Michelle graduated from the University of Sydney in 2002 and has gain experience as an occupational therapist in both Australia and the United Kingdom over the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation units, community and private practice.
As a senior occupational therapist in the community, Michelle has extensive experience working with people with a wide range of disabilities. She has a special interest in degenerative neuromuscular and neurodegenerative conditions including muscular dystrophies, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease and early onset dementia.
Michelle has held senior paediatric occupational therapist roles in Australia and the UK, specialising in meeting the needs of children and adolescents with physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities as well as addressing the support needs of their families.
Michelle's skill set includes but is not limited complex mobility equipment prescription, seating and postural management, manual handling, environmental modifications and complex activities of daily living assessments.
Michelle worked within NSW Health rehabilitation units utilising skills in the areas of post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation and aged care rehabilitation. Michelle also developed programs, coordinated groups and was a valuable member of multidisciplinary teams.
Michelle has worked under national and state schemes as a consultant including Lifetime Care and Support Authority, icare, Compulsory Third Party rehabilitation and NSW Workers Compensation. She also sub-contracts providing medicolegal opinions as an expert witness.
Michelle has mentored both occupational therapists and students throughout her career. She has experience in staff supervision and team leadership. Michelle is dedicated to continuing education and maintains up to date knowledge through membership with Occupational Therapy Australia and regularly participates in professional development activities.
Michelle is currently co-director of Access and Independence Solutions and one of two treating therapists within the team. She is dedicated to ensuring the highest quality of occupational therapy services delivered efficiently. Michelle has worked through many of the challenges faced by people, their carers and children and families when occupational therapy supports are required. She always seeks to provide a respectful and compassionate approach with the understanding that each individual's needs are unique.
OT Australia # 204066
Sentheesh graduated from the University of Sydney in 2007. He is a Qualified registered Occupational Therapist with over 7 years experience promoting and enabling independence with both children and adults in work, community, hospital and school environments.
He has expert skills in computer assistive technology, environmental control technology, and communication technology. He has worked extensively with the Department of Education and Communities staff, students and carers to train them in the use and customisation of recommended technology, software for learning and communication software/apps.
Sentheesh has co-authored the paper 'Enabling participation using assistive technology', presented at the Early Childhood Intervention Australia conference in 2012 and presented 'Assistive Technology in Early Intervention Centres. What to consider' at the Spot on DD conference in 2012.
Working in the community, Sentheesh has gained valuable experience in the prescription of adaptive aids and equipment for children and adults with a disability to live independently, manual handling, prescription of manual and power wheelchair prescription and experience in postural management and seating.
During his time in early intervention settings and private practice, Sentheesh has a wealth of experience gained from years of assisting children & families to achieve participation, engagement and function and has worked with children with a range of difficulties including play, fine motor, physical, sensory processing, intellectual disabilities and developmental delay.
AHPRA # OCC0001763285
OT Australia # 293558