Who We Are

WhoWe Are

About Us

Pivotal Physiotherapy and Pilates was established in 2011 when Kylie Rankin and Jackie Saunders amalgamated their individual practices. Pivotal Physiotherapy & Pilates is located in Archer Street opposite North Adelaide Village. This is a convenient location for parking, coffee and is in close proximity to many specialists in the North Adelaide area. Over the last three 3 years the practice has grown into a team of five Physiotherapists.

All Physiotherapists take a hands on approach and work with the individual to ensure that specific goals are achieved.


Please phone us on 8342 5593 or email us using the contact page to make an appointment.

Our appointments are 30 minutes long. Longer sessions can be arranged for complex cases


You will receive a text message reminder the day before your appointment. Please notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend. If there is less than 24 hours notice a cancellation fee may apply.


Large private treatment rooms for manual therapy Fully equipped Pilates studio comprising:

  • 2 Reformers
  • Trapeze Table
  • Multi Chair
  • Torso Barrel
  • Ladder Barrel
  • Mats
  • Chi Balls
  • Rotating discs
  • Bosu
  • Magic circle
  • Foam rollers
  • Therabands
  • Franklin Balls
  • Free weights


Kylie Rankin

Director / Principal Physiotherapist

Kylie Rankin graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000 at The University of South Australia. She is an experienced Musculoskeletal, Manual Physiotherapist having worked predominantly in Private Practice throughout her career. Kylie specialises in Pilates Rehabilitation and Women’s Health Physiotherapy and is now an educator for Polestar Pilates. She works closely with a number of GPs, Gynaecologists and Obstetricians to aid in treatment of women during antenatal/postnatal periods as well as assisting to treat Incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse and a range of women’s health issues. In 2002 Kylie started her training in Pilates through DMA and the APMA. She has furthered her expertise gaining her Diploma through Polestar Pilates International and becoming an assistant educator for their training program. Kylie has a special interest in Core Stability, Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation and correction of movement dysfunction through using the Pilates Method. Kylie has also gained advanced certificates in Dry Needling as a part of her treatment repertoire.

Rikki Turner


Rikki graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Human Movement in 2006, and Masters of Physiotherapy in 2009. Her areas of interest are in Musculoskeletal therapy, Manipulative Physiotherapy, Dry Needling and Clinical Rehabilitation Polestar Pilates.
Rikki is a hands on and caring Physiotherapist who has gained experience working predominantly in private practice treating a wide range of Musculoskeletal overuse injuries, Orthopaedics, sporting injuries, post-operative shoulder rehabilitation, and Ante-natal and Post-natal musculoskeletal dysfunction.
Rikki uses Her Pilates training to rehabilitate and manage injuries for optimal return to pre injury function and maximise quality of life. She has also gained valuable experience working in residential aged care facilities, hospital orthopaedics, and taking Hydrotherapy classes.

Lauren Osborne


Lauren graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2017. Her areas of interest in Physiotherapy include Sports Physiotherapy, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Pilates. Lauren has gained experience in Sports Physiotherapy while working with sports teams including football and netball while studying, enabling a sound understanding of sports taping, and a hands-on, active approach to Physiotherapy in sport. Lauren is undertaking her Polestar Pilates training during 2018 to further her knowledge in Pilates and clinical rehabilitation. Lauren brings a friendly and personal approach with a combination of hands-on and active treatments, as well as Pilates, to the team at Pivotal.

Jim Mack


Jim graduated with a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia. He has 39 years of experience in sports and musculoskeletal injury management. Jim has been a casual lecturer for the University of South Australia Masters in Sports & Musculoskeletal Physio program.
Jim is trained in Muscle Energy Techniques for Pelvis, Lumbar, Thoracic and Rib Cage dysfunction.
He has expertise and lectures on hip, foot and lower limb biomechanics and injuries, elbow overuse problems including tennis elbow.
Jim has been a team Physiotherapist with:
• Adelaide Crows Football Club (AFL)
• Adelaide Thunderbirds (State Netball League)
• Walford School Rowing
• Track and Field, Distance and Ultra Distance runners at State and National level
• Strongman, Power and Olympic lifting athletes
His other areas of clinical expertise include:
• Foot biomechanics, exercise and rehabilitation
• Overuse elbow problems, tennis elbow
• Rib cage dysfunction
• Lower limb bio-mechanical dysfunction
• Trained in Muscle Energy Techniques for Pelvis, Spine, Rib Cage
• Qualified Nordic Walking Instructor and runs Jim's Nordic Walking
• Certified Kinetic Link Training Instructor
• Managing specific bio-mechanical problems in chronic pain states
• General sports and musculoskeletal injuries

Jackie Saunders


Jackie Saunders graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of South Australia in 2004. After graduating Jackie worked in the hospital setting for 2 years where she gained valuable experience in Rehabilitation and Women’s Health.
Since 2006 Jackie has worked in Private Practice predominantly in Women’s Health, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Pilates Rehabilitation. She is also experienced in treating a variety of Sporting injuries having travelled with State Netball teams as their Physiotherapist and working closely with several sporting clubs.
Specialising in Women’s Health Jackie works closely with a number of General Practitioners, Obstetricians and Gynaecologists treating Women during Antenatal and Postnatal periods, and also assists in the treatment of women with Incontinence, Pelvic Organ Prolapse, Pre and Post Gynaecological Surgery, Pelvic Pain and a range of other Women’s Health issues. Jackie has Advanced Certificates in Dry Needling and trained in Pilates in 2005. She has furthered her Pilates education working closely with Polestar Pilates Practitioners developing a comprehensive knowledge of Pilates Principles and applications for rehabilitation of a range of Musculoskeletal and Women’s Health issues.

Narelle Yard

Massage Therapist

Narelle completed her massage training at the Massage Study Centre in 2002.
Narelle has extensive health and medical industry experience having served 15 years in the Australian Army as a Medical Technician and then a paramedic and Emergency Response Coordinator on remote mine sites and oil and gas drilling rigs.
Narelle has utilised her massage skills throughout her career to supplement her skill set
In private practice and as sport masseur for football clubs and sporting teams.
Narelle Specialises in relaxation massage and Deep Tissue Massage and is currently completing the 4th year of her Physiotherapy Degree at the University of South Australia.

Claire Oxley


Claire completed her Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy at Latrobe University in 2004. Upon completing her degree Claire spent a year in India where she studied Yoga and Meditation. When she returned to Australia in 2005, she worked in private practice Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy for a number of years, however Claire’s transformative time away had opened her mind to different techniques of treatment and a more holistic approach to the body. Upon moving to Brisbane in 2009 she studied Emmett Technique and Bowen Therapy and began incorporating these muscle release techniques very successfully into her practice. She then went on to study Finch Therapy which focuses on correcting faulty pelvic and rib alignment by working with fascial slings and she has found this combination to be transformative in helping patients heal quickly and effectively.
In 2015 Claire gave birth to her first child which ignited her interest in Women’s Health. In 2017 she completed studies in Women’s Health and started working in a Women’s Health private practice which focused on a whole body approach to pelvic floor dysfunction. This gave her valuable experience in treating conditions such as stress urinary incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, and pelvic pain as well as guiding a safe return to activities postnatally. Claire found this work particularly rewarding and has become very passionate about educating women that good pelvic health is achievable and essential to quality of life.
In 2019 after giving birth to her second child Claire and her family have settled in Adelaide. Claire continues to work in both Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and Women’s Health combining all of the above skills to find the root cause of patients problems.

Kym Carter


Kym graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Medical Imaging (nuclear medicine), and a Master of Physiotherapy in 2014. Her interests lie in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with a strong focus on active rehabilitation and Pilates. Having worked solely in private practice over the past four years she has gained experience in a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries, orthopedic rehabilitation and has completed specialist courses in dry needling, low back management, cervicogenic headache and return to work SA. Kym is looking to expand her knowledge in Women’s health and further her training in Polestar Pilates.

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