Meet the Team

Anita Collins

Anita Collins

Clinical Director

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Anita’s experience extends to managing a diverse caseload working with toddlers to adults in aged-care and helping people across the life-span with various physical, developmental, sensory processing and social/behavioural difficulties. This includes working with children & adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, ABI, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Global Delay and various learning difficulties. Anita has built the Grace Children’s therapy practice over the past 10 years in the Sydney Hills District with a passionate team of paediatric occupational therapists.

"I am energetic and enthusiastic about assisting children and families reach their goals and potential. My goal is to create an environment where children flourish and feel supported as well as develop a team of highly professional and knowledgeable therapists".

At Grace Children’s Therapy, Anita encourages setting individual goals and designing therapy programs to meet a a child’s individual needs, learning style and level. We aim to nurture their goals in a supportive environment, for positive outcomes and for happy, confident children. We always try our best to advocate for the children & ensure children and families feel comfortable at our fully equiped occupational therapy practice or in their community visit.

"I endeavour to keep supporting my team to work towards improving their knowledge and developing themselves professionally so we can continue to achieve great results and help children feel accomplished."

Ly Giang

Ly Giang

Occupational Therapist & SOS Feeding Therapist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Ly is a dedicated therapist with a keen interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and children with handwriting and learning difficulties. Ly uses a play based approach to involve children & motivate them to achieve their goals. Ly devotes time to working closely with parents and school teachers to ensure that children are able to transfer skills learnt within the sessions into home and school environment.

Ly has an interest in helping families develop positive mealtimes. Within the SOS feeding therapy protocol, Ly works with children that present as "fussy eaters" or "problem feeders". The goals of this program include developing eating skills, reducing anxiety towards food & improving mealtimes. The feeding program focuses on developing fundamental skills for eating that can be then generalized to the home and school environments. Ly co-facilitates this program with our nutritionist, Simone.

Karen Lalich

Karen Lalich

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc (OT) Hons; Grad. Cert in Educational Studies (Sensory Disability Specialisation)

Karen’s experience expands 20 years working with people across the lifespan from babies to adults with various physical, neurological, developmental, sensory and social/behavioural difficulties. Karen is a passionate therapist in the field of sensory disability. She has worked with children, adolescents and adults with vision and hearing impairments on a range of everyday living goals. Her range of clients includes those with sensory impairments, learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder, autism and developmental and motor coordination disorders.

Karen comes with hands on experience in providing intervention and advocacy services under the Governments NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) funding initiative. Karen is passionate about working alongside families and sees each child as uniquely different. She uses a functional fun play-based approach so that children realise their potential. Karen takes an evidence-based approach to working towards their functional goals.

Sarah Fung

Sarah Fung

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc (OT)
Sarah is an energetic therapist with a passion for working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental Delay, taking a cognitive motor approach to therapy. Sarah enjoys helping children achieve their functional goals to improve their everyday living and their relationships with others. Sarah has experience working in both centre-based and school-based programs and has previously designed and implemented specific school-based fine motor development programs. Sarah uses a play-based approach to therapy incorporating a range of intervention strategies to ensure she is meeting the learning style of the child for optimal results from her therapy plans. Sarah is trained in Sensory Processing Dysfunction and has completed specialised movement and visual-vestibular training for improved daily functional performance.

Simone Emery

Simone Emery

Client Coordinator, Nutritionist & SOS Feeding Facilitator

MFoodSt (Master in Food Studies), BSc(Science), Bus(Man). Simone joined our team as our resident nutrition specialist & qualified SOS feeding therapist. Simone helps our children that present as "fussy eaters" or "problem feeders and co-facilitates our SOS Feeding Program along side Occupational Therapist, Ly Giang to ensure we deliver a holistic, evidence-based feeding program to our families & children.

Simone’s passion for creating happy feeding experiences is contagious and she shares her knowledge through the parent information sessions that accompany the SOS feeding therapy program. Simone provides a different perspective to mealtimes & enjoys seeing children develop their feeding skills and engaging in their mealtimes.

Simone also works as our client coordinator. She is happy to talk you through how our Occupational Therapy practice works, our functional goal oriented therapy philosophy and how we can work with your family.

Stephanie Duque

Stephanie Duque

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy
Stephanie joins Grace Children’s Therapy with a fun and enthusiastic flair for Paediatric Occupational Therapy. With over 6 years experience, she enjoys helping children reach their goals using a sensori-motor approach to therapy. Stephanie has a special interest in sensory processing disorder as well as working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Global Developmental delay. She has completed training in Sensory Processing Dysfunction, Visual-Vestibular training for improved movement and functional performance.
Stephanie brings a happy and fun play-based approach to the team and enjoys seeing children make functional gains and reach their goals.

Jessica Hill

Jessica Hill

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

Jessica enjoys using a creative and play-based approach to therapy, individualizing her sessions to match the interests of children and engage them to participate in activities.

She likes working closely with families to incorporate the child’s and family’s needs whilst providing education and strategies to transfer across in the home. By developing functional goals, Jessica uses evidence-based practice to enable children to participate in daily activities in the home, community and in school settings to ensure children’s lives are meaningful and inclusive.

She has previously had experience working in paediatrics, mental health and hospital settings. Jessica is energetic and passionate about working with children and adolescents, and his interested in working with those with autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability and global developmental delay.

Jordan Collins

Jordan Collins

Administration Assistant

Jordan Collins joins Grace Children’s Therapy to assist with practice administration. She helps out with processing payments, maintaining the workflow in the office, handling phone calls and welcoming you to our busy Saturday practice. Jordan is keen to learn all about the workings of an occupational therapy practice.

Kim Brown

Kim Brown

Administration Assistant

Kim Brown assists with the smooth running of the office. Kim’s specific area is to assist with NDIS planning paperwork and administration. Our standards for keeping your NDIS funding on track are of paramount importance to us and Kim helps keep this process as stress-free as possible for our NDIS clients.