About Us


Lee Ajzenman

Lee is the founder and owner of Core Physio + Pilates. Her hard work and infectious optimism makes her a force to be reckoned with. While not taking on new clients, Lee can be found covering clinical classes and teaching Reformer when one of her staff needs
a break.

Graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002, Lee is a Polestar Pilates certified rehabilitation clinician, an alumni ambassador for Lululemon Athletica, and a regular presenter on health and wellness for allied health clinicians, health and industry bodies and businesses.

Lee is passionate about professional development and sharing of knowledge. She has attended conferences globally on Pilates and health, including the International Pilates Conference in Boston and the Pilates on Tour Conference in San Francisco.

One of Lee’s passions is hosting labour and birth skills workshops here at Core. She has always been interested in women’s health and ten years later, continues to give her all to not only her business and staff, but her clients as well. When not at Core, Lee is working on her own Pilates, off for a run or spending time with her family.

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Riley Bodger

Riley is a fiercely loyal and hardworking practitioner. With a Bachelor of Health Science and Physiotherapy from AUT University, NZ in 2007, and currently undertaking her Graduate Certificate of Sports Physiotherapy, Riley has a particular interest in sports Physiotherapy and spinal injuries.

As the head Physio at Carlton Football Club, AFLW, and the head of health and wellbeing at that very same Club, Riley was also the Principal Physiotherapist of Monash Victoria Netball League, under 19 Division One championship teams. She loves working closely with her players and clients, using not only her years of experience and education, but her compassion and forward-thinking.

Riley is also a DMA and APPI Pilates Certified Rehab Clinician and in the few moments she gets between working at Core and her other commitments, Riley enjoys Yoga, practising her Pilates and spending as much time with family and friends as she can.

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Morgan Williams

“Practise what you preach,” is a mantra for Morgan, who can often be found doing her own Pilates in the studio between treating patients. She became a qualified Physiotherapist in Auckland NZ in 2013 and is an APPI Pilates Certified Rehabilitation Clinician.

Always with a smile and a kind word, Morgan has a keen interest in sports Physiotherapy and post-operative rehabilitation and has furthered her education into the benefits and practice of
dry needling.

When not in the studio or treating patients, Morgan can be found leading a very active lifestyle by practising her gymnastics, athletics, Pilates or traveling the world whenever she gets the chance.

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Katie Sandford

Katie believes in self-management and active rehabilitation. With a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2013, and having completed courses in Mackenzie lumbar spine, spinal level 1, dry needling, physio bike fit, APA sports level 1 & 2, she is currently undertaking her graduate certificate in sports physio.

Through this, as well as being a DMA qualified Pilates instructor, Katie guides her patients though their injuries and improving posture and mobility. Katie is especially fond of working with knee and sports injuries as well as shoulder and neck issues and headaches.

Her love for sports physio and personal improvement has led her to become the head physio for Indoor Netball Australia, the 2015 Australian Netball Team and a team physio for the African Wildlife Safari Cycling Team, 2014. When not studying or at Core, Katie is often off somewhere camping, snowboarding, surfing, climbing or if you catch her on a slow day, cooking or reading.

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Gabi Stanger

Passionate about movement and exercise, Gabi graduated as a qualified Physiotherapist from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa in 1981. She then furthered her education into movement and rehabilitation through Certificates in Manual Therapy, Hydrotherapy, a Graduate Diploma in movement and Dance, and has been an APPI Pilates certified instructor and Rehabilitation Clinician for over a decade.

Gabi has a special interest in orthopaedic rehabilitation, chronic pain, pre/post pregnancy care and preventative health. She always adopts a big picture, holistic approach to treatment.

When not at Core, Gabi can be found dancing her heart out, practising Yoga or Pilates, reading the next great novel or outside enjoying nature and exploring the Australian bushland.

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Nicole Tang

Nicole graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Doctor of Physiotherapy Postgrad Degree in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science in 2011. She has over 5 years of experience as a private practice Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates Instructor. As a Certified APPI Pilates Instructor, Nicole loves helping people achieve their health, fitness and rehab goals through remaining active and having fun.

Nicole has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, playing tennis and basketball through her childhood. She now maintains her fitness through running, Pilates, dynamic strength/cardio exercises as well as hiking and boxing. She even completed a half marathon in Singapore. On top of this, Nicole loves traveling, food photography and trying different restaurants and cafes. She also loves baking and sharing her homemade goodies. In 2018 Nicole traveled around Europe for 3 months and thrives on being exposed to new cultures, places and cuisines.

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Nicole Fleiszig

Nicole is a musculoskeletal Physiotherapist with over 24 years of experience treating spinal and sports injuries. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and a Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy, Nicole went on to become a certified Polestar Clinical Pilates Practitioner and a certified PINC Cancer Rehabilitation Practitioner.

A calm, seasoned, instructor with years of experience and interest in injury prevention and rehabilitation, Nicole believes in safe, functional training. She works with sports and spinal treatment, and management and rehabilitation for women diagnosed with cancer. Nicole works hard towards helping her clients improve their general health and well-being through Pilates.

When away from work, Nicole loves to go jogging or skiing whenever she can. Otherwise she can always be found spending time with her family and friends.

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Corinne Golshevsky

Corinne graduated with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy from the University of Melbourne and a post-graduate certificate in Aquatic Physiotherapy. With an intrinsic belief in developing awareness of movement for everyday function, Corinne works to instill control and stability education for all her clients and uses her extensive knowledge of Pilates and movement to help her clients reach their wellness goals.

Pilates is a passion for Corinne, who frequents Polestar Pilates symposiums and has attended Polestar Pilates with Brent Anderson workshops, Polestar Pilates Ongoing Education – Pilates for: hip and pelvis and the Courtney Miller Reformer Sequencing Course. As well as furthering her Physiotherapy education, Corinne specialises in maximising performance and minimising injury in the runner, women’s health, high intensity training, rotational sports and cyclists, and Mastermind lower limb tendinopathy and biomechanics.

Corinne is always keeping active, having completed a 200-hour accredited yoga teacher training, and Appi therapeutic yoga for health practitioners. Corinne brings her enthusiasm for life into each and every class. When she’s not teaching Pilates at Core, Corinne is spending time with her family, running, or immersing herself in an inspiring book or podcast.

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Spencer Rensberg

Spencer is an Australian Qualified Myotherapist with an interest in helping people with Stationary Work Syndrome through working with fascia and getting people up and moving! Education and putting things together is a big motivator for Spencer. He loves figuring out how and why things get stiff and painful, and what to do in order to make things better. He says that “by working with fascia, muscles become less restricted, allowing for more movement.”

As a Myotherapist, Spencer is able to relieve tension and pain though a variety of treatments including deep tissue massage, dry needling and cupping.

During his time off, Spencer can be found watching or playing football, keeping up with the latest movies or going on a spontaneous adventure.

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Jamilly Amaral

Jamilly is a Brazilian qualified Physiotherapist and has been since 2009. She loves teaching Pilates and throws herself head-first into each and every one of her classes. Jamilly never gives up on anything and will always go the extra mile without being asked.

Always looking to learn more and striving towards excellence with every step, Jamilly has completed multiple Pilates courses including Metaronpus Studio Pilates, a Postgraduate Certificate in Pilates Method, and is a Polestar Pilates Certified Rehabilitation Clinician. She has also completed an advanced course in Kineto taping method; and a Manipulative Physiotherapy and Knee Rehabilitation course. Jamilly is constantly building on her knowledge of Pilates, rehabilitation and sports Physiotherapy in order to bring a new perspective to her classes. She loves trying new things and will always be ready to work with her clients towards goals and over obstacles.

Seeing the beauty in movement, Jamilly loves to photograph her surroundings, traveling whenever she can and enjoying cycling around Melbourne when she can’t. Jamilly always puts her whole heart into everything she tries. Never going halfway or giving up on her clients, Jamilly is always on the ball and ready to do everything she can to help everyone around her.


Lauren Charlton

Lauren has almost 10 years experience as a Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor across a wide range of areas. We welcome her back to Core with her diverse skill set after working in one of the most sought after Private Physiotherapy and Pilates Clinics in London.

Her energy for ongoing professional development together with her broad clinical experience allows her to confidently assess and treat a wide range of conditions.


She has completed several higher level Physiotherapy certificates in courses certified by the Australian Physiotherapy Association including Sports Physiotherapy, Vestibular rehabilitation, Amputee Rehabilitation, Spinal Physiotherapy (including headache treatment) and Women’s Health and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation. She has also had vast experience working in orthopaedic, musculoskeletal, trauma, respiratory and neurological rehabilitation and fracture clinics at various tertiary hospitals.

Lauren strongly believes in evidence based practice and the holistic benefits of core stability, control, strength and body awareness. She is able to identify the need for and deliver manual therapies to optimise recovery. She is also a certified Dry Needling therapist.

Her driven, fun and thoughtful personality complements her client management, where she is always searching to educate, empower and satisfy others.


Genevieve Gaylard

Prior to completing her Physiotherapy degree at Latrobe University in 2016, Gen was working as a Musculoskeletal Therapist in private practice, treating a broad range of physical complaints. While she thoroughly enjoyed the manual therapy side of her work, she wanted to gain skills in exercise prescription for well-rounded rehabilitation care. So, she headed back to Uni to become a Physio.

Gen enjoys working with clients of all ages, helping them achieve optimal physical health and general wellbeing. She loves to involve her clients in their own recovery through education and empower them to be in charge of their progress.

Having practiced Pilates for a few years for her own health and fitness, Gen knew its many benefits and how it could be performed by anyone of any age and physical background. In 2017, she set out to become an APPI-trained practitioner. She’s most recently seen how valuable Pilates can be for keeping active during the pre- and post natal periods, having welcomed her first baby in August 2018.

In her spare time, Gen loves to relax with a great book or head out for big walks with her baby boy.


Courtney Essex

Courtney has recently graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at The University of Melbourne following her Bachelor’s degree in Human Structure and Function. Courtney enjoys working with sporting or lower limb injuries and in women’s health.

She has spent three years working closely with the netballers at Southern Saints Netball Club and has also developed skills using APPI Pilates as a rehabilitation tool.

Courtney believes strongly in maintaining an active lifestyle during injury rehabilitation and throughout life, and finds that the Pilates classes at Core are the perfect setting for this. She places great importance on enjoying yourself and having fun whenever possible.
Outside of work, Courtney likes to travel when she can, and to stay active by playing netball or snow skiing.


Mei Hubnick

Mei is a qualified Physiotherapist and Pilates instructor and comes to Core with a diverse background including gymnastics and yoga. Mei graduated from The University of Sydney with a BA in Applied science (Physiotherapy) back in 2016.

Physiotherapist at St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney. She gained vital experience working in ICU, Emergency and with neuro rehab and musculoskeletal outpatients. It was during this year that she developed a strong passion for musculoskeletal sporting injuries.

Following this, she transitioned into working at a busy private practice on the northern beaches, which focused on Pilates-based rehab to help patients recover from their injuries. She undertook her Pilates training through Studio Pilates.

Mei’s background is in dance and gymnastics. She trained as an elite gymnast for 14 years, and competed at three world championships, along with several national competitions. This gymnastics background sparked her love for the yoga world and she recently completed her teacher training.

Mei has a holistic approach to treating her clients and her values strongly align with what Core stands for — going above and beyond to provide an individualised and high quality service.

Outside of work, Mei loves long distance running, reading Murakami novels, solving cryptic crosswords and whipping up delicious vegan foods with her partner.