Our Team – Allegro Physiotherapy | Geraldton Physio

Our Team

Juanita Penberthy Physiotherapist

Juanita Penberthy

Managing Director

Allegro Physiotherapy prides itself on being truly local. Juanita Penberthy grew up and studied in Geraldton before completing her Physiotherapy degree at Curtin University in 1995. She has worked extensively in private practice in Perth, Geraldton and also the UK. Juanita has been teaching Clinical Pilates for 15 years and is dedicated to continual ongoing professional development to ensure her clients experience the best possible treatments and Pilates sessions. Allegro studio is a dream she realised in May 2014 where her vision of assessing, treating and rehabilitating patients back to normal function and eliminating pain and restriction came to life. Juanita’s husband John worked tirelessly to renovate the studio property at 12 Pollard St to bring it back to it’s former glory.

“At Allegro Physio our philosophy is to serve our clients at a standard they may not have experienced before. We pride ourselves on going the extra mile to assist our clients back to full function and if we are unable to help them we ensure they get the assistance they need. We have highly trained staff who are dedicated to making your Physiotherapy experience extremely positive.”

Juanita believes the environment for rehabilitation requires a lot of planning that will enable patients to perform to their best ability.

“When we were looking for a location for our Allegro Studios, we wanted to be able to provide a space where people would come and know immediately they were in the right space for them. The studios are intimate yet open and light and has an instant calming effect once you walk in the door. People need to feel welcome and safe for effective rehab, it’s important to get our minds tuned before we even begin working on our bodies.”

Apart from Pilates, Juanita also specialises in Vestibular rehabilitation – the assessment and treatment of inner ear balance and vertigo problems. She is also highly trained in treating TMJ dysfunction- Tempero-mandibular joint or otherwise known as the jaw. Painful biting, clicking, clunking, grinding etc are all symptoms of jaw dysfunction. She works very closely with local dentists to co-ordinate patient care when rehabilitating jaw issues.

Rebecca Ellis Physiotherapist

Rebecca Ellis

Physiotherapist

Rebecca joined the Allegro Physiotherapy team in May 2014. After graduating from Curtin University in 2009, she worked in a busy private practice in Mandurah and was also one of the Physiotherapists at Peel Thunder Football Club, where she gained valuable experience in sports physiotherapy. After two years she worked and travelled in the United Kingdom in a variety of areas, after which she returned home to Australia and began work in Geraldton. She enjoys getting the most out of her patients, particularly during pilates classes and is currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. When she isn’t at the clinic she enjoys playing netball, playing fetch with Matilda (the red tan kelpy) and plans to run a half marathon in July.

Tammy Noden Physiotherapist

Tammy Noden

Physiotherapist

Tammy has been involved in the fitness industry for many years, beginning as an aerobics instructor whilst still at high school. Tammy also studied Sports Science prior to gaining her Physiotherapy degree. Still as active as ever, Tammy enjoys trail running, ocean swimming, sailing and yoga. She is a super experienced therapist whose knowledge base and therapeutic skill has been an extremely valuable addition to Allegro Physio.

Amy Wakelam Physiotherapist

Amy Wakelam

Physiotherapist

Amy is a local girl who has moved back to her home town after studying in Perth. Amy finds treating musculoskeletal and neurological disorders rewarding. She is passionate about helping improve her clients quality of life. Pilates and dry needling are techniques she enjoys. Outside of work her interests include keeping fit and healthy and spending time outdoors especially at the beach.

Laura Saldanha Physiotherapist

Laura Saldanha

Physiotherapist

Graduating in 2007 Laura has extensive experience in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal conditions. She has  a keen interest in the management of headaches, neck/low back pain and postural dysfunctions and enjoys helping clients achieve their goals.

Laura also treats a wide range of sporting injuries. With an interest in Triathlons and Functional Strength Training herself, she uses this experience to provide advice on training modifications and return to run plans. Laura has completed high level training in Clinical Pilates and Functional Strength and Conditioning. With this she assists her clients in becoming pain free quickly allowing them to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.

Laura enjoys camping, hiking and surfing in her spare time. She completed her first Half Ironman in Busselton in May 2018 and hopes to compete in another one soon.

Ugyen Namgyel Physiotherapist

Ugyen Namgyel

Physiotherapist

Ugyen Namgyel is an experienced Physiotherapist, graduating in 2011.  He is from Bhutan, a small Himalayan country known as the happiest country in the world.  He has worked mostly in musculoskeletal and neurological areas. He is passionate about this field and plans to do his master studies, specialising in the shoulder and ankle.

He is a professional badminton player. When not working you will find him playing badminton. He also enjoys playing soccer and hiking. 

Grace Rollett Physio

Grace Rollett

Occupational Therapist

Grace is an Occupational Therapist from the UK with a range of experience in physical health, mental health and aged care. Grace has a keen interest working within Age care settings, having personal and professional experience supporting older adults to engage in meaningful occupations at this precious time in life.

In Grace’s spare time she enjoys keeping active by walking, running and swimming. Grace enjoys being creative, spending time sewing and crocheting with friends.

Jay Pan Occupational Therapist

Jay Pan

Occupational Therapist

After graduating from Curtin University in 2018, Jay has worked across a wide range of settings including vocational rehabilitation, hospital, aged care, paediatrics, mental health, and disability. Jay enjoys working within the community as it allows time to develop lasting therapeutic relationships with her clients to promote their ability in achieving their goals. Jay has a special interest in sensory processing disorders and neurological rehabilitation. Outside of work, Jay enjoys keeping fit, brunching, painting and going to the beach.

Samantha Cooper Occupational Therapist

Samantha Cooper

Occupational Therapist

Samantha joined the Allegro Physiotherapy team in April 2019. Sam graduated from Curtin University completing a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. She enjoys working with children with disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and ADHD, to ensure these children get the best possible start in life and thrive towards their potential. Sam has experience working in the areas of aged care, mental health and paediatrics. When Sam is not working with her clients in the clinic or at their schools, she enjoys camping, reading and going down to the beach.

Amy Beer Speech Pathologist

Amy Beer

Speech Pathologist

Amy loves to spend her evenings at the beach watching the sunset, and on the weekends, she enjoys doing all things outside.

Amy is originally from Perth, but moved to Geraldton to help provide equal access to Speech Pathology services to people living regionally.

Amy has a real passion for helping all children find their way to communicate, whether it be verbally, using sign language or with a communication device.

Rebecca Crawford Practice Manager

Rebecca Crawford

Practice Manager

Rebecca joined the Allegro Physio team as Practice Manager in October 2014. Rebecca has lived in Geraldton her whole life, and had previously worked in the finance and construction industries. Rebecca is a mother of 3 children, who are all now at school, which has enabled her to re-enter the workforce part-time. Rebecca enjoys a challenge and is enjoying learning all about physiotherapy and the medical industry. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys going to the gym, playing tennis and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Sharlene Williams Receptionist

Sharlene Williams

Receptionist

Sharlene is a Geraldton girl and has live here all her life, apart from a year spent in Darwin.

She has always enjoyed working with the public and loves being with people. Prior to starting in her role at Allegro in 2015 she was a Personal Trainer for 5 years. She has a keen interest in health and fitness and is married with 3 beautiful children.

Sharlene’s hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, camping, fishing, being at the beach, travelling, reading, cooking for people, seeing new bands, walking, and of course, Pilates and yoga.

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