Up and Active Physiotherapists

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Our Physiotherapists

Lizzy McCowan

Principle Physiotherapist

Lizzy is a highly trained physiotherapist having completed a Masters of Physiotherapy and Bachelor of Human Movement Science degree.

Lizzy has eight years clinical experience both locally and internationally. During her time working on Harley Street, London she specialised in Manual Therapy and Specific Injury Rehabilitation including the use of Pilates and Real Time Ultrasound. Throughout the past seven years, Lizzy has undertaken senior physiotherapist positions for Rugby Union teams in both Australia and England.

Lizzy is a keen marathon runner and possesses a deep understanding of the demands and pressures athletes place on their minds and bodies during sport. To complement her hands-on treatment approach Lizzy has a successful background in Rehabilitation and Clinical Pilates which ensures she provides patient care to the highest possible industry standard.

Ged Dwan


Ged completed his studies at Griffith University, including a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy.

Following university Ged worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Brisbane for a couple of years where he gained valuable experience, in intensive care, cardiorespiratory, rehabilitation, spinal injuries unit, orthopaedics and musculoskeletal physiotherapy. During his time at the PAH he completed outreach opportunities at the Warwick and Toowoomba base hospitals.

Since this time, Ged moved to Toowoomba 5 years ago with his family and has worked as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice with a keen interest in managing musculoskeletal conditions, sporting injuries and assessments, exercise prescription and rehabilitation for injuries. Over the years, Ged has been the physiotherapist for state competition and regional rugby league, worked with swimming and soccer squads and also physiotherapist for local rugby union.

In his spare time, Ged still has an interest in rugby league, rugby union, touch footy and cricket. Whilst also maintaining a keen involvement with fitness and well-being. The majority of time away from work these days Ged enjoys with his young family and any spare time the opportunity is taken to go away camping.

Emily Cowling


Emily graduated from the University of Queensland in 2006 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy.

Emily worked in the public hospital system in rural and regional Queensland and in the UK before starting work in private practice in 2011.

Emily has recently completed a Master’s Degree of Physiotherapy, specialising in Women’s Health and Continence. She treats women, men and children.

Special interests:

  • Pelvic floor rehabilitation
  • Bladder and bowel related issues, including incontinence
  • Antenatal and postnatal matters
  • Pelvic pain
  • Musculoskeletal injuries

Emily likes to run, swim and cycle and has recently started to compete in triathlons for exercise. She loves to travel and also plays violin in the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra.

Matthew Smith


Mathew is an APA titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with more than 10 years of experience.

He has worked in a variety of sports physiotherapy clinics around Australia, and has a broad knowledge of pain and injury management.

Mathew has worked a snow season in Hakuba, Japan; diagnosing and treating acute injuries from skiing and snowboarding. He has also worked as a Physiotherapist for Touch Football Australia.

Personal sporting experience includes competitive swimming, surf lifesaving and Australian Football.

Mathew strives to improve patient understanding through education, whilst providing skilful manual therapy treatments and self-management strategies.


  • Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy)
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Certificate in Orthopaedic Manual Therapy (COMT)
  • Western Acupuncture & Dry Needling (Advanced Upper & Lower Limb

Clinical interests

  • Knee, hip and ankle injuries
  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic and complex pain conditions
  • Shoulder injuries

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia
  • International Association for the Study of Pain
  • Pain, Mind and Movement Special Interest Group

Lachlan Finn


Lachlan completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2015 at ACU

He has worked in healthcare for over 10 years in various roles including working as a registered nurse. He have an interest in sporting injuries and post-operative rehab.

Lachlan enjoy being active and plays soccer, tennis, squash, go mountain biking and enjoys going to the gym.

Our Clincal Pilates instructors

Ayesha Hoffenberg

Pilates instructor

Ayesha is an experienced Pilates instructor who possesses a strong passion for using Pilates exercises to assist in the injury rehabilitation process.

Having sustained a lower back injury ten years ago she discovered Pilates as a long term cure.


  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness Pilates Matwork Level 1 Instructor
  • Pilates Advanced Matwork Instructor
  • Small Equipment Instructor - Ball, Band and Circle
  • Safe Spine Technique Course
  • Currently Studying: APMA Diploma in Pilates Method and Theory

Ayesha is enjoys working alongside physiotherapists to expand her injury knowledge and exercise prescription rehabilitation.

Ayesha enjoys holidaying at the beach, walking her dogs, cycling and enjoying a beautifully cooked meal with family and friends.

Ellen Graham

Pilates instructor

Ellen has been practising Pilates and Yoga for over 14 years, with both disciplines being significant healing modalities in her life.

She graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2010 with a Bachelor of Education (First Class Honours), and soon after decided to pursue a career as a Pilates and Yoga Teacher, aligning with her passions of fitness, health and wellbeing.


  • Certificate III and IV in Fitness (Fit College)
  • 350-Hour Yoga Teacher Training (Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute)
  • Level 1 Matwork and Reformer Pilates (Studio Pilates)
  • "Wonders of the Wunda Chair" Advanced Education Workshop (BASI Pilates)
  • Certified Les Mills Bodybalance Instructor (Les Mills Asia Pacific)

Ellen enjoys teaching both individuals and groups in fitness and clinical settings, and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge through studying her Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy through the Australian Pilates Method Association in the near future.

Our Reception Staff

Leanne Kowitz


I have lived in Toowoomba for 26 years. My background is the building industry with my husband. I was also in retail fashion for a number of years.

Having recently had major surgery on my knee, the opportunity came for me to have a career change from retail fashion.

Thanks to Lizzy I am loving my new positon, working alongside a professional team & getting to know the patients & building a rapport with them.

I am passionate about keeping healthy, fit & strong. Weight training, boxing and walking my two Staffy dogs are a part of my programme.

Travelling overseas & meeting new people is what I enjoy doing.

Kathy Clift


I have lived in Toowoomba for the past 34 years.

I have worked in a variety of industries including retail, banking finance and office administration.

I have 3 children and 4 beautiful grand children, who all live in the area.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, and I'm a a self confessed clean/neat freak.