Functional Neurological Disorder
Neurological therapy consists of rehabilitation interventions aimed at improving the physical aspects of neurological disorders such as Stroke, Parkinsons, Functional movement disorders and Chronic pain.
People with neurological disorders can present with a number of difficulties with movement and sensation as well as dizziness, balance disorders and pain. A comprehensive assessment will determine the type of disorder and the particular neurological deficit of the person. A programme can then be formulated aimed at facilitating normal movement and function. Treatments are based on latest, exciting evidence of neuroplasticity.
Meet our Therapists
Alison UnderwoodVestibular Physiotherapist
Deb EvenissExercise Physiologist
Alex ArmstrongExercise Physiologist
Alex SteinkampExercise Physiologist
Bianca HarrisExercise Physiologist
Katie AustinMassage Therapist
He believes in taking a holistic approach to injury management and uses hands-on therapy, advice and exercise as medicine, including Physio Pilates.
Darren has extensive experience in treating all types of musculoskeletal problems and sports injury rehabilitation and performance improvement. He is also trained in dry needling (Western acupuncture).
On the weekend you will find Darren out playing on the soccer field, spending time with his beautiful wife and three active kids, at church, or trying to catch that perfect wave.
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Jackie trained as a physiotherapist in Birmingham, UK qualifying in 1987. She worked in London before immigrating to Australia in 1995. After working for another private practice for 7 years Jackie decided to start Berowra Physiotherapy in 2003. This was also the year she took the exam to become a credentialed McKenzie therapist.
Jackie has also completed level 2 sports course and regularly attends post graduate seminars and courses. Jackie takes a very functional approach to treatment seeing it as a partnership between therapist and patient and keeping exercises simple and manageable.
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Jane is a physiotherapist who is dedicated to providing high quality, individualised assessment and treatment of patients presenting with pain and movement dysfunction. This requires a thorough initial assessment which provides a reliable diagnosis. Appropriate treatment strategies can then be applied and reassessed at subsequent visits.
The aim Jane’s treatment is to provide patients with effective self-management strategies based on education and personalised exercises and/or management advise. This facilitates optimum results and prevention of further injuries. Year of experience and commitment to continuing education enables Jane to provide reliable and accurate assessments and effective treatment strategies.
Extensive experience in neurological rehabilitation at Royal Prince Albert Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital has given Jane a holistic approach to movement disorders. One of her special interests is chronic pain. She has completed her post-graudate education through the University of Sydney (Graduate Certificate in Pain Medicine) and have attended David Butler’s Explain Pain course. This training has enabled me to give chronic pain sufferers evidenced based and up to date assessment and treatment. Jane is also quiet passionate about minimising the risk of transition from acute pain to a chronic pain. Early assessment of people who have soft tissue injuries can help identify those at risk of developing a chronic pain problem (neck and low back being the most common). Education, management advise and appropriate exercise can help prevent pain becoming chronic.
Restoring normal movement requires a keen, experienced eye and ear to detect the source of the problem or the link. Pain and movement dysfunction can often have abnormal contribution from the central nervous system. Jane’s background in neurology and pain medicine give her the edge on being able to include neuromuscular facilitation with exercise and functional movement programmes.
To book with Jane, please call the Wahroonga clinic (02) 9489 4111
Jennie has managed the Physiotherapy Department for Nepean and Hornsby Hospitals for 12 years, has been a member and chairperson for the OH&S; Committees of Nepean and Hornsby Hospitals and has been a member of the APA council. She is delighted to be working at Berowra Physiotherapy on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.
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Matthew prides himself on delivering up to date physiotherapy practice. He has postgraduate training in manual therapies and dry needling and pairs these skills with a focus on exercise therapies. Matthew believes exercise is often the key ingredient that will guide you towards recovery, and will work with you to find a program that can allow you to excel.
Matthew’s special interests include back pain and lower limb injuries, but welcomes everything and anything!
With a background in public health in rural and remote NSW, Kate has a broad base of experience working with clients from all walks of life, and at all stages of life from newborns through to centurions. Kate has vast experience treating injuries and issues from both the sporting and farming fields and has a special interest in women’s health physiotherapy.
Upon returning to Sydney, Kate has joined the DMP team to follow her passion for women’s health, providing a wholistic approach to treatment to meet the needs of each individual. Kate is passionate about empowering clients through education and supporting them through their journey to better health.
When not in the clinic you will find her spending time with her kids, family and friends, playing netball, walking through a local market, reading or crafting.
Betty’s passion to become a physiotherapist began in her early teens when she visited the physio tent at netball for advice after having injured herself skateboarding. Now her passion has evolved into helping people find ways to move better and stay active.
Having graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science and Masters of Physiotherapy, Betty has developed a great understanding of how the body moves and how to use exercise to help others improve their health and wellbeing. Betty’s passion for exercise and sports injury rehabilitation is reflected in her experiences working as a physiotherapist with National Premier League football teams, as well as AFL and rugby teams. Betty enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities to find the right treatments to help them achieve their healthiest selves.
In her spare time, Betty likes going to the gym and lives and breathes all things netball. She also enjoys a challenge, so she has recently started playing football. During the holidays, you may find Betty going camping or hitting the beach with friends and family.
Rob became interested in anatomy, exercise, and the human body when he began going to the gym in high school. He began researching and managing his own injuries with exercise and from that point, physiotherapy stood out as a career for him.
Rob developed his skills and gained experience in private practice, musculoskeletal, sports physiotherapy and post-surgical rehabilitation at the Australian Catholic University where he completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Rob believes in managing patients with a combination of hands-on techniques and exercise. He aims to involve the patient in the decision-making process to optimise results such as reducing pain and increasing function in work, sport, or day-to-day living.
Outside of physiotherapy, Rob enjoys living an active life including cycling and regularly going to the gym and outdoors with friends and family.
Deb has a strong sporting background, having played in high level cricket, and more recently football (soccer), which has helped her in her experience with sports specific training and rehabilitation.
In her spare time, you might see Deb running ParkRun (usually at Galston, in the beautiful Fagan Park) or organising the morning run as a run director for the course. Deb also continues to play football on the weekends, and once the season is over, will take up trail running, bushwalking with her extremely active kids and husband.
Alex has worked in the fitness industry for 8 years as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Upon completion of her Exercise Physiology degree she began pursuing a more wholistic approach to health management, coaching and wellbeing. Her method encompasses lifestyle changes education, support and evidence-based exercise.
With special interests in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart conditions and exercise, Alex knows she’s done her job when someone feels empowered and confident to manager their condition on their own.
In her spare time Alex enjoys hiking, football (soccer), surfing and researching.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Chinese Proverb
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Alex comes with a keen interest in sports and healthier living. During his completion of his Exercise Physiology degree at the University of Sydney he has been involved in football coaching and providing strength and conditioning for youth footballers. Over the course of his studies he has developed an eagerness to guide and empower people of all ages to realise their potential and help them understand the role exercise can have on their longevity.
Alex believes it’s never too late to become stronger and is always aiming to get his clients to have a healthier relationship with exercise in order to achieve their goals and become more independent.
In his spare time you will see Alex on the football field, on the mountain bike trails or on the squash courts.
Bianca has experience working in hospitals managing joint replacements post-operatively in an in-patient and day-therapy rehabilitation setting, alongside treating neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. Working in a private practice setting has also exposed her to managing mental health conditions and intellectual disabilities with a variety of clients.
10 years of competitive gymnastics and 4 years of gymnastics coaching has inspired her to continue making exercise a priority in her life, and to help others to do so too. Bianca likes to take a holistic approach to health and wellbeing and wants to ensure that she continues learning and educating herself to provide the best quality care for clients.
Bianca has no greater enjoyment than seeing individuals reach their goals and unlock their potential.
Bianca’s special interests include: mental health, lower back pain management and diabetes.
Hobbies: reading, bushwalking, spending time at the beach, baking and art (although I am not that great).
Motto: “Change is the end result of all true learning.” ― Leo Buscaglia
Katie is a Sports and Remedial Massage Therapist with over 10 years experience. She will tailor a treatment to suit your needs and goals, using various techniques to get your body functioning through the use of Remedial Massage, Sports Massage, Myofascial Release and Trigger Point Therapy. Over the years she has worked with athletes in the NRL and Olympians and has taught the Dip. Remedial Massage course.
Her interests around Massage is to help people maintain a pain free life. Her particular interest is to help and treat clients who are training for specific events or to aid their training. She also enjoys treating neck issues and seeing people move more freely
Away from work she enjoys staying active and running regularly, having done a few half and full marathons and recently taken up cycling. Travelling is a massive passion of Katie’s in particular seeing the sights of the world. Machu Picchu is definitely the most amazing thing she’s seen!
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