“Current research and advances in technology have greatly improved our understanding of pain. It is also now much easier to determine the appropriate exercise or treatment technique for each client. After 36 years of clinical practice, I feel confident teaching a system of assessment that makes treating even the most complex patient easy. Whether you are an experienced Physiotherapist needing an injection of new ideas, or a new graduate wanting to apply all of your knowledge to your clinical practice, you will find a PCAA workshop that suits you. I look forward to meeting you soon!” ~ Francine St George
Francine, founder of Physio Coaching Academy Australia (PCAA), has been presenting courses for health professionals and the general public since 1982, both nationally and internationally. Francine is well known throughout Australia for her innovative ideas and integrative approach to injury and pain management as well as for her popular workshops designed for Health Professionals.
Francine is also the founder of Physio Posture Fitness located in Randwick, NSW, Australia, where she continues to treat elite athletes and others with complex musculoskeletal conditions. Her key expertise is using her assessment system to identify the original contributor to a pain and getting the client to learn techniques and exercise to ease secondary compensations for a long term solution.
Francine’s Masters degree (from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney) reflected her particular interest in elite athletes. Her thesis topic was, Investigation of the Lumbar Disc of the Elite Athlete using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Francine has written a number of books; her most recent release is
The Back Pain Handbook, New ways to recover and keep fit.
Available from www.physioposturefitness.com
The practical techniques taught in the PCAA workshops are also available as DVD’s and downloads available at www.physiocoachingacademy.com.
B. Phty UQ, Cert Acup, Cert Pilates Physiotherapist
Alex graduated from the University of Queensland in 1985 and has worked nationally and internationally for over 30 years. He has post graduate studies in manipulative therapy, Chinese acupuncture, Classical Pilates, Men’s health and Sonography. He has a special interest in the athletic shoulder and the cervical spine.
“I started using Real Time Ultrasound in Practice with Dr Julie Hydes and Dr Carolyn Richardson in 1993. It began my fascination with the technology, the wide variations in human anatomy and biomechanics, and the limitations to some of the joint tests that we continue to use. I found Alison Grimaldi’s work into using RTUS to rehabilitate the neck and shoulder, Stuart Baptist’s course in Men’s Health and Peter Esselbach’s Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Physiotherapists supported my interest in RTUS as a diagnostic and treatment tool. It helps to expand your understanding of the musculo-skeletal system and clarify your treatment decisions.”
Alex is the inventor of NeckTek (Internationally patented) neck exerciser and cervical muscle strength and stability tool. His invention supports his philanthropic work in the South Pacific through Vanuatu Earthbag Building http://corrileefoundation.com/vanuatu-earthbag-building/.
MScMed (PainMgt), B. App. Sc. (Phty), Cert Yoga, Cert Acup (Dry Needling)
APA Pain Physiotherapist, Pilates Instructor
Alla is an experienced physiotherapist holding the title of Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Pain Physiotherapist. She completed a Masters of Science in Medicine (Pain Management), using this to further assist her clients with longstanding musculoskeletal conditions. She is currently completing a Clinical Research Fellowship at Western Sydney University, exploring the role of virtual reality gaming in treating back pain. She will be presenting her findings at an international rehabilitation conference in late 2018.
She is also a yoga teacher and Pilates instructor and has been teaching yoga and Pilates based Physiotherapy exercise classes for over 12 years, as well as teaching anatomy and physiology courses to yoga teacher trainees.
Alla is also a Research Officer at the School of Public Health (University of Sydney); enabling physiotherapists around the world to access the highest quality research regarding evidence based practice, and thereby improves their clinical outcomes.
Physiotherapist, BAppSc (Sp&ExSc), DPT(Phty), Cert Yoga
Sabrina completed her Bachelor of applied science in Sport and Exercise science in 2011 and completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Macquarie University in 2015. She then completed a Yoga teacher training course with the Yoga Alliance International in Alignment (Hatha yoga). Sabrina’s particular interest is in biomechanics and human movement patterns.
Sabrina currently teaches at the NSW College of massage and instructs regular yoga and meditation classes. She incorporates parts of this practice with her physiotherapy sessions with a focus on breathing mechanics. Her passion is treating and solving low back and pelvic pain problems; thoracic and rib cage dysfunctions; neck pain and headaches and knee pain.
Sabrina has presented her research at the Australian physiotherapy Association conference in 2015 on; Yoga-based exercise improves balance and mobility in people aged 60 and over: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
She has worked with a number of sporting clubs in the past including Premier League Football, netball and Australian touch football.
In her spare time you will find Sabrina outdoors, practicing yoga and enjoying music.
Physiotherapist M.H.Sc.(Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy)
B. App.Sc (Phty)
Penny completed her qualifications in Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 1993 and completed her Masters of Health Science (Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy) at Charles Sturt University with Distinction in 2006. Penny has spent several years on the development of a number of education programs for health professionals and regularly presents workshops for Physiotherapists, Pilates Instructors and Massage Therapists throughout Australia as well as internationally.
One of Penny’s main interests is movement analysis and postural assessment. In the past, she has worked with a variety of sports people at The Sports Clinic at Sydney University – including the Sydney University Rugby team, Olympic level rowers, runners and triathletes. She uses this expertise in designing individual and small group exercise programs, as well as teaching Clinical Pilates and using Real Time Ultrasound imaging for specific rehabilitation of the deep trunk stabilisers.
Penny’s other areas of interest include lower limb analysis and biomechanical assessment from her work making orthotics with a well known Sydney podiatry group. Teaching posture at the University of Sydney’s School of Dentistry has also encouraged her further studies into TMJ. As well as presenting workshops for health professionals, Penny worked as a Senior Associate at the Physio Posture Fitness Clinic in Randwick for 19 years. She uses a hands-on and exercise based approach to treatment to encourage clients to take an active part in managing their own health and fitness, and when not teaching or treating she enjoys Pilates, dancing, swimming, jogging, kung fu, yoga and being a mum.