Michelle is one of the Directors at Zest Physio Pilates Health. She graduated with an Honours degree in Physiotherapy in 2006 (La Trobe University) and has since furthered her education with post-graduate qualifications in the field of Sports Physiotherapy (2016, La Trobe University).
Michelle has two main clinical areas of interest including Sports Physiotherapy and Maternal Health. Her passion to treat sports injuries stems from her involvement in many different sports herself at state to national level including middle to long distance running, swimming and netball. She has gained considerable experience working at various Sports Physiotherapy clinics over the last 12 years including involvement with a number of football and running clubs and particular interest in hip, pelvis and spinal injuries. She is also interested in ongoing pain conditions and the impact of mental health on pain presentations with post-graduate training in this area and a thorough appreciation of the multi-faceted management approach required to achieve recovery.
Michelle’s other passion is working with prenatal and postnatal women. She has worked for many years in maternal health physiotherapy settings. She is particularly passionate about guiding and motivating women to exercise throughout pregnancy in a safe and effective manner, in addition to returning to fitness/sport after delivery. As a mum herself she completely understands the challenges faced by women during pregnancy and endeavours to fully prepare women for the delivery and the demands of motherhood with a strong focus on pelvic floor function, abdominal muscle recovery, pelvic and spinal injury management and exercise rehabilitation.
Exercise has always been an integral part of Michelle’s career with over 13 years experience in Clinical Pilates for management of a range of musculoskeletal and medical conditions. She adopts a complete management approach considering all aspects of the patients’ history, current injuries, goals and limitations including review of exercise outside of the clinic. Prior to being a Physiotherapist Michelle worked for many years in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and group exercise instructor (Body Attack, Spin). She currently keeps fit and active herself with a combination of running, Pilates, gym and surfing.
Prior to working in a private practice setting Michelle worked for several years at The Alfred Hospital in a variety of clinical areas with special interest in trauma, acute brain injury, cardio-thoracic surgery and orthopaedics. This acute hospital experience developed her vast knowledge and and management to assist in her current practices for all kinds of patients with complex injuries and medical conditions.