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Thoracare Subiaco provides expert physiotherapy care for some of your body's most vital functions. In conjunction with our highly skilled team of compassionate thoracic surgeons and specialists, at St John of God Subiaco Hospital, we provide inpatient and outpatient physiotherapy services for acute and chronic chest conditions. Our services assist with respiratory illness, dysfunctional breathing and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation, together with exercise programs following both thoracic and abdominal surgery.
Liane was born in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa and graduated at University of Cape Town in 1986 with BSC Physiotherapy. She immigrated to Perth with her family in 1999 to start a new adventure. Liane’s background is private practice, where she ran a team of physiotherapists who serviced acute respiratory, cardiac surgery and neurosurgery, as well as outpatient rooms specializing in spinal, musculoskeletal, sport injuries and rehabilitation. The practice was involved with State track and field athletes, as well as the Durban World surf life-saving Championships in 1999 and the Vets World Track and Field in 1997. Currently Liane’s interests lie in treating breathing pattern disorders, hyperventilation syndrome and inspiratory muscle training in clients with a history of chest problems or unexplained breathing disorders. She is also interesting in breathing disorders in sportspeople and athletes.
Jen Douglass has been a part of the Thoracare team for 8 years and is currently working with both outpatients and inpatients. She is currently the inpatient physiotherapy coordinator on the general medical and respiratory wards. Jen completed her degree at Curtin University, and has worked predominantly in the areas of cardio-respiratory, cardio-thoracic and inpatient rehabilitation. These are her main areas of interest, in which she enjoys gaining further experience and knowledge by working in an outpatient setting. She has also completed some further training in rehabilitation of dizziness and balance issues. Outside work Jen enjoys spending as much time as she can with friends and family.
Lucinda completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) through WAIT and went on to do her post Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Physiotherapy at Curtin University, in which she achieved a distinction. She started her career working at Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital for 3 years in inpatient physiotherapy, and also has 25 years’ experience in Private Practice. Currently Lucinda works with inpatient’s at St John of God Hospital where she has been for several years now. Her areas of interest lay in gerontology, respiratory, oncology and palliative physiotherapy care. Outside of work Lucinda loves spending time with family and friends, especially with good food and wine. She enjoys most outdoor activities, especially cycling, hiking and tennis.
Cheryl completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy at Curtin University. Since graduating, Cheryl has mainly worked in an acute care inpatient setting in hospitals. She has a genuine interest in assisting patients presenting with both acute and chronic conditions in a supportive, and professional environment. Growing up in Malaysia, she is able to communicate fluently in Mandarin and is able to understand Bahasa Malaysia. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys going for walks, reading, and looking after her plants, though her thumbs are more often brown than green.
Stella completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) through WAIT, which is now Curtin University. Stella has worked in both the public and private healthcare sectors, locally and in the UK. She has extensive hospital based experience in a broad range of acute medical and surgical specialties, and in rehabilitation. She has also worked in oncology and palliative care. Her main interests are post-surgical care, rehabilitation, gerontology and patient education. Stella finds enabling people to regain independence following surgery, illness or injury very rewarding. Time outdoors is enjoyed when not working. Together with friends and family camping, bushwalking, at outdoor cinemas and festivals, or simply sharing a meal.
Bernie Somers is one of our inpatient physiotherapists and has been with Thoracare Physiotherapy for 19 years. He has always been very interested in the treatment of people with Cardiac and Respiratory conditions. He obtained his degree in Physiotherapy at the Western Australian Institute of Technology (Curtin University) and has worked in a number of Acute Care hospitals both in Australia and overseas. He also has a special interest in Sleep and the assessment and treatment of patients with Sleep Apnea. His personal interests include gardening and travelling to London and other exotic places to spend time with his grandchildren
Beth completed both her Master of Physiotherapy and Bachelor Science in Exercise, Sport and Rehabilitation at Curtin University. Since graduating Beth has worked mainly as an inpatient physiotherapist with experience in both sub-acute orthopaedic rehabilitation and acute medical settings. Beth has a genuine interest in intensive care and post-surgical populations and is passionate about positively motivating patients through the use of her professional knowledge, sunny disposition and personal rehabilitation experiences. Outside of work Beth enjoys the beach, being outdoors, and is a keen open water scuba diver.
Chantelle completed her Physiotherapy degree at AUT University in New Zealand in 2011. Since then, she has worked in a wide range of settings including public and private hospitals, outpatient clinics, Aged Care Facilities as well as working closely with the indigenous communities in the Pilbara. She has acquired a range of clinical knowledge for neurological, surgical, medical, respiratory, orthopaedic, paediatrics, musculoskeletal and cardiac care. She is passionate about the benefits of exercise and education to empower patients in the self-management of their acute and chronic conditions throughout the life stages, believing in the power of knowledge. She strives to provide a holistic approach to her care and improving quality of life. Outside of work Chantelle is passionate about keeping fit and active. She enjoys the great outdoors, running, cycling and swimming. She also loves spending time with her husband and two very busy kids, going to the beach, camping and walking with their two Jack Russell's.