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Physiotherapists

Tom Paech

Bachelor of Physiotherapy 

Tom Graduated from University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2021.

He is undertaking mentoring in the PhysiYoga Approach with Emily. He uses hands on therapies such as massage and trigger point therapy as well as other soft tissue release, joint mobilisations, spinal manipulations and chronic pain management.

Tom has commenced our Concussion Management training, knowing first hand the impact Concussion has. He has a love for sport, having played football since the age of four. He loves all things that help him be physically active and wants to help his clients do the same. He loves connecting with others, learning about their story and developing strategies to help them meet their goals. 

When Tom’s away from work, he’s likely spending time with friends or running around his home town of Kanmantoo.

Emily Hagger Physiotherapist PhysiYoga

Emily Hagger

Bachelor of Health Science (Physio)
Master of Physiotherapy
Dry Needling
Pilates Instructor
Hand Therapy

 

Emily has extensive experience in chronic conditions management, including working within a broader health care team to promote self management. She has led many exercises classes with this focus.

Emily values the importance of maximising your ability to lead an active and healthy lifestyle and she aims to empower people to manage their health in a positive, supported and sustainable way.

Emily has an interest in hand therapy, Kinesio taping and burns management. She uses treatment techniques such as

  • Trigger point therapy
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Soft tissue release
  • Massage
  • Dry needling

When Emily is away from work and the Pilates Reformers, you’ll find her walking all over the hills with her daughter and dog, renovating house and furniture or enjoying a good chat over coffee. 

Penny Harris

Bachelor Medical Science

Master of Physiotherapy (Grad Entry)

Dry Needling

Pilates

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. 

Jayne Rossiter

Bachelor of Sports Science (Human Movement)

Master of Physiotherapy (Grad entry)

Master of Advanced Clinical Physiotherapy (Sports)

Diploma of Pilates (Breathe Education)

Dry Needling

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 

Dance Teacher

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.

Catherine joins our senior clinical team after completing the PhysiYoga 18 month academy training program. In addition to this, Catherine has also completed:

  • CCMI Concussion Management Training (our first clinician to do wo and implement our programs)
  • Watson Headache management
  • Certification in Pilates
  • Certificate in Dry Needling

 

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.

Emily Eglitis
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.

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