Elevate Neuro Rehab sunshine coast
Meet your rehab team
Holistic, person-centred approach to care
DIRECTOR / CLINICAL LEAD ADULTS
BSc Occupational Therapy
Since graduating from Curtin University in Western Australia in 2013, Effie has spent her career developing knowledge and skills in the field of neurological rehabilitation. Effie has worked across the public and private health sectors in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland, helping young and older adults regain independence following neurological injury.
Effie moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2017 and prior to founding Elevate Neuro Rehab (previously known as Coastal CIMT) with her long-time friend Kirstin, worked as the Senior Occupational Therapist on an inpatient rehabilitation ward.
Effie strongly believes that all people living with neurological conditions should have access to innovative and evidence-based therapies – a vision that led to the establishment of Coastal CIMT in late 2019. Effie is highly skilled in upper limb and complex neurological rehab and while she comes with a calm and compassionate nature – she’ll certainly push you to reach your potential.
Effie is passionate about continued learning and when she’s not hard at work with her clients she focuses her energy toward teaching other clinicians.
Effie understands that your rehab journey doesn’t stop at hospital discharge, and she is here to support you in the long haul to get back to doing the things you love.
Outside of the workplace you’ll find Effie in the garden or with a book in her hand and her dog Storm by her side.
Effie offers the following services:
- Neurological upper limb assessment and rehabilitation
- Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (Adults)
- Electrical stimulation and biofeedback training including ETS (EMG triggered stimulation) for the rehabilitation of paralysed or weak muscles
- tDCS – transcranial direct current stimulation (brain stimulation for stroke recovery)
- Hypertonicity management, including pre and post botulinum toxin assessment and management
- Home environment assessment and modification
- Basic and complex assistive technology assessment and prescription
DIRECTOR / CLINICAL LEAD PAEDIATRICS
BSc Occupational Therapy
Graduating in 2013 from Curtin University in Western Australia, Kirstin has since acquired a range of clinical skills in paediatrics, neurorehabilitation, mental health, acute care, and community-based practice. Kirstin also had the incredible opportunity to practice in England where she found her passion in upper limb neuro rehab. This formed a strong foundation for developing into the diverse and well-rounded therapist she is today, treating both adults and children with neurological conditions.
Kirstin founded Elevate Neuro Rehab in 2019 alongside her long-time friend and colleague, Effie. They established Elevate Neuro Rehab (previously known as Coastal CIMT) to develop a much-needed allied health neurorehabilitation service on the Sunshine Coast. A service dedicated to people requiring upper limb rehab in addition to physical rehab, delivered by clinicians with years of knowledge and experience working in neuro rehab.
Kirstin recognises the vital importance of using our hands and arms in everyday activities and the devastating impact a neurological condition can have on this. Kirstin has a positive, can-do attitude and approach. She is passionate about working with people of all ages to realise their potential, build their confidence and reconnect vital neural pathways between the brain and hand.
After training in adults constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT), children’s modified CIMT and bimanual training, Kirstin now focuses her skills working with children with hemiplegia (often with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy). Kirstin continues to treat adults with neurological conditions and enjoys working with people across the lifespan.
Kirstin moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2019 for the outdoor lifestyle and for her love of nature and the ocean. When not at work you can find her playing sports, reading, hiking, enjoying the beach, camping, and spending time with her four-legged best friend Luna.
Kirstin offers the following services:
- Constraint Induced Movement Therapy/ CIMT (Adults)
- Paediatric mCIMT (modified Constraint Induced Movement Therapy) for children
- Bimanual training for children with hemiplegia
- Goal-directed training (for helping clients achieve their goals such as dressing, feeding, preparing meals, toileting, tying shoelaces)
- Electrical stimulation including ETS (EMG triggered stimulation), and FES (functional electrical stimulation), for the rehabilitation of weak muscles
- tDCS – transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
- Home modifications
- Complex and basic equipment prescription
- Certified clinician in the Assisting Hand Assessment (AHA)
- NDIS reporting
- NDIS Assistive Technology applications
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST / Paediatrics
Graduating from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 2018, Danielle has focused her career on developing knowledge and skills within the Paediatric setting. Whilst living in Melbourne, Danielle worked with children of 0-18 years in Victoria’s largest hospital, gaining invaluable experience within a variety of settings including; the community, hospital-based acute and rehabilitation care. During this time Danielle also gained experience working with a variety of diagnoses from global developmental delay, to autism spectrum disorder, to cerebral palsy.
Danielle thoroughly enjoys working with children of all ages and seeing them achieve their goals. Danielle also enjoys helping the family of children to feel more confident in the support they are providing their child by upskilling families at the same time.
Danielle has always had a passion for working with children. Prior to and during studying Occupational Therapy, Danielle worked within a school for children with autism spectrum disorder where she developed her skills in behavior management and assisted with interventions targeting self-care goals. Danielle also had the opportunity through her studies to go to Broome and assist with the set-up of an Occupational Therapy service in a primary school to assist staff and students with fine motor, self-care, attention and routine based goals.
Alongside working at Elevate Neuro Rehab, Danielle also works part-time within the Department of Education helping children access, participate and engage to the best of their best abilities within the school environment.
Danielle moved to the Sunshine Coast in 2021 to be closer to her partner’s family and leave the Melbourne weather behind! Outside of the workplace, Danielle spends her time training for her next running or triathlon event or exploring new places on the weekend.
Danielle offers the following services:
- Upper limb therapy includes tone management, bimanual therapy and constraint-induced movement therapy.
- Goal-directed therapy to assist with functional goals such as self-care (e.g., dressing, toileting and feeding)
- School readiness skills, e.g., writing, cutting, routine and attention.
- Simple equipment prescription (e.g., modified cutlery, toilet step, etc).
Jill is an experienced physiotherapist with over 20 years working across a multitude of settings including both Public and Private Hospitals, Private Practise and Community within Australia and the UK. The majority of this has been within the rehab sector and over the years Jill has developed a passion for this, with a special interest in stroke rehabilitation. She has worked at both acute and rehab stroke units in the NHS (UK) and rehab hospitals on the Sunshine Coast.
She has also completed ongoing continued education throughout her career. Her most recent studies have seen her become a certified APPI Pilates teacher and qualified Dry Needling Therapist which she is looking forward to incorporating within her scope of practice.
Jill is passionate about personalising your potential by building strong relationships with her clients and working together to achieve their goals.
Outside of work she is a busy wife, mum to 3 boys and a border collie. She enjoys travelling, camping and caravanning, spending time as a family, swimming and hockey.
ALLIED HEALTH ASSISTANT
Ellie is currently studying Occupational Therapy at the University of Sunshine Coast and loving every minute of it. Ellie was drawn to pursue a career as an OT through her previous employment, where she worked alongside OT’s in custom building equipment for people with disabilities. During this experience, Ellie visited spinal units and rehab centers, and this is where she found her passion for helping people shine through.
When Ellie’s not at work, she loves to spend her time outdoors, at the beach, travelling and practicing yoga.
Storm is our most experienced occupational furapist. He is an expert in providing affection and putting therapy equipment away. When not at work Storm enjoys sunbaking and chasing bush turkeys.