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Elissa Petesic

Elissa is a physiotherapist with a passion for treating dancers and performers. She has a special interest in hypermobility as well as foot and ankle injuries.

Her dance experience has given her a thorough and lived experience of the demands placed on performers at all levels and working closely with dancers since 2019. She has been involved with the onsite Physiotherapy care of over ten musical theatre productions touring through Sydney. Elissa had a passion for educating others to empower a faster return to performance and teaching dancers to further understand their bodies and prevent injury. Presenting lectures on anatomy and injury prevention to dancers at all levels from recreational to full time and dance teachers.

Elissa graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy after studying dance full time at Ev & Bow. As a dancer she discovered Pilates and its benefits in cross training and movement refinement leading her to complete her Pilates qualifications through Polestar Pilates whilst at university. She has spent time in New York City learning from Physical therapists and Pilates instructors working with dancers gaining exposure to international practices and treatment of performers. As a physiotherapist she has worked in acute care in public hospitals as well as private practice focusing on rehabilitating sporting and dance injuries and conditioning to improve performance and prevent injury. She has completed further professional development in dance injuries, hypermobility, the foot and ankle and hip and pelvic pain.

In her spare time, Elissa enjoys spending time at the beach as well as exploring any dessert recommendations and baking many sweet treats herself.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy
  • Diploma of Polestar Pilates Studio and Rehabilitation Method 
  • Certificate IV in Polestar Pilates Matwork Instruction Method

 

Memberships:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA)
  • International Association of Dance Medicine & Science (IADMS)
  • Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD)

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