Starting with just one therapist in 2005, NeuroRehab Allied Health Network has grown to over 100 therapy & assistant staff across Melbourne and surrounds. We strive to provide our clients with the very best attention by attracting the best people.


Steve Woollard

Director | Physiotherapist (BPhysio, APAM)

Steve has over 20 years of experience treating clients with neurological injury, establishing what is now NeuroRehab Allied Health Network in 2005. He held a senior position at Ivanhoe Private Rehabilitation Hospital, prior to joining the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in London where he led the brain injury unit physiotherapy team for two years. Steve has a keen interest in spasticity and tone management, for which he devised a new scale of measurement. Steve is qualified to prescribe the Saebo range of orthoses which assist clients to regain upper limb function, and is trained to prescribe, set up and educate clients in the use of WalkAide foot drop stimulator devices. With a special interest in bed positioning, Steve established Postural Innovations with Neurological Physiotherapist, Angela Rowe, in 2008, developing a range of postural support products tailored specifically to clients with neurological injury.


Physiotherapists

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Dawn Prasad

Lead Physiotherapist
(MPhysio, APA Neuro. Physio.)

Dawn is a UK trained physiotherapist with over 20 years of experience working with clients with neurological conditions in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Dawn completed a Master of Neurological Physiotherapy at Melbourne University and is a titled member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA). She has worked in hospital rehabilitation centres, community settings and in the private sector around Melbourne and has extensive experience with clients with progressive and chronic neurological conditions. During her employment at MS Australia, Dawn was involved in collaborative research into strength training for multiple sclerosis, with published journal articles. Dawn also has many years of experience in the assessment and prescription of complex seating and wheelchairs.

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Liz Cotter

Physiotherapist
(BAppSci Physio)

Liz has over 20 years’ experience working in neurological rehabilitation. She has worked for extended periods of time in two of Melbourne's biggest neurological rehabilitation centres – Epworth Richmond and Camberwell. Liz covers the inner and mid south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

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Sara Lee

Senior Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Sara completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2008. Since then she has worked in roles across the private and public health systems in inpatient rehabilitation and communication rehabilitation with Monash Health and Austin Health, and has spent the past few years working with NeuroRehab Allied Health Network. Sara has experience working with clients following stroke, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury, movement disorders, polio, spinal cord injuries, as well as other progressive and chronic neurological conditions. She also has experience in rehabilitation after neurosurgery and orthopaedic conditions, with an interest in aquatic physiotherapy and pilates. Sara is passionate about enabling her clients to achieve their goals, to maximise their function and to experience optimal quality of life. In her free time, Sara enjoys outdoor walks, hiking, dancing, group fitness classes, travelling and socialising with friends and family.

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Teekay Harbidge

Physiotherapist, Allied Health Assistant Coordinator
(BPhysio)

Teekay (TK) completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in the Netherlands in 2010. She has worked with various clients with Parkinson’s disease, stroke, musculoskeletal injuries and other chronic diseases in the Netherlands, Australia and USA. While in the USA, Teekay completed basic training in substance abuse counselling. She is currently completing Pilates training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) to become a certified Clinical Pilates instructor. Her interest is to use Clinical Pilates to successfully rehabilitate neurological clients. She speaks basic Dutch and English.


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Felicity Burns

Senior Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Felicity has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of Otago, New Zealand (2012). She has worked in a variety of roles at Hawkes Bay Hospital in New Zealand, most recently in the hospital’s high dependency/intensive care, acute paediatric, and acute neurology wards, as well as seeing patients in the community. Felicity has also worked in the Neurorehabilitation and Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness units at a private hospital in London, UK. Felicity has a broad range of experience treating neurological clients in acute, rehabilitation, and community settings. She is passionate about working with clients to establish what is important to them and help achieve their goals. Felicity is also currently in her final year of postgraduate training where she is undertaking a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy with a specific focus on Neurorehabilitation. Outside of working as a physiotherapist, Felicity likes to be active and enjoys playing soccer through the winter season.

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Ellen Clark

Senior Clinician Physiotherapist
(BSc Physio, MSc in the Bobath Concept)

Ellen is a physiotherapist with over 17 years of experience working with clients with neurological conditions in the UK and Australia. Ellen studied a Masters in the Bobath Concept in 2008 in the UK. She has worked in hospital rehabilitation centres, community settings and in the private sector around Melbourne and London. Ellen has extensive experience with clients with chronic neurological conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury, stroke and Parkinson's Disease. She was assisting teaching Bobath courses to Neurological Physiotherapists from 2008 to 2014 in various parts of Australia and New Zealand. Ellen has undertaken research into balance and midline issues after stroke and has a special interest in this issue.

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Katie Shaw 

Senior Physiotherapist
(BPhysio Hons)

Katie completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Honours at La Trobe University in 2011. Since then she has been working in a variety of roles across the private and public health systems, with most of her time spent in rehabilitation. Katie has experience working with clients following stroke, brain injury and other neurological conditions including Guillain Barre. She also has experience in chronic pain and orthopaedic conditions. Prior to joining NeuroRehab Allied Health Network Katie gained significant experience with neurological clients as part of her role on the Acquired Brain Injury Unit at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Katie has a keen interest in research and has been involved in multiple published studies investigating physiotherapy services and falls management.

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Angela Rowe

Physiotherapist
(BPhysio, PGCert (Post. Mgmnt))

Angela has over 18 years of experience, specialising in neurological physiotherapy. Having completed post graduate studies in postural management, Angela has extensive experience in wheelchair assessment and prescription. Angela is co-director of Postural Innovations, specialising in bed positioning assessment and the provision of bed positioning equipment.


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Larissa Hamlin

Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Larissa has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from The University of Otago, New Zealand. Since graduating she worked in a major teaching hospital in Hawkes Bay, NZ.  Larissa completed rotational positions through all departments before she took on a more senior role in the Neurological Rehabilitation department over the past two years. Larissa has a broad range of experience treating neurological clients in acute and rehabilitation settings. Larissa has additional training and a passion for managing clients with vestibular disorders. Larissa is currently on maternity leave.

Warwick Allen

Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Warwick has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the University of Newcastle, in 2012. He has experience working in a major regional private rehabilitation hospital and outpatient clinic in Newcastle, caring for patients with a variety conditions and illnesses.  He has a special interest in hydrotherapy and is passionate about seeing clients achieve their goals.

Isabela Galafassi

Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Isabela completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Brazil in 2005 and Australia in 2013 from Curtin University. She has worked in private and community settings and has a passion for neurological rehabilitation and helping clients to achieve their goals. Isabela worked at Rocky Bay and Physioconcept in Western Australia and has experience with a variety of neuromuscular conditions including acquired brain injury, muscular dystrophies, spinal cord injury, Parkinson’s disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Isabela has additional training in 24-hour postural care and wheelchair prescription. She speaks fluent Portuguese and English, and basic Spanish. Isabela is currently on maternity leave.

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Ezgi Akar

Physiotherapist
(BHSc/MPhysio (APAM))

Ezgi has a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice from LaTrobe University (2013). She has worked in various areas across public and private services in Melbourne, providing care for individuals in the home, community, and within acute and rehabilitation hospitals. She has experience working with a broad range of neurological and vestibular conditions, and is passionate about working together with her patients to achieve goals that are meaningful to them.


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Maeve Johnston

Physiotherapist

Maeve has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2014). She has worked in Ireland and New Zealand in the areas of stroke rehabilitation, paediatrics, musculoskeletal private practice, sports physiotherapy and orthopaedics. Maeve’s interest in neurological conditions sparked from her role in the Stroke Rehabilitation Ward in Auckland City Hospital where she worked in an all-ages rehabilitation ward treating clients with Stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Brain Injury and Multiple Sclerosis. Maeve has a special interest in paediatric disability and neurology and has worked as part of the Child Development Team in Starship Children’s Hospital, Auckland. In this role she managed children between the ages of 0-18 with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy and Downs Syndrome.

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Eoin O’Brien

Physiotherapist
(BSc (Hons) Physio)

Eoin studied at Northumbria University in the UK where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy. He completed this following a course in Physiology and Health Science in Ireland. Eoin worked in musculoskeletal private practice in the UK before moving to acute hospital care completing his rotations in the NHS covering acute neurology/stroke, respiratory and intensive care over the course of two years. He moved to New Zealand in 2014, working in Auckland City Hospital in orthopaedics and as a senior in the vascular service where he obtained a wide range of experience covering both acute therapy and rehabilitation. Eoin likes to be active and enjoys hurling (Irish sport) and football as well as hiking in the beautiful Australian sunshine (a nice change from the Irish weather).

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Sarah Howard

Physiotherapist
(MPhysio)

Sarah graduated from LaTrobe University with a Masters of Physiotherapy after completing a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Physiology and Anatomy. Following 5 years experience with NeuroRehab Allied Health Network as a Remedial Massage Therapist, Sarah has transitioned into a Physiotherapy role. She is passionate about helping clients achieve their rehab goals. 

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Farah Foroozeshkhah

Physiotherapist

Farah has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Beheshti University, Tehran (2001) and further qualifications gained in Australia. She has more than seven years clinical experience in rehabilitation working in community health services. Farah gained extensive experience in musculoskeletal and neurological fields as a physiotherapist working in both public and private sectors, prior to moving to Australia. Farah can speak English, Persian and basic Turkish.


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Bianca Cassiotis

Physiotherapist
(BPhysio)

Bianca completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at The University of Melbourne in 2011. Since then, she has worked in Melbourne public hospitals in a range of areas including in-patient, outpatient and community physiotherapy. Her more senior roles were within rehabilitation for the elderly population, including clients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome, vestibular dysfunction, dementia and cognitive impairment. Most recently, Bianca worked in London in a community setting under a specialist Falls and Balance team and Neurological Rehabilitation at home. Bianca has a passion for working with clients with neurological disorders and strives to help her clients improve in the daily activities which matter most to them.

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Simon Chan

Physiotherapist

Simon graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at the University of Melbourne in 2015. He has since worked in various roles including in aged care, private practice and in the community, providing care to individuals with a range of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. He has a keen interest in neurology and gerontology and is passionate about helping his clients achieve their goals. Simon can also speak Cantonese.

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Alana Poliakow

Physiotherapist

Alana has a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Physiotherapy Practice from LaTrobe University (2016). Since graduating she has been working in the field of Neurological Rehabilitation providing care within the home and a clinic in regional Victoria. She has experience working with clients with a broad range of neurological conditions including acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and various other progressive neurological conditions. Alana is passionate about helping people to regain and maintain as much independence as possible and working with people to reach their goals. She has completed further studies in dry needling, basic Bobath therapy, persistent pain therapy and 24-hour postural care.

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Jessica Gracias

Physiotherapist

Jessica has a Masters of Physiotherapy in Neurosciences and Paediatric Neurology from Manipal University, India (2012). She worked in private and community settings involving paediatric neurological rehabilitation before moving to Australia in 2015. She worked in Tasmania for 3 years and gained experience working with children between 0-18 years including those with cerebral palsy, global developmental delays, chromosomal abnormalities, muscular atrophies, autism and adults with neurological conditions. Jessica has an interest in neurological rehabilitation with a special interest in hydrotherapy and manual handling. When not at work she enjoys cooking and keeping fit. She speaks fluent English, Hindi, Marathi and basic Kannada.


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Corinne Robertson

Physiotherapist

We are pleased to welcome Corinne to the NeuroRehab Allied Health Network team.

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Samuel Fairbairn

Physiotherapist

We welcome Samuel to the NeuroRehab Allied Health Network team.

 
 

Occupational Therapists

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Kylie Needham

Lead Occupational Therapist

Kylie brings over 20 years of experience to NeuroRehab Allied Health Network, working as an occupational therapist in the area of neuro-rehabilitation. This includes four years on the stroke rehabilitation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London, and over 10 years at Ivanhoe Private Rehabilitation Hospital where she was Chief for five years. Kylie has spent the last five years working in community rehabilitation specialising in acquired brain injury and is passionate about supporting people to achieve their goals to the best of their ability.

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Zoe Crasborn

Senior Occupational Therapist

Zoe has a strong background in disability support and return to work experience. Trained in New Zealand, Zoe came to Melbourne with a passion for assisting people with neurological injury to operate at their highest functional capacity.

Erin Mullins

Senior Occupational Therapist
(BOccThy Hons)

Erin has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours from Deakin University, and has worked as an OT across Melbourne as well as in the UK. Erin has a broad range of experience working with neurological clients in inpatient and community based rehabilitation settings. Erin is passionate about working with clients to find out what is important to them as individuals to help them achieve their goals.

Sian Heaton

Occupational Therapist | Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor

Sian graduated from the University of Liverpool, England, in 2013. Sian started her career as an Occupational Therapist working for the National Health Service (NHS) within both acute physical and mental health services. Upon relocating to Australia, Sian entered the field of disability equipment, with a focus of wheelchair prescription before specialising in neurological rehabilitation at NeuroRehab. Sian has gained extensive experience working as an Occupational Therapist under the NDIS since the rollout commenced in Victoria. Sian also has specialist training as an Occupational Therapy Driving Assessor.  Sian is committed to providing person-centred support to achieve effective and meaningful outcomes are achieved for her clients. 


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Katherine Pope

Senior Occupational Therapist

Katherine has a post graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy from London South Bank University and has over 10 years’ experience working in both the UK and Australia. Katherine has a strong passion for rehabilitation and has worked across a number of different fields including paediatrics, inpatient rehabilitation and community rehabilitation. Katherine has a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation and is passionate about working collaboratively with her patients to ensure they achieve their goals.

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Patrick Dodds

Team Leader Occupational Therapist

Patrick has been practising as an OT in Australia and the UK for over 10 years. He has a broad range of experience assisting people from all walks of life regain their independence and achieve their goals at home, in the community, and in the workplace. He has extensive experience in home modifications, complex equipment prescription, neurological rehabilitation and chronic disease management. Patrick specialises in the prescription of customised manual and power wheelchairs and has a special interest in upper limb therapy following brain or spinal cord injury. Patrick also speaks basic Italian.

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Alice Dwyer

Occupational Therapist
(BOccThy)

Alice has a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from LaTrobe University and is currently completing a graduate diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation at Flinders University. Alice has worked in Australia and New Zealand, working across a range of clinical areas, with a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and equipment prescription.

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Sarah Paton

Occupational Therapist

Sarah completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2015 at the Australian Catholic University. Sarah has worked within an inpatient trauma rehabilitation unit developing core rehabilitation skills supporting individuals to return to their home environment and achieve their personal goals. Sarah has a strong interest in neurological rehabilitation using a client centred approach to achieve optimal functioning within the home and community.


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Rohini Godfrey

Occupational Therapist
(MOccThy)

Rohini completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University. Rohini has a broad range of experience including equipment prescription, home modifications, pain management, postural positioning and neurological rehabilitation. Rohini is passionate about providing person-centred care at home, in the community and in the workplace, to support people to maximise their functional capacity, wellbeing and quality of life.

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Salika Souphanh

Occupational Therapist
(BHSc, MOT)

Salika completed a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University. Throughout her studies and placements, Salika gained experience working with a range of neurological patients at Western Health and Djerriwarrh Community Health. Prior to her OT career, Salika worked as an attendant support worker and trainer for people with spinal cord injury for 10 years. She is passionate and committed to helping patients improve their functional independence and overall health and wellbeing.

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Jacelyn Goh

Senior Occupational Therapist
(BOccThy (Hons))

Jacelyn has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from LaTrobe University and has been practicing for over 10 years in Singapore and Australia. Jacelyn has worked across a range of fields such as amputee and stroke rehabilitation, in various settings across the continuum of care. Jacelyn has a strong interest in neurological rehabilitation and client-centred practice, involving close collaboration with clients to achieve their goals. Jacelyn speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

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Katie Hall

Senior Occupational Therapist

Katie has been working as an OT for over 10 years, across a broad range of clinical areas including rehabilitation, acute/emergency and community. She has a special interest in spinal cord injury and neurological rehabilitation, having worked in this field for over 4 years. Katie developed a passion for community based roles after working in this area in London in 2013. Katie is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and taking a client centred approach.


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Catherine How

Occupational Therapist
(BOccThy (Hons))

Catherine graduated from Deakin University, Geelong with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) in 2012. Prior to joining NeuroRehab Allied Health Network, Catherine worked in community health in the Western suburbs of Melbourne for six years gaining extensive experience in home modifications and equipment prescription as well as supporting people with neurological impairments. Catherine has a passion for neurological rehabilitation, supporting her clients to fulfil their highest potential and achieve their goals within their functional capacity.

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Kirsten Meade

Occupational Therapist

Kirsten completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast. Since graduating Kirsten has worked across a range of different clinical areas throughout Australia and the United Kingdom including inpatient and community rehabilitation. Kirsten has a special interest in neurological rehabilitation and working with clients to achieve their goals. 

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Lily Shribman Dellmann

Occupational Therapist

Lily completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy practice at LaTrobe University. Lily has previously worked with Alfred Health across a variety of settings including in an acute ward, an aged care unit, and in an amputee rehabilitation unit, supporting individuals to regain independence and return home. Lily is passionate about neurological rehabilitation and optimising function at home and in the community. Lily is enthusiastic about working with clients and their families on meaningful goals to achieve optimum quality of life and wellbeing!

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Cindy Yong

Occupational Therapist
BOccThy

Cindy completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University, Western Australia. She has worked across public and private settings, starting off at Royal Perth Hospital then at a private hospital in Malaysia. Having worked with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, Cindy has developed a deep passion for neurological rehabilitation. For her, Occupational Therapy is much more than a profession, it is also a means to help individuals achieve their goals and live a meaningful life. She speaks fluent Hokkien, English and Malay. 


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Georgia Barot

Occupational Therapist

Georgia completed a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at LaTrobe University in 2013. She has worked with clients with various conditions in both community rehabilitation and inpatient care. Georgia has a keen interest in neurological rehabilitation and is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients to ensure they achieve their goals and return to participating in meaningful activities.

 

Accredited Exercise Physiologists

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Andrew Seeley

Lead Accredited Exercise Physiologist
(BAppSc (Hmn Mvmnt), GradDip ExRehab) ESSAM

Andrew has over 16 years experience in neurological and musculoskeletal rehabilitation and chronic disease management. He worked as a neurological exercise physiologist at Ivanhoe Private Rehabilitation Hospital for nine years and The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre for six years. He has extensive experience in community-based rehabilitation and health promotion, establishing an exercise physiology service for Healthscope Independence Services. Andrew’s areas of interest include acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury.

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Dylan Patcas

Accredited Exercise Physiologist & Allied Health Assistant
(MClinExP, BExSS)

Dylan has a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology from Australian Catholic University (2015). This involved experience working with clients with spinal cord injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions, cardiac conditions, pulmonary conditions and various chronic diseases. During this time Dylan developed a strong interest in neurological rehabilitation. Dylan is extremely enthusiastic and passionate about providing the best treatment possible for his clients. He also completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science from Australian Catholic University in 2013.

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Rose Harrington 

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
(MClinExP)

Rose is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who graduated from Deakin University in 2017 with a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. She previously completed a Bachelor in Exercise and Sport Science in 2015 at Australian Catholic University. She previously worked in community health as an Allied Health Assistant in chronic disease management. Rose is very excited to use her skills at NeuroRehab and use exercise as medicine to improve the physical and mental health of our client groups. 

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Joel Bradbury

Accredited Exercise Physiologist
& Allied Health Assistant
(MClinExP, BExSc)

Joel has a Master of Clinical Exercise Prescription from Charles Sturt University and a Bachelor of Exercise Science (Sports Practice) from Victoria University. Previously, Joel also completed a Certificate III & IV in fitness through Exercise Research Australia and completed work placements through Good Life Health Clubs and Victoria University gym undertaking personal training. He has been a lifeguard for many years and a learn to swim instructor. Joel is passionate about the healthcare industry and is committed to helping clients achieve their goals.


Allied Health Assistants

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Janine Kocjancic

Allied Health Assistant

Janine has a certificate IV in Disabilities and Aged Care and has worked in the acquired brain injury field for over 20 years, assisting therapists in home settings with individual clients.  Janine is dedicated to assisting clients with a neurological injury to regain their highest and most independent functioning.

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Michele Lo

Allied Health Assistant

Mick studied a Bachelor and Masters in Sports Science, along with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, in Italy. He has previously worked as a coach in both Rugby Union and Soccer. Mick has experience working in a physiotherapist clinic in Madrid. Mick then moved to Australia in 2014 to undertake a PhD in Sports Science at Victoria University. Mick can speak Italian and basic Spanish.

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Ranga Manthena

Allied Health Assistant

Ranga has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from NTR University of Health Sciences, India (2006). He has over seven years of experience and has worked in residential care for an extended period of time assisting clients with neurological injuries. Ranga speaks English and Telugu.

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Ignacio Naranjo

Allied Health Assistant

NeuroRehab Allied Health Network welcomes Ignacio into our Allied Health Assistant team. Ignacio holds a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree from his home country of Chile. Ignacio speaks Spanish and English.


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Lilia Tetay

Allied Health Assistant

Lilia graduated from Our Lady of the Rosary University in Bogotá, Colombia in 2001. In 2006 she undertook postgraduate study in rehabilitation management at La Sabana University. Lilia worked as a neurological physiotherapist in a highly respected rehabilitation centre in Colombia until 2006, when she moved to Australia. After working as an attendant support worker for two years, Lilia joined NeuroRehab Allied Health Network in 2008. Lilia is committed to assisting clients with neurological injury regain optimal functioning. Lilia can also speak Spanish.

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Sam Hennessy

Allied Health Assistant
(BExSc (Hons), Cert IV AHA)

Sam has a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with Honours from LaTrobe University as well a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance completed through Exercise Research Australia (ERA). He was affiliated with the Melbourne City Soccer Club in 2018 and conducted research investigating groin and hip injuries in relation to training and match loads. He plans to continue this research and undertake a PhD in the future focusing on injury prevention through strength and conditioning. Sam is passionate about improving individual’s quality of life.

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Siana Patrikakos-Manier

Allied Health Assistant
(Cert IV AHA)

Siana is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science degree at LaTrobe University. She completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance with Exercise Research Australia (ERA). She aspires to study a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in the coming years. Siana is passionate and very interested in rehabilitating and assisting with the management and recovery of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.

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Alicia Pangbourne

Allied Health Assistant
(BExSc)

Alicia recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Australian Catholic University. She aspires to study a Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in the forthcoming years. Alicia undertook a range of placements at Waratah Developmental School, Exercise Research Australia (ERA) and St Vincent’s Hospital, throughout her university degree and internship. Alicia has a keen interest in rehabilitating and assisting with the management of musculoskeletal and neurological injuries.


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Marco Cheung

Allied Health Assistant
(BSc)

Marco completed his Bachelor of Science (2015) and is currently studying the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. During his studies, Marco has gained experience working with patients with a range of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions during his placements at Melbourne Health and Cabrini Health. In addition, he has also worked with individuals with disabilities outside of his studies, and has been involved in providing therapy support to them. Working with clients with neurological disorders to help achieve their goals and improve their quality of life is one of the many things Marco is passionate about, and he is committed to applying evidence based treatment in this manner.

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Salim Bahamdun

Allied Health Assistant

Salim has completed a Bachelor majoring in Exercise Science as well as Certificate IV in Fitness. He possesses diverse experience in the health and exercise industry having worked with clinical groups, elite youth athletes and the general population. Most recently Salim has led specialised older adult exercise programs in where he has implemented a holistic approach in the management of clients with neurological, cardiovascular and osteoarthritis conditions. Devoted to improving client functionality, Salim is eager to bring his professionalism and optimism to the role.

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Nicholas Longo

Allied Health Assistant

Nicholas has a Bachelor of Exercise Science from Salisbury University and holds a professional certification in the USA as a strength and conditioning specialist. He worked in a multitude of physical rehabilitation services in the USA including work with athletes, elderly, chronic pain states and neurological conditions, prior to returning to Australia and joining NeuroRehab Allied Health Network. Nicholas speaks conversational Italian.

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Amberlee Dick

Allied Health Assistant
(BPsySc)

Amberlee has recently completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science at the Australian College of Applied Psychology in Melbourne. Throughout her studies, Amberlee has gained a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience in the discipline of Psychology and is particularly interested in the cognitive and behavioural effects of neurological disorders. Amberlee intends to undertake further study in the near future and is fully committed to ensuring each NeuroRehab client is achieving their individual therapeutic goals.


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Rebecca Stafford

Allied Health Assistant
(BExSci, Cert IV AHA)

Rebecca completed a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 2017. Bec studied in America as a student-athlete and played tennis. She is in the final stages of completing a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance with Exercise Research Australia (ERA). She has completed a variety of placements such as Kieser Training, Monash Health, Waratah Special Development School, Thornbury High School, and Belgravia Leisure, throughout her studies. Rebecca is looking to return to university to study Occupational Therapy and is passionate about improving wellbeing and getting people back to the activities they love.

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Riley Thomas

Allied Health Assistant
(BAppSc)

Riley completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) from RMIT in 2016 and has always had a passion for working with people in the health and sport industry. Riley has been involved with multiple sports teams injury rehabilitation, and high performance data collection for Essendon's VFL team as well. Having worked as a lifeguard and a personal trainer, Riley is looking forward to helping community members get back to their best health.

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Kanna Utsugi

Allied Health Assistant
(BHlthSc)

Kanna has a Bachelor of Health Science from Monash University, with a focused interest in Human Rights issues experienced by people with disabilities. She has been working in the field since 2009 and has a range of experience working with people with intellectual disability. Kanna is passionate about improving the quality of life of people with disabilities and building a society where they are treated with dignity and respect.

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Maddison Wallmeyer

Allied Health Assistant
(Cert IV AHA)

Maddison is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor in Exercise Science at La Trobe University. She recently completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance with Exercise Research Australia (ERA). Through this, she found a passion for working with people to help achieve their goals, no matter how big or small. Maddi aspires to go on to study a Masters of Exercise Physiology after her Bachelor's degree as she believes exercise is the best medicine.


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Lucy Morgan

Allied Health Assistant

Lucy has an Advanced Diploma in Music Performance and a Bachelor's degree in Music. She is a current Master of Music Therapy student at The University of Melbourne. Lucy has worked in various disability support roles such as at home care, respite accommodation and community based activities. She currently works with children and young adults of varied abilities as a community musician, facilitating drumming circles and music programs.

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Rosie Timmons

Allied Health Assistant

Rosie has completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at RMIT University where she gained professional experience in exercise delivery. Rosie also completed a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance with Exercise Research Australia where she gained experience working with a variety of clients including those with musculoskeletal injuries, neurological conditions and various chronic diseases. Rosie has always had a passion for rehabilitation and believes in a collaborative approach to help clients reach their goals. Rosie wishes to return to university to study Occupational Therapy to help people maximise their functional independence in the home, community and workplace.

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Mariana Rodrigues

Allied Health Assistant

Mariana graduated as a Physiotherapist in Brazil in 2006. In 2008, she undertook postgraduate study in neurology rehabilitation at Unifesp University in Brazil. She has Clinical Pilates training to assist during neurological rehabilitation. Mariana had extensive experience working as a neurological physiotherapist in Brazil until 2011, when she moved to Australia. In 2012, Mariana undertook a Masters degree in Public Health in Sydney, and worked as a support worker for a neurology company for a year. After working as a physiotherapy assistant for 6 years, Mariana joined NeuroRehab Allied Health Network in 2019. Mariana is passionate about neurology rehabilitation providing comfort and quality of life to her clients. She can speak Portuguese, English and basic Spanish.

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Luke Collins

Allied Health Assistant
(DPT, BSc)

Luke recently completed a Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne, after completing a Bachelor of Science in 2015. During his studies, Luke worked at Western Health, helping individuals with neurological conditions to achieve their goals in the community. Luke is passionate about neurological rehabilitation and is committed to providing evidence based treatment to improve the health and wellbeing of each individual.


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Alexandra Velasco

Allied Health Assistant

Alexandra has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Our Lady of the Rosary University, Colombia. After completing her studies she worked in one of Columbia’s major rehabilitation centres as a Neurological Physiotherapist. Since Alexandra moved to Australia in 2006, she has continued her work in rehabilitation. Prior to joining NeuroRehab Allied Health Network she worked at the Alfred Hospital and Caulfield Medical Centre as a Grade 3 Allied Health Assistant for 8eight years. Alex is passionate about helping clients achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She is also fluent in Spanish.

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Taniciah Isorena

Allied Health Assistant
(BExSS)

Taniciah has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science from the Australian Catholic University, with focused studies on motor control and exercise for rehabilitation. Her university placement included high performance data analysis for the Victorian Institute of Sport Women’s Hockey teams. She intends to complete further study within the allied health industry. Taniciah is excited to demonstrate and educate the benefits of exercise for all people.

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Luke McMaster

Allied Health Assistant

Luke is currently studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at the Australian Catholic University. Throughout his studies, he has gained experience working with patients with a range of neurological and musculoskeletal conditions during his placements at St John of God Hospital and MC Physiotherapy clinic.  Luke also completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education) at RMIT University in 2015. He has experience working as a teacher in various educational settings including youth justice centres, swim schools, high schools and primary schools. Luke is passionate about health and fitness and is committed to assisting clients reach their full potential.

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Daniel Pappalardo

Allied Health Assistant

Daniel has a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Exercise Science from Deakin University in Melbourne. He aims to study a Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology in the coming years and has extensive experience working as a personal trainer. Daniel is passionate about working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and is committed to helping them achieve their goals.


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Juliana Azevedo
de Sousa

Allied Health Assistant

Juliana completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in Brazil in 2012. She has worked with the elderly at the gym rehabilitating musculoskeletal and neurological injuries. She also holds a professional certificate of Personal Training and Swimming Instruction. She has experience working in strength and conditioning programs with kids and the elderly. Juliana is passionate about improving quality of life. She also speaks Portuguese.

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Marcus Berryman

Allied Health Assistant

Marcus recently completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science majoring in Exercise Physiology at Deakin University. He has undertaken a placement at Balwyn Sports and Physiotherapy Centre where he worked with a diverse range of clients and conditions. He has a passion for evidence-based rehabilitation and in the coming years intends to complete a Master of Physiotherapy.

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Adriana Moroni

Allied Health Assistant

We are pleased to welcome Rosie to the NeuroRehab Allied Health Network team.

 

Remedial Massage Therapists

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Brianne Campana

Remedial Massage Therapist,
Allied Health Assistant

Brianne completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at Sage Institute of Massage in 2015. Since graduating, Brianne has been working in a massage clinic helping her clients to alleviate musculoskeletal pain including acute and chronic conditions. Her goals with NeuroRehab’s clientele are to improve their quality of life by decreasing their pain and discomfort and also to improve their mobility.

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Natalie Vercher

Remedial Massage Therapist, Myotherapist

Natalie completed an Advanced Diploma of Myotherapy at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in November 2016. During her studies, Natalie mainly worked in sporting clubs with various athletes, however wanted to expand her range of clients and focus on different aspects including rehabilitation and neuro-muscular dysfunctions. Natalie is passionate about understanding each individual client’s needs and helping them achieve their rehabilitation goals.

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Cassandra Turrie

Remedial Massage Therapist

Cassie completed a Diploma of Remedial Massage at the Melbourne Institute of Massage Therapy in 2017. Since graduating she has worked with a diverse client base, with valuable experience treating musculoskeletal pain and discomfort, from both chronic and acute conditions. Cassie is passionate about neurological rehabilitation and is committed to helping clients achieve their rehabilitation goals. Cassie has also completed her Bachelor of Health Science at La Trobe university, and has been accepted to do her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2019.

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Melissa Doran

Remedial Massage Therapist,
Allied Health Assistant

We are very pleased to have Melissa as part of NeuroRehab Allied Health Network’s Remedial Massage team.


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Daniella La Pila

Remedial Massage Therapist

Daniella completed a Diploma in Remedial Massage at Victoria University in 2018 and a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance at Kangan Institute in 2011. Daniella has worked with Gateway Social Support Options, Western Health and is also an active volunteer with Motor Neurone Disease Association of Victoria since 2015. Daniella is passionate about treating people living with disabilities illness, injury and aged care.

 
 
 

Speech Pathologists

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Chantelle Hutchinson

Lead Speech Pathologist
(BSpPath CPSP)

Chantelle graduated from the University of Newcastle and has extensive experience working with adults with acquired brain injuries and pre-school children with speech, language and swallowing disorders. Recently, she has developed a special interest working with clients with severe and profound intellectual and multiple disabilities. Chantelle is currently completing an Associate Degree in Dementia Care and is also working on a research project at LaTrobe University for people with Traumatic Brain Injury. She has also completed introductory training in both Motivational Interviewing and Video Interaction Guidance. Chantelle is passionate about working collaboratively with clients, families and their therapy team, in order to help clients achieve their goals.

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Erin Chalk

Speech Pathologist
(MSLP CPSP)

Erin completed a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences in 2008 and a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology in 2010 at Macquarie University. Erin has over five years experience working in acute hospital and adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. Whilst living in Sydney, Erin worked at Macquarie University Hospital, MQ Health Speech and Hearing Clinic, as well as Mt Wilga Private Hospital. Her experience has covered a broad range of areas including assessment and management of communication and swallowing problems across the areas of TBI, stroke, progressive neurological disorders, head and neck cancer and oncology. Erin has particular interest in acquired communication disorders and is passionate about assisting clients with their rehabilitative goals.

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Katrina Cruz

Speech Pathologist
(MSLP CPSP)

Katrina has a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne. She has gained a broad range of experience working with children and adults with communication and swallowing difficulties across clinic, community, and hospital settings. Katrina has particular experience working with clients who have disabilities and delays including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), developmental delays, as well as neurological disorders including Cerebral Palsy. Katrina is passionate about working with clients holistically in their natural, everyday environments, to achieve functional and meaningful goals.

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Adam Chevin

Speech Pathologist
(BSc (Hons) Speech Pathology and Therapy)

Adam completed a BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy in 2014 at Manchester Metropolitan University in England. Adam held two roles in England working with a broad range of clients in different settings before moving to Melbourne in December 2017. Adam joined NeuroRehab Allied Health Network in February 2018 before a stint in public health, and re-joined NeuroRehab in January 2019. Adam has a background of working with a broad range of neurological impairments and disabilities, achieving meaningful goals with a patient-centred approach. Outside of work, Adam captains a soccer team, enjoys watching AFL, and likes to get out of the city at weekends.


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Cindy Chu

Speech Pathologist

Cindy completed a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Cindy has experience working with young children with hearing loss, and autism spectrum disorder. Cindy also has experience working in adult inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, and has particular interest in progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Cindy is an LSVT-LOUD (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy) certified clinician.

 
 
 

Neuropsychologists

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Belinda Dridan

Lead Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc (Hons), DPsych (Clin Neuro)

Belinda has a Doctorate degree in Clinical Neuropsychology and has experience within various private and public health settings. She works with adult clients with acquired brain injuries, and neurological or neurodegenerative disorders. Belinda has a special interest in cognitive rehabilitation, diagnostic assessments, decision-making capacity assessments, and supporting patients to return to work. Belinda practices within a patient-centred framework using clinical techniques (i.e. motivational interviewing) to help patients set and achieve meaningful goals.

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Lib Yin Wong

Clinical Neuropsychologist
BSc(Hons), MPsych (Clin Neuro)

Lib graduated from The University of Melbourne in 2016. She completed a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) and prior to that, a Bachelor of Science with Honours in psychology. Following completion of her Master’s degree, she undertook specialist Neuropsychology Registrar training at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She has had experience working in a variety of settings, including acute and subacute neurological settings, rehabilitation wards, and mental health settings. Lib is passionate about providing the best available evidence-based psychological practice within a client-centred framework, with the client’s goals in mind at all times. Lib continues to be involved in research, and academic and teaching assistance at the University.

 
 

Music Therapist

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Yuki Wakamatsu

Registered Music Therapist

Yuki has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Masters of Music Therapy from the University of Melbourne. Upon completing her Masters, she worked in Western Australia as a clinical specialist at Sing&Grow Australia and her own private practice, Music Therapy Now. She has worked in a variety of public and private healthcare settings predominantly in acquired brain injury, disability and early childhood development. Yuki was previously the WA state chair for the Australian Music Therapy Association and a current member of the national social media committee. She also runs a podcast discussing music therapy with a variety of music and health professionals.


Office, Reception & Accounts

Jenny Woollard

Business Operations Manager (BSc, GradDip Audiology)

An audiologist by profession, Jenny now acts as office manager for this family run business. Jenny is the first point of call for all NeuroRehab Allied Health Network enquiries and welcomes any questions you may have. Jenny is able to provide information about our full range of services and advise applicable treatment costs.


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Glenda Dean

Receptionist

Glenda is our welcoming receptionist at NeuroRehab Allied Health Network’s Thomastown clinic. She is available to answer any questions you may have about the services we offer at our clinics, or through our home visit service. Glenda is happy to help.

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Ella Rowthorn

Receptionist

Ella is a receptionist at NeuroRehab Allied Health Network's Deer Park and Thomastown clinics. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) with a co-major in Neuroscience at Swinburne University of Technology. Ella has a passion for helping others, and hopes to one day conduct research of her own. If you have any questions about the range of services we offer, Ella will be happy to help.

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Gail Divers

Receptionist

Gail is NeuroRehab Allied Health Network’s friendly receptionist at our Deer Park clinic. If you have any questions about the range of services we offer at our clinics or through our home visit service, Gail is here to help.

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Kirsty Martindale

Receptionist

We are pleased to welcome Kirsty to the NeuroRehab Allied Health Network team.


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Kailli Arapis

Receptionist

A very warm welcome to Kailli who has recently joined us.

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Jackie Santi

Receptionist

We are pleased to welcome Jackie to the NeuroRehab Allied Health Network team.

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Michelle Baker

Compliance Officer

Michelle has many years of experience working as a practice manager for physiotherapy clinics. Michelle handles a range of administration tasks for NeuroRehab including service agreements with care organisations, compliance management, and human resources. Based at our Deer Park clinic, Michelle also assists with reception.

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Sheridan Barber

Accounts Officer

Sheridan is NeuroRehab Allied Health Network’s Accounts Officer, operating out of our Deer Park clinic. Sheridan has Certificate IVs in Accounting and Bookkeeping and is here to help with any of your funding, fees or accounts enquiries. 


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Natasha Grimble

Administration Assistant

Natasha is a member of our administrative team. She is currently in her fourth year of a Bachelor of Law (Honours) and Psychology (Honours) at Victoria University. Natasha has a passion for helping people in any way she possibly can. Through her studies she hopes to become a Clinical Neuropsychologist.

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Ashwini Guru

Accounts Assistant

Ashwini is one of our friendly Accounts Assistants operating out of our Deer Park clinic, handling invoice processing and enquiries. Ashwini has a Certificate IV in Administration and Frontline Management and has a passion for helping others, handling accounting and general administration duties.

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Scott Williams

Accounts Assistant

Scott has been in the finance industry for over 20 years with experience in lending, reconciliation and accounts administration. Scott recently completed a Cert III in Medical Administration and is happy to help with any issues or concerns you may have about your account. Scott is based at our Deer Park clinic.

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Esmarie Mienie

Accounts Assistant

Esmarie is one of our friendly Accounts Assistants. Esmarie completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, majoring in Anatomy. She is continuing her studies in Psychology with a view to become a Neuropsychologist in the future.


NeuroRehab Allied Health Network staff are required to undertake a police record check prior to joining our team