Our Staff

Stephen Mahony

Stephen is a Physiotherapist with 23 years experience and is Practice Principle of Teneriffe Physiotherapy.  You can read more about his physiotherapy experience here. He became interested in Nordic Walking after trying it with Patrick Burtscher and Maree Farnsworth from Nordic Academy,  when they attended a physiotherapy conference. Always open-minded to new ideas for his practice and with a life-long love of outdoors sport and recreation, he thought Nordic Walking had so many benefits that he had to get involved. Stephen completed Nordic Academy's accredited Instructor training course, and has now hosted the course twice at Teneriffe Physiotherapy. 

Stephen has a special interest in combining his physio knowledge of chronic conditions, injuries and rehabilitation with his knowledge of the biomechanics and benefits of Nordic Walking to help people regain movement and increase their physical activity and quality of life.

In 2014, Stephen road tested his Nordic Walking skills during a holiday in Canada which included trail walks in Stanley Park, the Cheakamus Lake Trail, the Grouse Grind, climbing Mt Gardner on Bowen Island, and through spring snow to the Tea House at Lake Louise. Here at home, Stephen and his colleagues have been out Nordic Walking each week, testing local locations for their suitability for Nordic Walking Brisbane's Exercise Classes and Beach and Bush Excursions. 

Stephen is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Sports Physiotherapy Special Interest Group, the Acupuncture & Dry Needling Special Interest Group and Sports Medicine Australia. He is an active member of the Teneriffe Chamber of Commerce and the Teneriffe Progress Association.





Li Gao

Li's interest in Nordic Walking has grown since Stephen introduced it to her early this year. She goes Nordic Walking every week, and she particularly enjoys the outdoor experience. She completed 10km Nordic Walks in the Bridge to Brisbane and Wynnum Twilight Fun Runs this year, and is looking forward to participating in more events next year with her Nordic Walking poles. Li became an accredited Nordic Walking Instructor in 2014. She is more than happy to share her enthusiasm for Nordic Walking with people who are interested in learning this fun skill. 

Li is a Registered Nurse in a GP clinic and also works as an admin and physio assistant at Teneriffe Physiotherapy with Stephen. She has First Aid and CPR Certificates. Li likes most outdoors activities, including bushwalking, kayaking, snorkelling, beach walks, swimming and photography.