Lize Roos graduated from La Trobe University and started working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in 2009. Her dream of being an OT started at the young age of 7 when she had the privilege of working alongside an OT to help her overcome some of the challenges she faced as a result of being born prematurely.
She started her studies in South Africa and finished her bachelors of Occupational Therapy and Psychology in Melbourne after immigrating with her family in 2004.
Building Blocks Therapy was established in 2012. As Director her goal is to lead an incredible team of passionate people who want to make a positive difference in the community. Her dream is to direct a family friendly business where all people feel loved and cared for, where families can access services that will empower them to help their children, a place where there is no judgement and where every effort is made to ensure that we work collaboratively with families and other health care professionals to provide the best outcomes possible for each individual.
She believes every child should have the opportunity to achieve his or her dreams despite the challenges they face. They should also be given many opportunities to learn and develop their skills in a fun and safe environment.
Lize is a wife to Sean and a mum of two beautiful growing little boys, Kayleb and Malachi.
Tricia graduated in 2006, from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She brings a wealth and breadth of experience to the Building Blocks Therapy team: with over three years of working with children with autism spectrum disorder doing ABA program, and 10 years of working in adult physical rehabilitation; in addition to teaching ballet, and facilitating children’s music development programs. She loves facilitating group therapy where possible, and believes that there is much to be gained from learning alongside others.
From a young age, Tricia knew she would work with children. She is passionate about children feeling like they physically and emotionally belong, and are keeping up with their peers. Combining her strengths in creativity, communication and practical therapy; she believes that therapy should be meaningful, fun, engaging, and easy to replicate at home. With two growing children, Oliver and Jasmin, she continues to create exciting ways for her children to explore and learn; and is able to relate to the joys and challenges of parenthood.
Tricia can’t wait to journey with you in working alongside your child, and partnering with parents and other caregivers to bring the best out of your child.
Lucy graduated from LaTrobe University completing the first year of the double degree, Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice. She has experience working in community rehabilitation for adults and young adults with Acquired Brain Injury. She also has experience working in schools as a sports coach and enjoy every opportunity to work with young children and supporting their creative fun way of learning.
Lucy has always had a passion for working with children and families to achieve their goals in a range of home, community and clinic settings.
Katie has always had a passion for working with children and helping them develop their skills. She often helped out at the local primary school where her mother worked. Katie is a keen netballer and has shared her love and knowledge of the sport through her local club, being on the committee for over 10 years, umpiring, coaching and promoting the sport to younger players.
Katie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2010. She started her career as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist at a special school for children with autism. Since then she has also worked in a community centre and in an early childhood intervention service involving children who were eligible for NDIS.
Katie currently works part time at a community centre and part time at Building Blocks Therapy. She believes that every child is unique and can achieve greatness in their own way. She is passionate about working with families and other professionals to achieve the very best for your child.
Naomi is excited about finding fun and meaningful ways to enable every child and their family to reach their full potential.
Naomi began working with children while studying, in Out of School Hours Care. In 2014 she visited Romania, to voluntarily work with children facing multiple challenges. During her time there, Naomi realised how important it is for children to be given the tools they need to be independent and confident.
She graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice. Since graduating, she has gained experience in youth mental health and with older adults, giving her a holistic perspective in her practice.
Naomi feels that an amazing starting point for all children as they develop is that they feel loved and supported. She looks forward to working with your child and the most important people in their lives: you!
Madelin graduated in 2013 From Latrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice.
Her love of working with children began at an early age when she would help her Mum with respite care for families in rural NSW.
She began her career working with adults, adolescents and children with acute mental health needs both in inpatient and community settings. She has also worked as part of an early intervention school based program, aimed at enhancing children’s social and emotional skills and behavioral development.
Her caring and gentle nature along with her ability to be fun and creative will support your child and family in achieving their goals.
Madelin believes that working in partnership with children, parents, schools, teachers, and other health professionals is an effective way of achieving the very best for your child.
When Madelin is not at work she enjoys visiting her family in the countryside, getting outdoors, dining with friends and travelling the world.
Olivia has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Olivia’s interest in working with children began while she was studying and working part-time as a carer for an adolescent with autism. Since graduating, Olivia has worked further with children with a range of developmental issues and autism specifically.
Olivia has also worked in a mainstream school setting as an Occupational Therapist. She has worked on developing children’s fine and gross motor skills, handwriting skills, attention, balance, coordination and emotional regulation.
Olivia’s friendly and energetic nature allows her to engage children in therapy and build rapport with them quickly. Olivia aims to tailor therapy to meet the needs of each individual child and make every session fun.
Michelle sees the potential in all the children she works with and seeks to equip them with the skills and strategies they need to meaningfully engage in their everyday life.
For 5 years Michelle has worked alongside children on the autism spectrum as an ABA therapist in home and kinder/school settings whilst also co-leading an adolescent mentor program. She believes it is a privilege to work alongside families and their children in a fun, engaging and therapeutic way.
Michelle has completed a double degree at La Trobe University in Rehabilitational Counselling (Bachelor) and Occupational Therapy Practice (Masters).
When Michelle is not at work she enjoys playing mixed netball, baking, crafting and kayaking.
Brooke loves working with children and is incredibly passionate about
empowering and supporting them to overcome any barriers that they may be experiencing.
Brooke is creative, energetic and playful in nature, and is driven to facilitate the development of skills that will enable children to succeed and reach their full potential.
Brooke graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has nearly three years experience working in early behavioural intervention (ABA therapy) with a number of children and their families. She has also volunteered in numerous groups for younger children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Brooke is incredibly excited to be a part of the wonderful team at Building Blocks Therapy and is looking forward to working with some inspiring young people and their families!
Hilary studied Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University and graduated in 2008. Since that time, she has worked in a number of settings including mental health, general medical inpatient wards, occupational rehabilitation and also working on programs to support individuals, families and communities to psychosocially prepare for and recover from emergencies.
Hilary has worked with children and young people in a range of ways. She has spent time working as a youth worker running youth groups. She also volunteered in the Philippines at a camp for children who were blind. During her Occupational Therapy studies, she undertook a major project to develop an evidence based plan and proposal for a community sensory garden for children with Autism. Hilary loves working with children and their families to develop meaningful goals, and supporting children to reach their potential.
In her spare time, Hilary loves to spend time with her husband and children. She enjoys cooking and running. She recently took her kids on their first camping trip – it was so much fun there will be many more to come!
Jacquie is responsible for the administration for the clinic. From making the payment process for families easy to ensuring families can access the best tools and resources via our website. These things matter to her because she knows they matter to our families.
Jacquie is excited about the vision and purpose of Building Blocks Therapy and looks forward to seeing each and every child reach their full potential.
Leesa Maree is responsible for general administration, marketing, design, product research and development. She is creative and enjoys finding and designing family friendly resources that are both cost effective and fun. Leesa Maree is excited to share lots of ideas, tutorials and activities that will help children flourish and develop to their full potential.
She has three children of her own and enjoys spending time with them and creating fun and inspiring ways to help them learn and grow. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, riding her horse and bike, camping with family and roller skating.