Lee Ajzenman

Lee is the founder and owner of Core Physio + Pilates. Her hard work and infectious optimism makes her a force to be reckoned with. While not taking on new clients, Lee can be found covering clinical classes and teaching Reformer classes when one of her staff needs a break.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002, Lee is a Polestar Pilates certified rehabilitation clinician, an alumni ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and a regular presenter on health and wellness for allied health clinicians, health and industry bodies and businesses. Lee is also a GLA:D certified Physiotherapist and enjoys helping people manage their hip and knee arthritis better through the GLA:D program. Lee has also further developed her studies in women’s health Physiotherapy and will soon offer internal pelvic floor examinations at Core.

Lee is passionate about professional development and sharing of knowledge. She has attended conferences globally on Pilates and health, including the International Pilates Conference in Boston and the Pilates on Tour Conference in San Francisco.

One of Lee’s passions is hosting labour and birth skills workshops here at Core. She has always been interested in women’s health and ten years later, continues to give her all to not only her business and staff, but her clients as well. When not at Core, Lee is working on her own Pilates, off for a run or spending time with her family.

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Katie Sandford

Katie believes in self-management and active rehabilitation to keep you doing what you enjoy. She enjoys working with you to put your goals first. She has completed her Masters in Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy at Latrobe, becoming a titled Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist.

As a DMA qualified Pilates instructor, Katie guides her patients though their injuries and improving posture and mobility. Katie is especially fond of working with sports injuries as well as hip or neck issues and headaches.

Katie is currently the head physiotherapist for the Australian Wheelchair Rugby program. She has previously worked with Indoor Netball Australia at a national and international level, and a team physio for the African Wildlife Safari Cycling Team. When not studying or at Core, Katie is often off somewhere camping, snowboarding, surfing, running or if you catch her on a slow day, cooking or reading.

Gabi Stanger

Passionate about movement and exercise, Gabi qualified from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa with a BSc Physiotherapy in 1981. She furthered her education in rehabilitation through Certificates in Manual Therapy, Hydrotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in Movement and Dance, and is an APPI Pilates certified instructor. She has completed her training in GLA:D and is an APA Pain Physiotherapist.

Her clinical experience is broad and extensive. She has always been motivated to support her clients to achieve their goals within a patient-centred, compassionate framework.

Gabi has a special interest in orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic pain, pre/post pregnancy care and preventative health. She adopts a comprehensive holistic approach to treatment interventions.

When not at Core, Gabi can be found dancing her heart out, practising Yoga or Pilates, reading under a tree, or outside enjoying nature, exploring and travelling widely with her family.

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Nicole Tang

Nicole graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy Postgrad Degree in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science in 2011. As a Physiotherapist, she has always worked in private practice clinics and loves incorporating Clinical Pilates into exercise rehab. She is experienced in teaching equipment and matwork Pilates (Certified APPI Pilates Instructor), and enjoys using these skills to help clients achieve their fitness and rehab goals.

Nicole  has a keen interest in treating musculoskeletal conditions, particularly headache-related neck pain and generalised back pain. Her manual treatment skills include joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage, and dry needling.

Nicole has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, through team sports when growing up, to overseas hiking, to currently keeping fit with running, Pilates, and Orange Theory Fitness classes. She is an avid food lover, and delved into food photography and writing in a past life. Feel free to chat to her about anything food-related, or about her latest joys with Truffles the dog!

Kristen Roache

Kristen is a Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor who graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2002. While working in private practice in Melbourne she became certified in Polestar Rehabilitation Pilates in 2006. Previous to this she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from Otago University.

Kristen worked on Harley Street, London (2008-2010) providing physiotherapy for spinal and postural related conditions, pre and post-surgery rehabilitation, soft tissue injuries, ante and post natal problems.

Kristen also worked with actors and dancers performing in the West End and training at musical theatre academies. This is an area she is passionate about from her own previous dance training.

She enjoys working with adolescents and addressing their specific and unique developmental needs.

Kristen has been at Core since 2011 and loves being part of a driven, dynamic team.  It gives her great pleasure to help people understand their own body and maximise it’s potential.

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Gen Gaylard

Prior to completing her Physiotherapy degree at Latrobe University in 2016, Gen was working as a Musculoskeletal Therapist in private practice, treating a broad range of physical complaints. While she thoroughly enjoyed the manual therapy side of her work, she wanted to gain skills in exercise prescription for well-rounded rehabilitation care. So, she headed back to Uni to become a Physio.

Gen enjoys working with clients of all ages, helping them achieve optimal physical health and general wellbeing. She loves to involve her clients in their own recovery through education and empower them to be in charge of their progress.

Having practiced Pilates for a few years for her own health and fitness, Gen knew its many benefits and how it could be performed by anyone of any age and physical background. In 2017, she set out to become an APPI-trained practitioner. She’s most recently seen how valuable Pilates can be for keeping active during the pre-and postnatal periods, having welcomed her first baby in August 2018.

In her spare time, Gen loves to relax with a great book or head out for big walks with her baby boy.

Nicole Fleiszig

Nicole Fleiszig

Nicole is a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience treating spinal and sports injuries. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) in 1990 and a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1994, Nicole went on to become a certified Polestar Clinical Pilates Practitioner and a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Practitioner.

A calm, seasoned, instructor with years of experience and interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation, Nicole believes in safe, functional training. She works with sports and spinal treatment, and management and rehabilitation for women diagnosed with cancer. Nicole works hard towards helping her clients improve their general health and well-being through Pilates and functional physiotherapy.

Nicole has enjoyed being part of the passionate, caring and dynamic Core team since 2010. When away from work, Nicole loves to go jogging or skiing whenever she can. Otherwise, she can always be found spending time with her family and friends.

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Corinne Golshevsky

Corinne Golshevsky

Corinne graduated with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne and a post-graduate certificate in Aquatic Physiotherapy. With an intrinsic belief in developing awareness of movement for everyday function, Corinne works to instill control and stability education for all her clients and uses her extensive knowledge of Pilates and movement to help her clients reach their wellness goals.

Pilates is a passion for Corinne, who frequents Polestar Pilates symposiums and regular education workshops.  She is always keeping active, having completed a 200-hour accredited yoga teacher training and an APPI therapeutic yoga course for health practitioners. Corinne is qualified to teach the evidence-based GLA:D (Good Life Arthritis Denmark) education and exercise program training developed by researchers in Denmark for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms.

Corinne brings her enthusiasm into each and every class. When she’s not teaching Pilates at Core, Corinne is spending time with her family, strength training, running, or immersing herself in an inspiring book or physical performance-inspired podcast.

Sara May

Sara completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University 2010 and has spent the past 7 years working in a Private Practice both treating clients in the rooms and conducting Clinical Pilates classes. Sara’s clinical areas of interest include Clinical Pilates, sports injuries, women’s health.

Sara enjoys spending her spare time with her two gorgeous girls, summer days at the beach, and catch-ups with family and friends. She keeps active by running and doing her own pilates.

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Keely Wilson

Keely graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from Monash University after moving from her hometown of Ballarat. She has a keen interest in post-operative rehabilitation and vestibular/vertigo rehabilitation.

Keely is a GLA:D certified physiotherapist for hip and knee osteoarthritis and completed her honours research in physiotherapy for knee osteoarthritis. She has also completed her Pilates training in both APPI and DMA. Keely believes in physiotherapy treatment transitioning into a lifestyle change. She enjoys making exercise and rehabilitation a fun and enjoyable environment for her clients to empower them to maintain an active lifestyle. 

In her spare time, Keely loves to run and to go to the beach and relax in the sun, despite her redheaded genetics.

Jamilly Amaral

Jamilly is a Brazilian and Australian qualified physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy from Faculdade De Tecnologia e Ciencias in Brazil and is also a certified Polestar Pilates instructor with over 13 years of experience in Pilates. 

She is a skilled and compassionate physiotherapist who takes great pride in helping patients recover from injuries, manage pain, and return to their favorite activities. She has a particular interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and sports physiotherapy, and is always seeking to expand her knowledge in these areas.

Jamilly is a creative and dynamic clinical Pilates instructor. She loves helping clients achieve their goals while also working to prevent injury and manage pain.

Outside of work, she enjoys traveling and photography. She is fluent in both English and Portuguese, allowing her to work with some overseas patients.

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Naomi Berkovic

Naomi is driven by a strong belief in the power of movement as medicine. She is dedicated to guiding patients through their rehabilitative journey and empowering them to achieve their wellness goals. Compassionate and empathetic, Naomi creates a supportive and nurturing environment where patients feel encouraged to take an active role in their healing process.

Naomi Graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 2009. She is Polestar Rehabilitative Pilates certified and utilizes the MDT McKenzie method. With compassion and empathy Naomi creates a supportive and nurturing environment where clients feel encouraged to take an active role in their healing process.

Naomi started working at Core in 2010 but then moved to Montreal, Canada for 11 years where she married and had 3 kids. She is very happy to be back in Melbourne and enjoys an active and busy lifestyle outside of work.

Liora Frydman

Liora graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) after completing her Bachelor of Science in 2015

When Liora isn’t at Core she is working in public health, mostly with patients who have persistent pain & rehabbing post orthopaedic surgeries

Liora has studied Pilate with APPI.  Her approach is fun and she enjoys keeping you on your toes in classes.  She also likes to take an active approach to health, helping people reach their goals & following evidence-based practice

Liora has also worked with AFLW for last 3 years

Outside of work, Liora likes to play basketball, spending time with her dog & trying to keep all her plants alive.

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Denise Low

Meet Denise, a Bachelor of Physiotherapy graduate from Curtin University in Perth, who furthered her studies at Hua Shan Hospital in Shanghai. With experience in private practices, hospitals, and working with elite sports teams, she has a diverse skill set.

Certified in APA Women’s Health and Pelvic Health, DMA Clinical Pilates, joint manipulation, dry needling, and Life Care sports trainer, Denise can address a wide range of conditions.

With a background in the National Cheerleading Team and Advanced level ballet, Denise
understands the physical and mental aspects of biomechanics. She excels in sports injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, and posture optimisation.

Denise is passion lies in Women’s Health, where she provides unwavering support during pre/post-natal care. She is dedicated to addressing critical pelvic issues such as: pelvic pain, incontinence, bowel and bladder concerns. With Denise, you have a caring partner who understands the unique challenges women face in their health journeys. She also loves supporting  women during pre- and post-natalcare and addressing pelvic floor health issues like incontinence.

Denise incorporates impactful exercises to help clients achieve their goals, while also emphasizing education on their condition and effective treatment choices.

Outside of work, Denise enjoys bouldering, pilates, exploring gourmet food, and attending Broadway and musical performances.

Annie Wu

Annie graduated from Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) from Monash University after completing her Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She also has a wide range of physiotherapy experience in the community and in the acute hospital. She has also been working with Ormond Amateur Football Club for the past two years.

Annie has a special interest in post-orthopaedic rehabilitation, neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. She is most passionate about building a trusting relationship with patients and promoting patient-centred care through collaborative goal setting. Annie is always looking for ways for patients to feel more confident and be the best that they can be!

Outside of work, you can find Annie eating her way through Melbourne, skiing, hiking and travelling. Annie speaks mandarin (intermediate) and Shanghianese (intermediate).

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Satyam Dewan

Satyam is a dedicated physiotherapist trained in New Zealand with a passion for promoting wellness and helping individuals achieve their optimal physical health.

With a diverse background in workplace health and private practice, Satyam has gained valuable experience in treating various musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

He has a  special interest in shoulders and back and has developed a goal-oriented approach to treatment, aiming not only to heal injuries but also to prevent further complications and promote long-term recovery.

Satyam’s treatment methodology revolves around a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, and strength and conditioning techniques.

Outside of Core, Satyam leads an active lifestyle inspired by this own background in kickboxing, cycling, running and gym. In his free time, you’ll often find Satyam exploring new travel destinations, or indulging in his passion for watching Formula 1 races.

In addition to English, Satyam is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.

Liora Mervis

Liora completed a postgraduate Doctor of Physiotherapy Degree at the University of Melbourne, subsequent to a Bachelor of Science and Commerce degree at Monash University.

During her university studies, Liora developed a strong interest in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, neurological rehabilitation, injury prevention, and paediatrics.

Liora has a unique background that includes living in five locations; South Africa, Russia, Sydney, Hong Kong and Melbourne. This exposure has instilled in her a deep appreciation for cultural diversity and a holistic approach to healthcare.

Liora is devoted to empowering her patients to achieve their own goals, while instilling a proactive mindset to seamlessly incorporate exercise into their daily routines. As an avid runner, she believes in the transformative power of an active lifestyle.

Naomi Berkovic

Naomi is driven by a strong belief in the power of movement as medicine. She is dedicated to guiding patients through their rehabilitative journey and empowering them to achieve their wellness goals. Compassionate and empathetic, Naomi creates a supportive and nurturing environment where patients feel encouraged to take an active role in their healing process.

Naomi Graduated from La Trobe University with honours in 2009. She is Polestar Rehabilitative Pilates certified and utilizes the MDT McKenzie method. With compassion and empathy Naomi creates a supportive and nurturing environment where clients feel encouraged to take an active role in their healing process.

Naomi started working at Core in 2010 but then moved to Montreal, Canada for 11 years where she married and had 3 kids. She is very happy to be back in Melbourne and enjoys an active and busy lifestyle outside of work.

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Satyam Dewan

Satyam is a dedicated physiotherapist trained in New Zealand with a passion for promoting wellness and helping individuals achieve their optimal physical health.

With a diverse background in workplace health and private practice, Satyam has gained valuable experience in treating various musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.

He has a  special interest in shoulders and back and has developed a goal-oriented approach to treatment, aiming not only to heal injuries but also to prevent further complications and promote long-term recovery.

 

Satyam’s treatment methodology revolves around a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, and strength and conditioning techniques.

Outside of Core, Satyam leads an active lifestyle inspired by this own background in kickboxing, cycling, running and gym. In his free time, you’ll often find Satyam exploring new travel destinations, or indulging in his passion for watching Formula 1 races.

In addition to English, Satyam is fluent in Hindi and Punjabi.