B. Physiotherapy (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
PGrad Cert PF Rehab (Hons) (UMelb)
PGrad Cert Exercise for Women (Hons)(UMelb)
Teacher at LaTrobe University. Master of Physiotherapy.
Vice President of CFA Vic Physiotherapy Group.
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Member.
Kym has extensive experience optimising pelvic health in women and children. She is a clinical expert in pregnancy related pain and discomfort, bladder and bowel incontinence, childhood bedwetting, prolapse, pessary fittings, coccydynia, pelvic pain, mastitis, and advanced rehabilitation of the pelvic floor for high impact physical activities.
Kym has a special interest caring for pre and post-natal women, and optimizing their health and function emotionally and physically as they prepare and recover from pregnancy and birth. Kym developed the successful Active Birth Skills Class to empower couples for labour. She is a teacher at LaTrobe University Physiotherapy School for the Gender Specific Studies. Since 2012, she has been a tutor on the Lactating Breast Course for Physiotherapists educating physiotherapists across Australia and internationally on management of mastitis and inflammatory breast conditions.
Kym is a member of the Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) as well as being on the Victorian Physiotherapy committee of the Continence Foundation of Australia.
She has a background in dance and pilates prior to practicing physiotherapy, and now enjoy participating in fun runs, minor triathlons and crossfit competitions. In her spare time she enjoy spending time with her family, including her two daughters.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (La Trobe University)
Master of Physiotherapy (Continence and Women's Health); Melbourne University
PGrad Cert Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. (UMelb)
APA member. Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health Group.
Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) Member.
Helen has a passion for helping women, enabling them to maximise their activity participation through empowering them to better understand their bodies.
Having worked on a maternity ward for over 10 years, Helen treats a variety of musculoskeletal conditions associated with pregnancy including D.R.A.M (abdominal muscle separation), pelvic girdle and lower back pain, and mastitis. She also has experience in conditions of pelvic floor including muscle dysfunction, bladder and bowel incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction, vulvodynia and vaginismus.
Helen’s hospital work also included helping post-natal women optimise recovery from childbirth and gynaecological surgery and ease pregnancy related ante-natal pains. It was this work that inspired Helen to complete her Masters in Physiotherapy (Continence and Pelvic Floor) in 2009.
In 2011, she presented a workshop for physiotherapists on Women’s specific conditions for the Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association. Since 2015 she has regularly worked as a tutor at La Trobe University Physiotherapy School for Gender Specific Studies. Helen is a member of the Women's, Men's and Pelvic Health Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA).
When she is not working, Helen enjoys cuddles with her 2 young sons, expressing her creativity through sewing, knitting and crochet, and attempting to grow and preserve foods.
B. Physiotherapy (LaTrobe University)
PGrad Certificate Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne)
Continence Foundation of Australia (CFA) Member
Shea is enthusiastic and committed to educating and empowering women to improve their overall health and quality of life. She has a special interest and experience in optimising women's health through pregnancy and postpartum.
Shea treats pelvic floor dysfunction, bowel and bladder incontinence, pelvic pain, vaginismus, pelvic organ prolapse and pregnancy related conditions including pelvic girdle pain, sacroiliac joint dysfunction and pubic symphysis pain. She has experience in rehabilitation of abdominal muscle separation postpartum and getting women back into exercise safely.
Shea’s background is in chronic pain management and community health, working in the northern suburbs in public, private and not for profit organisations. Her interest in women’s health has become a passion, especially following the birth of her son.
In Shea’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her small family, walking her adorable Mini Schnauzer, baking and camping.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), University of Newcastle 2008
Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation, University of Melbourne 2013
Continence Foundation of Australia Member
Anna is passionate about educating and empowering women to achieve their goals, helping them to feel confident and in control of their bodies. Over her 10 year career she has gained expertise in this specialised area managing bladder and bowel continence issues, prolapse treatment and prevention, sexual/pelvic pain, mastitis, musculoskeletal problems related to pregnancy and pelvic floor/post-natal rehabilitation. She delivers her knowledge via individualised treatments with empathy and a desire to improve the quality of life of all her clients.
Her time working in a maternity and gynaecological tertiary hospital in Melbourne has given Anna insights into managing acute and chronic health needs of women of all ages. She has sought opportunities for health promotion and education with student supervision and taking group education classes including Active Birth Skills. Having also consulted in private clinics, Anna is an experienced Pilates Instructor and can integrate this knowledge to optimise rehabilitation, ensuring women return safely to exercise.
When she isn’t working Anna enjoys staying active with rock climbing, dancing, cycling and cooking.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy
Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy (UniMelb)
Vanessa is a passionate physiotherapist specialising in both women’s and men’s pelvic health. She is driven by the desire to empower all clients with understanding and knowledge of their own conditions, in order to regain control and maximise quality of life.
Rotating through a range of areas in the hospital system, Vanessa discovered a passion for pelvic floor physiotherapy when she started seeing women post-partum on the maternity ward. Since then, and over the past 5 years Vanessa has worked in maternity wards and continence clinics across both the public and private sectors.
Vanessa treats a variety of pregnancy related musculoskeletal complaints such as DRAM, pelvic girdle pain and mastitis. She has a special interest in bladder and bowel continence and pelvic organ prolapse. She also has experience seeing men with any incontinence, pain or following prostatectomy surgery.
In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys travelling, playing netball and spending time with friends and family.
Bachelor of Nursing (Hons) (LaTrobe University)
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (RMIT)
Maternal and Child Health Nurse (RMIT)
Pilates Instructor (Taube Pilates)
Nurse Immuniser Program (LaTrobe University)
Infant massage instructor (Internal Assoc. of Infant Massage)
After graduating as a nurse 17 years ago, Natalie went on to complete her Graduate Diploma of midwifery a few years later and has worked as a nurse and midwife in both the public and private hospital systems. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor with a special interest in pregnancy and postnatal Pilates, an infant massage instructor and a nurse immuniser. More recently Natalie has enjoyed working in the community as she prepares to graduate from RMIT as a maternal and child health nurse.
Most importantly, Natalie is a Mum to two gorgeous children who have been her biggest teachers and have inspired her ongoing desire for learning both professionally and personally. Natalie believes the role of being a parent is a wonderful, challenging and rewarding role and continues to drive her passion for educating, guiding and providing assistance and support to new parents as they embark on the journey of parenthood.
Natalie feels privileged to be in a role where she can work so closely with new families during a time of great learning and change, empowering them with a wealth of knowledge in preparation for the most important role of their lives.
Natalie runs Womankind Physiotherapy's Active Baby Skills Workshop for couples. For more information on these classes and to book, please click here