Meet our team ....
Hannah Dunn - Director
Hannah graduated from Deakin University in 2007 and after working in hospital, private practice and early childhood intervention settings started D.O.T.S. in December 2013. Since then the team has grown significantly with Hannah first taking on an OT to work at D.O.T.S. in October, 2014. With the expansion of D.O.T.S. to now a strong team of 14 OT's, 2 practice managers and 2 administration staff, in 2020 Hannah will no longer be seeing clients directly but supporting the team. You may have Hannah sitting in on some of your child's sessions as she continues to support the skill development of her team. Although Hannah is no longer directly seeing clients she has the following message for the families from D.O.T.S.
Dear D.O.T.S. Families,
I started D.O.T.S. to ensure families had access to quality service and always felt heard and respected. Although we are a much larger company than when I first started I always want to ensure we have a friendly, warm and welcoming service where I am never out of reach of anyone who wants to discuss any concerns with me. I'd also love to hear from you with any successes as these also make my day, we love celebrating all the wins. Call, text or email me. I want you to feel like we are a part of your support network around your child and your family. Nothing is too big or small to raise with me and feedback is the best way we can improve even more. My goal is to be able to support a wide range of children while continuing to ensure the feeling of one to one service as I am invested in your child's growth.
I wish you and your children the best as they venture into the world of OT with my team and look forward to seeing you in and around the clinics soon.
Personal mobile - 0407 547 451
Hannah works from our Footscray clinic on a Monday and Wednesday and Thursday at Hoppers Crossing. Hannah visits other sites as needed.
Michelle de Klerk - Team Leader, Occupational Therapist
Michelle is a fun, energetic, creative and passionate OT. She graduated in 2003 in South Africa. Since graduating she has worked both in South Africa and in the UK. In 2007 she relocated to Australia where she worked in Paediatrics in various settings including Paediatric Private practice, various specialist schools and Early Childhood intervention.
Michelle has experience working with children within a wide range of developmental and behavioural diagnosis. Her areas of interest include: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Coordination & planning difficulties, Social development, Gross & fine motor development, Handwriting, Attention, Emotional regulation and anxiety, Sensory processing and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Michelle completed the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) feeding training in 2019,and can support children and their families with feeding difficulties.
Michelle has 4 children – 3 sons aged 7, 8 and 9, and a daughter aged 11. When Michelle is not at DOTS, she enjoys being outdoors with the kids, travelling, watching movies and being creative.
Michelle endeavours to use a strengths-based approach when working with clients; recognising their potential, interests, abilities, strengths and capacities of each individual and their family to reach their full potential.
Michelle divides her time between Footscray and Keilor.
Sharee Morton - Senior Occupational Therapist
Sharee graduated from LaTrobe University in 2012 and joined the D.O.T.S. team in 2016. Sharee splits her time between D.O.T.S. and working at Western Autistic School where she works with children from prep to grade 3 and has done since 2013. Sharee is dedicated to helping children achieve their goals and increase their confidence in their abilities. Sharee has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, motor delays, intellectual disabilities and social and behavioural challenges. Sharee has experience assisting children to develop their fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, sensory processing, attention and concentration, self-care skills and social-emotional development in both the school and clinic setting.
Sharee believes that goals and therapy should be client-centred and utilise the strengths and interests of the child and family. Sharee enjoys collaborating with families to implement creative, dynamic and specific goals and functional activities that have meaning to their everyday lives. Sharee understands her interventions require an empathetic and creative approach to therapy which she throughout enjoys providing.
Sharee has done further training in sensory processing, self regulation, M.O.R.E., feeding and motor planning. When Sharee is not at work she enjoys spending time with Husband and their dog, Murphy. Sharee loves to head away to Cape Paterson with family and friends and loves having fun with her many nieces and nephews.
Sharee works from Footscray and Bundoora two days a week.
Stephanie Lamb - Senior Occupational Therapist
Stephanie graduated from La Trobe University in 2013 and has since spent the past 6 six years in a variety of Paediatric OT roles to build her skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas, this included a year working in London. She has worked in early intervention, community health, schools and inpatient. She also works in a hospital developmental outpatient clinic completing Autism Assessments and supporting infants and toddlers with complex developmental needs.
Stephanie is a proud auntie to two cheeky boys and has a special interest in early childhood development. Stephanie enjoys connecting with children and families to ensure sessions are fun, helpful and always working towards their goals.
Stephanie has experience working with children on handwriting, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, play development, engagement, self-regulation, fussy eating and self-care skills as well as with babies to support early development. Stephanie is passionate about working with families so that a child’s new skills and achievements are helpful and celebrated in everyday life.
Stephanie’s special interest is working with babies and young children during early development to ensure that their families have the knowledge and support that they need for their child to grow, learn and reach their potential.
Stephanie has completed professional development courses in: The SOS approach to feeding, supporting engagement for children with hemiplegia (An Introduction to Bobath), Traffic Jam in my brain, social-emotional learning skills for children and coaching approaches to therapy.
In her spare time Stephanie enjoys teaching and participating in aerial silks and hoop classes. You will find Stephanie at our Hoppers Crossing clinic.
Lisa Black - Senior Occupational Therapist
Lisa graduated from University of Queensland with a Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2015 after completing a bachelor of Exercise and NutritionScience in 2013. Lisa shares her time between a special school where she has worked for 4 years, mainly in the primary years and D.O.T.S..
Lisa has experience working with a range of children with mild to profound intellectual disabilities. Lisa has a special interest working with child with physical disabilities and sensory processing challenges as well as children with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities or developmental delays.
Lisa enjoys working closely with families and school staff to implement simple strategies into a child's everyday life. Outside of D.O.T.S. Lisa enjoys travelling, hiking and catching up with friends.
Lisa always knew she wanted to work with children and has always loved helping people. When she first understood the role of OT she realised she had finally found her dream job- that she could help a child do the things that they think are most important to them.
Lisa is able to support families with children with feeding challenges, challenging behaviours and complex equipment prescription. Lisa is a registered Medicare provider including Mental Health Care provider, NDIS provider and you can utilise your private health cover.
Lisa works at both our. Footscray and Moonee Ponds (Tasma house) locations.
Emma Perin - Occupational Therapist
Emma is passionate about working with children and their families to best support skill development and independence. She graduated from Deakin University in 2018 and commenced working with D.O.T.S. Prior to working at D.O.T.S. Emma worked as an Allied Health Assistant in private paediatric therapy clinic as well as working as an Allied Health assistant at Geelong hospital during her studies which added great value to her OT skills.
Emma has experience working with children with a diverse range of conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disabilities, motor planning and coordination difficulties and sensory processing challenges.
Emma is committed to working closely alongside families to enable them to support their children in the home environment. She is dedicated to maintaining a fun learning environment to reach goals. Emma is passionate about working with schools and other specialists to ensure a holistic approach is taken to therapy.
Emma has completed additional training in sensory processing, working with children with hemiplegia and working with children with challenging behaviours. Emma is dedicated to continuing to develop her clinical skills and knowledge and best practice and interventions to support her clients to reach their full potential.
Emma grew up in Geelong and spends a lot of her spare time back home volunteering in the Croatian Community Centre and upholding her Croatian heritage. For the last 18 years Emma has done Croatian dancing and plays Croatian instruments.
Emma works full time, dividing her time between our Footscray and Keilor clinics.
Ashleigh Feehan - Occupational Therapist
Ashleigh joined D.O.T.S. in 2019 and splits her time between D.O.T.S. and Bayside Special Developmental School in Moorabbin where she has worked since graduating from La Trobe University in 2016.
Ashleigh comes from a large close extended family and loves to play with her many younger cousins. Ashleigh is especially interested in working with children with intellectual disabilities and behavioural challenges. She especially like the functional side of OT, such as teaching to complete morning routine, brush teeth, prepare a meal or tie laces. Ashleigh incorporates sensory regulation into home, school and community environments, She places importance on involving everyone surrounding the child to maximise the benefits of therapy and to ensure that skills are learnt, transferred and adapted to a variety of contexts.
To compliment her passion for working with children, Ashleigh has had training in many areas of occupation, including self-care and play. Ashleigh has further training in SOS approach to feeding, CPEC access to alternative comuncaition with children for limited mobility.
When not at work Ashleigh enjoys playing netball and basketball, going to cafes and restaurants, visitng her family and traveling the world when she can. Growing up Ashleigh knew a number of people who had disabilities in rural Victoria which pushed her to explore OT as a career and she's so glad she did.
Ashleigh is a fun, active, hands on OT and she's more than happy to get involved and attempt something herself if it means the child feels better doing it themselves. She reports being stuck inside a tunnel too many times to count!
Ashleigh works from Footscray two days a week.
Sarah Paton - Occupational Therapist- Mat Leave
Sarah gradated from ACU in 2015 with a bachelor of Occupational Therapy. After graduating Sarah completed a 2 year rotational hospital position gaining experience in core OT skills. Sarah developed great skills in trauma rehab, oncology, orthopaedic rehab, chronic pain and much more during this time. Sarah then transitioned to working in the community completing neurological rehabilitation with adults and children for a further 2.5 years. During this time Sarah further developed her clinical skills and gained an in depth understanding of all things NDIS completing equipment prescription, complex home modifications and functional rehabilitation. Sarah made the move to follow her passion working with children joining the DOTS team in 2019.
Sarah is passionate about ensuring her therapy is goal focused and giving children the best chance for functioning independently. It is important to Sarah that sessions are fun and engaging for children. Given Sarah's passion for living an active lifestyle she loves seeing children move their bodies.
Sarah has a special interest in physical rehabilitation, gross and fine motor development, equipment prescription and functional independence. Sarah's passion for exercise is also supported by her qualification in personal training both cert 3 and 4 in Fitness. Sarah has also done further training in paediatric OT, sensory processing and equipment prescription as well as neurology.
Sarah enjoys playing netball, walking her two dogs., visiting her family in the country and playing with her nieces and nephews.
Sarah loves OT for its ability to be extremely client centred ensuring the goals of the client is a focus. It is also extremely empowering to support people to do everyday tasks we can easily take for granted. Sarah works at D.O.T.S. from Hoppers Crossing 3 days a week.
Edith Doroy-Esguerra - Occupational Therapist
Edith gradated from a university in the Philippines in 2007. Since this time Edith has extensive paediatric experience. Just prior to commencing at D.O.T.S. Edith was working in Early childhood intervention settings with a focus on children 0-6 years. Edith is particulate passionate about working with children to support their fine motor devleopment, sensory processing skills and with children with physical needs. Edith also has experience and work with primary school children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, non verbal children, children with a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, challenging behaviours and children with down syndrome.
Edith has completed additional training in sensory processing, training in working with children with additional needs, play, cognitive therapy, social skills and handwriting.
In Edith's time outside of work she enjoys spending quality time with her family, she has a beautiful 4 year old boy, watching movies and TV series with her husband and travelling to new places.
Edith wanted to become an OT My passions she knew she wanted to work in the healthcare profession to help people. Edith's friend introduced her to OT and instantly she knew this was what she wanted to do. To help people live life to the fullest. You can see Edith full time at D.O.T.S. splitting her time between Bundoora, Footscray and Hoppers Crossing.
Emily Roe - Occupational Therapist
Emily joined the D.O.T.S. team at the end of 2019, working full-time from Footscray after graduating from Australian Catholic University. Emily is a new graduate OT who has bought with her previous experience working as a disability support worker, volunteering with D.O.T.S. and at the school for deaf children during her degree.
Emily always knew she wanted to work in paediatrics . Emily is passionate about working with children to achieve their goals. She is very excited to be working with D.O.T.S., putting all her knowledge into practise. When not at work Emily enjoys hiking and spending time with friends, dog Carlson and family, where she is one of five siblings!
Emily grew up in country Victoria, moving to Melbourne to study. She loves how diverse OT is and how much fun she has on a daily basis with all of her clients. Emily works with a range of children including children with Autism, Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities from 18 months to 16 years. Emily is confident working with children who are non verbal. Emilys therapy focuses on sensory processing skills, handwriting, school readiness, fine and gross motor skills, behavioural regulation.
Linda Berka - Occupational Therapist
Linda graduated from Curtin University in WA in 2018. Prior to her work as an OT Linda worked for 6 years as a support worker and early intervention assistant where she provided both group and 1:1 interventions at the Autism Association of WA. Prior to moving to D.O.T.S. in 2020 Linda worked in an OT community setting and an OT private practice where she provided services to rural communities in Victoria and South Australia.
Linda has experience prescribing equipment, utilising assistive technology and complex home modifications. Linda enjoys working in the clinic and supporting children in the school setting. Linda has a strong interest in working with children with sensory processing challenges and how these impact a Childs function development. Linda is trained in Ayres Sensory Integration and is passionate about helping children reach their full potential.
Linda has also competed additional training in home modifications, behaviour, sensory processing, working in schools and Autism.
Linda enjoys her time outside of work by keeping active walking her dog at the beach, growing her own vegetables and cooking. Linda works full time providing our Telehealth services.
Tilda Dodson - Occupational Therapist
Tilda joined the D.O.T.S. team in 2019 after graduating from Australian Catholic University in 2017. Prior to moving to D.O.T.S. Tilda worked in a community setting with an adult population however Tilda has years of experience volunteering with children with a range of different abilities through her work with Lord Somers Camp and Powerhouse. Through this organisation Tilda has given her time working on camp programs with young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities, children with terminal illnesses and children with disabilities.
Tilda is passionate about working with children and their families to build independence and confidence in their capacities to achieve everyday activities and beyond. Tilda has seen the impact OT can have on her family and friends which is why she followed her passion to become an OT.
Outside of work Tilda enjoys playing footy and baking.
Tilda has experience working with children 2-18 years with Autism, Sensory processing challenges, handwriting difficulties, school readiness Fine and gross motor skills, behaviour regulation, Down syndrome. registered with medicare. Tilda is also able to support children who are non verbal.
Tatjana Sagi - Occupational Therapist
Tatjana graduated from La Trobe University in 2019. Prior to commencing her OT career Tatjana had extensive experience working with children as an English and Maths tutor. Tutoring specifically children with developmental delays and disabilities. Tatjana also had the incredible experience of volunteering in a Cambodian Orphanage where she worked with children with cerebral palsy. All of these skills and experiences have provide Tatjana with incredible skills to commence her professional career as an OT.
Tatjana loves working with children and their families to achieve goals. Her passion is to ensure that parents are well supported as well as the child, to be able to carry out the therapy at home with the appropriate recommendations and resources. To be able to apply simple strategies at home to support the child. She loves working with children as they are the future, and supporting them and teaching them skills that they need will assist them to lead positive and productive lives. Tatjana has a particular interest in working with children to develop their emotional regulation and social skills as they are really important skills that all individuals require, to be able to participate within their community and be able to face all of life's challenges with appropriate support and strategies
Outside of work Tatjana loves playing sport and being outside. She plays tennis and basketball for local clubs. Tatjana wanted to follow her passion to be an OT to help people reach their best potential regardless of disability or illness.
You will find Tatjana working full time at Hoppers Crossing.
Alanna Daalmeyer - Occupational Therapist
Alanna joined D.O.T.S. in 2019 after gradating from La Trobe University. She has worked with children 2 years to 15 years through her many years teaching dance. She has also taught dance for many years to children and adults with special needs including autism and down syndrome. Alanna also worked as a disability support worker, working with both children and adults. She also added to her skills to complement a role in OT volunteering at a hospital with young children, supporting the child and their families.
Alanna was lucky enough to complete her final placement overseas in Vietnam where she was working with children with a range of disabilities including cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities , global developmental delay and autism.
Outside of D.O.T.S. Alanna loves spending time with her family and two cats poppy and coco and two dogs Roxy and Jax.
Alanna enjoys watching tv shows and going to the beach when it is warm. She loves exploring new places and going on adventures.
Alanna loves making a difference in someone's life, seeing children and families walk out with a smile on their face and new skills gained after her sessions.
Over her time as a dancer she has completed many competitions, exams and was incredibly lucky enough to dance within the Disneyland parade and universal studios in the USA. Her background is Dutch and she has visited family in the Netherlands but she does not speak the language although she would love to learn. Alanna works full time from our Footscray clinic.
Mercedes Salazar - Occupational Therapist
Mercedes has a strong passion for working with children and their families, and has experience working with a number of children with a broad range of challenges from learning difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and children who have a history of abuse and trauma.
Mercedes completed her BAppSc(OT) in 2012 before moving to Australia. After 2 years working in private practice in Sydney, Mercedes spent the last 2 years working with refugee children in Nauru where she expanded her knowledge in paediatric and adolescent mental health. Mercedes continues to remain up to date on her training through online webinars and also attending treatment courses; recently having
completed Sensory Integration Continuing Education (courses 1 and 2), and Sensory Modulation and Trauma informed care. Mercedes is a fun and motivated OT whose passion for wanting the best for the children and families she works with continues to drive her professionally and personally.
Mercedes is working from Bundoora on Mondays and Fridays at Footscray.
Kendra Healy - Occupational Therapist
Kendra graduated from La Trobe University in 2017 and has spent the last 2.5 years working in a Special Needs School with children with mild to profound intellectual disabilities.
Kendra's experience in the school has also allowed her to work with children with a diverse range of conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndorme and Cerebral Palsy. She has also been exposed to a number of Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems and understand the importance of communication in helping children to achieve their goals and participate in their everyday occupations.
Kendra has a special interest in working in sensory processing, self-regulation, handwriting and fine motor skills. She completed a placement in a Hand Therapy clinic which has also sparked my interest in upper limb difficulties.
When not working, Kendra often spending lots of time doing fun activities with her family and friends. She also enjoy playing netball and has a goal in life to visit as many different countries in the world as she possibly can.
Kendra's family have been a foster care family since she was 3 years old and she has grown up looking after and caring for young children. Growing up fostering children has also shown her the importance of children having a strong team around them to support them to achieve their goals. This helps guide her practice and she strongly believes in having a holistic and family-based approach to therapy.
Louise Cockburn - Practice Manager
Louise relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand in 2016 when she commenced with D.O.T.S. Louise has extensive administration experience and is always surprising the team with the plethora of other skills she has from previous roles she has held such as running her own embroidery business.
Louise has a wealth of knowledge about OT that she has gained over her time with the team. Louise is a wonderful support to our whole team and many of our families working at both our Footscray and Hoppers Crossing Locations between Monday and Friday 9am to 4pm. Louise has completed Admin Mastery training to add to her skills in her current role.
When not in the clinic Louise spends her time with her husband Wayne and their two sons, Nolan, 18 years and Spencer 16 years. She loves spending time going on long rides on her motorbike, gardening, sewing, watching her kids at hockey and Tae Kwon Do and camping.
Louise also volunteers her time with the Youth Referral Independence Person Program where she attends interviews with young people in policy custody when a parent or guardian is not available to attend. At D.O.T.S. Louise loves seeing the kids coming in each day and hearing their laughter. She enjoys being part of such a supportive and passionate team.
Lisa Clarke - Practice Manager - Finance
Lisa commenced with D.O.T.S. in 2016 as our first admin support. Prior to this Lisa was working in medical administration in a private practice, having experience in both radiology and oral surgery. Lisa has always enjoyed working in the medical field. She also holds an advanced diploma in Business Management. Lisa has a wealth of knowledge about OT and is a wonderful support to our team.
Lisa manages the accounts at D.O.T.S. so please reach out to her if you have any billing questions.
She is a proud mum to two children aged 7 and 5. Lisa enjoys renovating, traveling, walking and spending tie at the beach. Lisa enjoys the flexible hours and family friendly environment working at D.O.T.S.
You will find Lisa at our Footscray office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Carly Debenham- Administration
Carly joined the D.O.T.S. team at the start of 2019. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge from her experience working as a qualified primary school teacher. Carly is originally from Sydney however she has lived overseas for the last 10 years. Carly is now settled in Melbourne with her husband and their three young girls, 11 years old and 9 year old twins.
Carly has lived in 11 different house in the last 14 years between living in Sydney, Brisbane, Utah, Ohio and Melbourne. In other words her secret super power is 'moving house' .
Carly is learning lots about Occupational Therapy and if she doesn't know the answer to your question she definitely will know who will. Carly manages our waitlist and is likely the one to call you to let you know we have secured you an appointment.
Carly is enjoying working at D.O.T.S. and is loving the opportunity to work with families again in a meaningful way. She is alway smiling at the reception desk.
Carly grew up playing soccer and played all through Uni and is now coaching her twins soccer team with her husband. Carly love a good novel and loves to cook, bake and eat!
You will find Carly at our Footscray clinic Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Jannine Peterson - Administration
Jannine joined our team this year in 2020. She has been busy raising her two children for the last 10 years. Jannine has lots of experience being around children and over the last 10 years has loved helping out at kinder and school.
Jannine is originally from the UK and moved to Australia 9 years ago, with her family. Jannine's eldest, Cooper age 10, is on the spectrum and makes them smile every day with his achievements and beautiful attitude to life. His little sister Rosie age 7 has the most amazing and exciting imagination.
Jannine's work background is customer service and she loves interacting with people and hearing their life stories. Jannine is learning new skills every day and learning that big life skill of being a working mum.
Jannine joined D.O.T.S. because of the work life balance it gives her and the beautiful family friendly attitude. Her passion is travel and she has been lucky enough to see so much of the world already but always want to see more.
You will find Jannine at our Hoppers Crossing location on Monday, Thursday and Fridays.