Meet Our Team
Corinne Woods is our Practice Manager with a Bachelor in Business Economics with Honours.
She worked for six years at the Department of Transport, following which two years at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre as the specialist clinics clerk for See and Treat Clinic in the Skin and Melanoma Unit. She has worked at Western Private Hospital on reception and administration duties and as a GP receptionist at Cairnlea Superclinic. Additionally she has worked as Office Manager for Tree Mason. She has experience as the accounts and information analyst for a Physiotherapy company in the UK as well as administration roles for Box Hill Hospital, the Royal Melbourne Hospital and has many years of customer service experience.
Director | Senior Occupational Therapist
Sarah is an experienced, fun and passionate Occupational Therapist. She has many years experience providing therapy to young children and their families in both the public and private sector. Sarah has a longstanding interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Motor Dyspraxia (DCD), Sensory Processing Difficulties, Specific Learning Disorders and Mealtime Challenges.
Sarah furthered her interest in Mental Health by completing the Developmental Psychiatry Course through the Mindful Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health. She is registered with Medicare to provide therapy under the Better Access/GP Mental Health Care Plan and Chronic Disease Management Plan. She has a passion for professional development and providing education to undergraduate students. Sarah has completed many courses and training programs including Parenting Preschoolers with Autism, Tuning Into Kids, Sequential-Oral-Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), MORE Sensory Mealtimes, DIR/ Floortime and Making Sense of the Senses. Additionally she has presented at the Victorian Down Syndrome Conference and was joint presenter at Victorian Autism Conference. Sarah is a warm, enthusiastic, reliable and approachable therapist who has helped children to achieve incredible development.
Sarah has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist for 6 years. She currently works part-time at a Special Development School and has worked at a specialist clinic for children with Cerebral Palsy. She is skilled in assessment of movement and sensory challenges for children with complex movement disorders including Cerebral Palsy. She has years of experience writing ENQ reports for children applying for support during the school years (PSD applications). Sarah is able to complete home and environmental assessments to prescribe appropriate equipment and/or modifications. She has worked as an NDIA provider including liaising with planners, writing reviews, sourcing funding and delivering therapy.
Sarah has an interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory processing difficulties and fussy eating.
Mary is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist and has had several years experience working with primary and secondary school aged-children diagnosed with Intellectual Disability, Behavioural and Learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder and complex Physical impairments. She currently works full time at a specialist school in Melton.
Mary is a qualified SWEP prescriber, assisting families with equipment prescriptions and is experienced in providing assessment and intervention for motor development, sensory processing and overall self-care skills. Mary also conducts assessments and ENQ report writing to support children applying for PSD funding at school.
Mary completed Professional Development in Learn to Play, Sensory Processing, Autism Spectrum, Team teach, Positive Behaviour Support, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).
Mary is a caring and down to earth therapist who believes in the importance of family centred practice, the provision of a holistic approach to therapy and loves to explore creative ways to provide meaningful engagement.
Vicki has been providing Occupational Therapy services for approximately 30 years. She has worked in the public and private practice sector providing therapy across all age ranges, and in a wide variety of areas. Over the last 15 years she has set up and managed a public multidisciplinary paediatric clinic for children aged 0-18 years, and worked as a consultant for NDIS clients with multiple complex disabilities. She believes in delivering person centered, family focused services of the highest quality. Her past experience has included working in early intervention, school settings (kindergarten, primary, secondary and specialist), disability services organisations, private practice, community health and local government.
Vicki has skills in multiple areas, including assessment and intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorders, global developmental delay, Intellectual Disability, Sensory Processing problems, brain injury, Dementia and other conditions of aged care, positive behaviour support practices, and complex multiple disability support services. She is also able to provide workplace and environmental assessments, and is a registered SWEP prescriber, assisting people with equipment prescriptions. She has completed many courses and training programs including Positive Behaviour Support programs, Parenting Preschoolers with Autism, Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) and others. She is experienced in tailoring therapy for sensory processing challenges, handwriting difficulties and social skills.
She lives locally and loves being a parent to adult children, adult step-children, and her 8-year-old son. She is very connected to the local community. Vicki is registered with Medicare to provide services under an Enhanced Primary Care plan.
Natalie has over 6 years experience working in disability services. She has worked in both public and private sector with individuals with a variety of disabilities; ranging from children to older adults. She is experienced in working with individuals with disabilities in the community, shared living accommodation and in respite spaces in relation to their daily needs and support. Natalie has also worked as service co-ordinator in the NDIS space for individuals, working with them, their families, schools, other therapists, and NDIS planners to support the development and delivery of NDIS plans.
Natalie has also supported the engagement of children (aged 8-11) at a therapy intensive camp during school holidays; supporting each child through experiencing their unique ‘just right’ level of challenge; building independence and helping them develop emotional well-being and self-confidence.
She has completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Curtin University and a Masters in Rehabilitation Counselling from the University of Sydney. She was also elected to participate in an Occupational Therapy immersion program with Occupational Therapists from 15 countries in 2017 at the University of Southern California. This is where she gained a deeper understanding of how Occupational Therapy fits within different cultures.
Tara is an experienced and talented Speech Pathologist. She has worked at a variety of schools, early intervention services and community health centres here and in the UK. Tara has worked in public health co-ordinating an Autism Assessment Team as well as leading parent education programs. Tara is experienced in assessment and therapy for children who are on the Autism Spectrum and children who present with Language and Communication delays. Tara is trained to run a variety of programs such as Social skills groups, BLADES, PECS, Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Hanen More than Words.
Joanne has completed a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology and also completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in anatomy and physiology at Melbourne University. During this time, Joanne has developed knowledge and skills working with children that have language and communication difficulties including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has provided different models of service delivery from Assessment to intervention through individual and group sessions. Joanne has also completed training in the Early Start Denver Model.
In her previous positions Joanne has worked towards a holistic therapy approach. This includes targeting skills relating to language, social skills, behaviour management and facilitating fine and gross motor skills. Joanne has also had experience assessing and treating fluency, articulation, language and literacy difficulties.
Joanne is passionate about working with families to facilitate their child’s learning to reach their full potential. She loves working in conjunction with a child’s most important team: their family members, carers and other health professionals involved in their life. Joanne has a strong belief in making functional goals in conjunction with the child’s ‘team’ to empowering them to be the agents of change and encourage the best generalization of new skills.
Speech Pathologist | Audiologist
Kate is a dually qualified Speech Pathologist and Audiologist. She has been working as a Speech Pathologist for 7 years, and as an Audiologist for 5 years. Kate is trained in PECs and has experience in implementing the Smooth Speech program, literacy, speech and language therapy, as well as auditory processing therapy.
Kate is passionate about making communication easier and more accessible for her clients and their families. She is interested in literacy, speech and language delays, and is enthusiastic about working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Kate is fluent in English, French and speaks some Mandarin.
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We share values of compassion and honesty and excellence in care. Interested joining our team?
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