Practice Manager & Clinical Lead
Helen is the founder of Corefitphysio. She graduated from the University of East London with the first class degree in Physiotherapy.
In South Africa, before moving to London, she enjoyed a career as a principal professional contemporary dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. In Port Elisabeth, South Africa, she owned a studio offering dance, Pilates & yoga.
In London prior to her degree she gained experience as a physio-assistant, personal trainer, studio co-ordinator & exercise instructor. After graduating Helen continued her training with the Australian Pilates and Physiotherapy Institute (APPI) & has been involved in Pilates and musculoskeletal physiotherapy ever since, fulfilling various roles in the private sector across London. Helen enjoys her role as clinical lead at her practices in Wimbledon & Westcott, and nowadays in addition to her clinical hours busies herself with new teacher training & business management.
Helen enjoys practicing Pilates & yoga, has a strong appreciation for the arts & loves being in water. She finds it hard to resist cart-wheeling down sand dunes.
Bhavini graduated in 2005 from the University of Manchester with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy. Since qualifying, she worked in the NHS within the Manchester areas, Salisbury and then finally moved to London in 2007. Here she completed her core junior rotations, gaining a wealth of experience at The Kings College Hospital. In 2010, Bhavini then joined a team of Osteopaths at The Putney Clinic, working alongside them and other holistic therapists. In 2011 she moved across to the team at Bodies Under Construction, Physio clinic, where she is currently based here on a Wednesday and Friday. But more recently she has joined the team at Core Fit Physio, working Tuesday and Thursdays at the Wimbledon site.
Bhavini initially started her Pilates journey when she was in the NHS with APPI, a Modified Pilates training provider. But then she discovered the Polestar Pilates Institute, giving her a broader and more comprehensive insight into teaching Pilates on all studio equipment. Bhavini has a trained eye for movement control and would admit she is a perfectionist when it comes to teaching her clients to ensure they get the best out of their training with her. She also has qualified to use Acupuncture (TCM) and dry needling techniques, Kineso-taping, and has developed more specialist skills in the Kinetic Control concept of ‘Uncontrolled Movements’. This is a specialist assessment tools for detecting movement faults in both sporting and non-sporting related injures, which then allows Bhavini to design a specific rehabilitation programme for individual needs. Bhavini has a keen interest in all kinds of movement impairments, but with a particular interest in the upper limb and postural-based imbalances.
But when she’s not wearing her Physio hat on, she is busy being mummy to her first-born little toddler who enjoys spending days out having fun with her!
Clinical Pilates Instructor
Mihaela graduated with a Master degree in Physiotherapy in 2014 from the University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Romania where she started working in Rehabilitation Centres and improving her skills in various specialities from Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal to Neurological. Cardiovascular, Rheumatic, Respiratory and Geriatric physical therapy.
She completed her training and qualified in 2015 as a Stott Pilates Instructor, which included training in Injuries and Special Population, working with Pregnancy pre/postnatal, Chronic pain, Osteoporosis, and various musculoskeletal conditions.
Mihaela has continued her training in Functional Neurology with Dr. Jose Palomar, becoming a P-DTR practitioner in 2016, providing her clients with a unique approach in their treatment programmes.
As a passionate therapist, Mihaela also embraces a different rehabilitation method introducing clinical hypnotherapy and is certified in Cellular Release Therapy (2017).
In her spare time Mihaela likes to read, meditate and travel.
Tara qualified with an honours degree in Physiotherapy from Brunel University in 2004, having previously completed degree in Human Biology from Loughborough University. She has worked within the NHS for 10 years where she worked in musculoskeletal outpatients, providing hydrotherapy (lead clinician), acupuncture, triage clinics, Clinical pilates classes, and rehabilitation programmes for both acute and chronic injuries.
Tara has worked exclusively in private practice since 2014 and has a keen interest in sporting injuries. She has worked with elite rowers, swimmers, rugby players and runners, returning them to sporting fitness. Tara is qualified in acupuncture, sports massage (ITEC level 4) and is trained in APPI pilates. Personally, she has medalled twice at a national level in lightweight rowing and has a strong swimming and running background.
Tara has completed Corefitphysio’s intensive and comprehensive inhouse pilates training involving a month of internship.
When she is not working Tara can be found chasing glory with the Elmbridge Phoenix Masters swimming club, or cycling running along the Thames river paths.
Clinical Pilates Instructor
Prior to her physiotherapy education, Laura attended a dance theatre school in Hungary and studied contemporary dance at university in Austria. She was introduced to different training methods including Pilates, Yoga and Gyrokinesis and went on to work as an entertainer at a luxury hotel in Cyprus. During these years Laura instructed dance classes for individuals and groups. She was also responsible for organising sports activities, hosting guests and promoting events. Laura feels her early work experience greatly nurtured her understanding of the human body and mind.
During her physiotherapy studies at Fontys University of Applied Sciences (the Netherlands), she had the chance of working with people from all over the world. She acquired practical experiences through internships in Hungary, Finland and Spain and was able to treat patients with varied profiles: orthopedic, musculoskeletal, chronic pain, spinal disorders, traumatic (amputee), spinal cord, neurological (Stroke, Parkinson) and elderly patients. Additionally, during her practical placements Laura gained invaluable experience leading group exercise and hydrotherapy sessions. She learned the importance of both manual techniques and exercise therapy to improve clients’ overall functioning and quality of life. Alongside her physiotherapy studies, Laura practiced yoga, Pilates and attended dance classes. She also worked part-time instructing group classes in both Yoga and Pilates at the Sports Centre in Eindhoven (the Netherlands).
After graduation, Laura moved to London and currently works for the NHS in community physiotherapy. She is part of a multidisciplinary team, working with PTs, OTs, psychologists and SLTs which cover all aspects of patient rehabilitation. She is completing her Health and Fitness Education (HFE) for a YMCA Award Level 3 Diploma in Pilates teaching. Laura has completed Corefitphysio’s intensive and comprehensive inhouse pilates training involving a month of internship.
In her free time Laura love to travel and cook. She loves going to concerts and the theatre.
Clinical Pilates Instructor
Sophia trained professionally in Contemporary Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, where she worked with numerous visual artists, as well as performing and touring with world-renowned choreographers.
Pilates and fitness have always been integral to Sophia, STOTT Pilates certification, Diploma in Teaching Pilates, Pre and Postnatal courses and Total Barre certification have deepened her knowledge further still. Passionate about artistic expression, physical and mental wellbeing, Sophia guides her clients to achieve optimal results, whether it be in a group environment or one-to-one.
She is also qualified in NATD Contemporary Dance, Progressing Ballet technique and teaches; Ballet, Jazz and Street Dance to children. Her expertise as a dancer brings an outstanding eye for posture and form to her workouts.
While you can expect to find Sophia’s classes highly motivating and challenging, her workouts suit everyone from newcomers to athletes. One of Sophia’s main focus is to achieve a strong yet supple body through reinforcing efficient movement patterns along with injury prevention and rehabilitation. Sophia has completed Corefitphysio’s intensive and comprehensive inhouse pilates training involving a month of internship.
When Sophia isn’t in the studio she is enjoys cooking, painting and long walks in the outdoors.
Clinical Pilates Instructor
A former Great Britain trampolinist, Emma has competed all over the world in various events.
She studied Sport and Exercise Science at University where she gained advanced knowledge of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics.
Shortly after completing her BSc Hons degree, Emma decided to follow her childhood dream of becoming a Stunt Woman and having completed her training is now on The British Stunt Register. In addition to stunt training, Emma
is using her APPI training as a Pilates Instructor and is qualified as a REPS Level 3 Personal Trainer.
Sarah was a dancer from the age of 5 and had the opportunity to teach dance at a summer camp in America when she was 18. She coached gymnastics to children and since then has always been interested in fitness and regularly attends the gym.
She then found yoga and capoeira which she tries to practice as regularly as possible and brings these both together in her Pilates teaching. She gained her qualification of physiotherapy BSc from St George’s University. She specialised in community rehabilitation because she loved seeing a functional progression in clients which transfers so well into Pilates.
Sarah continues her professional development with courses in women’s health (DOGP) and acupuncture (BMAS).
Sarah is a keen rock – climber and enjoys being in her kitchen cooking up some vegan delights for her blog.