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.




Hayley Irving

Pelvic Health Expert - Hayley graduated in 2005 from LaTrobe University and began work at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, where she discovered her love for Pelvic Health Physiotherapy.

Since completing postgraduate studies in Pelvic Floor rehabilitation and APA Titling process to become a Titled APA Men's, Women's and Pelvic Health Physiotherapist. Hayley works as Pelvic Health Clinic Lead at Monash Health with a team of Physios across Moorabbin, MMC, and Dandenong and Casey hospitals.

She tutors at Melbourne University on the post graduate Pelvic Floor rehabilitation course and tutors at APA on the Level 1 course. Hayley is very proud to represent her profession as the current President of the Continence Foundation of Australia-Physiotherapy group and believes this is a great way to volunteer her time and give back to her profession and the community.

Hayley is passionate about providing a service of excellence to patients with pelvic floor dysfunction. She is mindful that patients with pelvic floor dysfunction can suffer physically but often the biggest suffering is the emotional suffering and impact their condition is having on their life and relationships.

Hayley’s goal is to help them be their best. Treat their condition to get them living their best life.

Conditions Hayley treats: · Bladder and Bowel dysfunction · Prolapse and pessary fitting and care · Pelvic Pain · Sexual dysfunction · General pelvic floor checks · Perinatal · Pre and post prostatectomy patients · Oncology Pelvic floor dysfunction




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.



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 journey."