Our Team of Paediatric Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapist Assistants

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) Fellows Certificate (currently undertaking the 3rd year Trainer certification)
  • Wilbarger Sensory Defensiveness Course
  • Clasi Certificate in Ayres Sensory Integration
  • 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

Team Leader / Clinical Lead – Occupational Therapy

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy – BSc (OT)

Michelle is a dedicated and passion-driven occupational therapist with over 20 years of hands-on professional practice in a wide variety of settings such as in hospitals, community, school-based, rehabilitation centres, aged care facilities, and private clinics both in Australia, Singapore, and the Philippines. She had worked as the Clinical Lead of Occupational Therapy at Kool KATTS for 5 years. She shares her passion and dedication for Paediatrics through mentoring our OT team, to ensure each and every child coming to Kool KATTS gets an exceptional experience.

Michelles extensive experience includes supporting families and  treating  children  with physical and intellectual disabilities, global developmental delays, visual and hearing disabilities and other genetic anomalies.  Her special interests are in  Autism Spectrum Disorder,  ADHD, Trauma and Regulation/Sensory processing challenges.

Michelle has undertaken advanced trainings,  which includes  Low Vision, Play Assessments,  Sensory Processing for Executive Functioning, Sensory Integration and Praxis and Visual-Vestibular Praxis Deficits as well as in Developmental Delays and Mental Health. 

Michelle has extensive experience with mentoring, training, and supporting all levels of  dedicated Occupational Therapists to help further develop their clinical skills. She is also an advocate in  guiding families  with NDIS framework through conducting comprehensive Functional Capacity Asssements, AT applications  and Access Accomodations documentations. 

Michelle has a wonderful, caring demeanour 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!

Some of Michelle’s qualifications include: 

  • Profectum Academy (DIR) CL1 Certificate
  • Sheffield University Foundations and Neuroscience of Sensory Integration
  • Paediatric Autism Communication Therapy (PACT)
  • Leadership for Health Professionals
  • SOS  (Sequential Oral Sensory) – Approach to Feeding and SOS mentorship Course
  • Pediatric Feeding in Complex Cases – Responsive Feeding Approach 
  • Therapeutic Listening
  • M.O.R.E (Integrating Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions)

 

Michelle is an occupational therapist in Parramatta NSW
Brittaney is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Bec

Team Leader / Clinical Lead – Speech Pathology

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) – B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP, MSPA

Bec has extensive experience as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist. She joined Kool KATTS in 2024 to head up our Speech department. Bec has a range of clinical passions including DIR FloorTime, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and literacy. She loves engaging toddlers and young children who are developing early communication to build their language and connections to others. She understands that regulation and relationships are crucial as the foundation for communication. It is her passion to identify the individual differences that make each child unique and customise her intervention to their strengths. Her passion for AAC further supports her purpose of identifying what is the best communication option for each child’s individual differences. She also loves working in literacy and is a Sounds-Write provider. Helping children and teenagers navigate the written word and learn to enjoy reading is incredibly rewarding. She enjoys educating other therapists across all experience levels and Speech Pathology students to help them become the best clinicians they can be.

Bec has experience completing assistive technology reports to support her clients in accessing AAC, along with prior mentoring and parent education experience across the areas of early communication, language development, AAC and literacy. Bec enjoys working collaboratively with parents and other health professionals to achieve the best outcomes for her clients.

Bec’s qualifications include:

  • DIR 203 Advanced DIR FloorTime Provider – ICDL
  • Sounds-Write Practitioner, Sounds-Write Years 3-6
  • Talk for Reading and Talk for Writing
  • Bec is currently studying to become an NLA registered clinician (gestalt language processing)

 

 

Ira is a Senior Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Ira

Senior Occupational Therapist / Student Coordinator

Masters of Occupational Therapy – MOT

Ira is an energetic and dedicated therapist who loves nothing more than putting a smile on children’s faces and watching them achieve their fullest potential. Ira has over 7 years experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Ira previously worked in the Philippines, where she was situated in a Multidisciplinary clinic helping children, young adults and families achieve their therapy goals. Ira has extensive experience collaboratively working with children and their parents by performing screening assessments, individualised and group therapy programs in areas such as gross and fine motor skills development, social skills development, sensory integration, self-care skills and more. Ira has a particular interest in sensory integration, feeding, handwriting and running group sessions.

Ira has been fortunate to work with diverse range of clients including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delays, ADHD, Down Syndrome. Ira has completed her Post Graduate Profectum DIR Floortime Certification.

For her Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy Ira developed a social skills assessment tool!

Lee is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Enrique “Lee”

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy – BSc (OT)

Lee is a cool, calm, and collected therapist with experience working with a diverse set of clients with different conditions such as ASD, ADHD, GDD, speech delay, and Down’s syndrome. He has worked both in an in-clinic/home setting and online-based teletherapy. He makes sure that a child’s needs and goals are met using evidence-based and evidence-informed practice.

Lee has worked mostly in multi-disciplinary paediatric clinics alongside speech language pathologists and physical therapists for most of his professional career. He has assisted in setting up an online forum dedicated to helping parents and educators connect and understand their child more. Lee helps families achieve their therapy goals by tailoring specific programs to help facilitate development or improvement of gross and fine motor skills, social skills, self-help skills, and sensory integration.

In his spare time, Lee likes to collect figurines and play video games. He enjoys incorporating these two interests into his treatments when appropriate to help engage and motivate the children and teens.

Ira is a Senior Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Michaela

Speech Pathologist

Masters of Speech Pathology

Michaela is a dedicated speech pathologist who is passionate about helping children achieve their communication goals. She strives to make a positive impact and provide compassionate and individualised therapy. In her spare time, Michaela likes to knit and crochet.

Nurya

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – BOT

Nuyra is a calm and compassionate OT and loves working with all ages. She has a particular interest in school readiness, social skills and emotional regulation for our children with Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Nurya is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW
Isobel is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Isobel

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – BOT

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. Isobel’s strength is that she never gets ruffled – she is our Koolest Kalmest Katt!
Isobel is our social media guru and she also runs our Sense Rugby Program!
She regularly volunteers her time for a number of community and disability children’s programs. Throughout her life, Isobel has always been passionate about keeping fit and healthy, and in her spare time, enjoys endurance water polo, netball and exploring anywhere outdoors!

Hannah is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Hannah

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy – BOT

Hannah is an energetic and passionate OT who loves working with children of all ages – and they love having fun with her! Hannah has extensive experience working alongside children and teens in schools and running life skills groups. Hannah has a particular interest in early intervention, play focused therapy and DIR Floortime. Hannah believes that working with the child and family’s strengths is at the heart of intervention. Hannah loves to work with children in a group setting and runs some of our social, motor, school readiness and handwriting groups.
In her spare time you can find Hannah going on adventures in the great outdoors or knitting her next sweater.

Angelica is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Angelica

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Angelica has previous experience working in a number of paediatric multidisciplinary clinics in the Philippines over the past 5 years. She has a passion for working with children and teens with Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism and Global Developmental Delay. She has previously been a student coordinator within teaching clinics and will continue her excellent teaching skills to future generations of OT’s here in Australia.

Angelica has completed post-graduate qualifications in Sensory Processing, Executive Functioning, DIR Floortime and the Play Project.

Angelica love to see how a child can unleash their skills through play! She enjoys seeing the big smile on the faces of children and their parents when they’re able to do hard things through the magic of play.
In her spare time Angelica loves being physically active and working out!!

Georgia

Occupational Therapist

Georgia has experience with children with Autism, ADHD, sensori-motor difficulties and cognitive challenges, to name just a few.
Georgia’s excellent communication skills and encouraging nature means that she easily connects with children and their support network, which builds strong therapeutic relationships. She likes to make her therapy sessions fun and uses a play-based approach to assist children in achieving their goals and increasing their independence in everyday activities.

Georgia has post-graduate training in DIR Floortime and Play Project intervention.  Georgia is an avid dancer and is in charge of our Dancing Kittens group.

 

Georgia is an Occupational Therapist in Parramatta NSW

Our Allied Health Assistants

Jacinta is a Health Professional in Parramatta NSW

Jacinta

Ella is a Health Professional in Parramatta NSW

Ella