Your In-Balance Allied Health Collaboration
Launceston's most comprehensive Allied Healthcare and Wellness Professionals all in one easy central location
Natalie's passion for encouraging life balance and wellbeing throughout the rehabilitation journey led her to establish In-Balance Physiotherapy and Pilates. She believes whole body health is more than just a sum of its parts and uses a biopsychosocial approach to empower her clients. Natalie has a wealth of experience in the assessment and treatment of complex lumbo-sacral, pelvic and cervico-thoracic presentations, scoliosis and dry needling. She has recently completed further training under the tutelage of Canadian Specialist Physio Linda Joy Lee in the Connect Therapy model of whole body assessment and treatment. Natalie has been implementing Pilates and core control training in the treatment of spinal pain, sports injuries and dance since 2002. She has also undertaken further study into post natal corrective exercise and education which she applies in her mums and bubs post natal recovery classes. Natalie has a Diploma in Professional Pilates, is a mentor with Polestar Pilates International and has completed a Dance Medicine Australia (DMA) Clinical Pilates course. Natalie enjoys travel, bushwalking and sharing good wine, food and laughs with friends.
BSc Physiotherapy, Member APA, 1992 Curtin University WA
Member APA & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
Member Physiotherapy Business Group
Diploma of Professional Pilates
Through his extensive experience at the LGH Scott has further developed a broad knowledge of musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological rehabilitation. He has an interest in the management of dizziness conditions, stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's and falls prevention. More recently Scott has undertaken further study into comprehensive concussion management from acute injury to return to sport. As a keen basketballer, Scott understands the importance of prevention and management of injuries in his role of team Physio for the Launceston Tornadoes. Scott is accredited in rehabilitation pilates with Polestar International and is keen to share his knowledge of its application with others. Scott and his wife Katie are the the proud parents of two beautiful boys.
B Physiotherapy, 2005 La Trobe University VIC
Member APA & Sports Physiotherapy Group
Polestar certification in Rehabilitation Pilates
Michelle's expertise is in the management of pathology of the spine. She has previously worked in an enhanced scope of practice capacity with spinal surgeons and attended national and international conferences on the latest research in spinal surgery, pain and rehabilitation. Michelle’s role at In-Balance is to use her acquired skills in reading MRI and performing special neurological tests to help accurately assess and treat spinal conditions. Michelle has completed training in Pilates with Polestar and enthusiastically instructs our hydrotherapy classes at the aquatic centre. Outside of work, Michelle's love of movement sees her teaching salsa and enjoying bush walking and biking with her two boys.
B App Sc Physiotherapy, 1993 Curtin University WA
Member APA & Musculoskeletal Group
Member Physiotherapy Business Group
Polestar certification in Rehabilitation Pilates
Lisa has a wealth of experience in a range of health settings, specialising in overuse training injuries, rehabilitation, yoga, sports injuries and pilates. She believes management of injury first requires better body awareness and nutrition. As a result, Lisa is an accredited Level 1 yoga teacher and has completed a rehabilitation pilates course with Polestar International. In her spare time Lisa is a formidable competitive runner and plays touch football. This led her to complete the Runity Painless Running Certification program to assist her interest in diagnosing and treating injuries sustained through running. Lisa performs comprehensive running assessments and coaching. She has also combined her passions of running and Pilates in developing Pilates classes aimed at improving running performance and preventing injuries.
B Physiotherapy, 2007 University of Newcastle NSW
Polestar certification in Rehabilitation Pilates
Level I Yoga instructor
Michaela returns to In-Balance after living in NSW and starting a family with husband Dave and baby Maeve. Michaela has a special interest in treating pelvic and thoracic/rib problems. She has completed 12 months of study in the Connect therapy model developed by LJ Lee, a world renowned specialist Physiotherapist from Canada. This model of treatment involves looking at the connections and links within the body to determine the underlying cause or "driver" of pain, injury or dysfunction anywhere in the body. This knowledge allows her to assess and treat any region of the body that is creating pain, weakness or non optimal loading resulting in injury. Michaela enjoys running and yoga when not at work.
Michaela is currently on Maternity leave.
B Physiotherapy, 2009 Charles Sturt University NSW
After graduating Linda worked in various roles in hospitals in NSW and England, arriving in Launceston in 1994. After initially working at the LGH Linda has worked in Private Practice in Launceston for over 20 years and has a wide range of experience in treating all musculoskeletal areas. She enjoys assisting her patients to return to normal function: work, sport and everyday life. Her approach combines manual therapy, exercise and education.
Linda is a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner. Through attending courses with the Watson Headache® Institute Linda has developed expertise in managing headache and migraine by treating the neck. Working with headache has lead to an interest in treating dizziness and she recently attended an Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation Course and study in concussion management. Linda's other areas of experience include treatment of shoulder, neck and back symptoms. Linda also has an interest in Occupational Health and has worked in a range of work places providing onsite treatment and rehabilitation, manual handling and ergonomic assessments and education. Outside of work Linda aims to keep fit and enjoys exploring Tassie’s outdoors with family and friends. At home she enjoys gardening and cooking.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) University of Sydney 1991
Member APA and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group
Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner
Complete Concussion Management Inc. Certified Clinician
Rachel is originally from Orange, NSW and moved to Tasmania two years ago.
Having worked in private practice since graduating Rachel is continuing studies in the field of Oncology rehabilitation. Rachel is a certified PINC & STEEL cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist and a Level 1 Lymphoedema practitioner. Rachel has experienced first hand the devastating impact a cancer diagnosis can have on an individual, family and friends and is passionate about guiding all individuals through their treatment and recovery, maximising their outcome to regain their strength and physical fitness following cancer. Over the past two years Rachel has fallen in love with the lifestyle and the endless beauty Tasmania has to offer. In her free time she loves running, cooking, photography, yoga and spending time with her fur baby Billy. She is obsessed with mountains and has climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak on the African continent, standing at 5,895m.
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Charles Sturt University 2014
Alana hails from Western Australia where she studied Physiotherapy and began her career in Private Practice. Having a background in Exercise Physiology, movement and exercise has been a focus and passion in helping clients to return to function and achieve their goals. Alana likes to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions and has further training in the treatment of sacro-iliac joint dysfunction and some special interest in pre and post natal women. She is also certified with Polestar Australia in Pilates for Rehabilitation. Outside of work Alana enjoys exploring the beautiful surrounds, food and wine that Tassie has to offer. Alana is returning from maternity leave with her 2 beautiful daughters.
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) Curtin University 2010
Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Health Science) University of WA 2006
Polestar certification in Rehabilitation Pilates
Rowan originally grew up on a farm in Byron Bay, NSW and studied Physiotherapy and Exercise Science on the Gold Coast. Rowan has worked in multiple hospitals in many settings most recently at the LGH and has experience working with sporting teams, demonstrating his wealth of knowledge in all areas of Physiotherapy. Being a passionate runner and surfer, he has a keen interest in treating running related injuries, sporting related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions to get the best outcome for his patients. Rowan's inspiration is Kelly Slater (47 years old and world no. 1 professional surfer) proving at any age, you can do the activities you love if you look after your health and well-being. Rowan hopes to inspire all of his clients by looking after their health and well-being.
Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy and Exercise Science) Griffith University 2012
Through his extensive experience at the Royal Perth Hospital, St Giles, Disability and Community Support and the LGH Daniel has a well-developed knowledge of disability and neurological rehabilitation. He has a professional interest in Cerebral palsy, Stroke/Traumatic Brain injury, MS, Down Syndrome, Amputees and Spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Daniel has experience in teaching running groups for people following strokes and head injuries as well as assisting people with various disabilities to play sport. He is passionate about assisting people to reach the height of their potential who are living with complex physical and neurological conditions. Daniels background in complex rehabilitation has fostered skills to assist people to develop the most efficient and effective movement patterns. This is especially relevant as people with disabilities as they face the challenges of ageing. As both a parent and a past head of Physiotherapy at St Giles Daniel is well equipped to assist parents and their children develop physical skills for health and wellbeing from birth to moving out of home. Daniel and his wife Emily are the proud parents of an intelligent but cheeky girl and look forward to raising her with a focus on community and sustainability. When not working in the veggie patch with his family Daniel plays squash and tries to get out on the bike as much as possible.
BSc Physiotherapy 2007 University of Notre Dame Australia
With a career in the fitness industry spanning almost 20 years, Rachel has recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise Science followed by a Professional Honors in Exercise Physiology at the University of Tasmania. Rachel firmly believes that the key to participating in lifelong physical activity is in finding the type of exercise that you enjoy to do. With qualifications and extensive experience in teaching Pilates, Learn to Swim, Les Mills group fitness programs, personal training and sports coaching, Rachel is looking forward to supporting people in finding the right kind of exercise for them as part of her role as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist at In-Balance. Now that her University studies are complete she is keen to start developing a productive garden, run at least one marathon, return to yoga practice and enjoy some down time knitting and crocheting.
Bachelor of Exercise Science, University of Tasmania 2016.
Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (Prof Hons), University of Tasmania 2017.
ESSA Member, AES, AEP.
Polestar Pilates – Mat & Studio certification
Vanessa’s driving passion as a psychologist is to enable people to feel better, solve personal problems, improve relationships, and engage purposefully in life. She enjoys collaborating with clients to develop a more balanced, productive, enjoyable and rewarding life for themselves. Vanessa has over 20 years of experience as a clinical psychologist working in private practice and the public hospital, and community mental health, systems. She holds a keen interest in health psychology and pain management as well as general mental health. Vanessa utilises a number of evidence based therapeutic approaches depending on your needs. She has formal training and extensive experience in modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (including CBT-e), Schema Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. She also enjoys mentoring and providing supervision to students, registrars and early career psychologists. When not at work Vanessa loves to check out Tassie’s wilderness treasures with a good bushwalk or a leisurely kayak. When at home she enjoys gardening, good music and hanging out with her Hubby, two teenage kids, a couple of scruffy dogs and friends in an amazing community.
Bachelor of Science (Clinical Psychology)
Occupational Therapist/Mental Health Services
Lil has been a qualified mental health service provider for over 20 years, working in both private and public sectors with adults, children and adolescents, couple’s and family’s living with a range of mental health concerns. As an OT, Lil assists people to maximise their participation in their chosen life roles, interest areas and occupations via the application of a range of evidence based psychological techniques. Lil is committed to enabling clients through self-awareness and practical skill development, to improve daily functioning in all life domains. Lil has a special interest in the area of pain management and in particular contributing to interdisciplinary treatment plans to achieve maximum benefit. Lil provides pain education and management based on the biopsychosocial model. CBT based interventions are available, with a particular focus on improving mood and distress, activity participation despite pain and general coping. Assistance to develop personal self management plans and to navigate the return to work process can also be provided. Lil is super excited to join the Inbalance team and the opportunity to work collaboratively, to ensure all clients can achieve their best recovery. Lil has three kids, a husband and a ridiculous brown dog who keep her very busy outside of work. Lil loves travel, playing tennis, bushwalking, hanging at the beach, camping, gardening and eating and drinking great food and wine with good friends.
BAppSci(OT) La Trobe University, 1994
GradDipPainMgt University of Sydney, 2017
General registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
Member of Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
Occupational Therapist/Hand Therapist
Lara has 20 years of experience in the practice of hand therapy. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1997 and commenced her hand therapy career right away. Lara gained her early experience in one of Sydney’s large teaching hospitals before moving to the USA in 1999. She attained the qualification of Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2003 and Accredited Hand Therapist (AHT) in 2018. Lara has worked in a variety of private clinics in Sydney gaining valuable knowledge and experience from very experienced therapists and surgeons along the way, before relocating to Tasmania in 2013. Lara has been providing hand therapy services with Inbalance since August, 2017. Lara is the current President of the Australian Hand therapy Association and is grateful for the opportunity to be part of the growth and recognition of hand therapy in Australia.
Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) University of Sydney 1997
Mimi started her career in Victoria gaining extensive experience in the rehabilitation field before moving back to Tasmania in 2014. More recent years at the LGH have seen Mimi develop her skills in acute injury management and cognitive assessment. She is passionate about her role as an Occupational Therapist and has a knack for bringing out the best in people. Her focus on capacity building and meaningful skill development assists people to set and achieve their goals. Mimi centres her work around overall wellbeing and largely values the use of a client-centred wellness approach.
Mimi is available to see people in their own home environments or here in our practice.
Mimi is currently on maternity leave.
B Occupational Therapy, 2010 La Trobe University VIC
Member of OTAustralia and AHPRA registered
NDIS approved provider
Emma has worked as an OT since graduating from the University of South Australia in 1995 and has a depth of experience in rehabilitation, community and outpatient services. She has interest in the use of assistive technology, mobility equipment and home modifications to improve function and is committed to working closely with clients to identify solutions. Emma works with individuals to set goals; develop skills; and access support to participate in everyday activities. Emma is available to see people in their home/ community setting and when required, here at the practice.
When not working Emma enjoys time with family, horse riding and walking her dog.
B. App Sc Occupational Therapy, 1995 University of SA
Diploma- B. Dementia Care, 2018 UTAS
Member – OT Australia & APRHA Registration Number: OCC0001718456
NDIS Registered Provider
As Emma is often out of the office you can contact her directly
mobile: 0475 297 729
Jude is a passionate instructor of the Pilates method, having taught in the community of Launceston, Tasmania, for over 10 years. A love of movement which grew organically, over her life, through dance and yoga, enabled the possibility and potential of healing through movement, both physically and mentally. Jude believes that a dedicated practice in mindful forms of movement like Pilates or Yoga brings contentment and a deep grounding sense of balance, Jude is currently an assistant educator with Polestar International.
Diploma of Professional Pilates 2011
With a passion for fitness and a love for Physiotherapy, Susan has developed a broad range of knowledge in all areas of her profession. Her main area of interest is in cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy which comes in handy when teaching good breathing mechanics in her Monday night Pilates classes. Susan has completed certification in matwork pilates with polestar and looks forward to teaching in addition to her busy practice. Susan otherwise enjoys playing hockey, swimming and walking with her buddies.
Susie is currently on maternity leave.
Bachelor of Exercise Science UTAS 2010
Masters of Physiotherapy University of South Australia 2013
Polestar Pilates Matwork certification 2016
Yoga became an important part of Claire’s life as she juggled a career in the Mining Industry with a passion for long-distance running and swimming. She found yoga provided the relief and balance she needed to maintain her demanding work and fitness schedule. A few health setbacks soon saw her turning more and more to yoga and learning about its many other facets and benefits than just stretching and strengthening the body.
Claire chose to study yoga teaching through the Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute. Her approach involves finding a middle ground between biomechanics and metaphysics, then guiding with inclusive and simple language. She seeks to empower her students to tune in to what their own body needs and draw upon the energy within and around them.
Outside of yoga, Claire is an active community member, sitting on the board of both a local farmer’s market and school. At weekends, she enjoys exploring all Northwest Tasmania has to offer, especially the excellent local produce and wine, with her husband and young son.
BEng (Hons 1st Class), University of Queensland 2007
350hr Yoga Teacher, Yoga and Integrative Medicine Institute 2017
Level 1 Member of Yoga Australia
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 about their expectations and the benefits of treatment. A skilled problem-solver, ask for Anne if you have any issues that need immediate attention. Or ask about her beloved hounds, Taj and Boof.
Fletch is a much valued member of our administration team who has studied Business Administration. She enjoys working within the healthcare industry and out of hours Fletch volunteers at her children’s school and at an aged care facility. She enjoys netball, water basketball, swimming and the odd Pilates class.
Sharon (Shaz) Guinane
With a background in the fitness and health industry and an interest in nutrition and nordic pole walking, Shaz understands the holistic approach to healthcare that our practice prides itself on. Combined with a passion for delivering outstanding customer service, Shaz goes the extra distance to ensure your In-Balance experience is exceptional - Shaz's Pilates fitness helps her balance when she's out on one of her many road bikes pedalling up and down the Tasmanian hills.
Cert IV Allied Health Assistance
Diploma of Fitness
Graduate Certificate of Human Nutrition
Hannah has recently ventured into the healthcare industry and is excited to be delivering an exceptional In-Balance experience to our clients. Having previously worked in roles within the hospitality and hotel industries Hannah has a much experience in customer service relations. Hannah has spent the last two years living on the East Coast of Tasmania and enjoys spending her weekends back at the beach with her dog Jasper. Hannah is just starting out in Pilates so you may soon see her alongside you in one of our beginners classes!
Jazmin is the newest addition to our administration team. She has a background working in the fitness industry as a group fitness instructor as well as working in varying customer service roles. Jazmin has a true passion for mindful movement and regularly participates in yoga, pilates and meditation. She is very passionate about taking care of her own health and well-being. She believes in holistic healing and alternative therapies which is what makes her a great fit for our practice. In her spare time she loves walking in nature, cooking & eating nourishing food. Being an identical twin Jazmin is very close to her family. Her bright and bubbly personality makes it effortless getting to know new people. She loves seeing her smile reflected through others so be sure to give her a smile back as you enter our practice.