Meet Our Team

 Our therapists work as a team, constantly consulting with each other so our patients receive the best possible program developed just for them. Our clients are assessed by one of our Senior Occupational Therapists, who will then advice on the best member of our staff complement to carry out the OT Program with you.

Qualifications

In Sync Kids OT maintains Sensory Integration (Ayres Sensory Integration®) as the core treatment modality.

 

All therapists at In Sync Kids OT are provided with opportunities to further their knowledge and skills in this approach. All staff at In Sync Kids OT have or are completing The Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration (CASI), offered through  the Collaborative for Leadership in ASI (CLASI), is an advanced training program or the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification course. These education programmes are  produced according to the guidelines of the International Coalition of Education in Ayres Sensory Integration®, promoting excellence in scholarship, assessment, and education in ASI. 

 

We have embraced evidence-based research and Ayres’ SI to ensure that our services meet the needs of our clients. We have used the ‘Fidelity Measures in SI’ to guide the training of staff at In Sync Kids OT and as such planned and invested in our clinic equipment to meet these requirements.

Carlyn Cooper

Director & Senior Occupational Therapist

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Carlyn Cooper (BSc Occupational Therapy (Honours)) has extensive experience working in the UK and Brisbane as a qualified, registered Occupational Therapist. She has consulted in a range of settings including state, private and special needs schools, and has found that treatment in collaboration with teachers, parents and the learning support team is more successful.

 

Her experience has ranged from Autistic Spectrum Disorder to specific learning difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. Additionally, she is passionate about educating teachers, parents and educators, and has completed many workshops in Europe, the UK and Brisbane to provide a better understanding of the impact of Sensory Processing in the classroom and at home. 

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Carlyn also continues to advocate for the need for providing services to children in mainstream schools, with attention and mild learning difficulties, and for the early intervention for children who were born prematurely. Her specialism is treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders through Sensory Integration treatment and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, which can have a significant impact on a child's ability to successfully function at home and school.   

Kelsey Hackett

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Kelsey (Bachelor of Psychology & Master of Occupational Therapy) has worked as a paediatric occupational therapist since 2015 in the United States, relocating to Brisbane in 2021. She has received her Bachelors of Psychology from Texas Tech University and Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) degree from Texas Woman’s University. She has experience working in school-based and clinic-based paediatric settings for children aged from birth-18 years, with a wide range of diagnoses for the past eight years.

 

Kelsey has worked as part of many multidisciplinary teams to achieve the highest level of outcomes for her clients. She aims to improve their function and participation in their home, school, and community environments.

 

Kelsey specialises in sensory integration and her postgraduate training include Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI) modules, Handwriting Without Tears, Zones of Regulation, Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, and many more. She has also spent time volunteering with Special Olympics and is passionate about increasing independence and participation for children with severe disabilities, developmental delays, and sensory challenges.  

Carolina Acuña

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Carolina (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours Class I)) has been working as an occupational therapist with children since 2014 in Argentina. She has experience with children who present with developmental delays, congenital conditions and disorders, learning difficulties and/or Autism.

 

Carolina moved to Australia in 2020 to improve her English skills and to pursue her PhD. She specialises in Pathophysiology and Therapeutics of childhood, completing her postgraduate training in Sensory Integration (University of Southern California) and is currently completing a Master in Social Science and Humanities. She is passionate about research in sensory integration and early intervention.


Carolina enjoys a holistic and child-centred intervention, supports our team during assessment and intervention processes, and hosts complemental sessions focusing on children's and families needs.

Carolina is currently completing her PhD in paediatric occupational therapy.

Layla Wakfer

Occupational Therapist

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Layla (BSc Occupational Therapy) is a motivated professional from South Africa, where she completed her Occupational Therapy degree at the University of Cape Town. She recently relocated to Brisbane where she joined the In Sync Kids team.

 

Layla has a multitude of experience working as an Occupational Therapist in mental health and paediatric settings; working with both adults and children with physical and neurological disabilities such as Intellectual Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and psychiatric disorders.

 

Layla’s keen interest in paediatrics and sensory integration was sparked while she was completing her University clinical placement with In Sync Kids OT a few years ago. She is also expanding her knowledge in sensory integration by completing her Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI) modules.

 

Layla strives to provide client and family centred care to assist kids in reaching their full potential while having fun!

Christine Cross

Occupational Therapist

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Christine (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) has had experience working with children in various settings including private practice, schools and sports organisations. Prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist, she was a gymnastics coach where she supported children to reach their goals and develop both physically and mentally. She integrates her coaching skills with her Occupational Therapy knowledge to provide fun, motivating and meaningful therapy sessions for her clients.

 

Christine believes therapy sessions should be engaging and tailored to the child's interests to maximise progress. She works collaboratively with other health professionals, teachers and family members to ensure strategies and recommendations are being implemented to support the child's development.

 

Christine uses Sensory Integration and Neurodevelopmental approaches to enable children to meet developmental milestones and become in tune with their body and the world they live in.

Franziska Lane

Occupational Therapist

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Franzi (BSC Health Studies - Master of Occupational Therapy) graduated from the University of Canberra with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. Whilst studying in the ACT, Franzi also worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD, developing a pilot program for children with disabilities, enabling them to learn how to swim and be safe in the water.

 

Realising a lifelong passion for working with children, Franzi completed her last university placement at In Sync, and accepted the invitation to join the team and specialise in sensory integration therapy.

 

Currently completing her certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI), Franzi is committed to providing client-centred therapy, working closely with families to achieve their goals towards a happy and healthy lifestyle.

 

Originally from Germany, Franzi enjoys cooking, baking, the great outdoors, and spending time with her family and friends.

Meg Hurring

Occupational Therapist

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Meg (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) has moved over from New Zealand to follow her passion in paediatric’s. She's had had experience working with both adults and children in settings ranging from vocational rehabilitation, hospital, schools, and mental health. This experience allows her to have a wide range of learnt skills and provide an occupational therapy perspective to a range of settings.From working as a pool lifeguard and as an early childhood relief teacher throughout studying, she has experience in working with children and am able to use her therapeutic use of self to build rapport with them.

Meg is a friendly and positive therapist that is passionate about helping children achieve meaningful goals specific to their individual needs. Meg works collaboratively with families to ensure they are well supported and actively involved throughout the process. Meg is eager to expand her knowledge in sensory integration and believes that this plays an important part in child development, allowing them to participate in everyday activities.

 

Outside of work Meg enjoys playing a variety of different sports, being outdoors, and discovering new and delicious food spots.

George Waples

Allied Health Assistant

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Georgia an Allied Health Assistant (AHA) who is currently finishing her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Griffith University. Georgia completed a university placement at In Sync Kids, and jumped at the opportunity to join the team and specialise in sensory integration therapy for her graduate year next year.

 

Georgia is from a family of teachers and is passionate about giving kids the boost they need to engage and thrive in the life and the classroom. She is keen to work as a team with the kids, their parents, teachers and other healthcare professionals to achieve their goals to ensure they live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life.

 

Georgia has had experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and sensory processing disorders since she was a young Girl Guide at a week long camp. Here she helped guests to do a variety of activities including abseiling, and she often credits this experience as the one that started her passion for wanting to work with children with disabilities.

 

Outside of work life, Georgia is very involved in her local community and volunteering as well as baking and playing board games with friends.

Christine Bracey

Client Liaison Officer & Allied Health Assistant

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Christine started with In Sync in May 2021. She is often the person families speak with when booking an initial assessment, intensive program or treatment session.


Christine is currently completing her Allied Health Assistant qualification under the guidance of the OTs.

 

She sees clients for Visual Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant sessions, and also assists the OTs during initial assessments.

Nikita Baynes

Allied Health Assistant

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Nikita is a certified Allied Health Assistant (AHA), having left her advertising job pursue a career in healthcare. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at university with the aim of one day becoming a fully-qualified OT.

 

Nikita's exposure to paediatrics began during her AHA clinical placement and she hasn't looked back since, finding it to be a fascinating and rewarding healthcare setting.

Nikita's role at In Sync Kids spans medical administration through to Occupational Therapy Assistance in a client-facing capacity. She's endlessly fascinated and inspired by the significant, tangible impacts sensory integration therapy can achieve for children, and subsequently, their support network.

Katrine Winter

Business Support Team

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Katrine is an experienced receptionist of over 30 years.  She has worked in specialist areas and psychology practices, as well as setting up day hospitals and new clinics.  

 

She loves to kayak on the weekends and travel. She has been involved in netball, indoor netball and basketball to an elite level in the past. Her interest has taken her all around Australia, and she still enjoys it now. 

At In Sync Kids, Katrine is there to meet you three days a week at the Chermside clinic and assist you with any questions. 

Kylie McMahon

Occupational Therapist

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Kylie (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)) has experience working as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of settings, including the community, hospitals, private practice and schools. Kylie has worked with adults and children of all ages, however joined In Sync Kids to pursue her special interests in paediatric practice, neurodevelopment and sensory integration.


She has worked with children and adults with a range of physical and neurological disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, and Sensory Processing difficulties. Her postgraduate training includes Certificates in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI) modules.


Kylie enjoys working together with families to support children in reaching their full potential. Using a holistic, family-centred approach, Kylie is a warm and approachable therapist who loves building rapport with children and seeing their confidence grow. She is passionate about enabling children's independence and participation in home, school and play occupations.

Carol Allen

Practice Manager - Chermside & Rosalie clinics

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Carol is the Practice Manager at In Sync Kids OT across both centres.


Carol has over 30 years experience in the health/medical administration management field and brings a wealth of experience and operational knowledge to the clinics in billing, human resources and general team support.


Carol joined In Sync Kids in November 2020 to expand her knowledge into paediatric occupational therapy.

 

Carol enjoys spending time with her family on the weekend, as well as gardening and baking.

Claire Portener

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Claire joins In Sync with over 12 years of experience in paediatric occupational therapy, working across Queensland and more recently, in the United Kingdom. She has worked in a range of clinical settings including non-government organisations, private practices, public health services and schools.

 

Claire has experience working in multidisciplinary teams with children from birth to 18 years who present with conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, global developmental delays, cerebral palsy, profound and multiple learning needs and Down Syndrome. She has specialist experience working with children with sensory food aversions and has completed further training into therapeutic approaches for managing aversive and oral sensitive feeders.

Claire completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Sensory Processing through the University of Ulster whilst working in the UK. Since then, Claire has utilised a sensory integrative framework in her practice for assessment and management of children with additional sensory needs. In particular, Claire developed an interest in assessment and treatment of dyspraxia and Developmental Coordination Disorder and has worked alongside paediatricians to provide specialist assessments and feedback to assist the diagnostic process.

 

Claire loves to incorporate a family-centered approach in her therapy sessions and values the importance of parent engagement and education to ensure the best therapeutic outcomes for both child and family.

Rachel Price

Senior Occupational Therapist

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Rachel (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)) has been working as an Occupational Therapist across hospital, rehabilitation, community and in-home settings for 8 years. She has experience working with teenagers and adults who have Sensory Processing Challenges, Autism, ADHD, Cognitive and/or Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety and Depression. After having three children of her own, Rachel joined In Sync Kids to follow her passion for early intervention using a sensory integration approach. Rachel’s postgraduate training includes the Aryes Sensory Integration® (CLASI) Modules.

Rachel is passionate about helping kids reach their potential through early intervention, and empowering families through their journey. She has a trauma-informed, family-centred approach to practice, and always tailors sessions to meet the child’s and family’s individual needs. 

Anna Macdermott

Occupational Therapist

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Anna is a passionate occupational therapist who has a love for paediatrics. She graduated from James Cook University in 2017 and was inspired to pursue paediatrics by her many little cousins and family members’ parenthood journeys. Anna has over five years of experience in paediatrics private practice with a strong focus on family-centred practice, sensory integration, and neurodevelopmental approaches.

Her calm yet engaging nature supports children and their families to kick goals. She has an interest in developmental delays, ASD, ADHD, trauma, learning difficulties, and sensory processing disorders. She is an advocate for early childhood intervention, school-based inclusion programs, and values listening to parents and providing education to help them see their child thrive.  

 

Anna’s post-graduate training includes the Wilbarger Therabrushing Protocol, The Listening Program music-listening therapy, Trauma, Neuroscience and the Evolving Therapy of Traumatised Children, and the Pervasive Impact of Breath on Function. She looks forward to the completion of her Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI) Modules.

Abigail Bizzell

Occupational Therapist

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Abi (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) has joined the In Sync team to pursue her interest in sensory integration and working with school-aged children.

 

She graduated from Australian Catholic University and has experience in hospital and private practice settings with a wide range of age groups. Abi’s previous role in community-based aged care facilitated a deep understanding of living with disability and adapting the environment and task components to maintain independence.

Abi is from a family of teachers and is passionate about giving kids the boost they need to engage and thrive in the classroom and the playground. She is keen to work as a team with the kids, their parents, teachers and other healthcare professionals to achieve their goals to ensure they live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life.

Ingrid Marin

Occupational Therapist

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Ingrid Marin (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) is a passionate Occupational therapist from Colombia. Ingrid has experience working in a variety of settings such as state schools, hospitals, mobile services, and private practices.


She has worked with children with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, and sensory processing disorders. Ingrid's postgraduate training includes a Certificates in Ayres Sensory Integration® (CLASI).

Ingrid is passionate about helping children achieve maximum performance and independence in activities of daily living by building strong foundations of learning.

Marina Rodriguez

Occupational Therapist

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Marina (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) was born in Buenos Aires and has had a long passion for working with both people and animals. While working with service dogs, she developed an interest in occupational therapy and earned her degree in the field in 2018. She then ventured around the world from Hawaii to New Zealand and Japan working on her animal training skills and occupational therapy passion.

 

When Marina decided to move to Australia, she went back to school and is currently working towards her Doctorate in OT while gaining experience in the Ayres Sensory Integration approach.

 

In the future she would like to combine her two passions and work in the Animal Assisted Therapy field and contribute to evidence-based practice.

Stephanie Ryan

Education Specialist

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Stephanie (studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) is a Key Worker/Teacher Liaison with teaching experience in early childhood and primary education. She is passionate about advocating for children and helping all children play and learn. Stephanie builds rapport with children and families, focussing on the importance of relationships & child success. Stephanie has extensive experience in teaching students with a wide variety of learning needs and working with their families & therapists. Stephanie joined the InSync Team to pursue her interest in Sensory Integration and Occupational Therapy.

 

Stephanie advocates for children and ensures they can achieve success in their learning environment by providing a clear link between families, therapists and educators. She works collaboratively with therapists and educators to ensure all stakeholders work together to meet the needs of the child. Stephanie visits learning settings and provides teachers & families with educational and therapeutic adjustments and support.

Chelsea Mears

Allied Health Assistant

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Chelsea is one of our Allied Health Assistants (AHA) who is currently studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland. Prior to working at In Sync, Chelsea was studying a Bachelor of Exercise Physiology where she worked with clients of all ages and health conditions. It was through this work where her passion for children began to emerge.

Chelsea has been with us for over a year and has experience working with sensory processing challenges, autism spectrum disorder and ADHD in children. Chelsea is an energetic and vibrant personality who brings a lot of joy and fun to her sessions. She believes in ensuring a collaborative approach when working with families and enjoys finding strategies to allow children independence in self regulation and daily tasks.

Karen Theron

Business Support Team - Rosalie clinic

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Karen has a Bachelor degree in law, and 30+ years of experience in administration and finance. After working for the South African Tax Office for 18 years, Karen and her family decided to pack up their life and start a new adventure in Australia.

In Australia, Karen started her new career doing contract work with the Department of Communities, Department of Health & Ageing, and Govia. She then took on a permanent position with an engineering firm where she started as a Technical Secretary and moved over to the finance side, eventually performing the duties of a Project Accountant on a state and national level.

Karen loved working with the engineering team but always had a dream to one day be part of a team where she could make a difference in peoples' lives and not just perform administration tasks for the sake of internal processes and procedures. After 11.5 years, she decided to make the bold move and resign from her engineering job to follow her dreams, joining the In Sync Kids team in late 2021.

Karen is still new to the world of healthcare administration but loves to come to work everyday to see the friendly, happy faces of the children and caregivers.

Ashley Williams

Allied Health Assistant

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Ashley (Bachelor of Occupational Therapy) is one of the Allied Health Assistants on the In Sync Kids team and is currently completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy Studies at the University of Queensland.

 

She is from the United States, where she previously worked as a registered Behaviour Technician providing services to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In this role, Ashley worked one-to-one with children in the home, community and clinic settings to implement behaviour plans and skill development programs for clients ages two through 12. She additionally has a range of experience working with diverse populations of children across a variety of settings throughout her undergraduate studies in the US.

 

Ashley is passionate about working with children and their families to help clients reach their potentials and live fully. With an enthusiastic and positive attitude, there is nothing she loves more than putting a smile on a child’s face and watching them grow and achieve their goals!