About Us

PANDA Therapy is a small business consisting of physiotherapists, occupational therapists and support staff. PANDA Therapy's primary area of work is in providing occupational therapy and physiotherapy consultative services in the education sector.

About us

About our Journey

p.a.n.d.a. therapy have been providing therapy services to children in Tasmania since 1997.  p.a.n.d.a therapists work in a number of settings including education, through educational consultancy contracts, and in the private sector.

In the private sector p.a.n.d.a. therapy provides physiotherapy and occupational therapy assessment and treatment for:

  • Infants and young children for a range of neurological impairments and developmental motor delays.
  • Children of all ages with bladder and bowel impairment and difficulties with toilet training.

As our staff primarily work in the education sector we only have the capacity to see a limited number of Better Start, HCWA and NDIS funded clients.  Prior to booking an appointment it is recommended that you email us at info@pandatherapy.com.au to ensure that we are able to deliver the service that you require.

OUR TEAM

Meet our dedicated team members
Lewina Schrale

Lewina Schrale

Lewina is the Principal at PANDA and has a long career in Paediatric Physiotherapy. 

She graduated in 1991 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) degree and since that time has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation at the University of Melbourne (1999) and a Bachelor of Teaching at the University of New England (2012).

She was the first Physiotherapist in Tasmania to be recognised by her professional body, the Australian Physiotherapy Association, as a titled Paediatric Physiotherapist. She is a member of the College of Physiotherapists.

Lewina is committed to her vertical development and is now completing a Masters of Leadership and Management in Education through the University of Newcastle.  

She he is a mother of three, takes her mochas with skim milk to cancel out the chocolate, and has lived locally in Hobart for over 29years.

Capacity building in Education remains her passion, and promoting acceptance of diversity in all its forms. Educational inclusiveness brings with it immeasurable benefits to the student, the student body as a whole, and the broader community.  

Tanikah Ferguson

Tanikah Ferguson

Tanikah is a Senior Physiotherapist and works exclusively in the area of paediatrics.  

Tanikah graduated in 2013 from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has since completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion at the University of the Sunshine Coast. 

She has worked as a Senior Physiotherapist with adults and children in both hospital and community settings including the neonatal intensive care unit, premature follow up clinic and post surgery. She is experienced in providing therapy to babies, children and adolescents presenting with chronic respiratory, congenital, orthopaedic and neurological conditions. Tanikah has a special interest in preterm development and managing developmental delay in babies and toddlers.

Tanikah is committed to optimising the movement and function of infants and children through delivering evidence based therapy. She enjoys working in collaboration with children, educators, families and caregivers to maximise participation in family and community life. 

Tanikah currently works for PANDA in a consultancy role in the education sector. 

Fiona O’Keeffe

Fiona O’Keeffe

Fiona is a senior Occupational Therapist who has been with PANDA since 2000. She also works across both public and private sectors in Health and Education.

She has extensive experience in adult and paediatric rehabilitation and has a special interest in children’s continence, and life skills as part of the curriculum for children with additional needs.

Fiona has recently moved from Southern Tasmania to the beautiful North West. She is committed to promoting the best life and future outcomes for students with diverse educational needs.  

Sue Roberts

Sue Roberts

Sue is a senior Physiotherapist and has worked solely in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for over 25 years in North West Tasmania. 

Sue graduated in 1980 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. 

She is an experienced Physiotherapist who has worked in hospital, school and community settings where she has treated babies to adolescents with congenital, neurological and orthopaedic conditions. She has extensive training in assessing and treating babies and young children presenting with clubfoot and biomechanical difficulties. Sue has also worked as a Physiotherapist and Allied Health Specialist in the NDIS setting. She has a special interest in cerebral palsy, clubfoot and developmental delays.

Sue is passionate about helping children achieve their full potential. She is committed to enhancing the skills and knowledge of teachers to maximise the educational outcomes of students with additional needs. 

Sue currently works for PANDA part time in a consultancy role in the education sector.

Jane Unwin

Jane Unwin

Jane is a senior Physiotherapist and has worked with PANDA since 2017.

Jane is a Cumberland College (Sydney) graduate and completed a Masters of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) at the University of South Australia in 1995.

She has over 25 years of paediatric physiotherapy experience in Darwin, Adelaide and the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. Jane was a lecturer and clinical educator in paediatric physiotherapy at the University of South Australia from 1991-1998.

Jane’s expertise is in neurodevelopmental therapy and she enjoys working in community settings with young children and their families. 

Jane currently works for PANDA in a consultancy role in the education sector.

Kait Swindon

Kait Swindon

Kait is a senior Occupational Therapist and has recently rejoined the PANDA team.

Kait graduated in 1990 from Melbourne's Lincoln School of Health Sciences, La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). 

She is an experienced Occupational Therapist with a long history of working in paediatrics, in particular the sensory motor domain. Kait has also worked extensively in schools and has a strong understanding of the education system and how to optimise student outcomes when they have additional learning needs. 

Kait is committed to improving student educational outcomes and ensuring that the entire school experience is positive and enjoyable for not only students with additional needs, but their educators, families and caregivers as well. 

Kait works for PANDA part time in a consultancy role in the education sector. 

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