Michael Orford

Principal Physiotherapist

Graduating from Newcastle University, Michael has spent the majority of his professional practice treating musculoskeletal and orthopaedic conditions. Having completed post-graduate training in spinal physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy and dry needling, Michael treats all musculoskeletal conditions. Michael has a special interest in managing acute and persistent spinal pain, tendon pathologies and shoulder injuries. Working with netball, oztag and rugby league teams at representative levels, Michael has extensive experience and knowledge in athlete performance and injury management.

Michael is passionate about keeping up to date with the latest evidence in musculoskeletal and sports injury management, taking an analytical and hands-on approach to his work. Through examining his patient’s individual presentation, Michael ensures his patients have a thorough understanding of their condition and how to best reach their goals.

A local to the Central Coast, Michael has a love of the beach and being active. Michael is a patrolling member of Shelly Beach Surf Life Saving Club. He also enjoys snowboarding and CrossFit.

Paul McDonald

BPhty (Hons), APAM Accredited

Paul graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours. Paul has a particular interest in managing lower limb injuries, low back pain and adopting a proactive approach to sports injury prevention.

In addition to being a Physiotherapist, Paul is also an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, having completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Rehabilitation).

Paul is passionate about applying evidence-based interventions, with a strong emphasis on exercise prescription and the integration of strength and conditioning to rehabilitation.

In his spare time, Paul enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle, including cycling and playing touch football, as well as keeping up to date on the latest Physiotherapy research.

Tim McDonald

B.ExSpSc & B.Phty (Hon)

Tim is the most recent addition to the HealthPoint team. He graduated from The University of Newcastle in 2013 with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science along with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2017.

Tim employs a modern, evidence-based physiotherapy approach to pain and injury treatment through patient education, load management and early implementation of strength and conditioning principles. He endeavours to formulate goals and treatment plans specific to each patient to ensure the best outcomes are achieved. Tim enjoys treating a variety of musculoskeletal presentations but has a particular interest in knee pain and ACL rehabilitation. He is also a strong advocate of movement as medicine.

Outside the clinic, Tim is an avid mountain biker, road cyclist and member of the Central Coast Triathlon Club.

Elise Thomson

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Elise graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and spent her new graduate year at John Hunter Hospital, where she gained clinical experience across a range of inpatient and outpatient settings. Working at HealthPoint Mingara, Elise’s clinical interests include sporting injuries and orthopaedic rehabilitation alongside undertaking further study in the area of women’s health physiotherapy.

Elise is passionate about what she does and always goes above and beyond to provide the highest level of care to her patients. She loves sharing her skills and knowledge with others to help them achieve their goals, and always ensures she is up to date with the latest evidence and current best practice. Elise believes in educating patients to help them understand their condition and how to achieve their goals, empowering them to be an active participant in their recovery.

Outside of the clinic, Elise is an avid sports player, growing up playing football on the central coast and recently making the switch over to league and oz-tag. Elise loves to hike, camp and spend time in the outdoors. When not at work, often you will find her either at the beach with her dog ‘Fly’ or off hiking and exploring new places.

Jess Maloney

B. Physiotherapy (Honours), APA Level One Paediatric Physiotherapy, B. Communication

Jess graduated from the University of Newcastle and has worked in our public hospital system ever since. This experience has provided her with a wide range of experience and skills. Jess’s passion lies with paediatrics, enjoying the bonds made with client and family by providing a family-centered approach to care.

At HealthPoint Jess treats numerous paediatric conditions, such as: plagiocephaly and/or head turn preference, gross motor development, developmental delay, in-toeing, sports-specific goals for the paediatric client, paediatric gait analysis and flexible metatarsus adductus/positional talipes (not requiring casting).

Jess’s approach to treatment focuses on empowering the individual through education and goal setting. She sets SMART goals collaboratively with clients and predominately uses exercise as therapy to achieve such goals, with a focus on yoga and Pilates techniques for adults, allowing the individual and family to take control of their progress.

Jess is also experienced in geriatric rehabilitation, increasing confidence and reducing falls, post-operative musculoskeletal rehabilitation and general neurological rehabilitation (such as patients post-stroke or with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, etc.)

When not working or studying, she loves being active in as many ways possible – running, cycling, going to the gym, Pilates and yoga and walking her fur-baby Ziggy. Jess loves a good cup of coffee and is always up for chat; she is a lover of news and current affairs and of course, the beach.


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HealthPoint Mingara T: 4314 0400 F: 4314 0404