TARA DIGHTON

Founder
Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies)

  • Pilates instructor APPI trained

Tara’s passion for physiotherapy began as an injured junior track athlete with aspirations of progressing to a national level. After many years of dealing with great physiotherapists that kept her on track, she was inspired to take on physiotherapy as a career path.

Tara’s passion for sports physiotherapy has launched her into a terrific career in which she has been able to pursue her passion for working with numerous sporting populations. Her extensive knowledge has facilitated the successful return of athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ back to optimal function.

Tara has had the opportunity to work within many elite & national sporting programs including AIS & QAS Rhythmic & Artistic gymnastics, Super W Rugby, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL player development programs & NBL1. Complementing this experience has been her work within national programs including gymnastics, weightlifting, track & field & baseball.

Amongst Tara’s career highlights to date is her 2013 & 2017 appointment as Australian Team Physiotherapist for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships & Queensland Physiotherapist for the Australian Gymnastics Championships & Olympic Games trials 2011-2016. Most recently, Tara was a part of the Medical Team for the Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tara’s extensive individual & team sport involvement, coupled with her educational background, has given her a wealth of experience & diversity of perspective in relation to human movement, which she has used to develop active rehabilitation programs that create positive outcomes for her clients.

TARA DIGHTON

Founder
Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist

  • Master of Sports Physiotherapy

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement Studies)

  • Pilates instructor APPI trained

Tara’s passion for physiotherapy began as an injured junior track athlete with aspirations of progressing to a national level. After many years of dealing with great physiotherapists that kept her on track, she was inspired to take on physiotherapy as a career path.

Tara’s passion for sports physiotherapy has launched her into a terrific career in which she has been able to pursue her passion for working with numerous sporting populations. Her extensive knowledge has facilitated the successful return of athletes and ‘weekend warriors’ back to optimal function.

Tara has had the opportunity to work within many elite & national sporting programs including AIS & QAS Rhythmic & Artistic gymnastics, Super W Rugby, National Premier League Soccer, South East Queensland AFL player development programs & NBL1. Complementing this experience has been her work within national programs including gymnastics, weightlifting, track & field & baseball.

Amongst Tara’s career highlights to date is her 2013 & 2017 appointment as Australian Team Physiotherapist for the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships & Queensland Physiotherapist for the Australian Gymnastics Championships & Olympic Games trials 2011-2016. Most recently, Tara was a part of the Medical Team for the Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Tara’s extensive individual & team sport involvement, coupled with her educational background, has given her a wealth of experience & diversity of perspective in relation to human movement, which she has used to develop active rehabilitation programs that create positive outcomes for her clients.

PAUL MINEI

Sports Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

Paul graduated from UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

He acquired a full time position with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad since 2018. He has also worked with athletes of various backgrounds including the National Women’s Premier AFL, NSW Touch Football & the National Rugby League Youth Competition. More recently, Paul was the lead physiotherapist for the NSW and Australian Universities Rugby League sides and was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017.

A former rugby league player himself who has suffered numerous injuries and setbacks, Paul understands the need for a robust, individualised & structured rehabilitation program. He utilises Pilates, strength & conditioning programs along with manual therapy to optimise movement & function.

When he’s not running up & down sidelines you can find Paul at the beach, playing oztag or searching for that much needed coffee!

PAUL MINEI

Sports Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Medical Science (Honors)

Paul graduated from UNSW with an Honours in Medical Science and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney.

He acquired a full time position with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he has progressed through the youth squads into the NRL squad since 2018. He has also worked with athletes of various backgrounds including the National Women’s Premier AFL, NSW Touch Football & the National Rugby League Youth Competition. More recently, Paul was the lead physiotherapist for the NSW and Australian Universities Rugby League sides and was a part of their World Cup winning squad in 2017.

A former rugby league player himself who has suffered numerous injuries and setbacks, Paul understands the need for a robust, individualised & structured rehabilitation program. He utilises Pilates, strength & conditioning programs along with manual therapy to optimise movement & function.

When he’s not running up & down sidelines you can find Paul at the beach, playing oztag or searching for that much needed coffee!

MIKE DALE

Physiotherapist

Strength & Conditioning Coach

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C coach

Mike has always had a strong interest in sport, exercise and wellbeing, especially rugby and cricket, which had given him a fair share of injuries during his sporting life. These experiences lead him to wanting to learn more about how injuries can be prevented and managed, especially through exercise.

Mike’s passion for exercise lead him to spending 5 years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the elite junior pathways program for the Parramatta Eels NRL team, plus 1 year with the Cabramatta women’s rugby league team. During this time he developed a love for high performance, rehab and bridging the gap between the two.

While working as a strength and conditioning coach he completed a Bachelor’s in Health Science majoring in Exercise at the Australian College of Physical Education, attained a level 2 ASCA strength and conditioning certification, and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. These extensive qualifications gave him the knowledge and skillset to work with people from acute injury management, through rehabilitation and return to activity, as well as working with individuals looking to improve sports performance and physical conditioning.

Having also spent time as a personal trainer he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a variety of people and collaborating with them to reach their health and fitness goals.

With Mike’s thirst for knowledge, background as a strength and conditioning coach and strong communication skills, Mike gets the most out of his clients, helping to recover from injury, develop strength, mobility, power and injury resilience, which makes him a huge asset to our team.

MIKE DALE

Physiotherapist

  • Master of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Health Science

  • ASCA Level 2 S&C coach

Mike has always had a strong interest in sport, exercise and wellbeing, especially rugby and cricket, which had given him a fair share of injuries during his sporting life. These experiences lead him to wanting to learn more about how injuries can be prevented and managed, especially through exercise.

Mike’s passion for exercise lead him to spending 5 years working as a strength and conditioning coach in the elite junior pathways program for the Parramatta Eels NRL team, plus 1 year with the Cabramatta women’s rugby league team. During this time he developed a love for high performance, rehab and bridging the gap between the two.

While working as a strength and conditioning coach he completed a Bachelor’s in Health Science majoring in Exercise at the Australian College of Physical Education, attained a level 2 ASCA strength and conditioning certification, and completed his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney. These extensive qualifications gave him the knowledge and skillset to work with people from acute injury management, through rehabilitation and return to activity, as well as working with individuals looking to improve sports performance and physical conditioning.

Having also spent time as a personal trainer he thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with a variety of people and collaborating with them to reach their health and fitness goals.

With Mike’s thirst for knowledge, background as a strength and conditioning coach and strong communication skills, Mike gets the most out of his clients, helping to recover from injury, develop strength, mobility, power and injury resilience, which makes him a huge asset to our team.

GEORGE RYAN

Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

George’s passion for human anatomy, injury diagnosis and management stems from an extensive history of injuries as a child, and from a strong love for all things sport with a particular history in rugby and elite level rowing.

This injury history and sports passion kickstarted his journey to physiotherapy which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Australian Catholic University, before completing his Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Whilst becoming a physiotherapist, George developed a keen passion for working with children and adolescents with lower limb tendon, ankle and knee injuries. George’s experience in coaching adolescent athletes through elite rowing and rugby fostered this passion and led him to develop the necessary skills in ensuring the timely introduction and instruction in correct rehabilitation, underpinned with promoting athletic development and maximising performance on the field.

George has had the opportunity to work with a large range of ages and injuries through his work in private practice and school sport. He has been fortunate enough to work with adolescent athletes through his work as a coach and physiotherapist at St Joseph’s College alongside working in private practice.

Whilst George has a passion for adolescent sports injuries he loves treating people of all ages. George has a strong thirst for knowledge and professional development. This helps him ensure he is always up to date with the most appropriate rehabilitation for each individual client. He is passionate about balancing manual therapy with early rehabilitation and strength and conditioning to ensure his patients don’t only return to their prior performance but exceed it.

GEORGE DAVIS

Physiotherapist

  • Masters of Physiotherapy

  • Bachelor of Exercise Science

George’s passion for human anatomy, injury diagnosis and management stems from an extensive history of injuries as a child, and from a strong love for all things sport with a particular history in rugby and elite level rowing.

This injury history and sports passion kickstarted his journey to physiotherapy which commenced with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the Australian Catholic University, before completing his Master of Physiotherapy degree from the University of Technology, Sydney. 

Whilst becoming a physiotherapist, George developed a keen passion for working with children and adolescents with lower limb tendon, ankle and knee injuries. George’s experience in coaching adolescent athletes through elite rowing and rugby fostered this passion and led him to develop the necessary skills in ensuring the timely introduction and instruction in correct rehabilitation, underpinned with promoting athletic development and maximising performance on the field.

George has had the opportunity to work with a large range of ages and injuries through his work in private practice and school sport. He has been fortunate enough to work with adolescent athletes through his work as a coach and physiotherapist at St Joseph’s College alongside working in private practice.

Whilst George has a passion for adolescent sports injuries he loves treating people of all ages. George has a strong thirst for knowledge and professional development. This helps him ensure he is always up to date with the most appropriate rehabilitation for each individual client. He is passionate about balancing manual therapy with early rehabilitation and strength and conditioning to ensure his patients don’t only return to their prior performance but exceed it.

DANIELLE HOCKING

Practice Manager
Clinical Pilates Instructor

  • APMA Pilates Instructor

  • Associate Degree in Dance

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

Danielle Hocking studied Pilates alongside her dance training from an early age. She achieved her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) with distinction before moving to study an Associate Degree in Dance & a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology. She worked at Expressions Dance Company & performed in numerous works with Claire Marshall & dancers.

Danielle continued to pursue her passion for dance in London, where she attended Pineapple Studios. During this time she regularly worked in film & TV & performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed for Ministry of Sound, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, 50cent & had a lead role in a Justin Timberlake music video.

Danielle then moved to the USA for 2 years performing solos & pas de deux in production shows with dancers & singers from all over the world.

Since returning to Australia she continues to perform in modelling & sell out Burlesque shows throughout Australia.

Danielle completed her Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Teacher training in 2012 & is currently a registered Level 4 teacher. She is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist & BarreConcept (UK) teacher. Her unique understanding of human movement & rehabilitation background assists her ability to understand client needs to improve performance, injury management, & developing programs for those with medical conditions.

DANIELLE HOCKING

Practice Manager
Clinical Pilates Instructor

  • APMA Pilates Instructor

  • Associate Degree in Dance

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance)

Danielle Hocking studied Pilates alongside her dance training from an early age. She achieved her Associate Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD) with distinction before moving to study an Associate Degree in Dance & a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) at Queensland University of Technology. She worked at Expressions Dance Company & performed in numerous works with Claire Marshall & dancers.

Danielle continued to pursue her passion for dance in London, where she attended Pineapple Studios. During this time she regularly worked in film & TV & performed at the Royal Albert Hall. She has performed for Ministry of Sound, Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, 50cent & had a lead role in a Justin Timberlake music video.

Danielle then moved to the USA for 2 years performing solos & pas de deux in production shows with dancers & singers from all over the world.

Since returning to Australia she continues to perform in modelling & sell out Burlesque shows throughout Australia.

Danielle completed her Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) Teacher training in 2012 & is currently a registered Level 4 teacher. She is also a qualified rehabilitation specialist & BarreConcept (UK) teacher. Her unique understanding of human movement & rehabilitation background assists her ability to understand client needs to improve performance, injury management, & developing programs for those with medical conditions.

SARAH HABERFIELD

Clinical Pilates Instructor

  • Diploma of Pilates (Polestar studio & rehabilitation)

Pilates was first introduced to Sarah at the age of 14 as a form of rehabilitation following spinal surgery. It gave her the awareness, strength, flexibility and stability she needed to return to all activities of daily life. After rehabilitating her body, Sarah continued to practice Pilates out of love for the movement and peace it brought her. After years of office work, Sarah experienced a reduction in her postural strength and quality of life, reigniting her passion for the practice and thus she commenced her training to become a Pilates Instructor.

In 2016, Sarah completed her Certificate IV in Pilates with ‘Breathe’ and Certificate IV in Mat Pilates with Polestar Pilates, and went on in 2018 to complete her Diploma of Pilates in Studio and Rehabilitation with Polestar. Sarah taught Pilates in Melbourne for 2 years where, under the guidance of Physiotherapists and advanced instructors, she refined her practice. Sarah exhibits extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning rehabilitation and helps our clients to return to the activities they enjoy injury free. Sarah’s moto is “Change happens through movement and movement heals”.

SARAH HABERFIELD

Clinical Pilates Instructor

  • Diploma of Pilates (Polestar studio & rehabilitation)

Pilates was first introduced to Sarah at the age of 14 as a form of rehabilitation following spinal surgery. It gave her the awareness, strength, flexibility and stability she needed to return to all activities of daily life. After rehabilitating her body, Sarah continued to practice Pilates out of love for the movement and peace it brought her. After years of office work, Sarah experienced a reduction in her postural strength and quality of life, reigniting her passion for the practice and thus she commenced her training to become a Pilates Instructor.

In 2016, Sarah completed her Certificate IV in Pilates with ‘Breathe’ and Certificate IV in Mat Pilates with Polestar Pilates, and went on in 2018 to complete her Diploma of Pilates in Studio and Rehabilitation with Polestar. Sarah taught Pilates in Melbourne for 2 years where, under the guidance of Physiotherapists and advanced instructors, she refined her practice. Sarah exhibits extensive knowledge in strength and conditioning rehabilitation and helps our clients to return to the activities they enjoy injury free. Sarah’s moto is “Change happens through movement and movement heals”.

KANAKO ABE

Remedial Massage Therapist

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage

Kanako’s passion for remedial massage started when she move to Australia from Japan to follow her beloved Rugby Union. She wanted to marry her passion for Rugby and thus decided to complete her diploma of remedial massage with the Australian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT).

Since then Kanako has worked with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club (Easts) and Sydney Football Club, making her dreams come true of getting involved in Rugby as well as gaining valuable sports massage skills to assist her therapeutic treatment approach. Kanako has worked as a remedial massage therapist for over 11 years, working alongside skilful therapists, treating a variety of patients from all walks of life, which has expanded her perspective of all manual therapies techniques.

When Kanako is not working she tries to catch a game of Rugby and spends time keeping fit at her local yoga studio, most days of the week.

KANAKO ABE

Remedial Massage Therapist

  • Diploma of Remedial Massage

Kanako’s passion for remedial massage started when she move to Australia from Japan to follow her beloved Rugby Union. She wanted to marry her passion for Rugby and thus decided to complete her diploma of remedial massage with the Australian College of Natural Therapies (ACNT).

Since then Kanako has worked with the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Union Football Club (Easts) and Sydney Football Club, making her dreams come true of getting involved in Rugby as well as gaining valuable sports massage skills to assist her therapeutic treatment approach. Kanako has worked as a remedial massage therapist for over 11 years, working alongside skilful therapists, treating a variety of patients from all walks of life, which has expanded her perspective of all manual therapies techniques.

When Kanako is not working she tries to catch a game of Rugby and spends time keeping fit at her local yoga studio, most days of the week.

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