Senior Physiotherapist & Practice Director
David is Pondera’s clinical director bringing 25 years of experience in the management and treatment of conditions affecting people’s ability to live life to the fullest.
His early career was in the fast learning curve regions of Mt Isa and Townsville before a 12 month round the world adventure turned into 5 years in London as the Senior Physiotherapist at London Wasps Rugby Club.
David established Pondera in 2006 with a vision of offering to the general public, the combined expertise of many disciplines seen at professional sports teams. Inspired by his wife Lisa Wilson (and now two daughters Keira & Georgie), recent years have seen a transition to extensive involvement in performing arts medicine.
He has held on to sporting links and in 2011 was part of the medical team for the Qld Reds Super Rugby title winning squad.
He is currently consulting Physiotherapist to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and also had similar roles with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, and musicals including Rock of Ages, Grease, Wicked, Dirty Dancing and Mary Poppins.
David is the national Vice president of ASPAH (The Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare) and is a regular guest on 612 ABC’s Weekend Sunday program.
Clinically, David enjoys the challenge of solving longstanding pain with a wide range of manual therapy skills, rehabilitation techniques and diagnostic experience.
His approach to your care is to search for the primary cause of your pain or injury and development a physical rehabilitation program to minimise pain and maximise function within the realistic restrictions from anatomical damage, your lifestyle and general health.
APA Sports &
(currently undertaking PhD)
Physiotherapist to Dancers
M Sp & Msk Phty, M Phty, B Ex Sci, Adv Dip PA (Dance)
Melanie is an Australian Physiotherapy Association titled Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with a Masters in Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Exercise Science qualifications, & a special interest in dance.
She has extensive experience treating professional dancers in ballet, contemporary & musical theatre as well as working with adolescent dancers of all dance genres.
Melanie is Physiotherapy consultant to QUT Dance, providing treatment & lecturing to the dance students.
She has provided physiotherapy to Queensland Ballet & Expressions Dance Company, in 2013 Melanie was a relief locum for The Australian Ballet.
Her other experience includes work with touring companies Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet, & Paris Opera Ballet & she has been company physiotherapist to Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Grease & other touring shows for their Brisbane seasons.
At Pondera, Melanie treats injuries, conducts tertiary dance assessments, pre-pointe assessments as well as supplying ongoing advice & program design for performance enhancement.
Melanie’s experience dancing herself lead her to gain an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
She has spoken at the Australian regional meeting for the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, World Dance Alliance conference, Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare conference, as well as for various dance syllabi & assisted in professional development for fellow physiotherapists.
Her skills continue to be developed through membership of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science & the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
(currently completing a Graduate
certificate in Musculoskeletal medicine)
Assistant Physiotherapist to Queensland Ballet
Louise graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012. She worked as a Pilates & rehabilitation studio instructor at Pondera whilst gaining her qualification and believes it is a fantastic clinical tool for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.
She has a keen interest in dance injury management and prevention, having danced at Queensland Dance School of Excellence and is currently assistant company Physiotherapist to Queensland Ballet, working with their senior & junior dancers and touring with the company.
For Pondera’s dance clientele, she can offer dance screening for pointe work, injury assessment and management and performance enhancement services.
She is an active member of IADMS and will be attending at presenting at the annual conference in HoustonTexas this year.
Louise also has advanced training in Vocal Unloading therapy, working with singers, musical theatre performers and anyone else who needs their voice for their work or performance.
With this combination of skills, Louise has worked with many professional performing artists and has been engaged as a consultant to main stage productions including Matilda, Singin in the Rain, Dirty Dancing, Anything Goes and also France’s famous Ballet Prejlocaj.
Louise has additional experience in the occupational physiotherapy, particularly in onsite task assessment, pre-employment functional assessments and return to work rehabilitation.
You may spot Louise running or cycling along the river in Brisbane, usually training for the next triathlon or half marathon. Louise enjoys working with clients of all ages and believes you are never too old to perform at your best.
B.Phty (Hons) BFA (dance)
Miranda studied a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (hons) at the University of Queensland as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in classical and contemporary dance at Queensland University of Technology.
Prior to becoming a qualified physiotherapist Miranda worked for ten years as a professional dancer for stage and film in Australia and internationally.
She has ten year’s experience choreographing, teaching and adjudicating dance and has a strong interest in the mechanics that underpin the dancing body.Miranda also has experience in working as a fitness instructor holding her certificate 3 and 4 in fitness and personal training.
As a Physiotherapist, Miranda is passionate about health and well-being and strives to use her dance and exercise experience to help her patients understand their bodies and to achieve their goals.
As well as dance physiotherapy, Miranda has a special interest in paediatric and women’s physiotherapy.
Outside of the clinic Miranda can be found in a yoga class, teaching dance or at the beach with her Kelpie.
DPhty, B Ex Sci, B Bus
Cameron studied his Extended Masters in Physiotherapy at Bond University on the Gold Coast, graduating in 2017.
Prior to this, Cameron completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Bachelor of Business Studies at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst NSW.
Prior to Cameron’s journey through his Doctor of Physiotherapy studies, Cameron was able to compete against some of the best in the State, while playing Youth League Basketball for the Bathurst Goldminers.
Towards the end of his undergraduate degrees, Cameron decided to take a break from basketball and pursue a new passion … netball! Cameron earned the opportunity to play for his home state, NSW, for two years against some of the best in Australia, coming away with two bronze medals from three different court positions.
Playing these two sports at such a high level gave Cameron an insight into the inner workings of how a high functioning team environment should and does work.
He has since taken his knowledge and begun applying it to the world of Physiotherapy; by working closely with everyone involved in an individual’s support network; family members, friends, personal trainers, Exercise Physiologists etc.
What Cameron loves about Physiotherapy are the changes that can be seen not only with hands-on treatment, but also with functional exercises and Pilates based programs.
He also enjoys what these changes mean to each individual, whether it be taking a second off a personal best time, making that game-winning shot, or hanging the washing on the line without pain, Cameron is ready to celebrate the little victories with you!
When Cameron is not treating, he may be found running up and down the court, working on his game; capturing weird and wonderful things through the lens of his Canon, or maybe you’ll find him out and about exploring Brisbane with his furry little friend Malcolm.
So, if you have any ideas about the hidden gems of Brisbane, please let him know.