At BalanceNorth, we believe that looking after yourself should be effortless.  

We also know that belonging is a vital part to feeling well.

Our qualified practitioners deliver care through real and meaningful conversations, human to human. We get to know who you are as a person and work together to bring your health back to balance.

Meet our Practitioners

Mairead Hallissey


Originally from Ireland, northern suburbs convert, passionate about helping clients heal

Mairead has a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy alongside extensive experience in treating injuries and ensuring her clients are on the road to recovery as quickly as possible. Combined with hands-on therapy, she values the power of exercise and movement for injury prevention and recovery.

Jack Haycox

Accredited Dietitian

Could (and does) talk about food all day

Jack is passionate about supporting his clients in a non-judgemental and respectful way, working with them to create a holistic approach to eating. With a Masters in Dietetics and a love of food, Jack helps his clients to adopt healthy and sustainable eating patterns that work for them.

Kat Kowalik

Remedial Massage Therapist

Lets her hands do the talking (and healing)

Kat is certified Remedial Massage Therapist and Myotherapist. Additionally, Kat holds Master’s in Applied Biology. Her strong background in science and in natural therapies allows Kat to understand thoroughly human anatomy and physiology. Kat combines her skills and knowledge to holistically treat her patients. She offers various types of massages: relaxation, deep tissue, remedial, sports massage, pregnancy massage. Kat incorporates in her treatment’s modalities such as trigger point therapy, dry needling, cupping, myofascial mobilization, passive joint mobilization, muscle energy technique and elements of aromatherapy.

Alicia Carriero

Remedial Massage Therapist

Passionate about restoring equilibrium through massage therapy, jewelery maker

Alicia has been practising as a Remedial  Massage Therapist since 2002 and is also a qualified naturopath. Alicia works with a diverse range of clientele, tailoring treatments for a variety of soft tissue injuries and conditions. Alicia has a strong foundation in treating many conditions, including headaches, migraines, postural disjunction, stress related conditions and muscular pain relief. She uses a range of targeted soft tissue  therapy techniques, including cupping when required to assist with the treatment of trigger points, increasing blood to soft tissue structures and increasing lymph flow.  Cupping also assists with the reduction of oedema, encourages increased mobility and localised stretching of muscle fibres.

Alison O'Sullivan

Accredited Health Coach & Occupational Therapist

Health coach, mum to two girls, passionate believer in her clients

Alison is an accredited Occupational Therapist and Health Coach and brings an extensive knowledge of health and science-backed information into her health advice. She is passionate about supporting clients to thrive in all aspects of their life.

Mircalla Martino

Pilates Instructor

Lover of dance, music and movement, restaurants and cooking

Mircalla is trained in reformer and mat pilates. She loves to see clients feeling challenged, supported and empowered to try new things. She is a believer in making time for the body and mind, and the practice of being present. 

Rose Chalker

Pilates Instructor

Movement coach, nature lover,  performance arts

Rose has extensive training in pilates, dance and circus arts. She is passionate about sharing her love for movement and its benefits, through empowering others to know themselves more. She enjoys teaching clients mat pilates particularly due to its accessibility and adaptability.

Carol Saldanha

Pilates Instructor


Communications and marketing professional, music lover, wanderluster

Carol is trained in reformer and mat pilates. She is passionate about encouraging her clients to move, feel better and stronger and to have fun.  

Ellen Cregan

Pilates Instructor

Book lover, literary event host, bass guitarist 

Ellen is trained in teaching reformer and mat pilates. She loves to support clients having fun and trying new things. She teaches with the philosophy of welcoming all people, regardless of age, ability, gender or body type.

Jacinta Boribon

Pilates Instructor

Dancer, book lover, student

Jacinta is trained in teaching reformer and mat pilates. She is currently studying health sciences. She loves to facilitate inclusive movement, making movement accessible to people of all fitness levels, ages and experience.

Hannah Peel

Pilates Instructor

Originally from England, music lover (opera singer), northside cafe lover 

Hannah is trained in teaching reformer and mat pilates. She loves supporting clients grow in confidence and strength. She has relocated from England and is now a northside resident. 

Grace Nixon

Pilates Instructor

Academic, audiologist, passionate about evidenced-based movement coaching

Grace is trained in teaching reformer and mat pilates. She is about brain-body connect, finding ways for clients to combine moves to make their brain switch on with co-ordination.

Alinta Burton

Pilates Instructor

Film maker, film & television student, book and film lover

Alinta is trained in teaching pilates reformer. She loves focusing on alignment and technique in her classes, helping clients improve their posture, strength and technique. 

Join Our Team

A highly skilled team you can relate to and trust.
Currently hiring, please see our LinkedIn Page for postings.

Janee Rutherford, Founder

BalanceNorth Founder, go-getter and pilates lover

With an extensive background in the health and wellbeing space, Janee Rutherford established BalanceNorth to change the way people access healthcare in Australia, by providing a suite of services under one roof. Having travelled extensively overseas for work, Janee was inspired by the health and wellbeing offering overseas, and wanted to give locals access to high-quality health and movement experience close to Melbourne’s CBD. 

The inspiration behind opening BalanceNorth came from Janee’s own juggle of a career with a young family, having had three children while thriving in her corporate career at the same time. Janee realised the need to carve time out of her hectic schedule for her own mental and physical health, often heading to her favourite studio or class to move her body, connect with a friend or colleague and be part of a wider community.

Janee is also passionate about supporting the local community, evident through her hiring of local practitioners and teachers, as well as ensuring the equipment and products available for purchase at BalanceNorth are made in Australia where possible.

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