Meet Daniella – Rocky Bay Physiotherapist with a focus on paediatrics

Jul 23, 2020


Did you know Rocky Bay has a dedicated physiotherapy service in Mandurah that focuses on paediatrics?

Rocky Bay Physiotherapist, Daniella Stoch, is a physio whose focus area is paediatrics and is based at the Mandurah hub three days a week, and in Ascot two days a week, providing services from early childhood intervention to the youth age group.

The services provided include:

  • Assessment and intervention such as hydrotherapy
  • Play-based therapy
  • Gait training
  • Exercise programs
  • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) bike therapy.

To find out more about our specialised physiotherapy services, chat to our friendly team on 6282 1900.

We had a chat with Daniella to find out a little more about her and her role with Rocky Bay.



How do you support Rocky Bay customers?

My main goal is to provide high quality physiotherapy services to the Mandurah region to ensure customers are able to access services. I aim for a family-centred practice which includes listening to a family’s needs and goals and support them to achieve it.

I also feel it is important to act as a reliable link between the Perth Children’s Hospital and the community, to support the carryover of therapy for our customers.

Tell us more about your experience in your field?

After completing high school, I took time off to nanny for families in my community where I developed an interest in paediatrics. My interest continued when I travelled to Tanzania in East Africa in 2015 as a volunteer to teach English at a local school.

I studied a Bachelor of Science (Physiotherapy) at Curtin University, and in my final year, I was very lucky to have had two paediatric placements, one at Perth Children’s Hospital in iRehab, and an inter-professional paediatric placement in Cambodia.

In Siem Raep, Cambodia, I worked at a special needs school in a local village, providing physiotherapy assessments and interventions to children with a range of disabilities with low socio-economic backgrounds, as well as up-skilling and providing education for carers. To combat the language barrier, all communication was made through a local interpreter which sure was challenging!

I was fortunate to be Curtin University’s 2019 recipient of the APA National Paediatric Special Group (WA Chapter) Award for the fourth year physiotherapy student demonstrating enthusiasm for paediatric physiotherapy, innovative practice and a strong theoretical knowledge in the field of paediatrics. I hope to complete a masters in paediatric physiotherapy to further enhance my knowledge.

What do you love most about your work?

I love building a therapeutic relationship with my paediatric customers and their families. Having the opportunity to assist them strive toward their goal is something that really motivates me. More so, being able to witness their accomplishments and encourage them to keep on going is so exciting and invaluable.

What do you love to do in your free time?

I enjoy walking along the coast with my golden retriever, Milo, spending time with friends, reading a romance novel and participating in a reformer Pilates class.

What are three things you can’t live without and why?

  1. My seven month-old niece who is such a blessing and gives me the opportunity to practice my paediatric skills
  2. WA coastal sunsets, because we all know that ‘west is best’
  3. Confectionary for my sweet tooth
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