Staff

Jodie Heath
Occupational Therapist and Director
BSc (Occupational Therapy), BEd (Primary Education)

Jodie is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist and Primary school teacher who has over 10 years experience in providing high quality therapy services in the Rockingham - Peel regions. Jodie has had a wide range of experience in working with infants, children, teenagers and adults in private and not-for-profit Occupational therapy services in the local community in the areas of child development, rehabilitation and mental health. She is experienced in providing individual and group occupational therapy services for infants, children, teenagers and adults with an array of diagnosed and undiagnosed difficulties. Jodie is passionate about helping all individuals reach their goals and fullest potentials in an individualised, fun, functional and innovative way. She values providing a family-centred individualised approach to service provision, which is flexible and based on individuals changing needs and goals.

Jodie is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Kellie Holtham
Administrative Coordinator

Kellie is a highly valued member of our Down South Therapy Services team, having had extensive experience within service operations in local businesses and companies. Kellie assists with account management services and ensuring that all administrative functions at Down South Therapy Services run smoothly and effectively being readily available to assist with service and account enquiries.

Tina Bransch
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Tina Bransch is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked since 2008 in a range of settings across the world. She has extensive experience providing services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families within their community.

Prior to settling in Perth, Tina originally studied and graduated in Germany. Following the urge to travel, Tina has worked in various countries, amongst others she has worked in England and South Africa.

Tina has completed several professional development events including - 'Sense-ational Mealtimes' by Dr Denise Stapleton, 'The Traffic Jam in my Brain – A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Disorders' by Sensory Tools Australia, Hand upper limb workshop by WA OT Association, Understanding Normal Movement for Paediatric Therapists by ABNDTA, Sensory Integration 3-day course by Sensory Potential. Her clinical interests are in working various diagnosis in particular ASD and ABI.

Tina is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Sarina Shirazee
Occupational Therapist
Masters of Occupational Therapy

Sarina is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has specialised in paediatrics since completing a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2008. She has extensive experience in providing both group and individual therapy to children ranging from toddlers to teenagers, in private and government associations across Australia. Sarina has worked with children with both diagnosed and undiagnosed difficulties, in particular those with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Sarina feels strongly about providing therapy that is child-directed, and has been sought after for the adaptability in her approach and ability to build relationships with children in such a way that maximises their potential.

Sarina is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Adam Crisp
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Adam is an Occupational Therapist who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about working with children, families and schools. Adam has excelled is his work with children, in school setting and home environments, working with school aged children both with and without diagnosis. He has a passion for assisting children to reach their potential, by facilitating a child’s strengths to overcome their difficulties. Adam values and embraces the importance of family-centred practise when working with children and values the input and goals of the family as the experts for their child, allowing him to be flexible and adaptive in intervention approaches.

Adam is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Elizabeth Earl
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (Occupational Therapy)

Elizabeth is an Occupational Therapist with experience in working with children and their families through individual and group sessions in a variety of home, school and community settings. She is passionate about providing services to children of all ages and highly values the use of family centred practice to enhance well-being and quality of life in areas of play, learning and self-care. Her interests include sensory processing disorders, developmental delays, autism and early intervention, and approaches each intervention in a fun, creative and functional way.

Elizabeth is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Shaunace Stanton
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Shaunace is an Occupational Therapist who is highly passionate about working with children and their families. She considers this a very rewarding career as she works with children, families and schools to adapt activities and environments to achieve their goals. Shaunace has experience working with children with and without diagnosed difficulties in both group and one-on-one settings. Her therapeutic approaches are child-directed with an emphasis on family-centred practice. Shaunace believes therapy should be delivered in an individualised, fun and functional way that is motivational and will help the individual reach their fullest potential.

Shaunace is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Ricky Botes
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Ricky is an Occupational Therapist who is very determined and passionate about enabling children to fulfil their potential in all areas of life. With a background in Health and Fitness and an in-depth understanding of the human body it has allowed Ricky to develop a very holistic approach to therapy, focussing on both the physiological components of development, as well as emotional and cognitive. He is extremely motivated to bring about functional change in a family centred way, allowing children and their support networks to work together in the home or school environment. Ricky's experience and interests include early intervention, fine and gross motor development, autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders. His enthusiasm and determination has proven a success in helping children with or without a diagnosis connect to their goals and be motivated in achieving them.

Ricky is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Olivia Sellers
Occupational Therapist
BSc (Occupational Therapy)

Olivia is an Occupational Therapist who is highly motivated and passionate about working with children, their families and schools. She is determined to provide innovative, fun and high quality therapy. She strongly believes in the positive impact that early intervention can have on a child’s ability to engage participate and enjoy all areas of their daily life including play, learning and self-care. Olivia values family-centered practice, involving collaborating with children, families and teachers to determine appropriate goals and intervention approaches.

Olivia is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Nikki Roche
Occupational Therapist

Nikki is an Occupational Therapist who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about working with children and families to achieve common goals. She is passionate about providing high quality family centred practice and endeavours to promote and enhance well-being, education and quality of life through the areas of play, self-care and student. Nikki’s interests include sensory processing disorders, autism, developmental delays, early intervention, and fine and gross motor development. Nikki has completed ’The Traffic Jam in my Brain - A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Disorders’ course by Sensory Processing Tools Australia. She is always looking at new ways to expand her knowledge in the area of Paediatric Occupational Therapy and believes therapy should be individualised, motivational and more importantly fun for the individuals.

Nikki is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Anne Marie Sockett
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (hons) Occupational Therapy

Anne Marie is an Occupational Therapist who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about working with children, their families and schools. She has worked in range of settings in both the UK and Australia since 2002. She has experience with rehabilitation, mental health services and children, both in the hospital and community setting. She has a passion for assisting children reach their full potential by identifying childrens strengths to reach this and working closely with their families and their school.

Anne Marie is a registered Occupational Therapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Rachel Shadrake
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Rachel has worked as a Speech Pathologist for more than 8 years. She has experience working in a variety of early years and school age settings in both the the UK and Australia. Rachel is experienced in assessing, diagnosing and treating children with a range of difficulties including; developmental speech and language delay and disorder, social communication difficulties, stuttering, dyspraxia, hearing impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental disorders, including Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Rachel believes that communication is a human right and she is passionate about working with children and helping them to reach their full potential.

Rachel is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Jade McCafferty
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Jade is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate and enthusiastic about working with children and their families. She has worked with a broad range of clients, ranging from infants to adolescents in school, home, clinic and hospital settings. Jade has experience working with children with speech and language delays and disorders, feeding disorders, voice disorders, fluency difficulties and alternative means of communication. Jade has worked with children with diagnoses such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Jade is passionate about family centred practice and early intervention. Jade is dedicated and highly motivated to working collaboratively with children and their families to help achieve their goals.

Jade is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Tara van Schalkwyk
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Tara is a Speech Pathologist who is motivated and enthusiastic about providing high quality, individualised therapy for her clients. She has experience across a broad range of speech and language areas, including: expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, articulation delay/disorder, literacy, feeding difficulties, stuttering, voice disorders and alternative means of communication. She is passionate about early intervention and providing holistic and ongoing therapy through family and school involvement and education.

Tara is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Emily Lambert
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)(Hons)

Emily holds an honours degree in Speech Pathology. She has worked with a wide range of clients from infants to adolescents with diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, hearing impairment and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Emily’s experience encompasses a broad range of speech and language areas including: stuttering, alternative means of communication, feeding difficulties, expressive and receptive delays/disorders, articulation delay/disorder, social skills and literacy. She is passionate about working with children and providing high quality, family centred therapy to her clients.

Emily is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Andrea Chin
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Andrea has a particular interest in working with children to assist their communication skills by targeting goals that are family-related and functional as well as enhancing the child's academic skills for success at school. Andrea has worked in private practice and primary schools and has experience providing effective services to toddlers through to school-aged children in the areas of articulation (speech sounds), comprehension, expression (grammar, vocabulary), literacy skills and stuttering.

Andrea is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, My Way, NDIS, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment.

Bronte Ranford
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Bronte is a Speech Pathologist who is strongly motivated and passionate about providing client-centred, high quality care to all of her clients. She values the importance of working with families to develop individualised goals, allowing her to provide optimal intervention and assistance to families. Bronte has had experience working with children in the areas of; early language, expressive & receptive language, speech, fluency and literacy. Bronte places high importance on providing holistic therapy in the client’s everyday environment, giving clients the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

Bronte is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, My Way, NDIS, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment.

Danielle Brockman
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology) (Hons), Adv Dip. Enrolled Nursing

Danielle is a Speech Pathologist who is motivated and passionate about providing high quality client and family centred therapy to her clients. Her previous experience as an Enrolled Nurse has provided her with a vast range of clinical skills that have transferred directly to her career as a Speech Pathologist, resulting in a holistic and functional client centred approach to therapy. Danielle has a strong interest in evidence-based therapy across all areas of paediatric to adult speech and language, and has a passion for literacy, social skills, and stuttering assessment and intervention. She has experience working with children and adults with wide range of speech and language delays including: expressive and receptive language, articulation, literacy, feeding and swallowing, stuttering, voice disorders and alternative means of communication. She is enthusiastic about holistic family centred intervention and evidence based approaches to therapy.

Danielle is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Monica Halusek
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Monica is experienced in working across a number of school and clinical settings. Monica is very enthusiastic and passionate about working closely with children and families to achieve growth and development across areas of speech and language. Her skills as a speech pathologist include working with children and adults in areas of speech, language, literacy, stuttering, dysphagia and high tech AAC devices. She is incredibly passionate about the development and growth of literacy skills and the application of evidence based frameworks that aim to support both parents and children in the advancement and progression of speech and language abilities.

Monica is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Rose Taylor
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Physiotherapy)

Rose is an experienced Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with families to achieve family centered, functional and individualised goals. Rose has a wide rage of experience in working with children with disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay and Down Syndrome. Rose has completed additional training including PROMPT© (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) and Hanen It Takes Two to Talk© and has experience in providing interventions based on these approaches. Rose is also currently studying towards a Diploma of Education (Early Childhood Studies) to continue developing her passion for enhancing children’s language and literacy, and supporting educators and families to help children reach their fullest potential.

Rose is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Tayla Noble
Speech Pathologist

Tayla is a Speech Pathologist who strives to provide high quality, client centred and individualized care to all her clients. She is passionate about working closely with her clients and their families to develop goals that are relevant and functional, so that optimal outcomes are achieved. Tayla has experience working with children and adults with speech and language delays and disorders, fluency difficulties, mealtime management difficulties, dysphagia, voice disorders and alternative means of communication. She values approaching intervention in a holistic, creative and fun way, to motivate and assist clients in reaching their full potential.

Tayla is a registered Speech Pathologist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, FaHCSIA services under the Helping Children with Autism initiative, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Danielle Garside
Speech Therapy Assistant

Danielle achieved an honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the UK. Danielle is passionate about working closely with children and their families to achieve personalised goals and to assist them in reaching their full communicative potential. She has experience providing therapy in a wide variety of settings and her particular areas of interest include expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, voice disorders, articulation delay/disorders, feeding disorders and stuttering. Danielle is passionate about early intervention, and supporting families and schools to develop the tools required to support the child to reach their goals.

Tammy Donnelly
Physiotherapist
BSc (Physiotherapy)

Tammy is an experienced and passionate physiotherapist who has worked in hospital, private practice and community settings for over 13 years. She has worked with children and their families with various musculoskeletal, connective tissue and neurological conditions as well as those with coordination and movement disorders. Tammy focuses on making her treatment program’s fun and engaging for infants, children and adolescents of all ages, incorporating games and specialised physiotherapy exercise aimed at meeting family-centred goals. These treatment programs can be carried out at school or in the home environment.

Tammy is a registered Physiotherapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

Kellie Briggs
Physiotherapist
Master Of Physiotherapy

Kellie is an enthusiastic and experienced physiotherapist with a strong rehabilitation and neurological background. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, private practice and for private rehabilitation providers, more recently also lecturing at Curtin University. Kellie has experience in treating both adults and children with passion for the latter arising after having her own three daughters. She adopts a very individualised and family-centred approach when conducting her therapy sessions and thoroughly enjoys being able to make a difference in her clients functional ability.

Kellie is a registered Physiotherapist through all private health funds, PMH funding (PITS), Medicare initiatives, Insurance Commission of WA funding, Better Start Early Intervention Service for children with Cerebral Palsy, Fragile X Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment and Vision Impairment and NDIS My Way.

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