Our Team
 

Tara Dighton

Director
Master of Physiotherapy Graduate certificate Sports Physiotherapy
Bachelor of Exercise Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (Human movement studies)
Pilates instructor APPI (The Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Institute)

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Tara’s passion for physiotherapy began as an injured junior track athlete with aspirations of progressing to a national level. After many years of dealing with great physiotherapists that kept her on the track, she was inspired to take on physiotherapy as a career path. Tara is currently completing a Master of Sports Physiotherapy, alongside her qualifications in Exercise Science and a Master of Physiotherapy, that has launched her into a terrific career in which she has been able to pursue her passion for helping people maximize their physical potential. 

In 2010 Tara joined a leading physiotherapy practice in Brisbane with a high level of expertise in management of musculoskeletal & sports injuries. The clinic excelled in returning athletes to all levels of sport & private patients back to their optimal function through the use of hydrotherapy, Pilates, gym-based programs & a strong ‘hands-on’ approach. 

Tara has had the opportunity to work within many elite & national sporting programs including AIS & QAS Rhythmic & Artistic gymnastics, Super Rugby, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL player development program & NBL1. Complementing this experience has been her work within national programs including gymnastics, weightlifting, water polo & baseball.

Amongst Tara’s career highlights to date is her 2013 & 2017 appointment as Australian Team Physiotherapist for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships & Queensland Physiotherapist for the Australian Gymnastics Championships & Olympic Games trials 2011-2016. Most recently, Tara was a part of the Medical Team for the Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tara’s extensive individual & team sport involvement, coupled with her educational background, has given her a wealth of experience & diversity of perspective in relation to human movement, which she has used to develop active rehabilitation programs that create positive outcomes for her clients.


Danielle Hocking

Practice Manager
Pilates Instructor APMA (level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association)
Associate Degree in Dance
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

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Danielle Hocking studied Pilates alongside her dance training from an early age. She achieved her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) with distinction before moving to study an Associate Degree in Dance & a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology. She worked at Expressions Dance Company & performed in numerous works with Claire Marshall & dancers. 

Danielle continued to pursue her passion for dance in London, where she attended Pineapple Studios. During this time she regularly worked in film & TV & performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed for Ministry of Sound, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, 50cent & had a lead role in a Justin Timberlake music video. 

Danielle then moved to the USA for 2 years performing solos & pas de deux in production shows with dancers & singers from all over the world.

Since returning to Australia she continues to perform in modelling & sell out Burlesque shows throughout Australia. 

Danielle completed her Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Teacher training in 2012 & is currently a registered Level 4 teacher. She is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist & BarreConcept (UK) teacher. Her unique understanding of human movement & rehabilitation background assists her ability to understand client needs to improve performance, injury management, & developing programs for those with medical conditions.


Sarah Haberfield

Pilates Instructor Diploma of Pilates (Polestar studio & rehabilitation) 

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Pilates was first introduced to Sarah at the age of 14 as a form of rehabilitation following spinal surgery. It gave her the awareness, strength, flexibility and stability she needed to return to all activities of daily life. After rehabilitating her body, Sarah continued to practice Pilates out of love for the movement and peace it brought her. After years of office work, Sarah experienced a reduction in her postural strength and quality of life, reigniting her passion for the practice and thus she commenced her training to become a Pilates Instructor.

In 2016, Sarah completed her Certificate IV in Pilates with ‘Breathe’ and Certificate IV in Mat Pilates with Polestar Pilates, and went on in 2018 to complete her Diploma of Pilates in Studio and Rehabilitation with Polestar. Sarah taught Pilates in Melbourne for 2 years where, under the guidance of Physiotherapists and advanced instructors, she refined her practice. Sarah exhibits extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning rehabilitation and helps our clients to return to the activities they enjoy injury free. Sarah’s moto is “Change happens through movement and movement heals”.



Andrew Park

Master of Physiotherapy Bachelor of Exercise Science

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Having a background in Exercise Physiology and Physiotherapy,  Andrew understands the importance of effective acute based treatment whilst ensuring optimal long term outcomes.

Andrew began his physiotherapy career at Concord hospital and has since found his passion as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in private practice. Andrew believes that no two injuries are the same and endeavours to find the root of the problem. He utilises a variety of manual therapy techniques and will tailor an individualised exercise program to return you to your beloved sport, work or activity.

In his spare time Andrew enjoys going on culinary adventures and planning his next overseas trip.


Paul Minei

Master of Physiotherapy Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

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Paul graduated from the UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. 

He acquired a full time position with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad since 2018.  He has also worked with athletes of various backgrounds including the National Women's Premier AFL, NSW Touch Football & the National Rugby League Youth Competition. More recently, Paul is the lead physiotherapist for the NSW and Australian Universities Rugby League sides and was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017.

A former rugby league player himself who has suffered numerous injuries and setbacks, Paul understands the need for a robust, individualised & structured rehabilitation program. He utilises Pilates & gym-based programs along with manual therapy to optimise movement & function. 

When he's not running up & down sidelines you can find Paul at the beach, playing oztag or searching for that much needed coffee!


Narelle Clark

Pilates Instructor
APMA (Level 4 APMA) Bachelor of Exercise & Health Science

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Narelle was comprehensively trained by the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) in 2007. She has taught and practiced rehabilitation Pilates in many studios across Sydney. In addition her Pilates training, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Health Science, a Diploma in Fitness and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training & Assessment. 

Narelle has a nurturing and confident approach to issues and injuries within the body and strongly believes Pilates is for everybody. She loves interacting with people and not only shares her Pilates and health knowledge but she loves to educate clients about their body - empowering them to achieve a higher level of wellbeing . 

Narelle is a Surry Hills girl, born & bred in the area with strong historical connections to the areas colourful past – Kate Leigh is her Great Aunt. She is very community focused and is on the board of directors at the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre. When not teaching or practicing Pilates  she is either hanging out with her two children, fostering dogs, practicing Yoga and meditation or active in a community event.



Kanako Abe

Diploma of Remedial Massage

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Kanako’s passion for remedial massage started when she move to Australia from Japan to follow her beloved Rugby Union. She wanted to marry her passion for Rugby and thus decided to complete her diploma of remedial massage with the Australian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT).

Since then Kanako has worked with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club (Easts) and Sydney Football Club, making her dreams come true of getting involved in Rugby as well as gaining valuable sports massage skills to assist her therapeutic treatment approach. Kanako has worked as a remedial massage therapist for over 11 years, working alongside skilful therapists, treating a variety of patients from all walks of life, which has expanded her perspective of all manual therapies techniques.

When Kanako is not working she tries to catch a game of Rugby and spends time keeping fit at her local yoga studio, most days of the week.


Midori Batistuta Nanya

Pilates instructor
Bachelor of Physiotherapy Diploma of Remedial massage Diploma of Pilates (Polestar Rehabilitation)

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Midori’s passion for exercise and health science began over 20 years ago in Brazil, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Since then she has combined her passion for pathophysiology with her love of all things health and fitness, studying remedial massage and Pilates rehabilitation. Midori is a highly regarded Pilates instructor that brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. She is keen to educate her clients and provide you with her expertise and attentiveness to meet your goals and assist your recovery. She is passionate about helping clients with low back pain and believes movement is the key to restoring back health.  

 

 


Tanja Kegel

Pilates Instructor
APMA (Level 2 APMA)
Certificate III in Fitness

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Monique Scales

Pilates Instructor APMA (Level 2 APMA) Diploma of Recreational Fitness

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As a student of jazz & lyrical dance since a young age Tanja has always understood the importance of good posture & regular movement for every body.  

Tanja’s personable and caring nature has led her to a career in teaching & making a positive difference in people’s life. She enjoys sharing the concept of Pilates for general well-being & fitness, as well as a preventative & rehabilitative tool. She believes that a strong body goes hand in hand with a strong mind.   Tanja is fun & engaging when teaching, tailoring classes to individual needs & guiding clients with a keen eye for detail through safe & correct movements.

Tanja regularly attends workshops and continuing education to polish her ability to help clients on their Pilates journey such as a recent 'Pilates for cancer & autoimmune diseases course.' 



Monique has been involved in the fitness industry for over 18 years. Starting out with a multidiscipline Diploma of Fitness, she discovered Pilates and became fascinated with the integrated approach to treating the body. Mon has extensive knowledge of movement rehabilitation, as well as Functional training, and believes that finding wellness is a life long process.