Meet the Hahndorf Physiotherapy Team

Michelle Bessen

Practice owner;
Bachelor of Physiotherapy,
Masters Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy.

Karen Dutton

Bachelor of Physiotherapy,
Grad Dip Rehabilitation

Angela Pfitzner

Bachelor of Physiotherapy,
Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy

Amy Blows

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Kimberley Gilmour

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Nikki Philipp

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Bachelor of Physiotherapy,
Master Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy

Michelle Bessen

Practice owner; Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Masters Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapy.

Michelle graduated from Uni SA in 1993. She has worked in outpatients and private practice in SA, Victoria and the UK, previously being the joint owner of a physiotherapy practice at Modbury for 10 years. She completed her Masters in Physiotherapy (Musculo-Skeletal) in 2004 and has post graduate study in many areas including Dry Needling, Muscle Energy, Strain Counter-Strain, Pilates and Women’s Health.

Michelle has been at Hahndorf Physiotherapy since 2006 and became the owner in 2015 where she is very happy to be working with a great group of physios and staff.

Michelle lives locally and has two young children. She loves cycling, jogging, keeping fit, camping and being outdoors.

You can ring and make an appointment to see Michelle, she is available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays.

Karen Dutton

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Grad Dip Rehabilitation

Karen hails from Waikerie where she had her own successful private practice for 15 years. She graduated from SAIT in 1981, and has had over 30 years experience in both public and private sectors in South Australia and Queensland.

Karen has special interests in treating sports injuries, general musculoskeletal conditions, orthopedic rehabilitation as well as designing falls prevention and balance programs. Karen also has a keen interest in Women’s Health. She has a Grad Dip in Clinical Rehab through Flinders Uni and Stroke Rehabilitation is another one of Karen’s longtime passions.

Karen has 3 grown up children and enjoys being able to spend time with them along with doing some yoga, walking and hiking, card making and attempting to learn to play the violin.
Karen is available Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday (afternoons) and Fridays for appointments, ring 83881277 to make a booking.

Angela Pfitzner

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Angela trained as a physiotherapist in South Australia and has more than 25 years experience in diverse areas of physiotherapy practice.

Angela is a titled Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She is skilled in helping men and women with continence issues and pelvic pain. She can help women with prolapse management including the use of pessaries. She can assist pregnant and post natal women to manage the physical challenges of the child-bearing year.

Angela has undertaken advanced manual therapy training in the technique of Counterstrain with the Jones Institute. Counterstain is a gentle and powerfully effective manual therapy that helps people to heal from pain and dysfunction.

Angela has 2 teenage children and enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym and walking.

Angela consults on Mondays and Tuesdays at Hahndorf.

Amy Blows

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Amy Blows has worked with us at Hahndorf Physiotherapy since April 2020. She graduated from the University of South Australia and has a special interest in helping clients to achieve their goals and be the best they can be.

Amy loves taking our Hydrotherapy classes at the Stirling Pool and has a keen following of her Physio Core (Pilates based) Exercise Classes. Amy is available for appointments Monday-Friday, ring 8388 1277 to make a booking.

Kimberley Gimour

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

After graduating with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of South Australia in 2006 Kimberly has worked extensively in private practice physiotherapy. She has further qualifications in Pilates and experience in teaching Pilates in class settings and on a one on one basis.

Kimberley’s interests include general musculoskeletal physiotherapy, treatment of sports related injuries, Pilates , Hydrotherapy and injury prevention education. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Nikki Philipp

Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Graduating from the University of South Australia in 2013, Nikki is excited to apply her clinical skills in a private practice setting.

Her interests include general musculoskeletal physiotherapy, orthopaedic rehabilitation, Pilates and hydrotherapy. Nikki has qualifications in Pilates Matwork and enjoys guiding Pilates classes and one on one assessment and exercise sessions.

Nikki enjoys time with family, friends and being outdoors, especially at the beach.

Tracy Magor-Weyland

Bachelor of Physiotherapy, Master Musculo-Skeletal Physiotherapy

Tracy trained as a physiotherapist in South Australia and has more than 25 years experience in diverse areas of physiotherapy practice.

Over the past 10 years Tracy has specialized in treating pregnant and post natal women, women with continence and pelvic floor issues and children with continence problems.

She is skilled in helping children with bed wetting issues. Tracy works specifically with children at Hahndorf Physiotherapy and she can help with day time soiling (urinary and faecal) and night time wetting.

Tracy has three children and lives locally in the Adelaide Hills.

Tracy consults by appointment once a month at Hahndorf Physiotherapy.

Tori Kaesler

Receptionist

After firstly working at Hahndorf Physio from 2005-2006 Tori returned and now works a few mornings in reception while also studying at Flinders University and running her own Personal Training and Group Fitness business.

Tori’s other interests include playing, coaching and being part of the committee for the Hahndorf Netball Club and anything to help her retain her fitness whether it be gym work, swimming, running or cycling

Linda White

Linda is the newest member of our admin staff and loves being part of a great team.

Since completing Secondary School Linda has worked in the medical field in many capacities, as an admin officer at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, receptionist at the Mount Barker Hospital and as a medical receptionist at Dr Jones and Partners.

Linda is well known and respected by her fellow colleagues and patients through her professionalism and her compassionate nature.

Outside of work, Linda enjoys spending time with her family, holidaying and exploring new wineries with friends, on our amazing doorstep here in the Adelaide Hills.

Julianne Kaesler

Receptionist

Over the previous ten years, Julianne ran the office of Kaesler Bros P/L, & prior to that was a stay at home mother, after nine years as a bank teller for Westpac.

Julianne is married with two adult children, three grandchildren, and has lived in Hahndorf since getting married. Julianne describes herself as a community leader.

Julianne’s interests are her family, sport: AFL, she coaches netball, walking and cycling.

Sue Paech

Practice Manager

Sue has worked at Hahndorf Physiotherapy since 1991, and became the Practice Manager in 1998.

Sue is well known and respected by our clients, having previously worked with the local GP practice at Hahndorf, Mt Barker & Nairne.

Sue is married with two adult sons, & five grandchildren.

Her passions are grandchildren, Football (Port Power) reading, walking & visiting Bali.

Sue has lived in the Hills most of her life, and appreciates the needs of the local people.

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