About Calm & Connection Physiotherapy – Sale, Victoria

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 Sarah Watson

Pelvic Floor & Continence Physiotherapy, Pilates, Breast Care Physiotherapy, Orthopaedic Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons) Monash University, member of Australian Physiotherapy Association and currently undertaking Post Graduate Certificate in Women’s Health & Continence.

I have enjoyed living and working in Gippsland since graduating from Monash University which has given me a broad experience across different areas of physiotherapy including orthopaedic physiotherapy, women’s health and breast care physiotherapy. Through this experience, I have continued to develop a passion for Women’s Health and Continence, which I believe is a really important, meaningful and unique area of physiotherapy.

Pregnancy and early motherhood is a vital part of people’s lives, and physiotherapy can make a huge difference to quality of life in this stage. I want women to feel empowered to seek help for problems that arise at any point in this period and beyond. I enjoy treating the wide variety of issues that can arise, including musculoskeletal, bowel, bladder and lactation problems.

Since discovering my passion, I have commenced post graduate study in Women’s Health and Continence to further my knowledge, and ensure I provide patients with high quality and evidence based treatment. I look forward to bringing these skills to my home region of Gippsland and to further improve the health of our regional community.

Outside of work, I love spending my weekends and free time outside (with sunscreen and a hat…) hiking and camping in beautiful parts of Gippsland, Victoria, all parts of Australia and occasionally overseas!

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

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