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Neuro Alliance Management Team

Daniel Buck
Daniel BuckGeneral Manager APA Neurological Physiotherapist
Daniel is a practicing titled APA Neurological Physiotherapist and former Occupational Therapist. He has a special interest in managing multi trauma rehabilitation cases and working with clients who have complex tone presentations. He also has a clinical focus on neurodegenerative conditions including movement disorders and rare genetic myopathies.
Alicia Harris
Alicia HarrisOperations Manager - Senior Occupational Therapist
Alicia has worked in various Neurological settings within Australia and abroad. She has a particular clinical interest in pressure care, wheelchair prescription and seating systems. Alicia is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia and holds a Certificate IV in Assessment and Training. Alicia oversees the day-to-day operation within Neuro Alliance and believes compassion, collaboration and respect are cornerstone to any business.
Baxter
BaxterFacility Dog
Baxter is our facility dog who has undergone an intensive training program with Miracle Assistance Dogs (MADS). They are a local organisation specialising in the structured training of assistance dogs who has Public Access rights and also Therapy / Facility dogs such as Baxter. He is working full time in Neuro Alliance’s centre supporting individual clients and groups. Baxter is learning every day and is still a teenager, please check before patting him so he is not distracted. He brings a smile to everyone’s face and we love having him as part of our team.

Neuro Alliance Team Leaders

Tim
TimPool Coordinator - Senior Physiotherapist
Tim has worked as a physiotherapist in many clinical areas. He has a breadth of experience in acute and rehabilitation care across public and private hospitals, nursing home environments and compensable systems. Tim has a special interest maximising exercise, education and a team approach to achieve best possible outcomes. Tim enjoys seeing patients in clinic and in the community, providing support to other members of the Neuro Alliance team and coordinating the hydrotherapy pool.
Kate Newton
Kate NewtonGym/AHA Co-Ordinator - Senior Vestibular Physiotherapist
Kate has worked in a range of hospital and community based settings. Kate runs Neuro Alliance’s dizziness clinic and is a Vestibular Physiotherapist. She works with a range of neurological presentations both in clinic and in the community. She also has a special interest in Pilates for people who have a neurological disability.
Anna-Rose Frazer-Sinclair
Anna-Rose Frazer-SinclairPhysio/EP Team Leader - Senior Physiotherapist
Anna-Rose has worked in a range of neurological settings in both private and public health settings. She has a special interest in working with people who have complex therapy needs. She is highly competent in managing people who have a diagnosed movement disorder. Anna-Rose is PD Warrior trained and is highly skilled in the prescription of exercise as one of the tools used to manage Parkinson’s Disease.
Amanda Freund
Amanda FreundTeam Leader - Senior Speech Pathologist
Amanda has extensive experience as a community-based Speech Pathologist as well as many years in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings.  Her area of speciality is neurological conditions and she enjoys assisting people to manage their communication and swallowing difficulties to enhance their quality of life and overall function.  Amanda has a special interest in communication devices and can organise trials of specific devices to suit an individual’s communication needs.
Laura Saric
Laura SaricSenior Physiotherapist/Student Placement Coordinator
Laura has a strong background in community disability and neurological Physiotherapy. She works with a range of presentations both in clinic and in the community. Laura has a special interest in neurodegenerative disorders. She is PD Warrior trained. She also has an in depth understanding of disability specific mental health issues and osteoporosis in minimally weight bearing individuals. Laura is one of the therapists working in Neuro Alliance’s Amputee service. Laura also oversees all clinical university placements.
Laura Lubinski
Laura LubinskiClient Support Coordinator Team Leader
Laura is our Client Support Coordinator (CSC) Team Leader. She receives our new client referrals from the website for discussion and allocation. Then along with the CSC team she coordinates their journey from the initial referral through to organising assessment and intervention with the multidisciplinary team. She ensures clients and therapists are well connected to always maximise client outcomes. Laura has a strong background in client assessment and administration and was also a former Exercise Physiologist in the disability sector.

Physiotherapists

Alissa Leyland
Alissa LeylandSenior Physiotherapist
Alissa has a range of experience working in both the public and private hospital systems. She has a particular interest in the delivery of community based neurological services. Alissa has a special interest in managing people with complex therapy needs including those complex tone presentations. She is skilled in the delivery of novel, yet challenging exercise programs to people with a range of neurodegenerative presentations.
Matthew Quinn
Matthew QuinnSenior Physiotherapist
Matt has a strong background in neurological, general and amputee rehabilitation built from extensive experience working across a range of settings in the public hospital system. He enjoys working with a variety of presentations and providing clinic, community and aquatic based therapy with a focus on combining education, exercise and a collaborative team-based approach to problem solve and maximise function.
Caitlyn McHugh
Caitlyn McHughPhysiotherapist
Caitlyn has previously worked as an inpatient Physiotherapist at Royal North Shore Hospital. She now enjoys working in an outpatient Neurological setting both in the centre and in the community. Caitlyn is PD Warrior trained. She is also one of the therapists working in Neuro Alliance’s amputee service. Caitlyn has a keen interest in prescribing minimal equipment exercise that people can continue safely in their home. In 2020 Caitlyn trained under Studio Pilates International and is now a qualified Mat Pilates Instructor.
Paige Campbell
Paige Campbell Physiotherapist
Paige enjoys working with a variety of clients however has a special interest in stroke and spinal cord injury. She can assess and manage a wide range of neurological presentations and enjoys prescribing a range of innovative exercises for these. Paige enjoys working with clients in the aquatic environment and runs a number of our hydrotherapy groups.
Jessica Grissell
Jessica GrissellPhysiotherapist
Jessica is a Physiotherapist with a background of working across various public hospital settings. She started her transition into clinic and community-based therapy with Neuro Alliance in 2021. Jessica has a special interest in working with those who have impaired function resulting from stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and early onset dementia. She also enjoys managing upper limbs impacted by neurological conditions. You will often see Jessica in our hydrotherapy pool where she is runs both individual and group sessions. Jessica is working towards becoming an Aquatic Physiotherapist, having already completed the APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 1 course and is currently taking part in the APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 2 course.
Rachael Chaffey
Rachael ChaffeyPhysiotherapist
Rachael has a special interest working with people who have a neurological condition as well as managing any secondary musculoskeletal issues arising from their primary condition. She has additional training in Women’s Health continence issues, a common presenting problem in the neurological population.
Stewart Blackwell
Stewart BlackwellPhysiotherapist
Stewart is a Physiotherapist who loves working with a range of clients. He can assess and treat a range of neurological conditions and is skilled in finding simple and practical ways of implementing exercise strategies, specific to each person’s needs. He enjoys working in the gym just as much as he does in the pool, and frequently runs several of our hydrotherapy groups. He also has a special interest in the management of fatigue within conditions including stroke and multiple sclerosis.

Speech Pathologists

Maree Herzog
Maree HerzogSenior Speech Pathologist
Maree has worked as a Speech Pathologist in rehabilitation and aged care across a variety of hospital, community and aged care settings locally and abroad for over 20 years. Her passion in neurological rehabilitation has spanned her career, her area of specialty is working with individuals who have experienced stroke or live with a neurological condition, working with her clients to achieve their best communication and swallowing outcomes. Maree also values lifelong learning, enjoys clinical education and is affiliated with The University of Newcastle. Maree is LSVT trained, has extensive experience working with Parkinson’s Disease and runs the Neuro Social Communication Groups at Neuro Alliance.
Jess Kulhanek
Jess KulhanekSpeech Pathologist
Jess has experience working with neurological and acute presentations across outpatient clinic services, private hospitals and aged care facilities in Newcastle and Maitland. She has a specialist interest in dysphagia management and functional communication, and enjoys working closely with clients to achieve their personal goals. Jess is LSVT qualified and has recently completed further training in acquired apraxia of speech.
Georgia Peacocke
Georgia PeacockeSpeech Pathologist
Georgia has experience working with a variety of clients across the lifespan, she also has experience working in rural areas. Georgia has a special interest in working with clients with complex communication needs to build functional communication skills. She enjoys working closely with clients and making therapy as interesting and fun as possible to help them achieve their personal goals – no goal is too big or too small. She is passionate about learning, keeping up to date with new research and continuing to build her clinical knowledge to best assist her clients and their loved ones.

Exercise Physiologist

Liam Hunter
Liam Hunter Exercise Physiologist
Liam is an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist. He works with a variety of clients however has a special interest in Amputees and people with limited to no standing function. In his role he focuses on prescribing fun and adaptive exercises to help individuals achieve their goals. Liam has a clinical focus on adaptive sports, often working collaboratively with Physiotherapists and other allied health to assist people with a diagnosed disability to increase participation and improve quality of life.
Caitlin Sheather
Caitlin SheatherExercise Physiologist
Caitlin is an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist. She has a special interest working with people who have Parkinson’s Disease. Caitlin is PD Warrior trained and is one of our instructors running classes. She is proficient in prescribing innovate and creative exercise program to people with a range of neurological impairments. Caitlin has a strong focus on the contribution of exercise in body weight management in the neurological disability population.
April Gialouris
April GialourisExercise Physiologist
April is an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist. She has a special interest in working with people with Functional Neurological Disorder and Parkinson’s Disease. April loves to find creative and innovate ways to engage clients with their exercise program and is passionate about prescribing exercise based on each individuals interests as well as their own personal goals.

Occupational Therapists

Anna Ballardie
Anna BallardieSenior Occupational Therapist
Anna graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2005 and has worked in public health and private practice in rural NSW and the Newcastle/Hunter area since this time. She enjoys the variety of working with children and adults with a range of physical and neurological needs to help them engage in daily activities that are meaningful and important to them.
Anna is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia and works alongside her qualified therapy dog Jazz with some of her clients providing Canine Assisted Therapy.
Jazz
JazzTherapy Dog
Introducing Jazz!! She has been trained as a Therapy Dog by Therapy Dogs NSW. She lives with and works alongside our Occupational Therapist Anna with some of Anna’s adult and paediatric clients. Jazz is a friendly, quiet, and kind 3yr old Cocker Spaniel girl who loves a pat, chasing a ball and generally just being with people. If you would like to meet her please let our staff know and Anna can bring her into your appointment when Jazz is in the clinic.
Jodie McIvor
Jodie McIvorSenior Occupational Therapist
Jodie is an OT with a background working across various public and private hospitals and community settings over many years. Jodie has worked with a range of client’s in the community and enjoys working with clients to facilitate their independence and maximise their function. She has a particular interest in pressure care management and equipment prescription. Jodie strives to provide a timely service based on best practice and with a client centred approach in mind.
Kellie Strong
Kellie StrongSenior Occupational Therapist
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Aimee Holt
Aimee HoltOccupational Therapist
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Natalie KingOccupational Therapist
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Administration/ Support/ Accounts Team

Sarah Davis
Sarah Davis Client Support Coodinator
Sarah oversees and coordinates a clients journey at Neuro Alliance. She will organise assessment and intervention with the multidisciplinary team working with individuals, families, support coordinators and care agencies. With her bubbly personality and smile she ensures clients and therapists are well connected to always maximise client outcomes. Sarah has a strong background in health administration in the hospital sector.
Nicola Hincks
Nicola HincksReceptionist
Niki is often your first point of contact if you call or visit Neuro Alliance. Her role is to facilitate the flow of clients through the centre greeting, welcoming, and directing them appropriately. Niki supports the daily running of the centre. She also has a dual role and on some occasions is an Allied health Physiotherapy Assistant supporting individuals and groups in the gym and pool.
Casey Dunn
Casey DunnReceptionist
We are very excited to have Casey join our Admin Team at Neuro Alliance. She will be based in reception so she will be your first point of contact at the clinic either in person or over the phone. She has wealth of experience in customer service and will support the day to day running of the centre.
Receptionist
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Angela Moore
Angela MooreAllied Health Assistant
Angela has recently joined our AHA team. She will supporting the therapy team in her AHA role in both the clinic and community she will also be a friendly face at our busy Reception area when needed. Ange has a Certificate 4 as an allied health assistant and has worked in the public system for many years bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.
Lauren Davis
Lauren Davis Accounts Receivable
Lauren is responsible for accounts receivable and ensuring client budgets are tracked appropriately. She works closely with the wider administrative team and a client’s team to ensure accounts are accurate and up to date. She maintains financial records, up-to-date billing systems and carrying out billing duties;
generating and sending out invoices along with allocating, following up, and collecting payments.
Harriet Myles
Harriet MylesAccounts Receivable /Receptionist
Harriet supports accounts receivable. Generating and sending out invoices and carrying out daily billing duties. Allocating, following up, and collecting payments along with performing account reconciliations and monitoring the customers’ account details. Harriet also supports administration overflow so at some times of the day she may also be in reception.

External Providers

Dr Roslyn Mozer
Dr Roslyn MozerRehabilitation Medicine Specialist
Dr Roslyn Mozer is a Rehabilitation Medicine Specialist with over 13 years of clinical experience assessing and managing neuromuscular disorders. Dr Mozer has a special interest in spasticity management and imploys a holistic approach with patients, carers, therapists and orthotists in attempting to improve patient function.

To make a referral to see Dr Mozer please see you General Practitioner and have a referral emailed to drrmozer@IRMrehabmed.onmicrosoft.com

Tim Nichols
Tim NicholsProsthetist and Orthotist
Tim has over 20 years of experience prescribing a range of orthoses in challenging clinical environments. He undertook his Prosthetic and Orthotic training in the United Kingdom and Sweden. Tim can assess and prescribe custom orthoses for the range of complex presentations we treat at our Neuromuscular Orthoses clinic.

For referrals to see Tim please submit a referral form

Craig Evans
Craig EvansSenior Amputee Physiotherapist: Evolution Physiotherapy
Craig oversees the amputee service at Neuro Alliance as well as providing private services through Evolution Physio and Rehab. Craig has many decades worth of experience working with the amputee population. He has worked across both the public and private sectors in NSW. He has extensive knowledge and skills in rehabilitation following prescription of a new prosthesis. He has a clinical focus on maximising a person’s function with their prosthesis including training to participate in adaptive sports.