Occupational Therapist

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  • Lara Moes
    Lara is the Practice Principal of Grow On Childrens Therapy. Lara is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (2001).  For the past 12 years Lara has worked in private practice providing occupational therapy for children.  Prior to this Lara worked in hospitals and community health for Qld Health for 6 years in the field of neurological rehabilitation and developmental paediatrics.

    Lara's work at Grow On involves both working with children and families, and providing leadership to the therapy team. She loves connecting with kids and parents and helping them to problem solve, develop and grow through challenges. Lara is particularly interested in early intervention and in the practical problems that children often face such as feeding and toileting.

    Lara is currently completing her Advanced Practioner Training in the Early Start Denver Model for Early Intervention. She has also completed further training in:
    - Feeding Therapy (Sequential Oral Sensory Approach; Sense-ational Mealtimes Model)
    - Paediatric Continence and Toileting
    - Developmental Coordination Disorder (using both Sensory Integration Approach and Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance Approach)
    - DIR floortime
    - Sensory Defensiveness: A comprehensive treatment approach.  Including the Therapressure - Technique (Wilbarger approach). 
    - Cogmed Coaching

    Lara is married to Brian Moes, who is the Practice Manager at Grow On Childrens Therapy, and has three school age children.

    Practice Principal Occupational Therapist

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  • Janelle Blackwell
    Janelle is an Occupational Therapist based out of our Ashmore clinic now specialising in providing school based therapy. Janelle completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) degree in 1993, at La Trobe University in Victoria. She has had experience in a wide range of areas including neurological rehabilitation, community based therapy, working in remote areas of Australia and paediatrics. Over the course of her career she has taken a break in OT for family and has now been with Grow On Children’s occupational therapy for 3 ½ years.

    Janelle enjoys working with children and engaging with them in therapy in a positive way, ensuring that therapy is rewarding and enjoyable for the child. She enjoys getting to know the children within their school environment and developing a rapport with the teachers and schools she works with. She knows how important family is to children and so even when working within the school she makes sure to communicate with families and to encourage them so they can be active in their child’s ongoing therapy.

    Janelle is married and has 3 girls and loves to spend time with friends and family. In her spare time she enjoys camping and travelling as well as cooking, helping out friends, going for walks and spending time at the beach.

    Occupational Therapist Ashmore & Schools

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  • Tessa Sutherland
    Tessa completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2017 at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. She completed a placement with Grow On in her final year of university and was delighted to join the team in 2018.

    Tessa has always had a desire to work in paediatrics and is passionate about being a partner with children and their families as they grow and develop. Tessa loves building meaningful relationships with her clients and their families and desires to see them equipped with strategies to take home after each session. Tessa brings a positive and bright spirit, and loves a bit of fun in her sessions!

    Outside of work, Tessa loves travelling, being active, spending time with her friends and family and is a passionate singer.

    Occupational Therapist Ashmore & Coomera

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  • Zoe Featonby
    Zoe moved to the Gold Coast in March 2019 to join the Grow On team. Zoe graduated from Charles Sturt University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2012.

    Zoe initially worked in rehabiliation then moved across to Paediatrics in 2015. Zoe has worked in multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary teams working with children with a wide range of developmental challenges. She particularly enjoys working on everyday life skills and helping kids to find ways to do things. Zoe works at the Ashmore clinic.

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  • Kirsten Chang
    Kirsten completed her Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy at University of Sydney in 2010. For the last 2 years Kirsten has worked with children aged 3 to 18 years with a wide range of difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Sensory Processing Challenges, and Developmental Delays.

    She has recently completed advance training on clinical assessment and interventions for Sensory Integration and Praxis challenges and she is passionate about being able to incorporating this into her practice.

    Kirsten has a warm and engaging personality that she is skilled at modifying to suit the needs of children she works with.

    Apart from English, she converses in fluent Cantonese and Mandarin.

    In her spare time, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family and friends, yoga and going on adventures.

    Kirsten works at the Springfield clinic Monday to Friday.

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  • Jodie Ladner
    Jodie completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) at the University of Ballarat in 1999 and completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University in 2003. After completing her degree, Jodie worked in adult rehabilitation in the public health system in Melbourne in both hospital and community settings.

    Jodie then worked part-time whilst her first two children were young and commenced extended family leave after having twins.

    Jodie and her family relocated from Melbourne to the warm, sunny Gold Coast in 2015. After the break from the workforce, Jodie returned to work however with the perspective of being a mum and the passion to work with children - commenced working in paediatrics at Grow On in October 2017.

    On the weekends you will find Jodie barracking at Saturday morning sport games, scooting with her family, spending time with friends or relaxing with a good book.

    Occupational Therapist Ashmore & Schools

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  • Vivian Fitzgerald
    Vivian completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2014 at Saint Anselm College in the United States and her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2019 at Bond University on the Gold Coast. Vivian has extensive experience in voluntary placements globally across the community sector which has provided her with insight into diverse needs across cultures. Vivian is passionate about working with parents and children to create an individualized therapy experience that is meaningful to each child.

    Vivian has a special interest in working with teenagers and supporting young adults to learn new skills. Vivian has training in the Secret Agent Society (SAS) – an adolescent social skills program and Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relation Skills (PEERS) – a young adult social skills training program.

    Vivian works at the Ashmore clinic Monday – Friday.

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  • Kate Reeve
    Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa in 2011. Kate worked for the Department of Education providing school-based therapy for children with developmental delays, ADHD, neurological and cognitive disabilities as well as those on the Autism Spectrum Disorder between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. With extensive experience supporting young children and their families with varying diagnoses, Kate loves to problem solve and develop the best approach for each individual child to reach to their full potential and become the best versions of themselves. Kate has a special interest in neurological and early childhood intervention and has completed further training in the assessment and treatment of Cerebral Palsy and Cortical Visual Impairment.

    Kate, her husband and two young children immigrated to Australia and settled on the Gold Coast in late 2019. Kate has been working with Grow On Children’s Therapy since February 2020. Kate loves to spend her time outdoors with her family and explore all the exciting attractions that the Gold Coast has to offer. She enjoys baking, traveling, going to the beach and being active in nature.

    Kate works at the Coomera Clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and at the Springfield Clinic on Thursdays and Fridays. Kate also provides school and home-based therapy to extend services to families that are unable to attend our clinics.

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  • Amy Engelbrecht
    Amy is an Occupational Therapist who grew up and studied in Durban, South Africa. She moved to the Gold Coast with her husband and two busy boys in February 2019. She qualified with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (South Africa) in 2006. Amy has 13 years’ experience working with school-going children, both in private practice and in school settings.

    Amy is passionate about seeing the ‘holistic picture’ of each child. Amy has a special interest in gifted children, twice exceptional children, children with learning disabilities, sensory integration, dyslexia, visual perception and handwriting.

    Her favourite saying is ‘some of the most wonderful people in the world are the ones who don’t fit into boxes’ - Tori Amos.

    Amy is based at the Grow On Coomera Clinic.

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