We have a team that includes highly experienced physiotherapists, amazing remedial massage therapists and passionate Pilates instructors. Supporting our practitioners and welcoming you to the studio with a smile, our administration team are helpful and friendly.
• Bachelor of Applied Science - Physiotherapy, University of Sydney (2003)
• Diploma in Pilates, Polestar Pilates (2015)
• Certificate 4 Pilates, Polestar Pilates (2015)
• Degree in Biomedical Sciences, University of Wollongong (1999)
• Diploma of Remedial Massage, Nature Care College (Sydney 1999)
• Clinical Pilates Instructor; DMA Clinical Pilates (July 2007 and July 2015)
• Rehabilitation Pilates, Polestar Pilates (April 2008)
• Pink Pilates (August 2009)
• GYROTONIC® Instructor, Energy Kinetics Melbourne (August 2009)
• PD Warrior (2013)
• Runity Coach (2016)
Susan has combined her skills in physiotherapy with her love of Pilates to teach perfect poise, alignment and healthy movement. She operated her own massage business while completing a degree in physiotherapy, and then worked as a physiotherapist at Sydney's St Vincent's Hospital before she moved to private practice in Brisbane in 2006.
After suffering on-going neck pain, Susan joined the Pilates Studio New Farm as a client and became a passionate advocate after her pain disappeared after only a few sessions. She was so committed to combining the benefits of Pilates with physiotherapy that she bought the business in July 2007. In early 2009, she renamed our studio The Body Refinery, offering a full suite of services including physiotherapy, Pilates and remedial massage.
A passion for movement has meant that Susan has gone on to do further training in GYROTONIC(R), Running, Parkinsons disease and Womens health, to name a few. Susan is a mentor for Polestar Pilates education program and is passionate about ensuring that quality Pilates instruction is available to everyone.
Geraldine completed a Masters Degree in Communications and Marketing in Lyon, France. After one year in Montreal, her wish to be perfectly bilingual in English lead her to Australia. Geraldine joined The Body Refinery team as Marketing Manager in April 2017.
Geraldine is passionate about food, travel and dance. At the age of 5, Geraldine stated with Gymnastics and then practised Modern Jazz for 12 years.
For Geraldine, there is no better way to understand another culture and connect with people than through travel! She has visited over 12 countries and some have even become her home settling in Australia in 2016.
Geraldine discovered Pilates when she started at The Body Refinery given her love of human movement and exercise - it was love at first attempt. You might see her in your class as she is now practising every week at the Studio.
Born on the Southside of Brisbane, Darcy became the Studio Manager in May 2016. She spent the previous two years working and living in London where she managed a high-class gym in the heart of London city.
Before travelling to Europe to embark on her adventure in England, she completed a Degree in Business and Event Management from Griffith University, Brisbane. She has a love for aerobics, having both competed in and coached for the Queensland and Australian Sport Aerobics team for 9 years, and enjoys living an active, healthy lifestyle.
Darcy first experienced the Pilates method when she was living in London and could instantly feel the benefits of regular Pilates practice in her body. She is a big advocate for Pilates and its ability to increase general fitness and wellbeing which is what brought her to The Body Refinery.
You will most likely see her smiling face or speak to Darcy over the phone or via email, she is primarily based at the Lamington Street studio.
Jordan joined The Body Refinery team in April 2015 after moving to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast where she grew up. You will most likely speak to Jordan over the phone or via email as she is the practice Co-Coordinator for the studio on Commercial Road.
Jordan was heavily involved in team sports such as soccer, rugby and volleyball and has a passion for movement and sport. She completed her Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science in 2014. Jordan's love of movement inspired her to train in Pilates to become a Pilates instructor. In 2016 Jordan completed her certificate 4 in Pilates with Polestar Pilates and is now teaching Pilates at The Body Refinery. Not only will you speak to her on the phone you will also see her in a Pilates class!
Sarah originally completed a Bachelor of Marine Biology and was working in the Queensland Government assessing cases of environmental harm. However, her love of Pilates increased to the point that she couldn’t tear herself away from the Pilates studio to go to work! She made the decision to have a change of career and become a Pilates instructor herself.
With that much love for the Pilates method, Sarah is passionate about imparting the benefits of practicing Pilates, and loves nothing more than seeing her clients functional movements improve.
Sarah joined the team in March 2016 in the roll of Practice Coordinator while studying her Certificate IV with Polestar Pilates. You will now find her teaching Mat and Reformer classes in the studio as well as behind the reception desk.
• Womens Health and Pregnancy related conditions
• Cancer Rehabiltation
Since graduating as a Physiotherapist from the University of Queensland in 2002, Kelly has worked with clients in Australia, Canada and the UK.Kelly has extensive experience working in tertiary referral hospitals and private practice and enjoys the challenge of combining traditional physiotherapy methods with movement based therapy. Kelly trained in the Pilates method at the Stott Pilates International Training Centre in Toronto, Canada.
Kelly has a special interest in the management of womens health and pregnancy related conditions, namely pelvic floor dysfunction, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and pregnancy related pelvic girdle pain.
Agnieszka, or Aga, graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2006, with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. She has since gained extensive experience in the management of a wide range of acute and chronic conditions, in both a hospital and private practice setting. She immigrated to Australia in 2010 and settled in Brisbane, where she has been working in private practice, focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal and sports injuries.
Aga's special interests include: musculoskeletal injuries, back and neck pain, headache and temporomandibular disorder. She is skilled and experienced in dry needling, which she has found very effective in the treatment of pain arising from muscular, joint and neural structures. She has completed her Pilates training with DMA Clinical Pilates, as well as Polestar Pilates. Aga believes in a holistic, active and hands-on approach to treatment, and the prevention of recurrence.
Lydia qualified from Liverpool University in 2005, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy. She has since built up valuable skills in the UK treating a wide range of acute, sub-acute and chronic musculoskeletal problems, in both a hospital and private practice environment. Her special interests include low and upper back pain, including antenatal and prenatal back care, tendonosis and shoulder pain.
Lydia aims to treat not just the injury, but to also work with the client to develop appropriate strategies and exercises to help prevent re-occurrence of these injuries and for long-term self-management. Lydia is trained to use acupuncture based dry needling for treatment of musculoskeletal problems, and finds it very useful in treating back, neck, shoulder and knee pain, including arthritis. Lydia also has a special interest in the use of Pilates in rehabilitation from injury or as a preventative measure and finds it very effective.
Kristen completed her Master of Physiotherapy studies at the University of Queensland in 2014 with a special interest in sports and in particular golf having been a previous high level amateur golfer with the Queensland Academy of Sport.
She has also been involved in research investigating Achilles and patella tendinopathy and femoroacetabular impingement in athletes. Being an overall movement enthusiast Kristen believes in and participates in a variety activities including Pilates, weight training and yoga.
Kristen has completed her Pilates training with both the Pilates Institute of Queensland and Polestar Pilates.
Kristen is passionate about ongoing education. Some of her other qualifications include
<li>Watson headache level one</li>
<li>Oov level 1</li>
In 2017 Kristen is planning on completing her Runity coaching course.
Luíseach completed her Masters degree in Physiotherapy from University College Dublin, Ireland in 2015.
She has had a keen interest in human movement and injury prevention for many years which led her complete a Bachelor of Science in Injury Rehabilitation & Athletic Therapy in 2011. Luíseach has many years of injury prevention and rehabilitation experience from working with occupational and sport injuries through Gaelic sport and Rugby clubs in Ireland. Her main interests are based around injury prevention and rehabilitation through movement and she swears by Pilates for its benefits. Luíseach has suffered back pain from scoliosis for many years and found she greatly benefited from pilates in alleviating her pain and improving her posture. She complete her pilates training through STOTT in 2011.
Luiseach is also trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation and Dry Needling. In 2016, she completed her training in PD Warrior and Runity and is enjoying sharing her skills with both the parkinson's disease population and the running population.
Rodney graduated from Emilio Aguinaldo College – Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in (1997). He has since completed his Diploma of Sport at Swinburne University – Melbourne (2002) and his Masters in Education at Monash University – Melbourne (2012).
Rodney is dedicated to improving patient outcomes by combining manual therapy and exercise conditioning as part of his treatment programs. With more than 20 years of experience working in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy, as well as 15 years in Clinical Pilates his knowledge is invaluable. Rodney is known for his creativity and intensity in his classes.
Charmion is passionate about returning movement and function to people, helping decrease their pain and assisting them to achieve their physical goals.
She completed a Bachelor of Nursing in 2004 and developed an interest in spinal cord injury rehabilitation. During this time she travelled to the United States and participated in a spinal cord injury rehabilitation training program at Project Walk in Carlsbad, California. This inspired her to study Physiotherapy.
She graduated from ACU in 2014 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) and remains actively involved in current research programs at the University. She has extensive experience in Tertiary Hospitals.
Some of her qualifications include
- Dry Needling
- Treatment of The Pelvis and Lumbar Spine.
Charmion has a special interest in rehabilitating chronic and complex injuries and illnesses including neurological conditions, balance problems, back pain, musculoskeletal injuries and post-operative conditions.
Elke Chappell graduated at Q Academy Brisbane in 2012 with a Diploma of Remedial Massage, and has not stopped learning since. With completing her studies in Dry Needling, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Reflexology, Myofascial Cupping, and Kinesiology taping, she consistently continues to build her knowledge with the human body.
Elke's main focuses in treatment are headaches, jaw pain, neck pain, back pain, and hip imbalances; she aims to treat these accordingly from the feet up. Using a principle of how we are balanced emotionally and physically through out our daily life, can tell us a lot about our pain.
Elke has always been active with previously playing most sports, including regional touch football and netball, and now she continues with yoga, Pilates, acrobatics, dancing and lots more. Having this understanding of so many activities, it helps her allocate a personalized treatment and exercise to each of her clients to help them gain the strength and flexibility to function without pain in everyday life.
Natalie completed her Diploma of Remedial Massage at Endeavour College of Nature Health in 2015. She was drawn to the benefits of Remedial Massage and eager to get started helping people feel and move better whilst undertaking her Bachelors of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology. Natalie is expecting to graduate as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist in 2017.
Natalie has always been a firm believer in the benefits of exercise and since starting at The Body Refinery in 2016 has seen the many benefits of Pilates has to offer. Understanding the physical and mental demands of movement placed on the body from everyday activities to high level athletes allows Natalie to individualise treatment plans to achieve the client's goals. Natalie is also skilled in Aromatouch Technique using DoTERRA oils.
Helping clients to achieve optional health physically and emotionally has always been a passion for Tamara. After previously attaining her certificate in Swedish Massage she spent the last several years pursuing a successful corporate career and has recently returned to massage, completing a Diploma of Remedial Massage at Q Academy in early 2017. Tamara’s treatment focus is neck, shoulder and back pain.
She enjoys assisting clients to avoid living with unnecessary pain which occurs from the stress of daily life.
Tamara likes to keep active with Pilates, yoga and cycling classes and has a keen interest in nutrition and holistic therapies, allowing for an integrated state of personal health by ensuring the body, mind and spirit maintain a positive state.
Emma completed her Stott training in Mat Work and Equipment Pilates in 2009. She continued to study and completed her Advanced Cadillac, Chair and Barrels training in 2012. She has a full certification in the Stott Pilates method.
Emma is extremely passionate about Pilates and enjoys training her clients and loves to help them achieve both their personal and health related goals. Emma works at both the Lamington Street and Commercial Road studio teaching both Studio Pilates classes and Express Reformer classes. You can also fast track your Pilates practice by booking in for a Private Pilates lesson with Emma, she will definitely get your body moving and feeling fabulous!
Kellie completed her Matwork certification through Polestar Pilates in 2014 and is currently completing her full Pilates Diploma qualification. Adding to this, she also has a certification in Dance and Personal Training.
Starting with Gymnastics and Classical Ballet, Kellie has always had a passion for movement and it was actually her mum that introduced her to the world of Pilates, at 10 years of age. Pilates was then recommended to help with her slight scoliosis and to further her Ballet career but soon became a morning ritual, while dancing overseas. After injuring her knee during an audition, Kellie returned to Australia for surgery and to then hopefully dance again once recovered. While rehabilitating her knee through Pilates, she became inspired to help others feel their best and decided to book herself into the Matwork course for the following year.
She is extremely passionate about Pilates and the amazing benefits it provides, not only physically, but also how movement can change how you feel mentally. Kellie would love to see you in one of her classes so get ready to move and to walk away feeling great!
Skye discovered her love for Pilates almost 20 years ago. She found it helped her to improve her fitness after no longer practicing Jazz Ballet after she completed High School. After spending 20 years in the Retail Industry in various roles, she was encouraged to look into Clinical Pilates which helped her improve her posture and manage her injuries.
The significant improvements she saw in her body after starting Pilates simply fuelled her passion for the Pilates method. As she practised more Pilates her love for it grew but she also developed a deep desire to spread the word about the effectiveness of the method. This led Skye to complete a Certificate in Mathwork with Polestar Pilates and she is continuing to study the Diploma in Studio and Rehabilitation Method in 2017.
What she enjoys most about teaching is being able to watch her clients on the journey of improving their posture, strength and functional movements, ultimately improving their health and wellbeing. You will see Skye teaching Reformer Pilates at The Body Refinery, book into one of her classes and your body will thank you for it!
In 2011 Sarah began part time study at Endeavour College of Natural Health in a Bachelor of Health Science, Musculoskeletal Therapy, while working full time as a Team Leader and Learning and Development Officer with the QLD Government. Ever active and interested in different types of movement, exercise and all things musculoskeletal, curiosity lead her to try Pilates. Upon finding the exercises to feel graceful, nourishing for the body, challenging and precise, she was hooked and very soon felt the wonderful benefits within her daily exercise, movement and posture.
In 2013 Sarah began her Cert IV in Matwork Pilates with Polestar Pilates, resigned from her government job and committed to study her degree full time. Pilates became her part-time job and a wonderful practical learning component to her studies.
In 2016 Sarah graduated with distinction as a Musculoskeletal Therapist and commenced her Diploma of Studio and Rehabilitation Pilates with Polestar. Having completed the face to face training and much of the practical requirements of the course, she is looking forward to undertaking her exam later this year.
Feeling strong, able and mindfully connected to the body through movement is a joy and passion that Sarah aims to share with others through her reformer and studio classes here at the Body Refinery, join her on your movement journey!
Jeanine completed her BASI Pilates comprehensive training in 2010. She is passionate about introducing clients to the amazing benefits Pilates has to offer. It is this passion that led her to give up her career as a lawyer and pursue her love of movement and fitness, by becoming a full time Pilates instructor.
Jeanine taught for 5 years at one of the BASI host studios in South Africa, after which she opened her own home studio before moving to Brisbane. Leading an active life herself, Pilates has allowed her to become a stronger and more efficient mover in all of her favourite activities.
Jeanine teaches Studio Classes on Monday and Thursday mornings, at our Lamington St studio.
;Rowena is originally from Canada, where she started ballet from the age of 4, and performed professionally with a local dance company. Upon completion of high school, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Biochemistry. After many years of working in cancer research and the pharmaceutical industry, Rowena took a break to have her first child. Struggling to find the suitable work life balance in the corporate world with her new family, she took a leap of faith to pursue her passion for movement and has never looked back.
Rowena first discovered Pilates whilst living in San Francisco over 15 years ago. She fell in love with it instantly and participated in regular Mat classes. Upon moving to Australia, she joined The Body Refinery as a client, and eventually completed her Pilates Mat work course.
Rowena is a certified Personal Trainer, Pilates, Barre, Yoga, and TRX instructor. She likes to keep her classes fun and upbeat. Her classes are challenging and cater to all levels from beginners to advanced, with a strong focus on technique.
“Teaching Pilates is like ‘sharing happiness’ because I love to share the joy of practising Pilates with other people.” Since discovering Pilates, Dorine's goal has been to empower her clients so that they feel radiant and grounded.
Her professional life started in Paris where she worked as an international event manager. She enjoyed the opportunity to travel the world and meet people from other countries. Dorine moved first to Hong Kong and later, to Australia.
Dorine's Pilates journey started ten years ago, in Paris, and she was hookedimmediately. Dorine's Pilates course was the highlight of her day though she was yet to realise the immense impact that Pilates would have on her body, mind and soul. Years later, Dorine started to experience lower back pain. In a quest for a cure, she turned to Pilates which healed her. This powerful experience made her realise that she wanted to change her career path in order to help others the same way.
Dorine strongly believes that everyone should place their body and health at the centre of their concerns. She completed Polestar Certificate 4 and the Polestar Studio Diploma because of their focus on physical therapy and the mind-body energy system. These Pilates studies built her foundation for teaching others how they can safely improve their physical performance and even heal injuries. Since Dorine started her Pilates journey, she has taught in Brisbane, Paris and Berlin.
Prema discovered Pilates after taking 'Mum and Me' pilates classes at The Body Refinery after the birth of her first child, to help her body recover from pregnancy and child birth. She fell in love with Pilates and continued taking classes over the next few years, including through her second pregnancy and the recovery period. She loved the way pilates made her feel, both physically and mentally. She would go to her early morning classes feeling tense and sore but walk out feeling light, happy and optimistic about the beautiful day ahead.
Prema had previously been working in the mining and resources sector but wanted a change in lifestyle after the birth of her second child. She decided to follower her love of pilates and turn it into a new career. Prema enrolled to study a Studio and Matwork Diploma with the internationally recognised training institute, Polestar Pilates and is now loving her new career in helping other people to feel better with pilates.
You can book into a Mat, Express Reformer or Studio class with Prema and you will also see her behind the reception desk.