David is Pondera’s Principal Physio 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.
Grad Cert Msk Phty
MMR Candidate (Griffith University)
Company and Academy Physiotherapist- 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.