Donna Oliver is not only an incredibly knowledgeable and dedicated Pilates practitioner and Exercise Physiologist but she down right cares about you as an individual and your goals! The service and education offered at Wollongong Pilates Studio is exceptional and my body has never felt better. - Lauren Whitfield
Donna trained in classical ballet with The Australia Ballet School, Melbourne where she was first exposed to Pilates Method in the early 1980's. Since that time, Donna has worked with many of the pioneers of Pilates in Australia and around the world.
In 1995, she co-founded the first dedicated equipment based Pilates centre in the Illawarra and worked with acute and chronically injured spinal patients as well as pre and post surgical clients with musculo-skeletal rehabilitative needs.
Donna has completed the Graduate Certification in Pilates Method at the University of Technology Sydney where she remained as part of the teaching faculty for 5 years. She is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who specialises in education and mentoring of the future generation of practitioners.
Donna has served a successful term as President (2003-2008) and left in good standing and is currently serving as Vice President of the Australian Pilates Method Association and Acting CEO for the Education and Training arm of the industries not for profit association. As part of her ongoing 12+ year relationship with the organisation, she has been a consistent leader of a successful team effort in creating and editing much of the current educational curriculum for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy.
With her parallel business arm Insight Movement Training Centre, she has been training students to be Pilates teachers for more than 13 years, having a guiding hand in the education of the majority of practicing Pilates teachers throughout Wollongong and surrounding areas. She is also a regular mentor for young Exercise Physiologists from the UOW and UWS.
Donna stays involved with the dance community by supporting the Austinmer Dance Theatre as resident Exercise Physiologist and providing strength and conditioning to their contracted dancers. She runs dance medicine workshops for teachers of various dance genres and liaises with parents and young dancers on best practice for their health and well-being.
Her bodywork techniques and training protocols have been sought from the spectrum of the very unwell with diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's Disease to the ongoing service to elite athletes such as Olympic level swimmers and professional rugby league players.
She passionately continues to extend her knowledge base of exercise science, injury rehabilitation and safe dance techniques and enjoys drawing on her extensive experience to provide safe, effective and functional exercise to clients of the Pilates Method.
- Level 4 Pilates Practitioner (APMA)
- Accredited Exercise Physiologist (ESSA)
- Nationally Accredited Deliverer of the Diploma (10567NAT) and Advanced Diploma (10568 NAT) of Pilates Movement Therapy
- Consultant to the Australian Pilates Method Association
- Sought after national and international presenter of Pilates Method