Catherine graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has a special interest in dance, performance, vocal, TMJ, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy. Catherine's interest in these areas has developed from her vast personal experience in dance of many styles, musical theatre performance, backstage and crew work, singing and playing the piano and guitar.
Catherine plays an important role in managing the physiotherapy and physical health of the performers of professional production companies during their Melbourne seasons and of Melbourne full time dance schools. During Catherine's physiotherapy training she had student placements at the Australian Ballet Company and with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Catherine has completed the APPI Pilates instructor certification pathways in both mathwork and equipment, and she enhances her physiotherapy practice with extensive Pilates knowledge. She instructs classes designed for rehabilitation, fitness and dance in the Performance Medicine gym. She is a strong advocate for self management and thoroughly enjoys seeing the improvements her patients make by doing Pilates.
Having a passion for educating others, Catherine has been involved with education sessions for full time courses in dance and other disciplines of the performing arts. She has recently been a presenter at the 2015 DanScience conference. She is also a course presenter for the APPI Pilates training courses.
Catherine has had extensive Vocal Unloading (vocal physiotherapy) training and has experience treating and managing Muscle Tension Dysphonia, throat pain syndromes and the performance voice. She has a special interest in the TMJ (jaw) and has extensive experience in treating and managing TMJ pain and asymmetry especially for singers and professional voice users.
Catherine enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, taking dance, yoga and Pilates classes, cooking, and playing various musical instruments.
Memberships: Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA); Sports Physiotherapy Association (SPA) (Vic Branch Vice Chair); Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association (MPA); Dance Network; International Association of Dance Medicine (IADMS); Sports Medicine Australia (SMA)