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Our physiotherapists have been fascinated in keeping up to date with the latest research around rehabilitation after COVID-19. We look forward to assisting people with breathing retraining, returning to their normal activity, and regaining fitness level.Find out more
We are dedicated to providing a wholistic approach to help you through whatever your journey in returning to normal function and improved quality of life. Our one-on-one sessions and group rehabilitation programs are targeted towards your specific goals. You will also receive important education around your condition and gain the tools to best manage and improve your overall health.
It is very important for us to understand your symptoms and how they are affecting your day-to-day life. This way we can tailor a treatment plan focused on your particular needs, and work out exactly what you would like to get out of your time with us. Our physiotherapists have lots of experience dealing with complicated issues and we understand that dealing with health problems can often be overwhelming.
All consultations are conducted in a private and supportive environment, assessments and treatment strategies will be completed at a pace set by you.
You will always start with an individual one on one assessment with one of our physiotherapists. This is a private and confidential session in which we will learn about what has brought you in to see us, and how we can help you. Depending on the reason for your visit we will go through a number of physical assessments which may include listening to your lungs, looking at your breathing technique, walking tests, or assessing your muscle strength and balance.
Once we have completed a thorough assessment and understand what is going on, our physiotherapists will create a management plan with you. We will take the time to educate and explain first and foremost, as we believe understanding and having an active part of your treatment is the most important step. Treatment may involve things such as hands on treatment, guided exercise and a home exercise program. This can be in the form of further individual sessions, or we may suggest taking part in our group exercise programs.
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.
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 specialising 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. Liane’s interests currently 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 interested in breathing disorders in sportspeople and athletes.
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.