Dr Darren Beales (PhD)

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists)

Darren is a Specialist Physiotherapist whose clinical practice focuses on complex musculoskeletal presentations, providing specialist opinions and management. He is also a Senior Research Fellow at Curtin University. Darren’s research interests include improving understanding of the biopsychosocial nature of pain disorders from a lifespan perspective, and facilitating integration of this knowledge into clinical practice and public policy. He is particularly interested in increasing understanding and outcomes in the workers compensation arena by engaging all stakeholders in the return to work and rehabilitation process.

Professional appointments:
  • Darren has been a long-time contributor to the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia and the Australian College of Physiotherapists in multiple different official roles, and continues to contribute to these organisations.

When not working or spending time with his family, Darren can often be spotted riding his bike somewhere on the freeway-south bicycle path between Perth and Baldivis.

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Dr Darren Beales (PhD)

Dr Tim Mitchell (PhD)

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists)

Tim is a Specialist Physiotherapist who works part time in clinical practice with a focus on the management of complex and chronic injuries and pain disorders. He has previously worked as a team leader at an international sports medicine hospital, where he oversaw management of athletes from weekend warriors to elite professionals. He is involved in the ongoing care of patients as well as providing second opinions on more complicated cases. Tim is also a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University where he is involved in clinical teaching and research. He has completed a PhD in the area of low back pain and has a special interest in the translation of logical reasoning into clinical practice.

Professional appointments:
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia – chair of the Professional Practice Standards Committee
  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia – national executive committee member
  • Australian College of Physiotherapists – examiner panel
  • Australian Physiotherapy Council – Accreditation panel member
Dr Tim Mitchell (PhD)

Mark Gibson

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists)

Mark is a Specialist Physiotherapist who works part time at Pain Options. He has over 15 years of clinical experience in the management of private and compensable patients. Mark has provided second opinion assessments for compensable bodies and private clients since 2013. He has a special interest in chronic and complex presentations, particularly around neck pain, whiplash and headaches.

Professional appointments:
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association – Western Australian Branch Council
  • Australian College of Physiotherapists – training program mentor
Mark Gibson

Dr Helen Slater (PhD)

Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

(As awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists)

Dr Helen Slater is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. She has a PhD in the area of musculoskeletal pain and is an Associate Professor and senior academic at the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. She is recognised both in Australia and internationally for her contribution to research and education in the area of musculoskeletal pain.

Helen has vast clinical experience both in private physiotherapy practice as well as working in multidisciplinary team environments, most recently in a tertiary hospital pain clinic setting. She is an industry leader in translating knowledge regarding pain education and pain management into clinical practice and health policy. As an example, she is project lead on the PainHealth website: A help website for people with Musculoskeletal Pain.

Areas of particular clinical expertise include:

  • Chronic/persistent and complex musculoskeletal pain
  • Nerve-related musculoskeletal pain disorders
  • Multisite pain/Widespread musculoskeletal pain disorders
  • Spinal pain
  • Young people with musculoskeletal pain

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Dr Helen Slater (PhD)

James Weir ​

Senior Physiotherapist

James is a senior Physiotherapist with a broad mix of skills and experience. He has worked extensively in private practice, dealing with acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems as well as a wide range of sporting injuries. James has played sport at a National and elite level, and has worked with athletes at the professional and elite levels in Australia and the United Kingdom. James has a keen interest in functional rehabilitation and is an advocate for the benefits of exercise in the management of injury and lifestyle.

James has also spent the last two years working as an Early Intervention Specialist and Injury Management Advisor for a large workers’ compensation insurer. He brings to Pain Options a diverse skill set for optimising rehabilitation of private clients and injured workers.

 

James Weir ​

Jennie Caldwell

Senior Physiotherapist

Jennie is a Senior Physiotherapist with over 16 years of experience in health, both in clinical Physiotherapy and health management roles. She has worked extensively in community based Physiotherapy, developing exercise and wellness programs and helping people manage varied problems including arthritis, chronic pain and neurological conditions. Jennie has a strong understanding of the role of Physiotherapy as part of a multidisciplinary team from her senior management position at the Western Australian Health Department. In recent years, she has developed a special interest in the management of chronic pain disorders such as Fibromyalgia. Jennie has undertaken training in the area of pain education and graded functional restoration programs to help individuals living with chronic pain to optimise their physical capacity and participation in life.

Jennie Caldwell
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Arianne

Practice Manager

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Carolyn

Senior Medical Receptionist

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Diane

Senior Receptionist