Our team

We have a team of internationally-qualified Physiotherapists and Pilates Instructors in Niseko who speak multiple languages.
All the staff are educated in comprehensive Polestar Rehabilitation and/or Clinical Pilates training programmes and has extensive experience in dealing with various strains from winter sports.

All Staff

  • Owner and Head Instructor of Focus Physio
    Polestar Comprehensive Studio Certified
    Matwork and Reformer Senior Educator
    Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) Certified

    Language: English

    Daniel first came across the integration of Pilates with physiotherapy in 1998 when he was living in Australia. He immediately realized the huge potential and great benefits this method could have on fitness enthusiasts, people undergoing rehabilitation, and even elite sportsmen and women. Since then, he has been teaching Pilates and personal training throughout Asia and Australia, including the world’s top destination spa, Chiva-Som in Thailand.

    This experience, combined with his Bachelor’s in Applied Science (Human Movement Studies), has given him broad exposure to the health and fitness industry. His wide-ranging exposure to various fitness training methods convinced him of the impact Pilates can have on a person’s life. Thus, Daniel decided to concentrate on teaching and developing Pilates for fitness and rehabilitation. For the last few years, he has been traveling Asia teaching the Polestar Pilates instructor training courses as well as presenting several times at the Polestar Pilates Asia conferences.

    Daniel shares “I strongly believe that our bodies have an inherent ability to heal themselves and perform at peak levels without injuries, given the right environment, care, and commitment.”

  • Master of Science, Physiotherapy, University of Limerick
    Bachelor of Science, Food Science and Health, University of Limerick
    APPI Pilates Matwork Level One

    Language: English

    Christine is an Irish chartered physiotherapist, who graduated from the University of Limerick with a first-class honors master’s degree. Also, with a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Health,

    Christine has a keen interest in all things sport and performance. Competing in high level sports for many years, she has gained valuable insight into life as an athlete, enhancing her work as a physiotherapist. She has a wide range of experience, from acute hospital settings and community primary care in Ireland to working with snow sports enthusiasts in the Swiss Alps. Using a holistic approach to treat and prevent injury, she is passionate about making sure clients get back to performing to their best

    She is passionate about leaving all her patients in a better position than before their injury so they can return to doing what they love, whether that be Skiing, Snowboarding or any other activity!

  • BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy First Class
    MSc Exercise and Nutrition Science
    Level 3 Diploma Personal Training
    APPI Matwork Level One
    Clinical and Traditional Sports Taping

    Language: English

    Sophie is an Irish physiotherapist who specialises in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy with a special interest in Pain Science. After graduating in 2018 as a Physiotherapist, she pursued a Masters in Exercise and Nutrition Science at the University of Tampa, Florida to help develop her knowledge and practical application of Exercise Prescription and Strength and Conditioning Principles.

    She has worked in a variety of settings such as the NHS and private practice in Northern Ireland. She has spent the last two winter seasons in St Anton, Austria working as a Physiotherapist and Massage therapist and snowboarding in her free time. This has given her extensive experience in Snowsports injuries and their treatment. She understands the importance of getting back to the slopes as soon as possible.

    She has spent the summer working with the Women and Men’s British Wheelchair Basketball Team in England and at international competitions in Dubai and Rotterdam in preparation for the Paris 2024 Paralympics. She also works alongside the Irish Football Association with the U15 Women’s Development Squad.

    She is passionate about leaving all her patients in a better position than before their injury so they can return to doing what they love, whether that be Skiing, Snowboarding or any other activity!

  • Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy
    Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
    SBINZ Snowboard Instructor L2
    NZSIA Ski Instructor L1

    Language: English & Japanese

    Having experienced several ankle injuries from playing football, Taka aspires to give his support to the sports athletes and therefore pursued a profession in Physiotherapy.

    Taka has been working as a physiotherapist in various environments, from orthopaedic outpatient in local hospitals to home visits in Tokyo and Niseko. Being a ski/snowboard instructor and volunteering in Sports events such as the Hokkaido marathon and Tokyo Olympic Games, Taka has lots of experience in dealing with sports injuries.

    Taka specializes in a combination of manual therapy and exercises to help clients recover effectively and get back to their daily movement and activities.

  • Basi Pilates Comprehensive Teaching Certified

    Language: English and Japanese

    Natsumi has always been active in fitness and started out dancing Jazz during her childhood. As part of her training, she was introduced to Pilates while studying dance abroad in Los Angeles. She felt the impact and changes Pilates did to her body, making her stronger and more mobile than before. This revelation inspired her to delve deeper into Pilates. Natsumi got herself certified to teach in hopes that she could share with others the wonders of Pilates that she experienced.

    Not only did Pilates help her with her career as a dancer, she felt the benefits of it significantly postnatal. It helped her return to her pre-pregnancy health faster and aided her recovery postpartum.

    Natsumi is passionate about sharing her knowledge of Pilates with you and believes that her detailed teaching methods will make you love exercises and movements just as much as her.

We’re hiring!

We are always on the lookout for skilled individuals to join our close-knit team, from Instructors to qualified Physiotherapists. If you wish to join us the next winter season, please send us your resume!
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