Our Team
 

Tara Dighton

Director
Master of 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’s studies in exercise science followed by a Master of Physiotherapy 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, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL Bushrangers & South East Australian Basketball League. 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.


Therese Audibert

Pilates Instructor APMA (level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association)

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Therese has a Graduate Certificate in the Pilates Method from the University of Technology Sydney & is a member of the Australian Pilates Method Association. She also has qualifications in community welfare & counselling.

Therese has a comprehensive knowledge of Pilates & movement rehabilitation. She is known for her ability to work with each of her clients in a unique way, understanding the needs of the individual. By utilising specially designed supports, she integrates an in-depth knowledge of pain management allowing movement re-education to become an enjoyable experience. She is also passionate about pre & post-natal movement therapy.


Tina Boylan

Pilates Instructor APMA (level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association)

Tina has 12 years Pilates teaching experience & is a level 4 member of the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA). She has completed Pilates teaching qualifications at Ulysses Pilates & Leeon & Shaw Pilates at Neutral Bay. 

Tina has extensive experience in managing Pilates based movement rehabilitation programs. Her time spent teaching in the USA has influenced her approach by giving her the ability to merge various styles of teaching to elicit the most from each client.

Integral to her teaching is her interpersonal communication skills. She is also passionate about her involvement with continuous learning & development & regularly attends industry workshops & conferences to ensure she continues to maximise client outcomes.


Paul Minei

Masters of Physiotherapy, Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

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Paul joins the Axis team after working in private clinics across Sydney's Eastern & Southern Suburbs. After graduating from the UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science, Paul completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. 

He subsequently entered into an internship with the South Sydney Rabbitohs where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad for the season 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. He was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017 & will be heading away to India & South Africa later this year.

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!


Anthea Doropoulos

Pilates Instructor
APMA (Level 3 Australian Pilates Method Association)
Bachelor of Dance

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Anthea has over a decade of experience within the Pilates industry. Her experience includes programs specifically aimed at dancers with & without disability, athletes, injury rehabilitation, pre-natal & post-natal pregnancy. Anthea takes pride in her Pilates work by understanding the individual needs of each of her clients & designing specific workouts to achieve their goals. Having come from a dance background, graduating with a Bachelor of Dance in 2004 from the Victorian College of the Arts. Anthea is passionate about how the body moves & creating overall toned strong bodies. Anthea co-founded a contemporary dance company in 2005, DirtyFeet & has since become a major contributor to the company’s activities, in both artistic & managerial capacities.

Anthea has attended numerous workshops, master classes & conferences in pre-natal, pregnancy & post-natal pilates, menopause, yamuna body rolling, scoliosis, pelvic floor, fascia & foam roller workshops, triad ball workshops, freeform, Garuda, stability for back & hip pain, Pilates for ballet dancers, & more.

Anthea loves continuing education & has added another string to her bow by becoming an accredited Xtend Barre instructor, a fusion of ballet & Pilates. When not teaching Pilates Anthea loves going swimming, doing yoga, dancing & travelling the world.


Camilia Fernandes


Bachelor's degree in Physiotherapy 2005
Postgraduate in Anatomy and Biomechanics 2007
Pilates instructor - Fisiocorp Pilates Course 2011
Certificate III and IV in Fitness 2018

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Camila is a Physiotherapist & Pilates instructor from Brazil who loves her culture especially samba music and feijoada (food). Camila was a synchronised swim athlete for almost 10 years & after working with some physiotherapists to look after her injuries she decided to do a Physiotherapy degree. A fews years later Camilia continued her education & did a Pilates Instructor course to join two of her passions: rehabilitation & exercise. 

 

 


Tanja Kegel

Pilates Instructor
APMA (Level 2 Australian Pilates Method Association)
Certificate III in 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.'