Meet the Team

ALEX GALEA

BPhysio APAM

Alex joined the Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo team in November 2011 and became a partner in the practice in July 2015. Alex grew up in Bendigo and has strong local connections through his family, friends and various sporting clubs.

After completing his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University in 2010, Alex worked at a private practice in Swan Hill in 2011, before returning to Bendigo. Alex has a passion for Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. His predominant areas of post graduate study include Sports Physiotherapy, Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates, Hydrotherapy and Chronic Pain. Alex has had experience working for various football clubs including the St Kilda, University Blues, and South Bendigo Football Clubs.

Since 2015, Alex has spent two mornings a week working with Bendigo South East College and their Athlete Development Program. This program offers students from year 7 to 10, a complete sports education and training program, which assists students to achieve excellence in sporting and academic fields. Physiotherapy education for these students assists injury prevention and management and Alex is delighted to provide the program his expertise.

Alex has always been heavily involved in sports, including football, basketball and soccer. Alex has experienced knee and shoulder surgeries of his own in the past, so can relate especially well to injury management and rehabilitation on a personal level.  He has now retired from football (much to the delight of his wife Emma) and stays fit by running recreationally.  He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and two young children, loves food, playing the guitar and the Melbourne Football Club.

Alex is happy to help you no matter what your injury or condition, so please call the practice if you would like an appointment on 5442 4044.

RUTH NORRIS

BAppSci(Physio), PGDipRehabStudies, DipMyofTPTh, CKTPTM,  APAM

Ruth is the owner of and senior clinician at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo. She has worked for many years in the public and private sector, and has undertaken extensive postgraduate training in rehabilitation, Dry Needling, biomechanical analysis, Stott pilates, foot biomechanics and orthotic fitting,  Kinesio taping and other advanced taping techniques , and pain management. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and Sports Medicine Australia. Ruth has spent many years caring for sporting teams and has a deep understanding of the demands of elite sport performance.

Ruth is passionate about using the knowledge gained from the latest research to enhance the skills offered to clients of the practice, and leads the in-house inservice training program at PCB. Ruth works with her team to introduce cutting edge practice to Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo, and is proud of the reputation for excellence in service offered at PCB.

Ruth loves a challenge! She is passionate about helping challenging complex and chronic pain patients.  Ruth uses advanced myofascial & dry needling techniques as part of her treatment  as well  as exercise techniques such as pilates to improve her patients’ pain and function. Ruth is also a Certified Kinesio Taping PractitionerTM and uses this to enhance the benefits of treatment. She is exploring the new field of fascial research and its role in dysfunction, pain perpetuation and treatment.

Ruth has been an invited presenter of  training courses in dry needling and myofascial pain to physiotherapists in regional Victoria.

Outside of the practice Ruth enjoys racing MGs, gardening and bushwalking.

CHERYL LUDWIK

BAppSci(Physio), MHlthSci, DipMyofTPTh, PGCertContinence & Pelvic Floor Rehab.

APA Continence & Womens’ Health Physiotherapist,  APAM

Cheryl graduated as a physiotherapist in 1988 and has lived and worked in Central Victoria since 1989.  Over the past 20+ years she has developed a special interest in women’s and men’s health and has completed further qualifications in continence and pelvic floor physiotherapy.  She has a particular interest in chronic pelvic pain.

Cheryl has been awarded the title “Continence and Women’s Health Physiotherapist” by the Australian Physiotherapy Association.  This recognises advanced skills and knowledge in this speciality area.  She has presented at course and conferences in her field, and is involved in undergraduate  and post graduate training at Bendigo Health.

In addition Cheryl has also completed post graduate qualifications in myofascial therapy and dry needling.

Cheryl enjoys good food and wine and travel, particularly the combination of the three.

JAYNE BOLDISTON (NORTON)

BAppSci(Physio) APAM

Jayne loves netball!

She  graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1996 from La Trobe University.  She worked at Bendigo Health for 4 years, before going to  Austin Health to further her experience, working in orthopaedics, cardiothoracics and the spinal unit. Jayne has always been interested in sports physiotherapy so in her  spare time she worked as a physiotherapist for State League Netball and the Victorian Men’s Netball teams at national events.

From 2005-2009 Jayne worked at Corio Bay Sports Medicine Clinic and looked after the SEABL team, a GFL team and netballers outside clinic hours. She worked as part of a large sports medicine team which included 4 sports physicians, sports podiatrists, masseurs, myotherapists and many physiotherapists.

Jayne has been working part-time at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo since  2010. She has completed many sports related courses, including Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy, and is an APA and Sports Physiotherapy Group member.

Jayne was a state level netballer, and still competes as a netballer. She has a great depth of knowledge about the demands of sport, and an enthusiasm for helping all injured sports participants, and the knowledge to get them back to their game quickly and safely.

DANICA LANG

BHealthSci, MPhysioPrac

Danica joined Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo at the start of 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Danica is local to the Bendigo region after growing up on her family’s orchard in Harcourt and attending school in Castlemaine before moving to Bendigo to complete her tertiary studies.

Danica’s passion is Calisthenics, a dance based sport which she has participated in for over 20 years. Danica now competes in a senior team whilst also coaching pupils of various ages at Bendigo Calisthenics Club. Calisthenics and dance have led Danica to have a particular interest in strength and conditioning as well as flexibility and gymnastic movements.

Asides from dance, Danica also loves a variety of sports including netball, tennis and swimming. She also enjoys AFL and has experience working with Castlemaine Football Netball Club. In addition Danica has also worked with kayakers during the Murry River Marathon.

Since joining PCB Danica has undertaken training in Dry Needling  and Clinical Pilates, and is enthusiastic about the benefits of hydrotherapy as part of Rehabilitation and pain management.

BRAEDEN DEARY

BESS, DPhysio (Melb)

Braeden joined Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo at the start of 2018, after completing a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Federation University, Ballarat, followed by a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne.

Braeden is a Bendigo local, completing his primary and secondary education in Bendigo, before moving away to complete his tertiary studies. He has now returned to Bendigo to start his working career in his home town.

Braeden is a passionate sports fan, with a specific focus on Australian Rules Football. Braeden played all his junior and senior football  at Golden Square Football Club, before playing for 3 years at  Ballarat Swans Football Club whilst completing his first degree in Ballarat. While studying at Melbourne University he decided to concentrate on his studies, taking a break from participation. Now he is back in Bendigo he is returning to Golden Square to resume football.

Braeden has great knowledge about the demands of a range of sporting activities, and an interest and enthusiasm for helping clients manage sporting injuries and return to sport. He combines his knowledge as a physiotherapist with his training in exercise and sports science.

Braeden has also completed training in dry needling, and uses this as part of his treatment.

LORYN SAVOIA

BHSc, MPhysioPrac

Loryn has joined the Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo team at the start of 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo.  She grew up in Springhill on her family’s farm and attended school in Kyneton, and has recently relocated to Bendigo to begin her physiotherapy career. During her time at LaTrobe University Loryn was the recipient of awards for academic excellence and leadership.

Loryn is passionate about running, and has competed with the Victorian Athletics League at the Stawell Gift for 5 years, specialising in the 120m – 400m events. Sprinting and athletics have led Loryn to have a keen interest in running injuries as well as strength and conditioning for sports rehabilitation.

She also has experience as a running/athletics coach with a diverse range of participants, including primary, secondary & tertiary age students, parents and retirees, and athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Loryn has recently trained in the myofascial dry needling technique and can use it as part of her treatment when required.

Aside from running, outside work Loryn enjoys netball, swimming and hiking in the Grampians. She looks forwards to helping you keep active and healthy.

KARA NORMINGTON

BPhysio APAM

Kara completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree at LaTrobe University here in Bendigo in 2009. Since then she has worked in a number of private practices in Australia,  from metropolitan Melbourne to Queensland and NSW. This has meant that she has gained a broad range of experience, which she brings to Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo.  She moved back to Bendigo, following her husband’s discharge from the Australian Defence Force to be closer to family.

Kara has an interest in musculoskeletal injuries and women’s health, and is especially passionate about Clinical Pilates, in which she has extensive training. One of her special interests is Clinical Pilates for Ante and Post Natal mums.

Kara has recently returned to Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo after maternity leave, and she will be focusing on Women’s Health.

Outside of her profession Kara is interested in health and fitness, and loves cooking (especially baking)!

GABRIELLE SMITH

BPhysio (Hons) MPhysio (Musc) APAM

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist

Gabe joined our practice after moving to the Bendigo area from Melbourne in 2016. She grew up in Shepparton and completed her Physiotherapy Degree at Melbourne University in 2009. Since then she has worked in the LifeCare network of practices, including over five years at LifeCare La Trobe Sports Medicine where she was part of a large team of Sports Physicians, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists and Dieticians. Working from within the La Trobe Private Hospital setting meant Gabe collaborated on patient management with Orthopaedic Surgeons, Pain Physicians, Psychologists, and Radiologists. Her caseload and mentoring from other Specialist Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists in the LifeCare network mean she is very experienced with  managing back pain, both acute and chronic, and many sporting injuries and overload conditions, particularly knee pain.

Gabe was involved as a treating Physiotherapist in a large multi-study research trial into low back pain called the STOPS trial, which sparked her interest in helping people rehabilitate from low back pain and return to full function. She has undergone training as part of WorkCover and TAC’s Occupational Physiotherapy program, which focuses on facilitating the return to work process and liaising with other health providers.

Gabe has worked as a team Physiotherapist with football and hockey teams from amateur to elite level, including the U18 TAC Cup Northern Knights Football Club and multiple junior and senior Victorian Hockey teams. Gabe has personal understanding of an athlete’s training experience, having played hockey at State League level and for Victoria, then moving onto Half-Ironman triathlons for fitness. She now plays social tennis and netball.

In 2014 Gabe returned to  Melbourne University  to complete her Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, involving many hours working under senior Physiotherapists to advance her skills in management of spinal and other joint conditions, including chronic and complex pain. This qualification earned her the title of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist.

Recently Gabe has been on maternity leave after the birth of her twin boys. She is very excited to be back as part of the Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo team on a part time basis!

CHANTELLE PINK

BAppSci(Physio)

Chantelle completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Charles Sturt University in Albury. and then moved to Tasmania to start her career. She grew up on a farm near Boort and after working in Tasmania for a few years she returned to Bendigo to be closer to family and further develop her career.

While in Hobart, Chantelle worked in a multidisciplinary sports physiotherapy clinic seeing a large variety of sporting injuries, as well as many everyday conditions. While working there she worked with the Tasmanian Institute of Sport completing many athlete screenings, as well as other pre-employment screenings. Chantelle also worked extensively with a Tasmanian Premier League Soccer Club managing and preventing injuries, developing player conditioning programs, and designing a club based gymnasium.

Chantelle has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of shoulder problems and she has spent a great deal of time rehabilitating clients post-surgery. She also has a clinical interest in the acute management of sporting injuries on and off the field. Chantelle’s sporting love is hockey, which she has played for over 15 years at local, state, and national level, and has also tried her hand at coaching while at university.

Chantelle has undergone postgraduate training in Dry Needling and Hydrotherapy and has participated in large clinical studies into Osteoarthritis management for knees under the auspices of Melbourne University.

Recently Chantelle has developed an interest in treating and managing pregnancy related pelvic pain, and has completed post graduate training to bring an integrated approach to the problem. She uses both treatment and exercise to help women stay fit and active during their pregnancy.

Chantelle has just returned to the practice part–time after maternity leave.

ROSALIND DEACON

BAppSci(Physio), Lymphoedema Practitioner

Rosalind and has been part of the dynamic team at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo on a part-time basis since 2007. She also spends much of her working life  as a senior physiotherapist at Bendigo Health. Rosalind is a trained  lymphoedema practitioner with national registration and is involved in regular accreditation. She has a special interest in the management of lymphoedema in all its forms, and is interested in providing specialized aquatic therapy and home based exercise regimes to enable her patients to be  proactive in their own care and to feel competent in self-management under her guidance. Rosalind is actively involved in undergraduate and junior physiotherapy  education, has presented at conferences and courses on lymphoedema Australia wide and Internationally, and  been published on the subject. She truly is an  expert in lymphoedema management.

Rosalind also has an interest in physiotherapy and exercise prescription for patients trying to take better control of diabetes, obesity, arthritis or other chronic health issues. She believes that encouraging self-management with specialised professional support is the way to better outcomes and improved quality of life for people with chronic illness.

Rosalind will be well known to people associated with the Bendigo Rowing Club as she is a life member of the club and spent many years coaching junior and school rowers. She is a keen exerciser and practices what she preaches, but has now swapped the rowing boat for land activities and is spending her spare time bush walking, swimming, learning golf and  keeping up with her vegetable garden!

THE ADMIN & RECEPTION TEAM

Emma, Kim, Carol, Bec, David, Leigh and Christina are our fantastic front desk and admin team. They are dedicated to keeping Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo running smoothly. They answer the phone, do all the bookings and know the ins and outs of the various claims systems we use – and if they don’t they’ll find out! So if you have any queries please chat to one of them – we’ll do our best to make your experience at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo  a great one.

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