Natalie Whish-Wilson, Physiotherapist
- BSc Physiotherapy, Member APA, Graduated 1992, Curtin University, Western Australia
- Member Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
Before establishing In-Balance Physiotherapy & Pilates Natalie worked in private practice travelling and working extensively throughout Australia, the UK, USA, and Hong Kong. She has gained a wealth of experience and developed a particular interest in the assessment and treatment of complex lumbo-sacral, pelvic and cervico-thoracic presentations, scoliosis and dry needling. Natalie has vast experience implementing Pilates and core control training in the treatment of spinal pathology/pain, sports injuries and dance. Natalie believes that encouraging life balance and wellbeing is an essential component for successful rehabilitation. She has attained Rehabilitation Pilates Accreditation and is a mentor with Polestar International, in addition to completing the Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) Pilates course. Between work commitments, a busy family life and family vineyard business she enjoys travel, jogging, bushwalking and sharing good wine and food with friends.
Marlene (Maria) Kalis, Physiotherapist
- BSc Physiotherapy, Member APA, Graduated in 1980, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Member Musculoskeletal & Sports Physiotherapy
- Member Australian Lymphoedema Association
Marlene completed 2 years of course work, passed the exams, and was halfway through a dissertation towards a Masters in Sports Physio when the opportunity arose to move to Australia. She commenced at the LGH in 2005 developing additional specialty skills in the management of hand injuries and constructing splints, dry needling and comprehensive treatment of lymphoedema including application of laser therapy. Leaving her own successful practice in South Africa, Marlene is well experienced in the assessment and treatment of all musculoskeletal conditions. She has completed a course in Rehabilitation Pilates with Polestar Pilates International and is registered with Pink Pilates with which she encourages her clients to continue their journey to wellness following treatment for cancer.
Scott Beeston, Physiotherapist
- B Physiotherapy, Graduated 2005, La Trobe University
Since graduating Scott returned to his hometown to work at the Launceston General Hospital where he developed a broad knowledge in the areas of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological rehabilitation. For the past four years he worked as a senior Physio specialising in the areas of Community and Outpatient Rehabilitation. He has an interest in the management of dizziness conditions, Stroke Rehabilitation, Multiple Sclerosis and falls prevention. Scott is a keen basketballer with an interest in many sports, plus the prevention and management of injury. Scott is currently working his way through achieving accreditation in Rehab Pilates with Polestar International.
Lisa Barnett, Physiotherapist
- B Physiotherapy, Graduated 2007, University of Newcastle
Lisa has worked across Australia and the UK in both government and private health settings. Recently moving from Darwin where she provided a high level of physio service to the Australian Defence Force, Lisa’s experience is across a variety of muscular conditions, overuse training injuries, rehabilitation, yoga, sports injuries and Pilates. Being very passionate about health she believes management of injury firstly requires better body awareness. She has recently completed Level 1 yoga teacher training course and will complete her Polestar Pilates training this year – complementing her completed courses in dry needling, Mulligan, McKenzie and Sports Level 1. Lisa is an energetic and enthusiastic member of the team.
Michelle Walkden Physiotherapist
- B App Sc Physiotherapy, Graduated 1993, Curtin University WA
Michelle has worked in private practice in Launceston for a period of 12 years focusing her training on management of pathology of the spine. More recently Michelle works part time at Tasman Spine in a multi-disciplinary setting, extending her expertise into a medical model for assessment of patients in need of further investigations and spinal surgery under the supervision of spinal surgeon Mr David Edis. Michelle continues to develop her skills and knowledge base by attending National and International Conferences for latest research and developments in spine surgery and is an advocate for physiotherapists working in extended scope practice roles. Michelle’s role at In-Balance is to use her acquired skills to help accurately assess, treat and hopefully prevent clients from requiring spinal surgery. She is also able to use this approach in the treatment of all manner of presentations and practices good communication with her clients treating practitioners. Michelle also has an interest in real time ultrasound and hydrotherapy. In her “spare time” Michelle is the mother of two boys and a passionate salsa dancer.
Marie-Louise Bird, Physiotherapist
- B Physiotherapy, Member APA, Graduated University of Brisbane
With nearly 20 years of clinical experience Marie-Louise also lectures at UTAS (University of Tasmania) focussing on kinesiology, biomechanics and neuroscience. Her research interests include the effects of exercise on balance and strength in older adults, as well as the role of core postural muscles on postural balance and running. Other interests include Pilates, mountain bike riding and long distance running. Marie-Louise also successfully completed Rehabilitation Pilates Accreditation with Polestar Pilates international and is a mentor to Pilates students.
Jude Hillhouse, Pilates and Yoga Instructor
Jude, an active mother of two children, has an extensive background in performing and teaching dance both in Queensland and Tasmania. Developing a particular interest in relaxation and meditation techniques she’s taught Hatha Yoga for 5 years. Jude has a certificate in Therapeutic Massage and completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates with Polestar Pilates International. A passionate advocate of this method as well as an enthusiastic mentor to students as an assistant Pilates teacher, Jude has a keen eye for posture. She loves working with people of all abilities and has a wicked sense of humour!
Rachel Austin, Pilates Instructor
- Bachelor Health Science
- AusSwim qualified
- Certificate III Fitness
- Certificate IV Pilates Mat
Rachel maintains equal enthusiasm for motivating people to move, keeping them moving and teaching Pilates. Involved in the fitness industry for the past 14 years, Rachel recognises that with all that moving, people also require some massage -which she also dabbles in. Rachel has Certificates in Fitness and Pilates Matwork. A keen swimmer since aged 4 and qualified swimming teacher, Rachael is an energetic advocate of fitness and understands its role in improving quality of life.
Emily Wallace Pilates Instructor
Leanne Leedy, Massage Therapist, Pilates Instructor
- B.S. Sports Science
- Diploma of Massage
- Polestar International Studio Pilates
Born in Alaska, Leanne later attended the University of Idaho where she graduated with a B.S. in Sports Science. She then worked as a Physiotherapy Aide and gained her massage certification in New York State. Specialising in trigger point therapy, positional release and deep tissue massage she also holds a certificate in pregnancy massage. Recently adding Pilates to her repertoire since successfully completing the Polestar Pilates Studio course Leanne is now enthusiastically teaching classes.
Stephani Taylor, NST (Neuro Structural Integration Technique) and Bowen Therapist
With over 12 years experience in a variety of remedial therapies including massage and Reiki Stephani’s interest in natural healing therapies has threaded through most of her life. Having recently studied NST, which she describes as Advanced Bowen, Stephani believes it to be the most holistic bodywork that she has studied so far.
NST is an extremely effective bodywork technique that relaxes muscles and fascia in a gentle manner. The main aim of NST is to remove pain and dysfunctional conditions by restoring the structural integrity of the body. Essentially if every muscle in the body is in its correct position, then all of the other systems will be in homeostasis and health will abound.
In the process of completing her Certificate IV in Studio Pilates Accreditation with Polestar, Stephani has also been involved in supervising mature age clients in Pilates at UTAS.
Anne McCafferty, Practice Manager
Anne ensures our practice runs smoothly and that all clients are treated with respect and confidentiality. Her extensive experience in working with Physiotherapists ensures that she is well versed in communicating with clients in terms of their expectations and some of the benefits of treatment. She is also skilled at problem solving so don’t hesitate to ask for Anne if you have any issues that need immediate attention.
Sharon Guinane, Admin
- Cert IV Allied Health Assistance
- Diploma of Fitness
- Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition
With a background in the fitness and health industry and a particular interest in nutrition Sharon understands the holistic approach to your healthcare that our practice prides itself on. This combined with a passion for delivering outstanding customer service ensures she will go the extra distance to ensure your InBalance experience is exceptional. In her spare time she is a keen cyclist and rower. As a mother of two girls who are both involved in competitive sport she spends most weekends at either swim meets or rowing regattas.
Fletch Pretorius, Admin
Fletch joined our Admin team – job sharing with Sharon – and is currently studying Business Administration and enjoys working within the healthcare industry. Out of hours Fletch volunteers at her children’s school, and at an aged care facility with her children. She enjoys netball, water basketball and swimming.