About Us

 

 

Gill Smith

Women's Health Physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Post Graduate Certificate Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (Melb Uni) (2009)
Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (LaTrobe Uni) (1997)
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (La Trobe Uni) (1987)
Level 4 Pilates DMA certified
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Lecturer at Filex Fitness Industry Convention ( April 2014) – “Tips & Tricks to optimise pelvic floor function”
Lecturer at Victorian Maternal Health Nurses Conference (2014) - "Pelvic Floor Health"

Gillian for the past seventeen years has run Physio/Pilates/Women's Health clinics in bayside suburbs. In 2013 she constructed a purpose built Women’s Health clinic in Edithvale close to the beach. The studio consists of three consulting rooms and a large Pilates, GYROTONIC® & Functional Fitness studio which converts to an educational venue for Pelvic Floor Fitness workshops.

Gillian has a special focus on the link that exists in women who suffer from bladder leakage and low back pain, an inseparable condition. Over a decade Gillian has been using the real-time ultrasound for assessment and client biofeedback rehabilitation. Many people are visual learners, seeing their muscles working on the screen and connecting to these muscles correctly brings about immediate positive outcomes. Gillian uses the real-time ultrasound on all muscle groups of the body and is very skilled in its use. She will rehabilitate shoulder, knee, hip, back, neck and pelvic floor muscle dysfunction with real time ultrasound biofeedback sessions.
Gillian has two postgraduate qualifications in Physiotherapy. In 1997 she spent a year studying musculoskeletal medicine. She refined her skills in assessing a musculoskeletal condition and developed advanced clinical reasoning skills to form a sound diagnosis and consequent treat plan unique to that client. In 2009 she undertook six month postgraduate training in Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation which taught her how to assess and rehabilitate issues associated with the bladder, bowel and pelvic organs due to dysfunction with the pelvic floor muscles.

Gillian integrates clinical expertise with evidence-based research, in the assessment and management of movement disorders associated with Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health issues.

Gillian is passionate about Women’s Health and keenly continues to advance her knowledge in this field of study. She is a great advocate for lifelong learning. Gillian is also a mother and appreciates the challenges of work life balance. This topic is often spoken about by the women in our fun, nurturing group exercise classes. Innovative Physio is developing into a community of women who are motivated to keep their mind connected to their functional fitness.
Cofounder of Pelvic Floor Fitness with Debbi Fretus (Pilates, Gyrotonic, Dance Medicine Practitioner Myotherapist and Educator), an educational product promoting awareness, knowledge and practical know how regards optimising pelvic floor function in the rehabilitation and fitness industry.
The objective of this program is for allied health practitioners and fitness instructors to be empowered gaining assessment skills determining whether clients are correctly recruiting pelvic floor muscles. This is a critical movement pattern for safe and effective exercise especially working with women, pregnant and post-natal. Pelvic Floor Fitness promotes pelvic floor safe exercise for women.




Debbi Fretus

Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy (MIMT) (AAMT)
Diploma of Remedial Massage Therapy (MIMT)
Diploma of Contemporary Pilates and Teaching Methodology 52625WA
Level 4 Pilates Practitioner (APMA)
Certified GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® Level 1 Instructor
Certificate IV in Fitness (Personal Trainer)
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Physiotherapy) 
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment 

Debbi Fretus has a vast and varied dance background, from Ballet to Folk, of over 20 years. 

A professional dancer, teacher, adjudicator and choreographer having worked nationally and internationally.   Having danced with  Sydney Festival Ballet, Athens City Ballet, Greece, CH Tanzteater Zurich, Switzerland, to name a few.  Debbi has taught as a freelance ballet/dance teacher as well as having run her own Ballet/Dance School “Dance Odyssey” in Queensland.  Choreography and adjudication was also a natural progression both of which Debbi was passionate about.

Debbi first experienced Pilates “Body Control” in 1990 whilst living in London UK.

On returning to Australia Debbi continued her pilates studies in the early 90s and worked in a Dance Medicine Physiotherapy Studio in Brisbane, being one of the first Pilates practitioners to be trained in Australia.

Debbi is passionate about ongoing education and has always sought the highest level of training to become the best Movement Practitioner she could possibly be.  This includes her journey into the GYROTONIC® expansion system and Myotherapy.

At this point of Debbi’s career she brings a plethora of experience to the dance medicine world and all clients she treats.   Skills as diverse but yet related including; Myotherapy, Pilates, GYROTONIC® & GYROKINESIS® methods, Personal training - Debbi embraces the mindfulness approach to her therapy.

Debbi is a mother of 3 and found Pilates with a focus on pelvic floor and core training essential to get her body back into shape, which she’d felt had disappeared completely after having had a dancers athletic body pre children.  Debbi is passionate about all aspects of women’s health and an awareness of the motherhood load, and is particularly focussed on our ‘ Pregnancy & Beyond’ exercise program at Innovative Physio/Pilates.

Having recently completed Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Debbi is excited along with Gill Smith (Women’s Health Physiotherapist) to launch Pelvic Floor Fitness – educational workshops for Fitness professionals and Allied health practitioners.

Debbi is as passionate today as ever about working with clients to reach their physical goals whether that be for rehabilitation or to become a professional dancer, athlete or to better their health and wellbeing on all levels.




Grace Miano

BHSci(NutMed), CIMI, BA(Psych), PGradCertEd, CertTAE
Nutritional Medicine Practitioner
Bachelor of Health Science, Nutritional Medicine
Certificate in Infant Massage Instruction
Certificate IV, Training & Assessment
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Primary)
Additional Specialist Qualification, Special Education
Additional Qualification, Secondary Teaching
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Spending the first years of her professional career as a school teacher fueled Grace’s fire for teaching and learning.  After teaching children of all ages, Grace’s passion for learning eventually led to providing adult training and education within the disability and allied health not-for-profit sectors before finally starting her own business in nutrition and health consultation, and provision of her own learning opportunities. 


As a degree-qualified Nutritional Medicine Practitioner, Grace now enjoys providing individual health consultations and writing for various publications, alongside her greatest love of teaching, via seminars, practical workshops and cooking demonstrations; both in the professional and corporate world, as well as for families and community groups.  

As part of her consulations, learning programs and resources, Grace helps women prepare for and achieve a healthy pregnancy, birth experience and recovery, with abundant energy, stamina, resilience, ability to heal well and quickly, with overall radiant health.  She helps mothers and babies to work through any health issues during this time, such as reflux, food intolerances, unbalanced blood sugars, eczema, constipation, allergies, morning sickness, or any other discomforts or uneasiness.  

She can also assist parents and children with special needs or disabilities to increase the variety of nourishing foods that they will accept, use food as medicine to increase ability to learn, reduce digestive upsets, and minimise anxiety and accompanying behaviours. 

Grace is currently working on a suite of online learning programs and publications on general health and wellbeing, and also within her specialty areas of women, babies, pregnancy, natural and home birth, children, special needs and disability.


Dr. Kate Doak

Kate Doak has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Osteopathy at RMIT, a five year university course, and graduated in 1995. She has worked in a number of Osteopathic clinics, including her own practice since then; Windsor Osteopathy, Berwick Osteopathy, Arcadia Health, mhealth and Waterways Osteopathy. These clinics have included working with GPs, Physiotherapists, Naturopaths, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Masseurs and Pilates instructors.

Kate has always been interested in the complexities of the human body and how Osteopathy can help improve health and wellbeing when treating acute and chronic injuries to the body. Kate enjoys Osteopathy because of its holistic approach; understanding how one region in dysfunction can result in problems elsewherein the body. Treatment therefore is not just treating the pain site but addressing all contributing factors, which leads to better outcomes for the patient.

Kate has additional training in dry needling techniques and has completed the APPI Clinical Pilates Equipment course. She has worked over the years with a wide range of practitioners and understands the importance of co-treating patients when there are complex issues involved. Thisleads to better outcomes for the patient.
Kate has a special interest in complex pelvic/low back dysfunction, scoliosis and neck and whiplash injury.

 

" Empowering women, dancers and athletes on their physical and nutritional journey."