Our Team

Our team of expert therapists and support staff are ready to provide the support and care your child deserves.

 

Melissa Cook – Senior Speech Language Pathologist & Allied Health Manager
Melissa Cook – Senior Speech Language Pathologist & Allied Health Manager

Melissa has broad experience working in private practice, education, and community settings. She has worked with individuals from diverse backgrounds, including children with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and children who have experienced complex trauma. Melissa takes a strengths-based and relationship-focused approach and partners with the important people in a child’s life in order to develop personalised goals and therapy plans.

As the Allied Health Coordinator of the Townsville clinic, Melissa supports the skilled multidisciplinary team to provide collaborative and evidence-based services in order to help children and young people achieve their goals. In her free time, she enjoys exploring North Queensland and visiting family and friends in Brisbane.

Stephanie Lawton – Clinical Psychologist & Allied Health Manager
Stephanie Lawton – Clinical Psychologist & Allied Health Manager

Stephanie is a clinical psychologist with over a decade of experience in assessments and child and infant mental health, with a particular interest in anxiety. Her wealth of experience enables her to provide comprehensive assessments and targeted interventions. Her roles have included positions in community settings, private practice, and hospitals. Her approach is marked by a commitment to evidence-based practice and a strong belief in a compassionate and collaborative approach. She particularly enjoys developing partnerships with parents, recognising the significance of involving them in the therapeutic process. As an Allied Health Manager, Stephanie guides a highly skilled team of multidisciplinary practitioners in supporting children and young people achieve their goals. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family, exploring the city, and reading a good book.

Cassandra Bolt – Senior Speech Pathologist
Cassandra Bolt – Senior Speech Pathologist

Cassandra is a qualified speech pathologist with extensive experience working in the disability sector. Cassandra has worked with clients across the lifespan but has a keen interest in supporting children and young adults with a disability who have complex communication needs. Cassandra also has experience and enjoys supporting the development of early language and play skills of young children. Cassandra strives to help clients achieve their desired outcomes and advocates for all to have access to a functional communication system.
Cassandra also has a Bachelor of Music and loves to spend her spare time cooking, camping with her family or walking her dog, Oscar.

Georgia Bellas – Senior Occupational Therapist
Georgia Bellas – Senior Occupational Therapist

Georgia is a Senior Occupational Therapist who has experience working across a myriad of services including non-for-profit organisations, education, private practice and early intervention services. She has extensive experience working with children and their families to achieve functional outcomes in meaningful occupations across their environments. Georgia aims to empower and support children and their families to thrive through connection, partnership and play.

Georgia is also the Team Leader of Language Disorder Australia’s Bright Door clinics. In this role, Georgia works closely with the Allied Health Coordinators to support the Occupational Therapists provide a quality, evidence-based service that results in positive outcomes for clients and their families.

Outside of work Georgia enjoys spending time with her family, travelling, going to the beach, Pilates and coffee!

Hayley Schofield – Senior Psychologist
Hayley Schofield – Senior Psychologist

Hayley has experience in working across the lifespan but has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents to develop individualised and strength-based goals to address their learning needs and improve educational outcomes for at-risk, vulnerable and complex young people.  Hayley has experience working in educational and forensic settings and utilising evidence-based assessment tools to provide cognitive, adaptive, educational and behavioural assessments across the lifespan.  The outcomes from these assessments are used to inform to develop individualised goals to assist teachers, parents and students. She also believes in developing strong relationships with parents and young people.  Hayley has experiencing in completing disability support applications for Government, Catholic and Independent schools as well as the NDIS which includes diagnosis of specific learning, intellectual, autism spectrum, childhood behavioural and emotional disorders including anxiety and depression. She has a special interest in the Science of Reading and evidence-based literacy instruction.

Vanessa Jouet – Senior Music Therapist
Vanessa Jouet – Senior Music Therapist

Vanessa is Registered and Neurologic Music Therapist who has also completed advanced fellowship training in Neurologic Music Therapy, as well as being an assistant faculty member for the Academy of Neurologic Music Therapy. Vanessa specialises in working with children and adolescents with language disorders and ASD. She also has experience in a variety of areas including paediatrics at the children’s hospital, adults with disabilities, brain injury rehabilitation and early intervention. Vanessa’s primary role is working within a multidisciplinary team at Mancel College to assist students in developing skills in school readiness and regulation. Within the Bright Door clinic, Vanessa works with clients and their families to achieve their individual goals in a range of areas including regulation, sensory integration, movement, social-emotional, cognitive and language skills. When not at work, Vanessa enjoys spending time with her family, having coffee with friends and playing piano.

Nathan Brown – Senior Physiotherapist
Nathan Brown – Senior Physiotherapist

Nathan is a physiotherapist with a passion for helping children reach gross motor milestones and being active in the community with their peers. He is a keen advocate for inclusive sport and believes that children should be able to enjoy sport and exercise at any level and disability. Nathan has a broad range of experience working with children of all ages, from 3 months through to 18 years old. In his spare time, Nathan plays cricket, likes spending time with friends at the beach and love to cook!

Jessica Welsby – Senior Occupational Therapist
Jessica Welsby – Senior Occupational Therapist

Jessica is a qualified occupational therapist with extensive clinical experience working across a range of public and private settings. She is passionate about working closely with children and their families to develop and support function and independence. Jessica has a strong interest in the areas of toileting, play, emotional regulation, and sensory processing. She often boasts of her knowledge of Bluey, Paw Patrol, Thomas the Tank Engine and Minecraft. Jessica strives to make therapy motivating and fun for each child, often reflecting on the joy of seeing children actively participate in goal-specific therapy interventions without even realising it. Jessica is a proud mother of two primary school-aged children, which she feels adds an extra layer of personal experience to her clinical expertise.

Angelique De Aguiar – Speech Pathologist
Angelique De Aguiar – Speech Pathologist

Angelique is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with children. She works within the Bright Door clinics at Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. Angelique values working to achieve goals that are functional and meaningful to her clients and their families. She has a particular interest in the areas of early intervention and Autism.  Angelique strives to empower all children’s access to communication. Angelique enjoys spending her time 4- wheel driving and going on camping holidays with her family and friends.

Ashton Moncrieff – Speech Pathologist
Ashton Moncrieff – Speech Pathologist

Ashton is a Speech Pathologist working at the Bright Door clinic and Language Disorder Australia’s School Support Services in Townsville. Ashton has always been passionate about working with children and helping them to build capacity for participation in their functional daily activities. She is experienced in assessing and providing interventions for a wide range of speech and language needs. Ashton enjoys working closely with other allied health and education professionals to adopt a holistic approach when supporting children to thrive in all environments. When working to build children’s communication skills, Ashton’s approach to therapy is client-centred, evidence-based, innovative and fun. In her spare time, Ashton enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading a good book, and walking her dog.

Bianca Falco – Speech Pathologist
Bianca Falco – Speech Pathologist

Bianca is a Speech Pathologist working at the Bright Door clinics in Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. With a warm and empathetic approach Bianca is passionate about working with children to support them with the skills and strategies to allow them to flourish and fulfil their communication potential. Bianca’s approach to therapy integrates fun and engaging activities with client-centred and evidence-based interventions. This ensures the best possible outcomes for an improved quality of life for not only the clients but families as well. She has a strong interest in early intervention and enjoys working collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team. Outside of work, you can find Bianca exploring new restaurants or cafés in Brisbane with her family and friends or relaxing outside beside the beach reading a good book!

Britney Evans-Mackay – Music Therapist
Britney Evans-Mackay – Music Therapist

Britney is a registered music therapist accredited by the Australian Music Therapy Association. She received her Masters of Music Therapy through University of Melbourne in 2021. She previously studied a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences at Griffith University, graduating in 2017. Britney works across Mancel College and the Bright Door clinic. She has extensive experience working with children and young people and has been teaching music for over 8 years. Britney is passionate about working from a person centred and strength-based approach to ensure the needs and goals are at the forefront of every session. She believes in neuro-affirming practice and endeavours to empower the young people she works with.

Caitlyn Thomson – Speech Pathologist
Caitlyn Thomson – Speech Pathologist

Caitlyn is a passionate speech language pathologist who considers it a privilege to help young people to reach their greatest potential. She is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with client families to ensure their communication needs are fully met throughout therapy planning and intervention. Caitlyn is a Brisbane-local, with previous experience working within the NDIS and private practice sector. She truly has a heart of service for her clients and is driven to equip them with the tools to thrive in all learning and social contexts. When she’s not working, you will find Caitlyn road-tripping with family and friends, cooking up a storm, or with her nose buried in a good book!

Chloe Anastasiou – Occupational Therapist
Chloe Anastasiou – Occupational Therapist

Chloe is an Occupational Therapist, who is dedicated to improving the lives of children and helping them reach their full potential. With a strong academic background and a passion for children’s development, Chloe has developed the skills necessary to assess and provide interventions for a wide range of physical, cognitive and emotional needs. Chloe’s approach to therapy is creative, engaging and child centred, using play and fun activities to help children build skills, confidence and independence. She is committed to ongoing learning and the use of evidence-based practices to guide her work. In Chloe’s spare time she enjoys, traveling, cooking, socialising with friends, and spending time with family.

Emma Hartley – Speech Pathologist
Emma Hartley – Speech Pathologist

Emma is a Speech Pathologist who works within the Bright Door clinics at Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. She is passionate about working closely with clients and their families to support them throughout their therapeutic journey, and she strives to create an empowering and safe environment for her clients to achieve their goals and optimise their participation and communication. Emma endeavours to make speech and language therapy fun and dynamic for each child, supported by evidence-based, strengths-based, and neuroaffirmative practices. When not at work Emma enjoys learning French, going to the beach and hiking, as well as reading, painting, and spending time with friends and family.

Emma Johnson – Occupational Therapist
Emma Johnson – Occupational Therapist

Emma is an Occupational Therapist working within the Bright Door clinics at Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. She is passionate about empowering children to grow in confidence and independence to reach their full potential. Emma is enthusiastic about working collaboratively with children and their families to ensure they can thrive and achieve their individual goals through engaging, creative, and fun therapy. Emma is dedicated to providing client-centred and evidence-based therapeutic services and is committed to ongoing learning that guides her work. Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling, relaxing at the beach, or reading a good book.

Holly Corish – Occupational Therapist
Holly Corish – Occupational Therapist

Holly is an Occupational Therapist driven to positively impact the lives of children and families. Empathy is at the core of her practice, as she believes in truly understanding and connecting with everyone she works with, ensuring their unique needs and aspirations are not just honoured but celebrated. Through innovative, engaging, and meaningful therapy, her approach empowers children to achieve their dreams and build upon their skills, confidence, and independence. Outside of work, Holly loves travelling, spending time at the beach, and cherishing moments with family, friends, and doggies!

James Dupont – Occupational Therapist
James Dupont – Occupational Therapist

James is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with children and supporting them to achieve goals that are meaningful to them. He is motivated to practice collaborative, client-centred and family-oriented practice to achieve a high quality of life. James has valuable experience working with children and is committed to providing the best practice possible. He has a specific interest in interoception, play, sensory processing and emotional regulation. James uses a strengths-based approach and supports clients in participating in activities that they are passionate about. In his spare time, James loves to spend time with family and friends, being active in his parish, travelling, cooking, exercising and playing football.

Jenny Gunnarsson – Speech Pathologist
Jenny Gunnarsson – Speech Pathologist

Jenny is a Speech Pathologist working at the Bright Door Clinics located in Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. She is passionate about working closely with clients and their families to achieve their functional, meaningful and personalised goals. Jenny strives to be creative and client-centered in therapy, creating a safe and nurturing environment to support development and empower the clients she works with. She is also a life-long learner, using evidence-based practices to guide her work. Outside of work, Jenny enjoys singing in various ensembles, cooking, and socialising with friends and family.

Kyla Neil – Speech Pathologist
Kyla Neil – Speech Pathologist

Kyla is a Speech Language Pathologist at the Bright Door clinic in Townsville. She enjoys working as part of the multidisciplinary team, helping children to work at their goals across a variety of areas. Kyla is keen to help families feel supported, celebrate the successes, and give them the skills to achieve both in and out of the clinic sessions. Outside of work, Kyla spends her time with family and friends, watching a good movie or taking a hike.

Natalie Smith – Occupational Therapist
Natalie Smith – Occupational Therapist

Natalie is an Occupational Therapist working at the Bright Doors Clinic in Townsville and is dedicated to helping children become independent and successful in their daily lives. With her background in Occupational Therapy, she is equipped with a range of skills and techniques designed to help children develop their fine and gross motor, cognitive and sensory skills. She also works to build capacity in key life skills such as self-care, social skills and problem solving. By using a client-centred approach, Natalie works closely with each child and their family to identify specific needs and goals, and then create a tailored treatment plan to help them achieve their goals. Natalie firmly believes that children learn best when they are supported and encouraged, and strives to create a safe and nurturing environment that fosters growth and development. Natalie is passionate in enabling each child to gain the confidence they need to succeed and to support their families to thrive.

Samantha Smith – Occupational Therapist
Samantha Smith – Occupational Therapist

Samantha is an Occupational Therapist working at the Bright Door Clinic in Townsville. She enjoys supporting children of all ages to build their capacity in various developmental areas, including emotional regulation, sensory processing, fine motor, gross motor and cognition. Samantha also has a keen interest in fostering social skills development, positive self-esteem, and well-being in children to enhance confidence to achieve their goals. She works closely with the families and multidisciplinary team around the child to ensure positive outcomes in all areas of the child’s life. Samantha participates in regular professional development and actively sources literature to keep up to date with best practice interventions. When not at work, Samantha enjoys spending time with her family and friends and supporting her husband’s fish tank hobby.

Tamara Noonan- Occupational Therapist
Tamara Noonan- Occupational Therapist

Tamara is an Occupational Therapist working at the Bright Door Clinics located in Toowong and Fig Tree Pocket. Tamara is dedicated to providing holistic, evidence-based, and client and family-centred therapeutic services. She strongly believes in the right of every child to engage in meaningful and fulfilling occupations. Tamara seeks to embrace the individuality of every child she works with and make the therapeutic process fun and engaging. Outside of work, Tamara enjoys cooking, travelling and exploring museums. She has a dedication to supporting the vibrant performing arts scene in Brisbane.

Laura Evans – Practice Administrator
Laura Evans – Practice Administrator

Laura has over ten years of experience in business development and practice management in the private practice sector. She is passionate about health and fitness and helping people of all ages live their best lives. During her free time, you can find Laura at the gym, training for triathlons, studying, spending time with friends and family or watching AFL.

Bec Surawski – Practice Administrator
Bec Surawski – Practice Administrator

Bec has a background of supporting clients and families within the clinical setting. She takes pride in helping the families feel comfortable and a sense of ease in the process of booking and attending appointments. Bec will accommodate for the individual needs of the family to ensure therapy is the right fit for them. In Bec’s spare time she likes to socialise with her friends and family and relax at the beach.

Louise Watt – Practice Administrator
Louise Watt – Practice Administrator

Louise has a long career in the medical administration both in private practice and hospital setting including the Emergency Department. She is extremely passionate about client care and language and will go above and beyond for clients and their families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her 3 dogs and dabbles in creative writing.