The Team 

 
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Dr Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane, BSc DC (UK) BCN DACNB (USA) FFAAFN QEEGD, is The Clinical Director of The Perth Brain Centre. He has over 20 years in private practice and has a special interest in the treatment of brain-based disorders through the activation of neuroplasticity.

Daniel has completed extensive study within the field of neurological rehabilitation, and has been awarded the title of Diplomate of The American Chiropractic Neurology Board, is certified in Neurofeedback Therapy (Biofeedback Certification International Alliance - Australasia) and is also a Board-Certified (USA) Diplomate in QEEG (Quantitative Electro-Encephalogram Brain-Mapping).

 

 
 
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Deborah Thomas

Deborah Thomas BScOT is an Occupational Therapist and graduated from Curtin University in 1992.

Deborah has more than 25 years experience working with children, adolescents, families, teachers, and the wider community. She has worked both in the private and public sectors in Australia and the United States, in clinical practice and project management. She has presented at conferences and workshops for teachers, fellow allied health professionals and parents on a range of topics, including Sensory Processing, Core and Postural Skills, Neurorehabilitation for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fine Motor Development, Yoga for Tiny Tots, Visual Perception and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Committed and passionate about OT she has also been a tutor at the School of Occupational Therapy at Edith Cowen University Joondalup campus.

 
 

Deborah is a member of The Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology (AAFN), a member of the Australian Pain Society (APS) and is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  She will be completing a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training in March 2018, and will become an accredited Cogmed Working Memory Training coach in 2018. 

Deborah has a particular interest in the neuroscience and neurobiology of sensory processing disorders, anxiety and learning difficulties, and holds a strong belief in the brain-body connection and in neuroplasticity.  She is committed to providing the most contemporary, evidence-based interventions for patients and their families. 


 
 

Emily Goss

Emily Goss (BScOT) graduated from Curtin University in 2002 and the majority of her career has been in the Aged Care and Disability sectors, both in Australia and overseas. Emily is an Occupational Therapist registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  Keen to further OT as a profession Emily has been involved in the supervision and mentoring of OT Students and new graduates since 2003.

Emily was the Project Developer of the Pain Management and Complex Health Project with NFP Amaroo Care Services from 2011 – 2014. The evidence based program provided client centred treatments, for complex chronic pain experiences, with individuals with severe disabilities, the very well elderly and those in palliative care. Emily is a member of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). 

With a belief in life-long learning and the multifaceted brain-body connection, Emily is: a qualified Physio-Chi instructor, practiced in the use of the Stanford University 'Moving Easy Program' for chronic pain; a member of Berkeley UC's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC); and has completed Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training in November 2017.

Many years of her career have been spent working with individuals with memory impairments. Emily's passion in this area has driven her to become: an Ashby Memory Method (AMM) Certified Instructor; a Member of The Society for Arts in Dementia Care; qualified in the use of the Hierarchic Dementia Scale (now the HDS-R) and trained in its application through The Possibility Oriented Approach and to complete training with the Founder of Dementia Care International, Jane Verity, on use of the International IAHSA Awarded, 'Spark of Life' Philosophy. 

Emily has a passion for holistic approaches to health and steering life-long neuroplasticity in positive directions. 

 

 
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Harriet Chan

Harriet Chan, RN MSc GDipEd Cert Med Neuroscience, has over 20 years of experience as a nurse working in Western Australia. She has extensive training and expertise in neuroscience.

Harriet has held a number of senior nurse roles in WA Health including clinical nurse specialist, clinical nurse consultant, and as the Staff Development Educator she was responsible for coordinating the State Post-Graduate Neuroscience Nursing Program for 15 years.

Harriet has worked as a lecturer at Murdoch University teaching the post-graduate certificate in Community Neurological Nursing. She has also delivered a number of blended neuroscience nursing education programs to nurses working in Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria and Indonesia, and is published in a number of research papers in international nursing journals. In addition to her work at The Perth Brain Centre as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Harriet works as a scientific conference convenor at The Australasian Neuroscience Nurses Association and continues her nursing practice in Critical Care Neuroscience. Previously she was employed as a Nurse Consultant (Workforce Development) at The Neurological Council of Western Australia.

 

 
 

Hugo Morandini

Hugo Morandini BSc (Psych) completed his Bachelor of Psychology in his home town of Strasbourg (France).

He has particular interests in clinical neuroscience and neurophysiology and recently completed a Bachelor of Science (Neuroscience) at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he continues to study.

 

 

Karen Lane

Karen Lane, BSc (Nursing) is an experienced nurse with over 25 years in public and private practice. She has worked within a wide range of environments and specialities ranging from Intensive and Coronary Care in Perth to Practice Management in London, UK.

Karen resided in London and later Oxford for over 12 years. During this time she continued to develop her Cardiac nursing skills and successfully managed a number of private health clinics.

Karen returned home to Perth with her family in 2007. Since her return she has completed further studies in Clinical Nursing in Coronary Care through Curtin University whilst employed at Royal Perth Hospital. Karen has certification as a HeartMath Interventions Clinician, is currently completing a Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors and continues to manage The Perth Brain Centre. 

 

 
 

Karley Brewer

Karley Brewer BSc.Chiro, BChiro, DCP is a Senior Clinician at The Perth Brain Centre. She has almost 10 years experience working in private practice in Western Australia (WA). Karley has a special interest in the treatment of brain-based disorders using Neuromodulation therapies. 

Karley completed a double degree in Chiropractic at Murdoch University (WA) in 2008. She then went on to complete post-graduate study in Paediatrics and was awarded a Diplomate in Chiropractic Paediatrics in 2014.

Since then, Karley has pursued a career in Neuromodulation and travelled to the USA to complete her Fellowship in Trans-Cranial Direct Current Stimulation, endorsed by the City University of New York and University of Florida. Karley has also completed training with the Neuro Orthopaedic Institute (NOI Group), world-renowned pain education and drug-free pain treatment specialists. Karley is a Board-Certified (USA) Diplomate in QEEG (Quantitative EEG) Brain-Mapping.

Karley regularly attends Professional Development in Neuroscience including those directed by Dr. Norman Doidge (author of the internationally best-selling books ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’ and ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing’).

 

 

Lynda Gibbs

Lynda Gibbs BScOT GradCertHSErg is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Lynda graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Curtin University, holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Health, Safety and Ergonomics from La Trobe University and has a special interest in neuroplasticity and brain-based disorders.

Lynda has previously worked in the resources sector implementing best practice workplace health and wellness interventions such as stress, mindfulness and mental health workshops and training packages. Lynda has also worked in roles providing support and mentoring for people with disabilities.

Lynda is interested in helping children with emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties and volunteers annually on the Hawaiian Ride For Youth which raises funds to provide counselling support services for youth. She is also passionate about helping adults with stress, depression and chronic illness and uses a holistic, family and client-centred approach.


 
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Sonja Syslo

 

Sonja Syslo, MSc (Psych), is a Psychologist from Vienna, Austria, with international experience and a strong ambition to be a leader in neuropsychological research and the delivery of clinical neuroscience. 

Sonja has completed a degree in Psychology (BSc) and continued to specialise in Cognitive Neuroscience within her post-graduate studies (MSc), at The University of Vienna. She has participated with a leading research team at Ghent University, Belgium, and is currently involved in developing a research project in cooperation with The University of Cologne, Germany.  

Sonja has particular interests in neuroplasticity, neurocardiology and non-invasive treatments for brain-based disorders. She has also completed certification in Heart Rate Variability (HRV) Biofeedback Therapy as a HeartMath Interventions Clinician. Sonja holds registration in Austria with The Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists (BÖP) and holds provisional registration with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


 

Taryn Linacre

Taryn Linacre, BSc (Psych) BPsych GradDip Ed, is a Registered Psychologist and Performance Coach with over 10 years experience.

She has specialised skills in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focussed Therapy. Taryn has trained in a variety of assessment tools including The Human Synergistics LSI-1, LSI-2 and GSI.

Taryn incorporates a multi-disciplinary and holistic approach to therapy and always uses a strengths-based approach when working with clients. As an experienced school psychologist she has particular interests in helping children with anxiety, behavioural and learning disorders. Taryn also has extensive experience helping adults with anxiety, depression and stress-related problems.

Finally, Taryn is also an experienced Performance Coach. She has trained in a variety of assessment tools including The Human Synergistics Lifestyle Inventory (LSI-1, LSI-2 and GSI), an internationally-renowned integrated diagnostic system linked to performance that is used by the majority of the world’s top companies and universities. Taryn works with both individuals and organisations and is passionate about assisting clients reach their full potential.

 

 

Chantelle Sorgiovanni

Chantelle Sorgiovanni BSc MOT has always had a strong interest in neuroscience. She graduated from The University of Western Australia in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Human Anatomy & Biology, and as an undergraduate majored in physiology, neuroscience, science communication and biochemistry. Chantelle has always had a passion for helping people and it was natural for her to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy (OT), and she completed a Masters in OT at Curtin University in 2014, during which time she furthered her studies in neuroscience neurodevelopment, neuropsychiatry and neuroscience. Chantelle has a strong interest in neuroplasticity, improving patient outcomes through education, and specific experience helping those with chronic pain syndromes. She has completed post-graduate training with The Neuro-Orthopedic Institute to further assist patients with chronic pain syndromes. In her own time, Chantelle has a strong interest in health & fitness, mindset development and self-growth, mindfulness and habitual practices that encourage a ‘neuro-fit’ life. 

 

 

Tiahn Shine

Tiahn Shine, MOccThy, is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Miss Shine graduated with a Master in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University in 2016. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Science with her major in Neuroscience. 

Miss Shine has previous experience working in the disability and mental health sectors for both adults and children. In these areas, she has facilitated individual and group activities in both an inpatient and community based setting. Miss Shine has done volunteer trips overseas, working in orphanages in Ghana and Tanzania. She also completed her last clinical placement for occupational therapy in Bali, working with children with disabilities at schools, orphanages and private home visits. 

Miss Shine developed a strong passion in her undergraduate degree for neuroplastic treatments and the power of driving change through a greater understanding of the brain. She loves working with people of all ages and is passionate about mental health. She is a strong advocate for the plasticity of the brain and the innate ability for the brain to heal. 

 

 
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Tiffany Chia

Tiffany Chia, BSc (OT), is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Having grown up in Perth, Tiffany completed her degree at Curtin University in 2007 to follow her passion to help people be the best they can be both physically and mentally. 

She has over 10 years of private clinical experience treating musculoskeletal conditions, upper limb injuries, and pain conditions, as well as lending her skills in the upper limb clinic within Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. In the past she has worked with people of all backgrounds, including musicians, students, professional sportsmen, manual workers, health professionals, elderly adults, and much more. 

Over the years, Tiffany has been actively involved in teaching graduate Occupational Therapists and students in the clinical setting, as well as being guest speaker at various educational seminars and conferences held at Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, and the annual Western Australian Hand Surgery Society Meeting.

Tiffany has a special interest in neuroplasticity and non-invasive treatment for brain-based disorders.  Her passion for helping adults with depression, anxiety, and chronic pain motivates her to learn more about evidence-based techniques for her clients.

 

 

Julia Reynolds

Julia Reynolds BSc (Neuroscience) has just completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Western Australia. In 2017, as part of her degree, Julia completed an internship with the Perth Brain Centre in 2017 and is now back to continue to support the clinical team. Specifically, she is interested in neuro-rehabilitation and sharing knowledge about lifestyle that nurture a healthy body and healthy brain. She plans to continue her studies and complete a master’s degree in occupational therapy. 

 
 

Reception

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Kendelle, Nathalie, Sarah, Tameka and Teagan are an integral part of the team at The Perth Brain Centre working at Reception to ensure the smooth running of the clinic. They look forward to assisting our patients with the scheduling of their appointments and are always happy to answer questions.