Our Team

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!

Debbi Lim

Debbi Lim

BSc Physiotherapy A.P.A.M

Debbi began her career studying Physiotherapy in Western Australia in 2015 at Curtin University of Technology. After graduating, she made the move to Warrnambool and then Ballarat to pursue her career as a physiotherapist in acute hospitals, working across acute orthopaedics, cardiorespiratory, neurology, intensive care units and women’s health.

Debbi moved to Melbourne in 2021 to join the DMA team – where she adopts a holistic approach to treating her clients. At DMA, Debbi utilizes clinical pilates, exercises, manual therapy, dry needling and myofascial cupping to address the underlying issues for different clients.

She has a special interest in sports injuries, low back pain and women’s health and thoroughly enjoys working with clients across different walks of life. Having a background in competitive badminton gives her a unique perspective and understanding of the client’s journey and recovery.

Whether your goal is to trial clinical pilates, managing your pain, exercising safely during pregnancy, or maintaining your current function – Debbi will have just the program for you.

A little message from Debbi…

Hi I am Debbi, I am a physio most days of the week but I am also someone you can have a laugh with during your time at dma, because… why not?

On long weekends I can be found on road trips, enjoying solo theatre and cinema shows, and exploring markets and brunch spots in Melbourne – let me know your recommendations!

Do drop by to say hello and explore what physiotherapy and clinical pilates can do for you!

Michelle Duong

Michelle Duong

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Australian Catholic University, Michelle completed her graduate year as the full time resident physiotherapist for “The Book of Mormon” in Sydney where she gained an entirely immersive insight to the crew, cast and company involvement of show work and individual demands for each role. After her residency she continued to provide physiotherapy to National Theatre/STC, Opera Australia, GFO, Global Creatures and Michael Cassel Group. 

Michelle has an interest in all sports and throughout university worked as a sports trainer for UNSW men’s and women’s AFL, club rugby and Sports Medicine Australia.

Her interest in performing arts started at a young age while learning amateur dance (jazz, tap, contemporary) and progressed to trying a few years in salsa, aerial circus, and currently pole dances, which is really really hard.

She has a keen interest in Temporomandibular Dysfunction (TMJ) and Vocal Physiotherapy after treating all types of professional voice users, incorporating neck/back, breathing and shoulders when applicable.

After some time in aged care Michelle has developed an interest in the older population to maintain mobility, balance, joint and muscle strength, independence and therefore quality of life through engaging exercise programmes. 

Michelle has a holistic treatment style that includes thorough education, targeted hands-on treatment, clinical pilates and individualised functional rehabilitative and conditioning exercises to prevent future injury, catering to patient-by-patient specific work and life demands.

Being from Sydney she goes for the Swans but doesn’t really know what’s going on.

Reception and Administration Team

Our friendly reception and administration staff Tine, Gabi, Aimee, and Carla are always ready to assist with appointment bookings, account inquiries and any other queries you may have.

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Sun: closed

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