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Team

Our staff are professionals trained in physiotherapy, exercise rehab, Pilates, therapeutic yoga, acupuncture, deep tissue needling, laser, massage, mindfulness and/or wellness.

Sarah Ashe

Principal Physiotherapist, Pilates and Movement Specialist

Sarah is a physiotherapist with over 25 years experience in the public and private sectors. A background in dance nurtured her love and amazement of the human body and throughout her career she has always worked with a focus on exercise and movement therapy. Discovering Pilates 18 years ago was a light bulb moment for Sarah in recognising that it gave her the tool to combine her clinical analysis skills with teaching quality movement. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science (Physio) (Hons) from Curtin University in WA, is a Polestar Pilates Certified Practitioner in Rehabilitation and an APPI Certified Practitioner in Therapeutic Yoga.

The mat sessions are a favourite of Sarah’s however she balances her time with equipment and general physio sessions, specialising in neurological, spinal and pelvic pain issues and women’s health.

Sarah practises Physio mat and Pilates regularly as well as teaching and mentoring physiotherapists and Pilates students. She is a keen runner and enthusiastic yoga participant. Sarah believes in holistic health and the complimentary nature of both physical and mental wellness.

Annalee Ferstat

Principal Physiotherapist, Pilates and Movement Specialist

Annalee has worked as a Physiotherapist for over 25 years after graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio) and has specialised in Physio Exercise Rehab for the past 15 years.

A passion playing competitive sport drew her to working in sports medicine practices, and working with state basketball, netball and football teams. A lower back injury was treated using clinical Pilates with great results. This inspired her to expand her knowledge of the Pilates philosophy, utilising movement, strength and conditioning in combination with her clinical skills. Annalee has undertaken training in Pilates with Polestar Pilates, DMA, and has completed Core Align Master Training. She is Yin Yoga certified and offers acupuncture dry needling.

Annalee has found her niche in Physio exercise rehab, encouraging and empowering people of all abilities to meet their personal goals and to optimise their physical function, health and well being, no matter what age. Annalee treats many people living with, or undergoing treatment for, conditions including osteoporosis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and cancer. She has also developed a special interest helping women through various stages and challenges in life such as childbirth, menopause and aging.

Also a Mum to a teenage son, Annalee is passionate about her own physical health and well being, believing life balance is essential to nurture both the mind and body. She enjoys walking her dog, swimming, Pilates, yoga and can often be found enjoying our beautiful ocean on her SUP board.

Jenny Andrews

Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Acupuncturist

Jenny is a Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She completed her undergraduate studies at the West Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1985.

Realising early on the Western model had many strengths, but there are more paradigms to explore, she went to the U.K. to complete 3 years of full time studies in acupuncture at the International College of Oriental Medicine (I.C.O.M.) where she gained her Licentiate of Acupuncture in 1992.

Thereafter Jenny relished the opportunity to work for I.C.O.M. and the National Health Service in a dual role employed as a physiotherapist but practicing acupuncture and physiotherapy. At the end of 1992 Jenny returned to Perth where she worked part time in private practice in physiotherapy and set up her own acupuncture practice.

In 1998 intrigued by physiotherapy presentations on shoulder pathology she followed the presenters to Adelaide and commenced a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia, completing this in 1999.

Since then Jenny practiced both professions in one clinic, using physiotherapy for musculoskeletal conditions and acupuncture for a wide array of reasons, both remedially and to maintain wellbeing with seasonal adjustments in keeping with the Chinese view of health. Jenny enjoys problem solving and having Eastern and Western paradigms to draw on, can think outside the box and embraces a challenge.

On a personal note Jenny enjoys meditation and Tai Chi and is an integral member of these communities.

Edwina Bassingthwaighte

Senior Complex Pain Physiotherapist

Edwina is a country girl, growing up in Queensland, where she completed her Physiotherapy degree. It was her teaching position at the Physiotherapy School at Queensland University, which cemented her interest in the treatment of long term spinal pain and motivated her to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University in Perth. Perth’s great lifestyle meant that she never quite got around to going back to Brisbane! A marriage and 2 children later, she is still here!

Over the next 20 years Edwina has worked in private practice and at Pain Clinic, with Pain Specialists, physios, psychologists & other professionals who believed in a team approach to treating long term musculoskeletal pain. Since then, she has continued her work in private practice treating clients with complex long term pain problems, but has maintained strong links with the Pain Clinic team, which has been invaluable in helping more people become pain free.

Edwina is also a part-time member of the Painless rehabilitation team headed up by Pain Specialist; Dr Stephanie Davies working in a team based approach to reducing pain.

Edwina has a keen interest in treatment of all painful conditions, but particularly those patients that have long-term spinal pain and headaches (and isn’t that a lot of us!!) Edwina has great understanding and empathy for people with back pain as she herself had a low back problem requiring surgery and lots of rehabilitation, resulting in making her even more committed to a treatment approach where the client is in control, emphasising home management, making the exercises fit the individual and aiming to ensure that the pain does not recur.

No two clients have the same pain problem, so be prepared when you see Edwina to have a lot of time spent on you to make sure the assessment is thorough and that the treatment is tailor made to fit your needs.

In her spare time, apart from spending time with her fabulous family, Edwina is a keen gardener, has a menagerie of pets to look after & loves to bushwalk, travel & cook.

Felicity Munro

Senior Physiotherapist, Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist

Felicity graduated from Curtin University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. In the years that followed Felicity worked in the private and public sectors, both in Australia and overseas. During this time Felicity worked extensively in manual therapy and Clinical Pilates and through her caseload she became more interested in Women’s Health and Continence, leading her to complete her Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Women’s Health and Continence) in 2009.

Felicity is an expert in pelvic floor dysfunction with the aim of improving quality of life for her patients. She has extensive experience treating clients with various types of pelvic floor dysfunction including incontinence, prolapse, hypertonic pelvic floor/dyspareunia. Even though her official title recognised by the Australian Physiotherapy Association is; Women’s Health and Continence Physiotherapist, Felicity also has experience treating male clients requiring pelvic floor management.

Felicity can assist pre/postnatal clients with musculoskeletal concerns associated with pregnancy as well as issues associated with the birth process and breastfeeding.

Felicity believes that pelvic floor health is an important component of overall health and needs to be integrated into daily activity/exercise.

In her spare time she enjoys running, interval training and Pilates but is also kept busy by the demands of three young children.

Chiara von Perger

Senior Sports Physiotherapist, Pilates and Movement Specialist

Chiara has worked as a physiotherapist for over 25 years after graduating from Curtin University. She completed her postgraduate qualifications in Sports Physiotherapy in 1997 and has worked extensively in both public hospitals and private practice since then. She currently also works part time at Bethesda Hospital in orthopaedic rehabilitation and palliative care and Royal Perth Hospital where she is involved in orthopaedic clinics and outpatient case management.

Chiara believes in holistic health and is a qualified Polestar Pilates rehabilitation physio and certified in acupuncture dry needling. She applies these skills to assist clients to maximise their health and wellbeing while also assisting them to treat injuries or orthopaedic conditions such as arthritis, scoliosis, or frozen shoulders for example. Her special interest is in shoulders and the thoracic spine. She is also keen to develop fun exercise programs for kids and teens to prevent injuries and help their overall physical development.

Chiara has lived around Cottesloe for much of her life and spends much of her downtime at the beach and being in or on the water. An avid swimmer, she has completed 3 Rottnest swims and keeps fit by swimming and running after her 3 children. She loves hiking and generally being in nature.

Kathy Moodie

Associate Physiotherapist

Kathy was drawn to Physiotherapy by a drive to help people improve their function and quality of life and by experiencing firsthand the benefits of an active lifestyle. Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2013 she has worked within the public health sector in Queensland and gained extensive experience with clients post injury, after surgery and with persistent pain. She also worked within a team of health professionals providing a specialist Orthopaedic Screening Clinic to help clients prevent and delay surgery when appropriate.

Kathy is a firm believer in the importance of a client centred and holistic approach to physiotherapy, ensuring that what she does in practise directly targets what her clients want to achieve. She finds that the best part of her job is seeing the enjoyment in her clients when they realise that can now do something that they never thought possible.

It was the drive to ensure that she was helping her patients achieve the best possible outcomes that has brought Kathy to Perth to complete her Master of Clinical Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2020. That, and the beautiful beaches and lifestyle Perth has to offer!

Outside of physiotherapy Kathy enjoys being outdoors. On the weekends you will find her surfing, camping and/or hiking often with a camera in hand. Kathy as a strong believer in an active and healthy lifestyle and when not outside will be doing cardio and resistance training at the gym or mixing things up and keeping fit with indoor rock climbing.

Sarah Zhang

Associate Physiotherapist

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Curtin University in 2016. Since her graduation, she has worked in both private practice and hospital settings, allowing her to consolidate her knowledge and see a variety of caseloads. Sarah has successfully managed sports related injuries, pre- and post- surgical rehabilitation, worker’s compensation, acute post-natal education, enhanced program care and general physiotherapy program for de-conditioning and many other cases.

Over these years of working, Sarah found joy in utilizing soft tissue techniques, manual therapy, exercise rehabilitation, and dry needling skills to manage all types of musculoskeletal injuries. She also developed a special interest in managing clients with dizziness/vertigo. Sarah is currently undertaking further studies in clinical Pilates, physio exercise rehab, and strength and conditioning to enhance her skillset and clinical application. Sarah is a keen learner and embraces and quickly applies the mentorship offered by Senior Featherstone professional staff.

Sarah is fluent in Mandarin and it is her passion to help people achieve their best. By approaching clients with a holistic approach, she always ensures to perform a thorough assessment, treatment, evaluation, goal setting and management plan.

In her free time Sarah enjoys a variety of hobbies, in particular long hikes while travelling, cooking with her partner and participating in Pilates herself. She also takes delight in ballroom dancing.

Magda Lytek

Remedial Massage Therapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Magda in a qualified physiotherapist from Poland, graduating in 2012. She is passionate about free diving and the depths of the ocean, which is why she decided to move and live on the coast of Australia.

She started her professional experience by working with infants, learning how we gradually develop and acquire motor skills. Working with infants through to adults on alignment via corrective movement patterns led her to a deeper interest in scoliosis, completing FITS Concept and Bobath neurodevelopmental training. Exercise rehabilitation has been a focus for Magda and even more so as part of her own recovery following a car accident.

In Australia, Magda has completed a mat Pilates course and is finalising qualification as a Personal Trainer.  She views weight training as an important element of exercise to improve daily performance, reduce injury and support vitality and well-being. Rest, recovery, and nurturing are additional aspects of self-care so remedial massage to eliminate myofascial restriction and tension in the body are also incorporated into Magda’s service offering.

In her free time, Magda can be found under the water, where she is in her ultimate alignment – holding breath, catching the moment, and taking in the beauty of the underwater world. So far, she has reached 40 m down on one breath! Magda likes to broaden her perspective, try new experiences, embraces learning and aims to provide the best possible solution for each individual client.

 

 

Mel Browne

Yoga Instructor, Tai Chi Instructor, Personal Trainer

Mel has been practising yoga for over 25 years and completed her 350 hour teacher training qualification at Tamara Yoga in 2017.  Since then, she has taught regular yoga classes at Tamara Yoga and Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA, where she was involved in setting up chair based classes, to help make yoga more accessible for people with arthritis and chronic pain.

Prior to this, Mel studied functional anatomy at Curtin and completed a Certificate IV in Fitness.  Working for Arthritis & Osteoporosis WA as exercise coordinator for 7 years, and exercise instructor for 10 years, Mel gained extensive experience in arthritis and exercise, undertaking additional national training in strength and warm water exercise.  Qualifying as a tai chi for health instructor in 2009, Mel has taught regular classes throughout the metropolitan area, and delivered tai chi instructor training workshops throughout WA.

Mel travelled with her family when her children were young, living in Scotland, Malaysia, New Zealand and Brisbane, during which time she immersed herself in yoga, tai chi and meditation, attending many courses and workshops.  In Malaysia, she completed yoga teacher training for children, and taught yoga to high school students.

With a passion for learning, Mel has recently returned to university to pursue her interest in psychology.  In her spare time, Mel loves to be in nature and spend time with her family.

Viola Ribul

Certified Polestar Pilates Instructor

Viola is a certified Polestar Pilates mat instructor and qualified Studio and Rehab Diploma. She is also trained in BoxilatesTM and pregnancy Pilates.

Viola is fascinated by human movement and loves to share this passion with her clients through her teaching.

Throughout high school, Viola played the roll of team captain for her school’s soccer team for 4 years. After being diagnosed with chronic fatigue and unable to continue the game she loved, Viola finally discovered Pilates. Through consistent practice, Viola was able to overcome various physical and mental limitations and hasn’t looked back since. Not long after her recovery, she embarked on her teacher training course, discovering that her greatest joy was allowing others to experience the same freedom she did, through intelligent and corrective movement.

As well as practicing and teaching Pilates, Viola loves a good interval training session, yoga and running with friends.

Cassie Dunham

Pilates Instructor (Mat), Physiotherapy Student, University of Notre Dame

Cassie is a second year Physiotherapy Student at the University of Notre Dame and is also currently undertaking her Complete Mat Work Series Pilates instructor course with Polestar Australia. Cassie has always been involved in the world of physiotherapy, as her mother is a physiotherapist and Cassie herself faced multiple chronic injuries and illnesses growing up and in her early adult life. Because of this, Cassie understands that every human is unique and has individual experiences and life goals. Her heartfelt care of human connection and communication stems from her Arts degree in cultural studies, which she attained at the University of Melbourne. Cassie is passionate about assisting her clients to achieve their optimal quality of life and balance and uses her practice to encourage each individual to find the balance that is right for them, while still empowering them to achieve their best.

When not teaching, participating in or observing Pilates Mat classes at Featherstone, Cassie can be found walking or running the Perth beaches with her dogs, conversing in French over a coffee or studying for her physiotherapy degree.