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 & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (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.
Physiotherapist (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.
APA Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
M Sp & Msk Phty, M phty, B. App Ex Sci
Tara is a titled APA Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapist who graduated from Griffith University in 2011. As a result of working in two major hospitals, private practices and sports settings, Tara is experienced in treating a variety of injuries and complex conditions.
Having worked for Collingwood Football Club in her earlier days, Tara has a passion for returning athletes back to their peak performance. She has also covered sports such as GPS rugby, Aspley Hornets AFL and was lucky enough to help prepare some of the QAS athletes for the recent Rio Olympics.
Tara is also passionate about getting people moving better and so enjoys assessing and treating the biomechanics of the office worker, tradesman and students. Tara is an outcome focused Physio aiming to help her clients achieve the results they desire.
Tara is skilled in assessing, analysing and treating
– Cervicogenic headaches and dizziness
– TMJ dysfunction
– Women’s Health/ Antenatal and Post natal
– Neurological conditions
– Cardiorespiratory conditions
– Simple and complex Musculoskeletal cases