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About us / Helping you to be your best

At Higher Function Physio & Pilates, our experienced Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists have the clinical knowledge and experience to improve your body function and performance. We determine the cause of your physical problem and prescribe specific evidence-based therapeutic exercises and manual therapy to treat them. We treat musculoskeletal, sports and neurological conditions and offer individual and small group therapy. We keep up to date with the latest scientific research in musculoskeletal and sports medicine, and incorporate new advances into our treatments and Clinical Exercise Classes.

Our director, Janet Fabbri and all of our staff are passionate about helping you to be your best and strive to provide and prescribe the best treatment for you.

Our aim is to lead the way as a centre of excellence in all that we provide, including:

  • Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Clinical Exercise Classes (formerly called ‘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] ,APAM ,Pilates Clinician, APA Accredited Dry Needling Practitioner- APA Accredited

Janet is a highly trained and experienced musculoskeletal physiotherapist, with over 31 years practice in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal problems, and has been practicing in the Canberra region for over 18 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 16 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


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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:

  • 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 !

APA Member


Dominique Wood-Ward

Dominique Website Pic


B Phty, BPA (dance), Adv Dip PA (dance), APAM

Dominique graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra in 2019.

She attained her STOTT Pilates method certification Level 1 and 2 Intensive Mat-work Plus in 2013 and has since instructed in both dance schools and Pilates studios in WA, ACT and NSW. She has furthered her Pilates training, participating in the Pilates Equipment Intensive course with the Pilates Institute of Queensland in 2020.

Dominique comes to Physiotherapy from a strong background in classical ballet and contemporary dance. She is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) where she obtained both an Advanced Diploma of Performing Arts (Dance) in 2012 and a Bachelor of Performing Arts in 2014. She has taught both ballet and contemporary dance at dance schools around the ACT and NSW since 2015. Dominique continues to teach adult ballet and still enjoys choreographing for the occasional performance project.

She has a keen interest in Pilates in conjunction with evidence based physiotherapy exercises for both the prevention and management of injuries. Dominique’s other interests include: musculoskeletal physiotherapy, rehabilitation for acute and chronic sporting injuries, particularly in dancers and gymnasts, improving strength, flexibility and balance to support sporting and physical activity endeavours and physiotherapy for neurological conditions.

In her spare time Dominique enjoys cycling, dance and getaways to visit friends and family.APA Member


Andrea Rich


B Phty, APAM

Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from James Cook University in 2015.

Andrea has worked in private practices in Townsville, Brisbane and Canberra and has broad experiences in the management of musculoskeletal injuries, sporting groups and injuries, Pilates, hydrotherapy and paediatrics. Her background in gymnastics has also helped her develop an in-depth understanding of human movement. She is passionate about helping people reach their goals and get back to the activities they enjoy.


Andrea’s interests include:

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • General sporting injuries
  • Dry needling
  • Pilates
  • Paediatrics

Outside of work Andrea enjoys hiking, travel and spenAPA Memberding time with friends and family.


Eva Boland

Exercise Physiologist

B Ex & Sport Sc, BSc (Hons)

Special Interests and Advanced Training

  • Cycling biomechanical analysis, bike fit, performance and rehabilitation (currently unavailable)
  • 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 ESSA_AEP_logo_PMSchronic 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


Jonathan Beale

Exercise Physiologist

B. ExPhys Rehab AES AEP ESSAM 

Jon is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist who loves his job because he gets to help people improve themselves every day. Jon graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation from the University of Canberra in 2015, receiving a Dean’s excellence award along the way.

As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, Jon is a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and passionately believes in taking a whole-person approach when empowering his clients to take their health into their own hands. Jon utilities motivational interviewing techniques, experiential learning, and education to help coach clients who are struggling to take that first step in managing their health. Jon has a special interest in:

  • Persistent pain
  • Mental health
  • Pediatrics
  • Disability
  • Chronic disease managementESSA_AEP_logo_PMS

Jon is a committee member of ACT Exercise and Sports Science Australia Chapter and is focusing on bringing more high-quality professional development courses to the Canberra region. He has been a qualified Pilates instructor for the last 5 years, is the father of 3 wonderful girls, and loves to play soccer in his spare time!


Kellie Henning

Remedial Massage Therapist


Kellie qualified as a Remedial Massage Therapist through the Australian College of Massage in 2014 and is a current member of The Association of Massage Therapists (AMT).

Her passion is to enhance your health and total wellbeing through a personalised and individual approach to massage therapy. She is committed to listening to your needs and creating a customised massage treatment plan to support you in:

  • preventing injury
  • promoting rehabilitation
  • pain and stress relief
  • optimal performance and wellbeing
  • general remedial therapy/maintenance/musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

Kellie has worked with NRL clubs including Penrith Panthers in 2017 and with the Canberra Raiders in 2018 as well as visiting NRL teams:

  • Gold Coast Titans
  • West Tigers
  • Cronulla Sharks.

Kellie has also worked with athletes from sporting teams:                                                         Kellie logo

  • Brumbies
  • Australian Women’s Waterpolo
  • Australian Women’s Gymnastics and
  • Australian representatives for Athletics
  • Basketball, Aussie Rules, Running and weekend warriors.

Prior to becoming a Remedial Massage Therapist, Kellie competed at elite level sport in the Australian Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) from 1996 to 2010 as well as competing internationally.

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Chantal Semmens

In Balance – Remedial Massage

Chantal has over 10 years of experience in the remedial massage industry.  She graduated from the Government accredited ACT College of Natural Therapies in (2003) and Canberra Institute of Technology in (CIT) in (2019) and holds a Diploma in Remedial Massage.  Chantal has previously operated her own home based therapeutic massage business and has worked with a range of clients including athletes, corporate, tradespersons and the elderly.

Chantal has a keen interest in sports in particular AFL and basketball. She has had a long term interest in alternative healthcare and personal development from a young age and has studied continuously in a range of subjects including international studies, community development, horticulture and creative writing.  She is a member of Massage and Myotherapy Australia (MMA).

Chantal uses a holistic approach to her consultations drawing on recognised massage techniques and adapting them to clients’ particular needs.

She specialises in Remedial, Sports and Relaxation massage.

Styles of Treatments

  • Remedial
  • Sports
  • Relaxation
  • Pregnancy
  • Myofascial Release and
  • Trigger Point Therapy

Treatment Areas of Interest

  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Lower back and hip pain
  • Massage to relieve everyday stress and tension

The benefits of therapeutic massage

  • Stress Reduction, Blood Flow Stimulation, Lymphatic System Stimulation, Improved Flexibility
  • Muscle Tension Relief, Body Relaxation and Improved Overall Well Being

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Chantal is available for appointments on Tuesdays from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

Call  6262 9664 to book an appointment with Chantal.


Dr Victoria Carr and Dr Jonathan Carr

Phoenix Psychology 

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Clinton McCulloch

Clinical Psychologist

B.A. Grad.Dip.Psych. B.Psych.Sci.(Hons). M.Clin.Psych. M.Res.(Psych). MAPS.

Clinton is a Clinical Psychologist who works in private practice in Canberra. He has been supporting people in their growth and healing for over 10 years, and has particular experience working with emotional difficulties such as trauma, anxiety, and mind-body health.  

His therapeutic approach to working with people is founded on holism, collaboration, and curiosity, drawing upon a range of modalities including Mindfulness-based therapies, Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Trauma-Informed Therapies. He is also a 3-year Graduate of the Hakomi method, a mindfulness-centred somatic psychotherapy.
His intention for therapy is to create a warm, non-judgmental, and mindful space to support growth and healing. 

The conditions I have special interest and experience in working with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Developmental and early life trauma in adults  
  • Social Anxiety
  • Trauma & Post-traumatic Stress
  • Low mood & depression
  • Stress
  • Attachment and interpersonal Issues

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