Meet 'The Spark' team of Occupational Therapists
Get to know our wonderful team of Paediatric Occupation Therapists (OT's) by reading their profiles below.
Each team member has a useful 'Meet your OT' one page profile (click the green buttons below to download the PDF file). This printable team profile is a great resource to show your child prior to their first appointment. Your child can see what their OT looks like and find out a bit about who they are and what their favourite colour, food and animal is!
Tina Bruce - Occupational Therapist (OT) and Director of The Spark Therapy Services
Tina Bruce is one of three sisters and has always loved being around people. Her early experiences of being bullied at school developed a deep empathy for others and drew her to occupational therapy. She graduated in 2000 and after university, travelled and worked in London for 7 years. She loves the creativity, joy and playfulness that working with children brings. Tina enjoys supporting families and children to build their self-awareness, knowledge and nurture their relationships and connection time. Play, humour and fun are essential elements of her sessions.
Tina has a curious mind and loves to learn. She is always seeking to develop her knowledge and understanding of how she can best support families and their children. She has completed post graduate studies in Sensory Integration, Neuro-Developmental Treatment, self-regulation, challenging behaviour, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Developmental Coordination Disorder, Executive Function, Social Thinking, Learn to Play, Developmental Individual Difference (DIR) Floortime (foundation and stage 2), Mindfulness, Attachment Theory, Trauma Informed Practice, Coaching in Early Intervention and the Safe and Sound Protocol (based on Poly Vagal theory). She always has a stack of books related to work on her bedside table!
The Spark Therapy Services is a vision that Tina has worked towards. She is so grateful to work with an amazing team of therapists, who care deeply about working with children and families in a meaningful way. Her long term goal is to create a Family Well-being Hub, creating community and supporting children and their families to build strong relationships and flourish.
Tina is a mother of 2 wonderful girls. She loves being a mum, spending time with her family, outdoor adventures, craft and dancing.
Amy Weston - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Amy Weston is a family-centred occupational therapist who works holistically alongside families to provide practical strategies. She enjoys connecting with and getting to know children and their families. Amy will share her knowledge and experience with each family supporting them to build their capacity, and work towards their goals.
Amy graduated from Latrobe University in 2004 and has been practicing occupational therapy since. She has a diverse clinical background, including working in home, community and ward-based rehabilitation programs and across acute hospital settings. Amy has also worked with children and families in both early intervention and community health. Since 2014 Amy has worked in private paediatric practice.
Amy has a keen interest in continuing to develop her skills as an occupational therapist and to become her best self. She has completed additional professional development in the areas of paediatric occupational therapy, self-regulation, Alert Program, The Zones of Regulation, Learn to Play, social thinking, toileting and continence, Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), coaching, executive function, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), DIR Floor Time – introduction module, Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) and Trauma Informed Practice.
Amy is a mother of 2 beautiful energetic children, a girl and a boy, who keep her very busy! Amy has many hobbies, and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, being active, playing card games, knitting, sewing, gardening and training her dog, Ruby.
Fi Mitchell - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Fi Mitchell graduated from La Trobe University Occupational Therapy in 2008. After a couple of years working in adult mental health settings, she started working as an OT at Diamond Valley Special Developmental school in Greensborough in 2012. Fi loved working at the school, collaborating in rich multi-disciplinary environment with education staff, speech therapists and physios. Here, Fi developed her skills in communicating with AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication).
Fi Mitchell has completed further training in sensory based intervention, self-regulation, mindfulness for children, strengths-based approach, picky eaters and problem feeders - food play (the SOS approach), mindfulness, trauma informed care, executive functioning skill development, social thinking, DIR-floor time, Learn to play for adolescence and parent coaching.
Fi believes in a strengths-based approach, building on the families’ strengths and interests. She uses coaching in her practice, tuning into the expertise and wisdom parents have about their children. Her special interests include self-regulation, social development, and play-based therapy.
Fi works part time, both in the community and clinic. She is energetic, playful, and fun to work with. In her leisure, she lives in the country, enjoys painting with water colours, she is a permaculture enthusiast, indigenous plant appreciator, dancer, roller skater, skateboarder and surfer!
Serenity McEwin - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Serenity McEwin graduated from Occupational Therapy at Deakin University in 2014, and welcomed her daughter in 2015. Learning to be a mum whilst becoming an OT was such an exciting time for her as she felt each role helped her to be better in the other.
Serenity is a big kid at heart who is motivated by creating positive, fun and meaningful learning experiences for children. Serenity is dedicated to maximising and developing the potential of children and their families. It is important to her that children leave a therapy session happy and their families leave feeling supported and confident to replicate strategies at home. Serenity loves nothing more than watching kids develop the skills necessary to achieving their goals. Sharing the moment a child does something they’ve found challenging for the first time is the biggest privilege of her job.
Serenity is passionate about fostering self regulation and social/emotional awareness in children to deepen their connections within their families, their play and their community. Serenity has undertaken further studies in Learn to Play, DIRFloortime, ABA Therapy, Learning without Tears, Social Thinking, resilience development, anxiety management, emotion coaching and positive behaviour support, sensory regulation, trauma informed care, fussy eating, and executive function.
When she’s not at work you’ll find her playing with her daughter Audrey, spending time with friends and family (usually eating and drinking yummy things), at the gym thinking about her next pizza and dreaming of her next trip to Disneyland.
Jessica Angus - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Jessica Angus graduated from Australian Catholic University in early 2018 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She entered her university study not planning on working with young children, however her experiences on her paediatric placement in Vietnam during 2017 changed all of that! Seeing the endless optimism and inquisitive nature of the children she worked with created a deep seeded passion for early intervention.
Jessica considers herself a child at heart and loves to create a fun and playful atmosphere to therapy sessions. She is a firm believer in family-centred practice, taking great care to ensure that all therapy is catered to the individual needs of each family she works with. Jessica strives to help build children’s self-confidence by creating a positive and supportive therapy environment.
Jessica is an avid learner, always wanting to immerse herself in learning new therapy strategies and developing her skills as a therapist. Her latest learnings have occurred in Trauma Informed Practice, Learn to Play, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), executive functioning, parent coaching and DIRFloortime.
When Jessica isn’t at work you can find her socialising with her friends and family, debating whether or not to go to pilates, trying new hiking trails and watching too many Netflix series.
Angela McCosker - Occupational Therapist (OT)
In 2010 Angela moved to Melbourne from regional NSW, seeking a change from her 7 year career as a secondary school teacher. Angela McCosker completed a post-graduate Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University, in 2012.
Since then, she has enjoyed working within an inpatient palliative care hospital setting; a specialist autism school and recently private practice.
With a preference for family centred, relationship building therapeutic approaches, Angela has the ability to communicate and engage with a wide range of individual strengths and challenges. She is passionate about understanding the individual needs of her clients and families.
Seeking out opportunities to develop her skills, Angela has completed additional training associated with feeding, sleep, toileting, social thinking concepts and handwriting.
Brooke Goldsworthy - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Brooke Goldsworthy is a passionate Occupational Therapist, who graduated from Swinburne University of Technology with a Master of Occupational Therapy. Brooke discovered her passion for supporting children through her previous experience as a disability support worker and an integration aide at a primary school.
Brooke is dedicated about supporting children to develop the skills and abilities they require to independently complete the activities they want and need to do in order to live a meaningful life. She believes in a strengths-based approach to therapy, utilising each child’s unique abilities, interests and resources enabling them to reach their full potential. Brooke aspires to work in partnership with families, developing practical strategies and empowering them to achieve their therapy goals.
Brooke has completed additional training in; DIR Floortime and parent coaching.
In her spare time, Brooke loves spending time with her family and friends, reading the latest new release or planning her next outdoor adventure.
Giselle - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Giselle graduated in 2012 and has been practicing occupational therapy since. She has been working in private practice overseas and since moving here to Melbourne. She is a registered mental health practitioner and has been working with children and adolescents.
Giselle believes in using a child and family-centred approach to enhance children’s strengths, support them with their challenges, and help achieve their full potential. She values building positive relationships with children, establishing rapport through use of their interests. She believes increasing their motivation to participate and engage in the process paves way to improvements in goals. Giselle also values working closely with parents and families, making sure that therapeutic supports fit the family dynamics well.
In her leisure time, Giselle loves taking photos of landscapes and their neighbour kangaroos!
Trish Holley - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Trish has always had a heart for kids, and been passionate about helping them. She grew up on a small sheep farm in East Gippsland with her parents, her three sisters and her three brothers....as well as with assorted cats, dogs, chooks, ducks, horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits etc. At 17, she moved to Melbourne to go to teachers’ college to become a Secondary Phys. Ed and Psychology teacher, and she has lived there ever since. She taught at several schools before having a family. During her family years she organised toy libraries, ran playgroups, helped provide parenting workshops, as well as studying Fine Arts and Primary Teaching. She ran a Gymbaroo centre for several years before doing a Masters of Education, and finally doing a Masters of OT.
Trish has always had a concern for children who are not doing as well as they could be, and for the parents who care for them. Her M.Ed. research project looked at underlying physical developmental reasons why children might be struggling with learning at school. She has a broad understanding of physical development and neurodevelopment, and the way that both of those interact as a child grows. She has looked in-depth at Self-Regulation and the way that we manage our stressors and our energy, and she has a great understanding of the impact that that can have on social and physical development, and on behaviour. Trish loves sharing her knowledge and experience to encourage and help children, parents and families to understand and support each other at home, and to assist teachers and support staff to help and encourage their students at school. She loves the way that OT can utilise all of her skills and experience in a holistic way.
Trish loves spending time with her family, bike riding, reading, being at the beach or outdoors, travelling, and she is constantly learning and thinking about different ways to help people. She is often dreaming up adventures, or creating art or craft projects in her mind, and she sometimes actually manages to do them in real life when time permits!
Keshia Aickin - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Keshia Aickin studied a Bachelor of Psychological Science before completing her Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University in 2022.
While studying, Keshia worked as an allied health assistant at a private paediatric practice and this role ignited her love for working with children. Since then, Keshia has completed her final Occupational Therapy placement at The Spark and has joined the team to follow her passion.
Keshia loves using her outgoing, bubbly personality to make sessions playful and engaging for children. She values creating a positive relationship with each child and their family, as this is the foundation from which learning, growth and development will flourish. She also aims to empower parents with the knowledge and strategies that can help them best support their child.
Keshia values a strengths-based approach, which emphasizes that each child has unique strengths and interests that can be used to their advantage to reach their full potential. She particularly loves the energy that is created when a child achieves a goal they have been working towards!
In her free time, Keshia can be found in the great outdoors and is often hiking, camping and waterfall hopping with friends.
Justine Paykel - Occupational Therapist (OT)
Justine graduated in 2012 in Perth, Western Australia and shortly after, moved to Melbourne where she has been practising Occupational Therapy since. She has extensive experience working with children (aged 0-12 years) and their families, within both the private and community-based sectors (including Early Childhood Intervention services, kindergartens, childcares, and schools). She has experience working with children with a wide range of developmental delays and disabilities (including autism, ADHD, social communication disorders, anxiety and motor coordination disorders).
Justine draws on strength-based, interest-based, and capacity building frameworks, in addition to child and family centred approaches to support children and their families to flourish and achieve their goals. She is passionate about working in collaboration with families/carers and directly with children to learn new skills, in a fun and motivating way so that everyday activities are easier. She is also highly skilled in collaborating with educators/teachers and other health professionals that work to support the child/family to ensure a holistic therapy approach.
Justine believes strongly in evidence-based practice and is continually exploring new research and interventions to support her client’s goals. Justine has completed additional professional development in Emotion Coaching, the Alert Program, the Zones of Regulation, The Coach Approach, Hanen’s SPARK training, The Traffic Jam in My Brain, Handwriting Interventions, Key Word Sign and Social Thinking Programs.
When she is not working, Justine enjoys spending quality time with her husband, friends, and family. She enjoys going on walks in nature, doing yoga or gardening at home. She also enjoys getting creative and engaging in one of her many hobbies of either painting, beading, sewing, and dancing.
Carolyn was born and raised in the south-east of England and worked in London for ten years at a television research company. Here she met her husband, and they moved to Melbourne in 2004.
Carolyn worked for a media research company in Melbourne and then took a break from work following the arrival of her daughter. She was delighted to be given the opportunity to return to work and assist this fantastic team of occupational therapists in the valuable service they provide. The role has not only allowed her to put a lot of her skills to good use—including writing and editing—but has also given her the chance to acquire some more. Thanks to the launch of The Spark Therapy Services, Carolyn has had the very enjoyable experience of building her first time website.
Carolyn has three wonderful children who are growing up far too quickly! In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and in quieter moments loves writing children’s stories and researching her family history.