Our Team

DIJANA RADOJEVIC

Clinic Director & Head of Physiotherapy

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Physiotherapist and APPI Clinical Pilates Instructor

After completing her studies in Physiotherapy at the University of Queensland, Dijana moved to the United Kingdom and worked as a Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute in London. Here she found her calling and passion: combining Clinical Pilates and Physiotherapy to deliver a holistic approach to wellbeing. She was inspired to one day package up this unique service and deliver it in a stylish and boutique setting in Brisbane.

Over the past 6 years, using the APPI Pilates method, she has enjoyed seeing the great results in clients with injury as well as healthy individuals wanting to achieve their diverse goals. Dijana is fully Mat Certified and has completed all her APPI Equipment Pilates training. She has also completed courses in Dry Needling, Ante and Post Natal Pilates, Pilates for Scoliosis and is currently one of APPI’s Clinical Pilates Assistant Presenters.

As our clinic director, Dijana is responsible for the business oversight with our team of directors and works to ensure the smooth running of the practice by managing the clinic staff and over-seeing day-to-day management operations.

With the use of her Physiotherapy and Manual Therapy knowledge alongside Clinical Pilates, Dijana enjoys educating her clients on correct and safe movement patterns to assist in injury recovery as well as injury prevention in clients of all ages. She particularly enjoys working with kids and teenagers helping them learn from a young age the correct posture and movement patterns.

She specialises in the following:

●  Clinical Pilates

●  Scoliosis

●  Lower back pain

●  Shoulder impingement

SERGE RADOJEVIC

Managing Director

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Serge focuses on all things business at Forge, working behind the scenes to help with the direction of Forge and enable our practitioners to focus on delivering the best outcomes for our clients.

Serge has a Bachelor Degree in Business and Law from Queensland University of Technology, and is now completing his Master of Business Administration at the University of Queensland. Although much of Serge’s career has been in the corporate world, he has poured his energies and skill sets into ensuring Forge achieves its vision for its clients, its staff team and its charitable efforts. Among these pursuits you will also see him at our studio being regularly worked by our practitioners – he loves his sports and is a sucker for punishment!

VANESSA CORMACK

Practice Manager & Senior Physiotherapist

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Vanessa is the Women’s Health and Senior Physiotherapist here at Forge. After graduating in 2014, Vanessa has gained experience working in both New Zealand and Australia. She has had the opportunity to work in a variety of different areas including private practices, home visit services, and aged care.

Vanessa’s approach to treatment is to provide a friendly, professional and safe environment that ensures her clients understand their condition and how their treatment and tailored exercise program will improve their health. Vanessa loves what she does and is passionate about providing her clients with the best possible care.

She specialises in the following:

●  Women’s Health (including incontinence, leaking, urgency)

●  Pre and Post pregnancy

●  Clinical Pilates

●  Anxiety/fear of movement

●  Inactive lifestyle

●  Neck pain and headaches

MITCH CASEY

Head of Exercise Physiology

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Mitchell is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Sport Scientist. Being the most experienced of our Exercise Physiologists Mitch has worked in several different private clinics before finding a home at Forge West End. He has gained over 5 years of experience working with a wide range of people. ​Mitchell attained his qualification from the University of Queensland and has since worked with a wide variety of conditions and injuries.

With a background in elite basketball and volleyball Mitch has experienced first hand as an athlete and now as an exercise physiologist the effects targeted training can have on sporting performance and injury recovery. Mitch also has years of experience working with orthopaedic surgeons to get patients back to performing their best following their procedures. Outside of his passion for sport, Mitch also has extensive experience helping the everyday person reaching their goals, whether it be losing weight, improving the back pain that’s been lingering for months, managing diabetes or improving bone mineral density with those dealing with osteoporosis/osteopenia.

Mitch always works with a smile, a passion for helping others and will stop at nothing to assist his patients reaching their goals. His training style can be summed up by his favourite quote: “You only fail when you give up”.

He specialises in the following:

●  Sports Injuries

●  Sports specific training (pre-season/off-season)

●  Pre/Post Operative rehab

●  Lower Back Pain

●  Diabetes

●  Osteoporosis

CHRIS HITCHINS

Physiotherapist

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Chris Hitchins graduated from Griffith University with a Bachelor of Exercise Science and a Masters in Physiotherapy and is passionate about helping people move and return to performing what matters most to them.

Currently the head physiotherapist at St George FC in the Brisbane Premier league; Chris believes everyone deserves to be treated with the same quality of care offered to elite athletes; He particularly enjoys helping people with chronic or complex conditions.

He specialises in the following:

●  Dry Needling

●  Sports and Musculoskeletal Injuries

– ACL / Knee injuries pre and post-op

– Strains, sprains, tendinopathie

●  Non-Movers/Complex

– Medical conditions (neural, hormonal, other)

– Obese wanting to exercise

– Multiple injuries/pains

EBONY BLACKSTONE

Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Exercise Scientist

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Ebony is one of our enthusiastic Exercise Physiologists, with a love of exercise and a dedication to providing her clients with the best possible care. She graduated from QUT in 2018 with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology, while also training full-time in her chosen sport of swimming. She believes that creating a positive and trusting relationship between the client and clinician is of the utmost importance, and her number one priority is helping her clients live their best life.

When she’s not at work, you can find Ebony at Yeronga Pool training hard for her next competition. In between training and work, Ebony enjoys going to the beach and hanging out with her family and friends.

She specialises in the following:

●  Neurological conditions (e.g. MS, Parkinsons)

●  Women’s Health (e.g. endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain)

●  Pregnancy and post-pregnancy

●  NDIS clients

KRISTIN MURRAY

Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Exercise Scientist

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Kristin is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist. She completed her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology at the University of Queensland after completing an undergraduate degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Kristin is passionate about movement and nutritious food as the best medicine for maximizing health, preventing disease, treating injury and empowering people to live their strongest, healthiest and happiest life.

Kristin enjoys working in the field of women’s health, including pregnancy and pre and post partum health and menopause and its associated conditions (Osteoporosis, pelvic floor training, knee and hip rehabilitation). She values the importance of exercise in mental health and in treating chronic pain and how education around the benefits of exercise should not be underestimated. Kristin is also an APPI trained Clinical Pilates instructor and values using a combination of strength based work and clinical pilates to assist in delivering the most appropriate exercise for each person she sees. Kristin enjoys using clinical pilates in many settings, including postural re-training and also training strength and mobility in dancers.

Kristin comes from a dance background and teaches jazz and contemporary to kids in her spare time while also still dancing herself. Kristin has combined this passion with her knowledge of human physiology to teach dancing for mobility in older populations. Kristin loves how dance facilitates confidence through movement and sees it as ‘Exercise in Disguise.’

She specialises in the following:

● Chronic Pain + Education, Behavioural + Motivational strategies

● Pregnancy (+ Pre & Post Partum)

● Menopause & associated conditions (OA, OP, incontinence, Pelvic Floor + TA training)

● Clinical Pilates

● Strength and mobility training for dancers

MELANIE SCOTT

Pilates Instructor (currently on maternity leave)

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Melanie recognised the overall health benefits of Pilates at an early age. She became increasingly interested in the discipline due to its positive effect on her dancing and other sporting interests.

Melanie moved to Brisbane from New Zealand in 2011 to pursue her love of ballroom dancing. At the same time she began her training with the internationally recognised training institute, Polestar Pilates. She is also a qualified Barre Instructor.

Melanie has found great satisfaction in passing her knowledge on and providing a positive impact of her clients lives. She believes that everyone can benefit from Pilates and tailors her instruction to suit individual needs. She would love to see you in one of her classes in the near future and promises shaking legs, burning abs and a wonderful endorphin rush!

Sarah Dinsey

SARAH DINSEY

Pilates Instructor & Administration

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Sarah has recently graduated Breathe Education with a Diploma of Clinical Pilates in 2019 and is now looking to begin a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Griffith University in 2020.

 

Growing up as a dancer, Sarah has always been passionate about movement and the body’s anatomy. After introducing Pilates to her dance training her interests grew in this area. Now aspiring to deliver a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, Sarah teaches Pilates and Barre.

 

Sarah appreciates that every individual has their own story and is committed to building a strong rapport with her community. If you see Sarah at the front desk or teaching a Pilates class, make sure you come have a chat.

Alice

ALICE SCURA

Pilates Instructor

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Alice is a qualified Pilates Instructor who has combined her background in physiotherapy and ballet with her passion for Yoga, Pilates and healthy movement patterns. From the beginning of her career as a Pilates instructor she has dedicated her time to meeting every client’s needs and providing them with the best experience possible.

With over 6 years experience running a successful Pilates and physiotherapy business in the heart of South America, as well as 10 years of ongoing personal yoga practice, she has decided to make a lifestyle change by coming to Australia and doing what she loves the most: guiding people through healthy movements and breathing techniques, addressing the imbalances and deficiencies of our modern lives, and improving limited movement patterns.

After obtaining her degree in Physiotherapy and Kinesiology from the National University of Asunción, Paraguay, she has further developed her knowledge in Pilates by gaining a diploma from the Catholic University of Cordoba, Argentina.

Within Pilates she has also specialised in clinical Pilates, allowing her to work with both small and large groups of people, obtaining excellent results with people facing a broad spectrum of health issues.

Experienced in Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, Mat, Barrel and Combo Chair, her classes are specially planned to enhance wellbeing and adopt healthy movement patterns by learning accurate execution of the exercises.

Sabrina Ungaro

SABRINA UNGARO

Remedial Massage Therapist

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Sabrina is an Italian national who has been travelling around Australia for the last 5years and finally settling in Brisbane where she is doing advanced training in Myotherapy. Her journey into the health and wellness field has started back in Italy when she was completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology and working in the hospital’s department of the eating disorders.

Sabrina has a natural attitude to help others physically and mentally, and her passion for fitness and anatomy make her a good therapist who is always ready to learn and try innovative techniques. She specialises in deep tissue, sport and pregnancy massage and soon she will complete her study in Myotherapy which involves training in Dry Needling and other advanced treatment techniques.

ASHLEIGH GILLIGAN

Administration

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Ashleigh graduated from the University of Queensland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Exercise and Nutritions Science degree. Following this, Ash was accepted into a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Griffith University, which is where she is currently completing her second degree within the allied health field. She is also Vice President of the Griffith University Physiotherapy Society Club.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Ash loves to spend her spare time at the beach with her dogs. Being heavily involved in swimming, surf-life saving and waterpolo, this sparked Ash’s passion for sport and overall ambition to become a physiotherapist.

Working in administration, Ash has a strong desire to establish a wonderful relationship with our patients and their families, striving to make a positive and healthy difference. Ash’s main priority is to become a great physiotherapist in the near future.

Make sure you come and have a chat to Ash when you’re next here at Forge West End!

PATRICK GILLIGAN

Administration

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Patrick is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). After the completion of a Bachelor of Business, majoring in International Business and Economics from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2018, Patrick completed internships at both Deloitte and Qantas. From this, Pat believes he is better suited to a more engaging, positive, and active environment.

Currently working in administration at Forge, Pat is looking to apply his business learnings, whilst getting to know our clients and creating a friendly environment for the Forge community.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast, Pat is a keen open water swimmer, with a history in surf lifesaving.

Look forward to seeing you at Forge West End!

FRANCISCA BELMAR

Administration

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Fran is a Chilean-Australian who was born into a creative, entrepreneurial family that helped foster her altruistic and proactive nature. In her early 20’s she graduated university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and established a career in various industries, such as the not-for-profit, fashion, retail and environmental sectors.

On arrival to Australia in 2011, she immersed herself in a deeper yoga practice whilst continuing a career in graphic design. Intrigued by the physical and psychological effects of this practice, she completed her 500hr yoga teacher training in Brisbane. Since then, Fran has been teaching in different gyms/yoga studios across Brisbane and furthering her understanding by training with multiple yogi/physio experts in relation to body movement, meditation and pranayama. Due to her own personal experience of injury and chronic pain, Fran has also explored different body healing techniques like Myo fascial release and modern cupping. She has a deep appreciation for healing and wellness.

Make sure you come and say hi to Fran when you’re next here at Forge West End! She might make you take a deep breath in and out…and give you lots of positive energy.

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