B.App.Sc (physio) Mphysio (sports) APAM
Consultant Physiotherapist, APA Sports Physiotherapist
Clinical Pilates Founder / DMA Director
Craig started his career as a professional dancer with the Australian Ballet, where he developed what was to become a lifelong interest in Pilates.
After graduating from physiotherapy in 1987 and receiving special project grants from the Australia Council, Craig undertook further training in the USA and UK returning to establish the first Pilates clinic in Australia within a major sports medicine clinic, Prahran Sports Medicine in Melbourne. He developed a leading reputation with major stage and touring shows such as Cameron Mackintosh, Riverdance, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Theatre Company, to name but a few as one of the first to manage performers as high level athletes. He served 9 years on the Board of the International Association for Dance Medicine and Science working closely with international performing arts medicine specialists.
He continues to work with Olympic medal winners, Institutes of Sports, English Premier League, Australian and British Defence Forces and has overseen published masters and doctoral research projects in Australian, New Zealand and UK universities.
The effectiveness and popularity of this treatment method led Craig to establish training for other physiotherapists in. He continues to lecture and present extensively worldwide, to date having trained over 10,000 physiotherapists in Clinical Pilates.
Craig enjoys his work as a consultant treating patients, continuing his passion of developing and overseeing research projects into the Clinical Pilates programme.
B.Sc, grad dip sports physio, mcsp, hpc reg
Since qualifying from Brunel University in 1996 Louise’s career has seen her work in a number of different health care settings including the NHS and Private Hospitals in and around London. Louise has extensive experience within rugby and has been a Physiotherapist for many of the London clubs.
In 2003 she completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Physiotherapy and specialises in the treatment and rehabilitation of knee and back injuries. As a fully trained dma clinical pilates™ instructor Louise tours the country teaching other physiotherapists how they can use clinical pilates™ as part of their treatment approach
B.Sc (physio) hons
Leon graduated from University of Brighton 1996. After spending time working in the NHS and for the military, Leon branched out into private practice in order to pursue a special interest in dance related injuries.
He is now a partner in a busy private practice, as well as being the founding member of the physiotherapy team at one of the UK’s leading performing arts colleges.
Leon became involved with the dma clinical pilates™ method in the late 1990’s and now teaches the Matwork courses nationwide
Dip Phys (Otago), Dip MT, PGD (Rehab), Cred MDT
Sara is the director of Empower Physio & Pilates on the Kapiti Coast, New Zealand. She is a postgraduate trained manipulative physiotherapist with over 25 years of clinical experience and gained a Post Graduate Diploma (Rehabilitation) in 2012.
She has been a senior presenter for DMA Clinical Pilates since 2006 and is involved in the teaching and training of physiotherapists in New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Sara is credentialed in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT). She is a certified BradCliff physiotherapist who deals with breathing pattern disorders and hyperventilation syndrome.
msc, mcsp, mmacp
Nicola graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1997 with an honours degree in Physiotherapy and gained her Masters in advanced clinical practice degree in 2011. Having worked initially for the NHS in Leeds, West Yorkshire, specialising in musculoskeletal and rheumatology physiotherapy, Nicola then formed Performers Physiotherapy in 2003 which is now responsible for the physiotherapy provision for three UK performing-arts colleges.
Nicola is passionate about the health and well-being of dancers and has developed her role as a Specialist Physiotherapist in Dance Medicine. Nicola regularly lectures on the international performing arts circuit on dancer/musical theatre performer health. However, she has also maintained her long held interests in Rheumatology and chronic pain. Nicola has been involved with clinical pilates™ since 2003 and now teaches matwork courses in the UK
B.App.Sc (Physio) MAPA
Ilana graduated with her Physiotherapy degree from Latrobe University in 1992. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, general rehabilitation and private practice, and has provided Physiotherapy for amateur sports clubs and local dance schools.
In addition to traditional Physiotherapy, Ilana is passionate about Clinical Pilates and its role in the “exercise is medicine” philosophy. She has been using Clinical Pilates in practice since 1996, and has enjoyed supporting the DMA Clinical Pilates Education Program as a Course Assistant since 2008.
Ilana’s main areas of interest include musculoskeletal problems relating to biomechanics and posture, chronic back and neck pain, ANS dysfunction and hypermobility, pre and post-natal back pain, and chronic and recurrent sports and performing arts injuries. Ilana is also experienced in dance (pre-pointe) screening assessments.
Away from work, Ilana enjoys spending time with family, and being outdoors. She tries to stay focused by practicing Yoga and taking life one Pilates breath at a time!
Therese graduated from Curtin University WA and has worked in private practice and the UK outpatient hospital system as well as ongoing contract work on Cocos Keeling and Christmas Islands.
She has always had an interest in biomechanics and optimal body functional movement which drew her to DMA Clinical Pilates courses in 2001 and the “neutral spine” phase. Her treatments and education have predominantly incorporated Clinical Pilates rehabilitation exercises. Therese has researched and studied many types of Pilates education but keeps returning to DMA for its practicality and common sense thinking. When Craig furthered DMA training into the bias system, Therese participated in the new syllabus in 2015 in Melbourne and has incorporated this treatment into her practice in Eaton WA. Her staff are trained and use this system in their assessments and treatments.
Therese has assisted Craig in his WA course presentations since 2016 and loves empowering physios to the amazing results Clinical Pilates can achieve and enjoys the “wow’ moments physios experience on the courses and positive feedback from their clinical results
b.app.sc (physio) mphysio
Luciano graduated in 1999 in Brazil. He has extensive experience in the clinical pilates™ field and has worked in Brazil and New York at various clinics. Luciano completed a Masters in Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal in 2006 at University of Queensland. He is passionate about his work and stands out as a character when educating at our courses. As a research assistant at University of Queensland since 2009 he has majored in Physio, Speech Pathology and Human Movement and worked at Queensland health and Brisbane Private Hospital
B.Phty, cred. mdt, m. apa
Stuart graduated from the University of South Australia in 2003 with Bachelor of Physiotherapy and credentialed in MDT (McKenzie) in 2010. During his undergraduate years Stuart competed in athletics; often lifting heavy weights. He often wonders how much faster he would have been had he known about directional bias training back then. After graduating Stuart lived and worked in Launceston before moving to the Gold Coast. After working in the public system for 2 years Stuart worked as a locum in private practice where he experienced different treatment approaches. He was first exposed to directional bias through the McKenzie method and this progressed into an interest in Clinical Pilates.
Following his first DMA Clinical Pilates course in 2006 Stuart has been utilising the Clinical Pilates method for musculoskeletal problems. In 2013 Stuart began to receive regular referrals for clients diagnosed with dysautonomia. He believes that this is a growth area where directional bias will be found to have wide ranging benefits. He has previously been a committee member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s Gold Coast Regional Group, is currently a committee member of the McKenzie Institute Australia, has previously been a Clinical Supervisor for students on university sponsored placements and now runs his own clinic on the Gold Coast where he uses his Clinical Pilates knowledge on a daily basis.”
B. Phty, B. Sc
Moz has been a practicing physiotherapist in Perth for the past 11 years. He is the owner of a practice in Perth which employs 2 other physios and he treats a wide variety of patients.
Moz started his dma training in 2003, and completed level 4 in 2007. He continues to use the training on a daily basis in his practice. The benefits that he has found with the training is that it has allowed him to confidently treat more complex patients.
Moz has been co-facilitating with dma since 2007
Sam Leslie (APA Titled Sports Physiotherapist) is based at MyPhysio Evolution, a Sports medicine clinic in Melbourne’s western suburbs. He has worked in elite sport for almost 20 years, working with the Australian Cycling and Athletics teams overseas as well as locally with Athletics Victoria and Victorian Institute of Sport, plus numerous professional cycling teams