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Sarah Talyancich

Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Clinician
Director

Sarah is a highly experienced and qualified physiotherapist and clinical Pilates clinician with over 20 years’ hospital and private clinic experience both in New Zealand and overseas. She graduated from the Auckland University of Technology School of Physiotherapy in 1996 and later completed her Pilates training with the highly-regarded Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in London. She is also a certified Polestar Pilates Clinician, with international renowned Polestar Pilates.

Sarah has worked as a traveling course presenter with APPI throughout the UK and Ireland and founded and established the Pilates department at one of London’s top private orthopedic hospitals; King Edward VII in Central London; where she was Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent of Physiotherapy.

From new graduate experience in an acute hospital setting, her career has maintained a predominantly rehabilitation focus. Over the last 15 years Sarah has worked in musculoskeletal practice. During this time, she has attended many courses, returned to University and developed a passion for assessment and correct diagnosis of musculoskeletal injuries. Correct diagnosis of the spine, hip and shoulder coupled with effective and progressive rehabilitation has proven to accelerate recovery and improve patient outcomes and self-management long-term.

She also has a special interest in Real Time Ultrasound Imaging to facilitate correct muscle recruitment to optimize rehabilitation, reducing clients’ pain and improve functional recovery. Sarah has also treated many pregnant women and find pregnancy physiotherapy and pregnancy Pilates of the up-most importance during pregnancy and pelvic management.

Sarah returned from London in 2003, founded Bodyreform and has been the Director since August 2005.

BHSc (Physiotherapy)1996
Australian Physiotherapy & Pilates Certified Instructor (2002)
Polestar Pilates Certified Instructor (2004)
Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (2015) AUT, Auckland (Ultrasound Imaging, Pain, Health Ergonomics, Measuring Health and Wellbeing).
Current candidate Post graduate diploma Musculoskeletal AUT
MAPPI, NZSP, NZRP

Kolbi Becker

Kolbi is motivated physiotherapist who has trained for her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota followed by getting her Master of Science in Physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University in Scotland. After moving to New Zealand, she completed her Pilates training with Peak Pilates.

Kolbi started her career as a personal trainer and then exercise specialist working with patients with stroke and spinal cord injury in an exercise and rehabilitation setting. This experience allowed her to gain experience and knowledge into what people are taught in a personal training environment, as well as adapted exercise for those who require it. Following this work, she has predominantly worked in musculoskeletal practice with a special interest in treating injuries of the upper quadrant including the head, neck, and shoulder, as well as pre- and post-op treatment for knee surgeries. During her career she has continued to attend courses to build on her knowledge and serves on the Physiotherapy New Zealand Auckland Branch as a committee member.

She is a keen sports person herself with a focus on rock climbing, endurance running, and cycling. Kolbi also has extensive experience with dance and is well suited to treat athletes in both return to sport and injury prevention.

 

BSc Kinesiology – Clinical Movement Science (2013)

MSc Physiotherapy (2017)

Peak Pilates Certified Instructor (2017)

Committee Member of Physiotherapy New Zealand – Auckland Branch (2020)

Sophie Sherer

Sophie graduated from AUT with a BHSc in Physiotherapy in 2020 after gaining a certificate in personal training in 2017. Throughout her studies Sophie worked as a Fitness Instructor at AUT’s fitness centres, gaining valuable experience and knowledge in exercise prescription. Sophie is currently training in pilates under Sarah’s expertise. After graduating university Sophie has worked in both private practice and school settings. She spent her youth as an equestrian and riding instructor on Waiheke Island. She now has a special interest in working with youth in sports and lower limb injuries. Sophie is passionate about working collaberatively with her patients to get them back to the activities they love. In her free time Sophie enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and exploring New Zealand’s beautiful outdoors!

BHSc Physiotherapy (AUT) (2020)
Certificate of Proficiency in Personal Training (AUT) (2017)

Pia D’Ambros

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Pia D’Ambros is Polestar Pilates New Zealand Mat & Reformer trained and has been practising Pilates for 8 years.

Pia is a passionate, experienced Pilates coach that loves making every class different and new. Her energy is infectious in a class setting due to her love of Pilates’ core principals.

Pia works alongside physiotherapists to ensure rehabilitation from injury or surgery is safe and successful with the goal of getting your body back to functional movement.

She believes Pilates gives you the confidence that your body can do what you want it to do, when you want to do it.

Her effective and efficient exercises will have you leaving her classes feeling refreshed, energised and stronger than yesterday

Amaia

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Originally from Barcelona, Amaia is a passionate Pilates Instructor who certified as a Polestar MAT Instructor in the UK and also holds a certificate in Advance REFORMER from Polestar in New Zealand.

Amaia’s first goal is helping people to have a more healthy and happy life. She believes that, through Pilates, this can be achieved by gaining posture awareness, strength and mobility.

Amaia likes to be creative in her classes, always applying the Pilates fundamentals, but combining elements from yoga to ballet to total fitness conditioning, resulting in a fun but challenging class that is designed to make you gain strength, flexibility and confidence in your own body potential.

She also pays great attention to her cueing, to make sure clients perform the movements efficiently and correctly so they can really experience the benefits of the practice.

At Bodyreform, you will find her teaching both mat and equipment classes, as well as offering one-to-one sessions. She loves to use all the Pilates principles and apparatus as needed with individuals, for targeted, help with rehabilitation and wellness goals.

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