Meet the team

Crystal Solomon Le Bars - Principle Paediatric Physiotherapist / Director Balanced Paediatric Therapy

Crystal Solomon Le Bars

Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist / Director Balanced Paediatric Therapy

Crystal is a dedicated, passionate, and highly skilled paediatric physiotherapist bringing with her the experience of a global career spanning over a decade.

Her professional journey began with academic excellence, graduating from Bond University’s prestigious Doctorate of Physiotherapy program, earning a place on the Dean’s list. Prior to this she had already built a strong foundation with a Bachelor’s degree in Sport and Exercise Science from Southern Cross University.

With a background in dance and certifications in child care and the Yogalates Method, Crystal cultivated a deep interest in the realms of child development, play, movement, and mindfulness. Her interest in having a holistic approach to paediatric therapy became the driving force behind her career.

Crystal began her physiotherapy career at The Cerebral Palsy Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation within her local community. Where children were seen in clinic, home and school environments. Crystal moved to London, where she joined the team at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children. There, she immersed herself in a wide range of paediatric services, including paediatric intensive care (PICU), acute neurological rehabilitation, orthopaedics, musculoskeletal care, inpatient and outpatient services, and hydrotherapy. Collaborating closely with renowned private orthopaedic consultants and neurosurgeons in the UK, she actively participated in patient care from the initial consultation in specialist clinics to post-surgical intervention, rehabilitation, and seamless transfer back to community services. Sessions were often carried out jointly with Occupational therapist, Speech and Language therapists, Music Therapist and Play therapists. The experience ensured the development of Crystals transdiciplinary practice. 

Following her time in London, Crystal embarked on a new chapter in Qatar, working at Sidra Medicine Women’s and Children’s Hospital. In this ground-breaking institution for the region, she played a pivotal role in setting up services and patient pathways while providing individualised support, education, and training to junior staff and peers. Her responsibilities encompassed serving as the clinical lead physiotherapist in the paediatric rehabilitation clinic (Primarily patients with Cerebral palsy), postural management clinic joint with Occupational Therapy, and joint orthotics and gait clinic, in addition to managing the Botox and serial casting service she established the Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) pathway and consulted on Single Event Multi-level Surgery (SEMLs) patients rehabilitation plans as requested. 

Crystal also made significant contributions to the Neonatal Special Care Unit (NICU) and the neonatal intensive care unit, where she worked closely with babies born at all gestational ages and with many varying medical, surgical or cardiac conditions. Crystal experienced working alongside neonatologists with specialised training and background provide neonatal care along with a multidisciplinary team of nurses, respiratory therapists and allied health professionals infants providing daily assessment and treatment as indicated.

Crystal’s training spans diverse paediatric areas, some examples of training are below:

  • Doctor of Physiotherapy
  • Bachelor in Sport and Exercise Science 
  • General Movements Assessment (from premature infants to 3 months old)
  • Ignite – Neonatal Core Training
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Elaine Owens gait analysis and orthotic prescription
  • Esther De Ru – Therapeutic taping in paediatrics 
  • Paediatric musculoskeletal master’s module (UC – London)
  • Bobath Neurodevelopment Training (8 weeks full time training in the UK)
  • Hip surveillance
  • Graduate of Mada Center’s Capacity Building Program for Super Users in Assistive Technology (AT) and ICT Accessibility

Areas of special interest include:

  • Early intervention working with children and their families/carers from birth to 2 years old.
  • Therapeutic interventions that empower clients and their families/carers to continue in the home environment incorporating techniques into daily activities essentially building capacity around the child and promoting as much participating and independence within daily activities and living.
  • Development of client and family centred goals and use age-appropriate play-based therapy ensuring sessions are meaningful throughout an episode of care.
  • Gait analysis, orthotic prescription and management, tuning biomechanics and efficiency of gait (walking) with and without additional supports such as walkers.

Volunteering
Beyond her professional work, Crystal volunteered her expertise for the London Marathon and played an active role in the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists (APCP) during her time in London.

Research
Crystal has a passion for lifelong learning and using a scientific approach to her therapy, an example of this is when she and her colleague from The Portland Hospital, music therapist Anna Menen Sanchez  won an award for best poster and presentation for their work ‘Impact of a joint Neurological Music Therapy and Physiotherapy intervention in improving mobility skills three years post traumatic brain injury: A case study’. BABICM, CMSUK & VRA- ‘Together’ a Joint Conference to the Rehabilitation / Case Management industry at the East Midlands Conference Centre, University Park, The University of Nottingham, NG7 2RJ on 12th & 13th November 2015.  

Born in the Northern Rivers, Crystal has a deeply rooted personal connection to the community here. This connection brings a unique and heartfelt dimension to her professional work, as she brings her years of clinical experience home to settle back with her husband and son within her local community and is passionate about making a meaningful impact with her specialised skill set.  

Crystal Solomon Le Bars - Principle Paediatric Physiotherapist / Director Balanced Paediatric Therapy

Brodie fumberger

Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist / Director Balanced Paediatric Therapy

Brodie is a dedicated and compassionate paediatric physiotherapist, committed to making a difference in the lives of children and their families. 

Early in her career, with a natural inclination to care for others, Brodie embarked on a path dedicated to helping children reach their full potential. She developed a keen interest in the field of paediatric physiotherapy, recognising the immense impact it could have on enhancing the quality of life for young patients.

Brodie pursued her academic journey with determination, earning a Bachelor’s Degree (Honors) from Monash University. Throughout her education, Brodie focused on acquiring specialised knowledge and skills tailored to the unique needs of paediatric patients.

Armed with both theoretical knowledge and practical expertise, Brodie embarked on a fulfilling career as a paediatric physiotherapist. She has since been a driving force, helping children overcome physical challenges and empowering them to lead active and fulfilling lives.

Brodie specialises in the development of newborns and infants with neurological conditions, orthopaedic issues and developmental delays. Including those born premature or with complex medical stories.  Including the early identification of Cerebral Palsy. She combines evidence-based techniques with a personalised approach, tailoring treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each child.

Continuous Education/Trainings: 

  • Australian Physiotherapy Association – Paediatric Physiotherapy, Level 1
  • Monash University – Enhancing Skills in Paediatric Physiotherapy 
  • Prechtl’s General Movements Assessment
  • Hammersmith Infant Neurological assessment (HINE)
  • Alberta Infant Motor Scale assessment (AIMS) 
  • Early identification and treatment of high risk infants
  • Serial casting

Brodie has a holistic and family-centred approach to paediatric physiotherapy. She understands the crucial role that family support plays in a child’s journey to recovery and actively involves parents and caregivers in the therapeutic process. And most importantly, it includes fun!