​​​​​Occupational Therapist: Helen O'Connell

Helen is a registered occupational therapist who is passionate about working with children and families.  She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2008 and since this time has worked across a number of settings in the Darling Downs area, working predominantly in the area of paediatrics. 

Helen has completed and utilises a range of professional development activities focusing on occupational therapy for children and families, including the Sequential Oral Sensory (S.O.S) Approach to feeding, Circle of Security and DIR Floortime, in addition to a range of courses relating to sensory processing.  She has a passion for working with families to reflect and problem solve through presenting behaviours using sensory processing ‘lens’ to promote a child’s ability to engage in what is important to them – to live, learn and grow.   Having recently returned to the Toowoomba area to raise her young family, Helen is looking forward to working with a team of passionate occupational therapists to deliver quality paediatric occupational therapy services in the local area.  

Business Manager: Callum Edwards

Callum has a Bachelor of social science and a Masters of business administration (MBA) - majoring in sustainable business. He is a Toowoomba local and provides the day to day business support at Acacia Therapy. 

Callum has a special interest  in maintaining a sustainable business model that ensures Acacia Therapy can provide high quality support that is unique to the local Toowoomba and Darling Downs community. 

Our Team

​​​Occupational Therapist: Sarah Lyons

 Sarah is a registered OT who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Occupation Therapy with Honours from the University of Queensland.

She has experienced clinical work in a number of fields including inpatient stroke and upper limb rehabilitation and paediatric community-based services.

She is passionate about providing individualised, strengths-based services that promote the independence of clients and their families through skills development and environmental modifications

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Director / Occupational Therapist: Louise Edwards

Louise is a registered occupational therapist who has worked in a variety of clinical settings across Queensland and NSW. Over the duration of her career, Louise has gained experience across a range of settings including hospitals, federal government and non profit organisations. Early in her career, Louise recognised a special interest in community based neurorehabilitation and has predominantly worked with children and adults with physical and developmental disability such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, stroke, developmental delay, neurodegenerative conditions and genetic syndromes.  Louise particularly enjoys providing hippotherapy (equine assisted therapy) to children, with her partner Brin (photographed).

In addition to supporting people to develop skills in their day to day life, Louise has extensive experience with equipment prescription including supporting clients with complex equipment needs. 

Louise has also worked as a lecturer at the University of Sydney in the area of physical rehabilitation.  Louise is passionate about supporting education and learning within the area of occupational therapy and supporting new graduate therapists to develop high quality clinical skills.

In January 2016, Louise established Acacia Therapy, so she could return to providing community based occupational therapy support to children and adults within the local community. Louise endeavours to support her clients so that they may continue to Live  how they like, Learn  what they need, and Growinto the person they choose to become.

​​Administration Officer/Therapy Assistant: Olivia Berlin

Olivia is the administration officer and therapy assistant at Acacia Therapy. Olivia is currently studying a Bachelor of paramedicine and has completed a Certificate III in Business.

Olivia enjoys working with both kids and animals. She particularly enjoys being a side walker during equine assisted therapy.   

​​​Occupational Therapist: Alice Curtis

Alice is a passionate Occupational Therapist who has a strong interest in working with children. 

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sunshine Coast, Alice has gained experience working with both adult and paediatric clients. She has worked within community and inpatient settings. 

Alice believes in client centred practice and strives to continue to grow as a professional, keeping up with evidence based practice. In 2018, Alice completed her post-graduate degree in Autism Studies and has a keen interest to support people living with autism and their families.

​​​​Senior Occupational Therapist: Jane Hawkless

Jane Hawkless has 20 years experience providing occupational therapy services to adults and children with a strong focus on service delivery within the rehabilitation and disability sectors.  She has worked in a variety of settings including hospital, outpatient rehabilitation and community and has worked with a variety of funding bodies including CTP, NDIS, NIIS, iCare and Workcover.

Jane has extensive experience with direct client rehabilitation within hospital and community settings for a wide range of clients including adults with acquired brain injury, spinal cord injury, lower limb amputation, stroke, degenerative conditions and orthopaedic conditions. 

Jane has had extensive experience in the prescription of equipment for clients including those with complex equipment needs.  She has practical experience in the identification of appropriate equipment to maximize function and has current knowledge of the relevant assistive technology which is available.

Over the past 15 years, Jane has gained extensive experience in the prescription of home modifications for a wide range of clients and disabilities, including modifications for wheelchair accessibility.  Modifications have included:

  • Access modifications eg. ramps; lifts, widening doorways

  • Bathroom modifications

  • Kitchen modifications

Jane has had experience with assisting clients with severe and catastrophic injuries to return to work, including clients with acquired brain injury, lower limb amputation and complex orthopaedic conditions.  She has also provided case management services for these client groups.

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