Who We Are
Founder & Physiotherapist
Scoliosis has been a part of my life since the age of 12 - I was a regular teen but with an irregular spinal curve. My scoliosis progressively increased throughout my teenage years and resulted in extensive back surgery in 2013 to fuse and straighten my spine.
Back then, there were limited conservative treatment options for scoliosis. The experience was tough, but it ignited a passion in me. I was determined to change things, inspire young teens navigating similar journeys, and change the way scoliosis is managed in Australia. So, I took a leap of faith and and embarked in a path to become a physiotherapist.
In 2017, I completed my first Schroth certification in Spain and then spent time living and working in Vancouver as part of the founding ScoliClinic team. In 2019, my dream became a reality. I opened Curv (formerly known as The Scoliosis Collective) - a space dedicated to spinal physiotherapy, scoliosis, and postural health. My vision is to create a place where anyone dealing with scoliosis can find all the support they need under one roof, from physio to bracing, even psychological services. After all, scoliosis isn't just a physical journey, it's an emotional one too.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll usually find me walking my labradoodle Louie, creating new recipes, working out at the gym or perfecting my coffee making skills.
ISST Schroth Course Level 1 &2, 2023
WHTA Women’s Health Physiotherapy Intensive Course, 2018
APPI Pilates Equipment Level 1,2,3,4, 2018
Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School – C1, 2017
APA Sports Physiotherapy Level 1 course, 2016
Pilates Equipment 1,2 &3 for Physiotherapists, Pilates Institute of Queensland, 2016
Musculoskeletal Segmental Layering and Dry Needling Course, Combined Health, 2015 Rocktape Kinesiology and Power Taping course, 2014
Studio Pilates International Matwork Instructor Course, 2014
Doctor of Physiotherapy, Bond University, 2014
Level 1 Sports Trainer course, 2012
Bachelor of Exercise Science, Bond University, 2012
From being diagnosed with scoliosis at the age of 12, myself and dear mother found ourselves stumbling through the healthcare system in search of information and treatment. Unfortunately, we had very little success, with many of our questions and concerns being left unanswered. This was quite an overwhelming experience for my adolescent self. Many years on, I’m now living comfortably with my curve – it’s taught me resilience and an appreciation for my unique self!
Why Did I Become a Physiotherapist?
I come from a sporty background and have always found a genuine joy in caring for others. Naturally, this led me down the path to become a physiotherapist. Upon graduating with a Masters of Physiotherapy from Swinburne University, I reflected on my previous experience as a teenager seeking treatment for scoliosis. I wondered what could I do better and whether there were opportunities to utilise my newly learnt skills as a therapist in this unique field.
A quick google search brought me to Curv. Upon visiting the practice and undertaking additional study on the Schroth method, I immediately grew a passion for scoliosis based physiotherapy. This lead me to wear I am today -a therapist who strives to be the type of practitioner I needed when I was a teenager, one who provides reassurance and education to help others live comfortably within their curves.
Outside of the clinic, you’ll usually find me practicing pilates, at the local bowls club or in the bush cooking a meal beside a campfire.
BSPTS Schroth Level 1, 2023
Master of Physiotherapy, 2022
BSTPS Base Course, 2022
Bachelor in Public Health Science, 2020
I’m originally from the Philippines and moved to the Gold Coast in 2019 after meeting my husband through triathlon racing.
With my 10 years extensive customer service experience in hospitality, real estate, retail, and the health industry, I have grown to be more and more passionate about holistic health and supporting people in their journey to living a radiant life. I enjoy practising yoga, meditation, and spending time in nature. I am currently working on my STOTT Pilates Instructor Certification.
As a Scoliosis patient myself seeking answers and support for nearly two decades now, I was very excited to discover Curv and learn about the Schroth Method. Its definitely something I wish was available to me in my teenage years!
I am so grateful to be a part of the Curv team, and eager to be of service to anyone seeking spinal health.