Catherine Etty-Leal is a titled physiotherapist with an interest in dance, performance, vocal, TMJ, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy.
She has extensive experience treating professional artists and athletes across Melbourne, with considerable Vocal Physiotherapy training. Which includes extensive experience treating and managing Muscle Tension Dysphonia, throat pain syndromes and the performance voice. She has a special interest in the TMJ (jaw). In particular treating and managing TMJ pain and asymmetry especially for singers and professional voice users. Catherine has also completed the APPI Pilates instructor certification pathways in both matwork and equipment. Therefore allowing her to enhance her physiotherapy practice with extensive Pilates knowledge and teach Clinical Conditioning. She instructs classes designed for rehabilitation, fitness, singers, and dance in the Performance Medicine gym. She is a strong advocate for self management and thoroughly enjoys seeing the improvements her patients make by doing Pilates. Catherine is the coordinator of the Performance Medicine Pilates studio.
She graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. And has completing both a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy and Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy through LaTrobe University. She is heavily involved in the Sports Physiotherapy Association, being an active committee member and in recent years the Chair of the Victorian branch. Having a passion for educating others, Catherine has been involved with education sessions for full time courses in dance and other disciplines of the performing arts and is a course presenter for the APPI Pilates training courses. She has recently been a presenter at the 2015 DanScience conference, and in 2016 at the Music Therapy conference of Australia.
During their Melbourne seasons Catherine’s plays an important role in managing the physiotherapy and physical health of the performers of professional production companies. As well as within Melbourne’s full time dance schools. During her undergraduate physiotherapy training she had student placements at the Australian Ballet Company and with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Her interest in these areas has developed from her vast personal experience in many styles of dance, musical theatre, backstage and crew work, singing, and playing the piano and guitar. When she isn’t working, teaching or studying Catherine enjoys spending her spare time with her family and friends, taking dance, yoga and Pilates classes, cooking, and playing various musical instruments.
Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA); Sports Physiotherapy Association (SPA) (Vic Branch Chair); Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association (MPA); Dance Network; International Association of Dance Medicine (IADMS); Sports Medicine Australia (SMA); Laryngology Society of Australia (LSA)
Catherine is at Performance Medicine Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Fridays. As well as one Saturday a month.