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Nicole Powrie

Director/Prosthetist/Orthotist

Nicole graduated La Trobe university in 2007 with a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics. After practicing for several years in both public and private facilities across Australia and the UK, she set up our practice here on the beautiful Gold Coast. Nicole entered the profession as she wanted to work with people, as well as getting her hands dirty making braces and artificial limbs.

Nicole loves coming to the practice every day; she is passionate about finding and fitting the best devices for clients that meets each individual’s needs; helping them live their fullest and most active lives. She is experienced in all areas of Orthotics from public to private settings, acute to long-term, paediatrics to geriatrics. 

Nicole enjoys all areas of Orthotics with a particular interest in acute injuries, OA and Ligament Knee Bracing, AFOs and Paediatric Orthotics including Plagiocephaly. As our practice is expanding Nicole is taking on more of a training and management role, whilst still seeing some orthotic clients. In her free time Nicole enjoys being outdoors, exploring the Gold Coast and hanging upside down at areal yoga.

Eliza Hart

Prosthetist/Orthotist

Eliza joined the team in 2021 after graduating from La Trobe University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master in Prosthetics and Orthotics. 

Eliza entered the profession as she has a passion for art, creating things and design, while also being interested in physiology and anatomy. Also, a hands-on career where she could be involved in the fabrication process really interested her. Eliza’s main goal here with us (passion) is to help enable people live the life they want and to encourage people achieve their functional and psychosocial goals.

The aspects she likes the most about orthotics (enjoys /loves what she does as she can) is that she can get to know people, work together with clients, problem solve and make something (a device) from start to finish. She loves the balance between client interaction, hands on plaster and manufacturing work, along with report writing and research. Her current specialities include acute off-the-shelf orthoses, custom ankle foot orthoses, paediatrics, plagiocephaly helmets, spinal orthoses, and pectus orthotics.

Eliza is a Gold Coast local who enjoys being outdoors, fishing and spending time in the sun at the beach or out on her boat. She is also a, sewing & crafts enthusiast.

 

Ross Powrie

Director/Prosthetist/Orthotist

Ross is our lead Prosthetist here at Custom Prosthetics and Orthotics. He has over 13 years’ experience, graduating from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow in 2009 with a Bsc (Hons) in Prosthetics and Orthotics. He has worked across a number of settings both here in Australia and in the UK. In 2019 he founded the prosthetics side of our clinic here on the beautiful Gold Coast. Working with our founding Orthotist Nicole they built the practice from scratch and thoroughly enjoyed working on the fit-out and design of our custom-built clinic.

Ross works primarily with our Prosthetic clients, but you may see him around the clinic or popping into appointments from time to time to lend specialist knowledge or a hand where needed. Ross is passionate about helping people and loves working together with his clients to trial and design prosthesis’ that are customised to individual’s needs. He is versed in all levels of prosthetic treatment with additional training in microprocessor-controlled devices and rehabilitation post-amputation. Ross has a special interest in treating clients returning to sport including mountain bikes, ski/snowboarding and water sports (surfing, paracanoe).

Charlotte Mills

Administration

Charlotte is our receptionist and administrator here at Custom Prosthetics and Orthotics. She graduated in 2009 with a Psychology Bsc (Hons) from the University of Exeter and has had a varied career across a number of different organisations, including Workforce Planning for the Commonwealth Games, and working in Merchandising for several leading retailers in the UK and Australia. With over 13 years office, administration, and management experience she is excited to be able to apply herself to a more client facing role and work in an industry which helps improve people’s lives.

Charlotte will be here to welcome you to your appointment and give you all the information you need prior to seeing one of our clinicians.  Charlotte’s main focus is your care and experience with us, but she is also busy behind the scenes keeping the business running smoothly. She enjoys the busy and vaired nature of the role, especially being part of a local family business whose core values centre on helping others improve their lives. In her spare time, she loves paddle boarding, swimming in the Ocean and teaching Yoga.

Sarah Clappers

Technician

Sarah is our technician here at Custom Prosthetics/BraceFit. She has an extensive background in perioperative orthopaedic nursing, specifically spine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2010 from XXXX university and completed further study in 2013 gaining a postgraduate diploma of perioperative nursing. After working as a nurse for 11 years Sarah wanted to upskill and try something new. Moving interstate from Melbourne she joined us here in 2021.

Sarah works behind the scenes here at Custom Prosthetics/BraceFit as our technician. She enjoys utilising different tools and materials to fabricate sockets and ankle and foot orthoses. She specialises in the fabrication of diagnostic sockets, but you can find her lending a hand across the custom manufacturing process of braces, ankle and foot orthoses and prostheses.

When she is not with us Sarah continues to work as a nurse in Brisbane and in her spare time enjoys all forms of aerial acrobatics.

Ross Powrie

Director/Prosthetist/Orthotist

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Nicole graduated La Trobe university in 2007 with a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics. After practicing for several years in both public and private facilities across Australia and the UK, she set up our practice here on the beautiful Gold Coast. Nicole entered the profession as she wanted to work with people, as well as getting her hands dirty making braces and artificial limbs. Nicole loves coming to the practice every day; she is passionate about finding and fitting the best devices for clients, that meets each individual’s needs; helping them live their fullest and most active lives. She is experienced in all areas of Orthotics from public to private settings, acute to long-term, paediatrics to geriatrics.  Nicole enjoys all areas of Orthotics however, is particularly interested in acute injuries, OA and Ligament Knee Bracing and Paediatric Orthotics including AFOs, Pectus Carinatum and Plagiocephaly. As our practice is expanding Nicole is taking on more of a training and management role, whilst still seeing some orthotic clients. In her free time Nicole enjoys being outdoors, exploring the Gold Coast and hanging upside down at areal yoga