Meet The Team

Physiotherapists

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Kerry Britt

Director, Clinical Manager, Physiotherapist

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Kerry graduated from physiotherapy at University of Melbourne and has over 20 years experience working in paediatric physiotherapy. Her work has included both clinical and service development roles in a range of acute and community settings including University College Hospital in London, The Royal Children’s Hospita, Melbourne.

Kerry works as a physiotherapist as well as Clinical Manager at Children’s Therapy Services and is also involved in post-graduate teaching at Monash University. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Physiotherapy (hons), Graduate Certificate in Physiotherapy (Paediatrics), Graduate Certificate in Rural Paediatric Practice and Master of Physiotherapy.

Kerry has undertaken a range of professional Development in Australia and overseas including attending the AusACPDM conferences, Down Syndrome Congress, Developmental Co-ordination Disorder conference, the European Academy of Childhood Disability conferences, and the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy conference.

Along with others in the team at Children’s Therapy Services she has completed training in the administration and interpretation of Bayley Scales of Infant Development (4th Edition) as well as being involved in the standardisation project for this assessment. Kerry has trained in using the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Evaluation and other assessments, and uses these as part of a holistic, child and family-centered approach to working with children and families.

Kerry has been involved in research and publications including ‘The use of videoconferencing to enhance interprofessional clinical education for allied health students’ and ‘Botulinum toxin in obstetric brachial plexus palsy’ and ongoing research and professional development is both an area of interest and a high priority.

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Abhi Sarvananthar

Physiotherapist

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Abhi completed her Doctor of Physiotherapy at the University of Melbourne in 2016. Abhi has experience working in special developmental school settings and in private practice. Abhi has experience working with paediatric populations with a variety of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, Down Syndrome, as well as other genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders. Abhi is also a qualified Austswim instructor and enjoys running hydrotherapy sessions. Abhi has completed various professional developments such as Paediatric Physiotherapy Level 1 course and Neuro-Development Therapy: Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapist. Abhi is always looking for opportunities to learn and further her knowledge and experience as a paediatric physiotherapist. Abhi enjoys working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team.

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Marlene Stapper

Physiotherapist

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Marlene is an experienced and caring paediatric physiotherapist who is passionate about working with children, their families and wider support network to achieve their goals. She provides individually tailored physiotherapy for children in a variety of environments from hospital or clinic, through to home, childcare, school, the local playground, or pool!

Marlene graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2005 and completed Melbourne University’s Specialist Certificate in Paediatric Orthopaedic Physiotherapy in 2011. Since university, she has worked in tertiary inpatient and outpatient settings including the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (VPRS), and paediatric orthopaedic clinics.

Marlene has extensive experience working with infants, children, and adolescents with a broad range of conditions including, but not limited to, developmental delay, delayed motor milestones, postural and gait variations (e.g., flat feet, knock knees, in-toeing, toe walking), plagiocephaly, torticollis, casting and splinting, cerebral palsy, and neuromuscular conditions (e.g., Charcot Marie Tooth and congenital myopathies).

Marlene has completed additional training in standardised assessment techniques and outcome measures such as the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development IV, Alberta Infant Motor Scale (AIMS), Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination (HINE), Prechtl’s General Movement Assessment, Neurosensory Motor Developmental Assessment (NSMDA) and Movement ABC II, which can be used to evaluate progress or provide a formal report of your child’s abilities.

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Phoebe Steinfort

Physiotherapist

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Phoebe graduated from University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with honors. Phoebe has a passion for paediatric physiotherapy, primarily working in the early intervention space with a special interest in early diagnosis, typical infant development, and infant and maternal wellbeing.
Phoebe has worked as a Physiotherapist at Children’s Therapy Services since 2016. She also has extensive experience in spinal and orthopedic physiotherapy. Phoebe is currently a senior Physiotherapist at Children’s Therapy Services and enjoys a mentoring role.

Phoebe has undertaken a range of professional development in Australia and overseas, attending the AusACPDM conferences, AACPDM conferences, and the Angleman Syndrome, Prada-Willis conference to name a few.

As part of her special interest areas, Phoebe completed training in the administration and interpretation of Bayley Scales of Infant Development (4th Edition), she is Prechtl’s General movements trained and she is a qualified Hammersmith Infant Neurological examination assessor. Phoebe conducts regular upskilling in this area to maintain currency and ensure an evidence-based approach to best support the children and families in her care.

Phoebe is currently working with the Pearson research team to attain Australian standardization score for a well-known movement assessment ‘Movement ABC’. She is also involved in a research project run by the Royal Children’s Hospital and University of Melbourne monitoring the frequency of falls in children with Cerebral palsy. Ongoing professional development and training is a high priority for Phoebe as she values being current and aims to provide the best support and care to the children and families she sees.

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Mel Tozer

Physiotherapist

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Melanie graduated with honours from Monash University in 2012. She completed her early training in paediatric physiotherapy at Monash Children’s Hospital before continuing on to a number of roles within the public health sector. Melanie currently works part time as the senior Physiotherapist within the Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service at Barwon Health.

Melanie is passionate about continuing her professional development in order to provide children and families with the best possible care. She obtained a Master of Advanced Paediatric Physiotherapy Practice from Monash University (2018) and is currently enrolled in a Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) at the University of Sydney. Melanie has also completed formal training in the General Movements Assessment, Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination and more recently in the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development (4th Edn).

Melanie has volunteered for a number of years with the Heads Together for ABI organisation, a charity that works with young people who have sustained an acquired brain injury and their families. She continues to work closely with a number of their programs and has recently come on board as a member of their advisory committee.

Melanie enjoys providing fun, evidence-based and holistic physiotherapy care and is dedicated to working with children and their families in helping them reach their unique and individual goals. She has experience in working with infants, children and adolescents with a wide range of conditions, with a particular interest in neurodevelopmental assessment and treatment, early motor development, neurological conditions and rehabilitation.

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Richard Wong

Physiotherapist

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Psychologists

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Alex Trezise

Team Leader, Psychologist

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Alex is a clinical psychology registrar who works with children and their families from infancy to adolescence, who present with a wide variety of emotional, social, behavioural, developmental, and learning concerns.
Alex has worked with children, adolescents, and families in a wide variety of paediatric mental health settings, including private practice, as well as community and hospital-based services. Alex has a specific interest in anxiety and mood disorders. Alex provides assessment and intervention for a range of complex concerns, including neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, behavioural difficulties, emotional regulation, sleep disturbance, self-esteem, and school-based issues.

Alex has experience providing assessment and treatment in an early intervention model and research setting, completing developmental assessments, and is trained in completing cognitive and Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments. Alex is involved in the development and facilitation of the Autism Assessment Clinic at CTS, as well as the social skills and community participation programs.

Alex works in a collaborative, family inclusive, transparent model, providing support to children, their families, and systems. Alex’s therapeutic approach primarily involves Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and behavioural intervention, drawing on additional therapies such as mindfulness-based therapies where appropriate. All therapeutic interventions are collaborative and evidence-based, tailored to the needs of individual clients and their families.

Alex holds a Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) (Honours) and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology). Alex has experience in clinical research and has published both of her theses completed during Masters and Honours study. Alex is registered as a Clinical Psychology Registrar with the Psychology Board of Australia.

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Sally Barnard

Psychologist

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Sally is a registered Psychologist (MAPS) who has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in the disability sector, educational setting and private practice. Since having completed a Master of Psychology (Counselling) degree at Monash University, Sally has worked with clients presenting with a range of challenges including anxiety, depression, self-harm, sleep problems, perfectionism, social skills, attachment, educational stress, grief and behavioural management. Having a keen interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sally has recently joined the Autism assessment team at CTS.

Sally has a casual and personable style which combines warmth and an emphasis on placing the client at the centre of treatment. Whilst working collaboratively with colleagues across disciplines, she uses an eclectic approach in tailoring techniques to the personal needs of her clients. Sally takes a deep interest in helping educate and assist parents/carers to increase their own confidence and ability to support their child.

Occupational Therapists

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Amanda Tribe

Team Leader, Occupational Therapist

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Amanda completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at Charles Sturt University, Albury. Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working as a paediatric occupational therapist, working within not for profit organisations, state government, and private practice. Amanda is currently completing post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Integration and balances both a clinical caseload and the OT team leader role at CTS.

Amanda has a keen interest in early childhood development, sensory processing, sensory eating challenges,  ASD and related social and emotional difficulties. She works closely and collaboratively with therapists across disciplines to provide a holistic approach for families.

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Larissa Andriske

Occupational Therapist

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Larissa completed her Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at Deakin University, Melbourne. Larissa has gained extensive experience in paediatric and adult neurological rehabilitation over the past 25 years, in the USA and Australia.

She has further training in upper limb rehabilitation, myofascial release, craniosacral therapy and assistive technology for complex needs clients. She has also completed research with Deakin University to improve access to technology, and the use of Saeboflex in upper limb retraining.

Larissa is passionate about working with children with neurological disorders and researching and prescribing equipment to optimise function and independence for all abilities.

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Tess Ferrier

Occupational Therapist

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Tess completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Tess has over 11 years’ experience as a paediatric occupational therapist working in early intervention and school age services. She has worked for not-for-profit organisations and private practices both within Victoria and interstate and held senior and leadership roles within these workplaces.

She has worked with children that have a wide range of diagnoses and needs. She uses a strength based and family centred approach within her practice and supports families using both direct therapy and family coaching to achieve success.

Tess has undertaken a range of professional development within Australia and carries skills in these areas:

  • Best Practice in Autism
  • Social Thinking
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Mealtime Management, including Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS)
  • Approach to mealtimes
  • Sensory Processing
  • Picture Exchange Communication System Level 1 Training
  • Play
  • Key Word Signing
  • Motor skill development
  • Daily living skills development including toileting, dressing and sleep.Tess is part of the Autism Assessment Team at CTS. She is also trained in and facilitates the Secret Agent Society program.
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Teri Keiller

Occupational Therapist

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Teri completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University, Geelong. She has over 10 years’ experience working in a range of paediatric settings including Special Education, NDIS and Early Childhood Intervention. Teri has a strong interest in sensory processing, social-emotional development, play and emotional regulation. Teri has completed an Advanced Certificate in DIR/Floortime, a developmental approach which supports children’s social-emotional growth through playful interactions, meaningful relationships and understanding and celebrating individual differences. She uses a compassionate, relationship-focussed, and strength-based approach in supporting children and their families to reach their full potential.

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Belinda McVilly

Occupational Therapist

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Belinda has over 15 years of experience as a paediatric Occupational Therapist. She has worked in a variety of different settings including Early Intervention Services, The Royal Children’s Hospital and paediatric Hand Therapy. Belinda also spent time working in the UK in specialist Autism schools.

Belinda is passionate about working closely with families and supporting children within a family centred approach. She has extensive experience working with infants and children with a range of developmental delays, neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and other neurological conditions. Belinda has a strong interest in, upper limb difference, sensory processing, fussy eaters and social and emotional difficulties.

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Christie Merry

Occupational Therapist

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Christie completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin and begun her OT career working at Barwon Valley School. Since then, Christie has worked in another Special Development School as well as in Private Practice. She has also been volunteering with an All Abilities Futsal team since 2015. Christie has is passionate to learn and has completed future professional development in upper limb and bimanual therapy for children with Cerebral Palsy, and is trained in the Therapeutic Listening Protocol.

Christie brings enthusiasm and creative energy to every client that she works with, and always celebrates the small wins for clients and families. Christie has experience working with people with ‘Level 3’ ASD, Cerebral Palsy, Neurological conditions, and Genetic Conditions. Christie thrives when working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and has a special interest in working with children with high physical needs.

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Maddy Tomlin

Occupational Therapist

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Maddy has over 10 years experience as a paediatric occupational therapist, after graduating from La Trobe University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Maddy has enjoyed working with children and their families in a variety of paediatric settings, including special developmental schools, not for profit organisations, and early intervention community settings. She has also worked within team leader roles providing supervision to new graduate and early career occupational therapists.

Maddy has extensive experience and training working with infants, toddlers and young children with a wide variety of conditions in the areas of early social-emotional development, sensory regulation, play and self-care skills, as well as supporting kindergarten and school participation.

Maddy has engaged in continuous professional development throughout her career in her clinical areas of interest. She is an accredited DIRFloortime provider, has completed various trainings in infant development, sensory processing, and Learn to Play (Karen Stagnitti), and has completed training in the administration of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (4th edition).

Maddy enjoys using a family-centred and strengths based framework in her therapy, and uses a play based approach to support children to learn new skills and to optimise their participation and independence. She loves celebrating the big and small achievements of her clients alongside the families she works with and supporting a child’s developmental goals within their meaningful environments.

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Joel Wickman

Occupational Therapist

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Joel completed his Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science majoring in Physiology at Deakin University, Geelong. Joel then continued into postgraduate studies and completed a Master of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University, Melbourne. Since graduating in 2019, Joel has worked for not for profit organisations and private practice across adults and paediatrics. Joel has experience working as part of an Allied health team in busy Melbourne based Hospitals such as the Alfred Hospital (Acquired Brain Injury Unit) and Monash Health, Dandenong.

Joel is currently involved in a standardisation research project for the Movement Assessment Battery for Children 3 (MABC-3) and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH-3) assessments. Joel has a keen interest in sensory processing, social and emotional challenges, ASD, and assistive technology related to supporting individuals with a physical disability. He works closely with Paediatricians, GP’s and allied health professionals to best advise the needs of the clients and families he works with.

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Caitlin Young

Occupational Therapist

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Caitlin graduated from La Trobe University in 2015, completing Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.  Caitlin’s passion is Paediatrics. Her work has included both clinical and voluntary roles in a range of community health settings, including working as a carer for families, working in an additional needs playgroup and volunteer roles with Very Special Kids, in Melbourne.  Caitlin currently works across public health Early Childhood Intervention and in private practice.

Caitlin has special interests in family-centered practice, parent-child relationships, childhood play and motor skill difficulties, language and communication development and child and parent mental health.  She has completed post graduate training, some of which includes, the Royal Children’s Hospital ‘Family Partnership Model,’ Hanen Play & Communication, Floortime Therapy, Karen Stagnitti Play Therapy, Parent Coaching, Cultural Awareness, Learn Play Thrive Approach to Autism, Kids that Go Toilet Training, Trauma Informed Practice, Ross Greene CPS Model, Key Word Sign/AAC, Sleep and Eating difficulties.

Caitlin has experience providing paediatric intervention in a range of areas, including motor skill difficulties, global developmental delay, Down syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Fragile X, language delays/disorders, toileting difficulties, family trauma, anxiety/behavioural challenges, feeding/sensory challenges and social-emotional development.

Caitlin adores working with all children and feels privileged to work with her families and knowledgeable colleagues.  She is passionate about lifelong learning and hopes to complete further post graduate training in Developmental Psychiatry in 2022.  Outside of work, Caitlin loves spending time with her family and friends, tuning into a podcast, singing, running and indulging in daily coffees!

Speech Pathologists

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Jen Absalom

Team Leader, Speech Pathologist

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Jennie obtained her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at LaTrobe University, Melbourne.  She has over twenty years’ experience as a paediatric speech pathologist.  Jen has worked in Metro and regional Victoria, Western Australia, England, Scotland and Wales.  She has held leadership roles in her positions in health services, schools, and private practice.

Jen currently balances a clinical caseload and SP team leader role at CTS.  In keeping with the working culture of CTS, she works collaboratively with other therapists across and within disciplines, as well as across other services.  Jen has a special interest in working with pre-school and school aged children with speech, language and social communication difficulties.  She has been actively involved in the development and provision of the ASD assessment clinic at CTS, and in the development and facilitation of the Social Skills and Community Participation Program which has commenced in 2021.

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Kate Brommeyer

Speech Pathologist

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Kate has a Bachelor of Education (Primary, Hons) and a Master of Speech Pathology, both from the University of Melbourne. She has over 10 years’ experience working with children and young people in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals and community settings.

Kate’s interest areas include early speech and language development, infant and childhood feeding, swallowing disorders and voice disorders. She works with a wide variety of children and families from birth to 12 years, including children with complex neurological conditions.

She has completed a range of professional development activities including SOFFI (Supporting Oral Feeding in Fragile Infants) accreditation and Hanen It Takes Two To Talk accreditation. Kate also worked with Kerry Britt (Children’s Therapy Services Physiotherapist) on the Pearson Australia standardisation project for the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (4th Edition) and completed accreditation in the use of this assessment tool.
As well as working at Children’s Therapy Services, Kate works at the Werribee Mercy Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital. She particularly enjoys working in multi-disciplinary team environments, collaborating with families and other professionals (Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists and Dietitians) to provide a holistic service.

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Liz Lee

Speech Pathologist

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Liz is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist, with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology (La Trobe University, Melbourne) and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Liz has over 25 years of paediatric clinical experience, which includes working in primary schools and secondary colleges, specialist education settings, not-for-profit and community organizations and in private practice. Knowing that communication is a human right, Liz broadened her (and her family’s!) early Speech Pathology journey with non-profit organizations in Fiji and Mexico. Today, as a Speech Pathologist at Children’s Therapy Services, Liz supports the communication goals of children who have extra needs and their families, through an inclusive family-centered approach that is flexible and collaborative.

Following her professional interest in AAC communication methods, Liz obtained a Graduate Certificate in the Development of Young Children with Motor Disabilities (University of Melbourne), has trained in LAMP – Words for Life (Liberator), and is a Key Word Sign (KWS) Presenter. Interest in Speech-Sound-Disorders led to professional development in PROMPT and more recently ReST.

Using DIR/Floortime®, Hanen, and Social – Thinking approaches, Liz supports children, to increase their communication connection. Sometimes that means exploring ‘outside the box’ and getting creative (Certificate in Initiatic Art Therapy). Liz strongly advocates for awareness of Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), and ‘Literacy for All’, with explicit language-literacy intervention (Certificate in Sounds-Write First Rate Phonics – SPELD Vic).

“My philosophy is that functional, social and academic communication outcomes are achieved best by warmly and respectfully connecting with my client, their family and community, wherever they are on their journey. To communicate, we need to feel safe, be heard, motivated and find fun while learning”.

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Simone Melican

Speech Pathologist

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Simone studied Speech Pathology at Charles Sturt University, graduating in 2008.
Since graduating Simone has worked in a variety of setting including community heath, early education,  and disability services.

Simone has undertaken further training in areas that include Family Partnership, PROMPT, paediatric feeding, neurodevelopmental disorders and literacy.
Simone has a strong interest in working in early intervention and with preschool aged children targeting speech, language and pre reading skills.

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Claire Murphy

Speech Pathologist

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Claire has also completed extra studies in Certificate II of Auslan at Melbourne Polytechnic, and programs such as DIR Floortime and Hanen It Takes Two to Talk. She has a special interest in working with pre-school and school aged children, and has been actively involved in the language, speech, fluency and social skill development of children with hearing impairment, Downs Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities.

Claire is looking forward to implementing her skills in a client centred therapy approach, to the community at Children’s Therapy Services in 2022.

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Megan Walsh

Speech Pathologist

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Megan Walsh is a speech pathologist who grew up and trained in the United States before moving to Australia in 2007.  Megan’s specialty areas include early intervention, working with children with disabilities including motor difficulties, childhood motor speech disorders, and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC).

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Sarah Wood

Speech Pathologist

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Sarah is a Speech Pathologist whose career has focussed on working with people with complex communication needs, and their families and carers.  Sarah has experience working with paediatric and adult populations with a wide variety of conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rett Syndrome, Angelman Syndrome, as well as other genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders.  She has worked within community and special developmental school settings.

Sarah is a strong advocate for presuming potential and has a particular interest in working with children with complex communication needs and supporting them to access augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).  Sarah enjoys working with children with high physical needs to explore alternative access (eye gaze, single and multiple switch control, etc.) to AAC.  Sarah works with children to support their ability to communicate and participate in all of their natural environments.

Sarah has undertaken a range of professional development including those focussed on various AAC systems (Advanced LAMP training, WordPower, Proloquo2Go, TD Snap, PODD, Key Word Sign, switching, etc.), differential diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk, Dysphagia Disorders Certification Workshop, International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) training, SOS Approach to Feeding training conference, Introduction to PROMPT, and the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (4th Edition) accreditation.

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Kathleen Young

Speech Pathologist

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Kathleen obtained her Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Charles Sturt University, Albury. She has worked as a pediatric Speech Pathologist in the education sector for over 9 years before starting with Children’s Therapy Services earlier this year (2021). Kathleen enjoys working with children and their families and has a particular interest in articulation therapy and literacy intervention.

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Melissa Dodson

Speech Pathologist

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Dietitians

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Shellie Kintscher

Dietitian

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Shellie is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a passion for working with families to improve the nutritional quality of their diets and help to create positive mealtime experiences.

Shellie specialises in working with children with selective eating/problem feeders, weight management (underweight/overweight), food allergies & intolerances, nutritional deficiency, continence nutrition and mindful eating. Shellie supports families to take the stress out of mealtimes by giving strategies for mealtimes, breaking down the evidence and putting it into practical nutrition goals that includes everyday foods.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Health Sciences – Deakin University
  • Master of Dietetics – Deakin University
  • Certificate of Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics – Royal Children’s Hospital
  • SOS Approach to Feeding – Accredited Practitioner
  • The Low FODMAP diet for IBS – Monash University

Professional Accreditation and Memberships

Dietitian’s Association of Australia (DAA) – Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) status

Allied Health Assistants

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Hannah Chapman

Allied Health Assistant

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Monique Chester

Allied Health Assistant

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Monique has 4 years’ experience in various roles throughout the disability sector.  Working in community-based programs as a support worker and program lead, individual support in home and in the community as well as at Barwon Valley School as a classroom Ed Support and Therapy Ed Support.  Her passion for the sector stems from voluntary roles offered in early high school and she keeps a big focus on continual learning.

Monique’s qualifications include Cert III and IV in Community Services and Cert IV in Disability through Diversitat Geelong.  She is currently undertaking numerous professional and personal development courses including RCH Laying the Foundations course, Learning My Language AAC course and CO-OP (Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance).
Monique enjoys working alongside therapists from all disciplines and with children and families with a variety of needs and goals. She has a strong emphasis on using a strength and client-based approach to create long-lasting rapport and continually reach goals.

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Stephanie Frazer

Allied Health Assistant

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Steph has a background in physio, achieving a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (with distinction) through Charles Sturt University in 2015. Steph is not currently practising in a physio role, though loves to use her insights and experience in her role as an allied health assistant at Children’s Therapy Services. She also works in disability support with children. Steph has a wide range of interests and experience, and particularly likes to bring fun ideas from her time teaching and training in circus. She loves to encourage kids to explore and expand their skills and confidence in movement and social connection.

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Nicole Grist

Allied Health Assistant

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Nicole is new to area of Allied Health.  She is a former Certified Practising Accountant, who is retraining as an Occupational Therapist and is currently completing her third year, studying at Deakin University.
Nicole’s experience is predominantly with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Areas of particular interest include anxiety and sensory processing.

Nicole is also volunteer at Solve Disability Solutions and has formerly held numerous volunteer positions including 3-year-old Room Helper at Williams House Kindergarten, and The Treehouse – Clubhouse Kids group Co-ordinator.

Nicole is currently studying Occupational Therapy and is currently in her third year of study at Deakin University. While studying Nicole is applying her knowledge and experience in an Allied Health Assistant role with Children’s Therapy Services.

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Cassidy McFadden

Allied Health Assistant

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Cassidy has worked in paediatrics for 4 years receiving her Bachelor of Nursing at Deakin University in 2020. Cassidy has since begun her Master of Speech Pathology at Federation University after discovering her passion for communication while working with special needs children. Cassidy’s preferred specialty is surrounding AAC communication devices.

Cassidy joined our AHA team in 2021, and is looking forward to support more children with their communication goals for many years to come at Children’s Therapy Services.

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Rachael Thompson

Allied Health Assistant

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Administration

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Julie-Ann Richardson

Office Manager

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Julie-Ann has worked in Paediatric therapy environment for 10 years. Having her own child with special needs she has an understanding and empathy with families attending our clinic.

Julie-Ann has extensive experience and knowledge in NDIS processes and requirements, having been involved with NDIS processes and claiming since the NDIS trial began in the Barwon Region.

Her happy and helpful nature ensures all families attending the clinic, whether it be their first time or have been coming for long time, are comfortable and makes it a positive experience for all.

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Shannon Goodall

Administration Assistant

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Bek Seabert

Administration Assistant

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Bek has been working as an admin assistant at CTS for 18 months.
Prior to this she was a Full time Caretaker for her own child who had high medical and physical needs which gave her experience navigating NDIS.

Bek has a positive and caring nature and loves interacting with the families and children who attend our clinic.

Bek likes to make it a positive experience for all who attend, as she has first-hand experience at just how overwhelming it can be for families and children who attend. Her can do attitude means she is always willing to help and will go out of her way to assist in any way she can.

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Montana Gillatt

Office Assistant

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