Meet the Splash Paediatric Therapy team

 
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Lisa Clark
Practice Director

Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist

As the practice founder and owner, Lisa is passionate about developing a high quality allied health practice, which services the local communities around Melbourne.
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. 

Lisa holds a Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy and her experience in paediatrics began at Sunshine Hospital (Western Health) in 2006. 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.


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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 28 years.
During her career, Lisa has worked across a wide range of settings, including private practice, early childhood intervention and hospitals.

Lisa is 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 and the co-chair of the National Paediatric Taskforce.

As her career has developed, Lisa’s roles have involved leadership and management of teams in early intervention and healthcare settings. In her role as Clinical Services Manager at Splash Paediatric Therapy, Lisa provides staff supervision, professional development and management support.

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


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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. 


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Juliet Ryan
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Juliet graduated with a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2011 at the University of Limerick in Ireland. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Sociology and Psychology, which she completed in 2008.  

Juliet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, having worked in a range of Occupational Therapy settings in both adults, youth and paediatrics. She has worked in mental health, with people recovering from acquired brain injuries as well as rehabilitation settings. Juliet has also worked in health promotion with disability sport and recreation, being responsible for the management and delivery of professional education programs, as well as the roll out of leadership camps for children. 

Juliet is passionate about supporting children of all ages to achieve their Occupational Therapy goals, with a strong focus on evidence based practice and a goal based approach. 


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Rebecca Lewis (nee Bailey)
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

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.


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Melyssa Gardy
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Melyssa completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice in 2012, as well as a Bachelor of Exercise Science in 2010. Melyssa works at Splash full time at both our Werribee and Essendon clinics and has extensive experience working with children with physical disabilities. Prior to working with Splash, Melyssa worked at Yooralla in the school setting, providing support to children aged 4-16 years of age with developmental disabilities.

Melyssa has also worked part time in the private practice setting seeing children aged 2 and above with a range of developmental needs, including Autism and developmental delays. She has also worked in the Early Childhood Intervention setting at Noah's Ark, supporting families in the community and home environments. 

Melyssa has expertise in the use of technology to help the child’s independence, and has great skills working in a team to promote the best outcomes for your child.


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 honour’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!


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Adriana Zoumbilis
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Adriana is based at our Essendon clinic. Adriana has extensive experience in working with children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental needs.

She has previously worked within a multi disciplinary team in an Autism Specific service that specialised in supporting children and families using a positive behaviour framework.

Adriana has a caring and supportive manner that she brings to share with both the children and families, and has a very natural way of building rapport so that the child’s goals can be achieved.


Monique Rutledge
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Monique works at our Essendon clinic and has extensive experience with children with both developmental and physical / motor needs. She previously worked at Glenroy Specialist School, prior to moving to the UK and working in community and outpatient hospital settings, providing OT for children with developmental delay, ASD, intellectual disability and other medical issues.

Monique has an open and friendly manner, understanding the functional goals for her clients, and being able to work well with parents and childcare / kinder / schools to support children across all their environments.

 
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Deanna Rushbrooke
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

With a Masters in Occupational Therapy, Deanna is an enthusiastic and motivated OT who has worked in paediatrics since she graduated. Deanna also worked with Splash as a student, and then progressed to joining the team in early 2017.

Deanna provides the school based service to some of our local schools in the Werribee area, as well as servicing individual families at both the Werribee and Essendon clinics. 


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Lauren Verdino
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Lauren completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University. She enjoys providing clinic based services, with outreach to home and kinder/school settings. Lauren is experienced in working with children across the age range, and has a particular focus of increasing the clients independence in their self care skills as they grow and develop.

Lauren is certified in the Cognitive orientation to Occupational Performance approach (CO-OP) which allows her to support clients as they work towards their motor and organisational goals. Lauren brings a warm energy to her therapy sessions, working well to engage the child in their everyday occupations. Lauren is full time at our Werribee clinic.


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Andrea Morris
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Andrea completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, with first class honours at Australian Catholic University. She is trained in DIR Floortime, Learn to Play Therapy, Social Thinking to Early Learners and the Alert Program. 
Prior to joining Splash, Andrea has previously worked in other private practice settings in Melbourne, where she has provided OT support for children with a range of developmental delays and difficulties. She has worked also in Early Intervention Services and Monash Health, servicing children aged from birth to 16 years. She also has previous working experience in youth mental health in community services.

Specifically, Andrea is trained in supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental delays, motor difficulties and other physical disabilities.

Her expertise as an Occupational Therapist is understanding the child’s needs in their everyday activities, to enhance their participation and performance, specifically in the kinder and school setting. Andrea works mainly at our Malvern clinic and surrounding schools, as well as at the Werribee clinic.


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Robyn Marett
Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Robyn has worked with Splash Therapy since 2016, working with children aged from 2-16 years of age, with a range of developmental needs.

Specifically, Robyn has provided OT support for children with Autism and Developmental Delays understanding their needs in their everyday activities. She has also worked in mainstream and special schools, to support school aged children with their learning needs, both in the classroom and in the playground setting.

Robyn is based at our Malvern clinic, and is able to see families both in the clinic, and community setting.

 
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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!


Karlie Hidalgo
Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Karlie is an experienced Speech pathologist with a background of working in early childhood intervention, disability and school based services. Karlie trained in Queensland, and has experience working overseas.

Karlie has extensive clinical skills in providing Speech Pathology assessment (including diagnostic) intervention across the paediatric age ranges- she is trained in Hanen, SOS, Sounds Write, Key Word Sign and AAC.

She has a wonderful ability to build rapport with children and parents, and is dedicated to producing best outcomes for your child based on best practice.

Karlie provides Speech Pathology supervision and support across our team, and is available for professional development for schools and community groups.


Rebecca Williams
Senior Paediatric Speech Pathologist


Rebecca, known as “Beck”, is an experienced Speech Pathologist having previously worked in schools and private practice settings.

Beck has a strong focus on family centred practice with her early childhood intervention clients and is able to support families to build communication into everyday routines. Beck also has a strong background in children’s literacy and is able to provide support both to the client and the teacher in regards to using a best practice approach. Beck enjoys running groups, and is able to develop the child’s social communication in the group setting.

Beck works out of our Werribee clinic, and also provides a Saturday service.


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Gali Elishav
Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Gali is an experienced Speech Pathologist, who trained in Melbourne. She has experience working in private practice, with both early childhood intervention and school based services.

Gali provides high standard services in assessment and therapy. She is experienced in completing diagnostic assessments, and formal reports. Gali’s skills allow her to establish a positive therapeutic rapport with clients and families, with a focus on supporting your child in their communication needs. Gali enjoys running group programs focussed on Social Skills and Social Communication. At Splash, Gali works in the clinic and schools setting.


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Katherine Githinji
Paediatric Speech Pathologist

Katherine completed her Speech Pathology qualifications in Melbourne, and has had a long association with Splash, working with us in our group programs over the time of her studies.

Katherine has a positive and client focussed approach, being able to work with families in understanding their child’s communication needs. At Splash, Katherine spends some of her time working from within the schools setting, and this allows a focus on literacy skills. She works with younger clients also, with a focus on developing the early communication skills, and also investigates the supports of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


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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.


Sarah McMahon
Practice Manager - Essendon

Sarah is our Practice Manager at Essendon, 5 days per week. Sarah has worked in early childhood settings previously, as well as other small businesses.

Sarah is very skilled at supporting parents to manage their bookings with therapists, navigate their funding needs and help with payments at the clinic.


Laura Bennetts
Practice Manager - Malvern

Laura is the Practice Manager at our Malvern clinic, taking care of all our client needs and payment enquiries. Laura also provides support to our other clinics remotley, so you may deal with her over the phone to manage any accounts or service enquiries. 

Laura’s previous work experiences are in other allied health clinics, so she brings a wealth of knowledge about administrative support and services to the Splash team!

Laura is passionate about supporting our families and and enjoys interacting with our families throughout the week. 


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Renae Molles
Practice Manager - Werribee

Renae works with Splash at our Werribee clinic 4 days per week, and oversees the administrative management of the Werribee clinic. Renae holds a Certificate III in Children's Services, and is currently completing her Diploma of Practice Management. Renae has experience in previous medical receptionist roles and thoroughly enjoys supporting our families at the clinic. 

All of our Werribee families love seeing Renae when they come to the clinic!


Deanna Kochen (nee Blankfield)
Paediatric Occupational Therapist - on maternity leave

Deanna comes to Splash with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of
Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University. Deanna has almost 9 years’
experience working with children in various roles, including working as
an integration aide in the school setting, a carer and as an Occupational
Therapist in private practice.

Throughout her roles, she worked with children with specific learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) and varying degrees of fine and gross motor skill deficits. 

Deanna is one of our school based therapists, and provides a wealth of knowledge to teachers in the school setting. She is able to provide parents with support for their children by advocating for their needs at school, as well as implementing strategies for teachers to use in the classroom.

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.