Our Team

Experienced hand therapists here to help with hand, wrist and elbow injuries and rehabilitation. 

MELISSA JAMES

Director & Principal Hand Therapist
Bachelor Occupational Therapy (Hons)., Graduate  Diploma Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Full Member Australian Hand Therapy Association

With over 25 years experience in Hand therapy Melissa has had a passion for hand therapy since graduating from the University of Queensland in 1991.  She began her career working at the Princess Alexandra Hospital Hand Unit for seven years before moving into the private sector. Melissa gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation in 1999. She has lectured to both undergraduate and post-graduate occupational therapists at the University of Queensland. She has also lectured widely to therapists in regional Queensland on numerous topics relating to hand therapy and presented at state and national conferences.  Melissa has been a long-term course presenter for the Australian Hand Therapy Association’s Certificate Courses,  training other hand therapists in the fabrication of splints. She has a special interest in treating musician’s hand problems and especially enjoys treating children.

JACKIE OLDHAM

Occupational Therapist & Hand Therapist
Bachelor Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)
Full Member Australian Hand Therapy Association

Jackie graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1992. She first became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association ( AHTA ) in 1995 and served on the national executive as well as a term as the State Coordinator. She has worked in public and private Hand Therapy clinics in Australia and England, including her own private hand therapy practice on the Sunshine Coast. Jackie has lectured at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and has presented many upper limb workshops for therapists training. Working alongside an experienced and motivated team has always appealed to Jackie and she is enjoying this opportunity at Bayside Hand Therapy.

LYNNE BOWE

Administration and Office Manager

Lynne has a wealth of experience in administration of hand therapy practices and also as a clinical nurse.  She ensures the smooth running of the practice and will look forward to assisting you with your enquiries.