Our Team

David Coles – Occupational Therapist and Practitioner of Hand Therapy

B.Occ. Thy, Full Member AHTA

David graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from University of Queensland in 1998. He has specialised in Hand Therapy since 2000.

He established Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy in 2009.

He has worked locally at Gold Coast Hospital, Logan Hospitals and specialized Hand, Burns and Plastic Surgery clinics in London and Birmingham in the UK. He also has visiting rights for all the major private hospitals on the Gold Coast.

He is a Full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

David is a Guest Lecturer in Hand Therapy and Splinting for Occupational Therapy undergraduate students at Southern Cross University, as well as for Masters of Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy students at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. He also presents as a guest speaker at numerous conferences throughout the year.

He has worked closely with the Gold Coast Suns AFL and Gold Coast Titans NRL teams over the past few years, as well as numerous surfing, track and field, tennis, boxing and swimming world champions.

Fields of interest include sports injuries, acute trauma and complex wrist injuries.

David enjoys his surfing, sports and hanging out with his family of 5 children.

Health Provider Achievement Award

Luke McCarron – Occupational Therapist and Practitioner of Hand Therapy

B.Occ.Thy, Full Member of AHTA, CHT

Luke graduated from Southern Cross University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. He then joined the Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy team immediately following graduation, quickly becoming an integral part of the overall team dynamic. He bacame a full member of the AHTA early 2016.

In 2017 Luke has continued with his studies taking on a Masters of Science in Hand Therapy through the University of Derby in the UK. He has also recently passed his exam to become a Certified Hand Therapist.

Luke’s interests include music and sport. He has represented at a state level for cricket, hockey and athletics and currently plays golf off a single digit handicap. He also enjoys playing the guitar during down time.

Shawn McDowell – Occupational Therapist

B.Occ.Thy, Full member AHTA

Shawn graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2011.

He is a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Shawn has been working as an Occupational Therapist for many years in a variety of acute and rehabilitation settings and joined the Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy team in 2014.

He has always had a passion for Hand Therapy and his skills have rapidly developed since specialising in this field.

Sean's patients value is caring nature and he gets great satisfaction in being able to assist them with their injuries to ensure they return to meaningful activities.

Shawn’s other interests include basketball, football, cricket, crossfit, his pet dogs and DIY.

Mikayla Southam – Physiotherapist

DPhty, MAPA

Mikayla graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Bond University on the Gold Coast in 2015. She then joined the Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy team immediately following graduation.

She is an Associate Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and is working towards full membership of the AHTA.

Mikayla has a keen interest in the performing arts with many years experience in music, dance and competitive gymnastics. She completed her Bachelor of Musical Arts Honours Music in violin performance at Western University, Ontario, Canada in 2008.

She presented her research on QuickDASH analysis on hand and upper limb pathologies at the 2016 national APA and AHTA conferences. She is hoping that these will be published in the Journal of Hand Therapy soon.

Mikayla also enjoys travelling, cooking, and playing with her pet dog.

Riley Willemse – Occupational Therapist

B.Occ.Thy, Associate Member of AHTA

Riley graduated from Southern Cross University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. 

He is an Associate Member of the AHTA and is currently working towards achieving full membership.

Riley joined Active Hand Therapy following an outstanding student placement in 2015, where he developed a passion for the specialty and has been employed here since.

He is extremely keen about assisting people maximise their function through rehabilitation of the hand, and loves the challenges that the area presents.

Riley enjoys all sports and has competed in AFL and cricket at a senior level since a young age. He is sure to be out surfing in his spare time.

Laura Zahra – Occupational Therapist and Practitioner of Hand Therapy

B.Occ. Thy, Full Member AHTA, MOTA

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from University of Queensland in 2006. She has specialised in Hand Therapy since 2008.

She has worked locally at Gold Coast Hospital soon after graduation and joined Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy in 2011.

She is a Full Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. Laura is trained in dry needling techniques and is extremely skilled in custom made thermoplastic splinting.

She finds it extremely satisfying to use her knowledge and skills as a Hand Therapist to help people return to optimal function and performance.

Laura has a keen interest in all paediatric and musculoskeletal injuries including complex fracture management.

Laura's other interests are being active with her pet dog, boating, art and sewing.

Edi Henderson – Senior Administration Officer

Edi has been the Senior Administration Officer at Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy since 2011. She has worked nationwide in a variety of Medical and Allied Health centres, until she decided to settle on the beautiful Gold Coast.

Her professional and humorous manner gives our patients a pleasant experience at reception.

Edi enjoys skiing, cycling, fitness and walking her pet dog.

 

Dee Coles – Business Manager

BPharm

Dee is a practicing pharmacist that has managed small and large health care businesses. She has worked in the private and public health sector specialising in clinical and business auditing. Clinically she has an interest in pain management and medication safety, making her a perfect fit for Active Hand Therapy. Dee is currently studying her Masters in Business Administration.

Dee is passionate about reducing our environmental impact and according to her five kids, loves making school lunches.

Career Opportunities

Active Hand and Upper Limb Therapy is often looking for experienced Hand Therapists and Administration staff. If you have experience in these fields and would like tojoin our fantastic team, please forward your CV and covering letter.

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