Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Paul Fien,


Principal, BSSP

Principal physiotherapist and practice owner Paul Fien has specialised in sports and musculoskeletal practice for over 25 years.


Paul's many years of practical experience have exposed him to broad range of acute and long term injuries - with Paul particularly enjoying the challenge of complex chronic injury recovery and management. 


Paul has lead physiotherapy services for St George Rugby League and the University of Queensland Red Heavies Rugby Union - while also enjoying some 'guest appearances' for the Brisbane Lions. Outside of the various football codes, Paul previously co-ordinated physiotherapy services for Tri-Alliance triathlon squad and has treated many national and international level athletes in track and field and cycling. A little know fact about Paul is that somewhere in his past he even enjoyed a stint as physiotherapist for the Holden Racing Team at Bathurst!

Nigel Smith


APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist

With Masters qualifications in both Physiotherapy and Sports Physiotherapy as well as undergraduate qualifications in Exercise Physiology, senior physiotherapist, Nigel Smith, has a particular interest and expertise in exercise prescription - more specifically the transition from fundamental to more functional exercise. 

Nigel has consolidated his studies with extensive practical experience in sports-specialised practices and has previously worked with the Brisbane Roar Football Club and also the Queensland Reds Rugby Union Team.

Nigel is currently completing a PhD focusing on hamstring muscle Injuries in elite football players. Nigel is available for consultations on Tuesdays and Thursday.

Chantal Smith


APA  Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist

Chantal decided that sun, sand and surf were much more appealing then freezing weather and snowstorms. She escaped the -40C below in Canada to join the team at Brisbane Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy.


Since her arrival from Canada in 2012, she has been involved with many sports teams of all levels, including Gold Coast Suns AFL, UQ Rugby Football Club (Premier Rugby), UQ Football Club (Premier soccer) and UQ Swim Academy. She has covered various national championships and international competitions including AFL National Championship, Australian Netball National Championships, Australian Rugby 7’s National Championships and Commonwealth Games.


Chantal has also spent some time teaching in the physiotherapy programs at University of Queensland and Griffith University.

She is experienced in treating sports injuries, from weekend-warrior to the professional athlete and particularly enjoys working on shoulders, knees and ankles.


If your goal is to get back to your activities, Chantal would love to help you get there!

Tom Williams



After completing a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science and Masters of Physiotherapy, Tom joined the team at Brisbane Sports and Spinal in 2017. Since that time, he has been involved in numerous sporting teams and event across various levels, including UQ Rugby Football Club, UQ Swimming Club, Toowong Football Club and a physiotherapist at he 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast. Tom also spends time teaching in the physiotherapy program at the University of Queensland. He loves his teaching role as it allows him to help the next generation of physiotherapists coming through.

Tom is passionate about exercise. His background in exercise science has allowed him to bring a mixture of skills, both hands on and exercise prescription, to his physio work. Tom utilises manual therapy and breathing exercises in combination with movement patterns to help you move better for your sport or activity. His goal is to help you move better and get back to exercise! Tom is also trained in DNS (Developmental Neuromuscular Stabilisation) and is certified by 'The Running Clinic'. 

Outside of work, Tom enjoys exercising in all forms! Running, lifting, yoga, swimming, you’ll find him being active in some way. 

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