Active Strides offers a safe, accessible, functional and most importantly a fun hub to do therapy. We provide access to both physical hands-on and functional therapy to encapsulate a ‘whole’ therapy model. Our focus is on providing individualised patient centred functional therapy as part of a multidisciplinary team to support every person’s social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
“Our Mission is to provide our patients with the skills they need, to reach their goals through physical and functional therapy and encourage independence in daily life. “
Active Strides began when founders Gabi Komsin and Sara Gentin came up with a simple idea – to provide people with special needs access to the support they need to reach their goals and live their best life. With 12 years of experience through practical, clinical and voluntary work, she began to create an interactive, fun and functional Allied Health Centre, in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney.
Our team works with each individual as well as other members of the team to ensure the specific and individual goals of each client are met. We are excited to welcome you to our space and grow through the experience together.
Meet our team
Founder and Physiotherapist
Sara is a phenomenal physiotherapist and mentor. Over her career as a physiotherapist she has gained experience in many different areas, including private practice, sports medicine, youth development (specifically snow sports) and paediatrics. It was through the clinical, practical and voluntary work that streamlined Sara’s career to what it is today – focusing on kids and teens (Paediatric physiotherapy).
Sara lives a fit and active life. She was a national level swimmer and experienced her fair share of injuries. It is through her sporting experiences that she came to realise the importance of functional movement – the key word being FUN. Making movement FUN and relevant is Sara’s super power.
Sara created Active Strides to be able to share her super power and give kids, teens and adults of all abilities access to the skills and expertise a physiotherapist can bring to their developing bodies and minds. There is nothing better than giving everyone the opportunity to feel confident and comfortable participating in school, sport and everyday life. Improving participation and physical activity but also social skills, emotional regulation, coordination and sensory processing is a must for all developing children.
Outside of her degree Sara has completed further study in:
- DMI level 1 Therapy
- Mental Health First Aid
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) Levels 1 and 2
- Functional neurology and functional neurology for the sporting athlete.
- Australian Strength and Conditioning Level 1
- Pain Level 1
- Musculoskeletal Dry Needling
Founder and Chirporactor
Gabi has been a practicing Chiropractor for over 5 years in a private integrated sports clinic in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. Gabi is an extremely active person, and spent the majority of her childhood and teenage years changing between her swimming costume, ballet leotard, karate gee and soccer boots and currently still plays touch football at a competitive level.
Since graduating from Moriah College in 2010 and attending Camp Sababa as a volunteer, Gabi has spent countless hours per week, volunteering with the Special Needs Community, between Camp Sababa, Jewish Care and Friendship Circle. Gabi continues to work and volunteer with people with Special Needs and is passionate about advocating for inclusivity into our community and everyday world. Gabi has always aimed to combine her volunteering passion of special needs with her career, and therefore conducted her Masters thesis in researching the effect of Physical Therapy for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Gabi believes that by providing functional therapy, in a secure, social, fun and inviting environment, she will be able to allow people with special needs even more opportunities in the everyday world, by allowing them to participate in an increased amount of activities of daily living and therefore live a more functional and less dependant life.
Being a competitive athlete, Gabi understands the pressure and desire to perform at your best, however in her early adult life, she began experiencing many overuse and sporting injuries, which she believes is due to incorrect movement patterns and muscle activation in her very active childhood years. It is because of this, that Gabi decided she wanted to dedicate her professional knowledge and understanding to improving children’s moving patterns and teaching them how to engage the correct muscles through functional therapy, exercise, rehabilitation and physical hands-on therapy in a fun and supportive environment.
Outside of her degree Gabi has completed further study, she is:
- Certified Sports Trainer – Sports medicine Australia
- Clinical pilates instructor
- Concussion management certified
- Certified in Applied Exercise Physiology
- DMI level 1 Therapist