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

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​

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

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
































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


Laura Doherty-Bryant

Studio Pilates Instructor


Laura discovered Pilates through a rehabilitation program after being diagnosed with arthritis as a teenager. Her experience of learning to manage chronic pain through movement is what eventually led her to become an instructor.


Laura completed her group mathwork certificate in 2018 and spent 2019 over in the United States. Upon returning to Australia Laura has completed her training. 


Settling back into Sydney Laura is excited to join the team at The Pilates Refinery. She’s passionate about helping people achieve their goals and learn to manage chronic pain. 



Certificate in Matwork Instruction (Pilates ITC)

Global Comprehensive Program (BASI)


Our Address:

The Pilates Refinery

1/25 Dalley Ave

Pagewood, NSW, 2035


0416 345 967