Team

Physiotherapists

Des and Megan have significant experience, knowledge and practice in general musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. In addition, we are Titled Pain Physiotherapists and have gained membership of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. This is the formal recognition by the Australian Physiotherapy Association for physiotherapists with highly developed education and skills in pain. Both Megan and Des have also been invited to run workshops on pain management for the Australian Pain Society.

  Megan Willing

Megan Willing

Physiotherapist

Megan has been a physiotherapist for 34 years. Megan has worked with people with a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions – from mothers with back problems to sports teams, injured workers, skiers and bushwalkers. Over time, Megan has become passionate about holistic management and helping people with complex, long term pain.

Megan completed the Masters of Science in Medicine, Pain Management in 2013. She is a Titled Pain Physiotherapist, as awarded by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. As well as experience in general and sports physiotherapy practices around Australia and overseas, she has worked at the Persistent Pain Service, Royal Hobart Hospital, Federal Street Pain Clinic and Insight Physio. Megan continues to build on her extensive training and experience in pain management.
Megan aims to listen, understand and work with you so you can move towards improving your pain and your life with pain.

Megan works Tuesday and Thursday at Sandy Bay (shared premises with Gregory Street Psychology) and Wednesday and Friday in South Hobart (Participate Tasmania).

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Des O’Shaughnessy

Des O’Shaughnessy

Physiotherapist

Des has been working for over twenty five years as a physiotherapist. He has worked with people with a wide range of pain and movement conditions. For many of these years Des has been providing care for those people where recovery hasn’t gone to plan he has built up extensive skills and experience with this.

In these situations, individualised care looking at the whole person is what brings improvements. Des spends time with patients to find the possible reasons behind this, to find what people value, and to learn what they want to bring back to their life.
His approach respects people’s choices and lifestyles. He uses his experience to balance different treatment ideas of exercises, manual therapies, education and building self-management skills so that people regain and then maintain the important things in their life.

Des works on Mondays and Wednesdays at the Sandy Bay clinic (shared premises with Gregory Street Psychology), and on Tuesday and Fridays at the South Hobart / Participate Tasmania clinic.

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Psychologists

At Insight Pain Clinic, our psychologists are experienced working with people with persistent pain issues. Psychology can help to develop skills to manage and overcome some of the challenges people face when living with pain. Alongside issues specific to pain, our psychologists are experienced working with a range of overlapping mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, grief and the effects of trauma. Our psychology team recognises the importance of coordinating treatment and connecting with other care providers to help people maximise their treatment progress.

Dr Brad Mertens

Dr Brad Mertens

Psychologist

Brad is a clinical psychologist experienced working with individuals with persistent pain conditions. Brad completed a Masters in Clinical Psychology and PhD at the University of Tasmania. Brad has previously worked with the Persistent Pain Service at the Royal Hobart Hospital. In addition to assisting to manage persistent pain, Brad is experienced working with a range of psychological issues including mood disorders (anxiety and depression), anger and frustration, relationship difficulties, grief, and low self-esteem. Psychological therapy has the potential to improve acceptance and management of pain and mood symptoms and promotes re-engagement with life. Brad also aims to support the benefits gained in the physiotherapy and medical aspects of persistent pain management.

Brad works on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday at the Sandy Bay site with Insight Pain Clinic and Gregory Street Psychology.

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Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith

Psychologist

Hannah is a registered psychologist and is currently completing her clinical registrar period. She is interested in working collaboratively with people and their health care teams and supporting people to live rich and meaningful lives when impacted by persistent pain. Hannah has experience working mainly with adolescents and adults in both group and individual therapy, in interdisciplinary teams, across hospital and non-government settings to support people with a range of psychological issues including managing the effects of trauma, anxiety, depression, and addiction. She enjoys working with people from a range of backgrounds and is supportive of multicultural and gender diversity. She is committed to delivering evidence-based therapy, according to person-centered values, using a trauma-informed approach to care.

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