B. Physiotherapy (ND)
M. Clinical Physiotherapy (Women's Health
ALA Level 1 Lymphoedema 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.
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.
B. Science (Physiotherapy)
ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Practitioner
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.
B. Physiotherapy (ND)
Level 1 & 2 ALA Lymphoedema Practitioner
BVSc, MRCVS (Vet)
Diploma Remedial Massage
Berit is an experienced lymphoedema practictioner having worked in the field since completing the Complete Decongestive training with the Dr Vodder school in 2012. After a veterinary career in South Africa and the UK, Berit completed a Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Notre Dame University, furthering her interest and skills in pain, swelling and physiotherapy management post cancer surgery.
Berit supports patient empowerment through education to optimise quality of life, overall wellbeing and management of conditions like lymphoedema and lipoedema. She cares deeply for the wellbeing of her patients, going above and beyond to obtain the best possible result for all who she sees.
Berit is a group facilitator for the Cancer Council Lymphoedema Support Group, providing both health related information and facilitating peer support to help people manage their holistic health needs after diagnosis with lymphoedema.
Berit's personal interests include enjoying cycling, hiking and fishing in beautiful places. She is a very valued and welcomed new member of the BGAL Team.
B. Science (Physiotherapy)
APA Level 1 Women's Health Course
Clinical Pilates Certification
Current Lymphoedema Level 1 Study
Tania graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2004. She has been involved in post graduate Clinical Pilates training both with Polestar Pilates and Stott Pilates and has completed the APA Level 1 Continence and Women’s Health Course. Tania is also a long-term member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Having worked in both the hospital system and private sector, Tania has also run her own business-focusing on exercise-based rehabilitation and ergonomic assessments since 2009. She is passionate about giving her clients and patients the ability to reach their best physical health- focusing on increased self-management of fitness goals, functional fitness and educating patients as to how exercise can enhance mental health and wellbeing.
Tania is able to adapt her patient’s exercise program to focus on specific goals and areas of concern so that each session in individually tailored to what each client needs on that day, whilst remaining committed to long term goals. She is committed to ensuring that the exercise programs also take into account the specific needs and considerations of clients in the midst of cancer treatment and also those clients working on their health and fitness post cancer diagnosis and formal treatment.
When not working or looking after her two children, Tania is a keen runner and loves to take her labradoodle Gus for walks.
BGAL Founder & Director
B. Science (Physiotherapy)
M. Clinical Physio (Women's Health)
Dipl. Professional Pilates (Rehab)
Level 1 & 2 ALA Accredited Lymph Practitioner
Petrina qualified from Curtin University, Perth in 1996. Over 24 years since graduation, Petrina has worked in public and private settings in Perth, the UK and Melbourne. She has brought 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 continues to be a sessional lecturer in Oncology for Curtin University post graduate and Notre Dame undergraduate physiotherapy students.
Petrina founded BGAL Physiotherapy 11 years ago. She has had over 13 years experience specifically in the physiotherapy management & rehabilitation of breast and gynaecologic cancers. Petrina was also been treated for familial breast cancer in 2007 at 31 and has had risk reducing surgery to prevent ovarian cancer.
In addition to Petrina's professional work, she has been an active consumer representative, advocating for cancer consumers for various government, research and not for profit charities including BCNA, Breast Cancer Trials Australia, Cancer Australia and Medicare.
B. Ex. & Sports Science (ND)
Post-Grad Diploma Exercise Physiology
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 Thursdays.
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 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.
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.