Director of Embody Physiotherapy + Pilates | Physiotherapist | Pilates Instructor | Polestar Pilates Australia Educator
Karolina graduated with first class honors from the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2009. During her study she taught group Pilates classes and this is when her passion for Pilates began. Karolina has had training in a number of different Pilates methods (Art of Motion, Pilates International, Stott and Polestar). She has completed her Diploma of Professional Pilates with Polestar Pilates Australia in 2012, and since then has become an Educator for Polestar, teaching courses to students wanting to become qualified Pilates instructors in Perth.
Karolina has had extra training and can treat the following areas:
Vestibular Rehabilitation: Dizziness and Vertigo | Scoliosis in children, teenagers and adults | Dry Needling: for muscles tension, pain and trigger points | Pelvic Girdle Pain: Sacroiliac Joint Pain and dysfunction.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain: Jaw pain and clicking.
Karolina enjoys going out to different cafes for breakfast, trail running, triathlons (she ran her first Marathon in 2013, ran the 2017 Busselton Half Ironman and is training for the 2017 New York marathon) and trains in aerial silks and yoga.
Physiotherapist (Continence & Women’s Health) | Pilates Instructor
Lauren started her career as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) where she gained valuable experience prescribing exercise for a broad range of the population. It was through this type of work that she developed an interest in women’s health, musculoskeletal and exercise rehabilitation. Therefore, with an ongoing commitment to her professional development, she studied the STOTT Pilates method.
Following years of teaching Pilates, she wanted to offer her clients a more comprehensive approach and experience. Therefore, she decided to become a Physiotherapist where she could offer both hands on and exercise-based treatments.
Lauren has also undertaken postgraduate studies in Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapy and has gained valuable experience on maternity wards as well as Women’s Health private practice. She has a passion for anything to do with the pelvis as well as pregnancy and the postnatal period! She recently co-wrote and co-taught a course to educate AEP’s on “Exercise during Pregnancy and the Postnatal Period”.
In her spare time, she likes to hike in the hills, grow organic veggies, cycle and spend time with her Labrador puppy!
Cleeve completed her undergraduate degree in anatomy and human biology at UWA, graduating with first class honours, and worked subsequently in research to improve healthcare provision in WA. Her medical knowledge coupled with a keen interest in health and fitness led her to study physiotherapy, and she graduated from Curtin University with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2012.
She has worked extensively in hospital rehabilitation units and in the aged care sector, and has treated patients with a wide variety of injuries, chronic health conditions, and following surgery. She is also experienced in hydrotherapy and completed her training in dry needling in 2014
Cleeve has a particular interest in low back, pelvic/sacroiliac joint, and knee joint issues, following physical therapy for her own sporting injuries. She completes an ongoing program of Pilates and functional strength training to maintain her rehabilitation gains. Through these programs she has returned to her long term goal of running pain free, and thus understands the powerful benefits of Pilates and exercise rehabilitation.
In her spare time Cleeve enjoys travelling through Europe, hiking, cross fit and dancing, and is always on the lookout for new ways to stay fit and strong.
Jean graduated from the School of Physiotherapy at Curtin University in 2018. During her studies, she dedicated one month abroad in Germany exploring the healthcare system and experienced cutting-edge technology with a local robotics company.
Apart from study, Jean has also been working for a soccer club since 2016 to treat state league players, sparking a passion for helping athletes perform at their best. Jean is currently undergoing her Rehab Pilates training with Polestar Pilates Education (http://polestarpilates.edu.au), and is loving incorporating the techniques she is learning into her rehab with patients.
Since she was a child, Jean has always been a very active person and takes pride in being undefeated as swimming champion girl throughout her schooling days. Jean loves exercising in a range of different ways from Tai Chi to kickboxing, and from rock climbing to fitting the squash courts.
To help others find their love for moving, she also volunteers as a walk organiser for Heart Foundation Walking and conducts weekly walks on the Applecross foreshore – come and join her!!
To fuel her busy days, Jean likes discovering hidden food spots and cafes around Perth and is always up for a coffee fix!
Gemma has worked in a variety of industries including IT and Mining and particularly enjoyed working for the Australian Red Cross. In the years prior to the arrival of her first child Gemma was kept busy as a Senior Manager in the corporate world, working with and training new managers throughout Australia and Asia, especially enjoying time spent working in Japan.
Gemma has now spent 6 years working as a Practice Manager and combines her role at Embody with raising her two beautiful boys.
Customer Service Assistant
Sophie is studying Speech Pathology. Like the rest of the Embody team, Sophie is passionate about health and fitness. In her spare time Sophie enjoys playing basketball and trying the latest breakfast spots.
Customer Service Assistant
Sara is studying Psychology. Sara takes an interest in health sciences, contributing to her passion for helping others. In her spare time Sara enjoys having coffee with friends, going out for dinners and travelling.
Reformer Pilates Instructor
Teressa is a Reformer and Matwork Pilates Instructor.
Teressa is a common face to many of our clients as she has been working at the front end of Embody Physiotherapy + Pilates so some time. This involvement in the health and fitness industry inspired her to undertake her Pilates Instructor training.
Teressa is committed to the benefits of exercise, in particular Pilates, for both physical and mental well being. She maintains balance through instructing at Embody and her role as a Paralegal in a city-based law firm.
She endeavours to make her classes enjoyable for all levels. With her creativity and passion for learning, you are sure to be challenged and get a good stretch from her classes.
You will find her in the studio on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and Friday afternoon!
Reformer & Aerial Pilates Instructor
Jodie is an Exercise Physiologist and Pilates Instructor, graduating from Murdoch University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology. With a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation using the Pilates method, she completed her Polestar Pilates training in 2015.
Jodie has a love and passion for getting people moving and feeling better for it, aiming to make each and every class both fun and challenging.
At Embody Physiotherapy + Pilates, Jodie teaches Reformer and Aerial Pilates classes. You can join her in the studio Monday and Wednesday afternoons and Tuesday mornings!
Reformer & Aerial Pilates Instructor
Since starting dance at an early age, movement has always been an integral part of Romney’s life, and becoming a Pilates instructor was a natural transition. In 2008 she completed her first level of training with Peak Pilates and has received subsequent training with other methods, including BASI and Balanced Body.
For the past 8 years, Romney had the pleasure of teaching alongside Physiotherapists in a private clinical setting where she was able to work with a wide variety of injuries, fitness levels and populations. This experience piqued her interest in Physiotherapy and Romney now joins us from Vancouver, Canada while she completes her Masters of Physiotherapy at Curtin University.
In her spare time, Romney enjoys hiking, trying out new coffee haunts and taking road trips to explore all that Western Australia has to offer.
You will find Romney in the studio on Saturdays!