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About Libby O’Connor

Libby O’Connor (nee Vickers) is the Principal Physiotherapist at Reclaim! Neurological Physiotherapy. She graduated from the University of Queensland in 1993, and while working for Queensland Health in the early years following graduation, she gained a thorough grounding in all areas of Physiotherapy Practice. In 1997 while at the Royal Brisbane Hospital she began to specialize in, and develop a passion for, Neurological Rehabilitation. From 1999-2003 she gained valuable experience working in the United Kingdom at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, The National Hospital for Neurodisability and “Heads Up”, a Private Neurological Physiotherapy practice.

On her return to Australia in 2003, and while working at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (Rehabilitation Unit- Balmain Campus) in Sydney she was awarded titled membership of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (Neurology). More recently Libby has worked as the Senior Physiotherapist in acute and rehabilitation services at the Bundaberg Hospital and has also worked at the Toowoomba Hospital.

In 2013 Libby established Reclaim! Neurological Physiotherapy, based in Toowoomba where she was born and raised. Being a second-generation health professional in the Toowoomba region, Libby has a vast amount of local knowledge and she has established many professional relationships and works collaboratively with specialized treatment providers within the community.

Libby is committed to delivering evidence based interventions, continuously attending courses and conferences and has presented at several state-wide physiotherapy courses. She is a qualified Bobath Therapist. As the result of an identified need in the Darling Downs region, Libby commenced training in vestibular rehabilitation, completing a competency based course and several advanced courses in recent years.

Libby utilizes established outcome measures to determine the effectiveness of her interventions.

About Michelle Vanzella

Michelle is a Physiotherapy Assistant at Reclaim! Neurological Physiotherapy. Michelle completed a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Newcastle in 2002. Upon completion of her studies she was employed by the Department of Human Services in case management and crisis intervention roles in Toowoomba, Townsville and Darwin. Seeking a change in career, Michelle joined Reclaim! Neurological Physiotherapy in early 2017.

Michelle thoroughly enjoys her role as a Physiotherapy Assistant, as she works with patients to achieve their mobility and rehabilitation goals. Michelle works closely and collaboratively with the Principle Physiotherapist to ensure treatment goals are being achieved for each patient. The majority of Michelle’s time is spent within the community, visiting patients at home, assisting with hydrotherapy sessions and community access visits. Michelle is currently working towards her Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (specializing in Physiotherapy) to formalize her skills.