Our therapists, Julie Gifford and Kirsty MacCulloch, have extensive experience working with children and their families and are passionate about helping them achieve their goals. Both therapists are registered to provide supports for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants and are registered Medicare providers. Julie is also an approved Better Access to Mental Health provider.
B. Physio., AHPRA , APAPG & APAM
Kirsty graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from the University of South Australia in 2001. She is passionate about working with children and families and has spent her career in country South Australia, initially in the Riverland and more recently in the Barossa Valley.
Kirsty has experience working with children of all ages who have a variety of conditions and difficulties, including developmental delay, disability and coordination challenges. She is committed to providing services which address family goals and have meaningful outcomes for children and families. She also has an interest in supervising students.
Kirsty is a registered Physiotherapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the APA Paediatric Group.
B. App Sc (OT)., AHPRA & OTAA
Julie graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of South Australia in 1990. She has worked in a broad variety of settings in South Australia and in the USA. Julie’s work has predominantly been with children and their families but she has also worked in a range of adult services.
Across her career Julie has gained a vast amount of experience working with children and adolescents with disabilities, including physical disability, intellectual disability and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). She has also worked extensively with babies and young children with a range of developmental delays.
Julie is a registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of Australia.
B. App Sc (OT)., AHPRA & OTAA
Lara graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of South Australia in 2018. She has over 3 years’ experience working with children and young adults through her work as a boarding supervisor and tutor at a boarding school in Adelaide. It was there that she developed a strong passion for working with children.
More recently, she worked as a disability support worker for people living with a range of conditions and disabilities, including ASD, physical disability, intellectual disability, and neurological conditions. Lara grew up on a farm in the small country town of Port Broughton and this has provided her with a good understanding of living in a rural community.
Lara is a registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association of Australia.
BPhysio (Hons), AHPRA, APAM
Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy, with First Class Honours from the University of South Australia in 2019. She has a passion for improving outcomes for children after completing research projects within the paediatric field.
Growing up on a farm in the Mid-North of South Australia, Georgia has an understanding and appreciation for rural life. Georgia has experience working with children and as an aquatic therapy assistant. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor and uses these skills to develop creative exercise programs. Her goal is to provide family centred care in order to achieve goals and improve confidence in children.
Georgia is a registered Physiotherapist with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and the APA Paediatric Group.
BOccThy (Hons), AHPRA
Olivia graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours by research from the University of South Australia in 2019. She has over 18 months experience working in the disability support sector and has coached and assisted with young calisthenics teams for the past six years. Olivia enjoys working with both children and their families to provide a holistic approach to therapy.
Coaching and employment in the disability support sector have given Olivia experience in working with children and adults with ASD, sensory processing difficulties and intellectual disability. Through experience gained Olivia has a passion for positive behaviour support, self-regulation and sensory processing. She also has a keen interest in kindy and school readiness.
Olivia is a registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA.
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