Our Dream Team

Dr Sarah Woodland

Clinical Director and GP

Dr Sarah Woodland grew up in Perth and graduated from UWA in 2006. 

Working in various locations around Australia, including 10 years in remote Northern WA, Sarah has developed a holistic understanding of mental health care. As a GP, her experience involves addressing the needs of both the body and the mind with sleep, nutrition and movement, forming the foundation of good mental health.  Supporting people through mental health challenges by empowering them to understand and change the factors affecting their recovery is the core of treatment. 

Working with an innovative and passionate team of skilled professionals at NeuroOptimize to provide high-level care while also contributing to research is an exciting privilege. Outside of work, Sarah spends her time with her family, hiking, swimming in the ocean, and talking to her chickens. 

Michelle Nurkowski

Managing Nurse


With over eight years of nursing experience, including seven years specialising in acute mental health care within private settings, Michelle brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to NeuroOptimize. A graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the University of British Columbia, Canada, Michelle has developed a profound understanding of mental health disorders and innovative treatment approaches.


Michelle's international experience in rural Zambia, where she contributed to health promotion and provided comprehensive care, including in psychiatric settings, has enriched her professional perspective with global insights. Passionate about mentorship, Michelle has guided new graduate nurses, sharing her expertise to foster their growth in the mental health field.


Joining NeuroOptimize as the managing nurse, Michelle appreciates the opportunity to contribute to the organisation's mission. She is enthusiastic about collaborating with the team to create a brighter, healthier future for the community. Michelle is committed to not only teaching mental wellness but also practising it. Outside of work, she enjoys swimming, beach combing, and expresses creativity as a ceramic artist, reflecting a balance between professional dedication and personal well-being.

Dr Diego Milani 

Clinical research director and GP

Dr Diego is a medical doctor from Italy who graduated from the University of Perugia. Following graduation, he worked in both Hospital and General Practice settings, during which he had the opportunity to spend a few months as a Registrar in London at the University College Hospital.

In August 2013 he moved to Australia, where he started his PhD in Neuroscience, which he completed and graduated in December 2017. Following the PhD completion, he has worked as a Research Officer and Lecturer until 2018. His research in Neuroscience has been published and presented internationally.

Since gaining medical registration through the Medical Board of Australia, he have worked in a variety of clinical areas, in both metro and rural settings, where he spent time in Medical and Surgical Disciplines, as well as in the Emergency Department. More recently, he has been working in mental health and progressing through the fellowship. His professional philosophy is putting the most effort into reaching the best clinical outcomes for his patients by combining the best clinical practice with the requirements and expectations of his patients and their loved ones.

He has a natural predisposition and deep passion for mental and physical health and all activities that can improve the body's general well-being. He believes that in order to achieve the best results, individuals should be treated following a holistic approach to enhance their confidence and natural healing processes by creating the natural equilibrium and physiological balance between body and mind.

When not working or studying, he enjoys scuba diving, travelling, motorbike riding, reading, watching movies and cooking.

Languages: English, Italian

Dr Lucy Fitton

General Practioner (GP)

Lucy graduated from UWA Medical School in 2004 and worked in various hospitals over a number of years, including SCGH, Fremantle Hospital and KEMH, before going into GP training which she completed in 2015. 

Lucy has worked across three metropolitan and outer metro general practices over the past ten years and strives to provide inclusive and non-judgemental care to all of her patients. She takes a holistic approach to mental and physical health and believes in using a collaborative approach based on trust and autonomy to empower people to work towards their own health goals. 

Lucy has a keen interest in the mental health space and is excited to join the dedicated and passionate team at NeuroOptimize.

Linda

Registered Nurse

Linda has been a Registered Nurse for almost 40 years. In the last 15 years, her area of expertise has been in Neurostimulation, education & establishment of new neurostimulation services with the ability to train and assist nursing staff in understanding the value of TMS

Linda has also been involved in TMS research at Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre in Melbourne.

Natasha

Nurse

Natasha grew up in England and moved to Perth when she was 14 years old.

She has been in a caring role for six years and a Registered Nurse for four years. She graduated from Murdoch University in 2020 and has worked rurally around WA hospitals, gaining experience in emergency medicine, working with children, and mental health. 

In her spare time, she likes to read books, travel, spend time in nature, practice yoga and meditate. 

She is very passionate about holistic nursing care, focusing on an individual holistically to help them achieve a greater sense of well-being. She is interested in human behaviour and how to help people live meaningful lives.

Currently, she is completing a dual certification as a Certified Holistic Life Coach and Mind-Body Practitioner, focusing on nervous system regulation, stress education, mind-body practices, behaviour change, and positive psychology. 

As a Registered Nurse at NeuroOptimize, she wants to make an impact by helping people overcome emotional struggles and live with a better quality of life. She is excited to work with NeuroOptimizes’ mission to empower individuals and enable them to live a more joyful life.

Lene-Christine Winther

Founder and partner

Founder of NeuroOptimize Pty Ltd and NeuroOptimize Heart.

Danish citizen who moved to Australia in 2023. Working as an independent consultant for multiple years, assisting companies and executive management teams with organizational and leadership development. Has a background in the financial sector, a diploma in Leadership and Sustainability, Strategic Leadership, Communication and Organization, Personal Leadership, Employee Management, and Professional Development, as well as Organizational Development and Co-Creation. She is part of Huthwaite International trainer faculty and has an executive board education. Lene-Christine has been working with coaching veterans in both related personal development and the transition into civilian society.

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MeRT, is the abbreviation for Magnetic Resonance Therapy. It is a highly customised use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or rTMS, based on sophisticated diagnostics.

Like rTMS, the MeRT therapy is a non-invasive, painless, and drug-free option for the treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions.

MeRT is a non-invasive, painless treatment

Equipment approved by the Australian Government Department of Health/Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)

Drug free treatment

MeRT treatment does not require sedation and is completely drug-free 

because life quality matters

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