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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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.
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.
Senior Occupational Therapist: Shelley Green
Shelley is a registered occupational therapist who is passionate about working with children and families. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in 2012 and since this time has worked across a number of settings in the Darling Downs area, working predominantly in the area of paediatrics.
Shelley has completed and utilises a range of professional development activities focusing on occupational therapy for children and families, including Circle of Security and 123 Magic. Shelley loves to “find the fun” in daily activities and help children and families to do the same, to support them to live, learn and grow.
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.
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.
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.
Kristen is registered occupational therapist who completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Since graduating in 2018, Kristen began her career working in aged care and the community. She is excited to expand and develop her skills to provide an evidence-based service to clients and their families.
Kristen is passionate about taking a client centred approach in therapy to facilitate the independence of her clients.
Harriet is a registered occupational therapist who recently graduated from Griffith University, Gold Coast. Harriet grew up moving around Australia with her family and has lived in places such as Ipswich, Emerald and Perth, before finding herself with a job in Toowoomba. Her placement experiences include a rural generalist role, acute hospital wards, and the Children’s hospital where her passion for making a difference in the lives of children and their families developed. Harriet is motivated to support children to work on the skills they need to succeed in everyday life, and her love of playdough, board games and colouring in are incorporated into her everyday work with children.
Jordan is a registered occupational therapist who has a strong interest in working in paediatrics. He strives to support families and their children to overcome challenges in daily life and give them the best possible opportunity to thrive. Since graduating at the end of 2017 from Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Jordan has worked in a paediatric occupational therapy role in Newcastle, New South Wales. He spent approximately two years in this position, providing regular play-based services to children ageing from two to twenty with various diagnoses and developmental delay, before deciding that it was time to return to Queensland.
Jordan has completed various professional development programs and workshops focused on furthering his knowledge and skills in providing effective occupational therapy services to children and their families. He aims to incorporate fun into his sessions as much as possible to ensure that the children get the most out of every session.
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.