Meet the Team

Paul Ryan

B. Phty (UQ), Grad Dip Manipulative Therapy (SA)

Paul is an owner and Director of Paul Ryan Physiotherapy. He has almost 4 decades of physiotherapy experience, having graduated from the UQ in 1982. Paul completed his Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in Adelaide in 1987.

Paul and his wife Meegan, also a physiotherapist, established a practice in Hervey Bay in 1983.

Paul is a skilled manipulative therapist and hands-on clinician. He has an active interest in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions, with a particular interest in spinal pain and dysfunction, and cervicogenic headache. Paul also has extensive experience in workplace rehabilitation and occupational health

Meegan Ryan

B. Phty (UQ), Grad Dip Counselling (ACAP)

Meegan is an owner and Director of Paul Ryan Physiotherapy. Meegan graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from UQ in 1982. She has broad experience in the areas of private practice, rehabilitation, and aged care. While not currently practising in a clinical capacity, Meegan is actively involved in the clinic in a consulting, mentoring and management role.

Ayley Smith

B. Phty (Hons first class CQU)

Ayley graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from CQU in 2022. Ayley has worked in private practice and hospital settings, gaining a broad range of experience in musculoskeletal, neurological, paediatric and vestibular physiotherapy. As a keen sportsperson, she enjoys treating all manner of sporting injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. More recently, Ayley has gained experience in occupational rehab and completed training in pre-employment functional assessments. Ayley has a special interest in vestibular physiotherapy and recently completed additional training in this area. Ayley looks forward to providing her clients with the best of care, while progressing and honing her skills in all aspects of physiotherapy.

Meg Dembskey

B. Phty (ACU)

Meg holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the Australian Catholic University in Brisbane and has a special interest in Women’s Health. Meg has recently completed her Level 1 Pelvic Health through the Australian Physiotherapy Association with plans underway to extend her post graduate studies to include completion of her Level 2 qualification in 2024.

At Paul Ryan Physiotherapy, real time ultrasound imaging is used to assist the therapist to determine how well the pelvic floor and core muscles are functioning. Ultrasound imaging is a painless, non-invasive technology that allows the therapist and client to view the pelvic floor and core muscles in ‘real time’ on the screen. Clients report that ‘seeing’ the muscle activation, helps guide them to perform the contraction more effectively – specifically for retraining weakened pelvic floor muscles involved in the causation of urinary frequency, urgency, and stress incontinence.

As a keen sportsperson, Meg also enjoys assisting clients with various musculoskeletal and sporting injuries through a combination of hands-on manual therapy and exercise prescription.

As a team player, Meg thrives on a collaborative approach in developing an individualised treatment plan, and looks forward to assisting her clients to achieve their maximum potential.

To make an appointment to see Meg, contact Paul Ryan Physiotherapy.

Suling Chen

B. Phty (AUT NZ), Masters Manipulative Therapy (Curtin WA)

Suling graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2009 and worked in private clinics throughout Queensland and Western Australia before returning to university to complete post graduate studies in Manipulative Therapy in 2012. Suling holds a Masters degree in Clinical Physiotherapy (Manipulative Therapy).

Originally from China, Suling has lived in New Zealand and Australia for more than 20 years. During that time, Suling has worked in numerous private clinics throughout Qld and WA, including owning her own clinic in a WA mining town for 10 years.

Suling is experienced and highly qualified in assisting clients to manage all manner of Musculo-skeletal conditions, from acute injuries to chronic pain management.  Suling utilises both hands on skills, exercise therapy and other therapeutic interventions (including dry needling) to help relieve pain and restore function. As an avid runner and exercise enthusiast, Suling has a special interest in biomechanics, load management and overuse injury prevention.  

Suling has moved to Hervey Bay to be closer to family where she is enjoying the coastal lifestyle and scenic running paths. Suling is pleased to be joining the team at Paul Ryan Physiotherapy and looks forward to assisting her clients achieve their maximum potential.

Ann Little

Enrolled Nurse

Ann is an experienced EN having worked previously at the Gold Coast Hospital in Infectious diseases and Cardiac Units. Ann has also worked in general practice in the areas of Sexual and Women’s Health, and chronic disease management. Ann has extensive experience in Pre-employment medicals and drug & alcohol testing. Ann looks forward to assisting our clients realise health issues that may be identified during the assessment process, liaising with, and referring to, general practitioners for further investigations as required.

Kimberley Reilly

Diploma in Remedial Massage

Kimberley graduated with a Diploma in Remedial Massage in 2007 and recently has become a certified paediatric massage consultant. 

With 15 years of experience in massage therapy, Kimberley enjoys being able to provide her valued clients with relief from their aches and pains. Kimberley has worked alongside physiotherapists for many years, providing valued assistance with client treatment plans.

Kimberley specialises in:

  • Remedial massage
  • Relaxation
  • Pregnancy massage
  • Baby massage

Jennifer Howell


Jenny graduated as a registered nurse from Nepean College of Advanced Education (University of Western Sydney) in 1988. Jenny has completed post graduate studies in Midwifery, Women’s Health, Sexual Health, and Health Management.

Jenny’s working career is broad and varied, having worked in both Public and Private Hospitals, Community Health Centres, Community based services, Schools, Aged Care Residential and Allied Health Management.

Jenny’s primary focus has always been in Primary and Preventative Health Care, assisting and educating clients to manage chronic disease with the aim to encourage and maintain healthy lifestyles.

Jenny currently enjoys working with the team of Allied Health Professionals at Paul Ryan Physiotherapy, where she is instrumental in assisting clients to identify health issues that may arise during the pre-employment testing process, which in turn may impact on their general and work health. Jenny’s role also requires her to liaise with medical practitioners for further investigations as required, to ensure that employers are accepting suitable workers into their work force.

Debbie Goodger

Admin Staff

Kerry-Ann Whyborn

Admin Staff