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PHYSIOTHERAPISTS

Craig Phillips

Craig Phillips

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.

Ilana Raitman

Ilana Raitman

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!

Treena Lord

Treena Lord

BExerSc, MPhysio A.P.A.M

Treena joined the team at dma Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy in 2015 and has not looked back since! Her passion for physiotherapy began as a child when she sustained numerous injuries over the course of her athletics career. After going through the rehabilitation process multiple times, her interest in injury prevention/management, and optimising physical performance was ignited. Treena graduated from the University of Sydney in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy, and prior to this she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. She has completed her Clinical Pilates training at dma and is also qualified to practice dry needling.

Treena has had experience treating people from all backgrounds and with a wide range of conditions and injuries. Her particular interest is treating those who are experiencing chronic pain, and working to address the underlying cause of the problem. She uses her Clinical Pilates experience to safely and effectively get her clients moving. She also has an interest in working with athletes and getting them back to the sport they love and functioning at their very best. Her bright personality and compassion help her to empower clients to accomplish their goals and achieve long-term results, all while having fun at the same time.

Outside of the clinic Treena enjoys keeping active with running and pilates, supporting the Adelaide Crows, and enjoying a good cheeseboard with friends.

Andrew Brand

Andrew Brand

B.Sc (Physio) APAM

Andrew graduated from Curtin University in Perth with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy, and then made the move to Melbourne in 2016 to join the DMA team. His interest in the human body and its workings stemmed from his passion for sports as a teenager, particularly basketball and surfing. Health and fitness has become a major part of his life since. Andrew is a firm believer in educating his clients about their condition and recovery process to improve their ability to manage and overcome their injuries.

Andrew has experience treating a range of musculoskeletal conditions and has a great relationship with his clients through his friendly and fun personality. He has a background in music performance and production, and loves working with those experiencing chronic pain as well as performers and athletes to improve their performance on the stage and on the field. Outside of work Andrew enjoys playing guitar, running, going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Kate Maher

Kate Maher

B.App.Sci (Physiotherapy) APA Member

Kate’s interest in how the human body works was sparked as a youngster doing gymnastics. She progressed to become a gymnastics coach and a rower, which saw her through her secondary school education. When it came to tertiary education, Physiotherapy was the obvious choice for Kate.

Kate graduated from The University of Sydney in 2000 and spent the first 12 years of her career working in both public acute and private rehabilitation hospitals. She has had vast experience treating across Orthopaedics, Cardiopulmonary, Neurology, Musculoskeletal and Chronic Pain Management Streams, in both Australia and in the United Kingdom.
During this time, she worked with Haileybury Amateur Football Club and Haileybury Secondary College football teams in injury management and prevention.

Kate has specialised in the treatment of Musculoskeletal disorders since 2008.  Over the last 6 years, Kate has become passionate about her work in Private Practice and Clinical Pilates. She has recently completed her DMA Clinical Pilates Certification.

Kate’s other post graduate training has included Neuromuscular Superficial Dry Needling, Muscle Energy Techniques, Mulligan Concept and the McKenzie Method. All Kate’s treatments are targeted and tailored to the individual’s needs.
Kate has also specialised in working with Breast Cancer patients, treating the post-operative complication of Upper Limb Cording.

Kate believes in teaching patients to move well & efficiently in order to reduce pain and prevent recurrence of injuries. Clinical Pilates is her treatment tool of choice in achieving this.

In her spare time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Kate enjoys Stand Up Paddle-boarding, Yoga, playing tennis and running to keep fit. She loves going to the beach and travelling to foreign destinations.

Clinical Pilates Instructors

Elka Pettifer

Elka Pettifer

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Elka has a background in Advertising, Fashion, Film and TV, but at 27 years of age she decided to do a full time Dance Diploma and become a Professional Dancer, working her way around the world through performance and dance.

Elka danced for over 6 years before an injury led her to DMA for treatment, and she became a raving fan! Elka’s love of movement and people inspired her to become a personal trainer in 2005, and then go on to study Clinical Pilates at DMA in 2007.

Elka takes group Clinical Pilates sessions at DMA 2 days a week, and her bright and bubbly personality along with her careful attention to technique makes her a popular Instructor with our clients and staff alike.

Tina Yong

Tina Yong

B.Sc. DipEd


Tina is one of DMA’s most experienced Clinical Pilates Instructors, having been with us for over 14 years. Born in Sarawak, Malaysia, Tina moved to Australia in 1979 and studied dance at the Victorian Ballet School. Tina was a founding member of the Chandrabhanu’s Bharatam Dance Company and appeared in many productions up until 1996. As an independent artist she has appeared with the Victorian State Opera and in works of a number of Australian choreographers. In addition to her dance qualifications, Tina also holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Diploma in Education. Tina brings with her a great understanding of human movement, translating this to get the best outcomes for her clients. Tina takes group Clinical Pilates sessions at DMA 2 days a week, and her happy demeanour make these enjoyable and beneficial.

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Lauren De Nittis

Lauren De Nittis

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Lauren is a highly experienced DMA Clinical Pilates Instructor, having been part of the team for over 10 years.

A former dancer at The National Theatre Ballet School, Lauren felt Clinical Pilates seemed a natural progression from her full time studies in both dance and massage.
In 2008, Lauren completed her Advanced Diploma in Remedial Massage (Myotherapy). She also holds a Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Lauren has a great passion for injury prevention, rehabilitation and human anatomy. Her love of people, thorough understanding of movement and a stickler for correct technique makes her classes a popular choice for clients.

Outside of work, Lauren loves spending time with her young family, brunching with friends and practicing the art of meditation and Yoga

Reception and Administration Team

Our friendly reception and administration staff Tine, Vicky, Jazmin, Adele and Arti are always ready to assist with appointment bookings, account inquiries and any other queries you may have.

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