Senior Physiotherapist & Practice Director
David is Pondera’s clinical director bringing 27 years of experience in the management and treatment of conditions affecting people’s ability to live life to the fullest.
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 and performing arts companies.
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. 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.
Inspired by his wife Lisa Wilson (and now two daughters Keira & Georgie), recent years have seen him transition to extensive involvement in the performing arts sector. He is currently consulting Physiotherapist to the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Queensland Conservatorium. He has held similar roles with Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Qld Theatre, Opera Qld and high profile musicals such as Rock of Ages, Grease, Wicked, Matilda and Mary Poppins.
David is also a previous National Vice President of ASPAH (Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare).
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 reason for your pain or injury and develop a physical rehabilitation program to minimise pain and maximise function, driven by an ultimate goal to be able to perform at your best – whatever stage you are on.
APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist
APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist to Dancers
M Sp & Msk Phty, M Phty, B Ex Sci, Adv Dip PA (Dance)
Melanie is an Australian Physiotherapy Association titled Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist, & 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, and for The Australian Ballet on an ongoing basis.
Her other experience includes work with touring companies Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Royal New Zealand Ballet and Paris Opera Ballet. Melanie has also been company Physiotherapist to Matilda, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, Grease & other touring shows for their Brisbane seasons.
At Pondera, Melanie treats injuries, conducts tertiary dance assessments and 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 international conferences & Australian regional meetings 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 & assists in professional development for fellow physiotherapists. Melanie is currently an executive committee member of the Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare.
Her skills continue to be developed through membership of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science, Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare, Australian Physiotherapy Association, and Sports Medicine Australia.
(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 presented at their annual international conference in Houston, Texas in 2017.
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 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 Doctor of 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 Stuart University in Bathurst NSW.
Before Cameron’s journey through his Doctor of Physiotherapy studies, he was able to compete against some of the best in the State, while playing Youth League Basketball for the Bathurst Goldminers, along with representing his state both in basketball and short-course swimming.
Towards the end of his undergraduate degree, 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 exercise 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!
In 2019, Cameron is continuing to upgrade his knowledge and skills to better help you and the community. Some of the courses he is planning on taking this year include Powerlifting Level One, Running Injuries and Mechanics, the GLAD program, Sports Physiotherapy Level One, just to name a few.
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.