Your Steps therapist will help you capitalise on your brain’s neuroplasticity by drawing on theoretical knowledge; experience; best practice guidelines; evidence from well-designed clinical trials; and by using sound clinical judgement.
PENNY CALLAGHAN- Physiotherapist, B.App.Sc. (Phys.) & Grad.Dip.Bus.Mgt
Penny Callaghan is a practice principal and senior physiotherapist at Steps Neurological Therapy Services. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Physiotherapy in 2001 and also completed a Graduate Diploma of Business Management in 2013. Penny has extensive knowledge of specialised equipment and available services for people with neurological disorders. She has a special interest in stroke and neuro-muscular disorders, particularly multiple sclerosis. Penny held the position of company secretary and Director on the board of the Australian Quadriplegic Association (AQA Victoria) from September 2012 to December 2015.
ANNA MORIARTY- Physiotherapist, B.App.Sc.(Phys.) & M.Phys.(Neurological Physiotherapy)
Anna Moriarty is a practice principal and senior physiotherapist at Steps Neurological Therapy Services. She graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Physiotherapy in 2002. In 2010 Anna completed a postgraduate Master’s degree in Neurological Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Anna is qualified as a titled neurological physiotherapist with the Australian Physiotherapy Association, and has a strong clinical interest in spinal cord injury and gait rehabilitation.
KELLY GIBSON – Physiotherapist, B.Science.(Phys.)
Kelly Gibson is a senior physiotherapist and clinical manager at Steps Neurological Therapy Services. Kelly has spent the majority of her physiotherapy career working in neurological rehabilitation in both Australia and England. Kelly has completed many postgraduate courses including training in the Bobath concept and a level 3 qualification in aquatic physiotherapy. Kelly has a particular interest in traumatic brain injury and complex seating assessment.
KATE BARRACLOUGH – Physiotherapist, B. Physio
Kate Barraclough graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2010. They have worked both within neurological rehabilitation and sports private practice, with training in clinical pilates and dry needling. Kate has a special interest in pain, retraining gait and managing balance disorders. Kate is currently working at Steps as an annual leave reliever.
KATE GAMBLE – Physiotherapist, B.Health Science (Phys)
Kate graduated from La Trobe University in 2015. She gained valuable experience with a broad range of clients and conditions whilst working in a hospital-based rotational position. By working in acute, rehabilitation and outpatient settings, Kate has developed a strong holistic approach to treatment. She is passionate about helping clients with neurological conditions to achieve their goals, with a strong focus on independence and self-management. Kate has also developed research for stroke rehabilitation and and she’s currently enrolled in a Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation in Neurological Physiotherapy.
GEORGIA DANIEL – Physiotherapist, B. HlthSc MPhysioPrac
Throughout her career, Georgia has gained valuable experience in hospital, public community and research settings, both locally and internationally. Her keen interest in Neurological Physiotherapy has led her to further her studies, and she’s currently enrolled in a Masters of Clinical Rehabilitation in Neurological Physiotherapy. Georgia works collaboratively with her clients to work towards meaningful goals and is passionate about a creative approach to Physiotherapy that is centered around people.
NATASHA BONANNO – Physiotherapist, B.Physio (Hons)
In beginning her career in a hospital setting, Natasha gained experience working with a broad range of conditions. Her role as the senior physiotherapist on the Acute Stroke Unit with Peninsula Health has steered Natasha to her special interest in retraining movement, gait and balance in clients affected by Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease. Passionate about using a holistic approach, Natasha draws on her experience in rehabilitation units, hydrotherapy and clinical Pilates to support her clients in achieving their goals.
NATALIE WOOD – Physiotherapist, BHlthSc MPhysioPrac
Natalie’s passion for physiotherapy centres around her desire to work collaboratively with her clients, and to assist them with achieving their goals in the community. She is particularly interested in working with clients to retrain their gait and build higher-level mobility. Natalie also especially enjoys working with clients who have acquired brain injuries, and is proud that as a physiotherapist, she can work with her clients to assist in restoring their independence.
CHRISTINA COOPER – Physiotherapist, BSPT, ABPTS Certified Neurologic Specialist
Christina Cooper obtained her physiotherapy degree from Ohio University. Christina has extensive experience working with clients with a wide variety of neurological conditions. She is board certified in Neurological Physical Therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialities. Her clinical training includes certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation, in use of the BalanceWear vest, Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery and Exercise Expert in Aging Adults (CEEAA). Christina was a co-presenter at the APTA NEXT Conference in 2018, presenting on an Algorithmic Approach to AFO Prescription for Adults with Neurological Impairments. Christina has a strong enthusiasm and passion for neurological physiotherapy with a particular interest in vestibular rehabilitation.
LIZ CLEMENTS – Physiotherapist, BAppSc (Physiotherapy) & Grad Cert in
Liz has over 20 years’ experience in wheelchair, posture and seating assessment and prescription. She has worked extensively with clients who live with a spinal cord injury – from first chair prescription to addressing issues as her client’s bodies change with age. She also prescribes complex seating systems for clients across the spectrum of neurological conditions. Liz can address power and manual mobility needs, and everything in between. Liz has a particular interest in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. Her product knowledge is excellent, and she takes enormous pride in achieving comfortable and functional seating and mobility options for her clients.
JO NIBALDI- Occupational Therapist, BOccThy
Jo Nibaldi has a passion for working with people with spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions. She has a broad range of skills from working in acute hospital, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and community health settings. Jo strives to assist people to achieve their goals and optimise their quality of life. Jo is dedicated in keeping up-to-date with the latest technology and therapy techniques to assist people to achieve their optimal performance.
KERRYN SEARLE- Occupational Therapist, BOccThy
Kerryn Searle is a senior Occupational Therapist at Steps Neurological Therapy Services. Kerryn graduated as an Occupational Therapist from La Trobe University in 2001 and soon took timeout from Australia to learn the ropes of community-based rehabilitation in the UK. Since then, she has worked in spinal and neurological rehabilitation around Melbourne, most recently as the senior clinician and manager of an Occupational Therapy department in a rehabilitation hospital. Kerryn’s passion is working with clients to modify their homes as well the use of assistive technology to enable people to live as independently as possible. While keeping an eye for detail on the practical side of Occupational Therapy, Kerryn also works with clients to stay focused on the broader philosophy of finding fulfilment in time over both the long and the short term.
KIM MUIR – Occupational Therapist, MS, OTR/L
Kim Muir obtained her bachelor of arts degree in psychology and master of science degree in occupational therapy in the United States. While her specialty is in spinal cord injury and upper limb functional retraining, she also has interests in environmental intervention, assistive technology and community reintegration of individuals with neurological deficits. Kim has also been an adjunct faculty assistant professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the Occupational Therapy Department and has been a senior therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She has served on the board of directors in regional spinal cord injury associations in the United States and has participated in research related to spinal cord injury intervention and outcome assessments. Kim strives to enhance the functional ability and quality of life of the clients she treats.
SOPHIE PHARE – Occupational Therapist, BoccThy
Sophie graduated as an Occupational Therapist from La Trobe University in 2010 and began her career working at Epworth Healthcare. With experience in a variety of settings including orthopaedics, cardiac and respiratory, pain management and neuro rehab, Sophie has a passion for being client centred and improving her clients’ quality of life. After gaining specialist skills and a love for neurological rehabilitation in London, Sophie has a particular interest in stroke rehab and upper limb treatment.
HANNAH FOLEY – Occupational Therapist, BOccThy
Hannah has worked extensively in both Australia and England since graduating as an Occupational Therapist in 2007. She has gained experience working in a variety of settings from acute care to community-based rehabilitation which has given her a strong understanding of the various stages of her clients’ journey. Hannah has specifically focused her skills in neurological rehabilitation, with expertise in upper limb therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, assistive technology, home modifications and functional retraining in the home and community. Hannah utilises a client and family-centred approach to therapy, working with client’s to optimise their independence and achieve their short and longer term goals. Hannah is currently on materniity leave.
MONIQUE LAMERAND – Occupational Therapist, B.App.Sc (OT)
Monique brings a breadth of education and training to the Steps Occupational Therapy team, with over 30 years’ experience in treating clients with neurological conditions. She is also a keen mentor and has spent the past eight years training supervising allied health professionals in severe ABI rehabilitation. Monique is passionate about supporting her clients to achieve their functional goals, ensuring they can return to the activities that are important to them. She is particularly interested in working with clients who have acquired brain injuries.
KIRSTY MCRAE – Exercise Physiologist, B. App. Sci (Human Movement), Post Grad Dip (Exercise Rehabilitation)
Kirsty McRae is a senior Exercise Physiologist at Steps Neurological Therapy Services. Kirsty is an accredited exercise physiologist and a level 2 pilates practitioner with varied experience working in aged care, neurological rehabilitation and elite sport training. Kirsty has a special interest in spinal cord injury with 6 years’ experience in inpatient rehabilitation delivering strength and conditioning programs, lifestyle education and wheelchair skills training. Kirsty is passionate about maximising her clients’ outcomes and providing them with the knowledge and tools to manage their condition long-term.
BETH CANNY – Exercise Physiologist, B.ExSci, M.ExPhys
Beth studied at ACU Melbourne, where she completed her Bachelor of Exercise Science and Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology. Since graduating, she has worked across multiple health networks and hospitals, in both Australia and Canada. This has enabled her to gain valuable experience working with a diverse range of clients and chronic conditions. Beth has a particular interest in neurological and musculoskeletal disease/injury and is passionate about the role that exercise can play in improving one’s quality of life.
SARAH DAVIS – Exercise Physiologist, MClinExPhys
During her career, Sarah has always been a big believer in helping people through exercise. Her experience in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at Holmesglen Private Hospital has only strengthened this belief, and she has loved seeing her clients discover the same appreciation for exercise. Sarah believes in building trusting relationships with her clients in order to best help them achieve their goals. Driven by the diversity of neurological conditions, Sarah is always looking to further her knowledge in the neurological area of Exercise Physiology.
KIMBERLEY VOGEL – Exercise Physiologist, BExSc MClinExScRehab
Kim has diverse experience in community rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and patient rehab at Austin Health. She is a strong believer that exercise is medicine and prides herself on teaching people about the importance of regular exercise in helping rehabilitation, maintaining independence and improving general health and wellbeing. Kim has a special interest in spinal cord injuries and teaching wheelchair skills, and has a passion for helping people achieve their best quality of life.