Meet the Team

Mr. Joshua Hayter, B. Physio

Principal Physiotherapist

For over two decades, Joshua Hayter has dedicated his life to helping his patients overcome pain and live independent lives.

Having started his career in Melbourne in 1994, Josh worked as a physiotherapist with a special interest in sport and spinal injuries. His life-long love for the discipline led him to Freedom Physio and Pilates in 1999.

Since then, Josh has inspired many fledgling physiotherapists to change the lives of all the patients entering his clinic. He has saved thousands of people from devastating pain and now focuses on treating people over the age of 40 and up.

Stuart Canavan

Clinical Director
Stuart has spent the last 25 years working across both Australia and America, with some of Australia’s best athletes both as their physiotherapist and high-performance director. He is exceedingly passionate about assisting patients in understanding the root cause of their pain and then developing a rehabilitation program to get them back to doing what they love whether that be exercise driven or not.

The new secret weapon: Physiotherapist, Mr. Stuart Canavan.

The team are is excited to welcome high performance physiotherapist Stuart Canavan to freedom physio and Pilates.
Stuart brings an incredible array of knowledge, skill and experience in the field of musculoskeletal in sports physiotherapy.
Stuart feels the role of clinical Director and he is responsible not only for managing complex and challenging clinical cases but also training and ensuring high quality physiotherapy standards within the practice.
If you require an incredibly high standard of physiotherapy care for challenging and complex pain problems or sports performance for workplace rehab then Stuart is your clinician. He has a passion for complex chronic pain as well as keeping people in the exercise game of all ages.
Stuart has over 25 years of clinical experience working both in Australia and the United States. This includes working with some of the straight. Athletes both as a physiotherapist as well as the high performance coach. He has a powerful focus on the pain sciences clinical management in sports physiotherapy.

Quote from Stuart:
“I have had a career long passion for delivering high-quality healthcare to regional communities. I strongly believe that you do not have to go to the big cities to access great health care. And so, after a career that has taken me abroad and within Australia, for over 25 years, I am now excited to offer my experience in physiotherapy, sports physiotherapy, pain science and high performance sport to the Leopold community.”

Whether you are in pain, or you want a rise to the top of your sport.
Stuart’s extensive and unique experience in world class healthcare means that he delivers highly detailed assessment and proven, evidence-based treatments for anyone experiencing pain. Stuart particularly loves working with people who have had a persistent or recurring problem, or, have been told that there is nothing more that can be done for the pain -and seeing them make significant leaps forward in their recovery and pain relief that they’ve never been able to do in the past. He can also assist athletes to optimise the performance with advanced knowledge in this field. You do not need to be injured or in any pain to benefit from Stuart’s knowledge and experience.

For young adult, recreational and experienced athletes alike.
Stuart works with patients both young and old, as well as athletes of all ages and abilities. The powerful combination of his masters in high performance sport and his extensive physiotherapy background allows him to comprehensively assist athletes returning to the sports that they love. It does not matter whether you are in the early stages of your athletic career, your goal is to stay active for fitness, or if you are an elite athlete representing your country – Stuart works to help you go further, beat those PB’s and achieve optimal results of your injury rehab and other performance programs, including strengthening and conditioning.

As part of Freedom Physio and Pilates, Stuart is committed to bringing you world class, innovative healthcare and leading treatments that show superior results – and that means bringing together the best team to care for you

Leroy Couch


In both his professional placements and volunteer work, Leroy has developed an outstanding repour with both his patients and other clinicians. His drive for supporting patients to become the best version of themselves both physically and mentally stems from his personal passion for fitness and self-improvement. Leroy is also looking forward to further expanding his understanding of Men’s Health, an area which he believes is extremely important and hopes to make a positive impact on.


Pilates Instructor

Before becoming one of the lead Pilates instructors in the area, Briohny enjoyed a long and successful career in the world of hairdressing. Her growing love for an interpersonal relationship with her clients, her kindness, her thoughtfulness, and her dedication in that field made the side-step into Pilates all the more comfortable for her. Her infectious smile, bubbly personality, approachability, and passion for Pilates are evident in every class she instructs.

In addition to spearheading and running the clinical Pilates program at Freedom Physio and Pilates, Briohny is also busy nurturing a young family. Her experience as a veritable supermom means that she understands the importance of feeling your best, not only in the office but at home with your loved ones, too.

Briohny has always believed in the importance of moving and staying fit, as from a young age she was an active netball player, enjoyed competitive horse riding, and loved swimming. As she grew a little older, she started practicing yoga and really found her love for multidimensional forms of activity, that is, exercise challenging both the mind and the body.

The true turning point for Briohny was when she reached her late 30’s. At that point she had just started a family, and the effects of her age had become apparent to her during the long hours spend in the hair salon. Pins and needles crept into her daily routine, so much so that the discomfort in her feet often got in the way of exercising, her family life, and even her independence!

Enough was enough. Not being one to tolerate immobility and pain, Briohny sought the help of an expert physio, namely Joshua Hayter, here at our very own Freedom Physio and Pilates! After a few sessions, Joshua introduced her to clinical Pilates, and her life-long love affair with the discipline kicked off.

For Briohny, Pilates is so much more than an exercise regime. She believes clinical Pilates hones both the mind and body, making the former more resilient and confident, and the latter stronger, suppler, fitter, leaner, and more toned than it has ever been. Her classes are driven by her passion for the discipline, and her determination to help heal/rehabilitate patients via the use of clinical Pilates is inspiring.

Briohny’s message is simple: clinical Pilates makes you feel younger, happier, healthier, and fitter than you have ever felt. And the wonderful thing about Briohny is that her Pilates classes never fail to impress upon her students that fact.

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