Staff

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.

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.

Deonet Brits
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (Occupational Therapy)

Deonet is a highly driven and experienced Occupational Therapist. She has extensive experience in working with children with diagnosed and undiagnosed learning difficulties as well as neurological and physical impairments. Deonet is also experienced in the seating of children and adults with basic to advanced wheelchair seating needs. She has completed basic and intermediate seating courses. Deonet is an advocate for proper assessment, prescriptions and fitment of wheelchairs to fit the person’s body, environment and lifestyle, aiming to attain the highest level of independence and therefore improving the quality of life for the individual with the disability and their family. Deonet’s clinical interests are working with children with various diagnosis, physical impairments and barriers that interferes with their normal development. She takes a client and family-centred approach to her therapy and aims to assist an individual to reach their goals and achieve their highest level of independence and quality of life.

Deonet 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.

Hannah Owen
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (Occupational Therapy)

Hannah is one of our enthusiastic Occupational Therapists who has experience working alongside children with diagnosed and undiagnosed difficulties in school, clinic, home and group settings. She is determined to deliver functional, fun and personalised therapy services to all clients, and values genuine connections and a family-centred approach to practice. Hannah has a particular interest in the field of hippotherapy (therapy using the movement of a horse) and was fortunate to observe the benefits of this unique treatment strategy while completing part of her degree in the USA.

Hannah 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.

Joshua Panelo
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (Occupational Therapy)

Joshua is one of our fun and highly talented Occupational Therapists who has a passion for working closely with families and schools in order to provide positive outcomes and to encourage children to reach their potential. Joshua values effective communication and thrives off connecting with the main stakeholders in a child’s life, incorporate the principles of family centred practice throughout his everyday practice. Josh comes from a background of older adults and enjoys working with people of all ages to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life.

Joshua 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.

Charmaine Rendell
Occupational Therapist
Bsc (Occupational Therapy)

Charmaine is one of our highly experienced and knowledgeable Occupational Therapists with experience providing services to children, adolescents, adults and their families within the community. She works with families utilising a family centred approached to create individualised and adaptive intervention service provision. Charmaine is passionate about assisting individuals achieve their goals by facilitating their development and enhancing their strengths.

Charmaine 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.

Sally Williams
Speech Pathologist and Team Leader
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Sally is one of our highly experienced Speech Pathologists and team leaders. She has extensive experience in working with both children and adults. Sally is passionate about working with clients and their families to achieve functional and individualised goals through the provision of high-quality, evidence-based services. Her skills as a speech pathologist equip her to assist her clients in all areas of speech, language, literacy, dysphagia and AAC.

Sally 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.

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.

Kathryn Fransz
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Kathryn is one of our Speech Pathologists who is passionate about developing and supporting the ability to communicate. She believes communication is both necessary and liberating to all, and strives to help those who require it. She has had experience across a range of settings with children, adolescents, and adults in various populations. Kathryn is an enthusiastic and friendly member of the team who focuses on making therapy conducive to each client and their unique circumstance.

Kathryn 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.

Catherine Leong
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Catherine is one of our Speech Pathologists who is motivated about working with children and their families to provide quality family centred care. She is experienced in providing individual and group sessions in a variety of environments including home, school and community settings to children and adults. Cat is passionate about working in the areas of literacy, hearing disorders, and disabilities including AAC. Cat is highly motivated to provide holistic intervention by adopting a fun, interactive and supportive environment to help children and their families achieve their goals.

Catherine 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.

Kaitlyn Marbeck
Speech Pathologist
Masters Degree in Speech Pathology

Kaitlyn is one of our skilled Speech Pathologists who is enthusiastic and driven about working with families and caregivers to provide all her clients with high quality, individualised assessment and therapy to achieve realistic, functional goals. She has experience working with children and adults within the school, hospital, clinic and aged-care settings. Kaitlyn has worked with children in areas including early language, expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, speech and fluency. Further, she has worked with adults in areas including speech, language, literacy, alternative communication, voice and swallowing. She is driven to provide holistic therapy to encourage her clients reach their full potential in their everyday lives.

Kaitlyn 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.

Louise Mizzi
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Louise is one of our experienced Speech Pathologists who is passionate about working with families to achieve set individualised goals. She has experience working with people of all ages and levels of need. Louise is experienced in assessing, diagnosing and treating children with a range of difficulties including developmental speech and language delay and disorder, literacy difficulties, stuttering, hearing impairment, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Neurodevelopmental disorders. Louise has also recently completed the "Hanen It Takes Two to Talk Program" which focuses on early communication skills. Louise believes that individualised family centred intervention and evidenced based practise are the keys to progressing children’s speech and language abilities.

Louise 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.

Amy Smith
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Amy is a highly motivated Speech Pathologist who is passionate about providing a holistic, individualised and flexible approach in helping individuals with communication difficulties reach their highest potential. She strongly believes in working collaboratively with clients, families and schools, using evidenced based techniques in assessment and intervention in order to achieve goals. Amy has had experience working across a broad range of areas including expressive and receptive language, speech, voice, fluency, swallowing and AAC. She is particularly interested in identifying and addressing factors which impact upon children’s academic and social development.

Amy 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 Wan
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Emily is one of our Speech Pathologists who is motivated and highly driven about working with families in order to provide high quality service, and to achieve each client's personal goals. She believes positive working relationships are essential in providing holistic client-centred care. Emily has experience with children and adults across the areas of speech, language and communication including: early intervention, articulation, language, stuttering and fluency, alternative and augmentative communication, voice difficulties, and swallowing. Emily holds in high regard the importance of individualised therapy to create meaningful and functional gains for each client.

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.

Cassandra Wood
Speech Pathologist
BSc (Speech Pathology)

Cassandra is a member of our Speech Pathology team who is motivated and passionate in providing families and their children individualised and holistic intervention. She has experience in working with clients across the lifespan in schools, home, clinic based, and out in the community. Cassandra provides collaborative and client centred practice for various areas such as; expressive and receptive language delay/disorder, fluency difficulties, literacy, articulation, and alternative means of communication. She has worked with children with diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, and neurodevelopmental disorders. Cassandra strives for family centred intervention that uses evidence based practice and incorporates the family’s speech goals for positive outcomes.

Cassandra 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.

Kellie Briggs
Physiotherapist and Team Leader
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.

Bethany Richards
Physiotherapist
BSc (Physiotherapy)

Bethany is one of our enthusiastic Physiotherapists with a passion for working in the community throughout the lifespan. She has had experience in hospital, community based and private physiotherapy, involving clients with orthopaedic, neurological and developmental issues. She enjoys helping young ones through fun, therapeutic play to achieve the functional goals which are important to the child and family.

Bethany 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 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.

Sarah Dennis
Administrative Coordinator

Sarah is a star in our team ensuring that all administrative functions at Down South Therapy Services run smoothly and effectively being readily available to assist with service and account enquiries. Sarah is a rock of knowledge and assistance to our staff and families and is readily available to assist with administrative enquiries.

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.

Ryan Heath
Director and Systems Manager
Qualification – Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations)

Ryan is one of our Directors and is the Systems Manager at Down South Therapy Services. Ryan has extensive experience in all areas of Human Resources at a number of large WA based organisations. Ryan's role at Down South Therapy Services ensures that all operating systems are running smoothly for staff and families at Down South Therapy Services.

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