Meet The Team

Dr Barbara Hungerford PhD. B.App Sci (Physiotherapy)

Barbara Hungerford, Director of Sydney Spine & Pelvis Physiotherapy Centre, has been a physiotherapist for over 35 years. Her inspiration to improve people with back, neck, hip and pelvic pain are treated has come from the many patients she has seen whose daily symptoms have overtaken their capacity to enjoy life. Her own research led her into teaching, and she founded Advanced Manual Therapy Associates P/L in 1995 as a vessel to provide educational courses for physiotherapists and medical practitioners. Barbara continues to provide these courses both in Australia and overseas. In 1997 she undertook a PhD that investigated the alteration of pelvic biomechanics and muscle recruitment in association with pelvic dysfunction. This was accepted in 2002 and she has since published this research in International Peer reviewed journals.  Please visit the AMTA website for more information. Barbara is also regularly asked to present her research, and ideas about treatment of back and pelvic pain, to medical conferences and physiotherapy groups internationally.

The opening of Sydney Spine & Pelvis Physiotherapy Centre in 2003 was a major achievement for Barb, as it provided an opportunity to create a centre of excellence in which the latest science of treatment could be combined with the passion to heal and help people regain control of their life and ease their pain. Clinically, she provides assessment, diagnosis, ant treatment for neck pain and headaches, upper back, thoracic and referred arm pain, low back and pelvic pain, hip pain, pregnancy related issues, visceral and cranio-sacral therapy.

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Vanessa Barnes. B.App Sci (Physiotherapy), B.Sc (Psychology)


Vanessa Barnes is an experienced physiotherapist who graduated in 2002 from Sydney University. She is also a qualified psychologist and a member of the Australian Physio Association and British Ballet Association.  Vanessa has worked in private practice for 15 years and has a strong background in sports Physiotherapy and musculoskeletal injuries that has focused her interests into treatment of low back and pelvic pain, treatment of difficult neck & thoracic and cranial injuries, pregnancy related injuries and sports related injuries. She combines her advanced skills in Muscle Energy techniques, McKenzie, Maitland, ISM and cranio-sacral approach to improve articular mobility and reduce joint pain and stiffness. Vanessa has also undergone extensive training with Barb Hungerford to develop her diagnostic skills and approach to manual therapy and approach to patient care. She has trained in Lumbo-Pelvic Stability retraining and Pilates approach to exercise rehabilitation and therefore combines manual therapy with exercise rehabilitation to assist each patient with full recovery. Vanessa has extensive experience in creating specific progressions in exercise rehabilitation programs for lumbo-pelvic, neck, and hip rehabilitation and is involved in running the Specific Exercise Classes provided at Sydney Spine and Pelvis Physiotherapy Centre plus teaching our Pilates matt classes.

Vanessa has attained her Level 3 Sports Certificate in 2012 and previously worked for a number of sports teams such as local rugby and soccer squads. She is also involved in treatment of ballet related injuries, including hip, knee and ankle injuries.

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Jay Cunningham. B.App Sci (Physiotherapy), Certified Pilates Instructor

 Jay combines her 20 plus years of clinical expertise in private practice with an evidence informed and highly contemporary practice. With a holistic approach, she applies refined assessment and manual therapy skills, and precision brain/body retraining, with a focus on return to wellness and physical performance. She has specialised expertise in conditions of the lumbopelvic, hip, thorax/rib and neck/shoulder regions, tendinopathy. She also has specific training in treating Diastasis Rectus Abdominus (abdominal separation) in post partum women, men and children. She is adept at unpacking complex and recurrent presentations, and explaining to her patients the primary causes and effective treatment plans for long term solutions. Jay is also experienced in applying these skills in telehealth and online rehabilitation.

 Jay’ recently completed postgraduate PD including a 1year postgraduate course in the Integrated Systems Model with renowned Canadian physiotherapist Diane Lee plus expansion into treating Diastasis Rectus Abdominus. She has undertaken extensive mentoring with Dr Barb Hungerford, in addition to having completed the full series of AMTA courses in integrated approaches to the spine, pelvis, neck and thorax, including Muscle Energy Technique. Other postgraduate courses have included the APA Sports Physiotherapy course, McKenzie method, LJ Lee’s thoracic ring approach, Real Time Ultrasound techniques, craniosacral therapy, Alison Grimaldi’s hip approach, and lower limb tendinopathy treatment.She joined SSP Physio in 2017 & brings her advanced clinical skills along with her strengths as a great listener, communicator and educator. Jay also loves putting her enjoyment of her role as educator to work as a teaching assistant on Barb’s postgraduate professional development courses for physiotherapists, and as a Pilates Practitioner running Sydney Spine's Exercise Rehab/Pilates program. 

Jay has completed the Australian Pilates Method association’s certification plus gained international certification in pre and post-natal Pilates and ran her own highly regarded private rehabilitation practice in Sydney until 2010.

 

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Amy Greenlees. Masters Physiotherapy, Masters Ex. Sports Sci., Womens Health & Continence Physiotherapist

Amy has worked extensively in private practice and has a strong background in sports Physiotherapy and musculoskeletal injuries as well as having a passion for Womens Health and Continence Retraining for both men & women. She has also undergone training in the ISM approach for holistic assessment & diagnosis of altered body function with Diane Lee and also trained extensively with Barb Hungerford to further progress her diagnostic skills and approach to manual therapy and patient care. She therefore has a depth of experience with treatment of low back and pelvic pain, treatment of difficult neck & thoracic injuries, pregnancy and post-partum related injuries and sports injuries. She combines her advanced skills in Muscle Energy techniques, ISM, rib ring approach and Watson techniques to improve articular mobility, and reduce joint pain and stiffness. 

As a Womens Health Physio Amy provides treatment for:

• Breast problems from feeding – Mastitis
• Assessment & muscle retraining for Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA)
• Pelvic Floor Muscle (PFM) assessment
• Prolapse assessment
• Postural and Pelvic / lumbar spine assessment

Amy combines her qualifications as an Exercise Physiologist & physiotherapist to provide excellence in creating exercise rehabilitation programs for lumbo-pelvic, neck, and hip rehabilitation and she is involved in running the Specific Exercise Classes provided at Sydney Spine and Pelvis Physiotherapy Centre

  

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Michelle Wong. Masters Physiotherapy, Masters Ex. Sports Sci, B.Sc (Psychology)

Michelle holds a Masters (Physiotherapy) & Exercise & Sports Science, and for the past 10 years she has concentrated her experience into diagnosis and treatment of pelvic and lower limb injuries, hip and lower limb injuries, plus sports injuries and exercise prescription.She combines her advanced skills in Muscle Energy techniques, Maitland,  ISM and visceral approach to improve articular mobility and reduce joint pain and stiffness. Michelle has also undergone extensive training with mentors such as Barb Hungerford, L.J Lee and Diane Lee to develop her diagnostic skills and approach to manual therapy and approach to patient care. Michelle is also a keen dancer and provides specialised care for Dance related injuries and assessment of young dancers requiring assessment or assistance to improve their movement strategies to minimise training and performance injuries. She also works with professional dancers at Bangarra Dance and understands the needs of these high level athletes

Michelle’s treatments incorporate the latest evidence in manual therapy techniques and specificity in lumbo-pelvic stability retraining for pregnant mums, dancers, athletes, and people who have suffered an injury to their back, pelvis, hip, rib cage and neck. Her experience includes specificity in rehabilitation following lower limb injuries such as hip labral tears, gluteal tendinopathy, ligamentous injuries of the knee and ankle, and achilles tendonosis, and she co-ordinates and runs our Core Retraining classes at Sydney Spine & Pelvis Centre .

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Annie Jeffries. PhD, Masters Clinical Exercise Physiology, B. Sc (Exercise Science)

  Annie Jeffries is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist who has just completed her PhD in “Injury, illness and physical demands of Professional dancers”. 

 She has completed Bachelor’s degrees in Human Movement Science & Exercise Science plus a Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology. Annie joins the SSP team with a depth of experience in retraining movement,  improving load and technique and working with a variety of mediums to improve endurance and daily function in people wanting to improve function, return to exercise or just get stronger.

 Annie was previously a professional classical ballet dancer and trained at the English National Ballet. She is currently the exercise physiology consultant for the Sydney Dance Company and also works with the   Bangarra Dance Theatre. Having been a former dancer Annie has a keen interest in injuries and conditioning in relation to dancers. Additionally, she has done extensive work in the wider population in exercise   rehabilitation for spine, pelvic, hip and shoulder injuries. She will be providing both individual sessions and small group exercise classes, Pilates classes, plus individual movement analysis and retraining for dancers   at Sydney Spine & Pelvis Centre