Occupational Therapy

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Regina Heffernan

Director

Occupational Therapist

Regina is an Occupational Therapist and the Owner / Director of Smart Solutions Rehab Group (also see: Smart Solutions Occupational Therapy). Regina oversees all aspects of business operations including training, recruitment, marketing and business development.

Regina believes that quality is the most important element of all the work delivered by SSRG.

Regina has worked extensively within the Government and Not-for-Profit sector over the past 20 years, with comprehensive training and special interest in the area of Complex Home Modifications.

Regina holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of QLD and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Family Therapy.  Regina is a qualified WorkHab Assessor and also has completed independent Home Modifications competencies including CPPACC4020A and CPPACC5016A.

Michelle

Michelle

Allied Health Manager

Michelle is an Occupational Therapist, who manages the allied health clinical staff of Smart Solutions Rehab Group; her role includes facilitating and overseeing staff development and training, recruitment, and the quality of clinical work produced by clinicians.

Michelle has worked extensively in both Government and Private Health Organisations over the past 15 years in both clinical and management roles, and has extended training and special interest in the clinical areas of Neurological Upper Limb Rehabilitation and Complex Wheelchair and Seating prescription, as well as in staff and team management & development.

Claire

Claire

Senior Occupational Therapist

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 advise 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.

Nicole

Nicole

Senior Occupational Therapist

Nicole is an Occupational Therapist who works with people with both physical and intellectual disabilities to assist them in achieving optimal independence in their everyday lives.

Nicole believes that it is important for people to have the opportunity to be as independent as possible. Working with individuals to remove barriers in their home environments, acquire assistive technologies/ equipment and providing therapy are many ways in which this can be achieved.

Nicole is a certified Major Modifications Occupational Therapist, and is trained in the area of complex postural seating. Both of these certificates have been obtained through Assistive Technologies Australia. Nicole has also attended various other training courses in the area of equipment prescription.

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

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Brianna

Occupational Therapist

Brianna is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast. She completed her honours in music therapy for those suffering with mental health disorders.

Brianna works within an inpatient rehabilitation setting and in the community helping people from all walks of life achieve their goals and become more independent. She has experience working with the elderly within aged care, within the Persistent Pain Clinic and some experience working within Queensland Education. Brianna has an interest in working with those with mental health conditions, brain injuries and simple home modifications.

Ebony

Ebony

Occupational Therapist

Ebony is a qualified Occupational Therapist who works with individuals within the National Disability Insurance Scheme, dedicated to empowering individuals to increase their independence, quality of life and reach their potential.

Ebony believes that maximising independence and client outcomes is achieved through collaborative processes between therapists, family and participants.

Ebony has experience in acute, community and disability sectors, with interest and skills in equipment prescription, physical disability and functional rehabilitation.

Ebony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from James Cook University.

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Elisha

Occupational Therapist

Elisha is an Occupational Therapist who works with clients across the lifespan within the NDIS team at Smart Solutions Rehab Group.  Elisha is passionate about working creatively and collaboratively with her clients to support their participation in meaningful occupations.

Elisha has experience working in disability, aged care and paediatric settings.  Elisha also has experience working with a range of sensory processing difficulties, emotional regulation, developmental delays, intellectual impairments, mental health diagnoses, age related conditions and palliative care.

Throughout Elisha’s experience she has had the opportunity to develop her skills across a versatile caseload and in a variety of settings.

Elisha holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from James Cook University.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Occupational Therapist

Gabi is an Occupational Therapist who works with older adults in the community to help them rehabilitate from illness or injury and maintain their independence. Gabi values collaborative, client-centred therapy because she understands it is important for older adults to maintain a sense of control and independence within their life for their overall wellbeing.

Gabi has experience in chronic conditions rehabiliation, mental health, and aged care. 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.

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Gemma

Senior Occupational Therapist

Gemma is an Occupational Therapist who works with NDIS participants to increase their independence and enable participation in all activities of daily living. Gemma is passionate about supporting and working collaboratively with individuals to meet their goals and optimise their quality of life. Gemma has experiencing working in both community and acute hospital settings in the ACT, specialising in assistive technology prescription and home modifications for people with physical disabilities.

Gemma holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from Charles Sturt University in Albury, NSW.

Jessica

Jessica

Occupational therapist

Jess is an Occupational Therapist who works with a variety of different clients to help them to live quality, fulfilling and independent lives. Jess is enthusiastic about OT and loves to help people achieve their goals. She has experience in inpatient and community rehabilitation where she has assisted clients with a vast range of conditions and presentations.

Jess is a registered Occupational Therapist who graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with honours.

Liam

Liam

Occupational Therapist

Liam works in the community to help clients achieve independence in daily tasks at home.  Liam has a background of rehabilitation, hand therapy and rural generalist work which allows him to be versatile and personable.

Liam is passionate for Occupational Therapy and strives to advocate for clients to meet their goals and independence.

Liam holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) from Central Queensland University (CQU) in Rockhampton.

Rebecca

Rebecca

Occupational Therapist

Rebecca is an Occupational Therapist currently working within the NDIS team at Smart Solutions Rehab Group. The role enables Rebecca to work with individuals, their families and carers to improve quality of life and navigate the NDIS to help achieve their goals.
Rebecca believes that all people have the right to live their best life and she takes pride in enabling people to participate in activities meaningful to them.

Rebecca graduated from James Cook University with an academic medal. She has experience in the areas of equipment prescription, home modifications, functional retraining and falls prevention for a range of ages, cultures and disabilities. Rebecca is motivated to further expand her knowledge and use her skills to maximise the outcomes for her clients.

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Sarah

Occupational Therapist

Sarah is an Occupational Therapist currently working in the NDIS stream on the Fraser Coast.  Sarah has experience working in inpatient and community rehabilitation settings and is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and increasing their independence.  Sarah enjoys meeting new people and assisting them to meet their goals.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy with Honours from the University of Queensland.

Shelby

Shelby

Occupational Therapist

Shelby is a qualified Occupational Therapist who works with individuals within the National Disability Insurance Scheme.  She has a desire to aid individuals in increasing their independence, quality of life and achieve their desired goals.

Shelby has experience in paediatrics, community rehabilitation and aged care, in which she has supported clients with an array of conditions and presentations.  She believes strongly in a taking a collaborative approach with clients to help educate and empower them to actively be involved in their own health and wellbeing.

Shelby holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sophia

Sophia

Occupational Therapist

Sophia is a Qualified Occupational Therapist who works with the Elderly in the community setting. Sophia is a highly motivated clinician that enjoys working alongside individual’s to enable them to live a meaningful life and optimise their level of independence within their everyday activities.  Sophia has experience in the Aged Care sector in Residential settings.

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

Tenille

Tenille

Senior Occupational Therapist

Tenille is a Qualified Occupational Therapist who works in the Gympie and Fraser Coast Region.

Tenille holds a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) from the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

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Daniela

Occupational Therapist

Daniela will be joining our team soon.