David Peirce B.Phty

Physiotherapist & Company Director

David brings to Pondera 22 years experience in the management and treatment of conditions affecting people’s ability to live life to the fullest. Since graduation in 1991 from Queensland University, his diverse career has taken him around the world and landed him back in Brisbane. He spent 5 years in London as the Senior Physiotherapist at London Wasps Rugby Club and in 2011 was part of the medical team for the Qld Reds Super Rugby title winning squad.  Recent years have seen a transition to the performing arts with consultancy roles to Queensland Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Queensland Symphony Orchestra and musicals including Rock of Ages and Mary Poppins. He has also delivered live radio segments with ABC’s Weekend with Warren in 2010, articles for Style magazine, Channel 9’s Extra and many online publications.

Clinically, David has a wide range of manual therapy skills, rehabilitation techniques and diagnostic experience. His approach to your care is to search for the primary cause of your pain or injury and development a physical rehabilitation program to minimise pain and maximise function within the realistic restrictions from anatomical damage, your lifestyle and general health.

David is also a co- presenter for the DMA Clinical Pilates program presenting course to Physiotherapists in the use of Pilates for movement re-education and functional rehabilitation. He founded Pondera Physio & Pilates in 2006. As the company’s business and clinical director he has never ending drive to learn more about the human body and behaviour.


Melanie Fuller

Grad Cert MSk Phty, M Phty, B Ex Sci, Adv Dip PA (Dance), ARAD

 Melanie is a Physiotherapist, Exercise Physiologist with a special interest in dance. Since completing her training from Griffith University she has gained experience treating, educating & rehabilitating a vast variety of conditions across different populations. She has completed an Advanced Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Melanie has experience working with professional dance companies including: Queensland Ballet & Expressions Dance Company. She has experience with touring companies including: Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Company, Paris Opera Ballet, Mary Poppins and was engaged by Legally Blonde the Musical for their Brisbane season.

Melanie enjoys working with adolescent dancers, conducting pre pointe assessments & aiming for the prevention of injury.

Melanie constantly undergoes further professional development & attends conferences through memberships of the International Association of Dance Medicine & Science & the Australian Physiotherapy Association.


Louise Drysdale B. Phty

Louise Drysdale graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012. She worked as a Pilates & rehabilitation studio Instructor at Pondera whilst gaining her qualification and believes it is a fantastic clinical tool for rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

She has a keen interest in dance injury management and prevention, having danced at Queensland Dance School of Excellence herself. She has been involved in dance screening for pointe work, full time and tertiary students.

Louise has additional experience in the occupational physiotherapy, particularly in onsite task assessment, pre- employment functional assessments and return to work rehabilitation.

You may spot Louise running or cycling along the river in Brisbane, usually training for the next triathlon or half marathon.

Louise enjoys working with clients of all ages and believes you are never too old to perform at your best.