About Calm & Connection Physiotherapy
Sale, Victoria, Gerringong & Shellharbour, NSW South Coast

The division of our nervous system controlling our involuntary bodily actions is known as the ‘parasympathetic nervous system’. As opposed to our ‘flight and fight’ system, it is associated with a state of safety, peace, calm and happiness. Dr Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg terms it our ‘Calm & Connection’ system (The Oxytocin Factor, 2011)

About Julia Berger

Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy, Pilates, Chronic Pain Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Charles Sturt University) and Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor and Continence Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne) and and APA member of Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health.

After graduating from university I entered the world of sports physiotherapy where I enjoyed working on the South Coast of NSW for 5 years. As I began to focus on clients who suffered from chronic pain, I found myself exploring the mind-body connection, and how the mind can greatly influence our health and well being. A developing passion for women’s health led me to complete my post graduate studies in pelvic floor and continence physiotherapy. Together with my experience in Pilates, core stability and mindfulness, I was able to bring a re-energised, evidence based approach to treating clients with a range of conditions.

I have been blessed enough to experience the wonder of pregnancy and childbirth, giving birth to my beautiful daughter in early 2016. My experience has given me a new found empathy for my clients, and further fuelled my passion in pelvic floor physiotherapy.

I am so excited to share my skills and knowledge with clients through a variety of holistic wellness strategies and a network of likeminded health care practitioners.

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About Jane Strachan

APA Continence & Women’s Health Physiotherapist

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (University of Otago), Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy- Continence and Women’s Health (Curtin University of Technology) and APA titled member in Continence & Women’s Health

Following graduation from Otago University (NZ) with bachelors in physiotherapy, I worked in NZ then Melbourne with a focus on musculoskeletal and sport physiotherapy clients. When I met my husband and moved to Gippsland, the focus of my career turned towards women’s health.  Once I started to manage pelvic health clients, I noted that very few practitioners worked locally providing this important care in a supportive setting.   I embarked on my clinical master’s degree in 2010, and following completion of this, I have continued to study in the area of pelvic health with a special interest in stress and urge incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse.

I believe that both keeping up to date and treating with current best practice are important for effective management of all my clients.

Providing local, high quality healthcare for rural and regional communities is a significant part of my ethos as a practitioner.  I have worked in pelvic health and continence management in the Latrobe valley since 2009, and I have developed good close working relationships with both local and metropolitan based clinicians. This enables greater streamlining of care regardless of the path patients choose. I am a strong advocate for my patients so they can receive the most appropriate care.

I enjoy an active lifestyle, living on our farm with my husband and two children.  As a member of the Country Women’s Association, I also love connecting with other rural groups and providing support and care for those who need it (and the cakes and scones aren’t bad too!).

About Claire Smith

Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy, Pilates, Breast Care Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) Leeds Metropolitan University, Bachelor (Hons) Sport therapy and Remedial Massage and APA member of Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health.

After graduating in 2006, then working within the UK National Health Service, I  immigrated from the UK to fulfil my love of the outdoors with much better weather. My journey allowed me to relocate to Sale as a permanent resident and we are now expecting our first baby.

I have worked in a diverse range of physiotherapy areas such as post operative breast care, stroke/neurology, orthopaedic and  medical/surgical respiratory care before settling into private practice for the last 8 years.  My passion is to treat and improve the quality of life of women during pregnancy, and the problems encountered post natal. The pelvic floor is one of my key interests with its myriad of complications such as continence, prolapse, and other pelvic floor complaints.

My approach to treatment is based on a breadth of knowledge through Australian and UK health care systems. I use an individualised approach to rehabilitation and management from manual therapy, hands on treatment and dry needling, to Pilates based programs and empowerment through education and understanding.

My Life’s motto is to love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.

About Sasha Ferguson

Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy, Ante-natal and Post-natal care, Chiropractic & Physiotherapy

Master of Physiotherapy Studies (University of Qld), Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic floor and Continence Physiotherapy (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Clinical Science/Chiropractic Science (RMIT) & member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.

After completing my Physiotherapy studies in 2008 I initially entered into the world of acute physiotherapy working in a variety of hospital settings in Queensland, including Intensive care, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Medical/Surgical and Rural. Coming from a Chiropractic background (2006) and having a love for manual therapy, I soon gravitated back to the private practice setting and have since worked in a diverse range of Musculoskeletal and Pilates Physiotherapy clinics across NSW, Victoria and New Zealand.

My interest in Women’s Health and pregnancy conditions developed prior to staring my own family in 2013 leading me to further my studies in this area, and have since completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. I have subsequently had a heavy focus on treating pelvic floor dysfunction and am particularly passionate about working with pre and post-natal women. I particularly enjoy combining this with my previous knowledge and experience in manual therapy and rehabilitation through Clinical Pilates, to provide an individualised and holistic approach to help manage my clients.

About Nicola Hribar

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy, Paediatrics, Ante-natal and Post-natal care, Pilates

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (1st class Hons) (University of Canberra), Australian Physiotherapy Association Sports Level 1 & 2, member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association, the Australia Physiotherapy Association Paediatric National Group and Australian Physiotherapy Association Women’s Men’s & Pelvic Health National Group 

After graduating in 2017, I entered the world of musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy as a uniformed physiotherapist for the Australian Defence Force. I was posted to Townsville from 2017-2019 where I enjoyed being a part of a large rehabilitation team. Over this time, I gained invaluable experience and training in acute and chronic injury management with a focus on holistic and evidence based best practices. My breadth of skills in manual and exercise therapy allows me to individualise management to achieve more sustainable outcomes for my clients.  

As a physiotherapist I am passionate about restoring independence and empowering through education and understanding, which is why I found myself growing an interest in paediatrics and pelvic health. In 2019, I embarked on an women’s health course and commenced my Post Graduate Certificate in Paediatrics at Melbourne University. Since moving to Gippsland I’ve been working as a physiotherapist for children with additional needs. As a new member of Calm & Connection I am excited to bring my experience and training in order to help clients regain independence and confidence.  

Our mission

To provide effective, evidence-based, meaningful healthcare in a supportive and kind environment.
To promote health and empower people suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction.
To pursue passion and knowledge so that we may positively impact individual and community health.

Our values

Commitment to patient centred care
By embracing a patient centred approach we aim to ensure that the rights and needs of each client are met, their goals are pursued, and our interactions are based on respect and equality. We aim to reduce anxiety and improve the emotional, social and biomedical outcomes for our clients.
The pursuit of knowledge
Health care is an ever evolving field, with a continuum of knowledge and skills to be mastered. Our pursuit of knowledge is what drives us toward being the leaders in evidence based therapies and ensuring our team continues to achieve excellence in physiotherapy.
Excellence in our field
A commitment to quality practice, a sound knowledge base and strong physiotherapy skills are essential components to achieving client satisfaction and reaching meaningful outcomes. Our practitioners continue to strive for excellence in their field by pursuing post graduate education and skill training, and operating within a collaborative environment.
Health limitations rarely occur in a single dimension, therefore, we strive to treat all clients holistically, with collaboration between multiple disciplines. Through collaboration we aim to bridge the gaps in treatment and to expand the potential of our clients and our profession.
At Calm & Connection Physiotherapy we are committed to ensuring our services are appropriate for a range of cultures, ages, sexual orientation and backgrounds. We aim to contribute to a vision where healthcare is equitable and accessible for all people.


Our practitioners hold professional memberships with the following organisations:

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • The Continence Foundation of Australia
  • The Women’s Health Training Association
  • International Children’s Continence Society

Pelvic floor health