Occupational Therapists

Meet our team of Occupational Therapists at SSRG | www.ssrg.com.au

Meet our dedicated team of Occupational Therapists

Our Occupational Therapists are degree-qualified clinicians with experience across a diverse range of clinical conditions. All SSRG Occupational Therapists are registered with AHPRA. You can find out more about our occupational therapy services here.

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Melissa

Occupational Therapy Manager

MOccThy

Claire

Claire

Occupational Therapy Team Leader

BOccThy

Becky

Becky

Senior Occupational Therapist

Mel is the Occupational Therapy team manager, bringing extensive clinical experience to her leadership role within the OT team. Mel loves the practicality and holistic potential of occupational therapy because it supports people to engage in important activities, improve their functional capacity, and assist with independence and participation.

Having specialised in community aged care, and with specific interests in falls prevention, assistive technology and palliative care, Mel has a deep appreciation for the collaborative opportunities occupational therapy makes possible.

Mel has a background in caring and client-focused roles – beginning her career in health as a registered nurse – but was excited by the opportunity to shift toward working proactively with clients to promote function and independence.

As a result, Mel undertook a Graduate Entry Master of Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Queensland.

When not leading the OT team, you will find Mel outdoors! A love of sunshine, surf and sand means Mel spends her spare time surfing, hiking, and swimming with her family.

Claire is an Occupational Therapist who works across the aged care and disability sectors. She is passionate about working in the community alongside client’s to enable them to continue living in their home environment for as long as possible. Claire is committed to promoting participation in activities that have specific relevance or meaning to clients, and that support their interests, needs, and participation in daily life. Her interests and skills lie in equipment prescription and complex home modifications.

Claire has attained additional qualifications in complex home modifications enabling her to provide expert access advice on building renovations. Claire has also completed further training in complex seating and wheelchair prescription - MAT assessment trained.

Claire holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In her spare time you will find Claire at the beach with her border collie, practicing yoga, or watching a nature documentary.

Learn more about Becky soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Senior Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Gabi works with older adults in the community to help them maintain their independence through rehabilitation after illness or injury. Gabi values collaborative, client-centered therapy because she understands that an increased sense of control and independence benefits the overall wellbeing of older adults.

With experience in chronic conditions rehabilitation, mental health, and aged care, Gabi is passionate about helping people achieve their goals through the independent undertaking of activities that generate meaning and purpose in their lives. Gabi completed her Honours research in the area of adults with disability and continues to expand her knowledge in diseases common in older age and chronic conditions.

Gabi holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Beyond her passion for helping her clients, Gabi loves making people smile, and values spending time with family and friends.

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Jane

Senior Occupational Therapist

BSc(Hons)

Nicole

Nicole

Senior Occupational Therapist

BOccThy

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Susan

Senior Occupational Therapist

Jane works primarily with community clients between the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay. Working with a range of clients of different ages and backgrounds, Jane has experience in the areas of intellectual disability, ASD, ADHD, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, chronic back pain, Parkinson’s, stroke, ABI, amputation and rare genetic conditions.

With a passion for helping her clients engage in meaningful activities, Jane’s focus is on working with individuals in ways that promotes holistic wellbeing and empowers them to achieve their goals. Jane is particularly interested in the areas of physical disability, neurological conditions, upper limb rehab, and assistive technology prescription, and has completed placements in various settings including rehab, palliative ward, community paediatric and early intervention clinic, community mental health and hospitals.

Graduating from Trinity College Dublin at the university of Dublin, Ireland in 2015, Jane holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy.

Since arriving in Australia, Jane has taken up surfing, and loves spending time outdoors, hiking and going on adventures with friends. When not outdoors she enjoys craft and baking, and plays the piano and guitar.

Nicole works with people with physical and intellectual disabilities to assist them in realising their everyday goals. Nicole believes that it is important for people to have the opportunity to be as independent as possible and works with individuals to achieve this by removing barriers in their home environments, acquiring assistive technologies and equipment, and providing therapy.

Nicole is a certified Major Modifications Occupational Therapist through Assistive Technologies Australia, and is trained in the area of complex postural seating. She has also completed extensive training in the areas of equipment prescription.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland.

To satisfy her creative side, Nicole enjoys painting, macramé and embroidering, and keeps herself busy with puzzles, yoga, and outdoor activities like hiking and paddle boarding.

Learn more about Susan soon!

Dominique

Dominique

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy

Dom works with a wide variety of individuals living with a disability and is passionate about making a positive difference in her clients’ lives by helping them to achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. She is especially interested in areas of Occupational Therapy involving neurological conditions and completing minor home modifications.

Helping her clients to get the most out of life and overcome barriers to health and wellbeing are just some of the reasons Dom loves being an Occupational Therapist. She has a passion for learning and finding unique ways of approaching problems – which is probably why her favourite things to read are medical books!

Dom holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

When not engrossed in a medical book, Dom unwinds by playing golf and making pottery.

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Georgia

Occupational Therapist

Learn more about Georgia soon.

Hannah

Hannah

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Hannah works with a mixed caseload of both community and NDIS clients on the Sunshine Coast. Hannah is dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of clients with a range of conditions and disabilities and appreciates the learning opportunities this presents.

With an interest in adult rehabilitation, particularly neuro rehabilitation, upper limb rehab and physical disability, Hannah is passionate about helping people realise their true potential by engaging in occupations that are meaningful to them. Hannah has always wanted to work in a profession that allows her to have a positive impact in the lives of others and couldn’t think of any better way of doing this than through being an OT.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

When not at work Hannah enjoys playing hockey, spending time at the beach, and catching up with family and friends.

Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Jacqueline works with a range of NDIS client across Northern Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, with a focus on empowering her clients through skill-based practical therapy. Jacqueline has experience in workplace rehabilitation and motor vehicle accidents, and has particular interests in equipment prescription, task modification and ergonomics.

With a strong desire to help her clients to achieve their goals, Jacqueline aims to be a positive force in supporting her clients to reach those all-important milestones.

Jacqueline graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

As a long-term Sunshine Coast local Jacqueline enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking.

Kate

Kate

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Kate works with a mixed caseload of NDIS and Community clients across the Sunshine Coast. She is passionate about helping her clients achieve their goals through participating in occupations that are meaningful to them – whatever that may be!

With particular interests in the areas of neurological rehabilitation, minor home modifications and assistive technology prescription, Kate loves being an Occupational Therapist because it enables her to work with people to build their confidence and independence.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

When she’s not out in the community helping her clients reach their goals, Kate enjoys getting outdoors – spending time at the beach, fishing and walking her French bulldogs Lilah and Poppy.

Sophia

Sophia

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Sophia works primarily with HCP, TCP, CSRT and Veterans/DVA clients with a variety of conditions who are wanting to improve their function and maintain independence. Sophia is driven by a desire to see her clients progress toward achieving their individual goals, no matter how big or small. She enjoys working with a diverse range of people and appreciates the unique qualities that all her clients contribute to her work.

With experience in residential settings within the Aged Care sector, Sophia is a highly motivated clinician who enjoys working alongside individuals to enable them to live a meaningful life and optimise their level of independence.

Sophia holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the Waikato Institute of Technology in New Zealand.

Sophia loves to start her day watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee, and heading to the beach for a swim to take in the beauty of the Sunshine Coast.

Talulah

Talulah

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Toni

Toni

Occupational Therapist

BOccThy (Hons)

Talulah works primarily with community clients 65 and older. With interests in neurological rehabilitation and hand therapy, Talulah loves being able to help her clients engage in the activities that give their lives meaning.

Driven by a passion for helping her clients smile and improve their functional capacity, Talulah works hard to assist her clients to thrive in their home environment so that they can continue doing the everyday things that they enjoy.

Talulah holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from James Cook University.

In her spare time, Talulah loves going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, reading a good book, and knitting.

Toni is an occupational therapist with a passion for being able to support clients to live as independently as possible and achieve goals they previously thought they may not be able to achieve.

As an advocate for the holistic potential of occupational therapy, Toni loves the ways in which it places the unique qualities of the individual at the centre of the therapeutic process.

Toni has developed particular interests in physical and neurological disabilities, as well as how home modifications and assistive technology can help people achieve independence.

With a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Toni became an OT because she wanted to do something that helps people to live meaningful lives (and being a part of her clients’ journey brings her a great deal of joy).

In her spare time, Toni loves to cook and get out in the sunshine!