APA Titled Neurological Physiotherapist
Deborah has worked with neurological and complex rehabilitation clients for 35+ years, after graduating from Lincoln Institute in 1985. Her Masters by research was completed at the University of South Australia in 1997, and her thesis encompassed exploration of postural control, dizziness and brain injury.
Extensive post graduate training has been undertaken across a range of areas in physiotherapy care and holistic health care, including the management of vestibular problems. She has worked in private and public settings nationally and internationally. Most recently working privately in Canberra for the last 17 years. Concurrently, she developed and lectured the neurological physiotherapy teaching program at the University of Canberra, between 2004-2007, and completed writing of the ‘Physiotherapy competencies for the entry-level graduate in neurology’. She started Neurospace in 2008 and within that has continued to develop her special interest treatment of dizziness and complex rehabilitation. She loves to look for new approaches and is always buying new cutting edge equipment for the therapists to play with. The interest in the use of laser to supplement our work has been part of this exploration.
Deborah has sought to promote the benefits of neurological physiotherapy throughout her career, including involvement in the past with the National Neurology Group across three states, and representative for the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Advisory Committee. She is also an athletics Paralympic classifier. To be part of a process that has the potential to see people have an opportunity to feel involved in sport is of great importance to her.
In her spare time Deborah loves being with her family, escaping to the beach, getting outdoors and Latin dancing.
Simon graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy in August 2016. Prior to this, he a completed bachelor degree in sport science in his native UK.
Since graduation, Simon has worked in public health, working in both the acute inpatient (including both the intensive care and acute neurology units) and in sub-acute rehabilitation settings at the Canberra Hospital.
Simon joined Neurospace in February 2018 to continue working with complex neurological conditions and to gain practical experience with assessing and treating musculoskeletal conditions concurrently.
His special interests include treating dizzy patients and those with vestibular balance disorders, acquired brain injuries and concussion management.
He focuses on problem solving complex multifactorial impairments and strives to help patients reach their functional goals in order to make a positive impact on their quality of life.
In his spare time, Simon likes to keep active with cycling, frisbee and football (aka soccer). He enjoys spending time with friends and family both in Canberra and at the coast and enjoys canoeing, snorkelling and scuba diving. He loves to travel and visit new places both within Australia and abroad.
Rachel graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours. Rachel has over 15 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings as well as private practice. Rachel established the Deakin rehabilitation ward at the John James Hospital, building both the inpatient and outpatient departments before moving to private practice. Rachel has worked with Neurospace since 2010, in both Aged Care settings and in the practice.
Postgraduate study has included a Gerontology, a Graduate Certificate in Stroke Rehabilitation, Aquatic Physiotherapy and Clinical Pilates. Rachel is also a certified LSVT Big practitioner, an intensive program for people with Parkinson’s.
Rachel does most of her work in the community, providing home, school and community visits and Aquatic Physiotherapy sessions. She has an extensive knowledge of the NDIS and Aged Care sectors and is passionate about the role of physiotherapy in keeping people moving well and maintaining their independence.
Laura graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy in August 2016, after completing her undergraduate degree in Applied Science. Since beginning her career, Laura has gained a variety of physiotherapy experience, working in an acute inpatient setting at the Canberra Hospital, as well as a Pilates-based private practice in Deakin. Laura joined Neurospace in September 2017 to fulfil her passion of working in neurological physiotherapy. She is particularly interested in stroke and spinal cord injury rehabilitation, as well as developmental neurological disorders. She strives to achieve relevant, functional, and meaningful goals for her clients, and thrives on the difference physiotherapy interventions can make to a person’s quality of life.
In her spare time, Laura likes to stay active by playing soccer, hiking, and walking her dogs.
Clara completed her undergraduate degree in Human Movement at the University of Technology, Sydney in 2012 and pursued a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at Macquarie University, graduating in 2016. Clara began her career at Prince of Wales Hospital, gaining valuable experience in aged care, spinal injury rehabilitation, care after surgery, orthopaedics, ICU/HDU, cardiology and outpatient physiotherapy. She also ran two exercise classes for osteoarthritic related pain and post operative orthopaedic patients whilst at her secondment in Young, NSW. Clara joined Neurospace in March 2018 and has a great interest in stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and improving quality of life for her patients. In her spare time, Clara enjoys competing in volleyball, catching up with family and friends and experiencing the outdoors.
Tran graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing her Bachelors of Medical Science at the Australian National University. She gained valuable experience working in the age care and local disability sectors before joining Neurospace in 2018.
Since then, Tran has developed a particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation, dizziness, and the holistic management of multiple sclerosis. She also has a special interest in laser therapy, both as a treatment for complex pain and injuries as well as a powerful therapeutic tool for neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy and dementia. Tran is passionate about working with clients to improve their function, independence, quality of life, striving to help them gain the confidence to achieve their own therapy goals.
Outside of work, Tran likes to spend time with family and friends. She enjoys cycling, exploring the wildlife around Canberra, and tinkering around on the piano every so often.
Languages spoken: English and Vietnamese.
Stephen came to Neurospace in August 2019 after completing his Masters of Physiotherapy at the University of Canberra. He has a PhD in biological Chemistry with post-doctoral experience at the University of Oxford and has worked in scientific roles at the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority and Australian National University. Together with his caring and nurturing nature, this background allows Stephen to adopt an analytical approach to his clients to help ensure they can move, feel and live better.
With expertise in vestibular (dizziness) rehabilitation, subacute and chronic stroke rehabilitation and other neurological conditions such as ataxia, Stephen helps his clients achieve independence and participate in the functional activities they most enjoy. Stephen can give you a tune-up to help you stay on track or provide assistance should activities become difficult.
Stephen was born and raised in Canberra and after time in Wollongong, Oxford and Sydney returned to Canberra with his wife and 2 sons to be close to family and friends. In his spare time Stephen can be found helping out at his son’s various sporting activities, playing soccer or out running on the various trails the Bush Capital has to offer.
Maddison completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Canberra in July 2019. Prior to this, she gained experience as a Physiotherapy Assistant with ACT Health for 9 years in rehabilitation and aged care. Maddison joined Neurospace at the end of July 2019 and has a special interest in Parkinson’s disease and rehabilitation in aged care with a focus on improving function, independence and quality of life for her clients. As part of her studies, she completed placements at the University of Canberra Neurological Clinic, Port Kembla Rehabilitation Hospital, and the University of Canberra Musculoskeletal Clinic. Outside of work, Maddison is busy planning a wedding, enjoys catching up with family and friends, tending to her indoor plants and exploring the mountains around Canberra.
Jacqui joined Neurospace in 2020 after graduating with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of Canberra. Jacqui brings with her a wealth of knowledge, with previous degrees in neuroscience and psychology from the Australian National University.
Jacqui has had a long fascination with how the mind and body work, brain plasticity and how neural connections can be changed with exercise and activity. Jacqui enjoys working with clients to improve their function and quality of life.
Outside of work, Jacqui enjoys playing music, catching up with friends, bush walking and trips to the coast.
Madeline completed a bachelor of physiotherapy from the University of Canberra in July of 2020. Madeline’s entry into a physiotherapy career grew from personal experiences in the disability sector and health advocacy, as well as sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation. Throughout her studies, Madeline gained significant experience in neurological physiotherapy across both hospital and private settings. These experiences further amplified her interests in stroke and Parkinson’s disease, and her passion for goal-orientated rehabilitation.
Madeline joined Neurospace in early 2021 and enjoys the privilege of supporting clients to improve their quality of life and to feel empowered, and in control of their health. Away from physiotherapy, Madeline can be found exploring local cafes and restaurants with friends and family or hanging out with any and every dog she can find. Madeline is also a keen gym-goer and AFL follower.
Amy began working at Neurospace in May 2017. She graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra in 2016. Since graduating she has gained experience in a variety of areas including the management of a variety of chronic diseases, including metabolic, cardiovascular, and neurological conditions. Amy has a keen interest in assisting people to be able to exercise and remain active regardless of their mobility or stage of life. She aims to assist you in increasing the enjoyment of exercise as part of your regular routine. Amy can work with you to achieve functional goals and increase your capacity for your regular daily activities, or provide more general exercise programs to maintain fitness and strength. She primarily works in the clinic gym but can also attend your home, community gym, pool, or other areas in your community to help build a sustainable program to remain active for life!
Amy grew up in Canberra and in her spare time she enjoys playing piano and guitar, she enjoys hiking, camping and generally being outdoors. To keep fit Amy goes to the gym and takes her 2 dogs walking.
Gabby always wanted to be an EP, growing up with a love of sport and exercise.
She completed a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra in December 2020. Throughout the degree Gabby gained experience in a variety of areas including chronic diseases, such as musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, cancer and neurological conditions. As part of my studies, she completed placements at the University of Canberra Health Hub, ICON Cancer Clinic and Neurospace, where she found an enthusiasm for working in Neurological rehabilitation.
Gabby is passionate about helping people achieve their goals through exercise as it is great for both physical and mental health and promotes an active lifestyle. Specifically in Neuro, she is assisting people to be able to exercise and tailoring programs suited to people’s needs.
Gabby grew up in Canberra and enjoys spending time with my family and friends, going to the gym and running and finding great local cafes and restaurants.
Alexandra qualified as a physiotherapist from the Dr Blindow Therapeutic College in Hannover, Germany in 1997. Since qualifying, she has worked in Germany, the UK, India and Australia.
The majority of Alexandra’s career has been spent in German private clinics that offer the full range of physiotherapy services from injury to orthopaedic surgery through to rehabilitation and chronic pain management.
She has also spent a large part of her career treating neurological patients. Consequently, she has focused on developing her neurology knowledge and skills through ongoing training, including mastering the Bobath concept (hemiplegia treatment) and PNF.
At Neurospace, Alexandra also provides a range of hands on techniques such as remedial and deep tissue massage, lymphatic drainage and myofascial release.
Alexandra’s passions include travelling the world and spending time at the coast. Languages spoken English and German.
Operations and Client Services Manager
Meg has worked with participants on the NDIS since its inception in Canberra in 2015. Meg started at Neurospace in 2016 in the NDIS and third party clients Administration space. She is now our Operations and Client Services Manager and is passionate about ensuring that all clients and there support networks have the best experience here at Neurospace. She is also an amazing support to our team.
Meg has come from a telecommunications background after 15 years with Telstra in a range of roles including Retail Manager and Business Sales and Support and holds a diploma in Business Management.
She moved to Canberra in 2015 for the oldest reason – love. 6 years later she has a husband (the same love) and 3 beautiful children! When she is not at work she is simply or not so simply, depending on the day – being a mum!