MEET OUR TEAM

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EMMA STAPLES | DIRECTOR & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

ABOUT EMMA

 

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, epilepsy, aquired brain injury 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.

 

Emma is a qualified Better Access to Mental Health Professional - See FAQ section. She is also a Accredited Hand Therapist and has an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management pending 2021. Ask her about her other relevant professional qualifications relevant to you and your child. 

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Bek Bushell | SENIOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

ABOUT BEK

Bek graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) at the end of 2011. Bek has a strong passion for paediatrics. She particularly enjoys working with complex clients and their families and assisting them to achieve their goals and aspirations. During her career, Bek has worked in rural community health, private practice, mental health, disability-specific and school-based settings across WA and the Eastern States. Bek is an enthusiastic therapist who enjoys engaging clients in creative ways to get the most out of therapy. Her playful and positive presence is a delight to our early intervention clients who particularly adore her.  

Bek has worked extensively in the areas of developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and complex disability. She has completed advanced training in feeding and mealtime support. She is trained to an expert level in DIR floor time approach and Therapeutic Listening Programmes. Bek is a our in house whiz with all things related to assistive technology, posture, seating, mobility and equipment having specialised in these areas for many years. She has completed NDIS Complex home modification certifications and will assist your child with their at home need as well. 

 

 Bek’s hobbies include; sailing, hiking, camping, rock climbing, woodworking, sewing & crafting and playing with her little boy. 

Additional Training

Play Assessment in ASD

DIR Floortime Intermediate and Advanced

SOS Mealtime Approach to Feeding 

Therapeutic Listening Programmes

Complex Home Modifications NDIS certification

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Kate Sainsbury :  Clinical Lead: Senior Occupational Therapist 
 

An Occupational Therapist with 25 years experience Kate is a wealth of valuable knowledge for our clients and practice      

She has worked overseas as a Senior and Clinical lead at St Thomas Hospital London and in the community across London in the NHS.   Studying a post graduate degree in International Health at the time.   Locally she has worked at Princess Margaret Hospital in project and clinical work, in private paediatrics, community rehabilitation and continues as the Deputy Head of Department at one of the major hospitals in Perth.   

Kate implements professional development for The Therapy Space and provides evidence-based training based on current literature and health needs. Including functional assessments, covid readiness.

Kate works with complex community clients to ensure their health needs are met in line with their goals and in coordination with their team.     If you require someone with a individualised, problem solving approach and skills in equipment provision, mental health, complex disability, rehabilitation, paediatrics, autism spectrum disorder, sensory modulation, chronic pain, neurological conditions, orthopaedics and a wealth of other areas then do have a discussion with Kate.

When not at work Kate is at the gym, at a yoga session, or reading another research article! 

 

Additional training

AMPS

Hand Therapy

PRPP

Functional Assessment

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Madi Pendreigh | OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

ABOUT MADI

Madi is an Occupational Therapist and has experience working with children and in the public mental health sector. She developed skills and experienced working with children and families in crisis and with acute and chronic mental health conditions. More recently she has worked privately in paediatrics refining skills working across all ages and is our go to and go visit therapist. Madi is available for home visits and school visits and enjoys seeing your child in the environment and setting that is most applicable to them in addition to her clinic work.       

She is passionate about working alongside children and their families to assist them to achieve their goals and improve their quality of life. She has particular interest in mental health and assisting youth to feel safe and find their identities . She is a member of the Occupational Therapy Association, the Australian Paediatric OT group, OT Mental Health Interest group.   She has completed Soft Tissue Course's and OT Paediatric Courses to advance her skills. 

 

In her spare time, Madi enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog and ice skating.

Additional Training

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy 

ADHD - PDA and ODD

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Alexis Woodgar | OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

ABOUT ALEXIS

Alexis joins the Therapy Space with a a dedication to improve the personal health of individuals and contribute to happier and healthier lives. She has demonstrated this in her previous employment in the fitness and wellness industries and applies this in our hand and upper limb area as well as working with children and families. 

Alexis is enjoys working with children and families to assist, handwriting,  fine and gross motor skills, life skill goals like self care and toileting and has expanded skills in sensory processing, social and emotional regulation programs.  She enjoys working with developmental delays,  hypermobility, and neurological conditions.  

Alexis is an experienced remedial massage therapist as well as an OT experienced in soft tissue!  Her excellence in treatment of soft tissue injuries and biomechanical assessment and interventions is an asset to clients and the clinic.    She is loved by many of our children, especially the sore and tired kids and those who need something/someone extra to engage in their programs.  Alexis works with children in our Joondalup clinic, out in schools and in the community. 

 

Additional training

Certificate III and IV Fitness

Remedial Massage Certificate

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Kate Ferrero / Occupational Therapist

Katie Pratley | Speech Pathologist

About Katie

 

Katie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) at the end of 2014.  

 

She has a passion for paediatrics and enjoys working alongside children and their families to support them to achieve their communication and literacy goals.

 

 During her career, Katie has worked in  community health, private practice, disability-specific and school-based settings. 

 

Katie is an enthusiastic therapist who enjoys making therapy a fun and positive experience for her clients. 

 

​Katie has worked in the areas of developmental delay, Autism spectrum disorder, Developmental Language Disorder, stuttering, speech sound disorders and literacy difficulties. 

 

She is Hanen it Takes Two to Talk and Hanen More Than Words trained and enjoys working with early intervention clients

 

Katie's hobbies include; walking along the beach, reading, drawing and spending time with her friends, family and cat. 

 

Additional training 

Sounds Write 

Talk for Writing in the early years 

Lidcombe Consortium trained 

Basic Key word sign