Ann Traeger-Spees
Principal Physiotherapist

Ann graduated from Uni SA in 1992 and has practiced her profession in a variety of settings throughout Australia, Great Britain and the United States.

In 1996 she travelled to the USA for a working holiday and stayed for the next 14 years. She established a successful practice in the New England coastal town of Mystic, Connecticut. She returned to the Fleurieu Peninsula in 2010 with her family and has established herself as an experienced physiotherapist within the local medical community.

Throughout her career Ann has been fortunate enough to study with some of the best in the world of Physiotherapy and Bodywork. Her studies in the area of wholistic bodywork including the Feldenkrais Method, Rolfing and Breathwork have complimented her mainstream Physiotherapy training and has helped define her unique practice style.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in treating complex musculoskeletal problems and is a Certified McKenzie Therapist which specializes her in the Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine.  She has advanced training in the area of Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. She teaches the physiotherapy portion of the Antenatal classes at the South Coast District Hospital, and sees women for pre and postnatal care. Ann is trained in performing internal pelvic floor muscle evaluations and in teaching pelvic floor muscle strengthening and coordination for incontinence and/or prolapse management.  She is trained in fitting and managing structural pessaries for the conservative management of pelvic organ prolapse. She has undertaken advanced training in managing pelvic pain disorders, including sexual pain disorders, as well as in the management of anorectal disorders.

Ann is a member of the SA Continence and Women's Health committee, a branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. She is actively involved in bringing high quality, evidence based professional development opportunities to other physiotherapists with an interest in Women's and Pelvic Health.

Ann practices using an evidenced based biopyschosocial approach. This is a model of practice which incorporates the biological (i.e. muscle, bone etc.), psychological (thoughts, emotions and behaviors) and social factors into the context of the illness/disease. Her wholistic training allows her to embrace these concepts of modern neuroscience in a very natural and empathic way.

Ann strives to integrate diversity into her work and has an obvious passion for understanding the human body and mind. She aims to provide a professional, caring and compassionate environment where she is able to share her knowledge and skills to empower her clients to meet their potential no matter what age or current level of function.