Lize 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 seven 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.
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 five 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 Rehabilitation Counselling (Bachelor) and Occupational Therapy Practice (Masters). When Michelle is not at work she enjoys playing mixed netball, baking, crafting and kayaking.
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.
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!
Chandni graduated from LaTrobe University and started working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in 2012. She has experience in paediatric private practice (home, community and school outreach) and has a passion for working with children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to bring a fun and motivating component to her therapy sessions.
Chandni loves incorporating the child’s interests and strengths to enable them to develop their skills and achieve their goals to become as independent as they can be. Chandni is committed to ongoing professional development tofurther broaden her professional competencies and clinical expertise.
In her spare time, Chandni enjoys spending quality time with her husband and family and watching movies (with butter popcorn of course!).
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.
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.
Holly graduated with a Bachelor of Sports and Exercise Science in 2011, during which time she had a paediatric placement at the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre. The gorgeous children at CPEC with their infectious smiles ignited her passion to work with children. She then went on to do a Masters of Occupational Therapy at LaTrobe University in 2013 to pursue a career in paediatric Occupational Therapy.
She has three of her own little ones and they love being her personal toy testers! She often uses her experiences with her own children to connect and bond with families and has enjoyed every moment of working with the team at Building Blocks Therapy.
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!
Claire is a passionate and enthusiastic paediatric Occupational Therapist, who strives for collaborative, holistic and evidence-based practice. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne in 2016.
Since then, she has gained extensive ongoing experience and knowledge in enabling people to do the daily activities they want and need to do. This has included working at a special developmental school as a paediatric Occupational Therapist and running camps and facilitating other forms of respite for children with special needs.
Claire has also combined her love for travel and Occupational Therapy by doing Occupational Therapy internships in Tanzania and South Africa. These experiences have inspired her to empower children, their families and educational supporters to achieve their dreams no matter how big or small.
She looks forward to supporting you and your child in reaching their potential.
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.
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.
Kara graduated with a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy/Psychological Science from La Trobe University in 2012. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the hospital setting, community mental health and began her Paediatric OT career in the school setting in 2014.
Kara is extremely passionate about working with children to increase their independence and confidence in everyday tasks, whilst providing fun and engaging goal oriented therapy. She has a keen interest in child mental health, emotional regulation, social skills, gross motor development, addressing sensory processing difficulties and working with children to improve their daily living skills.
Kara understands the importance of family centred practice and empowering all caregivers in the child’s life, to achieve the best outcomes.
Kara is a mother of one to her little boy Kade. She loves spending quality time with her family, has a passion for health, fitness, travelling and spending time in the outdoors.
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.
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.
Leesa Maree is responsible for general administration, marketing, design, product research and development and the Building Blocks Therapy shop and website.
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.
Leesa Maree 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 is an adrenaline junkie and enjoys hiking, riding her bike and camping with family.
Nikki is responsible for Reception and general administration. Nikki loves to help others and is excited to be able to help the children and families visiting Building Blocks Therapy in any way that she can. She is definitely a people person and hopes that shines through in her work.
Nikki is a kind and compassionate mother to three growing children and she loves spending time with her family and friends.
In her spare time Nikki enjoys making candles, completing arts and craft projects and spoiling her children.