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Meet Physiotherapist Fiona
Fiona Trendos, Physiotherapist
What are your professional interests/specialities?
My field of expertise is Vestibular Rehabilitation and I enjoy working with people with a variety of Vestibular Disorders ranging from peripheral disorders such as BPPV to central disorders including concussion and cerebellar dysfunction. I have advanced training in the assessment and management of vestibular conditions and I use Infrared Goggles to assist with more accurate diagnosis. I have also been a Neurophysio for many years and enjoy helping people with a variety of neurological conditions. I am also keen to educate the public and my colleagues about the world of dizziness!!
Tell us, where are you from and how did you get to be a Physiotherapist in the South West?
I am originally from Perth and graduated from Curtin School of Physio in 2002. I then worked in the public health service at SCGH and the NHS in the UK before moving into private practice 8 years ago in the northern suburbs of Perth. My husband is originally from Manjimup and my parents split their time between Perth and Yallingup so as a family we have always spent a lot of time in the South West and we love all the landscape has to offer in this area.
A chance discussion with Dr Latif Kadhim (Bunbury ENT) about the need for Vestibular Rehabilitation services in the South West sparked the establishment of my Vestibular Clinics in Bunbury four years ago. Things have grown from there and when the opportunity arose to do more in the South West well we jumped, packed up our life in Perth and headed south. Now excited to be around more to help the dizzy folk of the South West regain their balance!
What do you love about the South West?
We love the lifestyle Down South has to offer – slower, laid back and just friendlier! We are also keen to establish a more sustainable, simpler way of living which we can’t do in the city. We also love all things outdoors from cycling, bush walking, mountain biking, surfing and the list goes on and the South West delivers on all of it.
Did you always want to be a physio?
No, I always wanted to be either a forensic pathologist or a lawyer but then I injured my hamstring playing sports and met a pretty awesome physio who fixed me up. I thought this would be a pretty great job to do and it was science based which always interested me. Funnily enough I didn’t end up liking musculoskeletal physio after all that and ended up treating people’s brains and ears instead!
What is your passion?
My professional passion is to educate about dizziness and balance as they are often “invisible” conditions but affect people’s lives drastically. I love going to Neuro-otology conferences and spending time in other Vestibular clinics so I can keep learning and help clients the best I can.
My personal passion is the environment and actively get involved where I can to protect the environment and impact climate change.
When you aren’t working, where will we find you?
Swimming in Yallingup Lagoon or drinking coffee or usually both!