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Our Team

Our team is made up of a diverse group of individuals who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Healthworks team.

The Healthworks Team

We’ve been educating, supporting and inspiring employees to improve their health and wellness for more than 30 years. We are an energetic, passionate team of people, who believe wholeheartedly in the benefits of health and wellness at work.

Claire Ebstein

Head of Consulting Services

Claire Ebstein has over 15 years’ experience working in the Occupational Health sector. With formal qualifications in Physiotherapy and a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health & Safety Management, Claire has worked in clinical health and OHS and Workers’ Compensation consulting across a variety of industries before joining the Bodycare/Healthworks team.

Claire is passionate about all things relating to health in the workplace and believes that organisations need to address both mental and physical health in the workplace to achieve sustainable outcomes.
Claire has completed courses in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation. She is also a certificated practitioner in the delivery of the Genos International Emotional Intelligence model.

Gill Cavenagh

National Business Development Manager

Gill Cavenagh has been a key player in corporate health for over 20 years. A trained health and HR professional, she has an impressive track record with major corporate, SME and government bodies across Australia and New Zealand delivering new business benefits using both ‘high-touch and high-tech’ health and well-being solutions.

Sonja Turner

National Program Manager

Sonja Turner has over 12 years experience in the Corporate Health sector; as a nutritionist, certified health coach and national program manager, responsible for the delivery of health and wellbeing programs to a broad range of clients.

She has always had a passion for health and wellbeing and believes that everyone is capable of making changes to their habits and behaviours to improve their health, vitality and motivation for success. Using mindset and behaviour change techniques, Sonja has helped hundreds of men and women balance the many competing priorities of modern life, to achieve better health and wellness and build a better relationship with themselves.

Sonja has a Diploma of Nutrition, is certified as a health coach, has studied behaviour change psychology, food psychology and is a certified meal planner.

Elaine Fox

Head of Product and Innovation – Consulting Services

Elaine has worked in the health sector for over a decade as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian, Exercise Scientist and Accredited Mental Health trainer. She has spent many years in Corporate Health working with organizations across various industries to develop and implement successful strategies that improve the health and wellbeing of their workforce. Through this, she has developed strong industry knowledge, which she uses to ensure that the products, programs and services offered by Healthworks are of the highest quality, are engaging for employees and deliver excellent outcomes for clients.

Passionate about improving the lives of others, Elaine also delivers Wellbeing and Mental Health education programs to organisations. She is passionate about empowering leaders to better understand how to support their teams physical and psychological health.

Tomie Pfeiffer

National Business Development Manager

Tomie is a National Business Development Manager at Healthworks.  She is a health professional with over 20 years of international experience in clinical, marketing, sales and distribution within the allied health industry.  She is client-focused with diverse experience in customer service, business management and project coordination.

She is passionate about health and wellbeing, both personally and professionally.  She believes that education is essential to equipping people with the knowledge and information required to make lifestyle changes that in turn improve overall health and quality of life. 

Tomie enjoys working with her clients to implement programs that are customised to their organisation and their individual requirements.  Her passion for health, coupled with her extensive experience in customer service,  ensures that she can meet the unique needs of every organisation and their employees.

Dr Justine Tuffley

Health and Wellbeing Specialist

Dr Justine Tuffley holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Melbourne and additional post graduate qualifications in Mental Health First Aid. Justine’s authentic and energetic nature helps motivate and encourage individuals to adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

Adam Crisp

Injury Prevention Services Manager

Adam is a qualified Physiotherapist with extensive experience across both private and occupational health and rehabilitation settings. He has been with the company since 2016, commencing as an onsite Injury Prevention Specialist before transitioning into a Project Management role within the Consulting Services Team in 2017.

Adam has serviced, managed and coordinated a range of projects across Australia over the past 4 years. His wealth of knowledge in Injury Prevention and strong beliefs towards education and empowerment ensures that he always strives to attain a high standard of service and achieve a real difference within workplaces.

Tanya Van Zyl

Injury Prevention and Wellbeing Specialist

Tanya graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2009 with an Honours in Sport Science and an Honours in Exercise Physiology. Tanya has gained extensive experience working in a variety of settings, including Private Practice and the occupational health space.

David Palermo

Exercise Physiologist

David is a qualified and experienced Accredited Exercise Scientist and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement.

Upon graduating, David molded his training philosophy under the guidance of some of Australia’s leading strength and conditioning coaches and started his own personal training business. He furthered his studies as a Level 2 Strength & Conditioning Coach, honing his craft working with local and aspiring athletes.

He used his skills further to teach the Diploma of Fitness course to aspiring personal trainers, before progressing to a role of Coach with the Australian Institute of Fitness.

David has been a part of the Healthworks team for around 5 years providing health checks, health surveillance checks and facilitating seminars and workshops.

His goal is to educate and empower those interested in improving their quality of life.

Janelle Gibb

Digital Product Manager

Healthworks’ Digital Product Manager, Janelle Gibb has over 20 years’ experience in the corporate health and wellness industry providing exceptional customer service to clients requiring assistance with digital solutions, services and products.

Bettina Ruhl

Health & Wellbeing Specialist

Bettina is an accomplished occupational health consultant with a passion for improving workplace wellness and employee well-being. With a solid foundation in healthcare and a specialization in health promotion, she brings a unique perspective to her role.

Bettina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy and a Master’s degree in Health Promotion, which has provided her with a comprehensive understanding of the human body and the importance of physical well-being.

Simon Gellie

Exercise Physiologist

Simon is a highly experienced and skilled Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sports Scientist. He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Graduate Diploma in Exercise & Sports Science, and a Graduate Certificate in OHS & Ergonomics.

Simon is passionate about preventing and treating musculoskeletal injuries and chronic health conditions, as well as improving the health, fitness, and wellbeing of all his clients.

Steve McDowell

National Account Manager

Steve has a background in health spanning multiple sectors.

A Registered Paramedic, he spent almost a decade working in emergency services within NSW. Steve has extensive pre-hospital care experience in both the public and private sector as a clinician, state operational manager and mentor to health professionals.

Steve brings a unique skillset to the team, having also worked as a personal trainer and health manager. He holds a degree in Sport & Exercise Management and a Diploma of Paramedical Science, with professional experience across Australia and internationally in Hong Kong, China.

Steve has a passion for connecting like-minded health professionals, and is an advocate for workplace health, with a focus on mental and emotional wellbeing.

Vanessa Simonsen

Health & Wellbeing Program Coordinator

Vanessa Simonsen brings over 6 years of experience to the Health and Wellness sector, establishing herself as a dedicated Certified Health and Wellness Coach and Clinical Nutritionist. With a passion for improving the lives of others, Vanessa has seamlessly navigated both clinical settings and the online space, aiding men and women on their journey to enhanced overall health and wellbeing.

Vanessa has always had a passion for preventative healthcare in the workplace, where her mission extends beyond traditional health approaches, focusing on empowering people to achieve better health and overall well-being in their day-to-day lives. She combines her nutritional expertise with a keen understanding of lifestyle dynamics, ensuring that her clients receive personalized and sustainable solutions. Her holistic approach encompasses not only physical health but also mental and emotional well-being.

Vanessa has a bachelor’s degree in health science (Nutrition and Dietetics), is a Certified Lifestyle, Food, and Wellness Coach and meal planner.

Maria Vetsikas

Health & Wellbeing Program Coordinator

Maria is a qualified Naturopath, having completed a Bachelor of Health Science in 2022. With an extensive understanding of the interplay between biological systems, particularly mind and body, Maria is holistic in her approach to health.

Having worked in the delivery of practitioner-level health events Maria brings current knowledge to the occupational health space, with a passion for improving quality of life in the workforce via increased education.

As an integral part of the execution of our programs, Maria is guided most of all by the precept that prevention is better than cure when it comes to wellbeing in the workplace.

Paul Traynor

Health & Wellbeing Specialist

Paul has worked in the health and fitness industry for over 9 years as a Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor in both commercial and corporate gyms. More recently he has worked as a Health Promotion Specialist for Ireland’s largest healthcare provider where he has leveraged his expertise to promote overall wellness, and wellbeing in companies such as Citibank, Amgen and eir.

Paul’s dedication to the field extends to Cardiac Rehabilitation Specialist having worked with patients who have undergone cardiac surgery in Tallaght University Hospital. His commitment to ongoing education is evident in his recent graduation from University College Dublin with a BSc in Health and Performance, further enhancing his ability to positively impact the health and wellbeing of those under his guidance.

Paul is passionate about the health and wellbeing within businesses, and he supports that looking after the health and wellbeing of our employees significantly reduces stress, increases employee retention, and increases the employer brand as a great place to work.

Shaun Camara

Injury Prevention and Wellbeing Specialist

Shaun, armed with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sport and Exercise Science) and certificates III and IV in personal training, boasts nearly 6 years in the exercise industry. His journey commenced with a year-long internship at Western Sydney Wanderers, followed by diverse experiences including Fire and Rescue and volunteering at First Phase Football during university.

Transitioning into personal training, Shaun spent 4 years as a fitness consultant at two gyms while concurrently establishing his own personal training business. Subsequently, he returned to the role of a bone density technician and body composition analyst at MeasureUp.

Shaun further conducted health assessments for corporate clients, engaging with CEOs of major Australian companies at Executive Health Solutions. Finally, he entered the occupational health sector as an exercise scientist/occupational health assessor, performing pre-employment medicals for candidates from various companies.

We’ve all seen, and are inspired by, the powerful effects that even the most basic health improvements can have on someone’s life.

Gill CavenaghNational Business Development Manager