Acacia Therapy - Allied Health

Clinical Manager​ (​​​​​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.   

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​​​​​​Occupational Therapist: Kristen Hill

Kristen is registered occupational therapist who completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Kristen began her career working in aged care and the community.

Kristen is passionate about taking a client centred approach in therapy to facilitate the independence of her clients.

Speech Pathologist - Mallory Langford
Mallory is a registered speech pathologist who graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies. Mallory grew up on the Darling Downs before moving to the USA to complete her undergraduate degree. She enjoys spending time with animals, playing sports and baking.
Mallory is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families to achieve goals together. 

​​​​​​​​​Occupational Therapist: Grace Elliott

Grace is a registered Occupational Therapist who completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University. Grace grew up in Toowoomba and enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, and learning new skills.

Grace is passionate about early intervention and has a keen interest in feeding and sensory difficulties. Grace is excited to be delivering client and family centred Occupational Therapy services at Acacia Therapy. 

Occupational Therapist: Kellie Smith

Kellie is a registered occupational therapist who completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Southern Cross University. Kellie grew up on the Gold Coast and enjoys spending time with friends and family, walking her dog, picnics in the park, hiking and playing netball.

Kellie is excited to use a family-centred approach when working alongside clients to enable them to achieve their goals and participate in meaningful activities.  ​

Therapy Assistant: Kristel Fisher

Kristel is our qualified Allied Health Assistant and works with our Occupational therapists and Speech Language Pathologists. She loves working with our team to support our clients in achieving their individualised goals and believes in providing the highest quality of client care and support in a compassionate environment whilst making therapy fun and meaningful. 

Kristel likes travelling to new places with family and friends. She enjoys being creative, learning new skills and working collaboratively with clients and staff.

Kristel holds these certificates - Certificate III in Business Administration, Certificate III In Individualised Support (Ageing) and Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistant.

Our Team

​​​​​​​​​Occupational Therapist: Sarah Smith

Sarah is a registered Occupational Therapist who recently completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) through The University of Queensland in Brisbane. Sarah was raised on a farm in the Darling Downs and loves to spend time outside with her family & friends and her dog, Harvey. In her spare time, she loves baking, listening to all things Taylor Swift and drinking coffee.

Sarah is passionate about working alongside children and their families and making a positive impact through a strengths-based approach, to support them to achieve their goals and do the things they want to do and need to do!

Senior ​​​​​​​​Speech Pathologist: Nicola Brown

Nicola is a registered speech pathologist who graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Since graduating in 2018, Nicola has worked with paediatrics and young adults across Education and Private Practice settings. After spending a few years sweating it out in tropical North Queensland, Nicola is excited to return to the cooler climate that South East Queensland has to offer.

Nicola is passionate about supporting all children to communicate and working with families to unlock their child’s potential. She has completed professional development in the Lidcombe Program, Nuffield Dyspraxia Program and Infant Feeding Foundations. She has a strong interest in early language development, speech sound disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and fluency (stuttering).

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Practice 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. 

​​​​​​Occupational Therapist: Ella Sloss

Ella is a registered occupational therapist who recently completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) through James Cook University in Townsville. Ella grew up on a farm in the Darling Downs region and enjoys spending time with her horses and two dogs whenever she can. She also enjoys gardening, sewing and playing futsal, soccer and netball in her spare time.

Ella has a keen interest in providing client and family centered care through a strengths-based approach with children at Acacia Therapy. She is looking forward to delivering quality occupational therapy services at Acacia Therapy.  

Clinical Manager (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.