Dillon-Fagan

Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2000, receiving the University of South Australia Medal and also the Alumni Gold Medal, awarded for both outstanding academic merit throughout all years of an undergraduate degree and for the most outstanding final year of an undergraduate degree.

At age 17, Kate wasn’t really sure what she wanted to do as a career. She had an interest in the human body and biology as well as keeping fit and healthy.  Physiotherapy seemed the natural choice and 21 years later, she still loves working as a clinician, meeting new people, hearing their stories, identifying their challenges and most of all, working closely with them to achieve their goals.

Following university, she was fortunate enough to secure her graduate year at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre working across a range of clinical areas. Keen to travel, Kate spent the following year in Europe and worked as locum physiotherapist in hospitals across England. On returning from overseas and after being inspired by working in neurological rehabilitation, she joined a well-regarded private neurophysiotherapy practice in Adelaide.  During the next four years, she also worked as a clinical educator for the University of South Australia, supervising undergraduate students at Flinders Medical Centre.

After completing the required seven years of experience in neurological physiotherapy, she undertook the path to becoming an Australian Physiotherapy Association Titled Neurological Physiotherapist in 2008.For the past 21 years, Kate has enjoyed working in the area of neurological physiotherapy and undergone extensive, accredited training particularly in the area of vestibular (dizziness and balance) rehabilitation.  

Kate’s treatment philosophy is educate, assist, empower, achieve and outside of work, she loves the simple things in life. Walking, swimming, cooking, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Kate’s areas of interest include:

  • ​Dizziness- BPPV, vestibular neuronitis, labyrinthitis, Ménière’s Disease, acoustic neuromas, SSCD, PPPD and cervicogenic dizziness.
  • Falls and balance problems
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Functional Neurological Disorders
  • Gillian Barre Syndrome
  • Acquired brain injury

Fun fact: I did a solo skydive many years ago…. I was able to land the parachute myself but did end up a fair distance from the target, in a field across the other side of a main road (thankfully without any broken bones)!