Meet the team
Physiotherapists in Canberra
Back in Strength have a team of highly qualified practitioners to assist you with all your rehabilitation and physiotherapy needs. All our physiotherapists engage in relevant and productive continuing professional development.
Our team is characterised by:
- Our genuine compassion and care
- Our attention to detail and an extremely thorough initial assessment
- Our passion to aid our clients to achieve their goals
- Our ongoing commitment to professional development and continuing education
- Our philosophy of treating our clients as we would our family.
Our team of therapists:
- Anne Waithman
- Jo Stilwell
- Ella Cameron
- Hannelie Roodt
- Alison Downey
- Lucy Joske
- Renee Glen
- Laura Davidson
- Sally Gilbert
- BSc. (Physiotherapy)
- PGC Pilates
After many years of manual therapy and sports medicine, Anne became passionate about resolving painful conditions through evaluating muscle balance, flexibility and above all, control of stability systems in the body - preventing unwanted and inappropriate movement. This lead Anne to implement Pilates and core control training in the treatment of spinal pathology and pain, as well as sports and work injuries.
Anne has a Masters in Science (Biomechanics) and studied for a year at University of Technology to gain her post graduate certificate in Pilates Method. Anne has had 30 years of experience as a physiotherapist, has worked on sporting fields with NBL teams and football teams (both soccer and rugby), ventured into coal and gold mines with patients, been employed overseas and has taught at three universities in Australia.
To balance work, Anne enjoys spending time with her family, her dogs and planning adventurous holidays.
- B.App.Sc. (Physiotherapy)
- Grad Dip of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)
Jo graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. Jo has worked in private practice since 1997 and moved to Canberra in 2000. She worked in pain management for 3 years and completed a Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) from the University of Sydney in 2001.
Jo completed her clinical pilates training (levels 1-4) through DMA in 2012 and has attended additional mat class training through Pilates Institute of Queensland and APPI. She continues to attend professional development courses in physiotherapy and pilates, most recently an APPI course for pilates for runners and cyclists.
Ella has worked in private practice for 10 years following graduating from the University of Melbourne with honours in 2004. She initially worked in country Victoria where she treated a variety of conditions including general musculoskeletal, occupational, aged care, acquired brain injury and aquatic physiotherapy.She moved to Canberra in 2007 with her husband.
Ella has completed continuing professional development in Pilates with DMA and APPI, pregnancy and women’s health, aquatic physiotherapy, sports level 1 and 2, McKenzie method and dry needling.
Ella joined the Back in Strength team in 2014 having always held an interest in the use of exercise to assist in recovery, Following the birth of her own two boys, Ella has had a growing interest in women’s health and is currently completing her graduate certificate in pelvic floor physiotherapy.
I was sure I wanted to be a physio by around age 14 - inspired by my friend's Mum, who assured me it was a rewarding career! My certainty grew with work experience in a busy orthopaedic/outpatient hospital department, and it has never really faltered.
I worked mostly in orthopaedics and musculoskeletal practices in Sydney and Newcastle, then followed my other passion (snow skiing) to Jindabyne and Perisher, completing 3 winter seasons, as well as one overseas in Andorra.
While looking to settle in one area to complete my Masters in Sports Physiotherapy, I met my husband when working with Veterans Hockey teams - (me being the substitute physio for my friend whose baby was overdue) - and the rest is, as they say, history! I love the satisfaction of treating tendinopathies and a unique exercise based approach based on the work of Canadian physio LJ Lee, which aims to optimise posture, function and performance. I discovered small snippets of mat-based Pilates working with alongside a rehabilitation physiotherapist many years ago, but discovered the benefits of equipment Pilates after sustaining an injury myself 7 years ago. I have spent 8 1/2 years running my own private practice in Goulburn, but am thoroughly enjoying the change of direction that my newer-found love of Pilates is taking me.
I enjoy spending time at home and in the garden with my husband and our 2 girls, following them all with their respective hockey representative honours, as well as teaching them all (as best I can!) to love to ski.
Lucy graduated from La Trobe University in 2004. Since then, she has acquired a wealth of experience in both public and private settings in Australia, England and the United States. With a keen interest in public health at large, Lucy completed her Masters of Public Health in 2012. She spent her early career at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne and as such, has a strong interest and background in paediatric physiotherapy. Lucy is a qualified yoga teacher, having done formal teacher training in New York City as well as having completed DMA clinical pilates training. More recently, she has worked in multiple areas of muskulo-skeletal rehabilitation. Lucy has a holistic approach in physiotherapy, and enjoys helping patients set and achieve ambitious goals
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