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Management Team

Daniel
DanielGeneral 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
Alicia Operations 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. 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.
Tim
TimFacilities Manager
Tim is the Facilities Manager at Neuro Alliance. Coordinating the hydrotherapy pool, gyms and our Paediatric clinic at 7/B1 Poynton Place.
Jessica
JessicaAssistant Facility Manager & AHA Coordinator
Laura
LauraSystems Manager
Laura is our Systems Manager.

External Relationships

Emma
Emma Business Development Officer
Emma is our business development officer and brings a wealth of experience in health administration. She is dedicated to building relationships with external providers and learning our systems. Emma oversees stakeholder agreements; clinician room hire and recruitment. Emma is also in charge of the Program of Supports (POS) administration for groups in our facility, ensuring a comprehensive approach to our services.
Paige
PaigeMarketing Co Ordinator
In addition to Paige’s Physiotherapy role, she oversees our social media, marketing and events at Neuro Alliance.

Client Services

Sarah
Sarah Client Support Referral Co Ordinator
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.
Casey
Casey Client Support Coordinator
Casey is part of our Client Support Team at Neuro Alliance. She has wealth of experience in customer service and will support clients on their journey helping with group bookings, service agreements and funding checks. Liaising with our clients, families and Co Ordinator of supports when necessary.
Annie
AnnieClient Support Coordinator

Reception

Kristy
KristyReception Team Leader
Kristy is our Reception leader across both sites, she liases with our reception team to support the day to day running of Neuro Alliance across all aspects. She brings with her a wealth of experience from a variety of medical based settings. She will welcome you and your family to our Paediatric Centre and help answer any of your questions.
Ella
Ella Receptionist
Ella supports the day to day running of the Neuro Alliance. She is your first port of call on the phone or in person. Ella will welcome you into the centre and answer any of your questions or direct you to the appropriate staff member/location. She has a background in customer service and is committed to learning everything there is to know about Neuro Alliance. Ella can organise a meet and greet with Baxter.
Kelly
Kelly Receptionist
Meet Kelly, an integral part of our reception team at Neuro Alliance. With over 20 years in customer service and a 5-year stint in hospital administration, Kelly is well-versed in the intricacies of client support.
Stationed at our adult rehab centre, Kelly manages clinician diaries, greets clients, and ensures smooth check-ins for both 1:1 and group sessions. Her adept multitasking and comfort in fast-paced environments make her an invaluable asset to our team. Kelly is dedicated to learning everything about Neuro Alliance, embodying her commitment to providing top-notch support. Whether scheduling appointments or answering inquiries, Kelly is here to make your experience positive and efficient.
Tayla
TaylaReceptionist
Tayla is part of our team supporting front desk and the greater admin team. She has a strong medical background working in hospitals and has wonderful communication skills. She is here to welcome you to our centre and support our clients and families with their bookings and service agreements.

Accounts

Harriet
Harriet Accounts Receivable
Harriet is responsible for accounts receivable. She works closely with the wider administrative team to support a clients funding. 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 is here to answer any of your billing questions or concerns.
Lauren
Lauren Accounts Receivable
Lauren works with the accounts team to support the billing and invoicing process. This includes liasing with plan managers, clients and other supporting bodies. She works with the greater admin team to ensure processes are running smoothly.
Kristi
KristiAccounts Processing
Kristi has joined our accounts team. She will be in the background working on our accounting processes that support the running of the centre. She has a background in book keeping and is super focused and organised.

Allied Health Assistants (AHA)

Emily
Emily Allied Health Assistant
Emily is an integral part of our Neuro Alliance team working as an Allied Health Assistant. She works both in the gym and in the pool supporting clients with their specific programs and goals set by the therapists. You may also see her supporting reception.
Ben
Ben Allied Health Assistant
Ben has joined our service as an Allied Health assistant supporting our therapists in any way shape or form. Ben has a background in aged care AHA and is eager to learn from our therapists to support you. You may see Ben in the pool, the gym or the community supporting clients to carry out their programs or in one of our many group sessions.

Physiotherapists

Di
Di Senior Physiotherapist - Physiotherapy Team Leader
Di has over 20 years’ experience working across a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, community, and aged care. She enjoys working a variety of clients, with a particular clinical interest in neurodegenerative conditions, brain injury, and dementia. Di also has a special interest in stroke recovery and secondary stroke prevention, working with the University of Newcastle in a research role. Di enjoys seeing clients in the clinic, community, and hydrotherapy pool, working collaboratively to achieve their goals and maximise their participation in life.
Alissa
Alissa Senior Physiotherapist - Physiotherapy Team Leader
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.
Tim
TimSenior 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 and also providing support to other members of the Neuro Alliance team.
Craig
Craig Senior Amputee Physiotherapist
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.
Matthew
Matthew Senior Physiotherapist - Student Placement Coordinator
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. Matt is also our Student Coordinator and will oversee all university clinical placements across all disciplines.
Jessica
Jessica Senior Physiotherapist
Jess has a background of experience working across various public hospital settings and is now working full-time within the private sector. Jess has a strong interest in working with complex neurological conditions within an aquatic environment. Jess has recently completed the APA Aquatic Physiotherapy Level 3 course, providing her with advanced skills and knowledge of using specific techniques in our pool to achieve client goals, improve carryover to their land-based function, and improve their quality of life. Jess also enjoys managing upper limbs impacted by neurological conditions, especially those affected by stroke, having completed the StrokeEd Analysis and Retraining of Upper Limb Function Post-Stroke course in 2021.
Paige
Paige Physiotherapist
Paige enjoys working with a variety of clients however has a special interest in spinal cord injury, functional neurological disorder and motor neuron disease. She can assess and manage a wide range of neurological presentations and enjoys prescribing a range of innovative exercises for these.
Natasha
NatashaSenior Physiotherapist
Tash has an experienced background working with all ages across the lifespan in the private practice/community setting. Tash’s passion area is paediatrics and she enjoys mixing fun with hard work to achieve optimal outcomes for her clients. In her time working within the paediatric space, Tash has developed her skills in casting, exercise prescription, rehabilitation, hydrotherapy and developmental milestones. Tash enjoys supporting clients with a wide range of developmental, physical and neurological needs to build on skills and help day to day functioning. With experience working with conditions such as cerebral palsy, SCI, brain injuries, CMT, hypermobility, genetic conditions and syndromes; Tash continues to build her awareness and knowledge of diagnoses, and is always striving to best support her wonderful clients and families. Tash loves working in settings appropriate to the individual’s therapy goals and can conduct community visits, centre visits, home visits and/or school visits to provide therapy in all settings relevant and meaningful.
Rebecca
Rebecca Senior Physiotherapist
Bec has a strong background in neurological rehabilitation, gained through her experiences working across the public and private hospital systems. She enjoys a varied caseload between adults and paediatrics, bringing fun and play to clients’ rehab journeys. Bec has a special interest in cerebral palsy, stroke, and amputee rehabilitation. She has completed further training in Spinal cord injury, stroke, return to running following brain injury, functional neurological disorder, hydrotherapy in ASD, paediatrics, and amputee rehabilitation. She enjoys working with clients over all settings; whether it is within the clinic, hydrotherapy, school, home, or the park, Bec enjoys working collaboratively to achieve client goals.
Stewart
Stewart Physiotherapist
Stewart is a Physiotherapist who loves working with a range of clients. He can assess and treat many neurological conditions and is skilled in finding simple and practical exercise strategies, specific to each person’s needs. Stewart runs several of our aquatic therapy groups and is PD Warrior trained. He is passionate about return to sport goals for young people after brain injury, improving concussion management in our community and likes making therapy fun and meaningful. Stewart also has a special interest in the management of fatigue after stroke, working with the University of Newcastle in a research role.
Sarah
Sarah Physiotherapist
Sarah is a Physiotherapist who enjoys working with a wide range of clients of all ages. Sarah has experience working across hospitals and outpatient settings. Sarah enjoys seeing people in the gym, pool or community to work towards their Physiotherapy goals. Sarah takes a fun yet hard working approach to all clients making therapy engaging, creative and goal based.
Lauren
Lauren Physiotherapist
Lauren is passionate about neurological Physiotherapy. She has key clinical interests in Parkinson’s Disease, stroke, MS, lower limb amputees and has completed PD Warrior Level 1 and 2. She prioritises task-specific practice, functional training, evidence-based exercise programs and ongoing education to empower her clients and their clinical outcomes – Lauren will often tell you that her favourite word is ‘consistency’! Lauren is also involved in orthopaedic rehabilitation in the private hospital network, particularly limb joint replacements.
Tori
Tori Physiotherapist
Tori is a Physiotherapist who enjoys working with a wide range of clients and engaging them in purposeful rehabilitation. She is skilled in setting meaningful goals and implementing practical ways to help each person achieve them. She can assess and treat a variety of conditions across different environments: in the pool and gym, although has a specific interest in stroke. Tori also runs hydrotherapy groups throughout the week.
Grace
Grace Physiotherapist
Grace is one of our newest Physiotherapist to join the team. Grace enjoys working with a diverse range of clients, with a special interest in Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury. She enjoys both the one-on-one setting and group sessions, running aquatic therapy groups and Neuro Active classes. She can assess and manage a range of neurological disorders and is passionate about creating engaging treatment plans that support clients to participate and achieve their personal goals.
Anna-Rose
Anna-Rose Senior Physiotherapist (currently on maternity leave)
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.
Anna-Rose is currently on maternity leave – she will be returning end of 2024.

Speech Pathologists

Amanda
Amanda Senior Speech Pathologist - Team Leader
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.
Jess
Jess Senior Speech 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.
Ashleigh
Ashleigh Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Ashleigh has worked in hospital and community settings, primarily in the early intervention space. She has a special interest in complex communication, speech sound disorders and paediatric feeding. Ashleigh is a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and is certified in multiple programs including Hanen, PEERS, Westmead Feelings Program, Sounds Write and many more. She is passionate about creating inclusive environments that celebrate their child’s strengths and how they communicate
Brittany
Brittany Senior Speech Pathologist
Brittany has worked in community settings in rural and metropolitan areas. This was primarily in the early intervention, school-aged and young adult space. She has a special interest in complex communication needs, paediatric feeding, and trauma-informed practice. Brittany is a strong advocate for evidence-based practice and is certified in multiple programs and areas particularly around complex communication, feeding and language development. She is passionate about creating inclusive environments that celebrate a client’s strengths, how they communicate and supporting them to achieve their personal goals.
Georgia
Georgia Speech 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.
Hannah
Hannah Speech Pathologist
Hannah has a special interest in working with a paediatric caseload in the clinic and community. Hannah loves to find innovative ways to help children engage in therapy which allows them to achieve their unique communication goals. She is passionate about providing evidence-based therapy for early intervention and continuing to build her skills working with a neurological caseload. Hannah is Hanen Certified and has also recently completed additional training in ADHD best practice management

Exercise Physiologist

Caitlin
CaitlinExercise Physiologist - Team Leader
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
April Exercise 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.
Scarlett
Scarlett Exercise Physiologist
Scarlett is an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist. She enjoys working with a wide variety of neurological presentations and is passionate about supporting individuals to improve their health and maximise their functional capacity to encourage independence and enhance quality of life. Scarlett enjoys working closely alongside and collaborating with her clients, enabling them to take charge of their rehabilitation to reach their goals.
Anna
Anna Exercise Physiologist
Anna is an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist. Anna enjoys working with clients of all ages, particularly in an aquatic therapy setting. She is passionate about using exercise to help individuals build their strength, fitness and function and manage their various neurological conditions. She is skilled at prescribing fun, safe and effective exercise and collaborating with her clients as they work toward their goals.
Kahlee
Kahlee Exercise Physiologist
Meet Kahlee, our ESSA Accredited Exercise Physiologist at Neuro Alliance. With a diverse background in private and public health settings, Kahlee is dedicated to enhancing functional capacity and well-being for individuals with neurological conditions. Specialising in Dementia, Parkinson’s, and Spinal Cord Injury, Kahlee takes joy in helping individuals achieve personal goals and meaningful life changes. Drawing on 5 years as a biomechanics researcher and 2 years as an exercise scientist in neurological rehabilitation, Kahlee brings a wealth of expertise to our team. Currently, she also serves as an AEP clinician and researcher in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at John Hunter Hospital, showcasing her commitment to holistic care. Kahlee is here to support your journey towards improved health and independence at Neuro Alliance.

Occupational Therapists

Anna
Anna Senior Occupational Therapist - Team Leader
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.
Alice
Alice Senior Occupational Therapist - Assistant OT Team Leader
Alice graduated from Western Sydney University. She has worked in both rehabilitation and community settings across Sydney and Hunter regions. Alice has a special interest in assistive technology, from low-cost items to more complex items including seating and positioning. She gets great satisfaction in supporting people to live their best life.
Kellie
Kellie Senior Occupational Therapist
Kellie has over 20 year’s experience as an OT, working with people of all ages with complex disabilities, primarily within their homes, residential facilities and in the community setting here in the Hunter & Port Stephens region. Kellie enjoys working closely with her clients and their families to facilitate their goals, promote independence and safety, as well as finding opportunities to their increase participation in daily activities that are meaningful to them. She has interests in assistive technology, simple to complex seating and positioning, minor and major home modifications, pressure care prevention and treatment, manual handling and has a special interest in community accessibility.
Natalie
Natalie Senior Occupational Therapist
Natalie has worked across both public and private hospitals, as well as in community settings, in various medical, neurological and rehabilitation roles. She has an interest in all aspects of rehabilitation post stroke including the rehabilitation of upper limb function, perception, and cognition. Natalie is passionate about partnering with clients and their families to help them engage in meaningful tasks, with a focus on safety and independence. She is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Maddison
Maddison Occupational Therapist
Maddie graduated from Charles Sturt University and transitioned into the workplace rehabilitation sector. Maddie has experience working within the NDIS space supporting clients and their families to achieve their goals. She has an interest in pressure management, seating and positioning and complex assistive technology to support people to have greater independence. Maddie is passionate about bringing evidenced based practice to life and educating clients and their families to get the most out of therapy.
Britt
BrittOccupational Therapist
Brittany has experience working with both paediatric and adult populations across various settings. Brittany has a particular interest in rehabilitation including upper limb therapy and cognitive retraining as well as early intervention to support children to strive in their daily life. Brittany is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Daina
Daina Occupational Therapist
Daina is passionate about working with adults within the neurological sector, to help them maintain their independence and safely participate in the activities they enjoy. She enjoys meeting and working with a broad range of clients. Daina has a keen interest in assistive technology, seating, and pressure care, and enjoys working alongside the other allied health disciplines to assist clients with achieving their goals.
Chiara
ChiaraOccupational Therapist
Chiara has a particular interest in paediatrics and is passionate about supporting children and their family to engage and find joy throughout their everyday life. Chiara also has a music degree and is passionate about integrating her love of music into her therapy to work towards achieving client goals and increasing engagement in therapy.
Ellenie
Ellenie Occupational Therapist
El graduated from the University of Newcastle and transitioned into private paediatric space. El’s passion is working with children with a wide range of developmental, neurological, and physical difficulties, to assist them and their families in building skills to facilitate engagement and participation in meaningful daily activities. El is passionate about using a holistic and client-centered approach that builds on the strengths and interests of each child and ensuring OT is enjoyable and rewarding for both the child and the family.
Terri
Terri Occupational Therapist
Terri graduated from the University of Newcastle and has a wealth of life experience and knowledge. Terri’s passion is working with adults in the neurological space to assist and educate them to captivate and harness their own unique ability to maintain their independence, health, and well-being, and continue to complete activities of daily life that are meaningful to them. Terri has a keen interest in upper limb rehabilitation and cognitive retraining and remaining well informed of current research, knowledge, and skills in this space.
Sarah
Sarah Occupational Therapist
Sarah graduated from the University of Newcastle and has experience working in the healthcare industry in both hospital and community settings. She is passionate about helping people with neurological conditions to live as independently as possible and ensuring that they can safely participate in the activities that are meaningful to them. Sarah has a particular interest in Assistive Technology, seating systems and the prevention and treatment of pressure injuries.
Jaz
JazTherapy Dog working with Anna
Introducing Jaz!! 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. Jaz 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 Jaz is in the clinic.

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.
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

Dr Rochana Jayatilake MBChB, FAFRM(RACP)
Dr Rochana Jayatilake MBChB, FAFRM(RACP)Rehabilitation Physician
Dr Jayatilake obtained Fellowship of the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAFRM) in 2022. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of
Manchester in the United Kingdom. Following a move to Australia, she completed a
Masters of Public health through University of Newcastle in 2016 prior to commencing Rehabilitation training.

She currently works as a Rehabilitation Physician at the John Hunter Hospital.
Her interests include Neurological, Amputations including prosthetic prescription, Trau-matic Brain Injury, Orthopaedics and trauma rehabilitation.

Dr Jayatilake is a strong advocate for her patients and aims to support patients and their families through their rehabilitation journey.