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The Body Rehab Team

Dawn Buoy (nee Leibe)

Chartered Physiotherapist, APPI Pilates Instructor and APPI Master Trainer


Dawn qualified as a physiotherapist from Kings College London in 2000 and began her career in the NHS, spending time most notably at Kings College Hospital London and Addenbrookes Cambridge where she also worked with the Cambridge University sports teams. She went on to work with the RAF as a physio treating acute injuries and rehabilitating those with more complex problems, as well as covering private clinics around London including an onsite physiotherapist clinic for Merrill Lynch.

Having established a good foundation of clinical skills Dawn took a year out to study full time for a Masters degree at Birmingham University. This allowed her to gain membership to the specialist physiotherapy group the MACP, an achievement that had been a goal for Dawn since qualifying as an undergraduate.

After taking a short break to travel, Dawn returned to the UK to work in the prestigious APPI physiotherapy and Pilates studio in Hampstead London. Having used Pilates as part of her rehabilitation programmes throughout her career, she was able to further her skills by working with the equipment, as well as continuing to teach classes and matwork. During her time in the studio Dawn enjoyed treating clients of all levels, pre and post natal women, professional sportsmen and even the GB Bobsleigh team. Through advancing her skills Dawn went on to become an APPI (Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute) master trainer, teaching other physiotherapists both in the UK and internationally how to integrate Pilates into their treatment programmes. Recently she had the pleasure of working with the team GB physios at English Institute for Sport advising them on how to use the Pilates equipment as part of the athletes rehab programmes.

Now loving life in Hove, Dawn brings both her experience and enthusiasm to Body Rehab Studios and looks forward to working with you soon …



Catherine Acha 


Chartered Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor

Catherine qualified as a physiotherapist from Coventry University in 2000. 

She has spent much of her career working within the NHS firstly in the midlands before moving to London and working at Charing Cross, Hammersmith hospital and Croydon University Hospital. 
During her time at these hospitals Catherine has treated anything from the acute sports injuries through to Chronic back pain and anything else 
in-between!

Catherine's main interest lies in Pilates. Catherine used her Pilates qualifications to help redesign the back rehabilitation classes at Croydon University hospital in line with clinical evidence. 

Catherine has a huge array of manual skills and will tailor a treatment plan to appropriately suit each patient. Likewise Catherine is a huge believer in exercises being functional and relevant to each person that they are given to. 

On moving to Brighton Catherine has spent the last 3 years working in private practice enjoying teaching more Pilates classes and 1:1 sessions. Nothing makes Catherine happier than the positive feedback received from patients as they report the benefits that coming to Pilates has had on activities in their daily lives. 




Gemma Griffies (nee Chrystyn)


Chartered Physiotherapist and APPI Pilates Instructor 

Gemma qualified as a Physiotherapist (BSC Hons) from the University of Bradford in 2003. She began her career in the NHS at East Sussex NHS Trust and later Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. Alongside this, she worked pitch side for rugby teams holding weekly clinics and also had the pleasure of treating athletes at Club La Santa, a sports resort in the Canary Islands during a summer season. 

She loves meeting and treating all different kinds of patients and using different skills and techniques to help achieve their goals whether that be through a relaxing massage, acupuncture or a high intensity exercise class.

Gemma's passion for Pilates was born during pregnancy when she suffered from severe pelvic girdle pain. She knew that the key to successful rehabilitation was a stronger core achieved through Pilates based exercises so she joined an APPI class which gave fantastic results. She enjoyed the classes and benefits so much she decided to teach Pilates herself to help others. 

Gemma is now an APPI certified instructor and is trained to use the reformer and Pilates chair. She enjoys 1:1 sessions and taking classes where she can tailor the session to suit each individual using various pieces of equipment to achieve better results and make each class new and exciting.

After recently returning from maternity leave, Gemma is thrilled to report that despite being 8 years older, she was much better in terms of pain, strength and function throughout her third pregnancy and was able to walk her other children to and from school every day and was able to work until full term!


Alexandra Johnson 

Chartered Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor 


Alexandra graduated from St Georges Medical School in 2009 and has since been working in the NHS and in the private sector. She is a qualified Pilates instructor both in Matwork and the Reformer and is also experienced in Dry Needling particularly for Sports Injuries.

Alexandra is passionate about sport and is currently focusing on Triathlon training. She has competed in Ultra running events including the Marathon de Sable in 2001. She has recently moved to Hove from Guildford and still currently trains with Guildford City swim team, as well as Nick Rivett's run squad. 
She also enjoys snow boarding, wake boarding and yoga. 

Alexandra is experienced in working with clients of all backgrounds and ages so don't worry about being a sports nut she is more that happy to look after you!


Laura Smith (nee Edmonds)

Chartered Physiotherapist & APPI Pilates Instructor

Laura qualified as a Physiotherapist with a master's degree from King's College London, having retrained from working in the civil service. Her physiotherapy training complimented her undergraduate Psychology degree, developing her passion in motivating clients to gain the most from their rehabilitation. 

Since qualifying, she has worked within the NHS at Chelsea and Westminster and the Royal Marsden Hospitals, The Royal Sussex County Hospital and has gained broad and specialist experience in areas of rehabilitation from musculoskeletal outpatients and sports injuries to burns, oncology, trauma, neurology and hands. She also worked as a physiotherapist for Milwall rugby club and has enjoyed both in the NHS and sports environments facilitating clients after injury and surgery to return to high level sport and running. As a keen runner herself, conditioning the body to optimise performance and remain injury free whatever your goal may be is central to her treatment ethos. On moving to Brighton in 2016 she joined the Body Rehab team and is also currently working as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. 

Laura's passion for Pilates stemmed from her love of dance and the importance of improving the performance of postural muscles as well as seeing first hand how the APPI technique helped her to remain injury free when running her first marathon and reduce pain and stiffness from hours spent working at a desk or on a laptop. She has completed her APPI training as well as further training in ante and post-natal Pilates and management of scoliosis through Pilates specific exercises. Pilates has helped her to stay injury and pain free though her first pregnancy and to regain her strength after having a baby.

Laura has enjoyed integrating Pilates into her treatment, assisting her clients to optimise their pain free movement through improving their strength and coordination of their deep stability muscles. She believes Pilates compliments physiotherapy manual treatment techniques providing a well rounded treatment approach and enjoys both 1:1 teaching and teaching in a group environment. 


Laura Elliott 

Chartered Physiotherapist


Laura has a BSc and MSc in Sports Science from Loughborough University and worked within the Sports and Health promotion field before training as a Physiotherapist.

She graduated with and MSc in Physiotherapy from Kings College London in 2013. Since then she has worked in various NHS trusts in London before relocating to Brighton. She now works at the Princess Royal Hospital for the Brighton and Sussex Hospital Trust.

Outside of work she enjoys sports, having played hockey and volleyball competitively and has run marathons and completed a triathlon. 

She is keen to get you back to doing what you enjoy, be that competitive sport or playing with your children. She can provide exercise rehabilitation, taping, acupuncture, massage and manual therapy.


Jacky Rogers 

Office Manager


Jacky runs the clinic as our Office Manager and expertly and efficiently handles all that this entails! 
She manages our Pilates classes and works behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly at the clinic, and is the person to speak to about availability and bookings.