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Tim Angel

Occupational Therapist
Director

Biography

Tim graduated from LaTrobe University in 2005 and immediately commenced working as an Occupational therapist in private practice for a small boutique provider. Tim quickly established a sound reputation for being a subject matter expert for physical rehabilitation and disease.

Tim’s work and therapy addressed a wide variety of injuries, illness and disease including chronic pain, brain injury, and neurological conditions including MS and MND. Having 14 years of experience working as a Lifestyle Coach, Tim has been able to pair his counselling and motivational skills with his Occupational Therapy. His unique approach has assisted clients to overcome various challenges associated with their mental health and intellectual disability.

Tim’s unique skillset and empathetic approach ensures that he is able to work with clients to collaboratively work to the achievement of their goals. He is passionate about improving the lives and well being of all his clients both physically and emotionally.

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Katrina Lavender

Occupational Therapist

Biography

Since graduating with a Masters of Occupational Therapy practice in 2011 Katrina has worked across a range of hospital and community based settings in physical and mental health in Australia and the UK.

Katrina is passionate about the use of OT as an holistic approach to supporting clients to identify their strengths and develop plans to work towards fulfilling their potential and maximising quality of life.

Katrina believes in the power of an empathy and deep listening to connect with clients, their families and supports, and aims to provide excellent advocacy.

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Rhys McRae

Occupational Therapist

Biography

Rhys graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 and prides himself on providing assessments that take a holistic understanding of the person and providing interventions that are individualised and meaningful to them. Using a client-centred approach, Rhys takes time in getting to know what his clients are passionate about to support them in living the life they want.

Rhys has worked in community health settings in Australia and the United Kingdom working with people to improve their lives and wellbeing. Rhys’ main skills and experience are in working with people with psychosocial disability to achieve their goals and organise support that meets their needs.

Rhys also has experience working with people with physical and cognitive disabilities and in equipment prescription. This experience has allowed Rhys to develop a well-rounded approach in understanding the barriers that people experience and how conditions can interact with each other.

Before working as an OT, Rhys worked as a journalist in the music industry and continues to be active in the creative community. Rhys tries to stay up to date with all kinds of community events, programs and groups to pass this knowledge on to his clients to help them find communities they may want to get involved in.

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Angela Lander

Occupational Therapist
Director

Biography

After graduating from La Trobe University in 2003, Angela began her career working in both public and private rehabilitation settings.

She has worked in a range of clinical fields, including spinal cord injury, chronic pain, complex trauma, acquired brain injury and working with client that have various neurological conditions such as MS, Parkinson’s disease and stroke. Angela has developed a range of skills working in both the UK and Australia, with a specialist focus on psycho social disability/mental health, multiple and complex diagnoses, intellectual disability and behaviors of concern.

Angela is passionate about working closely with clients to establish goals, develop individualised intervention plans and to work with clients and their care givers to improve their overall quality of life.

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Carli Maddocks

Speech Pathologist

Biography

Carli has 11 years experience working as a Speech Pathologist in a range of settings including hospitals, community health and education. She has experience working predominantly with children and adolescents as well as adults in acute and subacute settings and nursing homes. Carli has extensive experience working with people who have a variety of medical conditions and syndromes to support both their communication and feeding/swallowing skills. She enjoys working with clients, their families and other professionals to ensure best outcomes for her clients.

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Andrew Dickinson

Occupational Therapist

Biography

Andrew graduated from LaTrobe University in 2013 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice and Bachelor of Health Sciences. From here Andrew commenced working in a Large Metropolitan public hospital. With this Andrew has developed experience in Acute, Inpatient rehabilitation and community settings.

During this time Andrew has represented Occupational Therapy within his health service by sitting on organisation wide committees that focused on reducing pressure injuries, acute spinal injury management and reducing falls. Prior to commencing with Ability Rehab Andrew was working within the public sector supporting clients that were at risk of functional deterioration and hospitalisation from both a case management and Occupational Therapy perspective.

Andrew is a strong believer in being client centred and working with the goals of the individual in order to optimise function and quality of life.

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Kjirsten Magnuson

Occupational Therapist

Biography

Kjirsten graduated with a master’s degree from University of Washington in the United States in 2017. Since graduating, she has worked in inpatient rehabilitation and paediatrics in the United States.

Kjirsten prides herself on being a highly curious person and her practice interests demonstrate that. These interests include assistive technology implementation, mental health promotion and intervention, neurological rehabilitation, community mobility, and behavioural interventions. Kjirsten is passionate about reaching goals through collaboration and partnership with her clients and other stakeholders.

She values maintaining creativity and individualism in her practice. Kjirsten’s strong skills in communication and creative intervention planning ensure goals are met and clients regain quality of life.

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Pam Wheatley

Admin / Accounts
Co-ordinator

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Erin Bell

Occupational Therapist

Biography

After graduating from Monash University with Honours, Erin has focused on working in community services supporting clients with complex and challenging behaviours, psychosocial disability and cognitive deficits.

This work has allowed Erin to support both the individual and their support network as they develop goals and intervention plans to achieve them. Erin prides herself on her problem solving skills and ability to work collaboratively with clients, their families and other service providers to maximise her client’s independence whilst incorporating their strengths and interests into their everyday life.

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