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.

 

Susie Potito

Susie Potito

Susie is a senior Physiotherapist, Associate and the Manager at PANDA and works exclusively in the area of paediatrics.  She graduated from University of South Australia with a B App Sc in Physiotherapy in 1995. 

Susie has expertise in early detection, treatment and management of infants and children with congenital, developmental, skeletal and acquired disorders.  Susie also has extensive experience in the management of continence issues in children and also works at the RHH Children's Continence Clinic.

Susie is committed to optimising the movement and function of infants and children through delivering evidence based therapy.

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 both Health and Education.

She has extensive experience in both 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 but continues to work for PANDA in a consultancy role and also working with clients at PANDA one session each month in the area of children's continence. 

Jan Menzies

Jan Menzies

Jan has worked solely in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for over 15 years in both hospital and community settings in Melbourne, Canberra and Hobart. 

Jan graduated from LaTrobe University in 1994 and completed a Masters Physiotherapy (Paediatrics) from the University of Queensland in 2008. 

Jan has experience treating babies to adolescents with congenital, neurological, orthopaedic, respiratory and chronic pain conditions.  She has extensive training in assessing and treating babies and young children with foot deformities and preterm development.  Jan enjoys working in partnership with families, and their caregivers, to maximise a participation in family and community life. 

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

Jane Unwin

Jane Unwin

Jane 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 loves working in community settings with young children and their families.  Jane currently works for PANDA in a consultancy role in the education sector.

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