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. Previously working in 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 such as overuse training injuries, rehabilitation, yoga, sports injuries and Pilates. Lisa is passionate about health and believes management of injury first requires better body awareness. She has completed a Level 1 yoga teacher training course and is working towards rehabilitation accreditation with Polestar Pilates International – complementing previous courses in dry needling, Mulligan, McKenzie and Sports Level 1. Lisa is a keen runner and energetic 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 instructs our Hydrotherapy classes. In her “spare time” Michelle is the mother of two boys and a passionate salsa dancer.
Michaela Muldoon, Physiotherapist
- Bachelor of Science Physiotherapy
- Graduated 2009 Charles Sturt University
Michaela has worked in Australia and New Zealand in both the public and private sectors as well as in aged care. She has a special interest in the pelvis and thorax and has trained extensively with LJ Lee, a world renowned specialist Physiotherapist. This knowledge complements her passion for pre and post-pregnancy related musculoskeletal problems as well as sports injuries. Michaela has trained with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute and enjoys using these skills to assist her patients’ rehabilitation. She has also used these skills to develop specialty Pilates classes for clients suffering from Parkinsons disease. She is currently training in the management of lymphoedema and looks forward to working in this field. Outside of work Michaela enjoys yoga, jogging and travelling.
Kath Kelly Physiotherapist
* Diploma of Physiotherapy 1990
*Diploma of Aromatherapy 2000
Kath trained in the UK and moved to Tasmania in 2001. She has worked in both Public and Private Practice and throughout her career gained extensive experience in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. Whilst working at the LGH she expanded her knowledge into the treatment of hand/upper limb injuries and the management of Lymphoedema including garment fitting and rehabilitation post surgery for cancer. Kath is proficient in the use of muscle energy techniques and myofascial release for the assessment and treatment of neck and back problems including pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy and post partum. Kath is also trained in the use of dry needling and is interested in complimentary therapies for wellness.
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.
Rachel Austin, Pilates Instructor
- Currently enrolled in 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 and for the past 2 years has been studying at UTAS to complete a Bachelor in Health Science. 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
Paul Carswell Pilates Instructor
Paul has been involved with the fitness industry for over 18 years which included the role of Managing Director of his own fitness centre. Taking a break from this industry, he went on to study Marine Engineering which took him around the world working on luxury ships. Paul underwent low back surgery following an accident, which temporarily put the brakes on an otherwise active lifestyle. With assistance and advice from his Physiotherapy team at In-Balance, Paul began his personal journey with Pilates during his own rehabilitation. Feeling the benefit of being able to move his body more efficiently, Paul then went on to enrol in the Polestar Pilates course, excited to share his experience by teaching Pilates to others. Paul is also a talented carpenter and enjoys surfing in his spare time.
Stephani Taylor Massage Therapist and Pilates Instructor
With over 14 years experience in a variety of remedial therapies including Bowen Therapy, remedial massage and Reiki. Stephani’s interest in natural healing therapies has threaded throughout most of her life. Having recently studied NST (Neuro-structural Integration Technique) 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 muscles are correctly positioned and in normal tone, 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 taking part in studies into the benefits of Pilates at UTAS.
Massage Therapist Jen Heggarty
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. Having had previous experience instructing Hydrotherapy in community health in Victoria, Sharon assists our Physiotherapists with Hydrotherapy classes. 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.