, knees and ankles. I also enjoy working with sporting injuries always aiming for return to sport.

Further Qualifications:

  • Sports Physiotherapy Level 1.

Personal Interests: In my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing social sports, taking my dog for walks, hiking and travelling.


Ariana Besse


Education History:  I believe being a Physio is about listening to people and empowering them to reach their goals. I am passionate about improving their quality of life and function. I always seek to learn new techniques that provide my patients with the best outcomes.

Areas of Interest: My particular areas of interest are Oncology, Women’s Health (including antenatal and postnatal care), Pilates and Low Back Pain.

Personal Interests: I love surfing, skating and adventures that push my limits. I am always keen to support and be supported by my community through volunteering programs for youth and young adults.



Exercise Physiologist

Education History: I have always been a very active person and interested in working in the health industry. This is what led me to completing a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at The University of the Sunshine Coast.

Areas of Interest: I enjoy working with all age groups and striving to develop the best possible exercise treatment for my clients. My main areas of interest include treating musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, as well as Pilates and hydrotherapy.

Further Qualifications:
• Pilates Matwork Level 1, from the Pilates Institute of Queensland
• Teaching Certificate in Jazz Dancing, from the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (COMDANCE)

Personal Interests: I started attending ballet classes at a very young age and ever since then I have loved to dance. I also teach jazz, tap and contemporary dance classes on the Sunshine Coast. In my spare time you’ll catch me in a dance class or at the beach.


Assistant Practice Manager/Admin Assistant

I moved from New Zealand in 2018 and have worked for Auscare Physio since then. We have the most amazing team here!

I love my job because I see everyone who walks through the door as ‘family’ and I love to brighten their day, make them smile and offer a coffee.

For fun I’m trying to surf! Play netball; cheat at board games and am a long distance grandmother!

I look forward to seeing you in Clinic.


Belinda Falkenberg

Admin Assistant

I have always had an interest in Allied Health and enjoy meeting and chatting to people.  So working for Auscare Physio I get the best of both.

I work with a great bunch of professionals, and get to witness them improve a persons quality of life by using a variety of treatments to alleviate pain and restore function.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking the dog and holidays.