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Jessica McDonald, BscPT
Registered Interim Physiotherapist

Jess is an Australian physiotherapist who earned her degree, BScPT, at Charles Sturt University, receiving the Deans Award for Academic Excellence in 2013 and 2014. Prior to this, Jess obtained a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the Australian College of Massage in 2010, and has been working in the health industry for the past seven years.

While working at hospitals and providing subacute rehabilitation services in Australia, Jess has gained experience treating clients with vestibular disorders, neurological conditions, post-surgical rehabilitation and also teaching her clients about best practices for falls prevention. Jess uses her thorough clinical assessment skills, manual therapy techniques, taping, as well as her growing Clinical Pilates knowledge to empower people to get the best out of their bodies.

Jess has a strong interest in sports physiotherapy, touring internationally as the physiotherapist for the professional Australian/Slovenian Road Series Cycling Team. Most recently, she toured as the physiotherapist for the 2017 “Tour of Japan” with Attaque Gusto Cycling Team, and has even completed tours in Thailand and Australia. Jess has set up and ran mobile physiotherapy clinics at major international mountain-bike events across the Asia Pacific.

She has enjoyed working closely with men’s Australian Rules Football teams and women’s provincial basketball teams. Jess was even selected to complete Basketball Australia’s National Intensive Training Centre Program and represented her province at the Women’s National Championships.

When she is not busy helping clients at the clinic, she is enjoying Vancouver’s outdoor lifestyle and learning how to skate. Jess is passionate about assisting all clients fine tune their bodies to perform at their best.

Post Graduate Education

Musculoskeletal:

Completing Clinical Pilates Instructor Training – completion Feb 2018.

McKenzie Method Part A – The Lumbar Spine

McKenzie Method PART B – The Cervical and Thoracic Spine

Advanced Rock Tape Training Australia

The Pain and Movement Reasoning Model with Lester Jones

Introduction to Hydrotherapy; Barwon Health

An Update on Perineal Trauma Management Dr Ruchi Singh and Annabelle Citroen

Demystifying the Shoulder/Headaches Tania Pizzari and Guy Zito

Exploring Neuropathic Pain: Is It Different, and If So, How? Brendon Haslam

The Swollen Joint with Dr Keith Lim.

Sports Therapy:

Optimising Running Mechanics – Clinical Considerations

Navigating The Groin Greg Collis-Brown and Kelly Reynolds

Gluteal Tendinopathy – New Concepts Dr Ebonie Rio and Charlotte Ganderton

Clinical Decision-Making in Tendinopathy Dr Ebonie Rio and Jill Cook

Vestibular & Neurology

Spinal Dysfunction/Introduction To Bobath Concept

Bobath Course: Normal Movement Course – Pelvis, Spine, Thorax and Scapula

Parkinson’s Disease: Putting Theory Into Practice

Student Education:

Supervisor Training and Education Program (STEP) Melbourne University

Other Professional Interests

Diploma of Remedial Massage 2010

Australian Level 1 + Level 2 Basketball Coach

2015 UCI Aeasian Cup – Mountain Bike Race Borneo
Team physiotherapist.

2014 Langkawi International Mountain Bike Challenge 2014
Mobile race physiotherapist.

Strength and Conditioning Coach Geelong West St Peters GFL Netball

Head Remedial Massage therapist for the Victorian (Proventil) Women’s UN18 National State Basketball Team 2013

Remedial Massage Therapist and Sports Trainer Albury Tigers (Australian Rules Football Team) 2012-2014.

Assisted with data collection Melbourne University Study conducted by Professor Julian Feller
‘Young People with Old Knees’ ACL re-injury post reconstruction. 2011-2013.