Neurolife consists of a small neurological physiotherapy team in addition to exercise physiologists.

The Neurolife Team

  • The neurological physiotherapist team is comprised of only senior clinicians with extensive experience in stroke rehab and treatment of other neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, brain injury and spinal cord injury.
  • The Neurolife physiotherapy team have post-graduate certifications in the Bobath method; a highly regarded approach to neuro physiotherapy and stroke rehabilitation.
  • The exercise physiologists are very experienced in providing high quality exercise therapy for clients with neurological conditions.


Bernadette Dornom  

Neuro Physiotherapist

IMG_7850Bernadette completed all her Physiotherapist training at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, where she was employed on graduating. As Bern has trained and worked at St Vincent’s Hospital with one of Australia’s Bobath instructors, Dr Kim Brock, she is well trained in the Bobath Concept. As she puts it, “Bobath is all I know”.  Bern then took a more senior position at St Vincent’s doing neuro rehabilitation and research, before moving on to work in the UK. Bern worked as a senior neurological physiotherapist at various rehabilitation centres in the UK including The Bobath Centre in London (founded by Mrs Bobath). Here she worked on the adult team, treating people with neurological injuries in a private practice setting. People travel from all over the UK and Europe to the Bobath Centre for intensive 2 week bursts of treatment to achieve focused goals. On returning from the UK Bern worked for Neurolife as well as Epworth Rehabilitation Hospital and completed her Post Grad Dip in Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Western Australia. She has also worked at Caulfield Hospital as a senior physiotherapist in Neurological Rehabilitation. It is no wonder Bern has slotted into work at Neurolife with complete ease and her patients are very very happy. Bern is working on Wednesdays and Fridays at East Doncaster.


Belinda Herrington

Neuro Physiotherapist

IMG_7851Belinda graduated from La Trobe University with Ba. Physiotherapy in 1998. She commenced working in rehabilitation in 1999 and quickly focussed her passion to neurological rehabilitation. Her experience is wide-ranging, from early stage rehabilitation to community-based input years later. She has worked in rehabilitation hospitals, private practice, community-based teams, and slow stream rehabilitation and has consolidated skills from wheelchair based rehabilitation to return to running. She has spent recent years enjoying the balance of family life with part-time work. Belinda has completed her basic and a number of advanced Bobath courses. She has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of disorders of balance and dizziness (vestibular rehabilitation), and is passionate about supporting clients and their families to work towards their individual goals.  Belinda is working on Mondays at East Doncaster, and completes home visits on Wednesdays as required.



Jacqueline Waite

Exercise Physiologist

Jacqueline is an Exercise Physiologist who graduated from Victoria University in 2007. She has worked as an Allied Health Professional in both private practice and hospital rehabilitation settings for many years. She specialises in providing mobility and function to clients with medical conditions through exercise. With a special interest in neurological rehabilitation, Jacqueline provides exercise and lifestyle support for people with neurological injuries to encourage sustainable lifestyle changes. Jacqueline’s main focus is health education, exercise counselling and physical rehabilitation. This is primarily through exercise prescription, which includes individual programs set according to both special interests and individual’s goals, plus counselling to reduce sedentary behaviours. Assessment is made to ensure the activity prescription is safe, effective, and likely to be maintained in the long term. Clients have the option of receiving home visits with a home based program, or ongoing support in an exercise environment that has exercise equipment or hydrotherapy pool. Jacqueline has experience dealing with conditions such as Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord injuries, Guillain Barre Syndrome and Parkinson ’s Disease.