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Conversations with the Inspiring Britta Anna Pedersen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Britta Anna Pedersen.

Our Studio Director and Lead Physiotherapist, Britta, is an out of network, Registered Senior Physiotherapist & Performance Trainer from New Zealand (RNZPT). She has an extensive career to date, with over 13 years of practical hands-on experience in the Musculoskeletal field.

As a high-performance athlete herself, she completely understands the demands we place on the body and just how effective and reliable we need our body’s to be. Britta firmly believes that you can’t expect to perform at your best if you don’t take care of your number one vessel! Meaning that prevention is paramount for your functioning performance and in maintaining optimal balance for winning outcomes!

She strives to provide her clients with first-hand knowledge, experience, personalized treatment and recommendations from both a highly educated and experienced background. Giving you, the client, both real-time experience, knowledge, compassion, and understanding – reaching your goals is a priority.

Britta holds numerous sporting, training and physiotherapy treatment certifications. She is certified and registered New Zealand Physiotherapist, with over 13 years of hands-on Musculoskeletal clinical experience. She has an intense passion for sports and biomechanics, is an Internationally recognized FEI level Dressage Rider, Bikini Fitness competitor, and Freelance Health & Fitness author, making her an expert in her field.

Britta finished her High-School years successfully with an A grade International Baccalaureate Diploma from Kristin School, gaining entry into any university worldwide. New Zealand is regarded as an extremely high-level BHSc (Physiotherapy) program and she chose to complete her studies here. This meant that she could continue to compete as a semi-professional equestrian rider, pursuing her long-term goals of representing her country on the International stage.

During her 4th year Musculoskeletal clinical placement, she was offered a new-grad position under leading Auckland Physiotherapist Murray Hing, whom she regards as my mentor. In 2005 Britta graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science degree, majoring in Physiotherapy, from the Auckland University of Technology. The following 8yrs Britta worked under Murray at his Auckland based practice ‘Flexa Clinic’ in New Zealand. In 2012 she branched out to specialize in her own field, opening the doors of Equipoise Physiotherapy & Performance Training in New Zealand.

Britta’s athletic background:

Britta has been a competitive equestrian rider her entire life. She began at pony club, moving onto horse trials and up the grades to Advanced level. Most recently Britta switches disciplines and was training in the Grand Prix dressage arena. She has been on numerous NZ teams as both an Event and Dressage rider, in 2013 representing NZ at the Sydney CDI 3* Dressage event, where she was the highest placed female rider in both the PSG & Intermediate 1 divisions. Britta is currently taking a break from her own competitive riding to launch her Health & Biomechanics brand, Performance Physiques, into the USA.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING & COMPETITION SUCCESS

Equestrian

NZ Novice 3 Day Event Champion
2nd NZ Young Rider Event Champion
5th International Sydney CDI & Top placed female rider in FEI PSG & FEI Intermediare 2013
NZ Advanced Dressage Horse of the Year 2012
NZ Advanced National Dressage Champion 2012
4th NZ PSG World Dressage Challenge 2012
Body Building

A competitor in the NPC USA Muscle Contest Bikini Division 2015 – Present
PROFESSIONAL & CONTINUING EDUCATION SUCCESS

International Baccalaureate Diploma 2000
BHSc Physiotherapy 2005 (RNZPT)
Certified Bosu Trainer
Certified Total Gym Trainer
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner CKTP
Acupuncture – Dry needling
Mulligan Techniques (Upper & Lower Quartile)
Total Gym Trainer IHRSA 2016, 2017, 2018
Physiotherapy & Fitness Blogger

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Haha – Define smooth!?

No! I suffered a serious injury in 2006 which set me back to have to intensively rehab for 2years.

Then, I moved countries from New Zealand to the USA, where I had already built a very successful PT clinic and had to start from scratch all over again.

So long as you have the passion, will, determination, belief, dedication, and knowledge you can achieve anything that you set your heart and mind to.

My best advice is to find what your heart loves to do and mold your career around its direction. You have to want to get up out of bed every morning with a smile on your face and a desire to make things happen. Opportunities don’t just happen – you create them.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Performance Refinery story. Tell us more about it.
Owner of ‘The Performance Refinery’ where I have a huge vision to create a one-stop shop health and wellness facility where medical providers can work together as a Team for the betterment of the patient.

Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mom – She is one of the most driven go-getter types of women I know, who has inspired me from day 1.

My close-knit girlfriends… we all support and encourage each other to do better, be better and push each other towards reaching our goals.

Any and every woman that supports another woman’s ambition with wholehearted goodness. The world is a large place, big enough for all of us and we need to lead by example: Behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back.

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Image Credit:
Last photo: Main Event Photography, All other images – Myself

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