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At Higher Function we help you to reach their potential emotionally and physically. You are guided in taking on challenges, achieve functional goals and overcome barriers. You learn how to manage pain and stress. As you improve, you flourish and get the best out of life. You get our professional knowledge and experience, combined with evidence-based approaches allows us to work with you in tailoring a range of therapies to meet your needs and achieve the best outcomes for you. We provide our services in a friendly, supportive and safe environment, and we invite you to call us or drop in to our centre and meet our team. Our director, Janet , is passionate about helping you to be your best, and is proud to offer a range of services to help with body and mind. We understand that we can all face difficulties at any time and across a range of issues, and so we offer a range of services to help with mind and body, including individual and, group-based approaches. Our aim is to lead the way as a centre of excellence in all that we provide, including:

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Psychology
  • Massage Therapy

See our full range of services and what we can help with.



Our Team


Janet Fabbri

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

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B.App. Sc [Phty], Grad Dip App Sc [Manip Phty] MAPA Pilates Clinician, APA Accredited Dry Needling Practitioner, APA Accredited Janet is a highly trained and experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with over 27 years practice in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, and has been practicing in the Canberra region for over 15 years. She has also worked in private practice in Sydney, Toowoomba, public hospitals in Tamworth and Sydney,and 1st field Hospital Australian Army Unit in Sydney. She has taught Clinical Pilates Classes in Canberra City for the last 9 years.

Janet is skilled in treating both acute and chronic conditions. She provides help in preparing for, and recovering from surgical procedures, as well as injuries sustained in sporting and everyday life.

Janet has many years experience specialising in treating people with complex, chronic pain disorders in all parts of the body, particularly spinal (back and neck) problems APA Memberand overuse injuries such as RSI. Janet has assisted many people who have experienced long-term and chronic conditions to help reduce pain, function well and balance life, work and play.

Janet is committed to evidence-based best practice and continuing professional development and education to stay in touch with the latest understandings and approaches. As well as continual learning and training, Janet has conducted  research into the effectiveness of Progressive Neck Strengthening  on Neck Pain and Disability. Janet enjoys providing both individual and group treatments and her sense of fun has earned a popular following teaching Pilates classes.

Janet also loves skiing, playing the violin  and mountain biking.



Alyce Shearing

Physiotherapist, MPhty, Pilates Clinician

Alyce graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy in 2013.

Alyce has a strong sporting background obtaining a scholarship for women’s basketball to both the Australian Institute of Sport and an America college where she spent four years. Alyce has therefore developed keen interest in sporting injuries and rehabilitation as well as postural pain.

Alyce has completed level 1 and 2 training in DMA clinical Pilates and level 1 and 2 training in dry needling. She has just recently returned from gaining 3 months of physiotherapy experience in Japan treating snow-sports injuries.

Alyce’s interests include:Alyce website Photo

  • Musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Acute sporting injuries: particularly basketball and snow-sports.
  • Postural pain
  • Strengthening and stability
  • Dry needling
  • Pilates

Outside of work Alyce enjoys good food, travel and fitness and playing with her dog Tori !

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Melissa VincentMel Website PIc

Exercise Physiologist, Physiotherapist,  Pilates Clinician 

Melissa is an experienced Exercise Physiologist and Physiotherapist.

  • Soft Tissue Therapy (Massage Therapy)
  • Bike Assessments
  • Running Assessments – Melissa has run many courses around Australia with Exercise & Sports Science Australia
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Dry Needling




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Sophie Greig-Frugtneit

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Eva Boland

Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Clinician 


Special Interests and Advanced Training

  • Cycling biomechanical analysis, bike fit, performance and rehabilitation
  • Lower back, pelvis and hip rehabilitation, particularly functional and sports specific conditioning
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Eva graduated with Distinction from Deakin University (Bachelor of Applied Science – Exercise and Sports Science) in 2005 where she won the Alfred Deakin Medal for most outstanding graduating student across the university. Eva then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Melbourne where she investigated the molecular response to acute exercise.

Eva has worked in private clinical practice as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist for the past eight years. Over this time she has become expert in helping women with polycystic ovary syndrome (‘PCOS’) understand their condition, improve their sensitivity, and achieve sustainable weight loss. Eva also receives regular referrals from specialists and GPs for clients with chronic fatigue syndrome, having achieved positive results using a combination of tailored education, adaptive pacing and graded exercise therapy.

Eva has also completed advance training in bike fit analysis and optimisation, which is her special area of interest. She is passionate about strength and conditioning for cycling, particularly mountain biking, having helped numerous cyclists achieve greater functional strength for the demands of their discipline, particularly after injury. By completing at least two cycling-specific courses per year, Eva ensures your treatment and training program is based on best-evidence guidelines.


Other areas that may help you or your clients include;

  • Exercise physiology / rehabilitation for low back, pelvis and hip pathology (tendinopathy, osteoarthritis, sports or occupational overuse)
  • Falls prevention and functional strength for seniors and the elderly, including specific treatment for osteopenia/osteoporosis
  • Exercise physiology for the management of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity


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Amy Rose 

Exercise Physiologist, Pilates Clinician

Amy began working at Higher Function in February 2017.  She has a Bachelor degree in Exercise and Sports Science (2013) and has nearly a decade of experience as a personal trainer with a keen interest in strength and conditioning to improve functional strength.  Progressing into further study Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at University of Canberra in 2016.  Since graduating Amy has accredited as an Exercise Physiologist and gained experience in a variety of areas including the management of a variety of chronic diseases, including metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurological conditions.  Amy has a keen interest in Clinical Pilates and incorporates many of the core principles into her programs.  She is passionate about assisting clients to achieve functional goals through active participation in their rehabilitation.

Amy grew up in Canberra and in her spare time she plays AFL, enjoys playing the guitar and singing as well as staying fit through a combination of Pilates, strength training, cycling, and running








Kellie Henning

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Kellie Henning graduated with a Diploma of Remedial Massage with the Australian College of Massage and is a Senior Level One Member with the Association of Massage Therapists.

Kellie can include Myofascial Cupping and Rocktape Kinesiology Taping as part of her treatments as well as Deep Tissue and Trigger Point techniques. Kellie worked with the Penrith Panthers in 2017 and is currently working with the Canberra Raiders.

Prior to becoming a Sports/Remedial Massage Therapist, Kellie played with the Canberra Capitals Women’s Basketball team 1997-2010, whereby she amassed six National Championships (3 as Captain) WNBL Life Membership and played Internationally.


Kellie’s particular interest lies in:

  • fitness
  • sporting injuries/management
  • postural issues
  • general remedial therapy/maintenance/musculoskeletal dysfunctions.




Lisa Anne Bell

Clinical Psychologist


B.A.,M.A., M.Clin.Psych Registered Medicare provider   Lisa  is a clinical psychologist who is passionate about mental health and learning. She has over 18 years experience in private practice and has worked with a range of problems, and  also worked extensively in pain and injury management, including workers compensation. Her areas of expertise are:

  • Anxiety and depression,
  • Eating/dieting disorders,
  • Sexual dysfunction,
  • Psychosomatic disorders,
  • Stress management,
  • Clinical Hypnotherapy,
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder / EMDR,
  • Postnatal Depression,
  • Interpersonal skills training, eg relationship issues,
  • Grief and loss,
  • Chronic Pain Management,
  • Drug and alcohol addiction.APS Member logo

She also speaks Spanish.

For more details go to or call Lisa on 0414 527 044.



Kathy Matheson


Karepsych Pty Ltd


Kathy is a registered (generalist) psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS). She is a warm, caring and compassionate individual with a strong connection to the Canberra Community. She has many years experience working within and providing services to individuals both in public and private organisations. A sound knowledge and understanding of the pressures and stressors associated with organisational systems has grown over this time. In supporting individuals across a diverse range of challenges faced throughout the lifespan, Kathy incorporates cultural, spiritual and developmental differences into her practice. Her strengths lie in facilitating healthy management and acceptance of life transitions, with an understanding that change is a natural part of life.

Kathy believes there is a great deal of value in meeting people where they are at.  She is passionate about her client’s needs, providing a safe environment to establish trust and encourages open and honest communication.  Skilled in different techniques, Kathy tailors her approach to help increase self-awareness, strength and resiliency, thereby helping her clients acquire the skills to facilitate steps towards change. Kathy is a strong advocate for her clients finding their own way forward.

Through her professional journey, Kathy has experience with a myriad of client challenges including, but not limited to:

  • Loss and grief – relationships, death, career, injury and illness;
  • Chronic disease – autoimmune conditions;
  • Mental illness – accepting diagnoses, regulating mood, managing symptoms;
  • Interpersonal difficulties – bullying and harassment;
  • Life choices – sexuality, gender, changing careers, marriage and separation, fertility, parenting;





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