Senior Occupational Therapist

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  • Zac Jessup
    Zac is the Clinical Director at the Springfield Clinic and one of the Senior Occupational Therapists at the Gold Coast Clinic. Zac completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) degree in 2012, at the University of South Australia and initially worked in an adult community mental health setting for a year before moving into paediatrics.

    He has worked with children from 2-18 years of age with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental delays and social/emotional difficulties. Zac brings a calm, engaging and positive manner to his sessions enabling the children to have an enjoyable and fulfilling experience.

    Zac grew up in a large family by the beach in Adelaide. As a child Zac enjoyed mowing the lawn, building forts and playing with Lego. Outside of work, Zac likes to surf and train Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

    Zac works at Ashmore on Monday, Thursday and Friday; and Springfield on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    Senior Occupational Therapist Ashmore & Springfield

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  • Jaiden Patience
    Jaiden completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2014 at Southern Cross University on the Gold Coast. Jaiden is passionate about working with children and aims to provide children and their families with individualised and meaningful support to achieve positive outcomes. One of the things that allow her to do an excellent job of helping children achieve success is her fun and relaxing manner.

    Jaiden has a special interest in working in early intervention and supporting children to learn new skills. Jaiden is currently completing her advanced certification in the Early Start Denver Model. She also has further training in feeding therapy using the Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding.

    When she is not working with families, Jaiden loves spending time with her family and is expecting her first child in May 2020. Jaiden loves taking her dogs to the beach and playing and coaching netball.

    Jaiden works at our Ashmore clinic Monday-Friday.

    Jaiden will be on Maternity Leave from the 24th of April, 2020.

    Senior Occupational Therapist Ashmore

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  • Kerry Evetts
    Kerry completed her Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy in South Africa in 1997. She subsequently moved to the UK and spent 10 years there. In 2008, with two kids and a husband in tow, she moved back to South Africa and opened a Paediatric OT clinic supporting children with various diagnoses in both school and clinic-based therapy.

    Finding a passion for Early Intervention, particularly with children on the Autism Spectrum, Kerry went on to complete her Sensory Integration certification and her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. She used this knowledge to work within a transdisciplinary team with children and their families with ASD.

    Kerry believes wholeheartedly with the adage that children ‘learn through play” and the Floortime Level 1 training she has done is put to good use in her sessions. She has commenced her training in the Early Start Denver Model so that she can ensure she always uses research based and best practice interventions in her therapy.

    Kerry and her family, which has grown to include three sons, immigrated to Australia in late 2018. They have settled on the Gold Coast and she has been working at Grow On children’s OT since January 2019. She loves going to the beach with her children, long walks and reading in her hammock. Since Kerry was a ‘tomboy’ in her childhood, she recalls spending most of her time climbing trees, riding bikes and building forts and believes that outdoor play is crucial for our children’s development.

    Senior Occupational Therapist Ashmore & Coomera

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