Our staff are professionals trained in physiotherapy, exercise rehab, Pilates, therapeutic yoga, acupuncture, deep tissue needling, laser, massage, mindfulness and/or wellness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Sports Physiotherapist, Pelvic Health Pilates and Movement Specialist
Jess graduated from Newcastle University (NSW) in 2007 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Jess has worked extensively in the musculoskeletal and sports domains of physiotherapy with an interest in the lumbo-pelvic-hip region. Treating this area of the body led her to further her skills in pelvic health and in 2018 Jess completed the Professional Certificate of Pelvic Organ Prolapse through the University of South Australia. This qualification enables Jess to fit women dealing with bothersome pelvic organ prolapse with a support device called a pessary allowing women to reduce symptoms and continue their chosen activity. Jess has also undertaken further training between 2013 to current in women’s and men’s pelvic health including continence, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and mastitis care.
Jess is passionate about enabling people to keep moving and achieve their goals and she is DMA clinical Pilates trained to help achieve this. She has worked with performing artists including dancers, singers and support crew as company physiotherapist for the Sydney seasons of the musicals Wicked, War Horse, Fame and An Officer and a Gentleman.
Jess grew up here in Perth but moved to NSW in 2002. Jess and her family recently moved back to Perth and are loving the lifestyle the West has to offer (and the lighter traffic!). Jess enjoys training for sprint triathlons and fun runs/swims in her spare time. Having sustained a pelvic floor muscle injury and prolapse in birthing her two beautiful girls the road back to running post-partum has been long and full of lots of graduated strength work. Jess understands first-hand the frustration of injury and the importance of correct exercise prescription and her biggest goal is to help you achieve your goals.
Senior Physiotherapist, Pilates and Movement Specialist, Yoga Instructor
Robyn is a physiotherapist with over 25 years experience specializing in the areas of Orthopedics, Neurology, Mental Health and Wellness. Robyn is a registered teacher with Yoga Australia and is currently completing the Mat Certification IV with Polestar Pilates Australia. Throughout her career she has acknowledged the connection between Body, Mind and Spirit by embracing a holistic approach to health care. She thrives on creating a safe environment for people to come home to their body, calm their mind and experience joy in their heart – feeling whole and vital.
Having represented WA in rowing and coached for several years she understands the discipline and balance required to embrace sport at any level. She is committed to her self-practice, both on and off the mat, while embracing the journey of motherhood.
Physiotherapist and Exercise and Sports Scientist
Emilie graduated from The University of Notre Dame in 2017 with a double bachelor in Physiotherapy and Exercise and Sports Science. She has already gained a vast array of experience in multiple areas of Physiotherapy, including aged care, women’s health and acute hospital care. Emilie is passionate about working with people to achieve their healthiest and happiest version of themselves and believes this is achievable through a holistic and well-rounded approach to care.
Having lived an active lifestyle Emilie places a strong emphasis on exercise and movement therapy. She has a background in coaching, umpiring and participating in a variety of sports, including water polo, netball and swimming. She values ongoing learning and is currently completing the Polestar Pilates Rehab certification course. Emilie believes the combination of physio, exercise and sports science and Pilates is a fantastic approach to movement that is both functional and effective.
In her spare time Emilie enjoys playing sport, Pilates and spending time with her loved ones – including her three-legged labradoodle named Milo. She loves being in the sunshine and surrounded by the ocean.
Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor
Ivana graduated from Curtin University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy. Since graduating she has taken particular interest in antenatal and postnatal exercise and Pilates. She believes the combination of Pilates and physiotherapy knowledge makes a powerful duo. Ivana is interested in her clients overall wellbeing and uses a very holistic approach to achieve the greatest results. In order to further her education she is currently studying certificate IV in matwork with Polestar Pilates.
Ivana is passionate about the importance of physical activity and self-management. Her upbringing in a coastal country town was all about being active and healthy which she has carried with her throughout her life. She has been heavily involved in coaching and playing both individual and team sports including gymnastics, swimming, basketball and netball from a young age. She now enjoys training in Pilates, beach running and swimming.
Certified Polestar Pilates Instructor (Rehabilitation and Mat)
Catrin graduated with a physiotherapy degree in Germany in 2010 but her passion for travel brought her to Australia. Remedial massage supported this lifestyle choice and she has built a reputation Australia wide for having magic hands. Settling in Perth a few years ago she has worked alongside physiotherapists providing high quality remedial and relaxation massage.
In 2015 Catrin completed her Polestar Pilates Diploma in Rehabilitation and Mat to extend her wellness offering to clients. Catrin is a member of Pilates Alliance Australasia. She desires to work on the healthy alignment of the human body and create musculoskeletal balance concurrently with mind harmony. Catrin has a broad knowledge of Pilates, Yoga and other exercise styles.
Catrin is enthusiastic about living well and finding balance between challenge and rest, striving to enhance movement/exercise capacity but also embracing peace and calm. Her sense for well being draws her to music, nature, dance, art, poetry and meditation in her free time. Catrin’s bubbly happy personality is infectious. In between classes she can be spotted riding her bike to avoid using her car as frequently as possible.
Certified APMA Pilates Instructor (Equipment and Mat)
Kate has been teaching Mat and Equipment Pilates for over 20 years. Her love of dance led her to complete a Diploma of Ballet form the University of Cape Town in 1989. Having worked as a dance teacher for a number of years, as well as an aerobics instructor (leg-warmers, sweatpants and headband completed the 80’s look). Kate discovered Pilates whilst living in London. She was immediately hooked and completed mat certification with Michael King Pilates. Shortly after she moved to Perth in 2001.
3 babies and many mat classes later, Kate immersed herself in Equipment Pilates training through the APMA (Australian Pilates Method Association). In 2015 Kate travelled to Turin, Italy to work intensively with American Pilates guru, Rebecca Leone. Kate is also an EBAS (Elemental Body Alignment System) certified teacher. She is currently completing her Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy.
Kate has worked in an equipment studio setting for the past 10 years and has experience working with varied clientele. Kate loves working with the many facets of human movement and is committed to helping clients reach their full movement potential. She combines movement with mindfulness and is passionate about educating clients to enable self-awareness and self-healing.
In her spare time Kate enjoys bushwalking, travelling and reading. She still dances and makes time for meditation and mindfulness practices.