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Stephanie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy. From there, a strong focus has been directed towards continued professional development, with the successful completion of several Advanced Dry Needling courses, Sports Level 1 and 2 and additional courses that specialize in the hip and shoulder. Her background consists of a fifteen-year history in competitive dance, with various styles including classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and tap. She has competed at the State level, performed internationally and has attained advanced ballet certifications with the Royal Academy of Dance. She is now a current aerialist with particular interest in static trapeze, pole, silks and lyra, and recently won the title of Beginner Miss Lyra NSW. Stephanie strives to improve her skills and knowledge for these art forms and has a genuine passion for helping clients engaged in these during their rehabilitation process. Her depth of knowledge in this field also allows her to help in the area of performance enhancement in the absence of injury, essential for anyone wanting to compete at a high level. She has extensive clinical experience with Elite Gymnasts and has travelled interstate at the National level providing coverage for the NSW Men’s and Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic, Acrobatic and Trampoline gymnasts. She is quite comfortable with providing treatment for both acute and chronic conditions and endeavours to ensure training loads are modified appropriately. She takes quite an active based approach and considers the development of an individualized strength and conditioning program a crucial element to a successful outcome. She believes knowledge is power and endeavors to ensure all of her patients are well educated about their body.
Lauren graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science, and from The University of Sydney with a Masters of Physiotherapy. Lauren has an extensive background in all forms of dance but has a special commitment and passion for ballet. After completing her full-time ballet training at The McDonald College, Lauren danced professionally with The Queensland Ballet where she performed in various shows at QPAC in Brisbane. Lauren’s experience as a ballet dancer led to her interest in dance medicine. She understands that dancers can come face to face with injuries and pain due to the complexities of movement dance requires. However, Lauren trusts that if technical faults are addressed early injury can be prevented. She aims to build a special relationship with her clients to work effectively with the dancer so that they return to dance better and stronger than they were before the injury. She has a strong interest in all musculoskeletal injuries and is motivated by the diagnostic challenge that physiotherapy brings and is enthusiastic to utilise her knowledge to assist her clients back to a full recovery. In her spare time Lauren continues to dance regularly and also enjoys yoga, reading, traveling and running with hopes to compete in a full marathon in the near future.
Heidi graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelors of Health Science degree, majoring in Movement Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy degree. Heidi is interested in all musculoskeletal injuries in particular dance related injuries and rehabilitation and has over 17 years dance experience herself. She has completed all of her Cecchetti ballet exams up to and including Advanced 2 and was the successful recipient of the Big Brother Movement’s Classical Ballet Scholarship to further her dancing studies in London in 2013. Heidi has gained her Associate teaching qualification under Cecchetti Ballet Australia and Level 1 Rehabilitation Pilates teacher training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute. She has a strong interest in individualized exercise based therapy and technique corrections to aid with injury prevention and rehabilitation. She is extremely passionate about empowering her clients to reach their goals and and receives great satisfaction seeing the progression of their multifaceted journey. Outside of work, she continues to dance, goes to the gym, enjoys travelling the world and relax at the beach.
Kathryn graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy with Honors. She has also completed her Rehabilitation Pilates training with Polestar Pilates Australia. She has over 20 years experience in dance in various styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and acrobatics. Her passion and commitment for dance has taken her around the world and seen her perform on stages in Universal Studios, Disneyland (USA and France) and on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She has taken classes at internationally recognised studios including Alvin Ailey, The Juliard School (NYC), Miami City Ballet, San Fransisco Dance Centre and Pineapple Dance Studios (London). She has represented NSW and Australia through the NSW State Dance Company. She has a passion for treating dancers and believes injuries acquired through dance require specific assessment and individual rehab programs to ensure the safe return to practice. By addressing the technical faults that may have contributed to the injury, Kathryn’s aim is to rehabilitate the dancer to be stronger than they were before the injury occurred, and to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Sally was born and educated in the United Kingdom where she began her career as a professional dancer which she pursued for over seven years, dancing in venues and companies all over the world, most notably in the UK, Europe and the US. Sally remains passionate about dance and now shares her continued love of this art form within her physiotherapy and exercise training. Sally takes an holistic, total body approach to injury prevention and treatment, allowing her to work with dancers and athletes alike at a level which helps them to achieve and maintain their greatest potential. Sally is also a qualified Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor and Health and Lifestyle Coach and maintains a keen interest in rehabilitative exercise training and health coaching. Outside of PerfectFormPhysiotherapy Sally manages 'Pro-align', a company dedicated to exercise rehab and functional Pilates. She continues to dance regularly and perform in the Sydney Cuban Salsa scene.
Lisa is the owner and creator of Perfect Form Physiotherapy. She started the practice in 2005 with the mission to create the highest quality physical therapy care in a nurturing environment. Lisa has a strong history in classical dance and is well respected both nationally and internationally for her work with young dancers, professional dancers and dance teachers. Lisa’s focus is on education to prevent injury and maximise performance rather than waiting for injury to occur. At the 2007 IADMS conference her poster on pre-pointe assessment was joint-winner of the award for the poster making "The Greatest Contribution To Dance Medicine" and continues to develop programs to educate and inspire young dancers to become the best that they can possible be. Lisa is also a qualified instructor in The Pilates Method and has had extensive personal involvement in various forms of Dance and Yoga. Throughout her professional studies and career she has continued her involvement with dance and uses her personal experience as a constant learning tool to advance her knowledge.
Our delightful Office Manager is another UK national who now calls Australia home. April loves the fast paced role at the clinic and is always happy to go the extra mile to help. She also has a strong history in the Performing Arts scene, graduating from Pattison Theatre Arts as an A.I.D.T.A dance teacher and all round performer in the UK. April continues her love for dance by continuing to teach in and around Sydney as well as performing in local Musical Theatre shows.
Tom is our friendly online customer service manager. He is currently undertaking a Bachelor of International Science at UNSW, majoring in Neuroscience. Before joining our team, he danced professionally in Germany and Netherlands, performing with the Heidelberg Tanz Theater and Nationaltheater Mannheim. He is passionate about dance and is keen to share his passion with everybody at Perfect Form Physio.