Master of Physiotherapy (Flinders University)
Bachelor of Paramedic Science (Flinders University)
Chris is a fully qualified physiotherapist who graduated from Flinders University in 2017. He originally completed a Bachelor of Paramedic Studies, during which he to realised his keen interest in learning about the human body and became motivated to continue studying a Masters in Physiotherapy.
During his study, Chris worked weekly at the Unley Jets football club as a sports trainer, which allowed him to work with athletes and learn additional musculoskeletal techniques for treatment and prevention. Chris plays competitive basketball weekly for the Sturt Sabres Basketball Club and enjoys running, bushwalking, camping, surfing and outdoor activities in general.
After completing his physiotherapy studies, Chris was drawn to the musculoskeletal sector due to his passion for working with people and his interest in treating chronic and acute injuries. A role at Physiyoga was particularly appealing to Chris due to the holistic approach used and the opportunity to learn ConnectTherapy techniques as a way of improving patient outcomes.
Bachelor Medical Science
Master of Physiotherapy (Grad Entry)
Penny is a fully qualified Physiotherapist with many years experience. Penny has been working as a Physiotherapist in the musculoskeletal setting since graduating in 2011. With a special interest in Pilates and rehabilitation. Penny enjoys helping her clients in their treatment and prevention of injuries. I enjoy helping patients optimise their movement and function to achieve their goals.
Undergone further training in dry needling and Pilates (Dance Medicine Australia and APPI).
When away from PhysiYoga you will find Penny in the outdoors, swimming, running and enjoying time with her young family.
Bachelor of Sports Science (Human Movement)
Master of Physiotherapy (Grad entry)
Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports)
Diploma of Pilates (Breathe Education)
RAD Level 4 Diploma in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance: Advanced 2 (Ballet)
Jayne is an experienced physiotherapist with a background in sports science and sports physiotherapy. She is passionate about helping people meet their movement goals and assisting others to live healthy and involved lives. A strong believer in prevention being better than cure, Jayne loves to facilitate opportunities for enjoyable movement and see others thrive in achieving this. Jayne has participated in sports and outdoor activities from a young age and has a particular passion for dance and dance related injuries. Her own background in dance encompasses years of ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary styles. This includes completion of the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus through to the highest grade for which she attained a Diploma in Vocational Graded Examination in Dance. This ties well with her interest in Pilates which led to completion of a Diploma in Pilates along with her sports and physiotherapy degrees attained at The University of South Australia.
When she is not being a physiotherapist Jayne loves to learn french, dance, run, cook, travel and spend time with friends and family and just generally be creative. She is learning to sew but has a way to go with this! She has a strong interest in international development and has spent some time in countries such as Uganda as a physiotherapist.
Catherine Van Wijk
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Catherine Van Wijk graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Catherine is a highly active individual, with a passion for maximising patient health and wellbeing, and has a strong drive to help them achieve their goals.
Catherine has been trained a wide variety of techniques, including soft tissue release and massage, joint mobilisations and spinal manipulations at university. Under the tutelage of Emily Eglitis, Catherine is continuing to develop her skills and knowledge in ConnectTherapy.
Catherine appreciates the importance of mind body connection and body awareness. This was further emphasized when seeing patients in musculoskeletal and rehabilitative environments. Catherine has a strong understanding of Pilates from university and her personal participation. Additionally, through her own personal development and interests, she utilises other forms of exercise styles to help improve function.
As a dancer since the age of four, Catherine has extensive knowledge surrounding terminology and the necessary technique to execute dance correctly and safely. Her knowledge in this area ensures detailed functional analysis of patients that may present with a dance, calisthenic or gymnastic related issue, and facilitate personalised rehabilitation programs to reach their specific and unique goals.
When Catherine is not at PhysiYoga, she is a foodie and a self-proclaimed coffee connoisseur. She loves to stay active whether that be doing pilates, training, hiking, or just moving her body. She is also a dance teacher of ballet, jazz, tap and contemporary/lyrical.
Physiotherapist, Director PhysiYoga
Physiotherapist (B.Physio, 1st Class Hons)
Certified Practitioner Connect Therapy (LJLCP) 2015
Level 3 Senior Yoga Teacher (Yoga Australia)
Member Australian Physiotherapy Association (MAPA)
Pilates Level 1 & 2 (Dance Medicine Australia) 2007
Emily Eglitis (formerly Emily Smith) is a fully qualified Physiotherapist & is recognised through Yoga Australia as a Senior Level 3 Yoga Teacher (12 years experience) with further training in The Pilates Method.
Emily has undergone extensive training and mentoring in ConnectTherapyTM and the Thoracic Ring ApproachTM with Dr Linda-Joy Lee in both Sydney and Vancouver, resulting in her being the first Certified Practitioner in Australia and indeed the whole Asia-Pacific region.
The innovative ConnectTherapy approach to treatment is a total body assessment and treatment technique where the ‘driver’ (underlying cause) of a client’s problem is diagnosed and treated, rather than just treating what is sore. Emily is currently undergoing a comprehensive Mentor Certification Program in ConnectTherapy to continue to build her skills and mentor her team.
Emily was introduced to Clinical Pilates as a Physiotherapy student and subsequently underwent training with Dance Medicine Australia.
Over the years Emily has trained in a wide variety of other manual therapy techniques including:
- Soft tissue release & massage
- Trigger point therapy
- Visceral manipulation
- Muscle Energy Techniques for the Thorax and Pelvis
- Craniosacral Therapy
Emily practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga at the Adelaide Ashtanga Yoga Shala for five years before deciding to deepen her study in India after graduating from Physiotherapy, combining it with a three month volunteer program working in Nepal. Emily’s subsequent six week stay in India turned into four and a half months at Yoga Indea (sic), practicing twice daily at the internationally recognised yoga school. Emily has received yoga tuition from many skilled and world renowned teachers including Simi Roche (Ashtanga yoga), Prenatal Yoga Training (Denise Clarfield – Canada), Bharath Shetty (Mysore India), Donna Farhi (New Zealand), Simon Borg-Olivier (Sydney) and AcroYoga training in San Francisco (with Jenny Sauer-Klein).
It was through ConnectTherapy that Emily re-discovered her love of movement; In 2012 Emily struggled to run four kilometres before back and hip pain stopped her. She’d given up netball and the range of yoga postures she was able to do seemed to be decreasing. With the discovery of ConnectTherapy and combining it with Yoga & Pilates, she started running completing three 21.1km half marathons before finishing the Barossa Full Marathon in May 2015 (yep – the full 42.2km!).
When Emily’s not at work you’ll probably find her with her family, playing sport (softball or netball) or running somewhere around Strathalbyn.