Meet the Team

KERRY ETKIN
KERRY ETKINBSc Physiotherapy, Post Grad Dip Upper Limb Injuries, MAPA
Kerry qualified as a physiotherapist in Johannesburg in 1994, there she worked in a private hospital where she ran the hand therapy unit until 1997. She decided to further her education and immigrated to Perth where she completed a post-graduate diploma in upper limb injuries and hand rehabilitation from Curtin University. From there the bright lights of Sydney beckoned and she moved across where she developed an interest in Pilates. Having completed her certification from Body, Arts and Science, Kerry began her own practice, combining both her Physiotherapy and Pilates knowledge, which enable her to offer a comprehensive rehabilitation option. She went on to complete an Advanced Diploma of Pilates Practice through Pilates International and her studio also is a mentoring studio for Pilates International students. Kerry presents at Post Graduate Pilates courses nationally.
LAURA KAVANAGH
LAURA KAVANAGHAdvanced Diploma of Health Science (Soft Tissue Therapy) Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method Certificate IV Pilates Matwork Instruction (Pilates ITC) Professional Association Memberships: Australian Association of Massage Therapists (AAMT) Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA)
Laura completed an Advanced Diploma in Health Science in 2007. She spent the next 7 years honing her skills as a therapist, working in and later also managing a busy soft tissue therapy clinic. An episode of lower back pain led Laura to Pilates, first as a student herself. Noting the wonderful benefits for her own control, power and posture, she became qualified as an instructor – first in matwork and then later in the full studio and rehabilitation method.

Laura believes in an holistic model for physical rehabilitation and health. She enjoys taking her clients beyond core stability, and into movement that is not only robust and efficient, but also joyful and beautiful.

KATHRYN O'CONNOR
KATHRYN O'CONNORBSc Physiotherapy, MAPA
Kathryn studied Physiotherapy at the University College Dublin, during this time while on a placement in Toronto she was introduced to Pilates as an effective adjunct to treatment and rehabilitation. Following this placement, she completed her teacher training with STOTT Pilates. On moving to Australia in 2010 she continued to develop her skill combining Pilates with Physiotherapy. Kathryn is interested in assessing movement dysfunctions and retraining optimal movement patterns to assist in her clients’ rehabilitation.
LOUISE SAWERS
LOUISE SAWERSBachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Certified.
Louise has worked in the private practice setting in Auckland, New Zealand and Singapore, where she gained extensive experience in assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.
Louise also worked at Nelson and Middlemore hospitals in New Zealand where she received training under the guidance of expert physiotherapists, doctors and surgeons, while being exposed to a large variety of orthopaedic and medical cases. Her comprehensive hospital experience has allowed Louise to understand the continuum of care that is required in returning people to work and sport.
Louise has a strong interest in pilates and is certified in Polestar Pilates, She has taught pilates in New Zealand and Singapore and understands the extensive benefits that pilates can provide.
Louise wholly enjoys incorporating her knowledge base of musculosketetal related conditions with her skill base in pilates.
She understands the importance of developing programs that are tailored to each person’s individual needs, in order to help support them through their rehabilitation period, enabling them to optimise their recovery and return to their activity in peak heath.
KATHY MILLER
KATHY MILLERPilates Instructor
Pilates became my passion when I experienced such good results after I had several injuries.

Having done pilates for 14 years, I decided to become an instructor in my sixties, taking two years to qualify as a level 1 Pilates instructor….all with incredible input and encouragement from Kerry at Align.

My aim is to keep us balanced with good core control, flexibility, stability, strength and mobility…and have fun.

SANDY SMUSKOWITZ
SANDY SMUSKOWITZPilates Instructor
Sandy originally studied fashion and spent a number of years in the fashion industry. After having her second child Sandy experienced severe back pain and was advised to take up Pilates. Sandy started practicing Pilates in 2004 and has since embraced Pilates which is an integral part of her life. Sandy is inspired to take the lessons she has learnt over the years and impart that on to her clients. Sandy’s Pilates journey taught her how to stabilise the body from the inside out. Her focus is now to take these lessons of core and posture and translate that into the everyday lives of her clients. Sandy believes in the importance of tailoring programs around client’s individual needs to get the best outcome. Sandy has a Certificate IV Pilates Matwork as well as a Diploma in Studio Pilates from Pilates International Training College (Pilates ITC).In her spare time Sandy likes to walk and loves spending time outdoors with family and friends.
HADASS SEGAL
HADASS SEGAL (BA (Cum Laude), MA (Ed), Grad Dip (Psychotherapy & Counselling), MA (Psychotherapy & Counselling)
Hadass studied psychology and law and attained a Masters in Special Education. She then went to New York University’s Film School and spent 15 years as a journalist and screenwriter before leaving the world of fictional people to embrace the world of real people. She retrained as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist and has experience working with clients encountering depression, relationship breakdowns, addictions, compulsions, anxiety, stress, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Her core philosophy is that the therapeutic relationship is collaborative. It is a connected journey that therapist and client take together, with the client setting the destination.
See aligncounselling.com.au for more info.
MARTIN CANOVA
MARTIN CANOVAChiropractor
Martin works closely with physiotherapy and Pilates Instructors to provide a holistic wellness based care model which focused on physical, emotional and biochemical systems of the body.