Principal/Occupational Therapist – Paediatrics and Adults
Having trained in the UK and qualified with a BSc (Honours) in Occupational Therapy in 1996, Anna’s practical experience spans over twenty years in both public and private settings with services provided to both children and adults.
Anna discovered her passion for assisting children with both developmental and physical disabilities in schools, their home and in the clinic during her time at a pioneering child development centre where she was a part of a multi-disciplinary team of health professionals. Since then, Anna has developed a special interest in the sensory challenges that the generation of children today are faced with and how lifestyle and environment impacts a child’s ability.
She also enjoys working with hypermobility and connective tissue disorders such as Elhers Danlos Syndrome. Anna is a strong believer in every child’s potential. Opening as a purely paediatric service, Anna was in high demand for adult services. Requests from the local community lead Anna to launch the Blue Goose adult home visiting service. This provides access to therapy services for adult clients with physical disabilities and mental health concerns. The desire to travel brought Anna to Australia in 2002 where she married and started her own family.
Anna moved to the Kalamunda Hills in 2009 and has worked in the Perth Hills and surrounding areas since 2011 so it comes as no surprise that she is familiar with the locale. The yearning to work as an Occupational Therapist never disappeared and when the opportunity arose to set up the Paediatric OT service at a local hospital, Anna grabbed it with both arms! The years following saw Anna move from strength to strength including the 2016 milestone which saw the opening of Blue Goose Occupational Therapy, now Blue Goose Therapy Services, having grown to include the additional services of Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy & Podiatry.
Louise is a 2020 Curtin University graduate with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Louise’s career journey began as a volunteer for Blue Goose Occupational Therapy in 2019 where she developed a keen interest in working with children. Louise continued to pursue further work experience which found her mentoring Curtin University students with Autism as well as completing her final university placement at Roleystone Community College. Louise is a very competent therapist whose belief system lies in the uniqueness of all children. As a result, Louise creates individualised and person-centred therapy plans targeted around each child’s interests and goals that will allow full potential to be reached.
In her spare time, Louise enjoys catching up with friends, travelling and going camping.
Karen qualified as a Speech Pathologist from Curtin University in 2017. Karen holds a passion for working with children to provide engaging, play-based therapy that is tailored to the interests and goals of the individual. Karen is a firm believer in that all children should receive the support they need to communicate effectively in their daily interactions at home, at school and with friends.
Karen is trained in Sounds-Write (evidence-based literacy instruction program) and therefore offers experience in supporting children to develop strong literacy skills. In conjunction, Karen also enjoys supporting children in the development of early communication, speech sounds and fluency.
In her spare time, Karen loves to spend time with her children and walk her dogs. She is also an avid reader and board game enthusiast!
Kevin graduated from the University of Huddersfield (UK) in 1999 with a BSc (Honours) in Podiatric Medicine. Kevin developed a wealth of knowledge and skills throughout his time working in the UK. Kevin brought this wealth with him when he immigrated to South Australia and started working as a Senior Podiatrist for Country Health SA. After three years living and working in South Australia, Kevin travelled his wealth further and relocated to Western Australia where he fulfilled a Senior Podiatrist position for an Aboriginal focused Diabetes education and Foot Care Program.
Offering experience in all aspects of Podiatry, Kevin has become a true asset to the Blue Goose Occupational Therapy team. Kevin takes pride in caring for the little goslings who require bio-medical assessment for orthotics as well as providing general education management of hypermobility specific to feet and ankles including heel pain and foot injuries.
Rob qualified in 2003 with a BSc (Honours) in Physiotherapy from Kings College London University. He began his career in the UK spending three years in NHS gaining experience in each of the core areas of Physiotherapy which progressed Rob to a Senior role in the community
Rob immigrated to Australia in 2007. Over the past eleven years, he has worked as a Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and also spent time working at a leading not-for-profit paediatric therapy service. Due to Rob’s passion for helping to develop a client’s participation in recreational activities, he has found his most recent work with adults and children who have disabilities in the community to be an extremely rewarding field of Physiotherapy.
Rob particularly enjoys working with the 6-16 year old age group as well as the adult population, and holds an interest in working with young adults with intellectual disabilities. Providing services in the community, Rob is available for school and home/community visits. Rob loves the outdoor lifestyle that the Perth Hills has to offer and regularly goes mountain biking and for bush walks with his partner and dog.
Kate graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Notre Dame Fremantle in 2006. As a result of Kate’s experience working in the disability sector, she displays a passion and an eagerness to work with infants and in the area early child development. To achieve the best therapy outcomes, Kate focuses on tapping into the child’s own individual strengths and interests. Kate has joined the Blue Goose team to assist children and their families with the symptoms of early motor delays, torticollis, plagiocephaly plus motor and neuro development delays as well as to provide other physiotherapy disability support.
Kate has a love for horses and keeps busy outside of work with two children of her own. This also means that Kate truly understands life from a parent’s perspective!
Senior Occupational Therapist
Janet represents Blue Goose Occupational Therapy through the home visiting service for all adult clients. Since graduating with a BSc in Occupational Therapy in 1994, Janet has gained valuable and varied experience across in-patient and community settings in the UK and New Zealand. Throughout this time, Janet learned about her passion for working in the area of mental health and became trained on mindfulness based techniques and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
Since arriving in WA in 2007, not only has Janet lectured Occupational Therapy units in Perth universities but she has also become a member of the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) and the Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN).
Originally from Northern Island, Janet enjoys spending her time exploring the Perth Hills with her partner and two parrots.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Carissa is a 1994 Curtin University graduate with not only a BSc in Occupational Therapy with Distinction but she has also achieved a Master of Health Counselling with Distinction.
Carissa’s has previously worked as a Senior Occupational Therapist, Senior Project Officer and Project Manager where it was her responsibility to set up new health services and accommodation initiatives. Carissa’s experience working in both hospital and community-based settings in Western Australia and the Eastern States has provided her with the necessary skills to assist clients across the lifespan including Adult Mental Health and Paediatrics.
Carissa carries a strong commitment to person-centred, strengths focused and recovery based practice. In conjunction with her individual and group-based therapy experience, Carissa has completed and excelled in her training for Sensory Modulation, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care. Early intervention, emotional regulation, social skills, sensory processing, health promotion and developing independence are the areas that Carissa feels particularly passionate about!
Outside of Carissa’s work life finds a background of dance, a love for animals, family and the outdoors. Carissa lives locally to Blue Goose and has two goslings of her own.
Administration and Client Liaison
Helen is a very organised team member at Blue Goose who works to provide secretarial, administrative and reception support. Originally, Helen was born in England and it was here that she had her first child. When she immigrated to Australia, her family grew with two more children and over the past fifteen years, Helen has worked in several voluntary roles at a local primary and high school.
Helen loves the Perth Hills lifestyle and outside of work, she finds herself immersed in reading, baking and sewing. In fact, reading baking books is an all time favourite hobby.
Practice Office Manager
Being responsible for the smooth running of Blue Goose Allied Health Services and for ensuring that all administrative aspects of the office are attended to, Sandy is an integral member of the practice team. Sandy is the light of the room and will be the welcoming and friendly face that you see as you walk through the doors into the Blue Goose Occupational Therapy and Allied Health Services clinic!
Sandy is detail-oriented with a high multi-tasking ability and therefore fulfils the role of customer service excellence. She will be there to assist you with any enquiries, questions and/or client concerns you have as well as any appointment bookings and payments that you need to make.
Sandy achieved her qualification in Radiography in South Africa during the year 1991 and after immigrating to Australia in 2008 with her husband and two children, completed her Allied Health Assistant certificate.
Sandy has worked in a number of local hospitals in both therapy and administrative positions. Outside of work, Sandy is committed to the sport of Equestrian Show jumping and is also a King Charles Cavalier owner and lover!