Meet the team behind Perth Dizziness and Balance Clinic
Perth Dizziness and Balance Clinic: An Expert Team of Vestibular Physiotherapists
The physiotherapists working at Perth Dizziness and Balance Clinic are all certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation. They have all completed competency based training with world renown expert Prof Susan Herdman. All our therapists have established their expert clinical skills with comprehensive tertiary health care experience.
KATE WISBEY | SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Kate Wisbey is a Senior Physiotherapist with extensive experience in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation. She has worked in the tertiary healthcare setting for over 17 years and has been developing her expertise in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation for over 10 years. Kate completed her initial training in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation in London at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She has further developed her skills by completing post graduate training courses.
Kate plays a strong leadership role in her profession, as a Senior Physiotherapist in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation and regularly provides education to her colleagues at the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Kate has a special interest in the assessment of dizziness, complex BPPV, Meniere’s disease, chronic subjective dizziness, falls prevention and balance rehabilitation.
DEBORAH CRAWLEY | SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Deborah Crawley is a Senior Physiotherapist with extensive experience in Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation. She has worked as a physiotherapist for over 15 years, with vast clinical experience gained in Perth and the United Kingdom. Deborah has been providing expert Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation to patients within the tertiary healthcare setting for the past 8 years. She has also held a senior role in Neurosurgery and Brain Injury rehabilitation and is experienced in complex balance rehabilitation.
Deborah has completed postgraduate training courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She is committed to the development of her profession and has been providing education to her peers through presentations on Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation for the past 5 years. Deborah’s particular interests lie in the assessment of dizziness, complex BPPV, rehabilitation following head injury and balance rehabilitation.
SOPHIE COATES | SENIOR PHYSIOTHERAPIST
Sophie Coates is a Senior Physiotherapist who has championed the improved management of vestibular patients presenting to hospital. This is through her role as a physiotherapist in the Emergency Department where she is still involved as an Advanced Scope Practitioner.
Sophie has been practicing physiotherapy for 10 years and for over 6 of these, has been providing expert assessment and treatment of patients presenting with vestibular problems to the ED. She has gained extensive experience of vestibular education her regular contributions to both physiotherapy and doctor teaching programs within the tertiary healthcare setting and through her work with postgraduate physiotherapy students at UWA. Sophie’s comprehensive experience of vestibular disorders has come not just from the ED, but also from work in the hospital outpatient setting and from treating vestibular patients at a private clinic since 2010.
Sophie’s special interest is in complex BPPV, acute onset dizziness, cervicogenic dizziness, and balance rehabilitation with a focus on high-level balance and a return to sport.
PRESENTATIONS BY THE PDABC TEAM
2014 Australia Physiotherapy Association, Professional lecture: Central Vestibular System Anatomy and Physiology
2014 Australia Physiotherapy Association, Professional lecture: Assessment and Management of Central Vestibular Disorders
2014 UWA Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation Presentation: Introduction to Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
2013 Australia Physiotherapy Association, Webinar Lecture: Deciphering Dizziness
2012 Australia Physiotherapy Association WA Branch Biennial State Symposium: Deciphering Dizziness
2011 Ear Science Institute Australia, Hearing Awareness Week Seminars: Vestibular and Balance Physiotherapy
2011 Australia Physiotherapy Association, Professional lecture: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Dizziness
2011 Australia Physiotherapy Association, Professional lecture: Vestibular Physiotherapy
2011 UWA Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation Presentation: Introduction to Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
2010 UWA Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation Presentation: Introduction to Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
2009 Australian Physiotherapy Association Level 1 Vestibular Rehabilitation Course: Co-presenter
2008 UWA Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation Presentation: Introduction to Vestibular Assessment and Treatment
2005 Australia Physiotherapy Association WA Branch Biennial State Conference: Exercising in the Neurological Population
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia, Intouch Magazine, Issue 2, 2012 Vestibular Disorders: deciphering the dizzy patient.
Rehabilitation, Aged and Continuing Care Directorate, Department of Health. Pilot Investigation: Screening of Patients referred to Specialist falls Clinic in the East Metropolitan health Service for Vestibular Dysfunction. March 2004. Project team Associate Professor John Buchanan, Kate Wisbey, Melita Field.