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Our staff lead the way in holistic therapy and are committed to your children.

Meet Our Staff
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Our staff are leading the way in holistic therapy and are committed to seeing your child, and your family thrive on the journey. 

Melissa O'Halloran

Marlene Fox

Marlene has over 35 years' experience in the early childhood and early intervention sector, with a strong commitment to quality, innovation, access and equity.

Jacqui Zuidema
Early Childhood Teacher / Program Manager

Jacqui began work as a kindergarten teacher and as her contact with children with special needs and disability grew so too did her interest in this field.

Leanne Bartle
Finance & Administration Manager

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

Alexandra Campbell
Speech Pathologist

Ali has been a part of the Biala family for 5 years. First as a volunteer, then as a student and now a Speech Pathologist.

Heidi Ryan
Speech Pathologist

Heidi is a speech pathologist with over 12 years’ experience working with children and families in this field and has a special interest in working with Autism Spectrum conditions.

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.

Charlotte Ponchard
Speech Pathologist

Charlotte is a Speech Pathologist who is passionate about the rights that all children have to communicate, whether that be through use of words, pictures, signs or a speech generating device.

Laura Goding
Speech Pathologist

Georgina Ryan
Speech Pathologist

Fiona Biss
Speech Pathologist

Queenie Hung
Speech Pathologist

Queenie has a Master of Speech Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. She is passionate about empowering and helping children and families through a family centred and holistic approach.

Jenna Rickard
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.

Leanne de Groot
Occupational Therapist

Leanne is an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience in paediatric settings.

Rachael Taylor
Occupational Therapist

Rachael has a passion for supporting children to develop and grow to reach their full potential. For her it is so encouraging and a privilege to witness progression in children’s development.

Rachel Lewis
Occupational Therapist

Rachel is passionate about working with children and their families . She has completed additional training in hydrotherapy and facilitates the Aquatic Occupational Therapy program.

Stephanie Robertson
Occupational Therapist

Stephanie is a registered occupational therapist having received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with honours from Monash University.

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.

Ardrie McDermott
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.

Ashley Whitelaw
Occupational Therapist

Ashley is a paediatric allied health occupational therapy assistant who is passionate about working with children and their families in a play-based fun environment.

Stacey Arianie
Occupational Therapist

Stacey is an AHPRA registered occupational therapist who loves working with children and graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours).

Tara Quin
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.

James Efremidis
Allied Health Assistant (OT)

James is completing his final year of occupational therapy studies. He has worked with children in diverse settings, schools & as a soccer coach and once graduated is keen to continue in this field.

Claire Inder
Occupational Therapist

Claire graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She is passionate about working with children and their families to help them achieve their goals

Tessa Lilford
Occupational Therapist

Sharon Chen
Occupational Therapist

Loyce Raire
Kindergarten Assistant

Currently studying the second year of her Bachelor’s Degree at Australia Catholic University, Loyce first came to Biala to complete a voluntary community placement in early 2018.

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.

Georgi Manger
Program Assistant

Georgi’s first career was in the wine industry, both in Australia and overseas. Once her children became a little older, she developed a strong interest in speech and communication.

Karyn Jones
Early Childhood Teacher

Originally from South Africa, Karyn lived and worked in London for 8 years before moving to Australia in 2012.

Anna Fasolo
Psychotherapist (currently on mat. leave)

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

Anna McCracken
Social Worker

Anna is a Social Worker with a Masters in Human Rights Law. She has followed the NDIS around Australia since the roll-out started in 2013 and supports families at Biala to navigate the NDIS.

Rob Ely
Support Coordinator / Disability Support Worker

Rob has 9 years' experience working as a support worker in many different settings. He is passionate about helping children and their families connect with the community.

Bella Yann
Support Coordinator / Disability Support Worker

Bella's discipline is social work. She has lived on the Mornington Peninsula her whole life so has a strong appreciation for community and how we can evolve in the community down here.

Elsha Young
Family 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

Julie Dare
Early Childhood Special Educator

Julie has over 20 years' experience in the early years, working in disability/inclusion for the past 12 years. She is passionate about the power of play to support children’s strengths and interests.

Megan Goodwin
Music Therapist

Megan is an experienced music therapist (RMT) who has an additional Masters Degree in Adolescent Health and Wellness, and Neurologic Music Therapy Techniques Training.

Melinda Braithwaite

Melinda loves being able to inspire and help families better understand and manage nutritional issues. She is a trained Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding therapist with an interest in gut health.

Kaye Davey

Kaye works in administration and in the reception area at Biala.

Margot Elmer
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Petula McDermott
Administration Assistant

Kathy Munis
Plan Management

Therapy Dog

Eddie really enjoys long walks, the park, and dinner. But more than anything he likes helping children have fun.

We have staff trained in the following.
  • Hanen – It Takes Two to Talk
  • Hanen – Learning Language & Loving It
  • Hanen – More Than Words
  • PECS
  • Feeding Therapy – SOS ( Basic & Advanced)
  • Lidcome Program – for Stuttering
  • Talkabout Kids – Social Skills
  • Key Word Sign
  • DIRFloortime – Level 1 & 2
  • Play Therapy
  • Children’s Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Yoga for Kids
  • The Teaching Pyramid
  • Trauma & Attachment
  • Circle of Security
  • Sensory Interventions
  • Wilburger Brushing Protocol
  • Aquatic OT
  • Hydrotherapy

For further information about our staff, our services, and how we may be able to help you, please contact us.

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