JEMS People

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Joanne Elphinston

Joanne Elphinston is the founder and creator JEMS®.

Joanne Elphinston is a leading elite performance movement and rehabilitation consultant, and highly respected international lecturer, physiotherapist and author.

Drawing from the fields of biomechanics, motor learning, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, Joanne’s passion for exploring and stimulating beautiful movement in her clientele has led her from her native Australia to the USA, UK and Sweden, working with an extraordinary range of people, from children to the elderly through to high performance athletes.

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Kent Fyrth

Kent Fyrth is co-director of Elphinston Performance Ltd, and Senior Tutor for JEMS®.

Kent’s background is in physiotherapy, and his own professional journey has given him a wonderful breadth of experience to draw from as a teacher of JEMS®.

He holds an advanced qualification in Manipulative Physiotherapy and a certification in Clinical Pilates through Dance Medicine Australia, which is complemented by his qualification in Somatic Experiencing, an approach developed to address symptoms of trauma and stress which are expressed physically, or present barriers to recovery.

Kent’s holistic treatment philosophy underpins his breadth of experience which ranges from elite sports and performing arts medicine (dancers and musicians) to chronic musculoskeletal pain.

Formerly based at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Kent held the position of Physiotherapy Coordinator for the Great Britain Junior Development Squad (Royal Yachting Association), and was the Head Physiotherapist for the Welsh National Netball team from 2000- 2009, as well as delivering the physical development programmes for the Esporta National Junior Tennis Academy in Wales.

Kent has been looking after the dancers of The National Dance Company of Wales since 2000 and Ballet Cymru since 2008, as well as musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. In addition to his JEMS lecturing, Kent regularly lectured on injury prevention for the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Kent first whisked Joanne off her feet during a rumba at the Cardiff University Latin and Ballroom Dance Club in 1996.


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Kate Smith

Kate has been JEMS® Co-ordinator and Joanne’s PA in the UK for over three years, having previously wielded her considerable organisational skills as Operations Manager for the Education Department at the Royal College of Physicians, and as Admissions Manager at the London School of Economics.

When she’s not making magical JEMS things happen, Kate explores beautiful movement for herself by dancing Argentine tango with her partner, swinging from a trapeze, and walking her chocolate labrador over the lovely South Downs.


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Sussie Balsom

Sussie Balsom is the co-ordinator of JEMS® professional courses in Sweden. Based at Taby Rehab, Sussie has brought JEMS to locations all over Sweden for more than ten years, supporting physiotherapists and naprapats in their continuing education. Sussie is herself a physiotherapist with a background in elite sports and orthopaedics. As well as juggling the schedules of four active children, Sussie is training with her dog to deliver animal therapy for people who would benefit from this unique form of support.