Specialities: Occupational Therapist
Locations Serviced: Albany, Denmark, Katanning, Kojonup, Tambellup
Hi! I’m Bonnie,
I graduated from Curtin University in 2013 and have worked in a range of Occupational therapy roles across rural WA since then. I first came across the wonderful team at KZ Speech, working for the WA Country Health Service in Katanning in 2014, and it is a pleasure to now be part of the team here.
I am passionate about access to health services for people living in regional and remote areas, being from a small country town myself. I have spent time working and studying in Derby, Katanning, Kalgoorlie, Australind and Albany, as well as in the Perth metro area. These opportunities to work rurally, allowed me to explore many domains of occupational therapy, including; rehabilitation, disability, home modifications and specialised equipment prescription, mental health and paediatrics (and just about everything in between!).
The areas of practice that I am most interested in, and which bring me the most joy, are family centered therapy, emotional & behavioural regulation and social skills interventions, particularly for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety & trauma.
I am a clinician that tries to practice what she preaches as much as possible, as I am also on a journey to achieving balance and wellbeing in my life, while managing a busy career, ongoing professional learning and personal growth and development – with a healthy dose of fun thrown in! I focus on promoting occupational performance and participation for my clients by using a holistic approach that incorporates consideration of physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, just like I do in my own life.
For fun I love to read and to spend time at the beach or in the bush exploring with friends. I love researching & learning about new therapies and evidence based practices, and am a member of the Developmental OT Interest Group, OT Australia, Mental Health Professional’s Network, the Albany Holistic Healthcare Network, and several online paediatric OT forums.