We have a highly skilled team of occupational therapists. Scroll down to meet the team and learn more about our team.
Lize has been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 12 year. Her dream of being an Occupational Therapist (OT) started at the young age of seven when she had the privilege of working alongside an OT to help her overcome some of the challenges she faced.
Lize is passionate about the role of Occupational Therapy in helping children develop the skills they need to be an active part of their family and community. She understands that this looks very different for each individual child/family but believes that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their dreams despite the challenges they face. She knows that it takes courage for these families to be brave and allow others to be a part of their family’s vulnerable journey. She believes that with the right team of people around each individual and their family, they too can have a life filled with hope and laughter.
Lize has a special interest in working with children with Developmental Coordination Disorder but really her heart is to empower kids facing any challenge. She realised that children are individual’s part of a bigger family and that therapy is more than just working with the child to develop skills but involves equipping, encouraging and empowering parents/caregivers and siblings. She loves creating a fun and safe space for children to learn in because she values the importance of play and positive family interactions.
She has a passion to support families on their journey of parenthood. She realises that parenting is no easy job and that it truly does take a “village” to raise children. Her heart is to be a place of HOPE in this community and to see families supported so they can raise their children to have a positive and powerful impact on this community in the future. To be a part of a community where people live with courage, purpose and connection.
Lize is the Founder and Director at Building Blocks Therapy and in this role 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.
Lize is a wife to Sean and a mum of two beautiful growing boys, Kayleb and Malachi.
Michelle graduated from Latrobe University completing her first degree in Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in Rehabilitation Counselling and her second degree in Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice.
Michelle worked as a support worker for a young boy with autism were she first experienced the impact of building a child’s self confidence and how that can influence their life. Since then, Michelle has had a passion for building self confidence, a sense of value and enjoyment in children of all ages and has done this through her work as an Occupational Therapist as well as through volunteering in running holiday programs with vulnerable children overseas and through a youth worker role running youth groups.
Michelle has experience working in private practice (clinic, community, schools) and has been with Building Blocks for several years. Michelle has a passion for this community as she grew up in the area and wants to see children and families feel supported.
In her spare time, Michelle loves to kayak, chase waterfalls and will find any excuse to drink a well made coffee.
Lucy graduated from LaTrobe University in 2012 completing a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice. Lucy loves to be a part of a team and has experience working with kindergartens, schools, allied health professionals and AT suppliers. Her passion is collaborating with educators and parents seeing the benefits of therapy and inclusion across all settings in a meaningful and practical way.
Lucy has experience in providing community therapy with children and adolescents birth to 18 years old across all settings; kindergarten, childcare, school, home and other community locations. Lucy has experience and training in specialty areas of; sensory integration, behaviour, feeding, assistive technology, fine/gross motor and social skills. She has also previously worked in neurological rehabilitation with children and adults with complex physical and cognitive conditions and a transdisciplinary model of therapy providing her with a greater knowledge of all areas of development.
Lucy has a strong belief in strengths-based practice and meaningful participation to help shape therapeutic supports. She believes in goal setting and structuring services led from the family and child voice for best outcomes. Lucy also loves working in a coaching model with families and educators to unpack and help guide understanding the child holistically. Lucy likes to keep things practical and routines based across the day to make all strategies family centred and easy to implement naturally. She loves to problem solve with children and their family to make any goal or aspiration a possibility.
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.
Emily completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science at La Trobe in 2015. It was during her psychology degree that she realised she wanted to pursue Occupational Therapy, as she loved the idea of enabling people to pursue what they want and need to do. She loved the idea of working with people to achieve their goals. As a result of, Emily attended Swinburne University and completed a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2018. She knew from the start of the course that she wanted to work with children.
Emily believes that therapists should work closely with all parties involved with the children, to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach. Emily looks forward to working with you and your child in a fun and engaging environment that will enable and encourage your child to achieve their goals!
Olivia has completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Olivia started working at Building Blocks Therapy in 2017. Olivia is a kind-hearted, gentle and friendly therapist. Olivia goes out of her way to relate to children of all ages and tailor therapy to the child’s needs. Olivia ensures her practice is a positive experience for the child and she strives to develop a powerful relationship between the child, family, teacher and other health professionals. Olivia enjoys providing families with hands-on, practical recommendations to build skills outside the therapy room.
Olivia has an interest in child mental health, social skills, emotional regulation, fine and gross motor development, addressing sensory processing difficulties and working with children to improve their daily living skills.
Olivia likes being outdoors and going out for brunch on the weekends.
Sharni graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy practice from Latrobe university in 2017.
Sharni has always known she wanted to work with children. For a number of years Sharni has worked as a support worker for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Working as a support worker allowed Sharni to assist children to participate in activities that are meaningful to them. She loved watching the joy an activity would bring a child who faces many challenges in their life.
Sharni is passionate about empowering young children and their families to develop their skills to reach their goals. Her fun, creative and energetic personality assists her in building positive relationships with the children that she works with and keeps them engaged in therapy. She is very excited to work with you and your child to help them reach their full potential.
Ruby is eager to enable children to participate in activities that are meaningful to them, by developing skills, building confidence and bringing a sense of independence and dignity into the lives of those she works with. Ruby uses a client/family centered approach in her practice and thoroughly enjoys working alongside families to facilitate therapy. Ruby uses an interdisciplinary team approach to ensure therapy is delivered in a streamline and efficient way to ensure the best outcome for families. Ruby values continued professional development and is always eager to learn and develop her OT skills to ensure best practice.
Ruby graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, and has a particular interest in pretend play therapy. When Ruby is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and extended family, playing netball, baking and hiking.
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!
Carly graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice from La Trobe University.
Carly has grown up within the local area and has always had a very keen interest in working with children and their families. Over the past few years Carly has loved working as a receptionist and swimming instructor with children of many ages. She has also enjoyed working as a therapy assistant for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome.
Carly is very passionate about ensuring sessions are fun, engaging and specific to every child’s needs and is keen to help children achieve their goals and reach their full potential.
In her spare time, Carly loves swimming, dancing, water skiing and camping with family and friends.
Carly is very excited about being a member of the Building Blocks Team and working with children and their families to help increase their engagement in a range of different activities.
Alice graduated with a Bachelor of Health Sciences with Honours and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice from La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Following graduation, Alice worked as a therapy assistant within home and childcare environments, and supported young children during therapeutic horseback riding. Alice found her passion for working with children, and has previous early childhood intervention experience.
Alice believes that therapy should be fun and recommendations should be practical for carers. Alice’s special interests include sensory processing, and self-care activities, such as hair cutting, nail cutting.
Natalie is passionate about helping children to learn and develop through engaging with their interests and the world around them. She graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.
She has had a long-term interest in Occupational Therapy having experience with a family member on the spectrum as well as assisting children with Autism, physical and intellectual disabilities on camps, in hospital, educational settings, and on a full-time camp for children with disabilities.
Natalie has a strong desire to support children to engage in learning and developing their skills to function at home, at school or in other environments. She seeks to foster their development in fun and creative ways.
She loves dogs, ‘CRAFTernoons,’ cooking and has lots of pet fish.
Natalie is excited about being a member of the Building Blocks team and looks forward to working with you and your child.
graduated with a bachelor of applied science and masters of occupational
therapy practice from Latrobe university in 2018. Following graduation, she
have worked as a support worker for children, helping to achieve their goals
while engaging in activities that were meaningful for them, mainly
children with ASD, which is where I have found my passion in. She is
particularly interested in fine motor and play development.
In her spare time she enjoy dancing, horse riding and going to the AFL.
She looks forward to working with you and your child, to help achieve their goals while building a therapeutic relationship.
Georgia graduated from her Masters of Occupational Therapy at Swinburne University after completing a Bachelor of Health Science, majoring in anatomy and physiology at La Trobe University.
Georgia has always had a passion for working with children and young people. So much so, that in 2017 Georgia helped develop Victoria’s first youth led community youth theatre group (Nillumbik Youth Productions), which brings her interests of theatre and performing together with her passion for empowering young people to be unapologetically themselves.
Georgia loves working together with children and families to help reach their goals, whatever they may be.
Allie graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice in 2019.
She has experience in adult mental health including neuropsychiatric rehabilitation for adults, as well as acute care for adults. She has a keen interest in working with children to develop fine and gross motor skills and address sensory processing difficulties.
During her studies, she had the unique opportunity to complete a placement abroad in Canada for adult spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Through this experience she was exposed to vast cultural differences, encouraging the importance of utilising a holistic approach to practice and involving the family throughout therapy.
In her spare time, she loves pursuing thrill-seeking activities, going on adventures and travelling the world. She is looking forward to working with you and your child to help you feel empowered and supported in enabling your child to achieve their goals!
Elise graduated from ACU with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.
She has experience in a range of settings including aged care and acute hospital care, however has always had a special interest in working with young people.
Elise strives to make sure that every child’s experience at OT is a fun and enjoyable one and loves to incorporate each child’s interests into their therapy. She is very excited to be a part of the Building Blocks Therapy team and looks forward to working with each family to achieve their unique goals.
In her own time, Elise enjoys craft, reading, and spending time with her family and dog.
Leanne is our numbers guru. She is a qualified accountant (CPA) with over 15 years experience in both corporate and education environments. In addition to her accounting qualifications she also holds a certificate 3 in education support and has spent time supporting young children in the classroom environment.
Leanne loves to spend time with her husband and two young children. In her spare time she enjoys cooking and baking.
Annette brings over 15 years administration experience to the team, she is enjoying meeting all our families and helping them on their journey.
Annette is excited at the opportunity to work with such amazing Occupational Therapists who bring out the very best in our children and inspire them to reach their goals.
Annette spends her spare time with her husband and two young daughters, she loves cooking, trips away and spending time with her friends.
Sue is happy and excited to be starting a new chapter in her life and to be working with such a caring and supportive team. Working in an environment that nurtures growth, self-development and where the focus is on giving back to the community is very refreshing.
She has predominately worked in customer service roles and she loves to feel that she can make a connection or a difference in someone’s life.
In her spare time she enjoy spending time with my family, friends and fur babies and doing activities such as meditation, yoga and getting out in nature.
Chanelle is a new addition to the BBT team, passionate and excited to be a part of a team that brings practical and fun assistance to children and families. She is studying her Bachelor of Psychology, working towards becoming a Clinical Psychologist where she can continue to help all individuals experience wellness and a full life!
Chanelle has worked in a range of administration and therapeutic settings and is excited for her new role, working alongside such incredible therapists, meeting new families and seeing the success of early interventions as each child walks through the clinic doors. She is inspired daily!
Chanelle is kept busy as a new mum, student and now back at work – but loves the new challenges each day brings. She loves time spent with her family. Her pets are full of ‘personality’ and between her husband, baby and animals, life is always interesting!
Madison is one of our newest additions to the admin team here at Building Blocks Therapy and is currently in her second year studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Psychology at the University of Melbourne. Madison is aiming to finish her studies and become a Clinical Psychologist working with children.
She is very excited about the opportunity to be involved in such a team and family orientated clinic and be able to contribute to making each and every person who enters our clinic feel at home.