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About Us

Core Beliefs/Approach

At Mind Heart Body Centre we believe in addressing the causative factors contributing to your problem and not just the area of pain. Our common goal is YOU - working together as a team within our clinic, as well as your other treating health professionals, to achieve the best possible outcomes for you. We aim to improve the well-being of your mind, heart and body so you are more connected and grounded and are better equipped to face the challenges in your day-to-day life. In need of treatments in physiotherapy, Pilates and meditation in Sydney? Look no further than Mind Heart Body Centre in Artarmon.

We understand that with pain and discomfort there are often other factors such as nutrition, mental, emotional and social stress that enter into the equation when treating you. Any of these factors will influence the others and often by addressing one, will have a positive flow on effect to decrease the effect of others. Ultimately we aim to help you balance your mind, heart and body to achieve optimum health and happiness.

Pei-Jiun Cheah (Senior Physiotherapist)

Pei-Jiun Cheah is an experienced physiotherapist, certified Pilates Instructor for Rehabilitation, and Polestar Pilates mentor 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 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 courses or working, you will find her horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, indoor rock climbing, dancing salsa or ballet, playing the piano or meditating.

Mind Heart Body Centre now 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
  • Physio and rehabilitation after surgeries such as mastectomies, gastrointestinal, urological, renal surgeries 

Cathleen Sengmany (Physiotherapist)

Cathleen is a physiotherapist who graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Sydney in 2014. She has undertaken a Polestar Pilates rehabilitation course in 2012. Throughout her degree, Cathleen has completed placements where she worked in a musculoskeletal setting treating clients with sporting, acute and chronic injuries and those who have undergone orthopaedic surgeries, at a spinal cord rehabilitation centre, working with paediatrics through to adults with spinal cord injuries, and in ICU/wards treating patients for mainly cardiorespiratory conditions. Cathleen’s main interest lies in musculoskeletal physiotherapy, looking at the whole body to find and treat injuries and working with paediatrics, assessing a child’s motor functions and incorporating fun but targeted activities to help improve their condition.

Outside of work Cathleen enjoys exploring Sydney’s eateries, playing tennis, swimming, horse riding, stand up paddle boarding, skiing, reading and playing the violin.

Cathleen’s special interests:

  • Treating shoulder and knee pain
  • Thoracic and lower back pain
  • Headaches and neck pain
  • Paediatric conditions such as developmental delays in gross/fine motor movements (4 months and older)

Nicole Storm (Physiotherapist)

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 led 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. 

Nicole's special interests:
  • Exercise based rehabilitation 
  • Chronic pain
  • Neck and Migraine issues

Emma Attard (Physiotherapist)

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.

Natasha Lahood (Physiotherapist)

Natasha Lahood is a Physiotherapist who graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from The University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from ACU. Whilst in her final year of physiotherapy she went on to study Rehabilitation Pilates with Polestar Pilates where she discovered first-hand the numerous benefits of Pilates for your body and mind.

Natasha also has a special interest in Dance, with over 15 
years' experience in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz, she has continued her Postgraduate studies in Dance Medicine. Along with treating dance injuries, Natasha enjoys treating acute and chronic knee and ankle injuries as well as children and adolescent sporting injuries.
When Natasha isn't working, she spends her time outdoors usually at the beach or walking along the headlands and catching up with friends.

Isabel Viegas Schonhofen (Pilates Instructor)

Isabel has recently moved from Brazil where she graduated as a physiotherapist (2008) to join Mind Heart Body Centre. She is a Pilates Method Alliance Instructor (PMA) who has been working in the health industry for over 10 years. Through the years Isabel has been studying myofascial and postural disorders with her main goal being to help her clients achieve Mind, Body and Spirit balance. She has undertaken many Pilates courses and also a post-graduate course in Brazil for the treatment of traumatic-orthopaedic pathologies. She is always wanting to help her clients to reach their goals, improve their technique and provide them with challenging workouts.

Dancing is Isabel's passion. She's had 5 years experience as a ballet dancer and has enjoyed more than 10 years 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!

Violet Simpson  (Receptionist)

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!

Charlotte Twitchell (Receptionist)

Charlotte is a professional dancer/performer from the United States. She graduated Indiana University’s B.S. in Kinesiology program in 2015.  She works as a STOTT pilates instructor, dance instructor, and assistant director/performer with the company Twisted Element.

Along with her many different jobs, she enjoys drawing, painting, and sewing. She loves animals, enjoys spending time with friends and family, and seeing and supporting all art forms.