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Eyal Bernard

Managing Director, Neuro Physiotherapist, Bobath Practitioner & Vestibular Rehabilitation

Eyal Bernard is the Director and Senior Practitioner at Bespoke Physiotherapy.  He is extremely experienced in the area of Neurosurgery and Neurology.  Eyal has particular expertise in treating clients before and after Back, Neck & Brain Surgery, Vestibular Rehabilitation, MS, Stroke and Parkinson's Disease as well as Acute and Chronic Neck and Back Pain

Prior to opening Bespoke Physiotherapy Eyal was the Allied Health Manager and Senior Neurological Physiotherapist at Melbourne Private Hospital, where he worked alongside many of Australia's leading Neurosurgeons and Neurologist.  He continues to work with many of these specialist, treating and assisting in the Rehabilitation of their patients.

Eyal graduated from the University of Melbourne and found his passion for Neurology while working for the West Wimmera Health Services. Since then he has been inspired and committed to Neurological Rehabilitation, helping his clients reach their goals and maximise their rehabilitation potential. 

He is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the APA Neurology Group and has completed extensive postgraduate training in the Bobath Concept, an approach to neurological rehabilitation that is applied in patient assessment and treatment.

 

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Jane Costello

Senior Physiotherapist & Rehabilitation Pilates Instructor

Jane Costello’s methods personify the bespoke treatment philosophy of this practice, through a passionate attention to detail in addressing the specific needs of each individual client to maximise their rehabilitation potential.  Jane has extensive experience in the area of neurological rehabilitation as both a Physiotherapist and rehabilitation Pilates instructor.

Throughout her professional career, Jane has been inspired to help neurological rehabilitation clients return to their highest level of ability, regardless of their starting level. This includes balance work and a range of recreational and sporting pursuits (modified or otherwise) such as running, cycling, swimming, hiking, and skiing. She is dedicated to helping empower all she works with to return to a feeling of joy in movement and a sense of overall wellness. Jane has found that the combination of Physiotherapy and rehabilitation Pilates can be particularly effective in many patients in achieving these goals.

Jane completed her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) in 2000 at the University of Melbourne and since then as a Physiotherapist has been dedicated to neurological rehabilitation both in Australia and the UK. She has also worked as a Clinical Pilates instructor at many studios in Melbourne, the UK, and in Vancouver, Canada.

Jane started personal Pilates practice in 1998 to manage her own neck pain with such amazing results that she commenced her training in Pilates instruction. She continued her Pilates throughout two pregnancies, and her speedy return to activities such as running, cycling, and skiing, is testament to the benefits of and her commitment to Pilates.

Jane achieved Level 1 Instructor accreditation with the Australian Pilates Method Association in 2003. Since then she has upgraded her Pilates qualifications with a Certificate IV in Pilates Instruction (2008) and a Diploma of Professional Pilates Instruction (2011) with Pilates International. She has also completed Therapeutic Muscle Stretching on the Pilates Reformer in 2011. In 2013 Jane was asked to become a presenter for Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) in Melbourne in 2013 and in 2015 completed her teacher training. She is now a lead presenter of the APPI Equipment series in Melbourne, enthusiastically teaching other health professionals to become high quality Pilates instructors.

Jane is a member and registered instructor of Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) and a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (Neurology group). She is the co-creator and presenter of the physiotherapy course “An Introduction to Pilates for Neurological Clients” run for the Australian Physiotherapy Association since 2009. Jane also volunteers for Disabled Winter sports (DWA) as a qualified adaptive snow sports guide.

Rehabilitation is ultimately about returning to joy in life and Jane works with all her clients to facilitate the steps to get reaching their goals.

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Naomi Hopwood

Neuro Physiotherapist

After completing an undergraduate degree in Physiological Sciences from the University of Oxford, Naomi gained her masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham in the UK. She has worked in both the NHS in the UK and for Auckland District Health Board in New Zealand as well as holding part-time sports physiotherapy and research posts.

Ever since her undergraduate studies, Naomi has been particularly interested in neuroscience and remains passionate about providing the best evidence-based treatment options. She has extensive experience in spinal cord injury and stroke rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis and a wide range of other neurological disorders as well as amputee rehabilitation, orthopaedic conditions and multi-trauma.

Naomi works with each of her clients to build a tailored rehabilitation program which focuses on the individual’s priorities and goals in order to maximise their lifelong potential.

Naomi has recently relocated to Melbourne and, when she is not at work, enjoys escaping the city and finding some nature; whether this is on foot, skis, bike or in the water.

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Stephanie Athanasis

Physiotherapist & Clinical Pilates

Steph graduated from the Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2018. Prior to undertaking physiotherapy studies, she has worked extensively as a clinical pilates instructor, having obtained an Advanced Diploma of Pilates Movement Therapy through the Australian Pilates Method Association (APMA) in 2013.

As well as being a Physiotherapist, Steph has spent the past eight years working as a clinical Myotherapist in Private Practice.

Steph recognised her interest in neurological conditions very early on in her studies and prioritised obtaining as much experience as she could. She was chosen to travel to London to complete an acute neurological placement at St Thomas’ Hospital in 2017, and was fortunate to gain experience at many neurological rehabilitation sites during her studies.

When Stephs not working she enjoys staying active, and typically spends her free time hiking, at the beach or attending Pilates classe