Our Staff

Stephen Mahony - Senior Physiotherapist

Stephen was born and raised in Brisbane and attended the University of Queensland, completing a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. He also conducted a simultaneous research degree, focusing on upper limb neural tissue adaptations in advanced tennis players. He graduated in December 1991 with First Class Honours.

Stephen's work experience includes time at the Royal Brisbane Hospital, aquatic physiotherapy practice, attending to a rugby club, teaching and examining physio students, corporate health seminars and assessments for Telstra, BCC and CUB, and 21 years in physiotherapy private practice. He spent one year working in Vancouver, Canada, and was a physiotherapist at the Goodwill Games 2001, attending to the Track and Field athletes. In 2008 Stephen completed three levels of Australian Physiotherapy Association accredited training as a dry needling practitioner. He has also completed courses in Real-time Ultrasound Imaging for Physiotherapy practice, barefoot and minimalist shoe running, and the use of digital video and computerised biomechanical analysis for running and cycling technique and bike set-up. In 2013 he was selected to attend the Level 3 Sports Physio course over 8 days at the AIS in Canberra.

Stephen opened Teneriffe Physiotherapy in partnership in January 1998 and has been the practice principal since 2001. He attends conferences and courses each year to keep current with latest knowledge and trends and liaises with colleagues to discuss new advances and difficult cases. Stephen is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Sports Physiotherapy Special Interest Group, the Acupuncture & Dry Needling Special Interest Group and Sports Medicine Australia. From 2006 to 2008 Stephen served as a local business representative on the BCC Inner North East Community Liaison Committee and was a member of the Fortitude Valley Community Planning Team process. Currently he is an active member of the Teneriffe Chamber of Commerce and the Teneriffe Progress Association.

When not at work, Stephen keeps fit with outdoors activities such as swimming, Nordic walking, kayaking, snorkelling, tennis and cycling. He has competed in World Championship duathlons, triathlons, fun-runs, half-marathons, tennis and touch football. He follows all major sports to gain an understanding of the techniques and terminologies particular to each sport.

Xiaoqi Chen - Staff Physiotherapist

Chen has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia (UniSA) and a Bachelor of Health Science (First Class Honours) from The University of Queensland. She was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award scholarship to pursue her interest in research on chronic neck pain, commencing her PhD at UQ in 2013. Her latest publications include ‘Chen & Treleaven (2013) The effect of neck torsion on joint position error in subjects with chronic neck pain, Manual Therapy’ and ‘Bahat et. al (2014) Cervical kinematic training with and without interactive VR training for chronic neck pain – a randomized clinical trial. Manual Therapy’. Chen is passionate about both research and clinical work, with previous experiences in post-operative care, orthopaedics, cardiopulmonary and geriatric physiotherapy at a large public hospital in Singapore. Her clinical interests include the treatment of chronic neck and back pain, workplace-related musculoskeletal injuries, motor vehicle accident associated injuries such as whiplash, and aged care. Chen was a competitive badminton player and enjoys bush walking, yoga and learning to play tennis during her free time. 




Karen Topp - Remedial Massage Therapist

Karen is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist and is a registered member of the Australian Association of Massage Therapists.

She previously spent 17 years in Public Service secretarial employment, commencing massage studies part time in 1994 for a Certificate of Massage Therapy. Karen returned to complete a second year of study for a Diploma of Natural Therapy (Remedial Massage Therapy) at the Australian Institute of Applied Science in 1999. She commenced working part-time as a massage therapist in 1995 and moved to full time in 2000.

Between 1994 and 1996 Karen completed the Sports Medicine Australia Levels 1 and 2 Sports Trainer courses. She has combined her skills in massage therapy with strapping and early injury management for many sports teams and events including:

•Queensland Konica Fire Outdoor Women's Cricket team

•Queensland Mens Netball, Indoor Netball and Indoor Cricket teams

•Australian Indoor Cricket teams

•Sydney 2000 Olympics and Paralympics

•Goodwill Games 2001 - Track and Field athletes

Karen is a qualified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a treatment method which explores movement patterns and habits.

In 2013 Karen graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Science from QUT and in 2014-2015 is undertaking a research Masters degree in Exercise Science.

Kish - Administration and Physio Assistant

Having lived in different parts of the world, Kish is now settled in Brisbane with her family. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts and Political science. When she is not working she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys painting, quilting and scrap booking.







Li - Administration and Physio Assistant

Li was born in China and came to Australia to study nursing in 2008. She graduated in 2012 and currently also works as a GP practice nurse. She loves cooking and photography and keeps fit by going to the gym, swimming and other outdoors activities such as Nordic walking.







Alina - Administration and Physio Assistant

Alina is currently studying a double degree in Business and Creative Industries, majoring in Public Relations and Interactive & Visual Design, at QUT. Alina was born in Brisbane, and has spent time living in China and the UK. In the future, Alina hopes to achieve a career that allows her to combine her interests in design, travel and writing.