Our Physiotherapists

Sean Cowan (Principal)

B.Sc (Physio)

Sean graduated from Curtin University in 2005 and after a few years away, has made his way back to Bunbury where he grew up.

Sean started his physiotherapy career at Royal Perth Hospital, before spending a year working at Christchurch Public Hospital in New Zealand. He spent much of this time developing an interest in treating all kinds of pain, particularly in the hand, arm and neck. On returning to Perth, Sean continued down this path, working in two private practices, one specialising in treatment of neck and back pain, and the other dedicated solely to treating hand and arm injuries.

Sean provides a specialised hand and upper limb service here at Koombana Physiotherapy, which extends from thermoplastic splinting all the way through to gym based rehabilitation and strengthening. He also enjoys treating back and neck pain, with a strong focus on manual therapy, dry needling, exercise rehabilitation and pilates.

Outside of work, Sean is a keen hockey player, as well as a runner and cyclist in the off-season. He has travelled with multiple state hockey teams to national tournaments and has played A-grade club hockey in Perth for the past ten years. His interest in sport extends to treating all kinds of sports injuries, most of which he has had personally!

Peng Lee

B.SC., Grad. Dip. Physio

Grad. Dip. Sports Physio

Peng’s main interest is pain management, both acute and chronic, using acupuncture/dry needling techniques, physiotherapeutic modalities, craniosacral therapy, Scenar and Enar treatment. He also has a special interest in sporting injuries, having completed a graduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy in 1983.

Throughout his career, he has worked in sports clinics in Perth, been the team physiotherapist to numerous sporting teams including state basketball teams, the Perth Wildcats from 1983-1986 and the Southwest Slammers basketball team for 5 years. He was also WA baseball physio from 1984-1985 and worked as a sports physiotherapist at the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

Peng was introduced to myofascial pain by Dr John Whiteside in the late 80’s which resulted in a trip of a lifetime to America to attend a training course with the ‘Guru’ of myofascial pain Dr Janet Travell. He also had the privilege to meet Dr David Simons and spend time with Dr John Hong at his clinics in L.A, along with visiting myofascial pain clinics across America. Peng also completed a Diploma in Clinical Acupuncture in 1993 at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine.

Lynne Lee

Dip. Tech. Physio.

Grad. Dip. Sports Physio

Grad. Cert. Continence & Women’s health

Lynne has a special interest and extensive experience in Women’s/Men’s/Children’s Continence, pelvic floor re-education, vaginismus, vulvodynia and mastitis. Real Time Ultrasound Imaging, therapeutic ultrasound, electromuscular stimulation, neuromodulation and TENS for labour may all form part of patient management.

Lynne has 20 years experience in private practice and has also completed her Sports Physiotherapy Postgraduate training in 1985. Her qualifications include Dip Tech Physio, Grad Dip Sports Physio, Grad Cert Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health 2009).

Lynne also provides crainosacral therapy for babies to help restore normal position and function of neck and skull bones following difficult births.

Heather Coleman

B. App. Sc (Physio)

Heather has a particular interest in chronic pain management which has arisen from her experience whilst working in a number of different areas of physiotherapy over many years.

Heather graduated from Curtin University in 1980 and worked in the Kimberley region in W.A for several years, and also in the U.K before returning to work at Royal Perth Hospital, specialising in the physiotherapy management of neurological conditions.

In1988 Heather moved to the Southwest and began her work in private practice. A background in neurology physiotherapy gave Heather a different slant in the treatment of musculoskeletal problems, and an interest in the different techniques available to help treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, particularly deep tissue massage, dry needling and correcting body mechanics and movement patterns.

Bec Clayton

B. Sc. (Physio)

Grad. Cert. Continence & Women’s health

Bec has postgraduate qualifications and clinical expertise in Continence and Women’s Health. She specialises in pelvic floor muscle assessment and rehabilitation. Bec is currently completing her Masters of Continence and Women’s Health at Curtin University and has completed her Graduate Certificate in Continence and Women’s Health.

Bec can assess your pelvic floor muscle function using assessment techniques including real time ultrasound and prescribe a customised exercise program including biofeedback and other treatment options to achieve your goals.  

Bec treats children, men and women throughout the life span, including women during pregnancy, after childbirth and who have gone through menopause. She has a special interest in male and female bladder and bowel dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and persistent pelvic pain.

Outside of work and study, you’ll find Bec running, taking a pilates class or surfing. 

Alison Evans

B. Sc. (Physio)

Alison Evans graduated with a BSc (Physiotherapy) in 1994 and spent many years working in the Goldfields gaining significant experience with the mining industry, FIFO, workers compensation and rehabilitation.

As a current Les Mills bodystep instructor, Alison has a special interest in exercise fitness and its associated sporting injuries. She has additional training in Pilates, Fitball, and core stability training. Alison loves sport and has been involved with football, waterpolo and netball.

As the mother of two young children, Alison is well aware of the pains associated with pregnancy and childbirth, especially pelvic and sacroiliac joint instability and associated buttock/leg pain. Pain relief in these areas is one of Alison’s specialties.

Alison uses dry-needling, massage, manipulation/mobilisation and exercise to help you achieve your goals.

Yvette Holloway

B. Sc. (Physio)

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Yvette graduated from Curtin University in 2005 and worked in the Southwest (Collie and Bunbury) and Perth for a few years, within the private practice setting and also the private hospital setting, gaining experience with the mining industry, workers compensation and rehabilitation. At this time, Yvette developed a special interest in Clinical Pilates and exercise rehabilitation.

In 2008, Yvette travelled throughout Europe for eight months before returning home to WA and working in the private practice setting in Perth. Still wanting to travel, but remaining relatively closer to home, Yvette moved to Karratha and worked within the public sector in the towns of Roebourne, Karratha and occasionally, Wickham. Returning back to the Southwest in 2010 saw a re-entry into the private practice setting.

Over the course of working throughout WA, Yvette has developed a special interest in, and has had additional training in Clinical Pilates and Dry Needling. Yvette tailors comprehensive management programs using manual therapy techniques, dry needling, massage and exercise rehabilitation to help her clients achieve their goals.

Shenae Bearman

B. Sc. (Physio)

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Shenae completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University with experience in the major tertiary hospitals of Perth as well as locally in Bunbury, before starting work at Koombana Physiotherapy early this year.

As a current Les Mills group fitness instructor and avid netballer, Shenae understands the many musculoskeletal injuries that can occur on the sporting ground or in the gym and has a special interest in the treatment of these areas. She also has a strong focus on patient self-management and appropriate return to sport.

Shenae has a holistic approach to treatment using dry needling, massage, manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation, whilst also taking into consideration patient’s beliefs and goals in regards to their injury and recovery. Shenae is also an experienced Clinical Pilates Instructor, running several classes a week. She brings this knowledge into her treatment sessions and her exercise programs.

Leah Noonan

B. Sc. (Physio)

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Leah completed her Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Curtin University and has since worked exclusively in private practice. Leah has a passion for delivering a holistic treatment approach to help her patients achieve their functional goals. She incorporates a combination of dry needling, manual therapy, mobilisation, massage and individually tailored exercise programs to achieve results.

Leah has a special interest in treating spinal pain disorders and sports related injuries. She has experience working with various sport teams, managing and rehabilitating acute injuries and also has additional training in Clinical Pilates and runs a number of weekly classes.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys keeping fit in the gym, hitting the beach and playing sport, in particular netball.

Catherine MacGillivray

B. Sc. (Physio)

Catherine came to Australia from Canada to do her Master of Physiotherapy Studies at the University of Queensland. Through the University of Queensland she has worked in a number of clinical settings in Queensland including general musculoskeletal outpatients and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Catherine has most recently worked at a children’s therapy clinic addressing both musculoskeletal and neurodevelopmental conditions. Since entering private practice, Catherine has had extra training through the Australian Physiotherapy Association in dry needling.

Catherine is passionate about helping people recover function, relieve pain and reach their goals through individualized therapeutic exercise, dry needling, massage and other modalities.

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