The Team 

 
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Dr Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane

Daniel Lane, BSc DC (UK) DACNB (USA) FFAAFN QEEGD, is The Clinical Director of The Perth Brain Centre. He has over 20 years in private practice and is recognised as a specialist 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. He has specialist training in a number of fields including: Neurofeedback Therapy, Quantitative Electro-Encephalogram (QEEG) Brain-Mapping (board-certified by The International QEEG Certification Board, Diplomate Status) and Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation (completing certification at The Berinson-Allen Centre for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School).

 

 
 
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Alexandra Connolly

Alexandra Connolly, BSc (Neuroscience) is currently Studying a Masters Degree in Neuroscience at the University of Western Australia, after which she plans to complete her Doctorate of Medicine, where she wishes to work in Emergency Trauma Medicine.  Alex's love for the brain led her to pursue independent research outside of her studies, which landed her a research project at Royal Perth Hospital with the Director of Trauma Surgery. She is currently analysing the effectiveness of the 'cervical collar', which is used to stabilise the head of a patient involved in traumatic accidents.

Alexandra is also an Event Health Services Officer with St. John Ambulance, which allows her to perform first aid on people with a range of conditions, such as Pulmonary acute edema, anaphylaxis, strokes and more. At The Perth Brain Centre, Alexandra’s work includes performing QEEG brain scans, and conducting research for publication about the programmes run in the clinics.

 

 
 
Anna Kovacs

Anna Kovacs

Anna Kovacs holds a Degree in Psychology (BA) and a Master’s Degree in Cognitive Science (MSc), specialising in Cognitive Neuroscience from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, in Hungary. Anna has formerly participated with a leading research group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and was involved in sleep research, studying the generation and functional significance of sleep oscillations.

Anna’s main area of interest is the science and practical application of neuroplasticity, the remarkable ability of the brain to change its own structure and function throughout life. She has particular experience and expertise in Biofeedback Training, an evidence-based drug-free treatment for a range of disorders including anxiety, chronic pain, depression and headaches (including migraine).

Anna is committed to delivering state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments for children and adults with an integrated clinical approach.

 

 
 
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Christine Smith

Christine has a Masters of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion at Curtin University. She has worked in early intervention and school aged services in both regional and and metropolitan areas.

Christine’s experience with children and young people is diverse. She has previously worked closely with a speech pathology team to provide early intervention services for Autism in regional areas of Western Australia. She has also had significant experience providing community based therapy services to children and adolescents with vision impairment and other developmental and neurological conditions.

More recently Christine has worked collaboratively to provide chronic pain rehabilitation services for children and adolescents. She has extensive experience working within the Disability Sector and credits this experience as the motivating factor for becoming an Occupational Therapist. When Christine is not working, she enjoys spending her time writing, painting, paddle-boarding and spending time with family and friends.


 
 
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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. 

 

 

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 more than 10 years experience working in private practice in Western Australia (WA). Karley is a specialist in the treatment of brain-based disorders using Neuromodulation therapies and recognised as an expert within the field.

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 spent time in the USA to complete her Fellowship in Trans-Cranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS), 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 also 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’).

 

 
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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).


 
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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.

 

 

Reception

 
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Amber, Debbie, Jessica, Kendelle, Lucy, Nathalie, Robyn and Sally 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.