MEET OUR TEAM
EMMA STAPLES | DIRECTOR & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Emma is the founder and director of The Therapy Space WA. Graduating from Curtin University in 2001 spending her career working across public and private practices in Perth and the United Kingdom in the areas of Paediatrics, Mental Health and Hand Therapy. With many years’ experience at Princess Margaret Hospital and ongoing care connections at Perth Children’s Hospital, she is passionate about providing exceptional care to the children with chronic and acute conditions. She also loves hand and upper limb therapy and working with people across the lifespan with acute and chronic conditions affecting the upper limb.
Emma is an Accredited Hand Therapist as awarded by the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association and Developmental Occupational Therapy group. With specific areas of specialty in assisting young people to developing self regulation skills, assisting with emotions, social skills, learning, attention and hand function skills. Emma has worked extensively with young people and adults affected by conditions such as Joint Hypermobility, Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and persistent pain. Also working with a variety of other conditions including musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and congenital limb differences. Emma has published literature related to sensory interventions, upper limb treatment and documenting measurable outcomes in the Burns Journal.
Emma enjoys clinically reasoning through complex cases and from a foundation of evidenced based practice, generating creative solutions for young people, families and adults alike. If you wish to be seen by someone who is skilled and compassionate with a personalised approach toward excellent outcomes Emma is available to manage you or your child’s healthcare needs.
KAVITAAH THEYAGARAJAH | OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Kavitaah completed a Masters of Occupational Therapy and is registered with AHPRA. She has several years
experience as an OT and has diverse expertise that she brings to each client and family. With specific skills
in management of complex pain, paediatrics, hand therapy, soft tissue therapy, workplace rehabilitation and
aged care, she has is able to tailor her skills to suit the needs of her clients.
Kavitaah has a keen interest in anatomy and physiology, which has lead to her pursuit of hand and upper limb
rehabilitation, particularly in the area of repetitive strain injuries, fracture management, and treatment of chronic
pain conditions. Her main passion includes working with children to develop sensory and visual motor integration,
fine and gross motor skills, and developing attention and emotional regulation techniques to help children achieve
functional independence and succeed in their school environment. She continues to actively build on her professional development, is a member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association, and has advanced training in sensory
processing and regulation. She is motivated by continual self growth and learning, and is always seeking
opportunities to enhance her knowledge base.
Kavitaah is passionate about providing a playful and sensory-rich approach to paediatric therapy, and enjoys the
ability to combine knowledge from a diverse skill base to individualise care and help people achIeve their goals.
Outside of work, you may see Kavitaah enjoying nature and the outdoors, listening to live music, or
attending art and latin dancing classes
TIFFANY CHIA | SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Tiffany joins The Therapy Space WA as an Occupational Therapist with extensive clinical experience in the areas of hand therapy and soft tissue therapy. Graduating from Curtin University in 2007, her career has included working in private clinical practices within Perth, establishing and operating a prominent soft tissue therapy practice, and lending her skills within the hand and upper limb clinic at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. Her clinical care encompasses a focus on recovery and pain management, to treat and educate patients on how to manage their condition, while encouraging a level of physical independence at every stage of recovery.
Tiffany is a registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA, and has held teaching roles over the years to colleagues, surgeons, and occupational therapy students, She has experience working with patients and families of all backgrounds, including those with long-term overuse injuries, to those with acute trauma. Areas of special interest for Tiffany include working with patients who suffer from hypermobility conditions, and those with complex soft tissue dysfunction.
Tiffany's practical and down to earth approach to therapy brings a human touch to helping patients navigate the tricky and often stressful experience of recovering from an injury or condition.
Aside from fulfilling her passion to help others achieve their best in life, Tiffany enjoys taking part in group yoga
and going for daily walks in nature with her family.
ALEX MADDEN | SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
Alex has an honours degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with paediatric clients in both private and public settings in Queensland. Alex is passionate about providing holistic, client focused care, with functional and collaborative goals. Being an OT, Alex loves working on "occupation" focused goals such as play, toileting, dressing and participation in the classroom.
Alex is a registered Occupational Therapist with AHPRA, and has experience working with the NDIS and families with diverse strengths, challenges and goals. Areas of special interest for Alex include working with families through assessment and diagnostic processes, working with children with a diagnosis of autism, those having difficulty with attention and emotions, hypermobility and pain conditions and supporting graded return to everyday life tasks. For this reason, Alex is committed to ongoing learning and has completed additional training in the areas of play based therapy, sensory processing, and toileting.
Alex's comprehensive and empathetic approach focuses on building strong relationships with clients to understand how best to support them in achieving their goals. Alex is passionate about ensuring a strengths-based and person-centred approach to intervention, focusing on the child's interests and strength to improve participation and outcomes.
If Alex isn't at work or at home with her golden retriever, Lola, she is probably seeking new places to explore, learn about and experience. Alex loves music, chocolate and keeping fit and active.