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

Simone Szabo

Simone Szabo

Physiotherapist
Simone Szabo
Physiotherapist
Having worked as a physio for many years, Simone has had a wide variety of experience in both public and private physiotherapy settings, working the last 7 years in private practice. Simone has developed a special interest in treating foot and ankle injuries, running injuries, jaw pain (TMJ) and posture- related back and neck pain. Simone has vast experience working with elite sporting teams and athletes including Premier League football, rugby, track and field, Australian baseball, and swimming. Simone is passionate about helping people move well and stay active. She has a plenty of experience in running video analysis, and hands on manual therapy as well as dry needling / acupuncture, and helping develop and retrain ideal movement. When not in the clinic, you will find her out running, at the beach or spending time with family and friends.  
Darren Pivetta

Darren Pivetta

Physiotherapist

Darren Pivetta
Physiotherapist
Darren has worked as a physiotherapist for over 20 years and has a passion for helping people to move at their best.

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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Jacqueline Walford

Physiotherapist

Jacqueline Walford
Physiotherapist


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 Watson

Jane Watson

Physiotherapist

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.

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Jennie Whitaker

Jennie Whitaker

Physiotherapist

Jennie Whitaker
Physiotherapist
Jennie trained in Sydney and has a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc), Post Graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy and a Master of Management. Jennie has almost 25 years clinical experience in the Public Hospital system. Jennie enjoys treating a range of conditions in general physiotherapy, and has several years experience in her areas of clinical special interest: hand injuries/conditions and women’s health – including pregnancy, ante and post natal education and pelvic floor management for women of all ages.

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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Matt Abeshouse

Matt Abeshouse

Physiotherapist

Matt Abeshouse
Physiotherapist
Physiotherapist Matthew Abeshouse comes from a broad background of private practice, sports, Pilates, hospital, and rehabilitation. This has lent him skills to work with patients of all ages, and across all walks of life.

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!

 


Digby Nield

Digby Nield

Physiotherapist

Digby Nield
Physiotherapist
Digby has experience working as a Physiotherapist in private practice, teaching pilates, working in aged care, covering elite sports games and assisting with rehabilitation.


 
After finishing his degree, Digby moved to a rural town in north west NSW where he worked in a private practice gaining experience working with children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of conditions.


 
He has since moved back to Sydney and has been working as a physiotherapist for a prominent National Premier League football team, giving him a strong background in sports injury rehabilitation.


 
When Digby‘s not helping injured player’s with their rehab, you can find him out there on the football field playing for his local team, going camping and hiking, or at the beach.


Binal Vather

Binal Vather

Physiotherapist

Binal Vather
Physiotherapist
Binal graduated from the Australian Catholic University and has had diverse experience in private practice, musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy, chronic disease management and surgical rehabilitation.
Binal is passionate about all types of physiotherapy, striving to empower patients to overcome limitations to achieve optimal function and purse what they enjoy doing whether is be returning to work, sport or spending time with family.
She ensures holistic physiotherapy management for all patients with individualised treatment techniques including education about the condition and management strategies, manual therapy and tailored exercises specific for you.
When not volunteering for charity organisations, rehabilitation hospitals or leading Yoga classes as an Instructor, Binal enjoys playing tennis, dance, going to the beach or going on adventurous walking trails.


 


Kate Niccol

Kate Niccol

Physiotherapist

Kate Niccol
Physiotherapist

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.

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Alison Underwood

Alison Underwood

Vestibular Physiotherapist

Alison Underwood
Vestibular Physiotherapist
Alison has over 20 years of physiotherapy experience in sports, pilates pre and post natal and community based physiotherapy.  In recent years Alison has undergone specialised post graduate training in vestibular physiotherapy and has joined with us at DMP specialising in balance, vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.
Alison will perform a detailed assessment to determine which part of your vestibular system is not functioning.  To enable most accurate diagnosis you will be assessed with infrared video googles and force platform as part of your examination.
So if any of these symptoms are disrupting your life, put up with them no longer, relief may only be a treatment away.
In her spare time, Alison enjoys being outdoors and can usually be found cycling, kyaking, canyoning, slacklining or on a multi day hike with her family or friends.


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Betty Zhang

Betty Zhang

Physiotherapist

Betty Zhang
Physiotherapist


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 Kerferd

Rob Kerferd

Physiotherapist

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 Eveniss

Deb Eveniss

Exercise Physiologist

Deb Eveniss
Exercise Physiologist
Deb joins the DMP team with her Masters of Clinical Exercise Physiology.  Having worked in the sport and fitness industry for 6 years as a personal trainer, Deb has developed a keen interest towards female health, and “healthy aging”.
Her pull towards to becoming an Exercise Physiologist comes from her belief that “movement is medicine”, and desires for every person to enjoy all the benefits that healthy moving can bring.  Deb is eager to show you what you can do, and is there to support clients through exercise programs specifically built for the individual at hand.


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 Armstrong

Alex Armstrong

Exercise Physiologist

Alex Armstron
Exercise Physiologist


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.

Motto:
“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 Steinkamp

Alex Steinkamp

Exercise Physiologist

Alex Steinkamp
Exercise Physiologist


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 Harris

Bianca Harris

Exercise Physiologist

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 Austin

Massage Therapist

Katie Austin
Massage Therapist


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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Denise Pivetta

Denise Pivetta

Physiotherapist

Denise has been practising for more than 20 years, since graduating from her Physiotherapy degree at Sydney University, in both hospital and private practice settings. She has developed a special interest in treating postural neck and back pain, shoulder injuries and foot and ankle pain, as well as rehabilitation following hip and knee surgery.


Denise experienced first-hand the benefits of improving core muscle strength and stability after having her first child, and this led to her undertaking Clinical Pilates courses.. She has since applied this knowledge widely in the clinic for the treatment and prevention of pain and poor posture, utilising the principles learned from from 15 years of practising and teaching physiotherapy- based Pilates. Denise has vast experience as an educator, teaching everything from Get Fit to Ski classes, to Physio Pilates and Prenatal Education classes. She feels great satisfaction in seeing her clients learn more about their bodies and how they can move better.

She particularly enjoys working with women during and after pregnancy to help them feel stronger and fitter, as well as those who are generally deconditioned following surgery or illness.

 

Away from the clinic, Denise loves to share a delicious meal with her family and friends, enjoy the great outdoors, get lost in an engrossing book or enjoy community at her local church.

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