Meet Our Team
Meet our team of qualified professionals

Prof Belinda Beck, BMHS(Ed), MS, PhD, FACSM, Research Director

Prof Belinda Beck

Belinda Beck is a Professor in the School of Allied Health Sciences and member of the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus where she has taught musculoskeletal anatomy and conducted bone research for the past 20 years. Belinda graduated from The University of Queensland with a degree in Human Movement Studies (Education) and from the University of Oregon (Eugene, Oregon, USA) with a Master of Science (Sports Medicine) and a PhD (Exercise Physiology). She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Stanford University School of Medicine (California). Her work, primarily related to the effects of mechanical loading on bone, has involved both animal and human studies, from basic to clinical research. She has been awarded over $3M in research funding, published over 100 scientific papers, and presented almost 200 abstracts at conferences and symposia nationally and internationally. Most recently Belinda, with her Griffith colleagues, published the results of the LIFTMOR and LIFTMOR-M clinical trials which re-established the benchmark of exercise as therapy for osteoporosis and low bone mass. This ground-breaking program has since been rolled out as ONERO in The Bone Clinic and licenced to practitioners around Australia on a mission to prevent osteoporotic fracture.

Dr Beck serves on the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee of Healthy Bones Australia (formerly Osteoporosis Australia), and the Healthy Bones Australia National Consumer Advisory Committee. She is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Chairs the Research Committee of Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA), and is a long-time member of the Australian and New Zealand Bone and Mineral Society, the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research, ACTA, ANZMUSC, ANZACA, SMA, AMMA and The Hopkins Centre. Professor Beck’s expertise has been recognised nationally and internationally, including invitations to lead or contribute to the development of translational documents such as exercise guidelines for osteoporosis, position statements and fact sheets for organisations including ESSA, the US National Osteoporosis Foundation, ACSM, and Osteoporosis Australia/ Healthy Bones Australia.

The Team

Donna Bunting

Donna Bunting

My name is Donna Bunting and I am The Bone Clinic’s Receptionist (Front of House).

I have worked at TBC for 3 years now and have watched it grow from strength to strength. My job entails all contact with clients and practitioners and I love assisting our awesome staff and helping all of our wonderful clientele with any questions they may have. I am very good at communication and my skills are great customer service, good listener, exceptional multi-tasker, and I have a very high standard in organisational skills. In my role as Front of House you need to always have a happy and welcoming smile and to help people relax and feel comfortable as it can be a very daunting task coming for your initial assessment and I hope I can achieve this goal for everyone. I can at times try for perfection but in my role that can’t always happen. I have always been a Receptionist and love it as I think that is my main strength and I am good at it.

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Josh Brady

Josh Brady

During and after graduating from the University of Queensland in 2016 as an Exercise Scientist I’ve worked with the very young, the very mature and everything in between. Regardless of age or experience level, exercise is about loading appropriately and doing the basics well. Working at The Bone Clinic I’m constantly amazed at how a small change can make a big impact on a clients quality of life. It is the reason I got into this industry and the reason I am here at TBC.

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Katy English

Katy English

I began working at The Bone Clinic in July 2015 having graduated with honours in Clinical Exercise Physiology from QUT.  As a mature-aged graduate, with a longstanding interest in health and wellness and passion for evidence-based practice, The Bone Clinic was a perfect match for me. My approach to exercise prescription is strongly influenced by the study of biomechanics – in particular, the influence that physical forces have on our bodies at the cellular level and the power of mechanotransduction in shaping our bodies. While the science may be complex, I promote natural human movement using simple methods that increase body awareness and improve movement patterns. Healthy ageing and natural movement is my passion and I love coaching people in how to move well and develop strength, power, and mobility. I have a particular interest in pelvic floor health and I am passionate about integrating pelvic and musculoskeletal health.

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Peita Hynes

Peita Hynes

I graduated in 2004 from QUT with double degree in both nutrition and dietetics and human movement studies.  I started working in the health industry as an exercise physiologist for UQ Sport. I have over 14 years experience as a dietitian, working with a range of clients from new mothers to professional athletes to veterans.  I have worked in a variety of settings including the Wesley Weight Management Clinic, Queensland Health, Queensland Academy of Sport as well as private practice. I also worked as the Brisbane Lions Football Club’s Sports Dietitian from 2010-2013.

I am mum to a 6 and 4 year old and understand too well how life can get busy and how challenging it can be to keep a consistent healthy, active lifestyle.  I use my professional expertise and personal insight to provide individualised advice to help you meet your goals.

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Melanie Fischbacher

Melanie Fischbacher

I am a PhD candidate at Griffith University under the supervision of Belinda Beck, investigating the influence of antiresorptive bone medication on bone-targeted exercise to prevent osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women.

I graduated from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich where I studied Human Movement Sciences. In my master thesis, I investigated the role of gait variability parameters in predicting fall risk in seniors at high risk for falling. In the two years after I graduated, my research focus was on the effectiveness of motor-cognitive multitask training and strength training to reduce fall risk in seniors with cognitive impairment. Following the relocation from Switzerland to Australia in 2016, I started working as a research assistant at The Bone Clinic examining the effect of high intensity resistance and impact training on symptoms of knee and hip osteoarthritis before I took on my PhD in 2017.

I am convinced that exercise is amongst the most important strategies to prevent and manage chronic conditions and associated personal, societal and economic burden in the long term. I aspire to contribute to bridge the gap between exercise specialist and other health care providers to consider exercise as a standard intervention to improve musculoskeletal health.

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Nicolle Kelly

Since graduating with a Bachelor in Nutrition Science and Dietetics in 2019 from Queensland University of Technology, I have assisted people with a wide range of dietary goals; from chronic disease and weight management through to nutrition for older adults with bone health concerns.
Living with chronic disease myself, I understand the physical and biological aspects of compromised health as well as the mental and emotional aspects that often come with it. That insight allows me to support people with chronic disease from a place of understanding and free of judgement. Together we create clear plans to reach goals that are not only supported by evidence but are practical for lifestyles.

The reason I choose to work at The Bone Clinic is the team’s genuine and caring approach to healthcare. In addition to being at the forefront of research, the whole team is genuinely dedicated to helping each client reach their goals. You are never treated like a number here! 

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