The Biala Family

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Biala is a network of dedicated professionals who provide an extensive range of ‘early childhood development care support’ services. Biala consists of Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists, Early Childhood Educators, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Physiotherapists and many other specialisations. 

Plus, we have a remarkable and highly experienced and caring team of aligned professional support staff. This includes NDIS expertise to help explain and navigate the NDIS journey for families.

We work closely with Peninsula Health, Monash and Swinburne Universities, GP’s and schools.

Above all, Biala is an integrated and cohesive team. We work as a team for the child, the family, the community and ourselves.

We do our job because as people, all of us care. Our reward is the positive wellbeing of the child, where we can see and experience first-hand the results of our commitment.

And in providing services to the child, we enable families to build resilience and capacity through support.

David Greenwood


David has 25 years’ experience working within the education, early childhood intervention & family support sectors. He brings passion & commitment along with a strategic approach to growth & development to deliver high quality services that support children and families to reach their full potential

Melanie Searle

Business Manager

Mel is an experienced finance leader and is committed to supporting Biala achieve its strategic objectives and ultimately it's mission of making a positive difference in the lives of young children and their families.

Claudia Daymond

Program Manager

Claudia is a psychologist with over 15 years of experience working alongside children and families and has been in leadership roles in community organisations for almost 10 years. She is passionate about providing services that are community-based and accessible to help children and families thrive.

Carolyn Nicholson

Grant Writer

Carolyn has over twenty years’ experience in the NFP sector and is passionate about working with service providers to help them achieve their goals. Being a grant writer for Biala allows Carolyn to combine her love of words with her business acumen.

Leanne Bartle

Finance & Administration Manager

Leanne is an experienced Finance Administrator with a background encompassing roles in the banking and small business sectors.

Jenna Rickard

Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

Jenna is a paediatric occupational therapist who has completed further training in assessment and strategies for sensory processing difficulties in children at the SPD Foundation in Denver, USA.

Ardrie Davin

Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

A paediatric Occupational Therapist who has a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Trauma and has a strong interest in working with young children and their families who have experienced trauma.

Rachael Brockwell (Taylor)

Team Leader & Occupational Therapist/Intake & Allocations Coordinator

Rachael is passionate about supporting children and their families to reach their full potential. She enjoys working with children and families to identify what's most important to them, setting goals together and having fun along the way!

Tara Quin

Team Leader & Occupational Therapist

Tara is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children of all ages and their families. She is a qualified Yoga Teacher with further training in Yoga/Yoga Therapy for kids.

Stacey Arianie

Occupational Therapist

Stacey enjoys working with children and their families to reach their goals. She loves supporting them to develop the skills and confidence they need to participate in activities that are important to them.

Tesharnie Gruar

Occupational Therapist

Tesharnie enjoys working with children of all ages to help them reach their goals while having fun along the way! She has special interest areas of toilet training and fine motor skills.

James Efremidis

Occupational Therapist

James is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who enjoys working with children and families to promote their independence and set them up for the future. James is passionate about aquatic OT and loves to see children develop in an aquatic environment.

Tessa Lilford

Occupational Therapist

Tessa is an Occupational Therapist with a desire to support children and their families to reach meaningful goals through collaborative and family-led practices. Tessa has a special interest in trauma and anxiety/regulation.

Zoe Agnew

Occupational Therapist

Zoe is a paediatric occupational therapist who loves to support families and children to develop skills to participate in everyday life. She loves to focus on families’ strengths and special interests.

Katelyn Roffey

Occupational Therapist

Katelyn is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their unique goals. She also enjoys learning from the children and families she works with and building confidence and independence along the way.

Jack Aldin

AHA (Speech)

Jack is studying Speech Pathology at ACU and is passionate about building relationships with families and ensuring that each child’s greatest interest can be shared with the world. Jack has experience teaching English overseas as an additional language.

Annabelle Williams

Allied Health Assistant

I am a current ACU student studying occupational therapy and work as a disability support worker outside of Biala. I have a passion for working with children and their families and ensure each child is provided with as much opportunity to grow and thrive in their youth.

Jacob Gonzales

Allied Health Assistant

My name is Jacob & I am an Allied Health Assistant currently studying occupational therapy at Australian Catholic University. I value building relationships with clients and family members in therapy & believe that it is significant in providing the best possible support.

Abbey Douglas

Allied Health Assistant

Abbey is an Allied Health Assistant who loves working with children and their families to reach their goals. Abbey is passionate about working collaboratively to enable children and families to engage in meaningful occupations.

Lilian Davine

Occupational Therapist

Lilian recently graduated from the Australian Catholic University. She is a strong believer that, if given the most appropriate support, every child has the potential to succeed, and is passionate about assisting children and families in the pursuit of this.

Lauren Terhes

Occupational Therapist

Lauren is enthusiastic about collaborating with children and their families to support participation in meaningful activities. She has a special interest in sensory regulation and is qualified as an integrative dance instructor.

Alexandra Herman

Occupational Therapist

Alex is a paediatric Occupational Therapist who enjoys working with children and their families. She is passionate about supporting children to develop skills to actively engage in their everyday activities. Alex focuses on their strengths and interests and has a family-led approach to her therapy.

Laura Goding

Speech Pathologist

Laura is a dedicated and passionate Speech Pathologist who works holistically with children and their families to support and empower them to reach their full potential. Laura utilises play-based therapy to engage and tailors programs to each individual child’s needs.

Nicola Yates

Speech Pathologist

Nicola has had over 10 years' experience working with children and their families to identify and achieve their goals. She is passionate about using a child’s strengths and interests to develop communication and maximise participation in everyday activities.

Kate Booth

Speech Pathologist

Kate loves to make learning fun and believes that communication is a basic human right. She has particular experience with alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and supporting families to navigate the NDIS.

Mariam Ibrahim

Speech Pathologist

Mariam is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about supporting children of all ages to reach their communication goals. She enjoys working with families to deliver evidence-based therapy incorporating the child's interests.

Louise Kelly

Speech Pathologist

I am passionate about seeing children develop their own independence and communicate with the people around them. I love working with children to see the excitement when the realise that they can do something new.

Kylie Ramsay

Speech Pathologist

Kylie is a dedicated, family orientated speech pathologist. Kylie commits herself to making therapy enjoyable and motivating, incorporating holistic approaches to meet the varied needs of her clients. Kylie is currently on maternity leave.

Susan Everard

Speech Pathologist

Susan has worked in settings such as schools, early intervention & public health. She specialises in eating/feeding skill development, early language & speech and aims to work collaboratively with caregivers to set achievable goals supporting children to confidently apply new skills in everyday life

Julie Dare

Early Childhood Teacher

Julie has worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years, specialising in inclusion and disability for over 10 years.  She holds a strong philosophy for nurturing play-based learning, where children are seen as active participants to develop to their full potential.

Karyn Jones

Early Childhood Teacher

Karyn’s passion is helping families understand how best to support their child to achieve their full potential. She has a special interest in Autism and believes that all children learn best through child-led, interest-based play.

Donna Rogers

Early Childhood Teacher

Donna is an Early Childhood Teacher and has been teaching for over 30 years. She has worked in junior primary school and kindergarten during this time. She is passionate about providing children the opportunity to succeed and learn through developing on their strengths and abilities.

Susan Nixon

Early Childhood Teacher

Sue is an Early Childhood Teacher with extensive experience in the early years sector across a variety of sectors. Sue is passionate about supporting young children to achieve their full potential and to this end she strives to engage with children and their families in a warm and respectful manner.

Tahlia Kaplonyi

Provisional Psychologist

Tahlia is passionate about supporting children to reach their full potential. Tahlia is committed to taking an individualised, strengths-based and family-centered approach.

Anna Fasolo


Anna is an experienced psychotherapist with is a particular interest in childhood trauma and is passionate about exploring ways to creatively engage with children.

Elsha Young

Family & Play Therapist

Elsha has over 10 years’ experience and loves working with families to help them recognise their strengths and increase their confidence through building a safe, respectful therapeutic relationship

Melinda Braithwaite


Melinda has a passion to help families overcome feeding difficulties, to enjoy stress-free mealtimes, nurture positive eating behaviours and feel confident their child is getting the nutrition they need to grow and thrive. She also has a special interest in food allergies and gut health.

Philo Yakopo

Program Assistant

Philo has been with Biala eight years, helping out with therapy groups, 3 year old kinder and holiday programs and where ever is needed.

Anya Merrill

Premmies on the Peninsula Facilitator


Leonie Fraser

Autism Specialist


Margot Elmer

Executive Assistant

Margot is the Executive Assistant to the CEO and provides comprehensive support to the CEO, Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team.

Cathie Beach

Finance Officer

Cathie is an experienced Finance Officer with over 8 years in the Health/Community Services sector. She has an interest in progressive & forward thinking ideas to support the organisation & families.

Rachel Reid

Administration Assistant

Rachel has extensive experience with administration tasks, including client managing, communication and organisation. She enjoys working at Biala with the friendly staff and alongside our Biala families.

Kaye Davey


Kaye is one of our team of Administrators who provide front office support and support to families.

Petula McDermott

Administration Assistant

Petula is one of our team of Administrators who provide front office support and support to families.