Meet Our Staff

Kelly Powell

Kelly Powell

Director & Founder /
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Fiona Carr

Fiona Carr

Paedaitric Occupational Therapist
Dr Chloe Wadley

Dr. Chloe Wadley

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Jessica Pugh

Jessica Pugh

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Sophie Schultz

Sophie Schultz

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Jasmine Weiss

Jasmine Weiss

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Peta Smirnakos

Peta Smirnakos

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Cato Evans

Cato Evans

Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Tania Nemeth

Tania Nemeth

Office Manager
Sandy Grose

Sandy Grose

Administration Assisstant
Amazing Kids Occupational Therapy

Kelly Powell

Director & Founder / Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Kelly has over 30 years’ experience in Paediatric Occupational Therapy (working in a range of settings including Private Practice, SCOPE, Special Schools, DHS, Early Intervention Teams and in the UK and USA).  Kelly lectured in Paediatric OT at Deakin University for 7 years.  She is the Director and founder of Amazing Kids OT.

Kelly regularly attends conferences & workshops from Australian and International Therapists to ensure that herself and the other OT’s at Amazing Kids OT are kept up to date with evidence-based practices.  She has a post-graduate certificate in Sensory Integration (SIPT) and is a PLAY (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) Project consultant.

Away from the clinic, Kelly enjoys travelling, playing tennis, walking along the beach and socialising.  She is married with 3 adult children, a dog and a cat.

Fiona Carr

Occupational Therapist

Fiona completed her Occupational Therapy in Adelaide in 2001. During her career,  Fiona has worked with a large range of children, aged between 2-18 years with varying physical, sensory, emotional and developmental needs. Fiona has a wealth of experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Learning Difficulties and Sensory Processing Dysfunction. Fiona has completed numerous courses and training over the years,  and continues to extend her learning and skill development.

Fiona has worked extensively in schools (mainstream and special schools) and feels passionate about providing training for teachers and parents to assist in the understanding and development of school readiness skills, handwriting dilemmas and the impact of sensory processing on behaviour. She has also run many Autism specific educational sessions for teachers and parents. She believes that every child has the capacity to learn, if they are well regulated and are appropriately engaged. Fiona works using a family centred approach and supports children and their families to achieve goals that are important to them.

Fiona is passionate about getting the best out of children by making therapy sessions fun and meaningful! She loves using Occupational Therapy to help children develop independence and reach their full potential. 

Fiona also has 3 children of her own, so understands the many joys and challenges that family life brings. In her spare time she may be found bike riding, rollerblading or stand up paddle boarding on the river, or found in the kitchen baking with her children!

Dr. Chloe Wadley

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Dr Chloe Wadley is a paediatric Occupational Therapist at Amazing Kids OT and a lecturer at Deakin University. Chloe has recently completed her PhD in the Learn to Play Program within Specialist Schools for children with developmental delay and disability. Chloe has a passion for working with children and families in the community, with a particular interest in Learn to Play Therapy for children. Chloe has experience in running Learn to Play groups within the clinic as well as facilitating Learn to Play within kindergarten settings. Chloe also works with school age children on functional goals, sensory processing, handwriting, social skills and play. In her spare time Chloe enjoys spending time with her family at the beach.

Jessica Pugh

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Jess has completed a Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice at Latrobe University. Jess’ undergraduate degree is in Biomedical Science with a Major in Nutrition and Exercise Science. During her studies Jess worked as a therapeutic youth residential carer for young people aged 4-18 years and it was this role that developed her passion for working with children, young people and their families.

During her career Jess had gained experience working with children and young people in non for profit organisations and private practice. Jess started her Occupational Therapy career in a role at a community service delivering a short term intensive assessment and intervention program to support the maintenance of family units. During her time at this service Jess developed skills in using a strengths based, family centred approach and trauma informed practice. Jess believes that this work has shaped the person/ therapist she has become.

Since moving into the paediatric field of Occupational Therapy Jess has continued to maintain her passion for working with vulnerable children and their families while developing skills in additional areas. Jess is motivated to provide a holistic approach to therapy and as a result enjoys delivering outreach services in your home, learning centre or the greater community where skills can be practiced in real life scenarios. Jess is trained in DIR Floortime, the CO-OP Approach, SOS Feeding Approach and Therapeutic Listening.

Jess’ therapy approach is fun and dynamic! sessions can be structured or child lead depending on your child’s specific therapy goals and learning style.

When Jess isn’t working she is a wife and a mum of 2 delightful (but busy) girls, Jess isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty doing some home reno’s and enjoys time outside, play dates and coffee.

Sophie Schultz

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Sophie graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2015 and is currently undertaking her Masters in Play Child Therapy at Deakin.
Sophie is passionate about enabling incredible little people and their families to reach their potential through developmentally appropriate therapy using; play, sensory modulation and relationship-based intervention models within the child’s natural environments; home, child care and educational settings.

Sophie’s interest in children’s play, lead her to study further how Play Therapy can support children including those with neurological diversities or childhood trauma.

When Sophie is not working, you may find her on the beach with her family and dogs. Sophie enjoys exercising, yoga and painting!

Jasmine Weiss

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Jasmine completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia and has been working at Amazing Kids OT since the beginning of 2019 as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Jasmine is passionate about working collaboratively with children and their families to help them reach their functional goals and independence in activities that are meaningful to the client. She has experience working with children aged 3-17 years in a range of different environments including the clinic, school and home.

Jasmine has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders, handwriting, play skills, sensory processing difficulties and developmental delays. She loves working with children due to their creative, determined, and fun nature!

In her spare time Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and friends, drawing, sewing and exploring new places.  

Peta Smirnakos

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Peta Smirnakos is an Occupational Therapist, who is passionate about working with children and families. Whilst completing her Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, Peta gained a wide range of experience volunteering with children of all ages and abilities. This has included school readiness programs, supporting children with Autism and being a transitional support worker for young adults with varying disabilities.

When supporting children and their families, Peta values building a therapeutic relationship to achieve goals. Peta strongly believes that every child can increase their independence as well as continue to build on their emotional, physical, sensory, play and social skills. Peta is always looking to participate in various professional development courses to continue growing her knowledge and understanding of child development.

Peta loves the chance to express her inner child when engaging with children, ensuring that all her sessions are fun and functional. In her spare time, Peta can be found in the outdoors exploring beaches and nature, listening to podcasts, or spending quality time with those closest to her.

Cato Evans

Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Cato graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2017 and has been working as a paediatric therapist since this time.

Cato is passionate about assisting children and young adults to achieve the highest levels of functional independence possible. He has experience using a variety of therapy approaches to assist in the development of emotional regulation, sensory processing, social skills, attention and concentration skills and fine motor skills.

In his spare time Cato enjoys playing sport, hiking and spending time with friends.

Tania Nemeth

Office Manager

Tania has been working at Amazing Kids OT for many years now and is often the first person you will meet at the reception desk. She is our Office Manager and knows all the ins and outs of the practice.  She has an extensive knowledge about the funding side of NDIS and is happy to answer your questions or direct you elsewhere if needed.

Tania has had experience in a range of workplaces that have involved customer service and administration duties.  This combined with her organisational skills and vibrant personality means that she is invaluable to Amazing Kids.  When she is not working Tania loves  playing tennis and catching up for coffee with friends. 

Sandy Grose

Administration Assistant

Sandy works as an Administration Assistant at Amazing Kids on a causal basis.  You will see her at the reception desk usually on a Tuesday and Friday.  Her role is to answer your phone inquiries, book appointments, process payments and answer general questions or concerns you might have.

She trained as a Pre-school Mothercraft Nurse and has worked at Deakin University and various Geelong schools, kindergartens and hospitals. She has extensive experience in the administration, computer skill and early childhood education areas which makes her a great fit for our team.  When away from work Sandy likes to cook, spend time with family and friends and enjoys going to the football.