About Us

 

 

Gill Smith

Women's Health Physiotherapist and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist
Profesional Certificate of Conservative Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse (UniSA) (2022)
Post Graduate Certificate Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation (Melb Uni) (2009)
Post Graduate Diploma in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy (LaTrobe Uni) (1997)
Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy (La Trobe Uni) (1987)
Level 4 Pilates DMA certified
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Lecturer at Filex Fitness Industry Convention ( April 2014) – “Tips & Tricks to optimise pelvic floor function”
Lecturer at Victorian Maternal Health Nurses Conference (2014) - "Pelvic Floor Health"

Gill Smith: Empowering Women's Pelvic Health in Bayside Melbourne and Beyond
In the heart of bayside Melbourne, nestled among its pristine beaches and vibrant culture, lies a sanctuary dedicated to Women’s Health. For over two decades, I, Gill Smith, have been at the forefront of this sanctuary, passionately serving and educating women on the critical matters of Pelvic Health.

My mission is singular yet profound: to impart the knowledge I've garnered over years, ensuring no woman feels alone or helpless when faced with Pelvic Health concerns.

As someone deeply committed to this mission, I've dedicated twenty years to cultivating state-of-the-art Physio and Pilates clinics. Here, the focus isn’t just on isolated concerns but understanding the interrelated nature of issues like pelvic organ prolapse, bladder leakage, and low back pain. Research, my trusted ally, has shown that these aren't disparate conditions but interwoven threads of the same fabric.

In our quest for holistic well-being, technology and understanding go hand in hand. My affinity for Real-time Ultrasound isn't just for its cutting-edge capabilities but for how it has revolutionized rehabilitation. Being able to visualize one’s own muscles contracting and understanding their function – especially for those who learn best through seeing – has proved invaluable. By harnessing this technology, I provide biofeedback across various muscle groups, emphasizing the pelvic floor, abdominal cylinder, and key joint-supporting muscles. This approach doesn’t just treat but educates, allowing my clients to grasp how their muscles harmoniously collaborate for optimal joint health, continence, and pelvic support.

Anchoring my practice is the biopsychosocial model, emphasizing the interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors. This holistic approach guarantees that care is individualized, addressing the unique and multifaceted needs of every client.

Peeking into my educational journey: I proudly hold three postgraduate qualifications in Physiotherapy. 1997 was a transformative year as I immersed myself in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, sharpening my assessment skills and clinical reasoning. A decade later, I plunged into the realm of Continence and Pelvic Floor Muscle Rehabilitation, understanding the intricacies of bladder, bowel, and pelvic organ dysfunctions. Always being one to stay abreast of evolving knowledge, 2022 saw me diving back into academia, completing the Professional Certificate of Conservative Management of Pelvic Organ Prolapse. This intensive study invigorated my approach, equipped me with the latest research insights, and fortified my proficiency in aiding women with pelvic organ prolapse.

Recognizing the power of digital platforms and the need to reach and assist women globally, all my experience as a Pelvic Health Physio converged into the development of "Pelvic Exercise 4U" – an online Pelvic Health solution. This platform is a testament to my commitment to making quality pelvic health education and solutions accessible to all women, no matter where they are.

Every day, I marry evidence-based research with expert opinions, ensuring the care I offer is rooted in proven science and tailored for individual needs. This combination is enhanced by the Cognitive Functional Therapy approach, which prioritizes a harmonious 'Mind-Body Control'.

Beyond the clinic, my journey as a mother provides a firsthand perspective on the delicate balance between professional aspirations and familial responsibilities. This experience amplifies my empathy, allowing a deeper connection with women navigating the transformative phases of pregnancy and motherhood.

At my core, I am ceaselessly inspired, inherently positive, and fervently passionate about Women's Pelvic Health. My devotion isn't just professional but personal, advocating for lifelong learning and empowerment. With every consultation, every class, every online interaction, and through "Pelvic Exercise 4U", my vision remains clear: to empower women, helping them realize and cherish the strength within, ensuring a robust, well-functioning body through all life's chapters.




Rebecca Gardner

Diploma in Professional Pilates Instruction
Bachelor of Arts majoring in Sociology
Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistant (Physiotherapy)

Rebecca, affectionately known as Bec, is a highly dedicated and passionate professional with a profound commitment to women's pelvic health. Her journey in the field of Pelvic Health Pilates is not only marked by her exceptional expertise but also by her unwavering dedication to lifelong learning and empowerment.

As a Pelvic Health Pilates Practitioner, Bec has invested countless hours in expanding her knowledge and skills under the mentorship of Gill Smith, a prominent figure in the pelvic health space. Her contributions to the development of the online module "Pelvic Exercise 4U" underscore her commitment to enhancing women's pelvic health and well-being.

Prior to her Pilates Practitioner journey, Bec boasts an impressive background in performance and production spanning over two decades. For a decade, she played a pivotal role in a Health Education company called the Dear Marias, where she served as a theatre director and producer. The company made significant contributions to Women's Health by providing vital information, education, and performances tailored to diverse audiences, including non-English speaking women, disadvantaged and remote-dwelling women. Issues such as cervical and breast screening, menopause, stress management, dementia care, and the importance of exercise were addressed with care and precision. Under her leadership, the Dear Marias secured over $400,000 in funding from various philanthropic organizations in Victoria, and they collaborated closely with key women's health organizations, including WHISE (Women's Health in the Southeast) and numerous community health organizations across Victoria.

In 2002, Bec's life journey took a new direction following the birth of her second child. Her profound interest in holistic health and well-being led her to become a certified Pilates teacher. She began her teaching career at the community level and subsequently worked in clinics, collaborating with Physiotherapists and other Allied Health Practitioners to provide holistic care to her clients.

Ten years ago, Bec established her clinic, PainFit Integrated Health Centre, which has since merged with, Innovative Physio, over the last five years. This collaborative environment has provided an ideal platform for Bec and Gill to pool their expertise and knowledge, offering clients a comprehensive approach to Pelvic Health always empowering women to have a strong well-functioning body.

It was through this collaborative effort that Bec had the opportunity to meet Gill Pelvic Health Physio who encouraged her to further her education and become a Physio Health Assistant. Both Bec and Gill share a mutual passion for Women's Pelvic Health, and they have worked tirelessly with clients under Gill's guidance to address key Functional Pelvic Health issues that impact the lives of local women.

In summary, Bec is a dedicated professional with a remarkable journey marked by a commitment to Women's Pelvic Health, lifelong learning, and a rich background in health education and performance. Her contributions to the field and her collaborative spirit within Innovative Physio are testaments to her unwavering dedication to empowering women and promoting holistic well-being.

 

" Empowering women to maintain a strong well-functioning body."