This course has been designed for physiotherapists who work with dancers, by Jenny Birckel APA Sports Physiotherapist.
to address weakness and flexibility issues and to assist young dancers to reach their optimum performance capability
Jenny Birckel B App Sc (phty)
Titled APA Sports Physiotherapist; Level 4 APMA Member (Australian Pilates Method Association)
Jenny is the director of The Pilates Institute of Queensland that conducts Pilates training courses for physiotherapists and exercise physiologists. She has been working with Pilates for over 25 years. Her entry to Pilates began when she started working with the Queensland Dance School of Excellence in 1990 and was seeking ways to get the students stronger in their core. Jenny has owned and operated studios for over 21 years and continues to work as a “Hands on” physiotherapist.
Jenny has worked with dancers and athletes for over 20 years with one of her practices currently being located in a full time dance school- The Australian Dance Performance Institute. Her clientele also include junior elite swimmers, ice skaters, tennis players, sailors, rowers, back pain clients and older clientele concerned about their mobility, balance and overall wellness. She has worked in the past with rugby (Australian Women’s Rugby team and Queensland Under 21s men’s team), soccer, netball. Jenny’s sporting interests have included ice skating, dressage riding, scuba diving, soccer, touch football and currently outrigger canoeing.
B Phty Level 4 APMA Member
After spending many childhood and early adult years training as a dancer, Rebecca developed a keen interest in health and movement studies, hence her choice of a career as a physiotherapist. Whilst studying at the University of Queensland, she was influenced by leading researchers undertaking critical research into the field of core stabilization training and its influence in the prevention of injury and rehabilitation of spinal pain. Considering this influence and her history in dance, Rebecca decided to steer her career in the direction of rehabilitation and performance enhancement through core stability training, that is, Pilates. Rebecca has trained and gained experience in Pilates through numerous institutes throughout the UK and Australia.
She has worked as a physiotherapist and Pilates instructor for many years, helping clients with many different backgrounds from elite athletes to clients with neurological dysfunction.
After completing a Cert IV in workplace training and assessment in 2008, Rebecca joined the team at The Pilates Institute of Queensland. She very much enjoys sharing her passion for Pilates with others as a course educator.
Queensland Orthotics and Podiatry
Andrew is one of the founding members of QLD Orthotics and Podiatry and has been practising podiatry in Brisbane for the past decade and continues to work extensively in bringing the latest in podiatric technology and treatment modalities to Australia from overseas. He is a member of the Australian Podiatry Association QLD, Sports Medicine Australia, a mentor for QUT students and regularly presents at state and national conferences.
He has participated in the ISPO (International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics) conference in Leipzig in 2014 providing his expertise in demonstrating the benefits pressure measurement, CAD/CAM orthotics and lower limb treatment technologies to an international audience. He also has a degree in Occupational Health from QUT. Andrew attends to members of the QLD and Indian Cricket Teams, Elite runners and High Risk Feet including Diabetic Amputations and Ulcers. He is also heavily involved in community work, along with the charity Walking Tall which provides shoes for the homeless (collected from the clinics) and provides free podiatric care at a homeless shelter. Andrew loves his sport and has played high level cricket, rugby, kickboxing, boxing and regularly runs and trains at the gym.