Meet the team

Katrina Dowd

Occupational Therapist

Katrina has a background in Psychology (first class honours in neuropsychology) and Master of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. She is particularly interested in working with teens and adults with mental health and psychosocial disability.

Katrina has worked in the NDIS space for 8 years in various roles; with a focus on supporting those with psychosocial disabilities such as intellectual disability, ASD (all levels), personality disorders, schizophrenia, Angelman’s, BP T1 and T2. She has also had roles supporting those with physical disability including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and MS. She is passionate about community and providing support for people to engage meaningfully in their day-to-day.

She has a keen interest in working with teens and adults with mental health and psychosocial disability. Through university Katrina had experience working across acute hospital settings, rural hospital, RACFs, Indigenous schools, occupational rehab and general community.

Fiona Peter

Speech Pathologist

By choosing Fiona as your dedicated speech pathologist, you can trust that she possesses the knowledge, skills, and empathy necessary to address your specific communication needs.

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Jaye Melville

Senior Behaviour Support Practitioner

Jaye's particular passion lies in working with young males and adults who have experienced trauma and may be at risk of or have had extensive involvement with the justice system.

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Alison Blyth

Team Leader / Senior Occupational Therapist

Ali is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist with 18 years of diverse clinical expertise in the community, disability, and sub-acute rehabilitation space.

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Sarah Willoughby

Clinical Lead- Behaviour Support

Sarah uses her comprehensive skill set to make a positive impact in the lives of those she supports.

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Zoe Samuels

Senior Occupational Therapist

Zoe finds immense satisfaction in working with the community, supporting individuals to meaningfully engage in their lives.

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Nowar Islam

Occupational Therapist

Nowar is passionate about helping people improve their overall wellbeing and has a particular interest in disability assessment and capacity building therapy.

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Brooke Thorsen

Senior Occupational Therapist

Brooke graduated with first class honors from the University of Queensland in 2017.  She has a passion for working with individuals with complex physical and neurological presentations.

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Daniel Yang

Behaviour Support Practitioner

Daniel enjoys working with children and providing support to individuals within the LGBTQ community.

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Lauryn Gaunt

Occupational Therapist

Lauryn is fuelled by a passion for holistic and collaborative care to support individuals to achieve their goals.

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Lauren Maloney

Senior Occupational Therapist

Lauren has extensive experience in both acute and community occupational therapy. She has spent 6 years working in a hospital across acute, medical, neurological, orthopaedic, acute hand therapy services and rehabilitation.

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David Muller

Clinical Lead Speech Pathology

David is an experienced Speech Pathologist with a mixed background working in community, hospital, nursing homes, and specialised clinics.

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Anna Opertowski-Marshall

Speech Pathologist

Anna is passionate about assisting clients with dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) and developing communication methods.

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Maheen Khan

Occupational Therapist

Maheen is a New Graduate Occupational Therapist (Honours) from Griffith University who is passionate about empowering clients to achieve meaningful goals and engage in activities that enhance their quality of life.

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Thomas Stark

Allied Health Assistant

Thomas is in his third year at ACU, and is studying to complete a Bachelor of Nursing and Paramedicine.

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Peter Larose

Speech Pathologist

Peter is committed to positively impacting individuals of all ages by enhancing their communication and swallowing abilities. Trust in his skills, knowledge, and genuine passion as your speech pathologist to help you achieve your goals.

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Katrina Dowd

Katrina has worked in the NDIS space for 8 years in various roles; with a focus on supporting those with psychosocial disabilities such as intellectual disability, ASD (all levels), personality disorders, schizophrenia, Angelman’s, BP T1 and T2. She has also had roles supporting those with physical disability including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and MS. She is passionate about community and providing support for people to engage meaningfully in their day-to-day.

She has a keen interest in working with teens and adults with mental health and psychosocial disability. Through university Katrina had experience working across acute hospital settings, rural hospital, RACFs, Indigenous schools, occupational rehab and general community.