CLAIRE SAMANNA

Claire is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Tailored Health and member with Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). Claire completed her studies at Deakin University in June 2016 with Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology*. Since graduating, Claire worked with neurological patients for six months, before volunteering in Kenya for 2 months assisting in medical centres and providing rehabilitation for children with special needs and upon return joined the team at Tailored Health in May 2017.

Claire used to be a keen netballer however stopped playing in her early 20’s due to persisting lower back and neck pain. Since then Claire felt stuck in her ability to exercise safely and found herself  stopping all sports and all the things she loved to do. After seeing an exercise physiologist and building pacing strategies, learning about the science behind pain, Claire has been able to get back to team sports, gym training, handstands, ocean swims, surfing and now competes in race walking. This journey is the reason why Claire became an Exercise Physiologist and found a interest in pain science, leading  to Claire’s passion for empowering others in chronic pain to get back moving and back to the activities they love to do. In 2018, Claire started up the We’ve Got Your Back support group specifically for women who are experiencing persistent pain to create a united group who work together to get Back Moving.

Claire enjoys spending her weekends volunteering at YMCA camps for adults with special needs, exploring new destinations with friends, catching a wave surfing, competing in race walking competitions and finding new hikes to complete. Claire loves staying active and in 2019 is currently working towards completing a 20km race walk race, a 2.5 km ocean swim, mastering a 30 seconds free handstand, completing 5 sets of 5 reps of chin ups and doing a muscle up.

Claire makes a conscious effort to stay up to date with the latest in pain science research by completing a number of professional development courses around her interests in chronic pain, specifically ‘A Biopsychosocial approach to lumbar spine and SIJ’ as well a separate course for the ‘Lower Limb’ and completed a specific functional assessment course through the ‘MAT (Movement Assessment Technologies) level one’. Claire uses this knowledge to turn her passion a reality, empowering individuals to take action towards achieving a healthier lifestyle and returning to the activities they love to do.

*Ranked the #1 Sport Science School and Department in the world.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology

  • Bachelor in Exercise and Sports Science

  • Active Therapy of the Lumbar Spine & SIJ

  • ESSA, Accredited Exercise Physiologist

  • ESSA, Accredited Sports Scientist

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Volunteer Exercise Physiologist in Nairobi, Kenya, at Mary Rice Special Needs School and Ruben Centre Medical Clinic (Feb and March 2017)

  • Exercise Physiologist at The Next Step Spinal Cord Recovery Centre, Epping (July-December, 2016)

  • Allied Health Assistant at The Next Step Spinal Cord Recovery Centre, Epping (March-June, 2016)

  • Health and Wellness Instructor at Northcote YMCA (Sep 2016- present)

  • Personal Trainer at See Change, Personal Training Studio, Fairfield (Feb 2015- Dec 2016)

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