Our Team

Professor Brian Owler - Founder

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A recognised leader in his field, his busy career has spanned research and diagnosis as well as non-surgical and surgical management of spinal conditions of patients in Australia and leading centres overseas.

Improved communication and models of care have always been in the forefront of Prof Owler’s approach to patient care. As a previous president of both the Federal and NSW Australian Medical Association (AMA), he has been actively involved in public health advocacy. This has included the RTA/NSW AMA Road Safety “Don’t Rush” campaign as well as lobbying to prevent childhood injury from window falls and improving pool safety.

Due to his vast expertise, Prof Owler was asked to develop the neurosurgery units at both The SAN and Norwest Private Hospital. He continues providing services to his patients at these centres, as well as the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Westmead Private Hospital.

Professor Owler understands how concerned patients, their family and their support network can be when faced with conditions that affect their spine. With this in mind he has established O Spine, a unique spine care model that is dedicated to improving spinal health through the collaboration of highly trained medical and dedicated spine allied health practitioners.

Robin Sanderson - Operations Manager

Robin is a physiotherapist of over 15 years experience and brings 10 years leadership and management experience to his role at O Spine.

Following his early career in the NHS (UK) where he gained a solid grounding in all areas of Physiotherapy, he progressed into elite athlete management working predominantly with professional football and ice hockey teams. On moving to New Zealand in 2011, Robin transitioned to specialising in the management of back and neck injuries under the expert guidance of senior physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons at The Back Institute, a subsidiary of the Canadian Back Institute. In the following years, Robin gained further experience in the area of occupational rehabilitation, culminating in his progression into a leadership position with an international occupational rehabilitation provider as well as leading teams in the medical industry.  

Robin’s developing interest and experience in leadership and management led him to complete his Master in Business Administration in 2021. Robin has recently returned to his passion for spinal health, leading the highly skilled team at O Spine.

Gillianne (Gill) Bechard - Senior Physiotherapist

Gillianne (Gill) is a dedicated and passionate physiotherapist with nearly 10 years’ experience. She is committed to making a significant impact on the lives of individuals through the transformative power of physiotherapy.

Gill practices with a deep sense of empathy and a recognition of the unique needs of each patient. Gill emphasizes understanding the individual behind the condition, creating an environment of trust and collaboration throughout rehabilitation.

Gill has expertise in various areas of physiotherapy, including spinal, musculoskeletal, and sports rehabilitation. She has a particular interest in cervical spine injuries and headache management.

Gill utilizes a variety of techniques, including manual therapy, dry needling, exercise prescription and patient education, to create customized plans for each individual patient.  

Gill approaches each case with compassion, expertise, and a genuine commitment to facilitating the highest level of recovery possible.

Nick Mangan - Senior Physiotherapist

Nick is a dedicated Physiotherapist of nearly 9 years experience. His career has focussed on the management of musculoskeletal, orthopaedic and sports injuries as well as assisting patients with long term, chronic conditions.

Nick is passionate about assisting patients to quickly alleviate the symptoms of their injury or illness, whilst working to identify and treat the root cause of the problem. To achieve this he utilises manual therapy, dry needling, exercise prescription and patient education.

Nick has a particular interest in the conservative management of spinal pain as well as rehabilitation after spinal surgery and is highly skilled in tailoring rehabilitation to achieve specific goals such as returning to work, sports and hobbies safely.

Nick also understands the importance of communicating with patients’ wider healthcare team, including general practitioners, specialists / surgeons and other allied health providers to ensure the optimal outcome is achieved in the shortest possible timeframe.