Our Team

Kimberlee Hughes Kool KATTS director

Kimberlee Hughes

Occupational Therapist and Owner

Kimberlee is Kool Kids And Teens Therapy Service’s Founder, Director and one of its Senior Clinicians. Kimberlee is an experienced and sought after paediatric therapist in the Parramatta area.

Kimberlee is passionate about being able to support children and parents to live their best lives. She has undertaken, and continues to pursue specialist training in the DIR Floortime and Sensory Integration approaches, to understand and tailor therapy to each and every child. Kimberlee graduated with an honours degree from Western Sydney University. She is a busy mum of 2 and 3 step children!!

After going through the challenges of raising a ‘spirited’ child, she realises that she finds her joy in working helping make the lives of parents with children that have neurobiological disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), ADHD, developmental delays and learning difficulties.

Some of Kimberlee’s qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor of Health Science, Master of Occupational Therapy
  • Ulster University Foundations and Neuroscience of Sensory Integration
  • Profectum Academy (DIR) Professional Certificate
  • Wilbarger Sensory Defensiveness Course
  • Canadian Orientation to Occupational Performance (COOP)
  • Westmead Feelings Program
  • Secret Agent Society
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Leadership for Health Professionals
  • Circle of Security Early Intervention Parenting Program

Kimberlee is a member of the Australian Occupational Therapy Association and The Culture is Everything Health Professionals Group.
She aims to make Kool KATTS one of the BEST places to work!

Michelle

Senior Occupational Therapist / Team Leader

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy (BS.OT)

Michelle is a dedicated and passion-driven occupational therapist with many years of hands-on professional practice in a wide variety of settings such as in hospitals, community, school-based, rehabilitation centers, aged care facilities, and private clinics both in Australia, Singapore, and the Philippines. Her extensive experience includes treating children with physical and intellectual disabilities, global developmental delays, visual and hearing disabilities, genetic anomalies as wells as metabolic disorders. She also has special interests in psychosocial disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD, and Regulation/Sensory processing challenges. 

Michelle has undertaken advanced training in Sensory Processing challenges such as Low Vision, Sensory Processing for Executive Functioning, Sensory Integration and Praxis and Visual-Vestibular Praxis Deficits.

Michelle has extensive experience with mentoring, training, and supporting other occupational therapists to help further develop their clinical skills.

Michelle has a wonderful, caring demeanor and our parents and children absolutely love her from the minute they meet her! Michelle is a mum of 2 young children. She loves spending time with her family and exploring Sydney!

Michelle

Lauren

Practice Manager

Lauren is our saviour – she keeps the clinic running smoothly and is usually the first point of contact for our families. She manages everything from our finances to diaries. We’d be lost without her!

Lauren has spent over a decade working in early childhood development and care She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and is currently undertaking her Therapy Assistant Certificate.

Lauren has always held a strong passion for working with children, especially those requiring additional support. Her son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a Global Developmental Delay, and this role combines the perfect combination of her skills and passion for helping families navigate the NDIS and therapy.

Lauren Sydney Occupational Therapist
Brittaney

Brittaney

Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Brittaney is an empathetic and caring therapist who is passionate about working with children. She works within a client and family-centered framework to tailor therapy to each child’s unique therapy goals. Brittaney is passionate about helping children participate more fully in everyday life by supporting their fine and gross motor development. She uses play-based activities to engage and motivate children to work on their developmental and self-regulation skills during sessions.

She has extensive experience working with children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, ADHD to assist them in their motor challenges. She is particularly passionate about working with babies and children with motor disorders (e.g. Down Syndrome, Acquired Brain Injury, and various genetic conditions etc.)

Additionally, Brittaney has undertaken post-graduate studies in motor coordination and handwriting challenges. She gets amazing handwriting results!

Daniel

Daniel

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.OT)

Daniel is an enthusiastic and passionate Occupational Therapist.
Daniel’s passion in his work is to target a client’s goals and enable them to live their lives with a sense of control and independence. He enjoys the challenge of problem-solving the best way to support a client to reach their full potential.

Daniel is a gun at working with our boys! They love coming to see what fun activities he has planned each week! Daniel has a special interest in solving the puzzle around sensory integration challenges and their effect on executive functioning and emotional regulation.

He runs our Sense Rugby program and loves to provide some rough and tumble sensory experiences.

Alyssa

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.OT)

Alyssa is a calm and compassionate OT and loves working with our early
intervention children and their parents. She has a particular interest in DIR
Floortime therapy, Sensory Integration, and school readiness for our children
with Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Alyssa has a
particular passion for helping children who are fussy eaters and is trained in the SOS approach to feeding. She aims to support children and their parents to develop their eating skills and develops functional strategies for parents to carry over into the home environment. Alyssa is confident working with children who are nonverbal.

Alyssa has extensive experience working with children and teens with a variety of challenges as a Senior Educator prior to becoming an Occupational Therapist.
Outside of work, Alyssa is always active. You’ll find her playing soccer and a
dedicated netball coach to teens in the area.

Allysa
Rachel

Rachel

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.OT).

She is a super enthusiastic and fun-loving therapist, and loves to continually
learn more about pediatrics, and creative ways to make her sessions
memorable! Rachel loves to incorporate each child’s own interests and ideas
into therapy. She is passionate about seeing children reach their full potential
in their everyday play skills and social interaction.

Rachel works with a range of children including children with Autism, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disabilities from 18 months to 14 years. Rachel’s therapy focuses on sensory processing skills, handwriting, school readiness, fine and gross motor skills, behavioral regulation.

Isobel

Isobel

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (B.OT)

Isobel loves to create a fun but challenging environment for children. She enjoys working with our pre-school and early primary children to develop their motor co-ordination, executive functioning, and emotional regulation.
Isobel has experience working with children to develop their social skills and help regulate their emotions under the Social Thinking Curriculum course. She helps children and their parents in understanding thoughts and feelings.
Previously, Isobel completed her 4 th year placement with us and we just couldn’t let her leave!

She worked with Kool KATTS as our Therapy Assistant throughout her degree. She regularly volunteers her time for a number of community and disability children’s programs.

Throughout her life, Sophie has always been passionate about keeping fit and healthy, and in her spare time, enjoys endurance trail running, photography, and exploring anywhere outdoors!

Nathalie

Therapy Assistant

Nathalie is undertaking her Occupational Therapy degree with Australian Catholic University. She is a wonderful calm influence on our team and families. She assists Lauren in the nuts and bolts of running our busy clinic and one day we hope she will become one of our therapists!

 

Nat