OCCUPATIONAL THERPAPY

Tim Angel

Occupational Therapist Director

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 disability.

Tim’s work and therapy addressed a wide variety of injuries, illness, disease and
disability including chronic pain, psychological conditions, autism spectrum and neurological conditions. Tim has targeted his work toward helping those with the more complex presentations including offending behaviours, behaviours of concern
and dual diagnoses and provides services as an independent and expert witness in medico-legal cases.

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.

Angela Lander

Occupational Therapist Director

After graduating from La Trobe University in 2003, Angela began her career working in both public and private rehabilitation settings. This helped her to develop the foundation upon which she has built her expansive skill set, working in a range of clinical fields including spinal cord injury, chronic pain, complex trauma, acquired brain injury, psychosocial disability, and neurological rehabilitation.

Angela has developed a range of skills working in both the UK and Australia, with a specialist focus on neurological conditions, complex diagnoses, intellectual disability, and behaviours of concern.

Angela now focuses much of her time on providing supervision and mentoring to other clinicians. She is passionate about supporting graduate and early career clinicians to improve their clinical skills so that they can go on to enhance the lives of those living with disability.

Rachel Jennings

Occupational Therapist (Team Leader)

Rachel graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen (UK), with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy. Whilst in the UK, Rachel spent time working in the National Healthcare System (NHS) prior to moving to Australia in 2019. Since being in Australia, Rachel has spent her career working in the NDIS.

Rachel is passionate about working with adults and adolescents to achieve their goals and maximise their independence and engagement in daily life. Rachel works in a client centred and empathetic manner and ensures that her clients feel empowered and supported.

LLOYD PARKIN

Occupational Therapist (Team Leader)

Lloyd graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice from Monash University. He gained experience working in the public hospital sector across acute, sub-acute and community rehabilitation departments prior to transitioning to community NDIS. Prior to Occupational Therapy, Lloyd worked in the Health and Fitness industry in both client facing and management roles. He has always had a passion for building strong working relationships with clients and supporting them to reach their potential.

Lloyd is passionate about client-centred practice and facilitating clients to achieve their goals. He strives to achieve this through strong collaboration with clients and their key stakeholders. Lloyd loves the positive impact which Occupational Therapy can have on a person and finds nothing more meaningful than making a difference in someone’s life.

Lloyd values the foundational principles of choice and control within the field of Occupational Therapy and aims to empower his clients in their own decision making. Lloyd has a strong interest in community-based rehabilitation and working with a wide range of clients to optimise their quality of life.

Ally McKenzie

Occupational Therapist (Team Leader)

Ally graduated from La Trobe University in 2014 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice and a Bachelor of Health Sciences, and focuses her practice around a functional approach to enable clients to achieve maximum independence and autonomy.
Her previous background as a fitness and wellbeing coach worldwide places her in a unique position to observe and understand each client in a personal and holistic manner. She values maintaining dignity and trust throughout her practice.
Ally is passionate about creating and implementing strategies to ensure that her clients can engage in productive and meaningful activities important to them so that they may achieve their goals and increase their overall quality of life.

Amelia Savige

Occupational Therapist

Amelia graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. After graduating Amelia commenced working in residential and community settings within Aged Care. Here she developed experience in a range of assessments and supported clients to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

Amelia has worked in the NDIS space for several years supporting individuals with physical, cognitive, and psychosocial disabilities. Amelia is passionate about her work and values collaboration, empathy, and empowerment.

Amelia adopts a client-centered and holistic approach to her practice to ensure that clients are supported to participate in activities and goals that are meaningful to them.

SHANNON MORTIMER

Occupational Therapist

Shannon graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.

Prior to starting at Ability Rehab, Shannon worked as a disability support worker which provided her the opportunity to learn about the NDIS space, providing client centred care and how to support participants and families to achieve their goals, based on their needs and strengths. Shannon has also had the opportunity to work with other allied health providers to provide holistic care to those she supported.

Shannon holds a strong sense of social justice and is therefore passionate about working with a broad range of disabilities and across the lifespan achieve their goals and develop greater independence in occupations that hold meaning to them. Trust and rapport are also very important to Shannon in her role as an Occupational Therapist in providing care.

Tamara Dobinson

Occupational Therapist

Tamara graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2016. After graduating, Tamara travelled throughout Europe before commencing work in residential and community settings within Aged Care. Here she developed experience in holistic assessment and intervention to support clients reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Tamara has developed an interest in psychosocial, physical, and cognitive disabilities. She is passionate about improving the wellbeing of her clients and supporting them to reach their full potential. She loves working with clients to maximise their independence and improve their functioning and quality of life. She prides herself on her strong values of empathy and rapport, and these values assist with developing supportive and trusting relationships with clients.

AMY CAVENETT

Occupational Therapist

Amy graduated from Australian Catholic University with Honours, completing her thesis in the area of neurodevelopmental disability. Amy has developed a strong interest in working in areas of neurological, physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities.

Amy adopts a strength based and client centered approach within her practice to build strong relationships with her clients. She is passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their goals, working in collaboration with others and enabling individuals of all ages to engage in meaningful occupations. Amy values communication, collaboration and building trust within her practice to ensure every client is supported to maximise their independence and improve their overall quality of life.

Caitlin O’Donnell

Occupational Therapist

Caitlin graduated from La Trobe University in 2016 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice and a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Since graduating, Caitlin has enjoyed working with children and adolescents in both the community and education settings supporting them through client centred practice to promote a functionally fulfilling life for them and their families.

Throughout her work, Caitlin has developed an interest in physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities. Caitlin adopts a strengths based approach to assist her clients and is passionate about the work she does and being able to support people of all ages to live life to their full potential.

Caitlin values trust, communication and collaboration and being able to build strong relationships with her clients and the important people in their lives to ensure the most meaningful and important goals are being addressed.

GENEVIEVE NICE

Occupational Therapist

Genevieve graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy, and has experience working in both acute and community settings.

Genevieve is passionate about working with people across the lifespan to maximise their independence and participate in occupations that are meaningful to them. She values creativity, empathy and building strong connections with individuals so that interventions may adopt a client-centred approach.

Molly McLaren

Occupational Therapist

Molly graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice and a Bachelor of Applied Science. Molly prides herself on being a highly curious and communicative person which is reflected in her understanding and empathetic approach to practice.

Molly has developed an interest in physical, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities and enjoys working with individuals of all ages. She is passionate about the work she does and values the opportunity to build trust and strong relationships with her clients and the important people in their lives. Molly adopts a strengths-based collaborative approach with her clients and other key stakeholders to ensure they are supported to achieve goals that are meaningful to them, incorporate their interests and maximise their independence.

Georgia Bowkett

Occupational Therapist

Georgia graduated from La Trobe University with Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.

Prior to commencing work as an Occupational Therapist, Georgia worked as a disability support worker. This allowed Georgia to build her skills in providing strength-based and client-centred care when supporting her clients to achieve their personal goals.

In occupational therapy practice, Georgia has developed her skills in holistic assessment and intervention with a varied adult caseload in both acute and community settings. Georgia quickly developed a strong interest in community-based rehabilitation and is passionate about promoting health and wellbeing through helping her clients increase their participation and independence in meaningful life roles and activities

Tiffany Chan

Occupational Therapist

Tiffany graduated from Latrobe University with a Bachelor of applied science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. Prior to this, Tiffany completed a Bachelor of Science at Melbourne University.

Tiffany has previously volunteered on camps for children under foster or kinship care, and is also a disability support worker on weekend respite camps for adults and children with disabilities. She finds that these experiences assist her to build trust and rapport with a wide range of clients.

Tiffany is passionate about providing clients with the tools and empowerment to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. 

Megan Peverill

Occupational Therapist

Megan graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy. Megan maintains a strong interest in psychosocial, physical and cognitive disabilities.

Megan’s passions align with client-centred practice, to enable her vast array of clients to feel empowered to make well-informed decisions about the support they are receiving. Through working in the NDIS space, Megan continues to promote her clients’ engagement in meaningful occupations through adopting a collaborative strengths-based approach. Megan also values building trust and rapport with her clients in order to create tailored intervention with a goal attainment focus.

Marissya Rafiq

Occupational Therapist

Marissya graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy. Marissya has developed an interest in working in areas of mental health, paediatrics and cognitive and psychosocial disabilities.

Marissya is passionate about empowering people to achieve their goals and is always looking for opportunities to build strong relationships with her clients. Marissya adopts a client-centred and holistic approach to her practice to ensure clients are supported to participate in activities and goals that are meaningful to them.

YUVONNE LAM

Occupational Therapist

Yuvonne graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She has developed a keen interest in working in the areas of mental health, cognitive and psychosocial disabilities.

 Through her volunteering experience working with refugees and asylum seekers, Yuvonne has seen the value of how genuine care and interactions can empower others. Hence, she strongly believes in the importance of building strong and trusting relationships with clients through respect and open communication.

 Yuvonne is passionate about incorporating clients’ strengths and interests and using a client-centered approach to help them engage in meaningful occupations; as well as supporting clients to become active participants in achieving their goals.

JACK FACER

Occupational Therapist

Jack graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Prior to this Jack completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences from La Trobe University.  He has developed an interest in neurological, physical, and psychosocial disabilities.

 

Jack is passionate about supporting people achieve their goals and actively participate in meaningful activities, through empowerment and collaboration.

 

Jack values providing holistic and client-centred care to all people to develop a strong foundation for a collaborative working relationship.

Luka Ritter

occupational therapist

Luka (he/they) graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice in 2022. Prior to this, they completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) at the University of Melbourne in Psychology and Gender Studies. Luka has experience working with people of all ages with a variety of physical, psychosocial, and neurological conditions across hospital-based, residential, and community settings. Here they have developed skills in working collaboratively with clients and their families in a holistic, trauma-informed approach to engage in meaningful occupations to achieve their goals. Luka is passionate about and has expertise in providing affirming and inclusive care to members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Luka’s honours thesis focused on experiences of gender-affirmation surgeries and the complexities faced by trans and gender diverse individuals when accessing both mental health and gender-affirming medical care, including recommendations for best practice – which they have been fortunate enough to present to leaders in the field. Luka plans to continue this work as an occupational therapist, providing care and support to those wanting to explore goals relating to gender-affirmation, healthy relationships, sexuality, and sexual health.

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Isaac Chan

Speech Pathologist/Team Leader

Isaac graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Speech Pathology. He is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with experience working across a range of paediatric settings – schools, community-health organizations and in private practice.

Isaac has special interests in working in the areas of autism, fluency, language, aided and augmentative communication, social-communication and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Isaac is able to speak and conduct therapy in both English and Mandarin. He enjoys keeping up to date with evidence-based practice and research.

Isaac places a strong focus on connection and relationship building. He strives to work in a strength-based and collaborative way with his team and with the families he supports.

OLIVIA MCNAMARA

speech pathologist

Olivia graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Speech Pathology/Bachelor of Applied Science. Prior to graduating university, Olivia worked as an allied health assistant, providing speech therapy supports to clients with a range of communication needs.

Olivia has experience working with children and young adults living with language delay, speech disorders, dysphagia, stuttering, autism and intellectual disability. Her areas of interest include dysphagia management (swallowing disorders), voice, and complex communication. 

Olivia is passionate about ensuring individual’s have access to effective communication to increase independence and participation in the community. Olivia believes in educating and supporting an individual’s support networks to best meet an individual’s communication and swallowing needs to ensure the highest standard of care.

Lillian Townsend

speech pathologist

Lillian graduated from Griffith University in Queensland with a Master of Speech Pathology, after completing her Bachelor of Science from The University of Melbourne. Previously, Lillian has worked as an allied health assistant, providing allied health support to autistic children under the age of 18. Lillian is passionate about helping support individuals in their communication, in order to increase independence and participation in the community. Her areas of interest include language, complex communication, dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and voice. Lillian enjoys adopting a client-based approach, helping the individual and their support network to achieve the goals that are the most relevant and important to them in their daily lives. She appreciates the value of collaboration with the other individuals that are involved in the support of the client.

Eva Skrinos

speech pathologist

Eva graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology. Prior to graduating from University, Eva worked as an allied health assistant providing speech and occupational therapy support to clients under 18 with a variety of communication and sensory needs.

 

Her areas of interest include working with the ASD population, complex communication, and the implementation of Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC).

 

Eva is passionate about building trust and positive relationships with clients, carers and families. She uses a client-centered approach in her therapy and aims to provide clients with the support needed to be independent.  Eva strives to support clients in achieving their goals and being the best versions of themselves.

LUCY LEE

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Lucy graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Speech Pathology. Previously, Lucy has worked as an Allied Health Assistant within kindergartens supporting the autistic community.

Her areas of interest include working with the ASD and prog-neuro populations and dysphagia management (swallowing disorders).

Lucy is passionate about providing a client-based approach for individual’s living with a disability, to enable her clients to feel empowered to reach their goals. Lucy values the opportunity to form trusting relationships with the individual, family, and carers.

Cassie Karanicolos

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Cassie is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Cassie is also trained in the Sounds Write Literacy Program and the Picture Exchange Communication Program. During her studies she also participated in a community engagement program in Vietnam and Thailand, and gained knowledge about the culture, as well as speech pathology and occupational therapy services provided in those countries.

Cassie has a background in disability support work and has experience working with individuals with a range of communication needs and ages. She has additional experience providing evidence-based, early intervention services for children aged 1-12 years with expressive/receptive language disorders, social communication needs, literacy difficulties, and speech sound disorders. Whilst Cassie works with clients across the age span, Cassie has particular interest in working with children with autism spectrum disorder.

Cassie regularly engages in professional development and current research to ensure her clinical practice is kept up to date. Cassie’s bubbly personality helps clients to feel comfortable and supported in therapy sessions. Cassie prioritises therapy services that are tailored to the client’s interests to ensure sessions are motivating and engaging. She is passionate about engaging with not only the client but their supports and family members to help achieve the best outcomes.

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Admin / Accounts Co-ordinator

Zach Martin

IT Support

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