Our Team

Meet our Sensational Team

Director
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Kathryn Torney

Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)(Honours)
Graduate Diploma of Psychology
Sensory Integration Certified 2014 
Better Access to Mental Health endorsed
 

Kathryn founded Sensational Healing Occupational Therapy in 2018. Kathryn grew up in country Victoria and completed her degrees in Occupational Therapy and Psychology in 2007 and 2014 respectively.
She worked in the disability and child safety sectors for almost 10 years before moving into private practice. Kathryn has additional training in Ayres Sensory Integration, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, non-directive play therapy and Sensory Attachment Intervention. She is passionate about understanding how developmental trauma impacts all aspects of childhood development and determining how occupational therapy can assist to improve the daily lives of children who have been exposed to childhood trauma and domestic violence.

Kathryn decided to create Sensational Healing Allied Health to be able to give local families access to highly experienced allied health professionals in an amazing clinic space that allows for therapists to do wonderful work and help clients achieve their goals.

Kathryn and her partner Matthew are Ripley locals who live only minutes from the practice. They have strong beliefs about working closely with their own community and supporting local families. They have a gorgeous little boy Archer and are expecting a daughter in October 2021. Being from Victoria, Kathryn is a keen AFL fan but just don’t ask her anything about NRL as she will have no idea!

Occupational Therapists
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Gabby Pluis

Bachelor of Psychology
Master of Occupational Therapy
Gabby has recently made the great escape from Sydney and moved to the wonderful sunshine state. She has been an Occupational Therapist since 2016 after graduating with her Masters in Occupational Therapy.

Gabby has mostly worked with families who have experienced family violence and is passionate about working closely with both children and parents to build their capacity to live healthy and happy lives and build close bonds with each other.

In her personal time Gabby enjoys yoga, playing sport and cooking up a storm in the kitchen. 

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Kerri-Anne Harris

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Kerri-Anne is one of the newer Occupational Therapists of Sensational Healing OT joining our team in September 2020. Kerri-Anne graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Since then, she has worked within multiple paediatric services where she has greatly valued her experience working with families to support their child’s development and functioning.

Kerri-Anne is a mother to three boys herself, her eldest is 9 and youngest has recently celebrated his 1st birthday.

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Sarah Brown

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Masters of Occupational Therapy

Before becoming an Occupational Therapist, Sarah worked for 10 years as a Primary Teacher. Sarah worked at a range of schools in Logan and Scenic Rim regions before commencing with Sensational Healing Allied Health in 2020. 

Sarah has been working at the clinic for over a year now – she started last year as a Therapy Assistant while she completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy. Since graduating in August, Sarah has been a full time Occupational Therapist with Kathryn and the team.

Outside of work, Sarah is a mum to 3 young children and wife to a FIFO hubby. She enjoys cooking and getting crafty (especially around holidays!). She lives on 6 acres south of Brisbane, where her family have 2 cows and a dog. She also enjoys watching reality shows like ‘The Block’ and ‘MasterChef’. Something interesting about Sarah is that she grew up in Tasmania and has a BIG sweet tooth for chocolate and lollies.

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Jessica Allery

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Jess is an Occupational Therapist and started working at Sensational Healing Allied Health as a therapy assistant in 2018. Jess transitioned to an occupational therapy role when she graduated from the University of Queensland at the end of 2019.

Jess has a keen interest in mental health, especially the impact that medical conditions and/or other diagnoses (e.g. ASD) have on daily functioning and mental wellbeing. As a result, Jess enjoys adopting a family-centred and holistic approach to therapy to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients and their networks (e.g. families).

Jess enjoys a variety of activities but in particular, she loves cooking, horse riding and reading. Her favourite food is donuts, and she highly values the company of her family and friends. Jess is a Type One Diabetes advocate who participates in community events to raise awareness and funds for a world without Type One.

Therapy Assistants

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Matthew Kane

Matthew is a senior therapy assistant and helped found Sensational Healing Allied Health in 2018. In a past life, Matthew was a member of the Royal Australian Navy as a marine technician, before making the move to allied health when the practice opened.

Matthew is passionate about supporting young people, especially young men, to experience positive mental health, build strong social connections and step outside their comfort zone. Matt enjoys incorporating some of his trade skills into his mentoring work with clients as well as using physical activity to help to build clients skills in improving their mental health.

Outside of work Matt loves hiking, fishing, camping and spending time with his young family.

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Vanessa Thornton-Thomas

Vanessa is a another of our wonderful therapy assistants who joined our team in 2020. Vanessa has a background in Allied Health Assistance and has some funky skills in circus training.

Vanessa also has an Associates degree in Health science (Leisure and Health) and has recently commenced her studies in Occupational Therapy.

 

Mental Health
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Kathy Cleland - Provisional Psychologist

Kathy initially trained as an early childhood educator and became curious about how our minds and brains function when she was working with children who had neurological differences. After starting her own family, Kathy worked with adults and adolescents with developmental disabilities before moving to Queensland in the late '90s, where a change of career took her into the publishing and advertising industry. However, Kathy's interest in how we think, behave, and function never waned, and she decided to return to university and study psychology. Kathy loves learning about how we learn, and she is currently studying a Master of Educational Neuroscience.

Kathy has a particular interest in neurodivergence and helping people, and their families, to improve their lives and wellbeing in a manner that supports the unique way that their brain works. Her focus areas include autism, depression and anxiety, issues related to complex trauma, as well as adjustment to challenging life circumstances. Kathy takes a relational approach, which is client centred, trauma-informed, and neurodiversity-affirming.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys bushwalking, online forums, and coffee with friends (not always all at the same time).

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Angela Zuehlke - Social Work

Angela has recently completed a Bachelor of Social Work and has previously completed a Diploma in Counselling. She joined Sensational Healing Allied Health as a Therapy Assistant in 2020 while finishing her degree.

Angela’s practice approach brings together her genuine interest and compassion for people with her unique professional ability to holistically consider individuals and families within their greater social contexts.

Angela aims to support people in identifying their own abilities and strengths, as well as any potential barriers to them achieving their fullest potential.

Angela is passionate about working with diverse family structures, including Step and Blended families. She is interested in further professional development in the areas of trauma informed care, mental health, separated families and alcohol and other drugs.

Personally, Angela is a Mum, Step-Mum and Fur-Mumma to 3 human children and 1 fur-child.

Customer Service and Administration

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Jaide Southee

Jaide has recently joined our Sensational team in 2021 as our Practice Manager. Jaide has impressive practice management history working in General Practice and Dental. 
 
Jaide has a double Diploma in Human Resources and Practice Management, and is currently completing her Associate Business Degree. In her spare time she enjoys planning fun family and friend gatherings, being outdoors at the beach and playing netball.
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Kayla Seppanen

Kayla joined in the team at the beginning of 2021, returning to work after having time off to look after her gorgeous little boy Chase. Before starting with us Kayla had an allied health background in dental. Kayla is our NDIS whiz, looking after all our service agreements and NDIS clients.

Outside of work Kayla is embracing mum life creating memories with Chase in the garden or exploring. Most weekends are spent with her family caravanning, camping and toasting marshmallows. Fun fact, if Kayla could have 1 superpower it would be to time travel.

 

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Emalie Freiberg

Emalie is one of our wonderful customer service officers and will most likely be the lovely voice who answers your call. She completed year 12 in 2020, somehow surviving her final year of high school mid pandemic. Emalie is very keen on joining the medical industry and will be attending university in 2022 to study Paramedicine & Nursing. In her spare time, you will likely find her snuggling up to her two Maine coon cats or spending time with friends and family.

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