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Innervate Pain Program – Staff Profile

Service Director

Position Vacant


Leigh Murray MAPS, BA(Dance), G&PG Dip(Psych), MSci(Healthpsych), MProfPsych) Registered Psychologist  Leigh is a registered psychologist, with extensive experience working with individuals and groups. She has worked in private practice, health clinics, university, and vocational settings. Leigh has assisted many people with anxiety, mood, adjustment and eating disorders, chronic pain, health, and general life concerns. Leigh takes a person-centred approach to therapy, with a special interest in mindfulness-based therapy. She draws on techniques from CBT, ACT, MI, narrative, and schema therapies. In addition to her Bachelor degree in Dance and post-graduate qualifications in psychology, Leigh holds a Master of Science in Health Psychology, from the University of Sydney and a Master of Professional Psychology, from Macquarie University.  She has worked in health psychology research, contributing to the field, with several published journal articles.

Program Coordinator

Claire Methven BAppSc(Physiotherapy), Cert IV Training and Assessment, SIRA accredited RTW Coordinator Claire is a Physiotherapist, Rehabilitation Consultant and Educator with 20 years’ experience in physiotherapy and workplace health. She has a passion for empowering people to maximise their productivity in their vocation and personal life.  Claire has worked as a Rehabilitation Provider, Workplace Educator and Risk Assessor.   Claire’s clinical experience has been in conditions “where the body meets the brain” including chronic pain, vestibular disorders, neurological disorders, catastrophic and complex conditions.  Her teaching experience includes University, TAFE, Allied Health Graduates, Workplace Training and teaching in schools from K-12.


Lisa MacPherson BSc ApplSc (Physio) MScMed (Pain Management) Lisa is a physiotherapist with a special interest in the management of chronic pain. She has many years of experience in managing patients with sub-acute and chronic pain including functional restoration and multidisciplinary pain management, and has been actively engaged in managing people with work related injuries to return to work for a similar period. She is a WorkCover (NSW) appointed Independent Physiotherapy Consultant and was appointed as an APA Titled Pain Physiotherapist in 2018. Lisa has completed a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) through the University of Sydney.

Scott Peisley BPhysiotherapy and ASCA Strength & Conditioning Coach Scott has a strong interest in musculoskeletal injuries and has been practicing in general, sports and work-related injuries for approximately 6 years. Scott  also has a strong interest in providing functional strength and conditioning treatment to rehabilitate workers and the general public.

Joel Irvine Joel has 5 years of experience in treating general musculoskeletal, sports and work-related injuries. Joel is a credentialed practitioner in Mechanical Diagnosis & Treatment, has a Post-graduate qualification in headache and spinal treatment. Joel has a strong interest in providing education and exercise prescription to rehabilitate a variety of injuries and conditions.

Exercise Physiology

Kristy Stone BAppSC. (Ex&SpSc) has 12 years experience in her field following the completion of a degree in Exercise and Sports Science enabling further accreditation with ESSA as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist specialising in chronic pain management, workplace assessment and application of work related activity programs, she has an advanced knowledge in acute musculoskeletal injury management, neuropathic based conditions and chronic disease intervention. Kristy has extensive knowledge and experience in chronic pain management programs working within multidisciplinary teams and the development and application of group exercise/ health education programs.

Medical Input

Dr Marc Russo Specialist Pain Medicine Physician MBBS. DA (UK), FANZCA  FFPMANZCA

Dr Russo gives lectures on pain mechanisms, the limits of medical treatment for chronic pain, and the importance of the self-management approach for effective coping with pain. They meet with each participant individually and develop medication reduction plans for those who are taking excessive amounts of analgesia. Our data (see enclosed) show that patients can successfully wean off their reliance on pain medications without significantly altering pain intensity. 

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