Meet The Team

Dr David Johnson

Dr David Johnson is a brain and spinal neurosurgeon, who has had a pioneering role in the establishment of multidisciplinary spinal practices, and holistic care for neurosurgical patients.

He is credited with launching 3 Functional Movement Training Centre’s in Queensland and now the World’s first in hospital facility at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital, having already delivered his NeuroHAB Back Pain Rehabilitation Program successfully to over 500 patients.

Dr Johnson’s expertise covers a wide range of brain and spinal neurosurgery including low back, sacro-iliac and neck pain management, minimally invasive key hole techniques, neuro-oncology, acute cerebro-vascular surgery, brain and spine trauma, trigeminal neuralgia, pituitary surgery, CSF diversion surgery and pain neurostimulation surgery.

A priority in Dr Johnson’s service is delivering a message of foundational health imperatives to all his patients, beginning with nutrition and movement proficiency. Provision of comprehensive Low Insulinaemic nutritional advice is routinely provided to patients by close collaborations with contemporary clinical Nutritionists. The alarming extent of preventable and reversible chronic disease that plagues our patients, presenting with advancing obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease should be addresses at every opportunity.

City to Coast Neurosurgery and the Functional Movement Training Centre pride themselves on providing a comprehensive multidisciplinary boutique neurosurgery service with distinction.

“Neurosurgery is a huge ordeal for patients and families and we feel privileged to be entrusted with your health”

Joanne Johnson

Joanne is a Registered Nurse and also holds a degree in Exercise and Sport Science. As Co Director of the Functional Movement Training Centre, she is responsible for referral management, coordinating programs throughout Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba and Brisbane and is actively involved as a Senior Movement Therapist throughout all programs run through St Andrew’s Hospital, Brisbane. Prior to this, Joanne has been the Practice Nurse for City to Coast Neurosurgery since 2007.

Joanne is passionate about health and holds a special interest in chronic pain. She believes the combination of Group Psychology and Movement Therapy create the perfect recipe for success in the NeuroHAB program.

Georgie Hardy-Hesson

Georgia is a Senior Functional Movement Therapist at the Functional Movement Training Centre. She is responsible for leading NeuroHAB Programs at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital. Georgia’s passion for health and fitness, coupled with her 6 years experience in the Fitness Industry has nurtured a special interest in working with patients with pain and mobility issues.

Georgia strives to empower patients with knowledge, skills and support to assist them throughout their time in the NeuroHAB Program and beyond.

Georgia is a high level athlete herself, achieving accolades in Cross Fit competitions throughout South East Queensland.

Sam Wells

Sam Wells is a CrossFit L1 Trainer and Functional Movement Therapist. Sam’s passion for health and fitness stems from years as an athlete competing at a national level in athletics and soccer. Sam’s experience with CrossFit over the last 3 years has assisted him in the rehabilitation of his own back injury and has nurtured his passion for teaching the young and elderly, unwell and healthy athletes the importance of moving well in the sport of life.