ABOUT

Our Team

Our dedicated team of passionate professionals have been carefully selected and managed by our highly experienced Rachael Cheesman.

Rachael graduated from La Trobe University in 1993 and has continued studying in the Bobath Concept and Rural Paediatric Practice. Rachael is the Practice manager with a vast array of experience in the field of Neuro Physiotherapy.

Rachael Cheesman

DIRECTOR

Rachael graduated from La Trobe University in 1993.  Throughout her physiotherapy career she has shown a strong and passionate interest in the field of neurology.  Rachael is a Bobath Practitioner having  completed advanced studies in the Bobath Concept.  Clinical areas of specialty include management of clients with all spectrum’s of neurological disability, postural dysfunction, vestibular retraining, falls and balance disorders and gait re-education.  Rachael created the Neuro Practice in 2002 and continues to expand the team focusing on a client centered and meaningful approach to all therapy interactions. Rachael has completed a Masters certificate in rural paediatric practice at the University of Melbourne.

Sarah Mulling

Exercise Physiologist

Sarah graduated in 2005 and has had over fifteen years of clinical experience as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist. She has worked in Melbourne, Perth and Bendigo across various streams including neurological, musculoskeletal, orthopedic, cardiac, pain management, corporate health and return to work.

Since joining the team at The Neuro Practice, Sarah has enjoyed furthering her understanding of the complexities and potential of our amazing brain and nervous system.  She recognizes that each patient has their own unique experience and aspects of their condition. Utilizing her health coaching background, sessions involve listening, encouraging, and empowering individuals to maximize their mobility, function, and independence.

Functionality and specificity are key elements of Sarah’s evidence-based exercise prescription. She loves seeing her patients improve their strength and confidence to return to activities they never thought possible. Her particular interests include spinal cord injuries, stroke, falls and balance disorders and pain science. 

Jen Hickman

Physiotherapist

Jen graduated from La Trobe University in Bendigo with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy Practice.

Prior to working at The Neuro Practice, Jen gained experience working in the community with paediatrics and managing complex disability across the lifespan.

Jen believes in integrating physiotherapy into everyday life in a way that’s fun, achievable and sustainable.

Jen is a fierce advocate for children and vulnerable people and is inspired every day when she sees her clients’ overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

Nicole Clark

Physiotherapist

Nicole graduated from LaTrobe University, Bendigo in 2020 with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Physiotherapy Practice. Nicole joined The Neuro Practice straight out of university, allowing her to bring her recent experience from university and her various placements to the team. Nicole worked as an Allied Health Professional during her time at university which is where she developed her love for Neurological Physiotherapy alongside her various university placements. Nicole also currently maintains her musculoskeletal knowledge through providing physiotherapy services for a local football team. Nicole loves working with clients of all ages and conditions and is finding that she is becoming increasingly passionate about helping clients meet their goals and increase their functional capabilities.

Jess Potter

Physiotherapist

Jess graduated from Charles Sturt University Albury in 2019 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. Jess started her health career in 2013 as an Allied Health Assistant and has since developed a passion for working in the neurological niche of physiotherapy. Jess moved down to Bendigo from sunny Mildura in June 2021 to expand her physiotherapy experience.

Jess has an interest in all areas of neurological physiotherapy and is devoted to broadening her knowledge within the adult population. She believes developing a rapport and working as a team with her clients is paramount to achieving goals and optimising the clients therapy experience.

Jade Clutterbuck

Physiotherapist

Jade graduated from Monash University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Throughout her various placements across Melbourne and Geelong, she developed a particular passion for Neurological Physiotherapy which she is pleased to continue to pursue having now joined The Neuro Practice team. She is a strong advocate of the importance of patient-centred care and enjoys working alongside clients to develop individualised goals and treatment specific to their varying presentations and lifestyles. Jade has done some volunteer work as a physiotherapist in rural Vanuatu and is currently completing her APPI Clinical Pilates certification in both Matwork and Equipment based Pilates.

Bernadette Strawhorn

Exercise Physiologist

Bernadette, graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Exercise Science/Masters of Exercise Physiology. Prior to joining our team Bernadette has gained experience through working in the community with exercise prescription in DVA, TAC and WorkCover clientele as well as work in occupational rehabilitation and return to work planning. With passion and fresh eyes she has dedicated her time to the realm of chronic diseases and treatment, prevention and maintenance specifically interested in spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and ageing conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Lisa Canny

Office Administrator

Lisa graduated from LaTrobe University , Bendigo in 1995 with a Bachelor of Nursing and nursed for several years, here and in the UK before studying Beauty Therapy at Victoria University in Melbourne – graduating in 2000. She worked in both roles for several years until 2003, when Beauty Therapy took over and eventually resulting in Lisa opening and running her own successful Beauty Therapy business for 15 years. In 2016, Lisa graduated with a Certificate of Bookkeeping and worked for a well known bookkeeping firm here in Bendigo for 3 years. Lisa soon realised she thrives off people contact and since then has taken on the role of Office Administrator. Lisa is the lovely bubbly personality to greet you at our clinic & is more than happy to help you with all your appointment & any specific needs.

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