Exercise Physiology Clinic


About The Pilates Refinery

Founded by Katherine Smith, The Pilates Refinery is an Exercise Physiology Clinic in Pagewood offering Injury Rehabilitation, Chronic Pain & Fatigue Management, Neuromuscular Exercise Therapy, Women's Health and Functional Movement.The Pilates Refinery aims to inspire our clients to be the best version of themselves by living a healthy active life. As a qualified Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Pilates Instructor Katherine is dedicated to providing each individual client with a personalised and professional service. The Pilates Refinery can support you through every stage of your life by offering Pilates, Rehabilitation, Weight Management and Pre & Post Natal workouts. We look forward to sharing our knowledge, enthusiasm and experience with you as we assist you in achieving your own personal goal

Exercise Physiology at The Pilates Refinery

What is Exercise Physiology?

An Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP) is a university qualified allied health professional, who specialises in the exercise and movement for the prevention and management of chronic diseases and injuries. AEPs provide support for people with:

  • ​Chronic Pain & Fatigue

  • Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

  • Post Surgery Rehabilitation (ACL reconstruction, hip/knee replacement)

  • Neuromuscular Exercise Therapy (multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease)

  • Pre/Post Natal Exercise & Rehabilitation

  • Obesity

  • Cardiovascular Disease

  • Diabetes

  • Pulmonary Disease

  • Osteoporosis & Arthritis

  • Mental Health Conditions

  • Cancer & Cancer Treatment Recovery



What Makes Accredited Exercise Physiologists Different to Other Exercise Professionals? 

  • We are university qualified

  • We posses extensive knowledge, skills and experience in clinical exercise delivery and have the ability to provide health modifications and counselling for people with chronic disease and injury

  • We undertake strict accreditation requirements

  • We are eligible to register with Medicare Australia, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Workcover and are recognised by most private health insurers

  • We can treat and work with all types of people, from those who want to improve their health and wellbeing to those suffering from chronic illness​

Mat Pilates at The Pilates Refinery

What is Pilates?

Pilates is an innovative and safe form of exercise, suitable for all levels. It lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups to establish a perfect working body from the inside out. Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle tone with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine, improving balance and body awareness. The method focuses on strengthening the core (deep muscles of your abdomen, back and hips) while balancing the muscles of the body to create better alignment.


Because of its core focus, Pilates is popular not only in the field of fitness, but also in rehabilitation. Often injury, pain or discomfort comes from imbalance within the body and faulty movement patterns. Pilates works towards creating a more balanced relationship between the muscles and joints, which can relieve a lot of general aches and pains. The focus on strengthening the core and improving postural awareness are especially well indicated for the alleviation and prevention of back, neck and joint pain.


What are the benefits?


  • The focus on strengthening and lengthening the muscles at the same time produces long, lean, strong overall muscle tone that doesn’t create bulk.

  • It tones and strengthens the body as a whole and is fantastic for getting back into shape or maintaining a healthy physique.

  • You can expect overall slimming, improved flexibility and mobility, and the improved alignment and postural correction will have you holding yourself differently, standing taller, sitting straighter and moving with better balance and coordination.

  • You will feel an inner strength and heightened body awareness allowing you to train yourself with the best possible efficiency, using your time most effectively.

  • Pilates leads to increased energy levels, a clear, focused mind and a body that feels strong and in control.

  • Pilates gives you positive systemic effects on all of your body systems, stimulating and eliminating toxins and waste. You will find improvement to your digestion system including an increased metabolic rate as well as a constant booster to your immune system. 

  • There are many more benefits including improvement to pelvic floor function, bone density and lung capacity/breathing technique just to name a few.












Katherine Smith from The Pilates Refinery

Katherine Smith

Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Clinical Pilates Instructor


Katherine’s career in the fitness industry began after years of battling chronic illness and finally finding relief through exercise based rehabilitation. Her strive to overcome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome led her to completing training as a Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor in order to help others overcome obstacles in their own lives and become the best version of themselves. 

Driven to learn more about rehabilitation she then went on to complete a degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of New South Wales. As an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Clinical Pilates Instructor Katherine combines her technical knowledge and practical experience to provide her clients with the best opportunity to achieve their goals.

Katherine enjoys challenging her clients, teaching precise movement and technique to help the body recover from injury or improve functionality. She has extensive experience in Rehabilitation and Pre/Post Natal Training. 

Katherine has a strong passion for fitness and Pilates, and loves teaching. She is dedicated to completing ongoing training and always strives to provide her clients with the most up to date research and training techniques.



Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW)

Certified Practitioner of Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)

Certified Practitioner of Studio and Mat Pilates (Polestar Pilates)

Certified Pre/Post Natal Instructor 

Certificate III in Fitness















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Kristy Pustetto

Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Clinical Pilates Instructor



Kristy’s love for fitness and health has always played an important role in her life. This motivated her to complete a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology at UNSW. She is now an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist. Kristy’s career started in Workers Compensation and this inspired her to complete her accreditation as a Return to Work Co-ordinator and an Accredited Occupational Rehabilitation Provider.


Kristy’s love for Pilates and functional rehabilitation through exercise has inspired her to become an Accredited Clinical Pilates Instructor. She has a broad range of experience and loves utilising her skills to help others be strong, flexible, and to generally feel good inside and out.


Kristy is eager to help others overcome and manage any injuries, conditions, pain and barriers to improve overall wellbeing. The benefits of functional movement and exercise rehabilitation have been a key aspect of her exercise delivery. Kristy is focused on improving technique, body awareness and self empowerment. She is constantly expanding her skill set and knowledge, to share it with others.


Kristy has an easy-going, fun, caring nature and is a great listener. She is looking forward to seeing you in the studio!



Bachelor of Exercise Physiology (UNSW)

Diploma of Clinical Pilates 

Occupational Rehabiliation Provider

SIRA Return to Work Coordinator





Shira Goldstein

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Shira discovered Pilates after completing her degree in Sport and Exercise Science. She was looking to combine her knowledge and experience from years of studying and working in the fitness and health industry with her interest in functional movement, physical rehabilitation and her love for encouraging and supporting others to a healthier path.

Shira completed her Diploma in Professional Pilates with Polestar Australia in 2013. Her passion and love for it led her to further her training to become a mentor for Polestar Pilates students. She has an extensive knowledge of the application of Pilates for rehabilitation and has worked closely with physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners to progress client’s rehabilitation.  Always wishing to expand her knowledge and skills, Shira is currently undergoing a Bachelor of Science in Myotherapy.


She has always been an active person and enjoys activities such as dance, soccer, yoga and of course PILATES! She is so grateful to have discovered Pilates for her own well-being, as it has given her the knowledge and tools to retrain her body and correct imbalances bought on from years of sporting injuries and bad habits. 


She follows a holistic approach in her teaching and has a strong belief in combining training with education, helping to empower clients to understand their own bodies and the necessary changes needed in order to restore normal biomechanical movement. 


Shira has recently become a mum to a beautiful baby boy. During her own pregnancy and post pregnancy, Shira’s appreciation for Pilates grew even further as she experienced the amazing benefits of maintaining a healthy spine, strong core and understanding the importance of listening to her own body, which allowed  her to  work with the changes brought on by pregnancy and birth. Through this she has developed a keen interest of women’s health, and especially enjoys working and supporting women during pregnancy and beyond.    

Shira is dedicated to facilitating both physical and mental growth through her Pilates training and has a level of enthusiasm that her clients find contagious.



Diploma in Professional Pilates (Polestar Pilates)

Certified Practitioner of Pilates for rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)

Bachelor of Management in Sports and Exercise (UTS)

Certificate in Swedish Massage

Certificate 3 in Fitness
















Andrea Maldonado

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Andrea began her Pilates journey over 8 years ago. After dealing with back and knee issues for most of her life which inhibited her from participating in the activities that she loves, Andrea was keen to find a modality that would keep her body moving in a safe & supportive way. After practicing Pilates regularly over 5 years Andrea noticed big improvements in her physical and mental health. This was the driving force in which Andrea made the leap of faith to turn her passion and hobby into her full time career. 

Andrea relocated to Australia from Venezuela in 2010 and since then has completed multiple Pilates training in both Mat, Reformer and Studio repertoire. Andrea has experience facilitating large and small group classes, Pre and Post natal Pilates and also private sessions. Andrea's passion lies in small group classes, assisting people towards their goals. Andrea is continuing in her Professional Development and is currently undertaking further studies towards a rehabilitation and clinical focus.



Pilates for Rehabilitation (Polestar Pilates)
Certified Pre/post Natal instructor (Studio Pilates International)

Reformer Pilates(Studio Pilates International)

Matwork Pilates (Studio Pilates International)

Claire Joyce

Clinical Pilates Instructor

Claire is a qualified Studio Pilates Instructor, she holds a Diploma in Sports science, Sports studies and has over 20+ years experience within the health and Fitness Industry in various roles.


Claire discovered a love for Pilates whilst rehabbing an injury after the birth of her second child, she has found the benefits of Pilates really supported her daily management of chronic pain, where she gained confidence  back in her bodies capability.


Claire is from the UK and moved to Australia in 2000 where she worked at the Sydney Olympic Games, she has always led an active lifestyle from competitive sports to Fitness training to anything active outdoors.  Claire loves helping people and has a positive outlook on life.  She has a real passion for helping others improve their well being through correct and functional movement. 


Claire is continuing to expand her skills and knowledge and has a real passion for pre and post natal. 


She looks forward to working with you in the studio.



Diploma of Sports Science Sport Studies 

Certified Practitioner of Studio Pilates (Polestar Pilates)

Certified Fitball trainer

Fitness Professionals advance Fitness testing 

Certified Fitness Instructor (YMCA)

Certified Group Fitness Instructor (YMCA)


André Garraud

Clinical Pilates Instructor

André first discovered Pilates whilst working overseas in Dubai as a professional tennis coach. He applied the benefits of the practice to his own health focusing on body alignment, core muscles, spinal mobility and body awareness for efficient movement. 


André grew up in the country town of Armidale where he returned to after Dubai to complete his Polestar Pilates Mat Work Cerificate in 2016, followed by his Diploma of Polestar Pilates ​in 2018.


Andre has been instructing Pilates in Redfern and Coogee over the last few years and is highly qualified to tailor the exercise to the individual client.

He is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle, dedicated to Cycling, swimming and running in his own time.


Upon completing Pilates training André has attained his massage therapy certificate, TRX, Power plate and pre and post natal restore your core programs. 

André is an incredibly friendly and approachable team member who easily develops report with clients.



Diploma in Professional Pilates (Polestar Pilates)

Certified Pre/post Natal instructor

Certified Massage Therapist

Certified Power Plate Instructor


Our Address:

The Pilates Refinery

1/25 Dalley Ave

Pagewood, NSW, 2035


0416 345 967

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