Russell Mackenzie 


Russell graduated from University of SA in 1994 with Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy with First Class Honours.

He worked in Mildura for two years in private practice before returning to Adelaide to work at TQEH.  He was Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Senior Physiotherapist at TQEH between 2001 and 2004.

Russell has over twenty years experience and started Adelaide West Pilates and Physiotherapy in June 2009, with the principles of hands-on treatment, Pilates and exercise therapy and teaching the skills of self management.

Since then, he has become a Credentialled McKenzie Therapist, in Robin McKenzie’s system of assessment and treatment which has an emphasis on symptom reduction and resolution through movement and self management.

Dean Watson’s Watson Headache® Approach fits perfectly with these principles.  After doing the Level I course in 2012, he underwent the Level II consolidation course in Sydney in 2013. He completed the Level III certification course in Sydney in February 2014, and is now a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner.

Russell is passionate about helping headache sufferers, and is excited by the results that he has seen in patients in the time that he has been applying Dean’s methods, and has created the Adelaide West Headache Clinic with the aim of sharing benefit of this knowledge with as many headache sufferers as possible.

Russell has also attended two courses run by Professor Gwen Jull prior to her retirement on cervicogenic headache and whiplash, for a different point of view on management.

Russell has an interest in pain management and helping those with persistent pain problems through the use of a ‘whole person approach’ (otherwise known as a biopsychosocial approach).  This includes pain biology education and novel therapies like Graded Motor Imagery (GMI), and the latest in pain neuroscience knowledge.  He embraces the work of David Butler and the NOI group.

With a competitive swimming background, he also has an interest in sports injuries and is a member of the APA Sports Physiotherapy Group and the APA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Group.

Kirsty Prior

Kirsty is a highly experienced physio, graduating from the University of South Australia in 2002 and having worked in a diverse range of practice settings, including working as a Senior Orthopaedic Physiotherapist in Oxford, and more recently in private practice in Adelaide.

Kirsty is one of only five Credentialled McKenzie therapists in Adelaide.

Kirsty places a strong emphasis on education, exercise, and independent patient management in musculoskeletal conditions.

In addition to undergoing advanced training and credentialling in the McKenzie method (Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy), she has also undergone further training in Pilates, Dry Needling, Tendon management and the Watson Headache Method, and is a member of the APA Sports & Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy special interest groups.

Having completed several Marathons and Triathlons, and being somewhat of a self-confessed running tragic, Kirsty has a passion for helping clients  achieve their goals both on & off the track.

Kirsty has undergone further training in running analysis and biomechanics, and with Mat Prior, provides a specialised running assessment service to help runners of all levels achieve their goals; more information can be found here.

Kirsty is co-author of a running blog for all the latest in running technique, research, biomechanics and injury management.


Lisa Vernon


We are really happy to add Lisa Vernon to our great team.

Lisa joins us after spending the last few years at a very reputable practice in the north eastern suburbs, after graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor in Physiotherapy.

Over the last 5 years Lisa has worked with sporting teams including the Glenelg Football Club League and Reserves teams.  She has been the Tango Netball Club State League Physiotherapist for the past 3 years.

Lisa loves teaching people the benefits of mat and equipment Pilates, and she is also experienced with dry-needling as another treatment tool to reduce muscle tightness and pain.

Lisa has a range of skills to offer all of her patients to help you get out of pain and get on with life!


Stephanie Korolis

We are really proud to have Stephanie join our team!

Anyone who has already met her would know that Steph is really easy to talk to and very enthusiastic to help.  In the time we have known Steph, we have felt that she is a natural fit with the rest of the team in terms of her experience and personality.

Steph has a background in State and National competition as a competitor and a physiotherapist, with involvement in treating injuries from netball, athletics, football, and basketball.  She has worked with amateur football teams up to SANFL level, netball and basketball teams and National level athletes.

She also has experience with dry needling, Pilates mat and equipment classes, and post-operative care for orthopaedic patients including joint replacements, ACL reconstruction, shoulder surgery and other operations.

You can have complete confidence in Stephanie to help you regardless of the problem – we do!


Nicole Walker

We are proud to introduce Nicole Walker to our team from June 2017.

Nicole has a wide and varied background.  She initially studied teaching, then went on to do a Masters of Physiotherapy at Flinders University.

Prior to studying physiotherapy, Nicole was already a Master Trainer in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness.  She also lectured at Australian Institute of Fitness between 2013 and 2016.

She has certification in Body Balance and CX Worx by Les Mills.

Nicole has two different certifications in Mat Pilates including a Certificate IV in Pilates matwork from Polestar Pilates International.

With her qualifications she has worked asa group fitness instructor and a personal trainer.

Nicole also has interests in running, group fitness, social netball, aerial silks, and importantly, baking and cooking.  And coffee.

Nicole has a passion and dedication for helping her patients get the best outcome they can.

If you need someone to guide you with an exercise programme, motivate you to do your best and stay healthy, Nicole would be a perfect fit for you!


Kimberley Wilson

We are really happy to have Kim join us at Adelaide West Physio and Pilates!

Kim, Russell and Kirsty worked together just after the turn of the century, and as a result have a similar style and approach to physiotherapy and Pilates.

Kim has the following special interests in physiotherapy:
  • back and neck pain, including disc injury,
  • chronic pain,
  • headaches,
  • stiffness,
  • nerve pain,
  • sporting injuries
  • dancing injuries and performance and
  • Pilates
After graduating from the University of South Australia in 2003, she fled the country and ran away to England to start her career in NHS.

On return to Australia she continued her physiotherapy career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital working in Orthopaedics, Burns and ICU before branching out into private practice.

It was here that she began to focus on her study of The McKenzie Method, Pilates and Pain Education.

She believes in a hands-on approach to treatment and also in enabling clients to take control of their injury or pain.

Outside of Physiotherapy, she is busy!  She lives an active life playing basketball and is currently a mum of 3.
She loves food, coffee and a good red wine!