Sarah ToddOwner & Director
Sarah Todd- Owner & Director
B.AppSc (Health Promotion)
Certified Pilâtes Instructor APPI & S
Owner-Director Unite Health Management
From a young age Sarah always knew she wanted to run her own business within the health sector. Upon completing a B.AppSc in Health Promotion she embarked on her career in the corporate health industry providing health promotion programs to clients across Australia. During this time she also completed her certificate 3 in fitness and launched into group fitness teaching, which she is and always will be passionate about.
Sarah found her true path whilst working with the APPI in the U.K and fell in love with Pilates and knew she had finally found her true passion. Sarah spent over 4 years working in the UX with APPI founders Glenn and Elisa Withers gaining invaluable experience growing a business from the ground up, her roles here consisted of Business Development Manager and then Managing Director.
Some of her career highlights whilst in the U.K included, executively producing & staring in 2 Rates DVDs, launching the APPI product range and the first ever Pilates conference, which is now in it’s 6th year running. During this time Sarah also completed her full Pilates training with the APPI (U.K) and STOTT Pilates (Canada).
Sarah’s dream now is to create a national education company providing a range of professional development courses for the allied health industry. She also hopes to launch the first Unite Health Pilates studio in months to come. In Sarah’s spare time she also teaches Pilates and has commenced her 2nd degree in Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University. You’ll most likely find her running around Albert Park Lake or the tan!
‘I love Pilates’
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Francesca BurgessSales & Marketing Manager
Francesca Burgess- Sales & Marketing Manager
Ba (Hons) Business Management
Certificate IV in Fitness
Certificate IV in Pilates
Qualified Matwork & Reformer Pilates Instructor
Francesca is the Sales and Marketing Manager of Unite Health Management. She joined the team in 2012 and is responsible for developing and executing marketing programs that effectively promote the company vision, whilst further growing the education and products sector. Francesca works closely with our lecturers around Australia, helping to develop, manage and market new education programs. She is also a major part of our customer service team and we are sure you will love chatting to her over the phone.
Francesca holds a Ba (Hons) Degree in Business Management, majoring in Marketing, from the University Greenwich, UK. She is currently completing her MSc in Events Management. Francesca joined Unite Health Management from the APPI UK Head Office in London where her primarily role was to manage the APPI UK Pilates Conference – the largest Pilates event in Europe. Francesca has worked in the Health Education sector in the UK and Australia for the past 7 years. Her main interest has always been Pilates and she holds a Certificate IV in Pilates and Matwork & Reformer Certificate in Pilates. Francesca was also lucky enough to head over to the Rehab Summit based in the states with APPI Co–Founder Glenn Withers and fellow colleague Sarah Todd to launch the APPI Pilates Program in America.
You may have spotted our very own celebrity when she performed in the closing ceremony on the London 2012 Olympics! Francesca also volunteered as a London Ambassador where she put her organisational and communication skills to the test helping the thousands of people who attended the Olympics.
Francesca has a passion for exercise and nutrition and you will often catch her riding her bicycle to work or researching a new health craze.
Q&A with Francesca
How long have you been in Australia?
I moved to Australia in November 2012 from the UK.
What do you love about working with Unite Health Management?
There are many things I love about my job. One of those is that I get to work with two of my best friends everyday. We spend some much of our lives at work and I am so lucky to be surrounded by positive and inspirational individuals both in the office and with our presenting team. I also enjoy speaking to all of our members, its great to constantly receive fantastic feedback on our courses and hear about how delegates are opening their own studios or launching new services at their clinics due to a course they attended with us. I am also working on the new e-learning platform, which is very exciting and I can’t wait until we release it.
What’s different between living in Australia compared to the U.K?
I feel as though the Australian life style is focused a lot more on the outdoors, healthy eating and exercise compared to London. General commute times are a look quicker here (and its so nice not to be stuck on a tube underground). But I do miss how close London was to the rest of Europe, its definitely a lot more challenging to go on an international weekend away here.
What’s your favourite food?
I don’t know if I can pick just one! Anyone who knows me will know I have a massive sweet tooth. Whenever my family/friends visit from the UK I always request Galaxy Ripples and Minstrels. But I also love Apples (I most definitely eat one everyday) and lately I am addicted to salmon and turkey. Oh and cheese – I love cheese.
What’s your favourite exercise class?
This really depends on my mood and what I want to achieve. I of course love Pilates but I also really enjoy a bootcamp/functional fitness class to get my heart pumping (particularly after I have eaten chocolate and cheese!). Lately I have really been getting into yoga. When I first tried it I found it really difficult to shut of my mind, but I recently tried a new studio and they way the instruct the meditation/mindfulness segment really resonates with me. It not only helps me to relax after a stressful day, but its also helping me to live in the moment and appreciate the right now, rather than worrying about something that may or may not happen in the future.
Sophie ContrerasTraining & Education Manager
Sophie Contreras- Training & Education Manager
Ba (Hons) Physiotherapy
Certified Pilates Instructor APPI
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
Sophie Contreras initially trained as a Physiotherapist over 15 years ago in Melbourne having always had an interest in the science of movement growing up. After a few years working in a variety of women’s health and private practice positions, Sophie discovered Pilates and found herself in London working at the Hamspstead clinic branch of APPI Healthgroup at the start of 2006. Sophie at this time completed all her matwork and equipment Pilates training through APPI while gaining vast experience in the applications of Pilates in the clinical and rehabilitation setting. In 2007 Sophie moved from the clinic into the education branch of the company and this is when she first started teaching APPI courses. She has since been fortunate to travel around the world delivering APPI courses to Physiotherapists and equivalent degree therapists throughout the UK, Europe, Brazil and Australia.
Sophie met Sarah Todd in 2007, and the following year Francesca Burgess in the APPI education head office in London. Sophie, Francesca and Sarah have been great friends ever since and now continue to work together as Unite Health Management and the official providers of APPI education in Australia. Sophie is on hand for our members to provide them with technical advice on course content and the certification process as well as being heavily involved in coordination of the course schedule and the presenting team. Sophie still teaches Pilates and presents courses on the weekends as well as following her out of work passions – predominantly latin dance, performing and teaching in Melbourne.
Q&A with Sophie
How long have you been with Unite Health Management?
I started working for UHM in April 2015, but have had a working relationship with Sarah and Francesca for almost 10 years!
What’s your role within the team?
As a Physio, Pilates teacher and course presenter, I am in a position to be able to offer information and advice on technical aspects of our education courses. I am heavily involved in course coordination and am in constant communication with our growing team of brilliant course presenters around Australia.
Why do you love Pilates?
For many reasons, its a real mind clearer for one, it really takes your brain away from the stresses of every day life for the moment that you are in class, focussing on all the details necessary to execute the Pilates movements effectively. I think this is one of the most valuable aspects of Pilates we should focus on as health professionals. It also is a fantastic tool to improve one’s body awareness which has huge implications for teaching efficient movement – vital for those recovering from injury. The combination of control, strength and mobility makes it a versatile exercise and available to a huge range of people.
What do you do in your spare time?
I can generally be found in a dance studio, either training or teaching! I specialise in Latin styles and love nothing more than breaking a sweat to Brazilian beats!
What’s your favourite place to visit in the world?
It’s no secret that I am fond of travelling and this is a hard question, I have been fortunate to travel to some incredible places. At the risk of sounding cliche, I probably have to say Paris is the place I will always go back to, my husband and I have been fortunate to visit countless times and stay with a close relative, I’m not talking about the Eiffel Tower or L’arc du Triomphe, but the cobbled streets tucked away where you can be lost for hours, strolling, observing and just being absorbed by the charm of the place.
Tegan ReillyDigital Marketing
Tegan Reilly- Digital Marketing
Tegan is a creative marketing specialist who lives and breathes social media. With a Bachelor of Business in Marketing and over ten years experience in media, Tegan is adept in copywriting, photography, video and creative marketing strategy. She loves to exercise and keep abreast of the latest health and wellness trends. She is also a self confessed chocolate addict. When not looking after her newborn son, Tegan can be found on social media…doing what she does best.
Samantha Polites- Design
Brian McDermott- Accounts
Brian McDermott FIPA,FFIN
Grad Dip AIS (Treasury)
Brian is a semi retired finance professional with a background in program/project management of retail and wholesale banking systems.
He has run his own consulting business and held a position of CFO with a major payments processing company.
Brian’s role in Unite Health Management Pty Ltd is that of a Company Director providing business advice and performing finance and taxation functions.
Lara NowlandResident Blogger - Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist
Lara Nowland- Resident Blogger - Accredited Practising Dietitian & Accredited Nutritionist
Lara is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist with a special interest in women’s health and pregnancy nutrition. She is passionate about helping women (and couples) to enjoy good food and nourish themselves in a way that looks after their health and wellbeing, optimises their fertility and helps them to conceive, promotes a healthy pregnancy and benefits their baby.
Based in Richmond, Lara provides consultations for women who are at any stage of preconception, pregnancy or their postnatal time. She also works with clients with health concerns or conditions that may influence fertility health and wellbeing including PCOS, endometriosis, weight concern and/or digestive discomforts. With a holistic, caring and non-diet approach she tailors consultations to suit a client’s individual needs and interests, providing personalised advice, guidance, practical tips, support and delicious easy recipes. For more information visit www.nurturefromwithin.com.au.
Irene AisTherapeutic Yoga Educator
Irene Ais- Therapeutic Yoga Educator
Irene Ais has spent 15 years exploring the ancient practice of Yoga. She is a Melbourne based Physiotherapist, a certified Yoga teacher, AcroYoga teacher and Pilates instructor.
Irene will take you on a journey to discover the transformative effects of yoga. She is passionate about helping students navigate the physical poses whilst offering an invitation to drop into the energetic practice. The layers she creates with her teaching will draw you out of the thinking mind to offer you an experience of deeper self-awareness.
Her strong hatha flow classes will challenge students to play to their edge and her extensive study in the human body and movement brings a teaching style focusing on finding our unique alignment and joy in movement.
Irene’s Physiotherapy career has led her to specialise in occupational health and she consults to many large organisation regarding their physical and mental health programs. She is passionate about preventative health strategies. Irene is also a course presenter for the Australian Physiotherapy Association and has been a facilitator at the APA National Physiotherapy Conference.
John Contreras-VICAPPI MASTER TRAINER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING EDUCATOR
John Contreras- APPI MASTER TRAINER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING EDUCATOR
John Contreras Physiotherapist, APPI Pilates Method Master Trainer, Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist B.Physio (Hons) B.Sc M.ExSci (S&C) Grad. Cert Sports Physio. Since graduating from The University of Melbourne in 2001, John has worked extensively in Australia and the UK within the field of exercise therapy and rehabilitation, working across a broad scope of clinical settings ranging from acute injury management and post-operative rehabilitation to elite sporting performance.
Currently the APPI Master Trainer for Australia and member of the APPI Education team since 2007, John has taught the APPI Matwork and Equipment Series, as well as various APPI CPD courses including the Performance Pilates Series to other health professionals across the UK, Europe, Brazil, Australia and the United States. He has completed a Master of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) from Edith Cowan University (WA), a Graduate Certificate in Sports Physiotherapy (La Trobe University) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a REPs Level 3 Personal Trainer.
Using his experience combining Physiotherapy, Pilates and Strength & Conditioning training principles to progress his clients from injury management towards performance training, John has also developed the APPI Performance Pilates Series and Resistance Training Rehabilitation (RTR) Series of courses.
After a second spell in the UK based at APPI Hampstead clinic managing the Strength Training service, was part of the Running Clinic and delivered the Pilates service to Brentford Football Club, John is currently based at Dynamic Stability Physiotherapy in Melbourne. He is currently completing his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy with La Trobe University.
Andrew Dowler-VICPosture Analysis and Exercises Prescription Educator
Andrew Dowler- Posture Analysis and Exercises Prescription Educator
Andrew Dowler is an Exercise Physiologist and Acupuncturist who has been working in the allied health and fitness field for over 18 years, both in the public health sector (senior Exercise Physiologist at Ballarat Health Services) and in private practice, MoveEP. Most of all, Andrew loves what he does, helping people get healthy, fit and active while achieving their performance goals. Below is just a snap shot of some of the services Andrew provides.
- Health and fitness screening and assessment
- Postural assessment and corrective exercises
- Exercise Rehabilitation – Advanced Exercise Prescription
- Strength and Conditioning programs for high level performance
- Individualised, graded exercise programs for health, fitness, rehabilitation, and high performance athletes
- Athlete consulting and program design
- Metabolic conditioning programs
- Working with chronic diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, and obesity
Read Andrew’s blog: Stand tall & breathe, 7 benefits great posture
Dr Christina Ekegren-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Dr Christina Ekegren- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Christina has worked in clinical and academic settings in Australia, Canada and the UK and has been an APPI presenter since 2008. She has Pilates qualifications from the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA), a B. Physiotherapy (Hons.) from the University of Melbourne, an MSc (Rehab Sciences) from the University of British Columbia, a PG Cert (Teaching for Higher Education) from Brunel University and a PhD in injury epidemiology from Monash University.
“Christina was a fantastic lecturer! I felt she had a lot of great ideas to take away with me” Amanda Wright
“I liked the mixture of workshops. Christina was an excellent instructor/teacher” Lisa Duong
“Christina was very motivational and shared practical experience” Kara Normington
“The presenters, Fiona & Christina, were lovely, helpful and motivating” Lauren Wilmott
Emma Carter-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Emma Carter- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Emma graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Applied Science in 1999 and then after identifying physiotherapy as her passion, she completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with honours) at Melbourne University. Gaining vast experience at a physio clinic in the west of Melbourne, she gained experience dealing with sporting injuries and teaching Pilates, in particular she developed a keen interest in using Pilates in a rehabilitation sense for clients returning to sport.
In 2010, Emma worked for the Werribee Football Club in the VFL, as part of this role she provided Pilates training for the footballers. She was also the physiotherapist for the VU Western Lightning Netball team in the Victorian Netball League from 2010-2013.
Emma currently works at Viva Physiotherapy where her case load is a combination of both general musculoskeletal issues and teaching mat and equipment based Pilates. Emma joined the APPI presenting team in 2012 and presents on the Matwork Certification Series.
Fiona Samuel-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Fiona Samuel- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Fiona graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science before moving to Perth where she completed a Master of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. She worked in a large public hospital in Perth prior to returning to Melbourne in 2010, transitioning to private practice and teaching Clinical Pilates. Fiona completed a Masters of Manual Therapy at The University of Western Australia in 2015.
In private practice Fiona enjoys combining her interests in sports injury rehabilitation, pre- and post-natal physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates. Fiona joined the APPI team in 2012, presenting the matwork series.
“Fiona was so amazing that I wish she was my physio! She demonstrated a very thorough understanding of Pilates and how to apply to a clinical population” Marianne Spizzo
“The presenters, Fiona & Christina, were lovely, helpful and motivating” Lauren Wilmott
Jane Costello-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Jane Costello- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Jane Costello completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2000 at the University of Melbourne and since then has specialised in neurological rehabilitation both in Australia and the UK. She divides her working hours between Neuro Solutions (Grade 3 Physiotherapist), Epworth Rehabilitation Centre Acquired Brain Injury unit, and working as a Pilates Instructor at Dynamic Stability in Richmond.
Jane has been teaching Pilates since 2002. She qualified as an APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association) Level 1 Instructor in 2003. Jane completed a Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction (2008) and then a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (2011) with Pilates International. She has also completed the Innovations in Pilates -Therapeutic Muscle Stretching on the Pilates Reformer course (2011). Jane is a member and registered instructor of both the APMA and Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA).
Kathyrn Anderson-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Kathyrn Anderson- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Kathryn has been an educator with APPI since 2006 and enjoys facilitating courses in matwork, equipment, pre and post natal and other CPD. Kathryn opened her own clinic, Viva Physiotherapy in 2009 after she completed her Masters of Physiotherapy (Manual Therapy) at the University of Western Australia. Kathryn gained her bachelor degree with honours from The University of Melbourne. Since then, she has worked extensively in private practice, both in Australia and the United Kingdom. She spent three years at the prestigious Fulham Physiotherapy clinic in London, specialising in conditions such as sports injuries (particularly distance runners), spinal injuries, and pregnancy.
“Great presenters – very engaging, approachable and knowledgeable” Hannah Drysdale
“Lots of feedback throughout. Very dynamic with enthusiastic presenters!” Emily Allen
Victoria Bunting-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Victoria Bunting- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Victoria completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Otago, NZ and has worked in both hospital and private musculoskeletal settings in New Zealand and Australia. Victoria has a range of interests including dry needling, pre/post natal exercise and women’s health, post surgical rehabilitation and used her Clinical Pilates skills to assess and treat a multitude of patients. Pilates has been a passion for many years, both personal practice and applying the many benefits of pilates to clinical situations to treat in the most holistic manner.
Victoria currently works at Bodycare Physiotherapy running small group equipment classes, 1:1 assessment and treatments, and reformer classes for the both the uninjured population and pre/post natal. She is also part of the Fitwise team, and Happy Melon where her Yoga Instructing and passion for mindfulness comes in handy. Victoria has completed both the matwork and equipment series with APPI, and joined the instructor team in 2013.
When she is not teaching Pilates, Victoria loves to travel, explore Melbourne’s culinary scene, cooking, yoga & diving.
Rohan Singleton-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Rohan Singleton- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Originally from Canberra, Rohan graduated from Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. He began his career working in Private Practice in Melbourne and went on to complete his APPI Matwork and Equipment training in 2011.
He commenced presenting for APPI in 2011. Rohan has a keen interest in all areas of sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked with local athletics clubs as well as football, cricket and soccer teams. Rohan has completed further training in the treatment and prevention of running injuries (including biomechanical running analysis) and is passionate about combining manual therapy and dry needling with his pilates rehabilition. At the beginning of 2012 Rohan helped open Back in Motion Northcote and is the principal physiotherapist and co-owner of this clinic.
“Instructor gave good feedback on technique and demonstrated a strong Pilates knowledge” Daniel Nguygen
Claire Hornby-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Claire Hornby- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Fleur Kilpatrick-VICAPPI Pilates Course Assistant Educator
Fleur Kilpatrick- APPI Pilates Course Assistant Educator
Qualifications: B.Physio, Dip Ed, APPI Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor
Fleur graduated from Physiotherapy in 2006 and has since worked in a variety of Physiotherapy areas, ranging from Neurological Rehabilitation in the hospital to Private Practice. Fleur’s love for Pilates started back in 2009 when she did her Equipment Pilates training. Her Pilates experience started in Clinical Pilates in Private practice and Pilates studios and has since grown into mat Pilates after completing her mat work series training with APPI. Having had clinical experience in ante-natal and post-natal streams, Fleur has loved bringing this experience to the mat. Fleur has started her Flow Pilates and Yoga down on the Victorian Surf coast and Bellarine region. She has commenced with General and Post-natal mat Pilates classes and is looking forwards to extending this into Yoga and clinical equipment Pilates.
Lynne Droy-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Lynne Droy- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Lynne Graduated from Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Scotland with a Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy in 2005 and soon after became interested in Pilates having completed her Matwork series in London with the APPI shortly afterwards. She has also gone on to complete the APPI Equipment series and multiple Pilates CPD courses. She has worked in public hospital systems in the UK and Australia and also in private practice in New Zealand and Australia. She has a post graduate certificate in Advanced Sports Rehab and is passionate about integrating Pilates exercises with her varied patient population. Lynne also enjoys treating ante and post natal clients, the ageing client and the weekend warrior and currently works in both the private and public sectors.
Susan Noonan-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Susan Noonan- APPI Pilates Course Educator
B Phty, MAPA, Grad Cert (Sports Physio), Pilates Instructor (APPI) Susan studied physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in Australia, gaining her degree in 1998. She developed a keen interest in sports medicine and after moving to the United Kingdom undertook her Pilates training. Pilates is an extremely useful tool in the rehabilitation of sports injuries, especially those with complex biomechanical issues. Susan’s treatment programs for musculoskeletal injury and following Orthopaedic surgery incorporate matwork and equipment based exercises. She has been presenting with the APPI since 2005.
“Susan was fantastic” MW3 Course Participant
Catherine Etty-Leal-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Catherine Etty-Leal- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Catherine graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. During Catherine’s physiotherapy training she had student placements at the Australian Ballet Company and with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. She has a special interest in dance, performance, vocal, TMJ, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Catherine’s interest in these areas has developed from her vast personal experience in dance of many styles, musical theatre performance, backstage and crew work, singing and playing the piano and guitar.
Catherine works at Performance Medicine, playing an important role in managing the physiotherapy and physical health of the performers of professional production companies during their Melbourne seasons and of Melbourne full time dance schools.
Having a passion for educating others, Catherine has been involved with education sessions for full time courses in dance and other disciplines of the performing arts. She has recently been a presenter at the 2015 DanScience conference.
Catherine has had extensive Vocal Unloading (vocal physiotherapy) training and has experience treating and managing Muscle Tension Dysphonia, throat pain syndromes and the performance voice. She has a special interest in the TMJ (jaw) and has extensive experience in treating and managing TMJ pain and asymmetry especially for singers and professional voice users.
Catherine enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, taking dance, yoga and Pilates classes, cooking, and playing various musical instruments.
Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA); Sports Physiotherapy Association (SPA) (Vic Branch Vice Chair); Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association (MPA); Dance Network; International Association of Dance Medicine (IADMS); Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)
Performance Medicine: www.performancemedphysio.com.au
Tonya Jones-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Tonya Jones- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Physiotherapist with Peninsula Health
Clinical Pilates assistant presenter with APPI
B.Phty.(Hons)( Monash University)
BA (hons) Contemporary Dance (London Contemporary Dance School, UK)
Registered Fitness Professional (Fitness Australia)
Tonya trained as a professional ballet and contemporary dancer at London Contemporary Dance School. After performing for a number of years she retrained as a Personal Trainer and Pilates instructor, eventually opening her studio in the UK which she ran for 6 years.
With a passion for health, well-being and movement, Tonya continued her education, completing a bachelor degree in Physiotherapy in 2014. She now works in the public health system as a full-time physio and assistant presenter with the APPI.
Kath Tsebelis-VICAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Kath Tsebelis- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Jen ReincastleAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Jen Reincastle- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Having completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2003 Jen has spent the last 12 years working in a wide range of physiotherapy clinics and community settings in Brisbane and South East Victoria.
With further training in speciality areas of dry needling therapy, muscle energy techniques and clinical Pilates, Jen has adapted her skills to provide pain relief to a huge range of clients, from the semi-professional athlete right through to the pregnant population. Although she enjoys treating all areas of the body, Jen has 2 special interest areas, headaches and ante/postnatal physiotherapy. Jen is an avid supporter of safe exercise during pregnancy and helping women to enjoy their pregnancies by reducing pain and discomfort. Continuous education into treatment of the lumbar spine and pelvic regions, have assisted Jen in becoming the ‘go-to’ physio for pregnancy pain in her area.
In 2016 Jen gained her certification with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and has recently joined their team as a clinical Pilates educator for matwork courses. Jen uses her clinical Pilates training in both treatment and class settings, teaching small group classes in the on-site gym space at her clinic in Officer, Victoria.
New South Wales
Mike Fielding-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Mike Fielding- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Mike graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1998, and has worked as a specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist since 1999 first in the hospital setting and then later in the private sector, working in many clinics throughout North London and central London including one in Harley Street that had contracts to rehab dancers from westend shows. Mike has completed extensive post graduate training in a variety of courses including Acupuncture, Fascia release, MET`s, Manips and Taping. Mike also took an interest in Muscle imbalance theory very early on in his career completing most of the kinetic control courses before embarking on APPI Matwork Certification Series in 2001. Mike has been on the APPI teaching staff since 2002 first as a assistant and then as a lead presenter and has presented courses worldwide. Read more about Mike…..
“Mike showed genuine interest and knowledge” Kerrie Mainare
“Very engaging and enthusiastic presenter” Jonathan Tan
“Mike is a great presenter who makes Pilates relevant to the clinical setting” Andrew Darcy
Sally Harrison-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Sally Harrison- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Sally was born and educated in the UK and commenced her working career as a professional dancer. Following a sudden retirement due to knee surgery, she commenced her journey in physiotherapy and exercise rehab in 2002. It was at this time that she qualified in Pilates and realised the immense benefits from this form of exercise training. Her Sydney based business ‘Pro-align’ integrates clinical Pilates with functional corrective exercise working on both a preventative and corrective health & movement model. She is honoured to be able to share her love of the pilates method working with APPI in Australia.
Chantal Wingfield-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Chantal Wingfield- APPI Pilates Course Educator
A combined interest in science and sport led Chantal to study physiotherapy. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Hertfordshire, UK in 2008. Throughout her training neuromucscular control was her key area of interest and strength.
Following graduation she initially worked within neurological rehabilitation with a wide range of spinal cord and brain injury cases before completing her core rotations within the UK’s National Health Service. It was during these rotations that she first began her Pilates training completing her Matwork 1 in 2011 and continuing to certification in the Matwork series.
Chantal has since concentrated on neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy and worked in both the public and private sector in the UK and has now set up base in Sydney CBD working for a Private Physiotherapy and Pilates Clinic – Sydney Physiotherapy Solutions. Chantal now splits her clinical time evenly between Pilates and Physiotherapy, working with individual clients, semi-privates and teaching eight classes per week including both matwork and large equipment, with some specialist classes for runners and cyclists. In her spare time Chantal enjoys running, Pilates and netball. She has previously competed in a wide range of horse riding disciplines but hasn’t found her stables yet in Sydney.
Shelley Howle-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Shelley Howle- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Shelley graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), before commencing work in hospitals firstly in Sydney then in the United Kingdom. Whilst working within the public sector she continued to develop her interest in Sports Physiotherapy with further studies and weekend sports work, which has included Netball, Softball, AFL, Basketball and Rugby Union teams.
During her time in the UK she switched from working in the public sector to the private sector, and then to working with the British Military where she recognized the need to address muscle imbalances/ motor control and postural alignment, as an important clinical skill. She then went on to complete her certification in both Matwork and Equipment Pilates through the APPI in 2009. On her return to Australia Shelley has gone on to become a presenter for the APPI in 2014.
Shelley has also completed her Masters in Sports Physiotherapy through La Trobe University, as well as courses such as Muscle Energy Techniques and the Integrated Muscle Systems Series, amongst others.
Shelley has a keen interest in the treatment of movement dysfunction and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and specializes in the treatment of thoracic/ lumbo-pelvic and hip dysfunctions. She uses a combination of her Pilates and manual skills to achieve results with her patients.
Stephanie Tang-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Stephanie Tang- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Stephanie’s philosophy is to maximise the efficiency of movement: this efficiency varies as each patient’s body is unique. Therefore a holistic and detailed analysis of movement patterns empowers patients with knowledge and a way to systematically improve efficiency, which can lead to dramatic changes in lifestyle.
Stephanie completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 2001 at University of Sydney, culminating in experience from treating various conditions from sports injuries including soccer, AFL, hockey etc., to complex pelvis, spine and rib dysfunctions , and ante and post natal related conditions.
Through this deep understanding of the human body and her interest in Clinical Pilates, she strives to apply these concepts in designing rehabilitation programmes that are specific and functionally relevant to each patient population.
As such, Stephanie developed interest in the APPI courses and started her pilates journey with APPI when she undertook the Matwork courses in 2002 and has since completed the APPI Equipment Certification Series and the Ante and Post Natal Pilates Course.
She has experience in running small group matwork pilates, mums and bubs pilates and functional core classes. She has also provided one on one and duet pilates sessions (matwork and equipment based exercises), aimed at designing a specific individualised pilates and functional based exercise programme for different patient groups, from sports specific rehabilitation to ante- and post- natal mums.
Hannah Mathews-NSWAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Hannah Mathews- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Hannah graduated from Kings College London in 2004. She worked in the UK National Health Service (NHS) until 2009 before moving to Perth, Australia. She has extensive and varied experience primarily in musculoskeletal physiotherapy but also in respiratory, orthopaedic, neurological and critical care.
In 2006 Hannah commenced her clinical Pilates training with the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute (APPI). As a certified Matwork instructor she took a role with the London based company Pilates Art where she gained extensive experience using both Matwork and Equipment Pilates for rehabilitation. Hannah moved to Sydney in December 2010. She works across two private practices: Square One Physiotherapy Mosman and Sports Lab Drummoyne using both her physiotherapy and Pilates skills in her daily practice and Pilates classes.
“Hannah is a great Presenter & Pilates Instructor” Megan Scot
Alina PuangAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Alina Puang- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Alina comes from a strong background of health and fitness, and from this, her fascination with complex and efficient movement patterns began. She consequently evolved her methodology of treatment into a holistic approach incorporating the whole body and became interested in the consequences of poor and inefficient movement patterns that arise from pain and trauma.
She graduated from Sydney University in 2007 with a Bachelors degree of Physiotherapy, and has since worked in private practices in Sydney but has also taken the time to explore Australia, working in Hobart, Perth, Darwin and more interestingly, as an outreach physiotherapist in remote indigenous communities of Arnhem Land. These experiences, as well as her own personal journey through chronic pain, have reinforced her love of enabling efficiency through relearning how to move. As a pilates instructor since 2010, she has loved seeing the effects in practice.
She has been fortunate to work with various elite athletes, as well as world class musicians. She is currently completing her Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland and consults at Balmain Sports Medicine.
Dr Rachele Quested-QLDAPPI Pilates Course and Dancing Athlete Educator
Dr Rachele Quested- APPI Pilates Course and Dancing Athlete Educator
Rachele Quested is a Doctor currently working for Queensland Health, an APA Sports Titled Physiotherapist and an experienced Pilates teacher. She trained as a Physiotherapist in Queensland and then studied Pilates with Body Control and the APPI in the UK. Rachele has worked extensively as a Pilates Instructor and Physiotherapist with many athletes from a wide variety of sports during her career. Highlights include 5 years the Royal Ballet Upper School in Covent Garden, Bath Premiership Rugby, England Triathlon, Swimming and touring with England Netball. Rachele has also taught on the Sports Physiotherapy program at UQ. worked part-time for the Queensland Ballet and presented internationally for the APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute).
Rachele gained her Sports Physiotherapy Title and then decided to return to University to become a doctor. Rachele’s interests are in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, particularly in an adolescent population. She feels that the dancing population can be a great mystery to many which is how this course came to be developed.
Rachele has written articles and courses for PhysioFirst in the UK, the APA here, a variety of Journals and presented widely at conferences on topics such as Athlete Screening, Hip and Foot conditions and the Dancing Athlete
Lisa Rushton-QLDAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Lisa Rushton- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Lisa graduated as a Physiotherapist in 2005 from the University of Hertfordshire in the UK and has gone on to work in the NHS, private practice and with various sports teams over the past 10 years. She has a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neuro rehabilitation and sports injuries.
Her sports experience has included providing physiotherapy for the 2012 Paralympic Games, providing physiotherapy at various British Universities and Colleges (BUCs) Events including the national swimming Championships, Lacrosse and rugby events. She has also worked as the team physiotherapist for the Great Britain Junior Ultimate Frisbee Teams during their European championships in Poland in 2011 and for 3 seasons she was the First team physiotherapist for her local Rugby Club before emigrating to Australia in 2015.
Now living in Northern NSW in Australia, she has opened her own clinic in Pottsville, NSW and enjoys teaching a range of Pilates classes from Beginners through to Pregnancy and Postnatal Pilates. She completed her APPI training and certification in the UK and has been teaching Pilates for almost 4 years.
Matthew Grey-QLDAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Matthew Grey- APPI Pilates Course Educator
APPI PILATES COURSE EDUCATOR
Matthew is an APA titled Sports Physiotherapist. He graduated as a Physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 1998 and completed a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2006. He is also a member of Sports Physiotherapy Australia. Matt has extensive private practice experience having worked locally as well as in the U.S.A. and U.K. He has varied experience in Sports Medicine, having worked as a physiotherapist for Gold United Football Club in the A-League, at Association of Surfing Professionals World Championship Tour events in the U.S and with Mens world cup downhill ski racing and professional snowboarding in the U.S. Matthew completed his Pilates instructor training for equipment in 2007 in the United States and his matwork training with APPI in 2012. He runs his own private practice in Northern NSW, with a strong manual therapy, sports medicine and clinical pilates focus.
Veronica LandoAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Veronica Lando- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Veronica graduated from Griffith University on the Gold Coast with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science. She has since worked in a variety of outpatient settings Australia wide and is currently Brisbane based, working out of a large inner city private practice. She has a special interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports injury rehabilitation, as well as pre and postnatal care. Veronica is an accredited Pilates instructor through the APPI and uses clinical Pilates on a daily basis with her clients. She teaches a variety of both mat and equipment groups, as well as one-on-one sessions. Veronica has a pro-active approach to rehabilitating her clients with a strong emphasis on exercise prescription and injury prevention.
Jenny Phillips-SAAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Jenny Phillips- APPI Pilates Course Educator
APA Titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist.
Jenny graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) with first class honours in 1999. She then worked in one of the major public hospitals in Adelaide for over 18 months, before heading to the UK with her husband. She spent a little over two years working in the UK, and travelling as much as possible in the UK and Europe. On returning to Australia in 2003, she began working in private practices, and had her first experience with the Pilates method over this time. However, children intervened and she worked only a small amount over their early years.
Jenny started her formal Pilates training in 2008, and began teaching Pilates mat classes and studio programs regularly from that year. She completed the Polestar Rehabilitation Certificate over several years. She found she loved the combination of hands-on Physiotherapy work and Pilates, both from a work balance point of view, and as a way of helping clients to rehabilitate from their injuries and improve their own health and fitness.
In the past 6-7 years, Jenny has been doing increasingly more work in the Women’s Health sphere, having always had a special interest in this area. This has included working in Women’s Health in public and private hospitals and in private practice, and teaching weekly pregnancy and postnatal Pilates matwork classes.
Since starting at Move Physiotherapy in Adelaide in 2012, Jenny began training in the APPI matwork method, and now teaches weekly classes – both general and pre and postnatal – using the APPI method. She is the Women’s Health Physiotherapist at Move Physiotherapy, managing all domains of health problems in this population, including pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy and pelvic floor dysfunction. She is passionate about this area, and is an active member of the APA’s Continence and Women’s Health Group. Jenny is currently working towards achieving Titled membership of this group. She will begin teaching the APPI AN/PN matwork series in 2015.
Peter Tziavrangos-SAAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Peter Tziavrangos- APPI Pilates Course Educator
APPI PILATES COURSE EDUCATOR
Bachelor Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 1996
Peter graduated in 1996 and worked at a large teaching hospiatal in Adelaide for three years, in addition to working in Sports Private Practice in that time. He then ventured off to the UK travelling and working for 4 years with his now wife Veronica. It was there that they both become interested in Pilates and did their initial training with APPI in London.
Since returning to Adelaide in 2004 Peter has been working in private practice and teaching pilates studio and matwork full time. With a special interest in back pain and headaches the majority of his clinical work focuses on these two areas, using a biopyschosocial approach to management. Pilates is often a crucial component in the management of these conditions.
Peter and Veronica now own and run Move Physiotherapy and Pilates Studio with two clinics in Adelaide, offering a variety of services to help keep people active.
“Peter was great with instruction and made everything very clear and easy to follow” Kristy Chace
“Peter was engaging and approachable. He gave practical and useful explanations and tips” MW1 Course Participant
Trudy Thompson-VICAPPI student representative
Trudy Thompson- APPI student representative
Bachelor of Teaching/Health and Physical Education
Master of Public Health
Certified APPI Pilates Instructor
Level 3 Jumps coach
Trudy is an APPI student representative helping to organise matwork courses for other students. Trudy is an APPI certified Pilates instructor who is studying a Master of Physiotherapy at Curtin University, WA.
Trudy has spent the last 5 years living in Paris, France, and Cambridge, UK, teaching at International Schools and working in a clinical Pilates studio assisting individuals through rehabilitation or using Pilates to prevent injury.
She has a double degree in teaching and health and physical education. She also has a Masters degree in Public Health with a special interest in the way lifestyle and activity prevent the development of disease.
Trudy competed internationally as a high jumper for many years, notably qualifying for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and competing at the World Youth Championships in 2007. Throughout her career she also competed in the heptathlon. She is looking forward to using her past experiences and her education to assist the development of athletes competing at elite levels.
As an experienced teacher and athletics coach she continues to train other young athletes to national levels using Pilates to maximise performance. She coaches athletics to many children and teenagers privately, in schools and in academies.
Trudy clinically trained as a Pilates Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapist and Pilates Institute in the UK. She believes that Pilates played a significant role in her athletics training; preventing injury and assisting in rehabilitation, getting her back to the track more quickly and stronger.
She regularly attends courses to broaden and deepen her knowledge; her most recent course was Pilates for dancers.
Keep an eye out for her blogs about her experiences as a physiotherpist student and APPI instructor.
Sindy Rollins-WAAPPI Pilates Course and APC Clinical Exams Prep Educator
Sindy Rollins- APPI Pilates Course and APC Clinical Exams Prep Educator
Sindy has been a presenter with the APPI since 2012 teaching the matwork certification series and ante and post natal pilates course and assisting on the equipment series in Perth WA. She is passionate about clear clinical reasoning and the promotion of excellent communication skills in order to ensure effective application of the teaching methodology. Her aims are to bring further CPD courses over to the west coast and promote APPI methodology to the student body.
Through her completion of the APC assessment process in 2012, Sindy was fortunate to meet a variety of inspiring and influential physiotherapists. This enabled her to develop the APC clinicals course, aimed at promoting effective communication skills for the clinical assessments and encouraging the development of a positive learning experience through participation in the process. Thanks to unite health management the course this is now in its 4th year of running.
Sindy’s background in movement reeducation and manual therapy makes her well suited to her work in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and she has a special interest in the upper limb.
She practices at the Hollywood functional rehabilitation clinic in Nedlands and carousel physiotherapy in Cannington. Prior to her arrival in Australia in 2011, Sindy spent seven years working with the British Military in both a primary care and rehabilitation setting. She graduated from Brunel University (2001), has a PgDip. in neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy through Cardiff University (2010) and is a member of the MACP. Sindy qualified as a Pilates instructor through the APPI and has enjoyed teaching a wide variety of groups including rowers, horse riders, antenatal/ postnatal and military personnel.
Marika HartAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Marika Hart- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Marika Hart is an APA-titled Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist based in Perth. She runs a business called Dynamic Strength Physiotherapy, providing matwork pilates classes to women who are pregnant or have just had a baby.
She commenced her pilates matwork training with the APPI in 2004, while working in a private practice in the west end of London. She found the repertoire extremely beneficial for rehabilitating her clients, and went on to complete the equipment courses in 2011, whilst working in a sports medicine clinic in Melbourne. When pregnant with her second child she completed training in antenatal and postnatal pilates with the APPI and developed a special interest in exercise for this client group.
Marika has a BSc (Physiotherapy) from Curtin University and and an MSc (Manual Therapy) from the University of Western Australia
Lucy Burrows-WAAPPI Pilates Course Educator
Lucy Burrows- APPI Pilates Course Educator
Lucy Graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK with a Bachelor of Science (with Honors) in 2009. Before moving to Perth she volunteered in Nepal for 3 months working with children who had Cerebral Palsy. Since coming to Australia she has worked in both Tertiary and Private hospitals in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. She started working in a private clinic setting in 2013 and teaching Clinical Pilates. As well as Clinical Pilates Lucy also works as a Physiotherapist utilising her advanced Dry Needling skills and has an interest in Chronic Pain management and Rehabilitation where she uses her post graduate courses and experience to provides a holistic approach to the individual.
Cath Bunting-WAAPC CLINICAL EXAMS PREP EDUCATOR
Cath Bunting- APC CLINICAL EXAMS PREP EDUCATOR
Cath is a highly experienced Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapist with more than ten years international experience, both clinical and academic, in the UK, North America and Australia. She graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy from The Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland in 2004. She completed 18 months of hospital rotations before moving to Toronto, Canada to join the Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy team at a large downtown hospital covering multiple acute clinical areas. She then accepted the position as Highly Specialised Respiratory Physiotherapist for General Surgery and Critical Care at the prestigious Royal London Hospital in London, England. Cath then relocated to Australia and successfully completed the APC process before commencing her current role as Lecturer in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy. Cath was also recently selected to lead the implementation of the Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy service at a brand new public/private hospital in Perth. Cath is passionate about evidence-based practice and progressing the role of physiotherapy in the acute hospital environment. She also continues to work clinically as well as offering private tutoring services.
Alison Lirkman-WAAPC Clinical Exams Prep Educator
Alison Lirkman- APC Clinical Exams Prep Educator
I am a self-confessed “neuro’ nerd” whose preferred bedtime reading is Oliver Sacks. I graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BSc in physiotherapy in 1980 and worked in all fields of rehabilitation in Zimbabwe and South Africa. My family relocated to Australia in 2002, and I worked for Brightwater Care Group, gaining valuable experience in Australian ways. Presently, I teach neuroscience and neurorehabilitation at the University of Notre Dame Australia and enjoy the opportunity to provide mentoring for foreign-trained physiotherapists seeking to register in this country.
Glenn Withers-UKAPPI Co-Founder
Glenn Withers- APPI Co-Founder
B.Physio. MCSP Cert. Pilates Instructor MIAPI Co-founder of the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute© Glenn Withers graduated from Latrobe University School of Physiotherapy and leapt into the sports physiotherapy world.
Glenn worked alongside Australia’s leading sports Physiotherapists within an elite development program at Prahan/Malvern Sports Medicine Centre. During this time Glenn discovered the need for further techniques to improve lumbo-pelvic stability. Glenn soon discovered the key link between muscle imbalance and Pilates and was awarded the Felice Rosemary Lloyd post graduate scholarship for international study into Pilates. Glenn spent the year training in Pilates in London at the Michael King Pilates Institute.
Together with Elisa, Glenn modified traditional Pilates to reflect current research findings and their implications for training lumbo-pelvic stability. The interest in Modified Pilates from within the Physiotherapy world lead to Glenn teaching Pilates through out Europe. Since co-founding the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute© he has lectured at various premier league football clubs, rugby clubs and Physiotherapy conferences.
Elisa Withers-UKAPPI Co-Founder
Elisa Withers- APPI Co-Founder
Co-founder of the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute© Elisa Withers graduated with honors from Latrobe University School of Physiotherapy in Australia with a strong belief in the benefits of the specific exercises for lumbo-pelvic stabilisation.
Elisa first recognized the potential of Pilates through 18 years of classical ballet training. Since graduating, Elisa has been working towards developing Pilates within Physiotherapy. Firstly, Elisa was awarded the Felice Rosemary Lloyd trustfund scholarship for international study and training into traditional Pilates. She completed beginner to advanced mat, reformer, cadillac, chairs and barrels Pilates training with Stott Pilates.
Alongside Pilates training, Elisa attended courses by renowned Physiotherapists including Julie Hides and Carolyn Richardson to develop a strong understanding on the research on segmental lumbar spine and pelvic stabilisation and its application in the clinical setting.Elisa modified traditional Pilates to use for specific training of the local muscles whose primary role is the provision of dynamic stability and segmental control. This lead into teaching Pilates through the eyes of Physiotherapy throughout Europe. Elisa co-founded the Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute© to deliver Pilates to the Physiotherapy world.
Darrin Higgins-UK/AUSMUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES EDUCATOR
Darrin Higgins- MUSCLE ENERGY TECHNIQUES EDUCATOR
Darren graduated from the University of South Australia in 1992, whereafter he moved to Melbourne and started his professional career at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Darren also worked with a number of state sporting teams in Australia, himself competing at National level in Swimming.
Darren relocated to the UK in 1996, working in private practice and the National Health Service before becoming owner and Practice Principal of the Vanbrugh Physiotherapy Clinic in 2000. His exposure to Muscle Energy Techniques began way back in 1998, and since 2003, has been teaching the approach to physiotherapists all over the UK, Ireland, Finland, Malta and Turkey.
Darren has presented workshops at a number of APPI conferences in the UK, and until recently was the Chair of the Conference Committee for Physio First , the organization which looks after the interests of Physiotherapists in Private Practice in the UK. His role was to help secure internationally recognized speakers from around the world to present at Physio First’s annual conference.
Darren leads a team of dedicated therapists at his two practices in London. He is passionate about Continuing Professional Development, and ultimately in providing the best outcomes for his patients.
Susan Czyzo- Blogger
BPHE (Bachelor of Physical Education and Health)
MScPT (Physical Therapy)
Susan is a physiotherapist from Toronto, Canada. She is a double graduate of the University of Toronto, having first completed a Bachelor of Physical Education and Health, followed by a Master of Science in Physical Therapy. Since graduating, Susan has worked at a number of physiotherapy clinics in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, alongside dedicated professionals from many different health disciplines. Regardless of where she may be practicing, Susan is passionate about helping people regain, maintain and optimize their physical function so that they may participate as fully as possible in their lives. Understanding the profound effect that physical activity has on one’s physical, mental and social well-being, she strives to return her clients to their activity or hobby of choice as quickly as possible so they too can achieve these benefits.
Susan completed Pilates training in Canada and strongly believes in the value of Pilates for injury rehabilitation and prevention. She uses Pilates with her clients on a daily basis and can see changes happening before her eyes. Recognizing the countless groups which Pilates can benefit, she continues to keep her Pilates knowledge current through continuing education courses. Over the years, particular areas of physiotherapy that have sparked her interest include lower back pain, breathing disorders and the psychological impact of an injury.
Outside of the world of physiotherapy, other things that keep Susan smiling are sports, the great outdoors and travel. Her sporting background is varied and includes basketball, volleyball, triathlon, surfing, hiking, and Australian Rules Football, among countless others. She loves hearing inspiring and entertaining travel stories from around the world just as much as she enjoys sharing some of her own adventure tales. She is currently fulfilling her love for travel by working and traveling around New Zealand.
As a blogger for UHM, Susan brings a wealth of experience from the clinical world. Her goal is to promote healthy living by sharing insights into the world of physiotherapy, Pilates and health in general.
Quote: “Move your body as often as you can”