Leia Barnes

Vestibular Physiotherapist

Leia graduated from the University of Queensland in 2005 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She excels clinically in vestibular conditions and runs our dizziness clinic.

She has worked in many areas of rehabilitation and neurological physiotherapy, including acute stroke units, vestibular clinics and specialist Falls and Balance Clinics. Leia furthered her knowledge in Neurology and Aged Care by completing a Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation (2012) through the University of Western Australia.

Leia has attended an exam-based course in Vestibular Rehabilitation conducted by Susan Herdman (2010), as well as an advanced vestibular training course in Phoenix, USA. Leia is passionate about delivering quality vestibular services to those who are dizzy or imbalanced, and has shared her knowledge by conducting teaching to Physiotherapists, Audiologists and Emergency Doctors on the management of vertigo. Leia also coordinates the Gold Coast Vestibular Network Dinner which serves to unite professionals who also share an interest in vestibular disorders. She is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and APA Neurology Special Interest Group.

Leia uses infra-red video technology to provide a thorough vestibular assessment to determine the likely cause of dizziness/vertigo and delivers an individualised treatment program to minimise these symptoms.  She maintains strong links with many Gold Coast ENT Surgeons and collaborates with family Doctors to ensure her client’s goals are addressed from every angle.

Client feedback
“She is so warm and friendly and most of all makes me feel safe. Vertigo is a very scary thing. Leia is always kind to me and she is extremely knowledgeable in explaining everything thats going on with me and what she is doing with my treatment. I am so very grateful.”