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. 




Valentine Akem - Staff Physiotherapist

ValentineValentine graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree in 2011. He has since worked in North Queensland Physiotherapy practices both in Port Douglas and Townsville. During this time, Valentine was also the team Physiotherapist for his local rugby and soccer clubs.

Valentine has recently returned from a two year period of working in the United Kingdom. During this time he worked in both private and public sectors of Physiotherapy and would treat clients with problems ranging from acute sporting injuries to chronic pain sufferers.

Valentine has been trained in the application of dry needling which he utilises frequently to aid clients experiencing pain and tension. His clinical interests include the treatment of chronic lower back pain, orthopaedic rehabilitation, sporting injuries and applying an active approach to rehabilitation when treating clients. 

Valentine has a keen interest in soccer and has played competitively for many years. In his spare time he also enjoys outdoor running, going to the gym, and cooking. 



Zanne Long - Remedial Massage Therapist

With 10 years experience in Remedial Massage, Zanne has worked in various professional environments before establishing her own successful remedial massage clinic in Newcastle, Australia.  Located in a prestigious suburb of Newcastle, “The Hill”. Zanne quickly established a professional reputation that attracted several high profile clients that became regulars. Zanne’s formal qualifications include a Cert IV in Massage, a Diploma in Remedial Massage and a Cert III and IV in Fitness.

Zanne relocated to Brisbane in 2017 and looks forward to building a solid base of regular clients. She specialises in remedial massage and generally revitalising her clients back to their full potential. Zanne is well travelled, well read and passionate about her profession. She loves cooking, music, travel, staying fit, the outdoors, socialising with friends and going to the beach.




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.







Georgia - Administration and Physio Assistant

georgiaGeorgia is currently studying a bachelor degree of creative industries majoring in creative and professional writing. In her spare time she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family and friends. In the future Georgia wishes to pursue a career in publishing.