Spotlight on our Health Professionals

Royal Rehab Private Hospital:

Natalie Di Donato
Physiotherapist (BHlthSc, MPhty)

Natalie graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and went on to obtain a Masters of Physiotherapy with Distinction. Natalie has been working at Royal Rehab Private Hospital since 2015 and enjoys the diversity of working within a mixed rehabilitation population. She has a particular interest in neurological rehabilitation including stroke, traumatic and acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, and Parkinson’s disease. Natalie is trained to provide PD Warrior®, a physiotherapy-specific program for people with Parkinson’s disease. She is excited to be undertaking training for robotic exoskeleton EksoNR for gait and mobility training. Natalie loves the collaborative nature of working closely with other health professionals and providing a holistic approach to patient care.

Shiva Tootoonchi Tabrizi
Registered Nurse (Bnurse, Onc)
Clinical Care Coordinator

Shiva completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing with Distinction in 2018 from the University of Tasmania and has since gained extensive experience working at Royal Rehab Private Hospital looking after a variety of patients with complex neurological and neurodegenerative disorders, the post-operative management of orthopaedic surgeries such as joint replacements and spinal decompressions, as well as spinal cord injuries. With a special interest in post-operative and chronic wound management, as well as implementing evidence-based practice, Shiva strongly believes in delivering individualised and holistic care. She enjoys working collaboratively with other members of the multidisciplinary team at Royal Rehab Private Hospital in order to achieve the best possible outcome for patients.

MetroRehab Hospital:

Madelaine Turner
Social Worker (BSocWkSocPg)

Madelaine obtained a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Planning from Flinders University in Adelaide, graduating in 2016. Having a deep interest in social work, Madelaine worked in Crisis Respite in Adelaide, a mental health program, and also in disability, mainly working with children with cerebral palsy. A sea change saw Madelaine move to Sydney and she currently works as a social worker at MetroRehab Hospital. Madelaine is a valued member of the team as she supports patients, their families, and carers, during admission and in planning for discharge from MetroRehab Hospital.

Alessia Apostolopoulos
Physiotherapist (BExSc, MPhys)

Alessia graduated from the University of Technology Sydney in 2017 with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and went on to complete her Master of Physiotherapy. Alessia is passionate about working in rehabilitation within a hospital setting so it worked out perfectly when she completed her student placement at MetroRehab Hospital. In February 2020, and upon graduation, Alessia commenced full-time employment at MetroRehab Hospital as a physiotherapist and continues to enjoy assisting various patients through their rehabilitation journey. Alessia is particularly interested in working with various stroke and neurological conditions and is passionate about helping people reach their goals.

Patricia Barnes
Nursing Assistant (Certificate III in AIN)

Patricia graduated from Kingswood TAFE in 2017 with a Certificate III Assistant in Nursing. During her studies, Patricia completed her student nursing placement at MetroRehab Hospital where she gained invaluable experience, and before too long, started working at MetroRehab Hospital full time. Patricia prides herself on helping patients reach their person-centred recovery goals and draws on her empathy and compassion to lead her in her practice. She finds it especially rewarding to watch the evolution of a patient’s recovery journey. Additionally, Patricia recognises the value in teamwork and very much enjoys the excellent teamwork and collaborative nature of MetroRehab Hospital.