Akiko Hayashi


B. Science Physiotherapy (Curtin)

Current Study: M. Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Women's Health)

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.

B Sc (Physiotherapy), BSc (Sports Science)

Member of The Continence Foundation of Australia

Member of The APA


After graduating from Curtin University in 2007, I have worked in both the public and private sector in Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle, and Perth. I am currently completing a Masters of Clinical Physiotherapy (Continence and Pelvic Health) at Curtin University. 


Through my clinical and personal experiences, I developed a special interest in Women’s Health. I enjoy working in Women’s Health because we can make a big difference in women’s quality of life by making small changes. I tailor and focus treatment, facilitating patient’s self-management, and building up their confidence based on their needs and goals. 


Outside work, I enjoy yoga, tennis and travelling. I am busy with driving my two children to/ from sporting activities

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Veronica Acuna


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.

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Rachael Dodds


Rachael Dodds

BSc. (Physiotherapy)

PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Certification

Since completing her Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University in 2012, Rachael has worked in the private practice setting as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor. She has extensive experience in treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries and guiding post-operative rehabilitation. Rachael is a certified PINC & STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation physiotherapist and is passionate about improving the strength, quality of life and sense of wellbeing of people diagnosed with cancer.


Rachael runs the exercise rehabilitation classes at BGAL, providing individualised programs specific to her patients’ needs. She is also available at BGAL for pre- and post-operative appointments following breast surgery as well as musculoskeletal physiotherapy assessments and treatment. Rachael is well placed to help patients experiencing tightness, reduced range of motion, muscular weakness, joint/soft tissue pain and fatigue following cancer surgery and treatment. She uses a combination of hands-on treatment, education regarding self-management strategies and exercise prescription to support and empower her patients to regain their maximal function and wellness. With experience working in elite level sport and as a competitive triathlete herself, Rachael can also provide guidance to those wanting to progress back to higher level activities and sports.


Outside of work, Rachael loves swimming, cycling and running and also enjoys travelling and spending time in the outdoors with her husband and White Swiss Shepherd.


Berit Jardine


B. Physiotherapy (ND)

Level 1 & 2 ALA Lymphoedema Practitioner


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. 

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Petrina Burnett

BGAL Founder & Director

B. Science (Physiotherapy)

M. Clinical Physio (Women's Health)

M.B.A. (Leadership & Innovation)

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 12 years ago. She has had over 14 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.

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Loretta Byrd


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.

Hana Zaoralova & Gillian Theobald

Administration Assistants

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