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APA Titled Neurological Physiotherapist

deborahDeborah has worked with neurological and complex rehabilitation clients for 30 years, after graduating from Lincoln Institute in 1985. Her Masters by research was completed at the University of South Australia in 1997, and the 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 10 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’.

Deborah is the National Neurology Group representative for the Australian Physiotherapy Association’s National Advisory Committee. Through this and other activities, Deborah ensures increased awareness of the benefits of neurological physiotherapy. She is a Paralympic Classifier. Deborah recently completed a two-day training course to become certified in the LSVT® BIG therapy.

In her spare time Deborah loves being with her family, walking 2 energetic dogs, escaping to the beach and gardening.

Senior Physiotherapist

Geoffrey (1)Dip Physiotherapy, Post Grad Dip Rehabilitation, Post Grad Dip Ergonomics, Post Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching (Clinical Education) Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner.

Geoffrey brings 35 years of experience in physiotherapy to his practice. He has worked in a large variety of settings, often concentrating on rehabilitation and clinical education.

He particularly focuses on vestibular, neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and enjoys helping his patients achieve their optimal physical function.

Physiotherapist

 

Physiotherapist

StephenieSteph joined Neurospace in November 2016 after graduating from Curtin University in Perth. As part of her studies Steph has completed placements in the Burns Unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital and the Acute Neurosurgical Ward of Royal Perth Hospital. She enjoys the study of anatomy and has been fortunate to complete an anatomy teaching placement in early 2016.. She was a 2016 student representative member on the WA Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy branch of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Additionally, she acted as volunteer coordinator for the WA PINC and STEEL Physiotherapy for Cancer Rehabilitation program.

Steph has a keen interest in stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation, paediatrics and neurodevelopmental conditions. She is passionate about empowering clients to achieve their functional goals through active participation in all aspects of their rehabilitation. During her time as a student Steph travelled to Nepal to work with both children and adults with various neurological and orthopaedic conditions. She plans on engaging in aid work in the future and loves all things travel – related.

Originally from the far south coast of NSW, Steph has been living in Perth since 2012 and recently returned to Canberra in order to be closer to her family. In her free time Steph enjoys weight lifting and cycling, reading, hiking, camping, and spending time with her dogs on the family farm.

Practice Manager

deborahRachel graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours. Rachel has many years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings as well as private practice. Postgraduate study has included a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences, specialising in Stroke Rehabilitation, as well as Level 1 Hydrotherapy and Levels 1 and 2 Clinical Pilates (matwork). 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.

Rachel has recently completed a degree in Arts and Music Administration, and brings key skills in management and marketing to the role of Practice Manager. This exciting new role oversees the capacity and effectiveness of the Neurospace service, focusing on staff development, systems and processes, community liaison, and developing new programs and community projects to continue to grow the Neurospace business.

Physiotherapist

Laura DavidsonLaura 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.

Exercise Physiologist

Patrick (1)Patrick begun working at Neurospace in October 2015 as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. He graduated from the University of Wollongong, obtaining a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology with distinction. In 2014 Patrick moved to Canberra and has worked with a range of clientele, gaining experience with many complex and chronic conditions including cardiac, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions. He applies an evidence based approach to treatment, whilst ensuring that the individual’s goals and interests are addressed throughout their rehabilitation. In particular Patrick enjoys seeing the functional improvements and independence gained by many clients as they progress through their time with Neurospace.

Outside of work Patrick is a keen golfer and tennis player, and enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.

Exercise Physiologist

Amy began working at Neurospace in May 2017. She has a Bachelor in Exercise and Sports Science (2013) and has nearly a decade of experience as a personal trainer with a keen interest in strength and conditioning to improve functional strength. Progressing into further study Amy graduated with a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation at the University of Canberra in 2016. Since graduating Amy 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 Clinical Pilates and incorporates many of the core principles into her exercise programs. She is passionate about assisting clients to achieve functional goals through active participation in their rehabilitation.

Amy grew up in Canberra and in her spare time she plays AFL, enjoys playing the guitar and singing as well as staying fit through a combination of Pilates, strength training, cycling, and running.

Speech Pathologist

StephenieNicole is currently on leave until March 2019

Nicole graduated from Charles Sturt University in Albury in 2006. Nicole has worked in various settings including sub-acute rehabilitation, community home based services and residential settings, both in Australia and the UK. Nicole has a special interest in progressive neurological diseases and acquired language disorders. Nicole also has expertise in managing complex swallowing and secretion difficulties.

Nicole’s recent role in Victoria saw her working for the state wide service provider for those with progressive neurological conditions. This role entailed providing consultation to other health care providers, ensuring a quality inpatient and outpatient Speech Pathology service and providing specialist Speech Pathology service to a specific residential unit for those with Huntington’s Disease.

Nicole has recently moved to Canberra from Melbourne to be closer to family. In her spare time Nicole enjoys cooking and discovering new restaurants and cafes. She also enjoys cycling and spending time with family and friends.

Neurospace is not currently providing an Occupational Therapy service.

Massage Therapist

deborahAlexandra 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.

 

Massage Therapist

Cristina graduated as a physiotherapist from Pontificia de Comillas University Madrid, Spain in 2015.

She is a qualified Remedial Massage Therapist in Australia.

Cristina has been working for top ACT rugby teams and also with a different range of clients such as deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, neurological, relaxation and lymphatic drainage.

Cristina’s interests include neurology, sports rehabilitation and Pilates.

Her massage treatments are specifically for each client on a wholistic basis, promoting health and wellbeing.

In her free time, Cristina enjoys time outdoors, travelling, skiing and ice-skating.

Allied Health Assistant

Alexandra_MarahrensAlexandra 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.

Allied Health Assistant

Karin's school years were spent in Asia and Europe andis the daughter of an Australian diplomat. She completed an arts degree at the ANU and has had a varied career as a travel consultant, TAFE teacher and a public servant. In 2014 Karin decided to change her life. She retrained as an occupational therapist and physiotherapist allied health assistant as she always knew that she wanted to help people. Karin has worked as an occupational therapy assistant at Calvaryhospital in Canberra and joined Neurospace in late June 2015.

Outside of work Karin enjoys reading, yoga, bike riding, swimming, gardening, singing and playing the guitar.

Practice Manager

deborahRachel graduated from La Trobe University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honours. Rachel has many years of experience working in both the public and private sectors, in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings as well as private practice. Postgraduate study has included a Graduate Certificate in Health Sciences, specialising in Stroke Rehabilitation, as well as Level 1 Hydrotherapy and Levels 1 and 2 Clinical Pilates (matwork). 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.

Rachel has recently completed a degree in Arts and Music Administration, and brings key skills in management and marketing to the role of Practice Manager. This exciting new role oversees the capacity and effectiveness of the Neurospace service, focusing on staff development, systems and processes, community liaison, and developing new programs and community projects to continue to grow the Neurospace business.

Gaye Waddell-Wood

 

Admin

Bartlett (1)Meg comes to Neurospace with extensive equipment knowledge and the NDIS.

Meg supports our NDIS client with management of their support services in their plans and liaising with the NDIS, therapist, families , case managers, and the suppliers.

Meg moved to Canberra in 2015 for the oldest reason – love. With a wedding on the cards in the not too distant future, in her spare time she planning the wedding and wrangling a wonderful fiancé, 2 beautiful children and a dog.

Administration

 Haley

Receptionist

deborah

Admin

deborahGian is a bright bubbly receptionist who has grown up in Canberra. I Study Business at CIT when I am not working. I enjoy quality management systems and marketing.

I joined Neurospace in early 2016 and love smiling faces and bad jokes.