David Dall’Alba

David Dall’Alba
Director / Principal Exercise Physiologist

David is our esteemed Founder, Director, and principal accredited exercise physiologist at TLC. He is a born and bred Cairns local whose vision was to give back to the community in which he grew up. Upon graduation from JCU Townsville in 2014 with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical), David returned home and worked in the Cairns area in private practice, vocational rehabilitation, occupational rehabilitation, and the disability sector. He went on to start the organisation in 2017, working part-time until expanding into full-time practice in 2019. His vision was to establish an interdisciplinary Allied Health clinic in Cairns that supports individuals living with complex pain conditions, disabilities, illness, and disease.

Following a kayaking injury in 2016 and the related lived experience of persistent pain and the associated disability, he developed a keen interest in the complexities of pain neuroscience and treatment to support others to get back to the things that they love. Over the past five years David has engaged in multiple post-graduate courses and conferences on pain neuroscience and management by leading international researchers, and most recently completed his Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) online through the University of Sydney in November of 2022.

David loves the outdoors and being active through water skiing, scuba diving, snowboarding, camping, exploring watering holes, playing squash, and spending time with friends and family.


  • Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) – 2022
  • Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Clinical) – 2014

Professional Courses:

  • Shoulder Physio Jared Powell: The Shoulder, Simple. Scientific. Modern – 2023
  • Modern Pain Care: The Complete Clinician Certificate – 2023
  • Gregory Lehman: Reconciling Biomechanics with Pain Science – 2023
  • The Knowledge Exchange: Self-paced BUNDLE – BPS approach to low back, neck, and shoulder pain – 2022
  • The Better Clinical Project: Online Study Day with talks on back pain, spondyloarthropathy, complex decision making, culture, pain, and exercise – 2022
  • James Cook University: Aged Care Symposium – 2022
  • Laura Rathbone: ACT in the clinic – 2022
  • Flinders University: Understanding Motivational Interviewing – 2022
  • The Knowledge Exchange: Online and Self-paced Biopsychosocial approach to Practice – 2021
  • Breakthrough: 2021 Online Conference – 2021
  • Blackdog Institute: Dealing with Depression in Rural Australia – 2020
  • The Knowledge Exchange: Active Therapy of the Cervical Spine and Shoulder – 2019
  • Neuro Orthopaedic Institute: Explain Pain 3 – 2018
  • Comcare: Workplace Rehabilitation Provider Training – 2018
  • Neuro Orthopaedic Institute: Explain Pain and Graded Motor Imagery – 2017
  • ESSA: Lumbar Spine Rehabilitation for Chronic Conditions – 2017
  • Black Dog Institute: Advanced Training in Suicide Prevention – 2017
  • ESSA: Workplace Rehabilitation: Assessing a Job – 2016
  • James Cook University: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Program
    (1-day course)