Therapy Staff

Therapy Staff

Our therapists have specialist skills from many disciplines. They work with families and each other to assess needs and deliver services.  We work with clients in the centre, at school and other natural learning environments. Our therapists are the most experienced children’s therapy team in the region when it comes to developmental delays, disabilities and health conditions. One team member becomes the family’s Key Worker. The Key Worker is the “go to” person for questions and concerns and can be trusted to search for answers and report back to the family.

Christina Birch  M Psych (Clinical)

Psychologist

Christina brings 16 years of experience working with children and adolescents.  She is especially passionate about working with young children with complex and multiple needs, particularly mental health and developmental concerns.  Christina has an extensive history working in education settings and understands the importance of holistic collaboration with the family and school.

Linda Finch

Psychologist

Jenny Lawson  B Phty, APA Sports Physiotherapist

Practice Manager and Physiotherapist

Jenny achieves great team outcomes for clients of the centre by supervising and managing the therapy program.  She is responsible for ensuring client families feel valued and welcome and receive best practice services. Jenny has over 27 years of experience in Australia and Canada including in private practice and has been a Board member of Sports Physiotherapy Australia and Sports Medicine Australia.

Anita Kirkegard  B Phty (Hons)

Physiotherapist

Anita has sought cutting edge paediatric work over her 14 years as a paediatric physiotherapist, in UK and in Australia. She has experienced all areas of paediatrics from treating premature babies to working with children with complex conditions. Anita finds great satisfaction from setting up fun, yet challenging sessions for the children who she sees. She will take a collaborative approach to your child, working well within the team.

Julie Townsend  B Phty

Physiotherapist

Julie continues to challenge her own paediatric knowledge by working in diverse paediatric settings on the Sunshine Coast. Julie is a great listener and works to celebrate a child’s successes whilst encouraging them to learn to move more easily. Julie is a great support to families and a welcome addition to our team.

Kate Maslen  B Phty

Physiotherapist

Kate’s background in musculo-skeletal physiotherapy, rehabilitation and ergonomics has created a solid platform for working with children. Her knowledge of neurology transfers efficiently to give her an edge when treating children. She is particularly interested in correct limb alignment (biomechanics) and will analyse the best way to improve each child’s movement.

Leanne Johnson  B Occ Thy

Occupational Therapist

Leanne has worked with children from 0 -6 years with austism for 16 of her 22 years as an Occupational Therapist. She has worked in teams with Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) and Psychologists in many settings to achieve the best outcomes for children in Nambour, Gympie and Hervey Bay Hospital. She is very familiar with strategies that best prepare a child with autism, developmental delays and health issues for school or everyday life.

Alix Leisemann  B Occ Thy

Occupational Therapist

Alix has worked extensively with children with autism and sleep issues. She has a proven ability to build strong rapport with clients and their families in a team approach. She enjoys supporting children in the centre, home and within their school settings. Her work at AEIOU has stood her in good stead to work with children with autism. Alix is well-versed in writing programs for self-care, play, emotional regulation and fine motor issues.

Samara Boisen

Occupational Therapist

Kristyl Mackley

Occupational Therapist

Hanagh Gilmore

Occupational Therapist

Hanagh has a demonstrated ability to provide services to people with a range of disabilities via her previous work with adults who require employment, with children requiring assessment and her specific work within schools and with children with autism. We warmly welcome Hanagh to our growing Gympie team!

Lauren Fitzpatrick

Occupational Therapist

Lauren has after school appointments available and helps to run our popular Saturday playgroup. Lauren has provided paediatric Occupational Therapy services to children with developmental delays, disabilities and injuries during her time at Bushkids in Warwick, and in acute fracture wards at Queensland Health. She loves working in a multi-disciplinary team and is a strong believer in early intervention.

Clancy Conlon (B SP THY)

Speech and Language Pathologist

Clancy is trained in the use of a range of augmentative/alternative communication methods including picture exchange communication (PECS), pragmatic organisation dynamic displays (PODD), Auslan and Key Word Sign. With a special interest in the educational implications of speech, language and communication difficulties, Clancy is studying a Masters in Early Childhood Teaching. Clancy is passionate about empowering families to advocate for their children through developing their knowledge/skills in the areas of speech, language, communication and literacy.

Julia Roantree  B Sp Thy

Speech and Language Pathologist

Julia is trained in Hanen More than Words and for most devices for communication (AAC). She is conversant with Key Concept Signing and has been involved with running a PALS programme and in a team with multiple Allied Health including Psychologists.  Julia is PROMPT trained and enjoys a mix of work at Children’s Therapy Centre, Disability Services and in private practice.

Naomi Kinsella  B Sp Thy

Speech and Language Pathologist

Naomi is a passionate speech language pathologist with specialised interests in paediatric feeding and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has recently joined the Gympie team from working in both paediatric and adult cohorts at Disability Services. Naomi is focused on providing a holistic and family centred service and is not shy to advocate for her families.   Naomi has had training in therapy programs such as PROMPT, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding, Key Word Sign and DIR floortime.

Claire Price

Speech and Language Pathologist

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