I am always committed to growing, learning and honing my skills so that I am able to
provide the best for my clients with modalities that are gentle, integrated, holistic and enriching….
Hi, I’m Wendy, I was born and educated in Auckland, New Zealand where I completed my academic training in physiotherapy. I left New Zealand to experience the world and I lived for an extended period of time in Chicago, USA, where I worked in a 700 bed Level 1 Trauma Hospital while concurrently maintaining my own private practice near the shores of Lake Michigan.
I am dedicated to positive patient outcomes and actively pursue furthering my education and maintaining my skills. In addition to my expertise in traditional manual therapy, I have integrated many complementary therapeutic modalities into my healing tool kit.
While living in the USA I was blessed to train with the innovators and teachers of their own unique modalities including: Brian Mulligan (Mulligan Concepts); Dr Paul Chauffour (Mechanical Link); Dr John E. Upledger (Craniosacral therapy); Dr Bruno Chikly (Lymphatic Drainage and Brain work); Jean-Pierre Barral (Visceral Manipulation)and Shirley Sahrmann PT,PhD. (Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Systems)
I also learned from many first-generation teachers including: Romana Kryzanoswki and Sari Mejia Santo(Pilates); Paul Rubin, Julie Casson (Feldenkrais); and many others.
Just as the hands of a visually impaired person have the intelligence and sensitivity to learn how to read Braille, the hands of gifted therapists have the intelligence and sensitivity to read and translate the body’s systems.
My aim as your therapist is to be both present and helpful. It is my usual practice to allow space to listen to your concerns and to give you my utmost care and attention. I offer 60minute sessions because I have learned that the body needs time to relax, learn and integrate within the safety of the therapy session. As an integrative therapist, I offer you a fusion of innovative techniques in combination with evidence-based physiotherapies to provide you with safe, effective and gentle therapy.
I enjoy working with all age groups – for the most part my patients range from 9-99 yrs but if you are younger or older I will make an exception for you. If you would like to increase your fluidity of movement, improve your flexibility, move better and have less discomfort or dis- ease in your body I enjoy the challenge of working with people whose previous therapeutic endeavours have been unsuccessful and assisting them on their healing journey. I do have experience working with people who have had a traumatic experience in life, I hold a space that is safe and supportive
In my spare time…
I love being in nature, I am inspired by it whether it be in my photography, love of travel and being outdoors or seen in the organic shapes of my silversmithing jewellery that I enjoy making.
I consider myself to be a serial adventurer who likes to take the road less travelled if I can, to experience the cultures and interact with the locals along the way. I am drawn to indigenous cultures, their rich and beautiful textiles, music, way of life. This desire to experience the world has led me to more than 35 countries and has seen me to return to many of them,
I worked as a kayak and adventure guide on Crete, Santorini and Milos, Greece and along the Turquoise sea of Turkey, travelled by cargo boat out to the remote Tuamotus of French Polynesia, and down a tributary of the Amazon River to Iquitos in Peru, Walked the 780km of the Camino Frances across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, My husband Matthew and I had our own ‘Indiana Jones’ adventure to the remote and still being excavated El Mirador in Guatemala (a large pre-Columbian Maya settlement in the Peten Jungle of Guatemala dubbed the Machu Picchu of Central America) was also a member of a National Geographic expedition by kayak up on the Altiplano of Bolivia, Chile and Argentina (2003).
I love to travel and enjoy meeting people from all walks of life from all over the world. Mostly I enjoy the human connection we have regardless of language, race and beliefs. I recently moved to Australia and am excited for a chance to experience more of this part of the world when travel becomes possible once again. I enjoy being home too, the stillness that offers the opportunity to go within. On a not too hot day, you will find me reading a book in a hammock.
- Dip Physiotherapy, Auckland Institute of Technology University, New Zealand 1987
- Feldenkrais Practitioner Training , Institute for the Study of Somatic Education (ISSE), San Francisco, California 1992-1996
- Craniosacral Therapy Upledger Institute – CST1, CST2, SER1, SER2, Advanced 1, Teachers assistant CST1,2, SER1,2 1997-2007
Immune System Response, Touching the Brain1 Stimulating Self Correction through Glial cell Interface
- Classical Pilates Instructor – Pilates Studio of the Midwest (600hours training) Evanston, Illinois 1999-2001
- Lymph Drainage and Brain Classes – Chikly Health Institute,
L1, L2, L3, Advanced Lymph, FAR- L B1, B2, B3, B4, HCT1, BEMC, BACM, BMTA, BR, BCRB, PVS, HCT1
- Certified Lymphedema Therapist (ACOLS – Palm Beach Gardens, Florida USA)
- Certified Advanced Kinesiotape Tape (KinesioTaping Association)
- Mechanical Link®. Studied with Dr Paul Chauffour D.O, M.R.O and Eric Prat D.O 2001-2017 Washington D.C USA, and Osteopathic College of Montreal, Canada. 2001-2017 Levels 1-7
- Biofield Tuning Certified Practitioner, Brisbane, Australia 2021.
Professional Associations / Memberships
- Current Member of Australian Feldenkrais Guild
- Current Member of ISMETA International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association
- Certified Wilderness First Responder
- Certified in CPR
- Certified American Canoe Association – Level 4 Sea Kayak Instructor
- Certified British Canoe Union – Paddle Sport Coach 1: Canoe and Kayak.