Meet the Splash Paediatric Therapy team

 
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Lisa Clark
Practice Director

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Lisa has a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy and her experience in paediatrics began at Sunshine Hospital (Western Health). Her role involved assessing and treating children with global developmental delays, autism, developmental coordination disorders and handwriting difficulties. Lisa has also worked in various paediatric private practice settings, as well as with a range of schools around Melbourne to develop the allied health service within the school curriculum.

Being the practice owner, Lisa is passionate about developing a high quality allied health practice, which services the local communities. Lisa's previous work experiences in the corporate sector in occupational rehabilitation, OH&S, training and service development provides a base for ensuring the quality of service for the practice. 


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Lisa Vale
Clinical Services Manager

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

With an undergraduate Bachelor of Applied Science and an Advanced Masters in Occupational Therapy, Lisa has worked in paediatric occupational therapy for 25 years.

During her career, Lisa has worked across a wide range of settings, including private practice, early childhood intervention, hospital based community outpatient settings, and at a tertiary level acute and specialist outpatient settings. Lisa has also been an active member of Occupational Therapy Australia, the professional body representing OT's, and is currently a representative on the Victorian Workforce Professional Issues Committee.

Lisa has worked with children of all ages and all diagnoses. Clinically Lisa has had most experience working with pre-schoolers with developmental delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. In recent years, Lisa’s roles have involved leadership and management of teams in early intervention and healthcare settings. In addition to providing a client service at Splash, in her role as Clinical Services Manager, Lisa provides staff supervision, professional development and management support.

Lisa is a mum of 4 children, enjoys keeping fit, exercising with their family dog and reading the weekend papers!


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Rebecca Paterson
Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Rebecca has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 19 years, with 8 years experience in paediatrics. With a Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Rebecca has worked in private practice, community health, early intervention, child mental health and provided school-based therapy. Rebecca has an interest in working with school-aged children who have sensory processing disorders and dyspraxia, as well as pre-school children with ASD, helping them to extend their play and social skills.

Rebecca brings a great understanding of how a child’s family plays a role in therapy, and works closely with both the child and their parents to achieve their goals. Rebecca’s sessions are always lots of fun, with plenty of exciting and energetic activities!


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Victoria Rajaratnam
Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Victoria brings to Splash nine years of experience working in the area of paediatrics.  Victoria has worked in a multi-speciality hospital in Sri Lanka where she took a hands-on role to work with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, sensory processing disorders, Dyspraxia, learning difficulties and global developmental delays.

Victoria loves being an OT and is as extremely patient and friendly when working with children and their families. Specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Victoria’s passion is moving and playing with kids in the OT gym and believes that creative movement and music are a great way help children learn.

Currently, Victoria shares her working time across Splash and the Jacana School for Autism where she works with children with a broad range of diagnoses. Victoria provides services for Splash on a Saturday, available for families who are unable to attend weekday appointments. 


Tarryn Dee
Paediatric Occupational Therapist


Tarryn holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University, and has over 6 years’ experience as a Paediatric OT. Tarryn has worked extensively in early intervention within the school environment – special schools, special development schools and mainstream schools, with a focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Tarryn has a passion for working with children to develop their social, emotional and behaviour regulation and support, and enjoys using a variety of approaches to encourage inclusion in the school setting.

Tarryn also runs an online special needs resources store, My Diffability,  so she is always up to date with the latest fun and exciting tools, toys and resources! You can visit her store here - www.mydiffability.com.au


Gabi-Leigh Klein
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Coordinator of Physical Stream Referrals

Gabi joined the team at Splash with a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy and has been working in paediatrics for over 3 years. Gabi has a particular interest and specific experience in working with children with Cerebral Palsy, as well as other complex neurological conditions. Gabi also has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental delays.

Gabi has previously worked at the Cerebral Palsy Alliance in NSW with her focus being to maximize participation in daily activities for infants, children and adolescents with physical disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, Degenerative Conditions and significant and complex needs, across home school and clinic environments. She has provided intervention in both Northern NSW and Victoria.

Gabi has previously worked as a respite carer at the Glen Eira City Council, with children ages 0-18. Working as a respite carer meant spending hours every day in people’s homes, allowing her to truly experience life with family members and children living with disability.

Gabi also loves toys! She has spent time researching motivating and engaging toys for different types of therapy, and loves working with families to use toys to help achieve therapy goals!


Zoe Strang
Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Zoe completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at Latrobe University in 2008, as well as a Post Graduate Certificate Paediatric OT. Zoe is also currently completing her Advanced Masters of Occupational Therapy, which will be completed in December 2016.

Zoe is an experienced clinician, who has been working in Paediatric Occupational Therapy for 8 years. As well as providing services to children and their families at Splash on Friday’s at our Essendon clinic, Zoe also works in the Chronic Pain Management clinic at the Royal Children’s Hospital 4 days per week. Zoe has previous working experience in Neonates, Orthopaedics and Autism Assessment clinic at RCH. She also worked for 2 years in London at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children where she carried our assessment and intervention for spinal and orthopaedic patients.

Zoe is passionate about providing family centred care for her clients, delivering evidence based practice which is goal directed. She has a special interest in neurodevelopment and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

On top of all her impressive work achievements, as well as her work and study commitments throughout the week, Zoe enjoys time with her friends and family along the coast and loves staying fit and healthy! 


Rebecca Bailey
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
(on maternity leave)

Rebecca as a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability), and a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. Since graduating, Rebecca has worked in private practice settings, specialising in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, motor in coordination and fussy eaters.

Rebecca’s previous experience working at Aspect provided a multidisciplinary team setting, where she worked with psychologists and speech pathologists in delivering services to clients and families. As a result, Rebecca has an excellent skill set in behavioral management with young children, and an understanding of broader mental health aspects related to raising a child with additional needs.

Rebecca is currently on maternity leave from Splash, as she had her second baby girl in January 2017! We look forward to Rebecca returning to the team shortly. 


Deanna Blankfield
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Deanna comes to Splash with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University. Deanna has previously worked as an Integration Aide for children with a variety of conditions, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, dyspraxia and varying degrees of fine and gross motor skill deficits. Deanna has also assisted with the integration of children into the classroom environment, and development of their interpersonal skills.

Deanna is one of our school based therapists, and also works in the clinic setting. Deanna is actively involved in Splash’s group programs, specifically our Food Groups for children with eating difficulties, Autism Therapy Playgroups and has developed a range of handwriting groups for our children who are seen in the school setting.

Deanna is passionate about working with children, their families and teachers to promote participation and engagement in everyday activities at home, kinder and school settings. Deanna enjoys providing a creative and innovative flair when enabling children to achieve independence in meaningful everyday activities, and reaching their full potential.


Belle Hamilton
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Belle completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Brunel University, London. Belle has almost 10 years’ experience working with children in various roles, including working as an OT in a community paediatric setting in the UK. In her UK role, she worked with children with learning needs and physical disabilities in the clinic, their homes, schools and child care centers.    

At Splash Paediatric Therapy, Belle is focused on supporting children work towards their goals by developing skills and independence through their everyday activities. She has particular interest in developing the child’s play and leisure skills through sessions based around activity and creativity and enjoys using activities such as using obstacle courses, arts and crafts and farms, dolls, tea parties and role play. 

Belle loves to travel, and she has been fortunate to spend time in many countries around the world!


Katherine Alagendran
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Katherine has a Bachelor of Occupational Science and Therapy (Hons) from Deakin University and a Certificate III in Children’s Services. During her university studies, Kath also gained extensive experience working with children in roles as an integration and kindergarten aide in primary schools, and in out of hours school care.

Kath’s special interest is working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), as she completed her honor’s research in social play and social interaction in children with ASD. She is passionate about seeing children reach their full potential in their everyday play skills and social interaction. Through creative play activities in therapy, Kath’s sessions will often include role play, dress ups and pretend play, to activate a child’s imagination, incorporating each child’s own interests and ideas into therapy.

Kath is a super enthusiastic and fun-loving therapist, and loves to continually learn more about paediatrics, and creative ways to make her sessions memorable!


 

Robyn Hanlon
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Robyn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) and a Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice (MOT), which she completed in 2010 at La Trobe University. 

Robyn has been working in the area of paediatrics for over four years and has diverse experience working with children with developmental delays and disorders. Robyn has worked in a range of different settings including mainstream and special schools, private practice, community health and government organisations including ASPECT Victoria. 

Robyn has a strong passion and enthusiasm towards helping develop the skills of individual children, and has a particular interest in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Robyn is also an SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) trained therapist with experience in conducting mealtime/feeding therapy. 

Robyn is a bright and happy member of the Splash Therapy team, working across both our Essendon and Werribee clinics. 


Bernadette O'Connor
Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Clinical Supervisor

Bernadette has extensive experience in private practice, early intervention and hospital based services. She has owned Aspect Speech Pathology for 28 years prior to Aspect Speech Pathology’s merger with Splash Paediatric Therapy in early 2016. Bernadette is the current Director of Allied Health Services at the Royal Children's Hospital, however, she provides clinical supervision, clinical teaching and quality programs to the staff at Splash Paediatric Therapy in a consultancy role.

She has significant clinical expertise in working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, language and speech disorders, and over recent years has focused on leading and managing multidisciplinary teams in a hospital environment. Bernadette has been involved in research and program development, focused on improving the quality and efficiency of services for children and families.

In her spare time Bernadette loves music, jogging and travel!


Rebecca Kidd
Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Graduating from City University, London with a Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy, Rebecca, known as 'Becky', has been working as a Speech Pathologist for over 6 years. Becky’s career has taken her to various corners of the world, working in private practices, school-based environments and public health services in Australia (metro and rural), the UK and Cambodia.

Becky has a wealth of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, hearing impairment, dyspraxia, developmental delay and she has a special interest in supporting children with literacy problems.

Becky is an SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) trained therapist with experience in conducting mealtime/feeding therapy. She is a certified practitioner in the HANEN (More than Words) program, Lidcombe program (for stuttering), PROMPT trained, as well as certified for the Secret Agent Society program.  

In her sessions, she loves to use common household games such as Pop-up Pirate and shopping lists in creative ways to help children develop skills such as grammatical structures, speech sounds, adjectives and social skills.

In her spare time, she enjoys going on a bike ride to one of Melbourne’s many cafes, and practicing the odd Aikido (martial arts) move to stay fit!


Lucy Quartermain
Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Lucy holds a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) which she completed at Curtin University in WA. Lucy moved from Freemantle in 2016 to join the team where she was previously employed at the Freemantle Language Development Centre (FLDC) for two years.

Lucy’s role at the FLDC was implementing phonological awareness programs in the school setting, training teachers and parents, as well as working directly with children in the schools. She also worked with children on her caseload with specific language impairments, autism spectrum disorder and speech sound disorders. Lucy is trained in administering the MultiLit Program which is an evidence based program to support reading in pre-school and school aged children. 

Prior to working as a Speech Pathologist, Lucy worked in the school system as an aide for 3 years. She also holds an advanced diploma in Art & Design.

Lucy works in our school programs around the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, as well as at our Essendon clinic. 


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Louisa Ong
Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Louisa moved across from Singapore to work with the team at Splash, however has trained and worked in South Australia in previous Speech Pathologists roles. Louisa received her Bachelor of Speech Pathology with second class honors in 2009 at Curtin University. 

Louisa has been practicing as a Speech Pathologist for 7 years. Her previous role prior to working at Splash was as the Senior Speech Pathologist at one of the leading private hospitals in Singapore. Her experience is in dysphasia, articulation and communication management, literacy and phonology, as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Louisa is trained in the Hanen (More than Words) program, has done extensive social skills training and has worked in multiple assessment clinics. 

Louisa works at Splash's Werribee clinic. 


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Jane Armstrong
Operations Manager

Jane joined Splash with over 10 years experience working in Executive Assistant, Administration, Reception and Business Manager roles, as well as holding a Certificate of Education Support. Jane has also volunteered in numerous roles in primary school settings.

Jane supports all of the therapists with the management of their children and families, however her key role is ensuring the overall running of the practice with Lisa Clark. 

Jane manages the billing and administrative procedures for Splash, so you may interact with her in regards to payment and funding related inquiries such as DSS (FaHCSIA), NDIS, Medicare or your private health fund. 

With a patient and approachable style, Jane loves teaching and assisting her own children with everyday tasks, and seeing them flourish at school and with their friendships. Outside of Splash, Jane’s kept busy with her 2 children, playing netball twice a week and barracking for the St Kilda Football Club.

 


Laura Petridis
Receptionist & Therapy support - Werribee

You will meet Laura at reception when visiting our Wyndham clinic. Laura is currently working on her PhD in Public Health/Health Promotion at La Trobe University. Laura has been a professional nanny for the past 5 years, and loves working with kids! Laura is very happy to manage your phone calls, queries and billing inquiries.   


Nikita Angelofsky
Receptionist & Therapy support - Essendon

Nikita is currently looking after the administrative operations at Splash's Essendon clinic. Nikita enjoys travelling the world, which is a passion of hers. Nikita has also completed an Arts and Social Sciences degree. Nikita is a smiling and welcoming face waiting to greet you and help with any payment or funding inquiries.