Sophia graduated from Curtin University of Technology with a Bachelor of Science: Physiotherapy in 2009. She started her career working in the WA Country Health Service as the sole public physiotherapist in the Western Wheatbelt. Here she gained valuable experience and confidence providing physiotherapy services to a broad range of patients including musculoskeletal outpatients, inpatient ward-based work, paediatrics and disability services.
Sophia moved back to Perth and started her career in paediatrics working at Ability Centre (formerly The Centre for Cerebral Palsy). It was here that Sophia realised her passion for working with children and in particular in providing rehabilitation for children with neurological conditions. Sophia worked in the School Aged Program, Early Intervention Program and the Country Resource Program gaining a solid foundation of knowledge and clinical skills but also experience in the unique challenges that children and their families face daily in their homes and communities.
Sophia commenced working at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children (now Perth Children’s Hospital) as a Senior Physiotherapist in the iRehab Program. Here she provided intensive rehabilitation for children with sub-acute or long term, acquired or congenital neurological conditions. Sophia led the team in coordinating the management of children who had undergone single event, multi-level orthopaedic surgery. She also provided locomotor training and functional electrical stimulation as part of her treatment programs.
After taking time off to have her baby boy last year Sophia has commenced work at The Healthy Strides Foundation. She is newly inspired to provide children with evidence based, innovative rehabilitation to promote children’s participation and quality of life.