BGAL Founder & Director
B. Science (Physio)
M. Clinical Physio (Women's Health)
Dipl. Professional Pilates (Rehab)
Level 2 ALA Accredited Lymph Practitioner
The BGAL Physiotherapists work collaboratively within the multidisciplinary team to provide optimal care and best outcomes for women and men going through cancer treatment. We individually tailor our care to achieve patient goals, and base practice on research and broad clinical experience.
Petrina qualified from Curtin University, Perth in 1996. Over 23 years since graduation, Petrina has worked in public and private settings in Perth, the UK and Melbourne. She brings a unique specialist skill set to her oncology consultations, founded upon her comprehensive training as a general physiotherapist. She completed post-graduate Masters in Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women's Health) in 2013 at Curtin University, majoring in the physiotherapy management of Women's and Men's Oncology. Petrina is a sessional lecturer in Oncology for Curtin University post graduate and Notre Dame undergraduate physiotherapy students.
Petrina founded BGAL Physiotherapy 10 years ago. She has over 12 years experience specifically in the physiotherapy management & rehabilitation of breast and gynaecologic cancers. She is passionate about helping people transition to wellness by empowering patients with information and strategies to fulfil their personal goals and needs. She has also been treated for familial breast cancer being diagnosed with the disease in 2007.
Petrina is a level 2 lymphoedema practitioner having completed her advanced lymphoedema training accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association. She focuses her management on breast and upper limb lymphoedema.
Petrina also provides pilates rehabilitation programs for women & men going through cancer treatment. Exercise is centrally important for cancer survivorship and pilates provides a vital step to maximise and integrate rehabilitation outcomes and function.
In addition to Petrina's professional work as a physiotherapist, she is an active consumer representative and is regularly advocating for cancer consumers with various government, research and not for profit charities including BCNA, Breast Cancer Trials Australia, Cancer Australia and Medicare. In her time off, she loves to walk her dog Ebi, swim in open water events, do yoga, travel and attend music and theatre events.
Rebecca graduated from Notre Dame University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2009. She has completed her Master of Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women’s Health) and Level 1 lymphoedema practitioner training accredited by the Australian Lymphoedema Association (ALA) in 2018.
Rebecca has gained a wide range of clinical experience in many clinical areas in both the private and public sectors in Western Australia, England and Scotland.
She has a passion for cancer rehabilitation, with her primary areas of interest including:
· Post gynaecological surgery rehabilitation
· Bladder and bowel incontinence management
· Pelvic pain
· Rehabilitation post breast surgery
· Lymphoedema assessment, education and prescription of lymphoedema garments
Rebecca has sound knowledge of the most up to date medical research and has a deep understanding of and compassion for her patient’s journey through cancer. She is passionate about developing individualised and engaging physiotherapy programs to achieve patient rehabilitation goals and a return to wellness. She is an active member of the WA Continence Physiotherapy Network and the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
‘Off duty,’ Rebecca has many interests and can be found down at the beach, “pounding the pavement”, or having a hit on the tennis court.
Veronica is a Chilean trained Australian Registered Physiotherapist, completing her degree at the University of Chile in 2003.
She has been working in Australia for over 12 years, specifically in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth in both the public and private sector. She has gained an extensive clinical experience and has developed a wide skill base to treat patients.
Veronica is a Lymphoedema practitioner having completed her training accredited by the Australasian Lymphology Association. She has a solid understanding of Oncology and Lymphoedema, with special interest in the breast ca related Lymphoedema. She is also skilled in lower limb Lymphoedema and all the components associated to the rehabilitation process during cancer treatment.
Veronica is passionate about helping others and remains focused on upholding the high standards that patients have come to expect from BGAL. She is an active member of the Australasian Lymphology Association and Lymphoedema Special Interest Group of WA.
When not working, Veronica looks after her two children with all the driving and cooking that involves. She loves travel, reading, cinema and Cottesloe Beach.
Jesse has recently joined the BGAL team and is providing specialist oncology Exercise Physiology services. Jesse’s Exercise Physiology rehabilitation service is unique in that Jesse works alongside the BGAL physiotherapy team to deliver high quality outcome-based exercise programs that are fun, effective and non-intimidating. Her aim is to help people reach their goals and return to their optimum level of function and fitness!
Jesse graduated from the University of Notre Dame with an Undergraduate Bachelor in Exercise & Sport Science in 2012. She then completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in 2013 to attain accreditation as an Exercise Physiologist and received the Academic Award as the Dux of her graduation cohort within the Notre Dame School of Health Sciences.
Jesse has previously worked within WA remote communities as a Health and Wellness Program Consultant to educate people with little to no medical support to achieve optimal health outcomes and improved health literacy & self-efficacy. Jesse is also a sessional staff member of the University of Notre Dame and tutor’s undergraduate students to assess and prescribe exercises for patients with complex care needs (ie. multiple pathologies and co-morbidities). She enjoys teaching the next generation of Exercise Physiologists and finds the role very rewarding role!
When she is not working you can find Jesse training for the Rottnest Solo swim, or exploring the next best café for Brunch!
She is available for Exercise Physiology sessions at BGAL on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Loretta was initially a Registered Nurse who sought further qualifications in Nutrition and Diabetes Education and then completed her Masters in Dietetics to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian, APD.
This qualification enables her to assist people in managing their specific health issues. She has experience in both private and clinical practice. She combines her passion for food with her desire to help people achieve their nutrition goals.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Loretta consults on a broad range of health and dietary issues. She consults with clients in the areas of Oncology, weight loss/ weight gain, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health.
Here qualifications include
Master of Nutrition and Dietetics
· Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education
· Postgraduate Diploma in Human Nutrition
· Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion and Education
Loretta has always had an passion in cooking and nutrition, providing healthy food and treats for her growing family. Loretta looks forward to using this passion and experience providing our clients with the dietetic expertise they need.
Jo comes to the BGAL team with a wealth of high level professional experience in the Education and Administration sectors. She is passionate and committed to playing her part in helping those diagnosed with cancer and is a very valued BGAL team member.