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Sarah Talyancich

Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Clinician

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

Kane Nickles

Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor

Kane has recently returned to New Zealand after time spent living in U.K. and in Australia. With over 15 years of experience working as a Physiotherapist in private practice settings he brings with him a vast knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions. Graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 2001. Kane continues to appreciate the importance of ongoing education and applying that knowledge and research into his practice.

Kane is motivated by seeing his clients achieve their goals whether that be in a sporting context, a return to employment, a return to an active lifestyle or just playing with the grandchildren. He is passionate about his profession and believes that great Physiotherapy starts with a thorough assessment and an accurate diagnosis and continues with treatment which is active by nature, improves the body’s strength and function and aims to achieve long term improvement in reducing pain, increasing activity and improving overall quality of life.

Kane has always had a personal and professional interest in sport and throughout his career has enjoyed the privilege of working alongside national, international and professional athletes in both New Zealand and Australia. He has been a team Physio for many sports; including at an internationally representative level in Rugby League, Swimming, Rowing, Boxing, Athletics, American Football, Lacrosse, Netball; and at a National Level of Competition for Rugby, Rugby League, Soccer and Basketball.

Kane is also busy on two days of the week working as a Physiotherapist in the Emergency Department of North Shore Hospital. A role which provides a real balance of knowledge and a complementary skillset in assessing and diagnosing acute medical conditions.

Unfortunately for Kane, he has returned to NZ with an expensive habit and love of travel and food which can be quite counterproductive to his hobby of multisport eventing.

Orla O'Brien

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

My name is Orla O’ Brien and I am originally from Galway in the west of Ireland.

Growing up I spent much of my life competing in sport which was my desire to become a Physiotherapist. I moved to Scotland in 2010 where I studied Physiotherapy and graduated with a Bachlors Honours Degree in 2014.

Following graduation, I worked for three years in a large NHS University Teaching Hospital in Brighton. Here I gained experience across various disciplines including trauma orthopaedics, cardirespiratory, acute stroke and musculoskeletal outpatients. I’ve also completed an APPI Pilates course and throughout my three years in Brighton I’ve taught Mat Work Pilates to clients ranging from various injuries.

My area of interest is specialising in musculosketal injuries. My approach includes manual therapy, joint mobilisation, soft tissue massage and exercise prescription. My special interests include sports injuries and rehabilitation post orthopaedic surgery.

In my spare time I enjoy exploring New Zealand with friends and finding new places to hike. My future goal is to complete an Auckland marathon.

Zoe Pollard

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Zoë has been teaching at Body Reform for almost two years and is training with internationally renowned Polestar Pilates. After experiencing a debilitating illness, Zoë has a profound insight in to Pilates for rehabilitation and wellness. She is passionate about helping people restore their health and reach their fitness goals. Zoë’s classes involve a varied repertoire of exercises for full-body conditioning focusing on six principles: concentration, control, centralisation, fluidity of movement, precision and breathing. With an extensive training base under her belt involving self-mastery, teaching observation and one-on-one tuition with certified Polestar mentors, Zoë would now like to add to her skills with a studio apprenticeship to master apparatus Pilates. Zoe is passionate about continuing education and attends industry master classes and information sessions to ensure her knowledge is up to date and to maximise client outcomes.

When she’s not teaching Pilates you can find Zoë at the University of Auckland where she also works, at ‘Tart’- Grey Lynn’s vegan bakery, dancing somewhere or playing her guitar!

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

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