West End/North Lakes
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.
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 the 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 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 and Paris Opera Ballet. Melanie has also 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 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 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 presented at their annual international conference in Houston, Texas last 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 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.
West End/North Lakes
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Graduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation
Graduate Diploma of Paediatric Neurology
Marianna has vast experience in multiple Physiotherapy fields including Musculoskeletal, Paediatrics and Neurology.
She is skilled in assessing and treating Musculoskeletal and Neurological conditions (such as stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injuries) and has worked with many clients to improve chronic pain and undertake post-surgical rehabilitation and exercise-based rehabilitation.
Originally from Mexico, Marianna has called Australia home for the past seven years. She is passionate about helping people to achieve their goals as well as influence their health outcomes in a positive way. And she will never shy away from a challenge in order to achieve the best result possible.
In her spare time, Marianna has a strong passion for dance and music which she enjoys sharing with her friends and family.
REMEDIAL MASSAGE THERAPIST
Diploma Remedial Massage
Cert IV Massage Therapy Practice
Courses: Dr Vodder Manual Lymph Drainage (Basic & Therapy 1)
- Massage & Myotherapy Australia
- Australasian Lymphology Association
- Lymphoedema Association of Queensland
Current First Aid and CPR certificate
National Police History Check for working with children and the elderly
Blue Card for working with children
As a cancer survivor who developed lymphoedema a few years ago, Pamela made the life-altering decision to become a massage therapist so she could learn how to manage her condition plus help others with their health issues.
She has completed further training in manual lymphatic drainage (Vodder method) and is now a lymphoedema practitioner. Her prime focus for clients diagnosed with lymphoedema is a holistic approach based on education and self-management. She is passionate about growing public awareness of lymphoedema and the importance of early intervention.
She believes her own experience will help others to understand and manage their health conditions, so they can live life to the fullest.
Pamela provides relaxing yet effective treatments using various remedial techniques such as manual lymphatic drainage, deep tissue, trigger point therapy and sports massage, as well as lymphoedema management for those already diagnosed with the condition.