Staff

Lauren McDougall

Director & Accredited Exercise Physiologist

 

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of South Australia)

Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Flinders University).


Lauren is also a lecturer and course coordinator at the University of South Australia, and supervises final year Exercise Physiology placement students, and is an industry honours project supervisor. She also consults at Danny's Place, a multi-disciplinary weight management clinic for children and adolescents. 

Why are you an Exercise Physiologist?

Exercise Physiology seemed like the right fit to be able to give everyone the opportunity to experience the benefit and empowerment of movement on their physical and mental wellbeing.  I find it so rewarding seeing the positive outcome exercise and movement can have on everyone.

 

What would you be if you weren’t an Exercise Physiologist?

I’d probably work at a doggy day care… or become a zookeeper. I do love animals. Speech Pathology or Psychology would also be on the list.

 

Why is movement important to you?

It’s a bit like magic.

It can make you feel better physically and mentally. It can make you feel strong and empowered. It's true what they say, exercise is medicine and motion is lotion! There are so many benefits, and everyone can do it, and there’s no right or wrong way of moving your body.

Fun fact:

I'm a big kid. I loved Pokemon and Nintendo games as a kid. So much so I still have Pokemon Go on my phone, and a Nintendo Switch where I play (or try!) Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Pokemon etc just like when I was younger. 

 

Favourite movies:

It's hard to pick! I love the Marvel series, but Guardians of the Galaxy and Black Panther are my favourites. I also like some oldies like the Breakfast Club, Shawshank Redemption, and Star Wars of course.

Favourite food:

Chocolate.. and popcorn from the cinema with a frozen coke. Popcorn at home isn't quite the same! I also equally love grilled salmon and Brussel sprouts.

 

Hobbies/interests

I love going out for coffee, and breakfast with friends, lounging around watching TV. I also like a good book, and recently started painting for fun.. I’m not very good though!

Jacob Crossman 

Accredited Exercise Physiologist

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology (University of South Australia)

Jacob also consults at Danny's Place, a multi-disciplinary weight management clinic for children and adolescents. 

Why are you an Exercise Physiologist?

Because I like to help people grow and transform their mind and body.

 

What would you be if you weren’t an Exercise Physiologist?

I would love to be a gardener or a landscaper – I love spending time outside getting my hands dirty.

 

Why is movement important to you?

It's so simple, yet vital for life! Our bodies are designed to move in all different directions; we run, jump, walk, swim, bend forward, backwards etc. I want to help others move their bodies as best they can and understand the importance of moving.

Fun fact:

I have 50 indoor plants

 

Favourite movies:

Toy Story 1,2,3

Favourite food:

A big juicy burger with a class of red cordial

 

Hobbies/interests

A walk in nature with my dog Oskar, riding my bike along the beach, reading a good book.

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