Meet the Team at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo

Alex Galea

Alex Galea

BPhysio APAM

Alex is the Practice Principal of Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo. After growing up in Bendigo, Alex completed his Bachelor of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University in 2010. Alex started, and has continued to work in private practice since. After a year working in Swan Hill, Alex returned to Bendigo to start working at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo. Alex became a practice partner in 2015, before becoming the sole director and practice principle in 2020.

Alex has a passion for Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. His predominant areas of post graduate study include Sports Physiotherapy, Dry Needling, Clinical Pilates, Hydrotherapy and Chronic Pain. He has experience working with various sporting teams and people, at community and elite level. Football, Soccer, Basketball, Cricket and Dance Companies are some of the groups Alex has worked with. Alex continues to assist a number of sporting clubs across Bendigo from year to year.

Since 2015, Alex has spent 1-2 mornings a week working with Bendigo South East College and their Athlete Development Program. This program offers students from year 7 to 10, a complete sports education and training program, which assists students to achieve excellence in sporting and academic fields. Physiotherapy education for these students assists injury prevention and management and Alex is delighted to provide the program his expertise.

Alex has assisted research studies at the University of Melbourne, for management of Osteo-Arthritis, with a particular focus on the Hip joint. This included implementation of specific exercises in line with certain protocols for hip OA management.

Alex has played many sports himself, including football, basketball and soccer. He has experienced knee and shoulder surgeries of his own in the past, so can relate especially well to injury management and rehabilitation on a personal level. Alex’s football days are now behind him and he stays fit by running recreationally. He enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and three young children, loves food, playing the guitar and the Melbourne Football Club.

Danica Lang

Danica Lang

BHealthSci, MPhysioPrac

Danica joined Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo at the start of 2016 after completing her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Danica loves the diversity of physiotherapy and enjoys assisting and treating patients with all sorts of musculoskeletal conditions. In 2020 she commenced further studies and is now in the process of completing a Graduate Certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at La Trobe University.

Outside of work, Danica’s passion is Calisthenics, a dance-based sport which she has participated in for over 20 years. Danica now enjoys instilling a love for the sport in younger participants and coaches at Bendigo Calisthenics Club.

Danica’s background in dance and calisthenics have led her to undergo additional training with some of the leading professionals in the dance Physiotherapy world. Danica has a broad understanding of the physical demands put on dancers, and a passion to help them achieve their goals. She loves assisting dancers in recovery and prevention of injuries as well as conducting pre-pointe and tertiary dance assessments.

Asides from dance, Danica loves a variety of sports and is a passionate member of Body Fit Training Bendigo. She has also put her physiotherapy expertise to use in team sport settings including Australian Rules, Netball, Rugby and Kayaking. Danica has completed her Level 1 APPI Pilates Course, APA Dry Needling Course and APA Sports Level 1.

Cheryl Ludwik

Cheryl Ludwik

BAppSci (Physio), MHlthSci, DipMyofTPTh, PGCertContinence & Pelvic Floor Rehab. APA Continence & Womens’ Health Physiotherapist, APAM

Cheryl is a Women’s, Men’s and Pelvic Health physiotherapist with over 25 years of experience in this field of practice.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy, a Master of Health Science, a Diploma of Myofascial and Trigger Point Therapy and a Post Graduate Certificate in Continence and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy. Cheryl enjoys working with patients who have complex bladder, bowel and pelvic pain conditions and also has a special interest in working with men who are undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.

Jayne Boldiston

Jayne Boldiston (Norton)

BAppSci (Physio) APAM

Jayne loves netball!

She graduated as a Physiotherapist in 1996 from La Trobe University. She worked at Bendigo Health for 4 years, before going to Austin Health to further her experience, working in orthopaedics, cardiothoracics and the spinal unit. Jayne has always been interested in sports physiotherapy so in her spare time she worked as a physiotherapist for State League Netball and the Victorian Men’s Netball teams at national events.

From 2005-2009 Jayne worked at Corio Bay Sports Medicine Clinic and looked after the SEABL team, a GFL team and netballers outside clinic hours. She worked as part of a large sports medicine team which included 4 sports physicians, sports podiatrists, masseurs, myotherapists and many physiotherapists.

Jayne has been working part-time at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo since 2010. She has completed many sports related courses, including Level 1 and 2 Sports Physiotherapy, and is an APA and Sports Physiotherapy Group member.

Jayne was a state level netballer, and still competes as a netballer. She has a great depth of knowledge about the demands of sport, and an enthusiasm for helping all injured sports participants, and the knowledge to get them back to their game quickly and safely.

Braeden Deary

Braeden Deary

BESS, DPhysio (Melb)

Braeden joined Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo at the start of 2018. He first completed a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science at Federation University, Ballarat. This was then followed by a Doctor of Physiotherapy degree at the University of Melbourne.

Braeden is a Bendigo local, completing his primary and secondary education in here, before moving away to complete his tertiary studies.

Braeden is a passionate sports fan, with a specific focus on Australian Rules Football. Braeden played all his junior and senior football at Golden Square Football Club, before playing for 3 years at Ballarat Swans Football Club whilst completing his first degree in Ballarat. While studying at Melbourne University he decided to concentrate on his studies, taking a break from participation.

Since returning to Bendigo Braeden has played Football back at Golden Square, but also tried his hand at Gridiron with the Bendigo Dragons during their 2019 season. In 2021 he is playing football for the Boort Magpies.

Braeden has great knowledge about the demands of a range of sporting activities, and an interest and enthusiasm for helping clients manage sporting injuries and return to sport. He combines his knowledge as a physiotherapist with his training in exercise and sports science.

Braeden has also completed training in dry needling and chronic pain, and uses this as part of his treatment.

Loryn Savoia

Loryn Savoia

BHSc, MPhysioPrac

Loryn joined the Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo team at the start of 2018 after completing her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Loryn is passionate about running, and regularly competes on the professional running circuit with the Victorian Athletics League, specialising in the 120m – 400m events. Sprinting and athletics have led Loryn to have a keen interest in running injuries; as well as optimizing performance, managing training loads and strength and conditioning for sports rehabilitation.

Loryn is interested in pilates-based rehabilitation, chronic pain and is also trained in myofascial dry needling techniques.

Loryn also enjoys playing netball, hiking and camping. She looks forward to helping you keep active, healthy and running at your best.

Kara Normington

Kara Normington

BPhysio APAM

Kara graduated from LaTrobe University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and has since pursued a long term passion, by completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne. Kara has training in musculoskeletal dry needing and is also a certified Pilates Instructor (APPI method). She has experience in both the private and public healthcare settings, and is able to help with issues such as lower urinary tract symptoms, bowel dysfunction, pre and post natal care, sexual pain and pelvic pain. Kara loves to empower people at all stages of life, with the tools to improve their symptoms.

Annalyse Carroll

Annalyse Carroll

BHSC, MPHYSIOPRAC

Annalyse completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences, Master of Physiotherapy at La Trobe in Bendigo graduating in 2014 and has since completed a graduate certificate in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2019. Since graduating Annalyse has worked in private practices and hospitals in the Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Annalyse grew up in Leeton, NSW where she played a range of sports and competed at a state level for Netball. Travelling and working has given her the opportunity to work with local netball teams, Northern Territory Netball teams at a national level, Premier League AFL in Darwin and Rugby Union teams.

Annalyse has completed extra training in DMA Clinical Pilates, dry needling, Sports Level 1 and 2 courses, shoulder assessment and treatment and the McKenzie approach to the assessment and treatment of the lumbar spine. In her spare time she enjoys travelling and adventures, hanging out with her dog Bonnie, playing netball and spending time with her family and friends.

Annalyse Carroll

Remi Kuhne

BHSC, MPHYSIOPRAC

Remi completed her Masters of Physiotherapy Practice in 2022 at La Trobe University in Bendigo. This was following a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2020.

Remi commenced her physiotherapy career in public health where she gained experience across a variety of physiotherapy areas including, respiratory, neuro and orthopaedics. It was Remi’s move into outpatient orthopaedics that intensified her interest in injury management and prevention. This influenced Remi’s career change into private practice, commencing at PCB at the beginning of 2024.

Remi enjoys working with a variety of presentations and enjoys creating collaborative treatment plans for clients to work towards in achieving their goals.

Remi likes to keep active and is an avid sports fan. Remi’s sporting background started as a lengthy list growing up including, netball, basketball, tennis, AFL, athletics and water skiing. Although she remains passionate for all of these sports, Remi has since shortened this list and is now just playing netball at the South Bendigo FNC.

Outside of physiotherapy, Remi enjoys reality TV, playing netball and spending time with friends and family, including her beloved dog, Henry. 

 

Annalyse Carroll

Leah

Leah completed her Bachelor of Applied Science/Masters of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University Bendigo, graduating in 2021.

Leah commenced her career in public health gaining a wide range of experience across the inpatient rehabilitation wards, acute medical/respiratory wards and the Intensive Care Unit. Leah has particular interest in post-operative rehabilitation, geriatric and paediatric care.

Leah has completed additional training to support her career development, including the APA Dry Needling course. Leah enjoys helping people find a way of exercising and participating in rehab that works for them to achieve their goals or return to sport. This includes incorporating strength training, reformer pilates and hydrotherapy.

Outside of work, Leah enjoys watching a variety of sports and is a passionate member of Body Fit Training Bendigo. She loves her 2 dogs, Pip & Percy, very much and will always be willing to tell you about them.

The Admin & Reception Team

Our fantastic admin team are dedicated to keeping Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo running smoothly. They answer the phone, do all the bookings and know the ins and outs of the various claims systems we use – and if they don’t they’ll find out! So if you have any queries please chat to one of them – we’ll do our best to make your experience at Physiotherapy Centre Bendigo a great one.