Meet our team

Pei-Jiun Cheah

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Nicole Storm

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Debbie Virdi

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Emma Attard

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Christine Blue

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Karen Sansom

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Isabel Viegas Schonhofen

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Julie Vawdrey

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Irina Li

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Chantal de Raemy Holzherr

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Claire Curran

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Violet Simpson

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Brenda

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Trish

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Hannah-Marie Berry

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Susan Ward

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Pei-Jiun Cheah

Bachelor of Applied Science Physiotherapy (Uni of Sydney)
Certificate in Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)
Mentor for Pilates Instructors-in-Training (Polestar Pilates Australia)

GRAVITY Total Gym Foundation and Post Rehab Training

Meditation Facilitator

Pei-Jiun Cheah is an experienced physiotherapist, certified Pilates Instructor for Rehabilitation, Polestar Pilates mentor and meditation facilitator who specialises her practice in movement and dance and the intricate play between flexibility and stability. Her physiotherapy working experience extends from assessing and treating post-operative clients both on land and in a hydrotherapy pool, pre and post natal clients, clients with sporting injuries, spinal issues, arthritic and osteoporotic conditions to full time ballet dancers. Her passion for treating the person as a whole comes from her own personal injury experiences. Whilst growing up, Pei-Jiun has always been very active, playing basketball, volleyball, dancing and ballet. As a result, she has had various injuries and understands the importance of treating not only the physical body, but also addressing mental and emotional states to achieve your highest performance goals.

When Pei-Jiun is not attending the numerous courses she enrols in yearly or working, you will find her spending time with her new baby, horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, dancing salsa or ballet, playing the piano or meditating.

Mind Heart Body Centre specialises in many areas of physiotherapy, Pilates and meditation in Sydney and are ready to help you feel and look your best.

 

Pei-Jiun’s special interests:

Treating back or pelvic pain

Rib, neck or hip dysfunction

Sporting and Dance injuries

Women’s Health – pre and post natal, continence

Musician related injuries

Physio and rehabilitation after surgeries such as mastectomies, gastrointestinal, urological, renal surgeries

Nicole Storm

Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy)

Certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation
GRAVITY Total Gym Training
LesMills RPM instructor

Nicole has recently moved from New Zealand where she graduated as a Physiotherapist to join the Mind Heart Body Centre. Despite living in New Zealand for many years, you will find she doesn’t have a typical Kiwi accent. It is mixed with a little bit of a South African accent as she lived in Cape Town for 13 years. Whilst studying physiotherapy in New Zealand she was working as a massage therapist and a physiotherapist assistant, treating clients and taking many of them through group exercise programs.

As a physiotherapist Nicole enjoys working with people from all different kinds of backgrounds. She has always believed in assessing and analysing the body as a connective system with the mind and the spirit. This belief lead her to seek out a position at the Mind Heart Body Centre where she is surrounded by like minded professionals.

In her free time she enjoys Paddle, Wake, Snow, and Long-Boarding as well as training for long distance running events.

If you would like to book in with Nicole you’ll find her in our Artarmon clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Debbie Virdi

BSc (Physiotherapy; First Class Honours)
Diploma of Remedial Massage
Certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)

Debbie worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist in both the private and public health sectors in the UK. Debbie also has extensive massage therapy skills and qualifications, establishing her own private sports and therapeutic massage clinic in 2000, and a physiotherapy clinic in 2009. She has also worked as a lecturer in massage and soft tissue treatment at Colleges of Further Education in the UK.

Debbie’s Pilates journey started following the birth of her second child after she participated in a post-natal Pilates Matwork class. She quickly realised the benefits of the Pilates method so trained as a Certified Matwork Instructor with the Australian Physiotherapy Pilates Institute (APPI) in 2009. She enjoys the theoretical aspect of Pilates and supports its underlying principles. Debbie loves the versatility that Pilates offers and how it can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual. She enjoys working with a broad spectrum of clients using Pilates as an integral part of rehabilitation, and also as a means to challenge fitness and performance goals.

Debbie continues to embrace the Pilates method and her love of learning. After moving to Australia, she completed Certification in Pilates for Rehabilitation with Polestar Pilates in 2013. Her positive, encouraging nature, coupled with genuine compassion for her clients helps to facilitate positive changes in their well-being and help them work towards their personal goals.

Emma Attard

Master of Physiotherapy

Completing Certificate in Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)

Emma has recently graduated from the brand-new Master of Physiotherapy course at UTS. She also graduated from a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Sydney in 2016 and a Bachelor of Public Health at the University of Wollongong in 2013. She enjoys treating all musculoskeletal complaints but has a special interest in women’s health.

Emma is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, Women’s Health Training Associates and Sports Medicine Australia. She will complete further professional development in Women’s Health and Pilates during 2019.
In her free time, she enjoys cooking and eating with her friends and family. She also enjoys knitting and being outdoors in the sun.

If you would like to book in with Emma she works in our Artarmon clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Christine Blue

Christine teaches in Hornsby Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.

Karen Sansom

Karen Sansom

Cert IV in Pilates Instruction (91121NSW)

Karen Beattie, Pilates Instructor at Mindful Movement, has expertise in Pilates that has been formed by over 20 years of teaching the Pilates Method to a wide range of clientele, from acute rehabilitation through to advanced, sports specific and performing artists programming.  Karen initially undertook a Pilates apprenticeship style training in 1992 with the late and great Megan Williams.  She also undertook the Body Arts & Science International (BASI) training with Rael Isacowitz.

Karen is a Trainer Level Practitioner with the Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA), was one of the founding committee members and served a short stint as President of the PAA.

A vocational training consultant, Karen has consulted on Pilates training and course accreditation matters. She was the former Training Manager for Pilates International Training Centre (PITC), and worked closely with the Director, Sally Anderson, for PITC to become the first government approved Pilates training organisation in Australia.

From her years as a professional creative movement educator, Karen’s Pilates teaching style is influenced by Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), as well as the many aspects of Yoga, breath work and Eastern philosophies.

Isabel Viegas Schonhofen

Isabel has moved from Brazil where she graduated as a Physiotherapist (2008) to join the Mind Heart Body Centre. She is a Pilates Method Alliance Instructor (PMA), who has been working in the Health industry for over 10 years.

Isabel has been studying myosfacial and postural disorders through the years with the main goal to help her clients to achieve Mind, Body and Spirit balance. She has completed numerous Pilates courses and also a Post-graduate qualification in Brazil for the treatment of Traumatic-orthopaedic Pathologies.  She is always helping her clients reach their goals, improving their form and technique and providing challenging workouts.

Dancing is her passion. She has 5 years of experience as a Ballet Dancer and more 10 years of experience as a Traditional Dancer from the South of Brazil Music.

In her free time she enjoys walking, camping, paddling, kayaking and of course dancing.

Isabel teaches in Artarmon Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings.

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Julie Vawdrey

Julie (or Jules) began her love of Pilates when her youngest son Max would attend preschool on Wednesday mornings & she would race to her Pilates class.  That was almost 14 years ago now & she is still racing to that Wednesday Pilates class with some of those same friends.

So what began as a personal love of Pilates quickly became a passion & a few years ago Julie decided to complete her Studio & Rehabilitation certification with Polestar Pilates Australia to spread the word around! Julie is also completing her mat training certification with Polestar Pilates Australia.

What Julie loves about teaching Pilates is that it is a personal journey for everyone no matter what age or fitness you are & it becomes a progressive journey every week that you very quickly grow to love & look forward to.  Whether you have an injury or a personal goal to achieve, it’s never too late to begin your Pilates journey.  As Joseph Pilates used to say “physical fitness is the first prerequisite to happiness” & “change happens through movement & movement heals”.

Julie is married to Andy who is a Sports Podiatrist.  She has 3 older children & 1 younger son Max who is 17 years old. Aside from Pilates & being active, Julie loves her cavoodle puppies Rosie & Charlie, cooking, eating & being with friends & family.

Julie works Friday mornings at Mind Heart Body Centre & does relief shifts from time to time.

Irina Li

Prior to settling in Australia Irina worked in tourism throughout Asia, where she developed a love of exercise and holistic practices including Pilates, Yoga, dance, and meditation. After moving to Sydney she decided that she would follow her passion full time, and completed a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction at Pilates International Training Centre (PITC). Aside from Pilates, Irina’s primary love is meditation, and she has extensive experience in mindfulness and mind/body practice. During the past decade Irina has spent much of her spare time on retreat in Buddhist monasteries and meditation centres in Thailand, Malaysia, and Australia.

“When I worked in tourism, I experienced great happiness introducing people to the beautiful cultures and sights of Asia. Now I feel that same sense of happiness showing people the joy of mindful body movement, and the many other wonderful benefits that Pilates can offer.”

Irina teaches in Hornsby on Tuesday evenings.

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Chantal de Raemy Holzherr

You will find Chantal teaching in Hornsby on Monday evenings.

Claire Curran

Claire is a qualified Pilates matwork instructor with a Cert 4 from Polestar Pilates. She found Pilates after experiencing back pain and sciatica caused by the lifestyle of working in a corporate setting. Since discovering the many other benefits of Pilates and attending classes regularly for over 5 years she was inspired to take the leap into teaching mat classes hoping to help others discover those benefits.

When she isn’t practicing Pilates she enjoys sewing, cooking and enjoying the company of family and friends.

Claire teaches mat classes in Artarmon on Tuesday evenings and Hornsby on Thursday mornings.

Receptionists

Violet Simpson

Violet began studying Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2018. However, since beginning her degree and working at Mind Heart Body Centre she has become more interested in other areas in the science field. Because of this she is beginning a degree in Medical Science this year to find out what area she is most suited to.

Violet loves Pilates so you will likely see her joining in on a class while you are in the studio!

Brenda

Brenda comes with a varied work experience; from programming in IT, extras work in film and TV and reception since the start of Mindful Movement in April 2008.  She’s also done volunteer work in Hornsby Hospital as a chaplain and also fulfils that role in her 50 person, a cappella choir.

A mum to two grown sons, she has always had a passion to help others be well in body and mind through church and community based services.  She recently embraced the challenge of starting a degree in Psychology at Macquarie University in 2018.  To recharge, Brenda meditates, walks, sings and dances; sometimes all at the same time.

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Trish

Trish was born and raised in Sydney.  After completing her Business Certificate at MBC in Sydney, she spent the majority of her career in the corporate financial sector.

In 2008, after the birth of her two children, Trish discovered the benefits of Pilates and has been a regular attendee ever since, extending her commitment to include working in an administration role on reception in the Centre in 2018.

She is enjoying a work environment that provides clients with the gift of pain relief, whilst offering them the strength and balance obtained from a mind/body connection.

Her family are of great importance to her, including a rather large wolfhound and a keen interest in learning jazz improvisation.

Hannah-Marie Berry

Susan Ward