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.

Thea Sandell
Physiotherapist

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After graduating from La Trobe University, Thea worked across a variety of clinical areas at both Epworth Healthcare and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. She first developed an interest in neurological rehabilitation whilst working in the Royal Melbourne Hospital outpatient department where she worked with clients following strokes and traumatic brain injuries and was first introduced to vestibular rehabilitation. She then moved to London to live and work for four years where she had the opportunity to complete further training and gain specialist experience at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital where she worked as a member of the Balance Disorders Unit and Facial Palsy Clinic. This enabled Thea to learn from international leaders in the areas of vestibular rehabilitation, balance disorders and facial palsy rehabilitation as well as be involved in teaching and research.

Thea joined our team in 2021 and looks forward to continuing to provide a high level of vestibular physiotherapy, facial palsy rehabilitation and general neurological physiotherapy to clients at the Neurological Rehabilitation Group.

Tess Peverill
Physiotherapist

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Special Interests:

  • Management of progressive neurological conditions (ie. Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Vestibular assessment and rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation following stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Management of persistent post-concussive symptoms
  • Assessment and treatment of facial palsy
  • Management of functional neurological disorder

Tess graduated from Monash University and initially worked at Monash Health rotating through several 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. She then returned home and started at NRG in 2019.

Tess is passionate about providing holistic and collaborative care to clients in order to maximise function and quality of life. She enjoys seeing a wide variety of patients and helping them work towards and achieve their goals.

Alex Williams
Physiotherapist

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Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science, Monash University
  • Doctor of Physiotherapy, The University of Melbourne

Special interests:

  • Rehabilitation following stroke, acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury
  • Management of progressive neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
  • Assessment and treatment of a variety of Neuromuscular Conditions
  • Helping those with ataxia stay on their feet and keep mobile
  • Facilitating the return to high level mobility goals such as return to cycling, hiking, swimming, or running

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Australian Physiotherapy Associated
  • Member of the APA Neurology Group

Background:

Alex graduated from The University of Melbourne and initially started her career at Peninsula Health where she rotated through a range of different clinical areas in physiotherapy before moving to The Royal Melbourne Hospital. This is where her interest in neurological physiotherapy was sparked. She then spent a number of years in the United Kingdom working in a number of specialist neurology centres, including The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and The London Spinal Cord Injury Centre. Alex is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their goals, tailoring her approach to suit the needs of each individual and supporting her clients engage in exercise regularly.

Rachael Johnston
Physiotherapist

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After graduating from Monash University in 2015, Rachael has worked across a variety of different settings in physiotherapy. Rachael really enjoys working within neurological rehabilitation and has previously worked in hospital inpatient rehab and community rehab as well as on acute neurology wards treating people immediately post stroke, neurological surgery or following diagnosis or flare up of diseases. She has worked in both the public and private hospital systems. Rachael has also worked in a musculoskeletal private practice teaching clinical Pilates.

Her interests include Stroke, ABI, Cerebral Palsy, and progressive neurological diseases but ultimately Rachael enjoys the working with people of all backgrounds. Rachael believes in working closely with clients towards their specific goals, making therapy targeted and fun, and loves developing a close partnership with clients and their supports.

Jan Quiney
Physiotherapist

Zeina Ghanem
Physiotherapist

Meg Symington
Physiotherapist

Alicia Pike
Physiotherapist

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Special interests:

  • Rehabilitation following stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Pilates for people with neurological conditions
  • Management of congenital neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome

Alicia graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 and prior to starting at NRG worked in a rotational physiotherapy role at Eastern Health. This provided her with a wide range of experience with neurological patients across the acute, rehabilitation and community environments. Prior to this Alicia worked in Eastern Health’s Community Rehabilitation Service. She there had the opportunity to develop and grow her skills in neurological rehabilitation through running neurological fitness groups and working with patients in the early stages following discharge from hospital. Alicia has been trained to teach mat work Pilates through APPI and enjoys using Pilates to help people with neurological conditions.

Alicia is passionate about helping people with neurological conditions to achieve their goals and maximise quality of life. She believes in the importance of individualised health care and is excited to work with NRG clients in their neurological rehabilitation journey.

Stephanie Bruce
Physiotherapist

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Steph graduated with a Master of Physiotherapy Practice from Latrobe University in 2012 and holds post graduate qualifications in Polestar Pilates and the Bobath Concept. She gained years of experience in acquired brain injury and neurological rehabilitation at Epworth Richmond as well as acute stroke management and community neurological rehabilitation in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. Working predominantly in outpatient and private practice settings Steph’s clinical areas of interest include rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. She also has a special interest in assisting people return to running following stroke or acquired brain injury. Steph believes in continually refining her skills and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Rehabilitation (Neurological Physiotherapy) in 2020. Steph joined the Neurological Rehabilitation Group in 2021 and is passionate about helping people achieve their goals to improve quality of life within a supportive team.

Laura Blandy
Physiotherapist

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Laura graduated from La Trobe University and began her career with Alfred Health working across and number of different clinical areas. In this role she found her passion for working with people with neurological conditions. In 2016, Laura moved to the UK where she spent several years working for a Community Neurology and Stroke Rehabilitation service in East London with the National Health Service. Over this time, she consolidated her clinical specialism in neurology whilst gaining exposure to a wide range of conditions and treatment modalities.

After 5 years in London Laura returned to Australia and is excited to join the team at Neurological Rehabilitation Group. Laura is passionate about providing holistic, individualised, and collaborative care to patients so that they can achieve their goals and make a positive difference to their functioning and quality of life.

Kaitlyn O’Brien
Physiotherapist

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Kaitlyn graduated from Monash University in 2017 and after this worked at Austin Health rotating through several different physiotherapy areas. This allowed her to develop a holistic knowledge of the entire patient journey and a skillset treating people with a wide variety of conditions in the acute, subacute and community setting. Kaitlyn has always been passionate about working with clients with neurological conditions and believes in a collaborative and client centred approach to assist people to achieve goals that are meaningful to them. Her special areas of interest include providing rehabilitation for people post a spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and stroke, however Kaitlyn enjoys working with people of all backgrounds. Since joining the Neurological Rehabilitation Group, Kaitlyn is excited to work alongside a team of passionate professionals to provide quality care to all clients.

Miranda Morris
Senior Exercise Physiologist

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Special Interests

  • Post-concussion assessment and management
  • Functional Neurological Disorder
  • Rehabilitation following stroke and traumatic brain injury
  • Exercise prescription for individuals with autism

Miranda graduated from Deakin University with her Bachelors of Exercise and Sports Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2017. Following this, Miranda practiced for a year as a Physiotherapy Assistant with the Neurological Rehabilitation Group prior to taking on the role as an Exercise Physiologist.

Miranda is passionate about health promotion and creating behaviour change that supports clients to engage in regular exercise to help them achieve their goals and reach their full potential. Miranda understands that exercise is not a ‘one size fits all’ model and is committed to finding the right fit for each individual.

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.

Ben Heyde
Exercise Physiologist

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Ben completed his Master 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 in the past. 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 continually develop his skill set in this area and believes that the 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.

Damon Gill
Allied Health Assistant

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.

Emily Clements
Allied Health Assistant

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Emily completed her Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University majoring in Exercise Physiology in 2021. After completing her Bachelor and wanting to develop her skills further she completed a Certificate IV in Allied health Assistance in 2021, which led her to be working as a Physiotherapy Assistant at NRG. Emily completed placements at Monash health and METS Performance Consulting, where she developed a passion for working with clients with intellectual disabilities and stroke. Emily enjoys having a laugh with patents and being a part of their journey, striving towards better health through exercise.

Andrew Starnes
Allied Health Assistant

Elodie Eckersley
Operations Manager

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Elodie joined the Neuro Rehab Group in 2020 as our Operations Manager bringing with her over 20 years’ experience within varying sectors of Private Practice in the Allied Health Industry. Elodie supports the Principal Physiotherapist in overseeing the general operations of NRG, supports the Clinical team and leads the reception and administration team.

Elodie is a Monash University graduate having focused her studies in Psychology, human behaviour, and Bioethics. Elodie enjoys quality time with her two teenagers, her beloved Siamese cats and of course her family and friends.

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

Rhiannon Stewart
Admin Assistant

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 Teaching, 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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As Neurological Rehabilitation Group’s longest serving staff member, Amy has been part of our administration team 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 and is involved in multiple facets of the practice.

During her time at NRG Amy has welcomed two sons into the world and completed her Bachelor of Primary Education. Amy plans to transition into part-time teaching while still keeping her foot in NRG, after 13 years she is hesitant to leave the family that is Neuro Rehab Group. Amy has experienced it all during her years of service but believes the highlight is witnessing many of our clients reach personal physiotherapy milestones!

Lachlan Smith
Admin Assistant

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Lachie joined Neurological Rehabilitation Group as an administration Assistant in January 2022 and is also studying to become a Teacher in primary education. Lachie will always welcome you with a smile on his face as you walk in and loves to have a conversation about all things sport.

Rose Ingram
Admin Assistant

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Rose joined NRG in 2021 as a part of the reception and admin team. Earlier in the year she also began her bachelor’s degree in Design Arts with LCI Melbourne, where she enjoys focusing on fine arts, graphic design, and film and photography.

Rose’s favourite part about being able to work at NRG are the warm and friendly interactions she gets to have every day with both clients and fellow staff members. In her spare time Rose loves nothing more than a nice walk to the park or a game of fetch with her dog, Pedro.

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

 

For appointments or enquiries please call 9803 7755

ⓕ 03 9803 7766
physio@neurorehab.com.au

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