About Me and My Practice
I am a Physiotherapist working as a Professional Practice Fellow at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago. For the past 15 years I have supervised undergraduate physiotherapy clinical education as well as treated my own patients in the School of Physiotherapy Clinics. Previously, I worked in private practices in Dunedin, Wellington and San Diego, treating all musculoskeletal conditions.
I am particularly interested in the use of Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) Clinical Pilates concepts, which may be used as one of the tools in the rehabilitation of patients, especially following back, neck, shoulder and lower limb injuries. This form of Pilates complements the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy regime (also available at the Clinic) well in the treatment of spinal conditions. Our clinic works closely with an Orthopaedic Surgeon for a specialist McKenzie approach or a combination of McKenzie and DMA Clinical Pilates concepts for the management of low back pain.
I also have an interest in using DMA Clinical Pilates concepts for treating autonomic nervous system changes, such as Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyaglia, if the symptoms can be affected by a mechanical means.
These interests led to a Master’s degree investigating a core concept of DMA Clinical Pilates, and a paper summarising this research has been submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. This study demonstrated that the DMA Clinical Pilates assessment is reliable and is also valid for predicting immediate changes in dynamic postural stability and muscle performance following directionally-biased exercises. Thus, it represents a new and exciting tool that has promise for more rapid rehabilitation for many patients.
Practice HoursClinic appointments available:
8.00am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday
DMA Clinical Pilates mat classes:
Monday evening 5-6pm
Thursday lunchtime 1-2pm
DMA Clinical Pilates equipment classes: depends on demand
Duration and CostInitial appointments: 1 hour
Follow up appointments: 30 minutes
Initial ACC appointments: $20.00
Follow-up ACC appoinments: $15.00
Initial private appointments: $55.00
Follow-up private appointments: $40.00
Appointments with supervised physiotherapy students are available at reduced rates.
DMA Clinical Pilates classes:
Mat classes: 1 hour
Equipment classes: 30 minutes
Before joining mat classes 2 private appointments are required.
Cost: $130 for the 2 private appointments and 6 mat classes
Further classes are $90 for 10 classes
Equipment classes require a number of individual sessions to become familiar with the exercises and setting up of the equipment.
Cost: Individual sessions as for private or ACC charges
Classes: $12 per class
Accepted by InsurersACC, all private health insurances, and WINZ
Formal QualificationsMaster of Physiotherapy (University of Otago)
Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (University of Otago)
Diploma of Physiotherapy (Otago Polytechnic)
Other Training or ExperienceCertified DMA Clinical Pilates Clinician
Research Master's degree: “Can individual specific-specific matched bias exercises result in immediate improvements in dynamic postural stability?”
Two publications investigating core DMA Clinical Pilates concepts: one published, one in review.