About us

About the Wheelpower team in Greenslopes

Member of the Australian Psychological Society

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Alessandro Suppini

Director of Wheelpower Wellness, helping you feel better about your body and your life.

My name is Alessandro (Alex) Suppini. I am Italian by birth and made Australia my home over seven years ago. While practising in Italy, my passion became lifestyle intervention and family counselling. 

Since arriving in Australia, I have observed a marked disconnect between the mind and body of those around me, and believe that our general daily life is making us sick. Clients often struggle with relationships at home and work, with anxiety, emotional pain, poor sleep patterns or sedentary lives. Many also struggle to connect physical stress signals with their mental and physical wellbeing. 

I want to help each individual identify key aspects of their lifestyle that might be affecting their mental and physical wellness. Linking these aspects with trained experts in nutrition and exercise will help you create a daily life change and support you on your journey to full physical and mental wellness.

You may be wondering about the title of our business. It has a two-fold meaning. It represents my passion for cycling and reminds us that the wheel itself is a powerful symbolic vehicle. The spokes represent the different components of wellness – Emotional, Physical, Social, Occupational, Spiritual, Intellectual and Environmental – and starting down the path of wellness only takes a small push. 

Stemming from this cycling passion was an idea to create a place whereby pressures of life – be it work stress, emotion regulation, chronic medical conditions, depression or difficulties within your relationships – are not just looked at from a psychological view, but also in terms of how this pressure is affecting your physical wellbeing.

The mind and body are truly connected and Wheelpower Wellness offers an innovative mind-body integrative approach by combining evidence-based psychological therapy with gentle physical activity as a way to increase the awareness of the role your physical being plays with your mental health.

Alex is a member of the following organizations:
  • The Australian Psychological Society - Registered clinical psychologist
  • Bicycle Queensland
  • East Brisbane Bicycle Users Group (BUG)
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Ingrid Hickman

Ingrid Hickman is the clinical director at Wheelpower Wellness. Ingrid has a PhD in nutrition and metabolism and has over 15 years experience in medical research investigating the powerful benefits of healthy eating and physical activity on people's wellbeing. She joins us with a vision of developing a health service that is different to traditional models of care, one that treats the whole person and truly integrates mind and body to improve every day life.

Ingrid can help you in arranging a counselling session or giving you expert nutritional advice!
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Shelley Keating

Dr Shelley Keating is an Exercise Physiologist and Research Fellow at UQ. Shelley completed her PhD in Sydney investigating the effects of exercise on fatty liver. Her current research explores the role that different exercise intensities plays in the management of chronic conditions like diabetes and fatty liver. Shelley has broad experience with clients who may have little prior experience with structured physical activity and is skilled at determining an appropriate program for your needs. 

If you think you could benefit from an individualised exercise prescription, Shelley Keating is the expert!  

1. Keating SE, et al. Effect of resistance training on liver fat and visceral adiposity in adults with obesity: A randomized controlled trial. Hepatol Res. 2016.
 2. Keating SE, et al Effect of aerobic exercise training dose on liver fat and visceral adiposity. Journal of Hepatology, 2015; 63: 174-82.
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