Kristi Smith

Kristi also has experience in Sports Physiotherapy with her initial interest in Pilates coming from her experience as a patient. Frustrated with a back injury limiting her ability to play hockey, she started back rehabilitation via pilates-based exercises and went onto to train in the area. She has been teaching Clinical Pilates for 10 years and her special interest areas are pelvic pain, lowback pain and reconditioning after breast cancer.

Darren West

Darren graduated as a physiotherapist from La Trobe University in 1993 and has been a partner at Ashburton Physiotherapy since 2000. Prior to this he gained a wide range of experience in private practice as well as at the Austin Hospital. Darren also spent a year working in the United Kingdom.

He has a wide range of experience in managing all types of sports and spinal conditions. He enjoys treating athletes at all levels of abilities to get them back to fitness as soon as possible. Away from work, Darren is married and has 2 young children and is passionate about all things sporting.

He is currently undertaking his Masters in Sports Physiotherapy.

Kristen Wynne

Kristen graduated in 1993 from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. After working in various public hospitals and private practices in Melbourne and England, she became a Partner at Ashburton Physiotherapy in 2000. Over the past 10 years Kristen has honed her skills to treat the diversity of spinal and sports injuries that present from the local community.

Having had three children of her own, Kristen particularly enjoys working with expectant and new mothers, where she can offer them treatment and advice in managing the strain on their bodies. Kristen has a strong understanding of the importance of rehabilitation, education and prevention when treating all patients. The latest addition of Clinical Pilates has enhanced the ability of Ashburton Physiotherapy to co-ordinate a successful return to sport and work.

Shanta Parker

Shanta has more than 15 years experience as a physiotherapist and more than 10 years working as a Clinical Pilates Instructor. With a Post-Graduate Diploma  in Sports Physiotherapy and a long association  with dancers at The College of the Arts and the Australian Ballet School, Shanta has developed experience in working  with many types of athletes and musculoskeletal injuries.

Alina Mogilevsky

Alina is a physiotherapist passionate about Pilates as she believes it is a great way to improve flexibility and postural issues. Alina confesses to spending a few years as a gym junkie, however, after having her three children, found Pilates to be a better choice of exercise for herself as a means to greater body awareness. Alina enjoys working with clients of all ages and levels of fitness and sees Pilates as an excellent exercise method to assist with core strength and endurance and rehabilitation of injuries.  Alina is also interested in pelvic floor health and the importance of it in the wellbeing of men and women.

Tanya Groves

Tanya Groves graduated from LaTrobe University in 1993 with a physiotherapy degree. Much of her experience has been in city based sports and spinal practices both here in Melbourne and in London. Treating executives and office workers developed her interest in postural problems associated with sedentary desk based jobs. She has postgraduate qualifications in ergonomics and has studied clinical pilates.  This knowledge combined with years of working in the fitness industry enables her to utilise pilates-based exercise programs to correct alignment of posture and associated injuries. She is returning to work now that her two children are at school.

Lifern Kok

Lifern Kok is a physiotherapist who additionally has a Certificate III and IV in Fitness (aerobics and personal training). Her additional training includes Les Mills and freestyle aerobics, smartball classes, aquarobics and aquatic physiotherapy. She has over 10 years experience in the fitness and physiotherapy industry working with  injury rehabilitation, falls and balance, neurological conditions, geriatric care, exercise prescription, clinical Pilates, chronic back and neck care. Lifern is currently the anatomy lecturer for Kanga Training Australia for post natal fitness instructors. She is passionate about encouraging all ages self management and maintenance techniques though education and exercise.

Catherine Worsnop

Catherine studied her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne, and has worked with football teams, rugby teams and as the physiotherapist for professional musical theatre shows, plays, dance companies and full time dance schools both locally and those touring through Melbourne. The importance of Pilates has been present in all of these clinical areas, and so Catherine has completed numerous Pilates and human movement courses to broaden her approach to treatment and rehabilitation. In her spare time, Catherine enjoys dancing and performing in musical theatre productions, as well as spending time with her friends and family. Her special interest in treating performers of any kind, particularly dancers and draws on her previous experiences with these areas to devise programmes that are unique to this group of people.

Sarah Attree

Sarah graduated from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, University of Sydney in 2000. Sarah has competed successfully at State Level Horse Trials and rowed for Leichardt Rowing Club. She completed her Masters in Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy in 2007, which has given her a holistic and comprehensive approach to musculo-skeletal problems as well as exemplary hands-on skills. Sarah has worked in variety of private physiotherapy practices in NSW and Victoria and is passionate about making a difference to peoples’ quality of lives, healthy aging and increasing the awareness of women’s health in pregnancy and beyond. When not at work Sarah is kept very busy with husband and 3 young children, Hope, Finn and Cooper.

Christine Minto

Christine completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at Sydney University in 1992 and an Advanced Diploma Applied Science ( Acupuncture) in 2000.  She has enjoyed a diverse career working in Community Health, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in rural and city settings.  She completed her Pilates qualification in 2013 and has worked as an instructor with Ashburton Physiotherapy and Pilates for the last year.  Outside of work she enjoys lightweight camping and bushwalking, playing guitar, swimming and being a mum to her two sons.  She is a passionate Research Assistant in children’s physical activity at Deakin University and participates regularly in field research and training.

Jorjia Wolfgramm

Jorjia gained her bachelor of Exercise Science from Brigham Young University and Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Utah in 2010, in the United States. She has worked in the United States and Australia in both public hospitals and private practice settings. Jorjia has always had a special interest in using Pilates as a form of exercise and physiotherapy treatment, but since she has had children of her own she has realised the effects firsthand as a patient. She particularly enjoys working with patients with low back and pelvic- girdle pain and using Clinical Pilates to maximise their recovery. Jorjia is married, enjoys swimming, playing netball and stays busy with her two young children.

Perry Waterland

Perry graduated from Exercise Science at The Australian Catholic University in 2010 before going on to complete Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland in 2012. He has also been working in the fitness and exercise industry for 10 years as a Personal Trainer and more recently a Clinical Pilates Instructor. He has worked in private practice both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

His physiotherapy goals are simple. Provide honest, straight forward advice/treatment to assist everyone stay healthy and improve their quality of life.

When not in the clinic he enjoys staying active with martial arts, reading, travelling, and learning other languages. He’s not good at any other languages, but enjoys it all the same.

Samantha Greenshields

Samantha graduated from Melbourne University in 1997. She completed her masters in Sports Physiotherapy in 2005. Samantha’s early work in acute and rehabilitation hospitals led to her interest in Pilates. The principles of Concentration, Centering, Breathing, Control, Precision and Fluidity made complete sense to Samantha when treating and rehabilitating clients.

She uses Pilates not only in the studio but in practice as well, drawing on her favourite principles of precision and control. She sees Pilates not only as a tool for rehabilitation, strength training and movement training but as a wonderful form of mindful exercise in our busy lives. Samantha has been teaching clinical Pilates for 10 years and loves the diversity it brings. She enjoys helping people achieve their goals through exercise.

When not at work Samantha enjoys camping, running, surfing, learning the guitar and being a mum to her three children.

Amanda Lockett

Amanda graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy from Cumberland College of Health Sciences, University of Sydney. Amanda has worked in the private and public health sector in various countries and has extensive experience in treating musculo-skeletal conditions. In more recent years, she has mainly been working as a Clinical Pilates instructor. She has a particular interest in helping clients improve overall  strength, mobility and balance, so that they can be their ‘best selves’ physically whilst respecting individual limitations. In her free time, Amanda enjoys walking, playing the guitar, golf, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Mengsha Chen

Mengsha completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy from University of Melbourne in 2009 and more recently, a postgraduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University. Having worked extensively in community health, Mengsha has developed a keen interest in the potential of exercise to create a state of education, empowerment and self management within her clients’ lives. She is an advocate of using Pilates to treat chronic pain as well as promoting physical and mental well-being. When not subjecting them to her experimental exercises, Mengsha enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, travelling and trying new things to keep her mind and body sharp.