Optimum Movement prides itself in providing a friendly, welcoming environment for clients. Our therapists and staff are carefully chosen for their expert knowledge and experience. For those therapists working with children, we also ensure a proven capability to engage with the children they see. This ensures we are able to deliver a playful and enjoyable therapy experience for the child.
FIONA CANNY (BOccThy)
Principal Therapist / Director
Fiona is a highly respected Occupational Therapist with a wealth of experience, including over 15 years specialising in paediatrics.
Fiona has specialist knowledge, skills and a passion for working with children with cerebral palsy and their families. Fiona was recognised as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist and was employed in this role at Bobath Scotland for 6 years, delivering specialist clinical neurodevelopmental services for children and young adults with cerebral palsy. While at Bobath Scotland she also assisted in the education of therapists both internally and throughout Scotland.
Since returning to Australia, Fiona was employed as a Senior Occupational Therapist for the Cerebral Palsy Health Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. In 2010 Fiona decided to establish her own paediatric occupational therapy clinic and has continued to provide a high level of service to children and their families.
Fiona has extensive experience in an educational role presenting lectures and in-services to therapists and other medical staff, University students, education staff and parents. She is able to provide in-services and training to schools regarding a child’s difficulties and challenges and can advise the school staff how they can assist a child to progress their skills and reach their potential.
Fiona believes that providing education to parents and children within therapy sessions is a vital component of the therapy process to further strengthen a child’s abilities and self esteem and to develop areas of difficulty.
Fiona is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and is an Advanced Accredited Bobath Therapist.
JAMIE HUNTER (BHlthSc, MOccThy)
Occupational Therapist / Team Leader (Currently on Maternity Leave)
Jamie is an enthusiastic member of the Occupational Therapy team and is a strong advocate of the Optimum Movement philosophy that the inclusion of parents and teachers is vital in the therapy process. Jamie has a passion for working with children, their families and teachers to support them to achieve their goals and loves involving family members in all aspects of therapy.
Jamie’s approach to therapy was founded whilst completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland where she undertook a research thesis titled: “The importance of parent engagement in paediatric therapy interventions”.
Since graduating Jamie has provided therapy interventions in both early intervention and education settings. She enjoys helping children to identify their own goals so they feel a sense of ownership and purpose about the therapy process. These goals are then addressed in fun, meaningful & practical sessions with strategies that can be implemented in the home and school environment
Jamie is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Sandy Donaldson (boccthy)
Sandy brings a lot of fun & positivity to the Optimum Movement team and believes therapy should be meaningful, fun, engaging and easy to replicate at home.
She has developed her skills through clinical experience in a variety of paediatric, community health and school settings both here in Australia and in the UK. Sandy is also formally trained to administer the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS).
Sandy believes in empowering individuals and utilising a strength-based approach to support them to engage in meaningful activities. She has a passion for supporting individuals and their families to increase particpiation and maximise independence.
Sandy is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Micaela joined Optimum Movement having worked for several years as an Occupational Therapist with the Queensland Department of Education. She brings with her an interest in diversity of cultures having spent a year working in Fiji with the Ministry of Education.
Micaela enjoys working collaboratively with all who support the child's development and learning. She likes to work towards strategies that can be easily incorporated into the child's everyday life, thus giving the child every opportunity to work on and participate in activities they want to, need to and are expected to do.
Micaela is committed to continuing professional development and evidence-based practice. She has completed training on the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance Approach (CO-OP) and Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding (SOS).
Micaela is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
phoebe walton (BOccThy)
Phoebe has a passion for working with children with neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities, along with a keen interest in early intervention. Her therapy aims to support children in achieving their goals whilst building confidence, learning new skills and having fun. It is based on a goal orientated, play based functional approach.
Phoebe brings a wealth of experience to Optimum Movement having worked in the paediatric disability sector in both government and non-profit organisations on the Sunshine Coast and Sydney.
Phoebe believes that working alongside parents and caregivers, and within family and child routines, is essential in supporting the child to develop the skills they need to engage and participate in everday life and play. She is also a strong advocate that parent education and involvement is a vital part of the therapy process.
Phoebe is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Caitlin is an enthusiastic and vibrant member of the Optimum Movement team and strongly advocates for individuals to particpate and engage in activities that promote social inclusion and skill building. This is demonstrated by her involvement with soccer teams run for children of all capabilities. Caitlin also has extensive experience working with a variety of team sports including soccer, dance and cheerleading.
Caitlin strives to provide holistic, family-centred therapy that is grounded within best-practice. She is passionate about working with children, families and teachers to work towards shared goals.
Caitlin is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
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Senior Occupational Therapist
Deb has enjoyed being a paediatric occupational therapist for more than 15 years and brings her experience and passion for working with children, young people and their families to enable them to reach their goals and potentials.
Deb has practised in community settings and in Children's Hospitals, specialising in rehabilitation therapy for children with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions. She has worked collaboratively within multidisciplinary teams with a wide range of health professionals and believes good teamwork assists families in achieving their goals.
In addition to childhood developmental OT, Deb has developed specialist skills in upper limb and cognitive rehabilitation and in translating the best available research into clinical practice through her work at CP Health, Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service and the Queensland Cerebral Palsy and Rehabilitation Research Centre. As a research OT she provided therapy to babies at risk of developing cerebral palsy for a research study which is measuring the impact of early intervention on these babies' development. Deb is enthusiastic about using her knowledge and skills from he hospital and research centre to therapy for children in the clinic, at home, in their schools and their community.
Deb believes in forming strong therapeutic partnerships with children, young people and their caregivers to provide the most relevant and engaging (fun!) therapy sessions, achievable strategies to keep progressing at home and in ensuring the gains made in therapy translate into optimal engagement and partici[ation in everyday life.
Deb is a member of OT Australia and a Level 1 Yoga Teacher.
Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist
Marina comes to Optimum Movement with a wealth of knowledge in the area of Paediatric Physiotherapy and works concurrently with our team of Occupational Therapists and Health Service providers to improve outcomes for our clients.
Marina has an undergraduate degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland and has completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Neurological Rehabilitation in Paediatrics from the University of Western Australia. In addition, she also carries a Post Graduate Certificate in Cardiorespiratory Science.
Marina enjoys assisting children and adults who have physical disabilities to reach important rehabilitation milestones that they may not have previously thought possible.
ANDREW PLASTOW (BA, MSc Rehab Science)
Andrew works primarily as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist and treats people of all ages and abilities. He brings a wealth of experience having previously worked at the Queensland Sports Medicine Centre along with the Queensland Reds and Queensland Country rugby union sides. Andrew has a particular interest in adolescent sporting injuries and was the Brisbane Lions AFL Academy physiotherapist for 6 years.
Andrew is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
Dr. GAj Panagoda
Dr Gaj Panagoda is a specialist paediatric rehabilitation physician and general paediatrician. In addition to Superkid Rehab, he has a clinical and policy role at the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health, where he is establishing a disability service across 21 Aboriginal health clinics. He is also a Senior Medical Officer at the Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service, Queensland Children’s Hospital. Dr Panagoda’s practical and collaborative approach to rehabilitation plans is reinforced by his previous work as a physiotherapist and allied health assistant.
Dr Panagoda is passionate about rural and Indigenous health service delivery. Having grown up in rural NSW and worked in remote WA, he has first hand experience of the complex issues faced in these areas. His wife and two children happily take up most of his spare time.
Dr. Gaj Panagoda currently visits the Ormiston Clinic once a month. All appointments for Dr. Panagoda can be made via SuperKid Rehab by phoning 3393 2001.
Michelle joins Optimum Movement with a background in Early Childhood and will be your first point of contact when visiting our Ormiston Clinic. Her warm and friendly disposition is supported by a unique skill set being a mother of a child with special needs.
Jaime offers administrative support to the team at Optimum Movement as well performing receptionist duties. She is currently a 2nd year student at the University of Queensland studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons).
Jamie's passion is working with children with disabilities and her current studies make her a welcome addition to the lineup of professionals working here at Optimum Movement.
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