Bernadette Dornom  

Physiotherapist

IMG_7850Bernadette completed all her Physiotherapist training at St Vincent’s hospital, 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 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 clinician 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

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 rehabilitation of neurological conditions.  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 Bobath Course and Bobath ‘Normal Movement' 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 Thursdays at East Doncaster.

 

  Sarah Steinfort Physiotherapist

Gisborne Chiro-55Sarah completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with honours) in 1998 at the University of Melbourne and in 2010 also completed a Masters of Neurological Physiotherapy.  She has worked in neurological rehabilitation at Western Health for over 10 years and became the senior neurological physiotherapist in community based rehabilitation in 2009, seeing people at home and/or at the hospital.  Sarah has broad experience in treating people with stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, acquired brain injury, incomplete spinal cord injury and other rare neurological conditions.  She is also experienced in vestibular rehabilitation for balance and dizziness.  Sarah completed her basic Bobath course in 2003 and has completed 2 advanced Bobath courses.  She was awarded the Australian physiotherapy association Victorian student supervisor award in 2008 to recognise excellence in teaching undergraduate physiotherapists. Sarah is passionate about research, receiving a research grant in 2013 for a clinical research study which she is co-authoring.  It is titled 'moderate intensity cardiovascular fitness training compared to usual care in people with a stroke, a randomised controlled pilot study'. The study is still underway and seeks to explore the role of additional fitness training as an adjunct to usual rehabilitation. Sarah is pleased to be working at the Gisborne practice.

 

Jacqueline Waite Exercise Physiologist

Jacqueline is an Exercise Physiologists 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 counseling and physical rehabilitation. This is primarily through exercise prescription, which includes individual programs set according to both special interests and individual’s goals, plus counseling to reduce sedentary behaviors. 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 and 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.