Ph.   0478 453 991
NDIS Provider No.   4050031659
 

About Us


At Coast Rehab we are highly qualified and have an extensive range of experience in the field of disability and rehabilitation. We also have extensive local knowledge of facilities and opportunities within the Central Coast Region and pride ourselves on working in collaboration with local care providers and service organisations to maximise intervention outcomes. We welcome referrals from general practitioners, allied health professionals, family members or individuals.


Peta Hardy - Occupational Therapist


Peta is an accredited occupational therapist and director of Coast Rehab.

Peta qualified as an occupational therapist in 1991 at Sydney University and has worked in the disability sector for more than 20 years; including working with children and adults with cerebral palsy and allied neurological conditions at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. Peta is a member of the Australian Occupational Therapy Association and and registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - AHPRA. She is an accredited case manager with the Lifetime Care and Support Authority.

Peta is passionate about developing a quality rehabilitation service on the Central Coast provided by highly skilled professional people with knowledge of local services and resources.



Caroline Ayres - Admin & Accounts


Caroline has lived on the Central Coast for the last 20 years ago, moving up from Sydney to enjoy the ‘coastie’ lifestyle. With a husband and two teenage daughters, life is busy but she enjoys the challenge of learning new skills.

Having worked as a PA for most of her career, recently gaining a Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting, Caroline brings many varied skills to Coast Rehab and has embraced learning all about therapy for people with disabilities and how we help people to achieve a better quality of life and the ability to re-engage in the local community.



Deirdre Flanagan - Occupational Therapist


Deirdre is an accredited occupational therapist who qualified in 1998 from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She has worked in Australia since 2008 and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – AHPRA

Deirdre has extensive experience providing assessment and intervention services for adults and children with neurological conditions. She has a wealth of experience in assistive equipment prescription, complex seating and positioning, pressure care, daily living skills assessment, manual handling, and fine and gross motor skill development.

Deirdre can help with assistive technology for computer access and wheelchair mobility (including manual or powered wheelchairs, scooters, and power add-ons) to help you return to participation in in valued life roles.

Deirdre has also worked as an occupational therapy manager both in Ireland and Australia and is passionate about quality service development and advocacy for the role of occupational therapy in assisting people with disabilities to achieve their goals.



Chrisi McCumstie - Speech Therapist



Chrisi is an experienced Speech Pathologist with a special interest in neurological disorders impacting speech, language and swallowing. Chrisi provides assessment and intervention for adults with neurological disorders, such as stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer's. She is committed to providing client-centred, evidence based intervention to people who are experiencing difficulties with their speech, language or swallowing, and offering support and education to both clients and their families. Chrisi also has an extensive knowledge of augmentative communication systems for people who are losing their speech. Chrisi is a Certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a member of Australian Aphasia Association and Motor Neurone Disease Australia.


Joanne Cini - Dietitian



Joanne is an Accredited Practising Dietitian graduating with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia. Joanne joins our team with over 17yrs of practice and has experience in a wide range of clinical areas including neurology, palliative care, oncology, renal, diabetes, heart health, respiratory disease, gastroenterology, surgical, ICU and food allergy/intolerance. Having worked in both public and private institutions and more recently the private sector she has a good understanding of the health system and extensive experience working within a multidisciplinary team. Her service extends outside of hospital wards to include outpatient clinics, group education programs and community home based consultations. She has extensive experience in neurological disorders such as Stroke, Motor Neuron Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s as well as Rehabilitation and Transitional Care. With a strong interest and background in nutrition support and enteral feeding she will be able to provide our clients with expert advice on meeting their nutritional needs with the assistance of oral supplements and supplemental/PEG feeding. She is focused on providing evidenced based practice and a high quality caring service.


Lesley Twible - Neuro Physiotherapist


Lesley is a neuro physiotherapist with a range of experience in falls prevention, stroke recovery, and supporting people with progressive neurological disorders including Parkinson’s Disease, MS and MND. She is able to assist with setting up physical programs in the home or community settings (eg. local gym) and hydrotherapy programs.

Lesley is skilled in performing work place assessments, manual handling reviews and training for individual support workers.

She is passionate about providing a wholistic approach towards achieving optimal physical function to assist people in the community to achieve their lifestyle goals. When not at work Lesley is engaged in the local surf club and sporting groups where she volunteers with emerging junior athletes. Lesley is a registered physiotherapist with AHPRA.



Suzanne Kenny - Occupational Therapist


Suzanne is a graduate of Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Occupational Therapy) in 1989.

Suzanne has a wealth of experience in wheelchair seating and mobility, complex home modifications, manual handling and prescription of assistive technology. She has many years of experience working with children and adults with physical disabilities.

Suzanne has worked in Spinal, Neuro and Rehabilitation settings. She has a passion for community based therapy and has specialised in seating and complex equipment prescription and pressure injury prevention and management. This includes specialised knowledge of custom moulded seating and solutions for wheelchair users with complex postural support needs and 24 hour postural management.

Suzanne is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Karen Hutchinson - Neuro Physiotherapist


Karen is a physiotherapist who qualified in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1986. She is registered with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - AHPRA. 

Karen has focused her working career on the rehabilitation and education of people living with a neurological impairment and their families. She has worked in many rehabilitation settings within the UK and Australia.  She has been involved in setting up innovative multidisciplinary community neurological rehabilitation teams in the UK and Australia.

Karen has lived and worked on the Central Coast for a number of years and comes to us with expertise in the treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions including stroke, spinal cord lesions, brain injury, MS, MND and Parkinson’s disease. She recognises the complexity of living in the community with a neurological disability therefore takes a holistic approach to therapy.

Karen is very passionate about her area of work and is keen to support you with all your physical rehabilitation needs working towards your specific goals.  



Hollie Holland - Occupational Therapist


Hollie is an occupational therapist who qualified in 2011 from La Trobe University. Hollie has previous experience working with elderly people to assist them maintain independence and safety in the home environment. At Coast Rehab she is able to offer home based assessments to people with injuries and disabilities in order to facilitate independence in daily living. Hollie is able to assess and recommend assistive technology (including seating and wheelchair mobility, manual handling and daily living equipment) in order to facilitate a return to active participation in valued life roles. 

Hollie is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.



Kristin Dickson - Occupational Therapist


Kristin qualified as an occupational therapist in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1986. She has worked in a variety of settings in Scotland, England and Australia in acute care, national assessment centres and rehabilitation centres, including in spinal cord injury and brain injury units. She has also spent many years working in workplace injury management.

Kristin has experience in providing case management services and is an approved case manager with Lifetime Care and Support.

Kristin takes a holistic approach to her work incorporating her varied experience, knowledge and interests, which includes yoga, in the services she provides.

Kristin is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).



Becky McCann - Occupational Therapist


Becky qualified as an Occupational Therapist from Exeter University in the UK in 1995 and has worked in a range of clinical settings including hospitals, workplaces and community in both the public and private sectors.

Becky has extensive experience of assessment and prescription of assistive technology and daily living equipment to improve peoples independence in their home environment and has worked with clients from all age groups.

Becky has more than 20 years’ experience recommending home modifications as an OT both in the UK and Australia and can offer assessment, guidance and advice on modifications ranging from simple rails in a bathroom, to more complex bathroom adaptations, lifts or alterations to access for wheelchair users. Becky has attained the competencies set out by the National Disability Insurance Scheme for providing assessment for Complex Home Modifications for NDIS participants.

Becky is fully registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).



Claudine Glover - Physiotherapist


Claudine graduated in 1998 from Sydney University. She has since worked in a wide variety clinical settings from the acute hospital to the community setting and has worked in Sydney, regional NSW and overseas however has spent the majority of her life living and working on the Central Coast.

Claudine particularly enjoys working with people who are living with chronic, age-related or neurological conditions which may impact on their mobility, fitness, community engagement, participation and hence enjoyment of life. Her approach is client centred – aiming to provide education and therapy that can assist clients achieve their mobility goals in a safe and supported manner.

Claudine’s range of experience includes working with people stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, MND, amputation and a wide range of other conditions. She can provide thorough physiotherapy assessment, individualised therapy programs, advice on mobility within the home including appropriate aids. She can also provide training and education for carers. She values the importance of being part of the expert allied health team at Coast Rehab to facillitate the best outcomes for clients.

Claudine is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).



David Cremasco - Occupational Therapist


David qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2002 from The University of Western Sydney, and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. He has worked across various clinical settings in NSW and the UK, predominately in the areas of rehabilitation and community. David has a strong interest providing intervention for people with neurological conditions and recognises the importance of supporting people to reach their potential.

David offers a range of interventions including assessment and recommendation of home modifications, assistive technology, wheelchairs and seating. He also has experience developing therapy programs to help people strive towards their goals.

 


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