The Team

Our highly skilled team includes Physiotherapists, Exercise Physiologists, Pilates Instructors and Massage Therapists. All staff are members of their industry relevant regulatory bodies, ensuring a commitment to integrity and ethical conduct, continuing education and ongoing skill development.

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Barbara Wood – Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Masters of Health Science (Manip Ph.th) University of Sydney

Pilates Instructor and Fascial Fitness Trainer

Co-Director Pilates Power and Physiotherapy Cronulla

Born and raised in Austria, Barbara lived most of her early life in Salzburg where she gained her Physiotherapy Diploma in 1988. Over the next 20 years she worked in various locations and undertook numerous postgraduate courses to improve her knowledge in the field of Physiotherapy.

Barbara believes pain and dysfunction to be an individual experience that does not always correlate well with structural signs documented on x-rays or other scans.

Stiffness and pain are often an expression of too little or too much movement in a specific body segment. Manual Therapy is an ideal approach to resolve this dysfunction, however problems often recurr due to faulty movement habits and postures.

Our bodies are subjected to a variety of stresses and it is often hard to separate physical, emotional and environmental factors. Only if we understand our bodies and how we are affected by these stresses can we make changes such as improving our posture, reducing pain and tension, regaining muscle balance and building a strong but elastic fascial web.

In 2014 Barbara joined Pilates Power and Physiotherapy Cronulla as Co-Director, combining her love for Manual Therapy and Motor Control.

Special areas of interest include Disc and Joint Dysfunction, Chronic Pain Syndromes, Adverse Neural Tension, Sport Injuries and Fascial Fitness.

Barbara is determined to help her clients resolve acute and chronic conditions using her 20 years of experience and the knowledge that a skilled clinical assessment is the base of effective treatment.

Karina Craig – Physiotherapist (Dip.Germany)

Polestar Pilates Instructor

Accredited PNF Trainer

Co-Director Pilates Power & Physiotherapy Cronulla

Karina is a German trained Physiotherapist who graduated in 1999 and has been living and working in Australia for the past 10 years. During her 15 year professional career as a Physiotherapist she gained experience in numerous settings which include rehabilitation hospitals, private Physiotherapy practices and Pilates studios.

Working in the latter she fell in love with the Polestar Pilates Method as it proved to be extremely complementary to her Physiotherapy treatments especially following the acute phase and as a perfect preparation and transition to sport specific movements and return to functional and pain free motor patterns.

Karina is currently upgrading her Polestar Pilates mat and studio qualification to a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. Karina is also a certified PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) trainer, a method that has strong parallels to the Pilates concept/approach. PNF aims to restore functional 3 dimensional movement patterns by improving the balance and the coordination of the nerve and muscle units.

Additionally she holds postgraduate Muscle Energy Technique (MET) qualifications.

Karina’s special interests include clinical Pilates for musculoskeletal alignments and injuries, neurological rehabilitation and women’s health. Karina is passionate about the combination of Physiotherapy and the studio Pilates repertoire and has implemented this shift in the focus of the business since taking on the role of Co-Director at Pilates Power and Physiotherapy in 2009.

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Jillian Lang – Exercise Physiologist

BA (Sport Studies)

Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (Pilates International)

After completing degrees in exercise science and psychology, Jillian has been working as an allied health professional in health, fitness and wellbeing settings for over 20 years. Jillian’s career has seen her work as a practitioner and educator as well as managing large health, fitness and sporting facilities and programs. Having been a competitive athlete her whole life, a career helping others achieve physical and mental wellness and excellence is her passion.

Jillian first came to Pilates as a participant in 2006. After falling in love with the method, she decided to undertake her Matwork qualification in 2007 and commenced teaching at Pilates Power and Physiotherapy later that year.

Jillian is currently a Studio and Matwork Instructor and holds a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction. Jillian takes particular pleasure in combining her skills and knowledge in Exercise Physiology with the Pilates method of exercise to gain the very best outcomes for her clients. Her special interests are in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and pre and postnatal fitness and wellbeing.

AAndrea (2)ndrea Boehmer – Pilates Instructor

Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method

Matwork Certification with Body Arts and Science International (BASI – Germany)

Buff Bones® Instructor

            Certified Fascial Fitness Instructor

Pilates 4 Youth: Healthy Movement for Life and Attention Focus Needs

Originally from Germany, Andrea moved to Australia in 2006, having spent some time here in 2004 and falling in love with our people and landscape. Andrea began her Pilates Instructor training in 2012 and holds certification with Polestar Pilates.

Andrea is fascinated by the mind and body connection and passionate about developing her knowledge through continued education. She prides herself on getting to know her clients and working with them to achieve their personal goals..

 

 

 

 

KW_Headshot_BW1 copyKristy Wetherell – Pilates Instructor

Bachelor of Medical Science

Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method

Kristy has always had an interest in human movement, health and science and graduated from The University of Sydney in 1996 with a Bachelor of Medical Science. Her avid interest in health and fitness led Kristy to study the Pilates Method in 1998.

Undertaking apprenticeship training initially at Solutions for Pain and Injury provided her with experience in a multi-disciplinary approach to the management of pain and injuries, and in the application of Pilates-based exercise for injury rehabilitation. Kristy went on to obtain her Body Arts and Science Certification in 2000, followed by her Advanced Diploma of The Pilates Method with Pilates International Training Centre. She was also Gold Certified by the Pilates Method Alliance (USA) in 2005 and holds her Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training.

Kristy was a founding member of the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA), ran her own studio in the south of Sydney until 2007 and has been involved in Pilates specialist training in her role as Course Director for Pilates International Training Centre for many years.  Motherhood has been Kristy’s main focus of recent years but she is looking forward to spending time in the studio teaching and sharing her passion for all that Pilates can offer.

 

Gabby Packham - Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist – Currently on Maternity Leave

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, The University of South Australia in 2013

Polestar Pilates Instructor

Gabby (2)Gabby joined the PPP Cronulla team as a Physiotherapist and studio Pilates instructor in 2017. Moving from England to Australia in 2010 , Gabby left her accountancy career to follow her dream of becoming a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, graduating from The University of South Australia in 2013.  Gabby has always known she wanted to work in the clinic setting to assist clients heal and improve their quality of life via education, manual therapy and active self-management.

Since graduating Gabby has undertaken various courses and has focused her studies towards studio Pilates (Polestar) and Japanese Acupuncture. She believes Pilates is a fabulous accompaniment to manual therapy and its versatility allows clients to feel and practice efficient movement patterns at all stages of their rehab journey. Gabby continues to study Acupuncture Oriental Medicine and loves how the ancient therapy delves deeper into the body and invites positive changes.

Gabby’s special interests include using manual therapy, Acupuncture and Pilates to holistically manage biomechanical dysfunction and injury, and aims to help clients make subtle changes to achieve long-term solutions.

Carmen Holm - Neuro Physiotherapist

PilatesPower_HiRes_Colour-67 (2)Carmen graduated as a Physiotherapist in Germany in 1995. Since the beginning of her career Carmen has specialised in neurological conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, spinal cord injuries, brain & spinal cord tumours, and rare conditions (for e.g. Huntington’s Disease).

Carmen completed her Polestar Studio Pilates Rehabilitation qualification in 2014. Carmen utilises Pilates studio equipment to enhance her physiotherapy treatment, offering safe movement opportunities to people living with neurological conditions. Carmen has found that most clients with a moderate to high mobility level prefer the motivating environment of the studio above traditional neurological physiotherapy.

Carmen has been employed at PPP since 2013 and loves teaching all levels of fitness in neurological and musculoskeletal related conditions. She enjoys helping clients of all ability reach their maximum potential.

 

 

 

 

Veronica Silberschneider – Pilates Instructor

Veronica (2)Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction, PITC

Veronica started Pilates as a client in 2001 while completing her Doctorate in Environmental Biology. She quickly fell in love with all that Pilates has to offer – the mind/body connection, improvements in strength, conditioning and flexibility, and that there is always a goal to strive for. After many years of practicing Pilates, Veronica wanted to learn more about the intricacies of the Pilates Method. She completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction with the Pilates International Training Centre in 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Nuebel - Massage Therapist

 

Welcoming in the latest addition to the PPP team, Sebastian is our new resident Massage Therapist from Germany.

Graduating as a Physiotherapist in Germany in 2010, Sebastian has since engaged in several postgraduate studies. Some of which include lymphatic drainage, foot reflexology and falls prevention in the elderly. He has also worked in various rehab, hospital and private practice settings expanding his knowledge on a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions.

His areas of expertise include both neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation, as well as sports physiotherapy. One of his greatest accolades to date includes taking the role of physiotherapist at a professional soccer club in Germany.

Early in 2018 Sebastian moved to Australia and instantly fell in love with the people, culture and lifestyle. He is determined to make Australia his home and to work towards recognition of his German Physiotherapy qualifications within Australia.

Therefore, we are lucky to offer the following massage services at PPP Cronulla for the next year:

  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Remedial massage
  • Reflexology
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Detox massage

 

 

PowerPilates-61Sandy Randall - Practice Manager

Sandy joined the PPP team in August 2016.  Sandy brings a wealth of experience as she has worked for many years as an Executive Assistant and Bookkeeper across a broad range of businesses including: investment banking, accounting and financial planning.  Sandy enjoys utilising her EA skills  to help manage the day to day activities of the practice.  She enjoys interracting with our clients, both in person and over the phone.  In her spare time Sandy enjoys the Cronulla lifestyle and travelling with her family.  You will find Sandy at the front desk Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

 

 

Svenja Holm – Receptionist

Svenja has been working at PPP since April 2016. Having moved from Germany to Australia in 2011, Svenja is one of several Germans working at the practice and enjoys the multi-cultural aspect of the business. Since having completed her HSC in 2015, Svenja has been studying Paramedicine at the University of Tasmania and hopes to one day fulfil her dream of working as a paramedic. Svenja currently works at the front desk on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.