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Allied Health

SpinePlus is a multidisciplinary practice, developed to provide a comprehensive and streamlined approach to back conditions. Dr Licina works closely with a number of Allied Health practitioners. Our Allied Health Team includes a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist and Psychologist.

Stephen Boyd

Stephen Boyd graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland in 1984. He gained post-graduate experience, particularly in the areas of Orthopaedics and Spinal Injuries while working at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Stephen spent the next 25 years developing his skills in both inpatient and outpatient settings across Brisbane. He has had the opportunity to work alongside Orthopaedic Surgeons and Spinal Surgeons in various settings, assisting with conservative management, pre-operative, post-operative, and outpatient care. Stephen’s physiotherapy protocols are adapted to suit the needs of his patients with consideration of best clinical practice and current surgical procedures.

His private physiotherapy practice has expanded to cover several locations in private hospitals and outpatient clinics around Brisbane city. His team of physiotherapists provide quality care in these settings.

Throughout his professional career, Stephen has held positions on committees at the state and national level of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. He has also been a member of a number of committees within private hospitals around Brisbane. He is currently on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal as a State Government appointed assessor in physiotherapy matters.

Since 1999, Stephen has provided physiotherapy care for Dr Licina’s spinal patients, both surgical and non-surgical. This association has now developed into regular combined clinics with Dr Licina and Exercise Physiologist, Nathan Wade, to optimise patient rehabilitation.

Elena Yusim

Elena is a qualified Psychologist with over 12 years of field experience.

Prior to joining Spine Plus, Elena consulted to law firms specializing in the criminal justice system and family disputes. She performed assessments, facilitated mediations and wrote reports for the Australian Courts regarding criminal, family, and civil compensation matters. Previously Elena worked extensively in occupational rehabilitation, promoting health and wellbeing for clients from many differing orientations ranging from the military, corporate, resources, sporting and employment sectors.

Her style is objective, open and collaborative and makes full use of her experience in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) one of the current leading psychological interventions, but she also utilizes mindfulness, and acceptance and commitment therapy to facilitate desired outcomes. She places great emphasis on building awareness of self and others, assisting clients to develop and astute understanding of their individual situation.

Elena provides valuable input to patients at SpinePlus especially with issues such as anxiety and depression, adjustment to injury, pain and return to work issues.

Felicity Munton

Felicity comes to SpinePlus with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Queensland University of Technology.

She has a passion for musculo-skeletal rehabilitation with a particular interest in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI).  Her experience as a Personal Support Worker with Spinal Life Australia during university has given her a deep understanding of the many challenges faced by a person with SCI. 

As part of the SpinePlus team, Felicity works closely with Stephen Boyd and Dr Licina, providing patients with individually tailored rehabilitation and exercise programs. Felicity assists Dr Licina’s post-operative patients for whom she provides appropriate progression and individual home based training programs. Felicity also commonly sees Dr Licina’s non-surgical patients, who benefit by receiving both advice and specific exercise programs to enable a return to work, sport, and recreational activities.

Felicity is an enthusiastic and caring professional who enjoys guiding patients through their recovery and encouraging them to achieve their goals. Her experience and education make her a wonderful addition to our health professionals’ team. 

Pedro Alcobio

Pedro is a Remedial Massage Therapist, and also the founder of Health Place.

Pedro has travelled the world with his profession and has worked with Cirque Du Soleil, European soccer teams as well as the Broncos, the Wallabies, the Queensland Ballet, the Queensland Reds, and more.

Pedro combines his international experience with his professional knowledge to deliver treatments that work to achieve your health goals as fast as possible. Pedro particularly enjoys the challenge of tough cases and has a reputation for being able to make improvements where other health practitioners could not.

As part of SpinePlus, Pedro works closely with the other allied health professionals to provide coordinated care to all patients. The treatment he provides focusses on areas identified during thorough assessment. Pedro provides education and assistance which allows patients to progress through their rehabilitation.

Pedro is an experienced and knowledgeable health professional who has been involved with the SpinePlus practice externally for a number of years. His recent addition to the onsite team has proven to be extremely beneficial to both the practice and our patients.