Marissa graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science - Physiotherapy in 2007. She started her physiotherapy career working as a physiotherapist at Royal Perth hospital where she worked for two years. During this time Marissa gained valuable experience working in the areas of acute spinal, spinal rehabilitation and neurology.
From 2010, Marissa continued to build on her in-patient skills working as a physiotherapist in a number of clinical areas at Joondalup Hospital.
Marissa had a passion and interest to work in the field of paediatrics and in 2012 commenced working as a physiotherapist at Ability Centre (formally known The Centre for Cerebral Palsy). Marissa gained experience in providing physiotherapy assessment, management and intervention to children aged 0-18 with cerebral palsy and other like conditions.
In 2014 she completed a post-graduate certificate in Paediatric Physiotherapy through the University of Melbourne. The post-graduate studies reinforced Marissa’s dedication to providing evidence based practice to ensure that the most effective interventions are provided.
In 2014, Marissa commenced her work as a Senior Physiotherapist in the iRehab program at PMH. As such, Marissa has extensive experience in providing activity based rehabilitation to children with a range of neurological and like conditions. This includes the areas of locomotor training and functional electrical stimulation.
In 2016, Marissa commenced her work as a Senior Physiotherapist in the iStride research project (Princess Margaret Hospital and Curtin University - Perth WA).
In 2018 Marissa began working as a physiotherapist at Healthy Strides Foundation.
Over recent years Marissa has taken on the role of Clinical coordinator whilst continuing in her role as a physiotherapist. Marissa has interest in the area of gait analysis and undertaken extra training in this area and is now excited to be part of the team running the new gait analysis lab at Healthy Strides.
Marissa is passionate and dedicated to providing evidence based activity based rehabilitation to maximise a child's ability to participate in everyday life.
Our Early Intervention Therapy is based on the fact that Mobility is a fundamental Human Right and is an essential ingredient for development. We see mobility as the gateway to a child’s overall development - its never just about milestones.