Bridget Sloane - Occupational Therapist

Bridget - Village Therapy

Bridget - Village Therapy

Bridget is an Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience in hospital and community healthcare settings. She is passionate about working together with children and their families to achieve meaningful goals. Bridget is committed to evidence based practice and using a strengths-based approach to therapy.

Bridget has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing difficulties.

Bridget is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Caitlin Mah - Occupational Therapist

Caitlin Mah - Village Therapy

Caitlin Mah - Village Therapy

Caitlin graduated from Monash University with a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice. She previously completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Alberta in Canada.

Caitlin has experience working with children and families of varying backgrounds, cultures and needs. She has worked with children of different ages with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Intellectual Disabilities. She is passionate about providing therapy that is not only evidence-based, but also family-centred and meaningful to each client.

Caitlin is driven to empower her clients and families so they can thrive in their environments. She understands the impact any client success (small or big) has on a family unit and is eager to support and celebrate these moments.

Caitlin is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA).

Chelsea O'Toole - Occupational Therapist

Chelsea O'Toole - Village Therapy

Chelsea O'Toole - Village Therapy

Chelsea graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Chelsea is passionate about supporting individuals and their families to achieve their goals and participate in what is meaningful to them. She uses a family-centred, holistic approach, that is evidence based and appropriate for the family.

Chelsea takes pride in her ability to build strong relationships with children and is driven to provide high quality occupational therapy. She enjoys listening to music, going to the gym and spending time with her friends and family.

Chelsea is a registered Occupational Therapist with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Gemma Palmer - Speech Pathologist

Gemma - Village Therapy

Gemma - Village Therapy

Gemma graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She previously completed a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Forensic Science) at Swinburne University of Technology.

Gemma has experience working with speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has worked with all ages and with clients of diverse backgrounds, cultures and needs. She has worked extensively with clients who have Autism Spectrum Disorder and has also worked with clients who have histories of dementia, epilepsy, stroke and rare conditions yet to be labelled.

Gemma prides herself on ability to build relationships with clients and her adaptability to new and varied client needs. Gemma provides evidence-based family-centred care that always has the client’s functional needs at the forefront.

Gemma provides assessment, individual clinic-based therapy and visits to home, day-care, kindergarten and school.

Georgia Brewster - Speech Pathologist

Georgia - Village Therapy

Georgia - Village Therapy

Georgia graduated from Flinders University with a Master of Speech Pathology. She has previously completed a Bachelor of Science (Physiology) and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Monash University. 

Georgia is passionate about working closely with children and adults to provide speech pathology intervention that is evidence-based, holistic and meaningful. Georgia is dedicated to supporting individuals with communication difficulties to develop and achieve functional goals in their everyday lives. She is committed to providing therapy that is empowering and positive.

Georgia is registered as a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Imogen Elsby - Speech Pathologist

Imogen - Village Therapy

Imogen - Village Therapy

Imogen completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the Australian Catholic University. She enjoys working with children and adults with communication difficulties to achieve their goals. Imogen is dedicated to delivering speech pathology interventions that are evidence-based and holistic. She is passionate about providing excellent speech pathology services to clients, to make a positive difference in their lives.

Imogen is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Isaac Lizzit - Music Therapist

Isaac Lizzit - Village Therapy

Isaac Lizzit - Village Therapy

Isaac graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Music Therapy. Isaac also previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Music (Performance) at Monash University. During his studies, Isaac has completed clinical placements in paediatric hospital settings and sub-acute rehabilitation. Isaac is committed to child and adolescent development, building meaningful relationships with families, and providing a creative space for individuals to achieve their goals.

Isaac is passionate about delivering evidence-based, holistic, and client-led care that uses music as an expressive and creative outlet for clients. He prides himself on fostering a fun musical environment that nurtures the client’s strengths and resources, whilst working in family-centred ways to work towards the clients goals. Isaac also works to integrate goals and techniques from other disciplines like Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Talk Therapies.

Isaac is a Registered Music Therapist with the Australian Music Therapy Association. He has extensive experience in the disability space and proudly advocates for neurodiversity.

Jayne O'Connor - Occupational Therapist

Jayne O'Connor - Village Therapy

Jayne O'Connor - Village Therapy

Jayne graduated from LaTrobe Bendigo with a  Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.

Jayne has a  passion for occupational therapy and embraces her work with children of all ages. Her favourite part of therapy, is supporting children to achieve a sense of accomplishment and self esteem when realising their strengths during therapy, to address challenges and goals.

Jayne has had clinical placement experience in acute and community hospital settings and in a special education high-school, focusing on social, sensory and self care needs.

Kat Srpcanska - Speech Pathologist

Kat - Village Therapy

Kat - Village Therapy

Katerina graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Master of Speech Pathology. Katerina also previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology from Victoria University. Prior to becoming a Speech Pathologist, Katerina worked within the area mental health service supporting families and individuals with mental health difficulties.

Katerina is passionate about supporting children and adolescents in achieving their speech pathology goals. She is dedicated in providing a client centred, evidence-based and holistic speech pathology service.

Katerina is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Kim Pearson - Registered Music Therapist

Kim Pearson - Village Therapy

Kim Pearson - Village Therapy

Kim graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music Therapy. Kim has had clinical placement experience at special development schools, paediatric hospital wards, and is passionate about working in early intervention and paediatric development.

Kim has experience working with clients with a variety of needs and diagnoses, and has a passion for working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as clients with verbal communication difficulties.

Kim loves creating and utilising approaches that integrate practices used by her fellow Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists, which includes focusing on speech and language development, fine & gross motor skills, as well as emotional regulation.

Kim is passionate about providing a creative outlet for clients and their families to develop through the vehicle of music, utilising evidence-based interventions to achieve developmental outcomes. She loves using music to achieve functional goals that empower clients and their families to develop and thrive in their own unique ways.

Lisa Brown - Speech Pathologist

Lisa Brown- Village Therapy

Lisa Brown- Village Therapy

Lisa graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She is dedicated to working alongside families to provide holistic evidence based speech pathology interventions.

Lisa also works in special education focusing on complex communication needs in children with intellectual disabilities.

Lisa is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Michael Prewer - Speech Pathologist

Michael - Village Therapy

Michael - Village Therapy

Michael graduated from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) and a Master of Speech Pathology.

Michael has extensive experience in pediatric Speech Pathology. He is certified to provide The Lidcombe Program for stuttering and DIR Floortime therapy. He has considerable experience working with children with speech sound difficulties and Autism spectrum disorder. He also has experience working with clients with a residual tongue thrust.

Michael was raised in Sunbury and is passionate about providing accessible, holistic and high quality speech pathology to local clients. Michael focuses on empowering families to take a lead role in their child's therapy.

Michael is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Polly McCarthy - Speech Pathologist

Polly McCarthy - Village Therapy

Polly McCarthy - Village Therapy

Polly has over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents. She has worked in both private practice and community health settings, helping children and adults with a wide range of communication difficulties. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Polly worked in education and is a qualified student welfare counsellor. 

She is passionate about giving all children the best start possible by improving their communication skills. Polly also enjoys working with adults in the areas of voice, stuttering and speech.

Polly is certified to deliver the Hanen Programs, More Than Words, and Learning Language and Loving It. Polly has experience offering training to early childhood educators, primary and secondary teachers. She offers mentoring and clinical supervision to other speech pathologists and other private practitioners. She is trained in the Lidcombe Program for treating pre-school stuttering and is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.

Ruth Connor - Occupational Therapist

Ruth Connor - Village Therapy

Ruth Connor - Village Therapy

Ruth has been an OT for a number of years and worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, early childhood intervention and in the school system. 

She finds empowering young children and their families very rewarding and has a deep understanding of the importance of developing collaborative and respectful relationships with the people she works with.   She is passionate about the importance of play for children and uses this passion to bring creativity and fun to her practice.

Ruth is a big believer in the strength of family. She is a mother to two young adult boys, enjoys movies and music, and likes to keep fit by dancing and practicing yoga.

Ruth is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Zoe Sharman - Speech Pathologist

Zoe Sharman - Village Therapy

Zoe Sharman - Village Therapy

Zoe is a Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Zoe has experience working in both the specialist school setting and private practice, where she has worked with children presenting with a wide range of communication needs.

She has experience assessing, diagnosing and planning interventions for children and young adults who are neurodivergent. She has a strong interest in supporting individuals who use AAC to communicate and is passionate about helping colleagues and clients learn about neurodiversity affirming work practices.

Zoe is incredibly passionate about working closely with children and their families to provide therapy that is positive, empowering and functional.