Maria graduated with first class honours from the University of Queensland in 2013. She began her physiotherapy career in the public system for over 5 years, where she gained a wealth of experience in seeing cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic, neurological and geriatric cases, before specializing in sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
Maria is most excited about dance injury prevention and management, having trained in numerous dance styles herself, including classical ballet and chinese dance. She presented her honours thesis on musculoskeletal profiles of pre-professional ballet dancers at the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science annual meeting in Switzerland in 2014, and at the World Congress of Physical Therapy the following year.
Maria has since worked with established professional contemporary and ballet companies including Les Misérables (Australia), Singapore Dance Theatre, and T.H.E dance company, conducting functional assessments and dance specific screening on top of injury management. She has also worked closely with dance schools including the National College of Dance, and regularly conducts pre-pointe assessments and dance screening for dance students.
Areas of special interest and training:
- Dance injuries
- Pre-pointe assessments and dance screening
- Clinical Pilates
- Dry needling