Meet The Team
WE’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT WE DO
BSpExSc ESSAM AEP
Luke graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast back in 2008 with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science, and gained his Exercise Physiologist accreditation in early 2011. He has been the Owner and Director of Restart since 2012. Having been an EP for over 10 years, he continues to get a thrill from meeting with patients who seek greater understanding of their injury or health condition and provide them with practical tools to better their quality of life through exercise and movement.
A great example of this problem solving was when he assisted a 67-year old retired motor mechanic to overcome chronic neck pain over a two-month treatment period. Not only was reducing pain important for the patient’s physical and mental well-being, it also enabled him to continue providing mechanic services to his family, providing him with a sense of purpose and value to his loved ones.
Away from work, Luke loves to read non-fiction books, take his dogs Clover and Lewy for a run, watch his beloved team Aston Villa play, and plan for his next travel adventure.
BClinExP (Hons) ESSAM AEP
Having worked in the health and fitness industry since 2012, Ben successfully completed both a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science (Honours) and a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (Honours) from the University of Queensland in 2021. Ben’s primary interests lie in the delivery of evidence-based exercise prescription for the management and prevention of muscle, bone and joint injuries.
A patient success story Ben is particularly proud of includes the successful rehabilitation and management of a patient diagnosed with frozen shoulder, who had debilitating pain with limited range of motion and function. Ben was able to provide interventions that improved the patient’s function, decreased their pain and allowed them to finally get a good night’s sleep.
Ben has been a successful athlete in powerlifting (10yrs with a national deadlift record of 290.5kg) and judo (12yrs with a silver medal at the Australian National Championships). He also enjoys spending time with his two dogs Chester and Chiko, strength training in the gym, gardening and reading across a variety of genres from sci-fi/fantasy to investing strategies.
BClinExP (Hons) ESSAM AEP
Having graduated with honours from the University of Queensland in 2018, Nicola’s main areas of interest are musculoskeletal rehabilitation, women’s health and diabetes. She particularly enjoys working with people with knee, back and shoulder pain, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and type 2 diabetes. She has helped guide many patients to achieve their goals, reduce pain and improve functionality, making day to day physical challenges significantly easier.
Nicola firmly believes in treating the person, not the condition. An excellent example of this is when she assisted a patient to overcome chronic lower back and shoulder pain, and transitioned them from being unable to lift an object without pain, to lifting 70 kilograms, all within two months.
In her spare time Nicola enjoys rock climbing, pottery and motorbike riding.
Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology from the Queensland University of Technology in 2021. After discovering his interest for cardiovascular rehabilitation, Tom underwent further training in the role of Cardiac Scientist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Tom is passionate about providing personalised and evidence-based exercise interventions for the prevention and management of heart and lung diseases. Whilst this is his area of interest, Tom takes pride in helping patients to optimise their quality of life and reach their goals, regardless of their health status.
Tom believes in a holistic approach to healthcare, addressing the biological, social, and environmental factors that underlie the cause, manifestation, and outcome of wellness and disease. Tom has seen great success working with patients, including positive outcomes on pain, physical and mental function, breathlessness, and chest pain.
Outside of work, Tom enjoys working on his own physical and mental health through exercise, spending time in nature, being with friends and family, or getting lost in a good book.