Gladstone Hands On Physiotherapy

Meet The Team

Anita leads a team of highly skilled clinicians that have a range of skill sets and their own areas of special interests. Regular in house and remote training ensures all clinicians are using evidence-based treatment techniques. Our highly competent and friendly admin staff complete the team and are always available to help.

Director/Senior Physiotherapist

Anita Van Der Westhuizen

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BPhysT –  APA member

Anita took over ownership of Gladstone Hands On Physiotherapy in 2013 and her passion is to provide a friendly, professional and affordable service to the greater Gladstone region.

“I pride myself in providing “hands-on” assessments and treatments.” Anita has more than 24 years’ experience in Physiotherapy with most of it in Private Practice. “I enjoy the variety and challenges that private practice brings.” Her postgraduate training includes Dry Needling, Functional strength and conditioning and Passive Impact Mobilisation. She has done over 25 postgraduate courses in musculoskeletal and orthopaedic physiotherapy. “I enjoy the challenge of problem solving and have a great interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I enjoy working closely with orthopaedic surgeons and other specialists in Gladstone, Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Brisbane. Regular consultation with specialists ensures a seamless transition from surgery to full rehabilitation for each and every client.” 

“In my private time I enjoy spending time outdoors, gardening and fishing with my family.”

Special interests:

  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation especially after surgery
  • Neck and back pain
  • Shoulder rehabilitation
  • Joint pain
Senior Physiotherapist

Lyndle Snaith

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BPhysT – Cum Laude

Lyndle is a South-African trained Physiotherapist with more than 15 years’ experience in a wide range of physiotherapy fields. With her involvement in sport, a few injuries have come along too but, in several ways, injuries has unlocked so many hidden treasures that can take a sport and musculoskeletal physiotherapist to a deeper understanding of an injury and how to treat it optimally. Her own training has helped her better understand movement and biomechanics, exercise and rehabilitation, as well as the reported pain or symptoms that patients may experience.

Lyndle has worked closely with rugby teams in the past and has developed a love for treating sport injuries – from on field – all the way through to final rehabilitation and return to sport. Whether it may be muscle tears, ligament and tendon injuries, joint issues or neural tissue problems – she loves everything relating to all kinds of injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. She eagerly takes on any condition relating to pain and movement dysfunction and loves seeing how the body responds to treatment and rehabilitation.

Lyndle enjoys the outdoors and is very adventurous. She enjoys obstacle course racing, functional training and exercise and restoring old furniture in her spare time.

Special interests:

  • Sport injuries and rehabilitation
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Functional strength and conditioning

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Martin Luther King Jr

Bethany Cowley

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bethany recently moved from Brisbane where she has been working in a private practice treating a wide range of clientele. She has completed her  post graduate training in Dry Needling Therapy, Women’s health Physiotherapy and Pilates. She also has a keen interest in Post surgical rehabilitation, Work injury rehabilitation, Running/sporting injuries and disability management.  Bethany enjoys putting her wide range of skills to practice and is dedicated to providing exceptional care to all her clients.

Outside of work, she enjoys competing in triathlons and keeping fit.

Special interests:

  • Women’s Health
  • Running/Sporting injuries and rehabilitation
  • Pilates
  • Orthopaedic rehabilitation
  • Disability management
Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Sciara McKenzie

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Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology – ESSA member

Sciara is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who has moved back from Brisbane to Gladstone she graduated from QUT in 2021. She has a passion for people which drives her desire to work with a wide variety of populations and help them to achieve their health and fitness goals. She has a particular interest in pediatric neurology and oncology. Sciara is pursuing more training in Pilates and strength and condition to expand her knowledge for her clients.When she’s not busy helping people in the clinic, Sciara enjoys training for the 400m sprints, soccer season and getting her dachshund out and exploring the outdoors.

Special interests:

  • Pediatric neurology
  • Oncology
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Pilates