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We believe that our staff are our greatest asset.  We realise that every staff member must aspire to excellence for us to offer a uniformly quality service.  All staff members are supported to continue their development in all facets of their work.

Katie Davies
Principal Physiotherapist & Senior Clinician

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Special Interests:

  • Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation
  • Post-concussion management
  • Complex posture and seating prescription
  • Odstock functional electrical stimulation for foot drop
  • Neurological splinting

Katie graduated in 2003 from Melbourne University and after completing two years in a rotating position at the Royal Melbourne Hospital left Australia with the travel bug. Like most travelling Aussies she settled in London where she began work at the Wellington Hospital. Here she was exposed to a wide range of neurological presentations and a variety of treatment adjuncts. After 6 years in London she returned to Melbourne and commenced working at the Neurological Rehabilitation Group. Her exposure to varied neurological presentations and exceptional mentorship from her time in the UK allowed Katie to join the the Neurological Rehabilitation Group as an experienced and passionate practitioner. In February 2014 her commitment to the area of Neurological Rehabilitation was cemented when she took over ownership of the practice. Aware of the benefits that great leadership can have in a clinical environment Katie has taken on ownership of the practice with excitement and enthusiasm for the development of others. Her team, like her are encouraged to bring their own unique style, passion and expertise to the group, resulting in environment of continuous improvement and exceptional patient care

Georgia Caldwell
Senior Physiotherapist

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Amy Thomson
Senior Physiotherapist

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Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)
APAM

Special Interests:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Concussion management
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Amy graduated from the University of Melbourne and developed her skills in neurological physiotherapy at a large metropolitan hospital, where she treated patients with a variety of neurological conditions across acute and rehabilitation wards. Amy completed her Basic Bobath training in 2014 and has since completed two Advanced Bobath courses.  She has also completed advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation training with the Herdman group, the gold standard in Vestibular Rehabilitation. In 2017 Amy travelled with Katie to the USA and Canada on a study tour to further develop her knowledge in regards to concussion management.   Amy also has a strong interest in the management of movement disorders including Parkinson’s and is part of a group of physiotherapists who work in Parkinson and meet regularly at Parkinson’s Victoria.

Amy is passionate about working collaboratively with her clients and their families to help them get the most out of life, both now and for the future.

Tessa Neave
Senior Physiotherapist

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Tessa has a real interest in Neurological Physiotherapy and has focused her career in this direction since graduating from Melbourne University in 2012. Tessa has worked across multiple health networks and hospitals; both in acute and rehabilitation wards; having experience in a wide variety of neurological conditions. She recently completed an advanced course in the Bobath concept; and is always seeking opportunities for further development . Her clinical areas of interest include movement disorders and rehabilitation after stroke. She has a great passion for assisting clients to achieve their goals and ultimately improve their quality of life.

Claudia Farber
Senior Physiotherapist

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Claudia studied physiotherapy at University of Manchester, UK and has developed her neurological skills through gaining extensive experience in a wide variety of inpatient neurological settings (acute and rehabilitation) in both Manchester and London. Claudia relocated to Australia in 2018 and is passionate about continuing her career in the neurosciences and further developing her expertise in the neurological outpatient and community settings.

Her clinical interests include rehabilitation following stroke and acquired brain injury in addition to neuro-oncological conditions. Claudia is diligent at learning more to improve herself and patient care and is completing the Basic Bobath Course in 2019. Claudia believes in using a holistic, patient focused approach in order to ensure optimal patient care.

Pav Kalubowilage
Physiotherapist

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Having graduated from Melbourne University in 2012, Pav worked at Epworth HealthCare and The Royal Melbourne Hospital until she moved to London for 2 years where she worked in both the acute and rehabilitation settings consolidating her neurological skills. She has always been passionate about the delivery of physiotherapy to the neurological population and has aspired to have a practical and holistic approach to improve the quality of life of her clients. She has a special interest in addressing the complex and multi-faceted needs of clients post stroke and those with an acquired brain injury whilst working collaboratively to achieve their goals.

Bianca Charles
Physiotherapist

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Special Interests:

  • Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation
  • Post-concussion management
  • Rehabilitation following stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Odstock functional electrical stimulation for foot drop
  • Return to higher level mobility in the neurological population

Bianca graduated from LaTrobe University and spent her initial years of being a physiotherapist rotating at Monash Health. Like many other physiotherapists, Bianca then adventured to the UK to work in London. She worked for a Community Neuro-service completing home visits and learning a lot of Cockney slang at the same time. She then worked at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN). Bianca was fortunate to be able to work across the hospital in various areas but it was in the outpatient department that Bianca further developed her vestibular assessment and treatment skills. Bianca had the opportunity to be apart of the FES team in which she set-up and reviewed Odstock Functional Electrical Stimulation devices for footdrop on a daily basis. Bianca returned back to Melbourne in November 2018 and has since loved joining the wonderful team at Neurological Rehabilitation Group.

Jill Kentish
Physiotherapist

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After graduating from the University of Melbourne, Jill worked in a variety of clinical areas at St Vincent’s and St George’s Hospitals, where she developed her interest in neurological rehabilitation. Jill completed a three week postgraduate course on the Bobath Concept in 2019 and uses a combination of the Bobath approach and targeted exercise to develop an individualised program to achieve client goals. Her clinical areas of interest include multiple sclerosis and recovery from neurosurgery and stroke.

Amy Jordan
Physiotherapist

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After graduating from Latrobe University, Amy has worked across a variety of different areas in the physiotherapy field. Mostly, Amy’s clinical practice has been with Eastern Health, where she worked in a rotational role allowing her to build her knowledge and skills across multiple different fields. With a passion for working with people with neurological conditions, Amy joined the team at the Neuro rehab group where she is eager to work together with patients to help them achieve their goals and be the best they can be. Her special interests include post stroke and acquired brain injury rehabilitation but ultimately she enjoys the working with all people of all backgrounds. Amy strives to continually develop her professional capacity and has recently completed the Basic Bobath Course in 2019, and she is excited to implement these new skills into her practice. Amy believes in working in a collaborative, goal driven approach to achieve the best outcomes for each client and looks forward to working with each client to aim towards achieving their individual goals.

Stuart Cheval
Physiotherapist

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Stuart graduated from the University of Queensland in 1998 and started his physiotherapy career on the wards of the Royal Hobart Hospital. His time in Tasmania led to a passion for travel and adventure, and for the next seven years, Stuart worked at clinics in London, Oxford and Oslo where he was fortunate enough to work with some exceptional physiotherapists and develop a strong skillset.

Stuart believes that continuing education is crucial to keep up-to-date with the most effective treatment methods available and achieve optimal outcomes for his patients. In 2004 Stuart went on to complete a Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and continues to fuel his passion for clinical education through research and regular attendance at professional development seminars.

In addition to his extensive musculoskeletal background, Stuart is also passionate about treating patients with dizziness and vertigo, and looks forward to applying his vestibular experience at the Neurological Rehabilitation Group.

Tess Peverill
Physiotherapist

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Special Interests:

  • Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation
  • Management of progressive neurological conditions
  • Ataxia management and rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation following stroke and traumatic brain injury

Tess graduated from Monash University and initially worked at Monash Health rotating through a number of different physiotherapy areas. She then spent the next few years working in London at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery where she was fortunate to be a part of a great organisation providing specialised neurological management to patients coming from across the UK.

Tess is passionate about providing holistic and collaborative care to clients in order to maximise function and quality of life. She is looking forward to building her skills in 2020, in order to best help patients work towards and achieve their goals.

Tegan Drury 
Exercise Physiologist

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Tegan completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University and then went on to study Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology. During her study, work as a Personal Trainer and throughout her multiple placements, she developed a passion for neurological rehabilitation, and the role exercise has in improving one’s quality of life. Tegan’s main aim is to assist clients to achieve their goals in a caring and positive environment and believes that Neurological Rehabilitation Group provides her with this opportunity.

Miranda Morris
Exercise Physiologist

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Miranda completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Deakin University followed by her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology, graduating in 2017. Following this, Miranda practiced for a year as a Physiotherapy Assistant with the Neurological Rehabilitation Group where she further developed her skill set and passion for working with Neurological clientele. Miranda has an interest area in working with clients on the Autism Spectrum and supporting them with strategies that promote a more physically active lifestyle.  Miranda is passionate about creating a fun and supportive environment that challenges her clients to work towards their goals and reach their full potential.

Ben Heyde
Exercise Physiologist

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Ben completed his Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2017 at Deakin University, having previously attained his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Ben has previous experience in community health and rehabilitation, having worked in this area for the past 2 years. It was here that Ben developed a passion for working with neurological clientele and helping them to achieve their goals in a safe and enjoyable environment. Ben is now aiming to develop his skill-set in this area further, and believes that Neurological Rehabilitation Group provides him with the opportunity to do so  Ben is a lover of all things exercise and believes it is the key to improving quality of life.

Mitch Thompson
Allied Health Assistant

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Mitch completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at Deakin University, Burwood majoring in Nutrition, Sports Coaching and Exercise Science. Throughout his studies he completed many placements, most notably an Interdisciplinary Health Study Tour of Sri Lanka. During this tour he was able to visit and assist in schools, hospitals, disability communities and other health institutes. Mitch is passionate about helping people achieve their goals whilst enjoying the journey towards reaching their full potential..

Abbey De La Motte
Allied Health Assistant

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Abbey completed a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science/Bachelor of Business at Deakin University, Burwood, majoring in Sports Management. Throughout her studies and work as a track and field coach, Abbey has developed a passion for exercise and its function in improving fitness and quality of life. Abbey is now looking to develop her skill set further within rehabilitation settings as she prepares to commence postgraduate study in a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Melbourne University in 2019. Abbey is a bright and bubbly personality and loves to share a laugh with her clients.

Courtney Robbins
Practice Manager

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While you may not immediately recognise the face, you would most definitely be familiar with the voice belonging to Amy Westmoreland. As one of Neurological Rehabilitation Group’s longest serving staff members Amy has been the first point of contact for our clients since early 2008. With a strong attention to detail and exceptional organisational skills Amy has proven herself to be a vital member of the NRG team. She has completed a Certificate IV course in Health Administration, is involved in multiple facets of the practice and somehow also manages to study part-time! Amy has experienced it all during her eight years of service but believes the highlight is being able to witness many of our clients reach personal physiotherapy milestones.

Julie Bennett
Financial Administrator / Bookkeeper

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Special Interests:

  • Fitness
  • Nutrition
  • Spending time with family & friends

Julie has a wealth of experience with book work. After running a successful family business for 22 years, being involved in all aspects of a retail store she decided that Bookkeeping was her passion. Julie then went on to complete her Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping), and became a registered BAS Agent. Julie enjoys keeping up to date with the ever changing and challenging world of administration obligations. There is a lot of satisfaction to be had when everything balances. To balance life out Julie loves to run and enjoys healthy cooking

Lisa Kellam
Admin Assistant

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Lisa is one of our friendly administration and reception team, available to take your calls, or greet you in the clinic, most days of the week.

Lisa joined NRG in early 2018.  Her working life has included working as a nurse in the country and Melbourne, several positions as an Allied Health Assistant , and before joining NRG was an Intake Officer and front desk receptionist at a Community Health Service.

Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, raising her 2 children with her husband.  She loves holidays, catching up with friends, time outdoors, cooking, barracking for Hawthorn and having a laugh.

Liz Bryant
Admin Assistant

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Liz joins the NRG team having had 8 years experience in the medical admin/reception field in the public sector.

Many, many years ago Liz completed a Diploma of Technology, however after having children and being involved with the medical needs of an ailing parent Liz decided to complete a Certificate 3 in Medical Administration and found a new passion. Her favourite part of the job is getting to know all the lovely people you meet and helping the clinicians do what they do best.

Personally, Liz loves to travelling, gardening and spending time with her husband and two beautiful boys.

Amy Westmoreland
Admin Assistant

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While you may not immediately recognise the face, you would most definitely be familiar with the voice belonging to Amy Westmoreland. As one of Neurological Rehabilitation Group’s longest serving staff members Amy has been the first point of contact for our clients since early 2008. With a strong attention to detail and exceptional organisational skills Amy has proven herself to be a vital member of the NRG team. She has completed a Certificate IV course in Health Administration, is involved in multiple facets of the practice and somehow also manages to study part-time! Amy has experienced it all during her eight years of service but believes the highlight is being able to witness many of our clients reach personal physiotherapy milestones.

Ken Hiew
Admin Assistant

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Ken joined the NRG team in 2018 and  is a passionate Physiotherapy Student. He is currently taking your calls, but soon enough he could be taking care of you. Ken enjoys basketball and a casual game of golf.

Annie Davies
Aspiring Therapy Dog

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Border Collie x Kelpie

Special Interests:

  • Patient centered treatments
  • Friendship & companionship
  • Fitness and nutrition
  • Fetch

Annie dreams of becoming a fully qualified therapy dog one day. Until then our four legged friend will continue with Neuro Rehab Group as a casual volunteer. Annie brings an element of fun, friendship and lots of cuddles to the pract

Careers
We are always on the look out for passionate employees from admin through to clinical staff to join our inspired team. If you are passionate about your career, a people person and driven towards being your best please contact us on physio@neurorehab.com.au.

About Us.

The Neurological Rehabilitation Group, now in its 28th year, is Melbourne’s longest running private Neurological Physiotherapy Practice caring for clients in every part of the community. The Neurological Rehabilitation Group has established and maintained its-self as a key practice for the assessment and management of neurological and vestibular conditions.

 

A group of highly skilled physiotherapists each with additional focused areas of clinical expertise, an exercise physiologist and several physio assistants make up our treating team. Our team pride themselves on their collective thinking and inclusive environment, not only working with each other, but together with patients and their families.

There are many different forms of neurological injury, pathology and presentations and therefore many opportunities for the team at The Neurological Rehabilitation Group to help you understand your condition, set goals to improve and optimize your function.

Our Approach

It is important to us that our patients feel listened to, feel safe and supported in professional hands.  We recognise that no two patients are the same. Our patients come from different backgrounds, with different starting points and varied goals and expectations about their treatment options. Understanding this is at the centre of our approach and therefore providing a treatment plan tailored to the individual is our goal.

What is patient focused treatment?

Patient focused treatment starts with listening.

Our patients share with us their personal story, their aspirations and frustrations and we listen.

Patient focused treatment is not simply doing what we think is right for our patients but understanding what is important to them and only them.

It is in listening and understanding who a person is, and what drives them that enables us to develop a program that acknowledges our patients aspirations and empowers them to be the best that they can be.

What makes us different?

We work as a collaborative team to deliver the best for our patients. Neurological presentations can be complex and we don’t expect one person to have all the answers.  With over 50 years of collective experience our patients have access not only to their treating Physiotherapist but the collective minds of the whole team at Neurological Rehabilitation Group.

Clinical education and professional development of staff

Staff development is a huge priority at the Neurological Rehabilitation Group.  We are lucky enough to have Dr Susie Morris on the team whose job is to mentor and monitor staff development. Susie has over 25 years clinical experience and has completed a Masters in physiotherapy, a postgraduate diploma in research methods and in 2006 finished her Clinical Doctorate at La Trobe University.

Susie’s role is to carry out joint treatments, oversee individual yearly objectives set by clinical staff and schedule the in-service program.

Group Classes

Attending a group class run by a Neurological Physiotherapist provides the opportunity to access the clinical expertise of our Physiotherapists in a different setting.  This is particularly useful if you don’t need regular one-on-one physiotherapy, but still want to do everything you can to keep yourself moving well.

Attendance at all classes requires an assessment with one of  our Physios, so  that we can understand your goals, take baseline measures and tailor a program to your needs

Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders

There is increasing evidence that specific exercises started early after diagnosis of Parkinson’s has a positive effect on movement and symptoms

Exercising in a group is fun and social. You’ll be inspired by the rest of the group to work harder and inspire others in turn. Its also a good opportunity to meet and share experiences with other people with Parkinson’s.

These classes focus on specific exercises to target the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease as well as balance and stretching in a fun, safe and social environment.

Balance Group

We also run a Balance Group for clients with any diagnosis that results in balance difficulties. This class is specifically to improve balance, with clients carrying out an individualized program to ensure safety and maximum effectiveness of training. You will increase your confidence and reduce your risk of falling.

General Fitness

We will also be running fitness classes for people with other neurological conditions (including stroke, MS, TBI and more). It can be harder to be active if you have a neurological condition. At Neurological Rehabilitation Group we are passionate