Welcome to kidmOTion
kidmOTion is a paediatric therapies company based in Wellington NSW and servicing the families of the Central West and beyond.
kidmOTion engages with children and their families, providing timely therapeutic input to transform each child's ability to move, play and learn.
Our Occupational Therapists
Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Founder
I grew up in suburban Sydney where I learnt through the daily actions of my parents, extended family and friends what it means to live with passion and how to take care of the people I love. I realise now that I am raising my own three children that I also learned the importance of raising children to be independent spirits who are deeply connected to their community and to think and feel each day with an open heart and mind.
After finishing high school, I graduated from the University of Western Sydney in 1999 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (First Class Honours). Early on in my training it became clear that a specialty in Paediatrics was totally for me and so I applied for the New Graduate position at Westmead Children’s Hospital where I worked for two years across all clinical areas. The experience and networks gained in that specialist setting was the most intense and valuable grounding to my Paediatric career.
I then moved to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance where I worked in the Rural Outreach team and we travelled to rural and remote communities learning the skills I needed to support children living with a physical disability. I also witnessed first-hand the unmet need for specialised therapies in rural areas, and the added impact that isolation from these supports has on families.
After moving to Wellington and creating three incredible humans, I founded Kidmotion. From very modest beginnings, my practice slowly grew into the thriving hub it is today. I still get a thrill walking into my clinic, where a growing number of other skilled clinicians are collaborating to support our clients to realise their goals across all areas of their lives.
Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Having grown up on my family’s cattle property just outside of Wellington and then attending school and later university in the city, it became quite apparent that there are health inequalities and a lack of services locally available in rural areas, particularly in my local community.
I completed a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Health Science and Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2016. I went on to complete a Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at Monash University, Melbourne in 2019.
I have always been passionate about working with children in rural and remote areas and positively contributing to their quality of life. However, this was really highlighted after having completed my final 8-week placement in Broome and establishing Occupational Therapy service models to support children and their families in remote communities with little to no allied health services access.
This was an invaluable, yet challenging experience which provided me with the skills to adapt and be flexible when providing therapy regardless of the environment and resources.
After having studied away for several years, it has been a welcome change to return home. I have loved reconnecting with the local community and working with familiar faces. I had always hoped to give back to the community I grew up in.
I have a strong passion for early intervention and love providing opportunities for children and families to engage and learn through play. One of my most rewarding achievements throughout my work is being able to work collaboratively with other health professionals and multidisciplinary teams in conjunction with clients and their families, to develop goals and successful intervention plans.
Working alongside other OTs, Physiotherapists, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Aboriginal Community Leaders and Educators to provide holistic care to clients is a very fulfilling experience.
I have had experience providing therapy in a number of models including clinic and school-based sessions, community groups, group therapies, telehealth sessions and consultations with education providers.
Within these models I have had the opportunity to provide therapy to children with developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Disabilities, Anxiety, Acquired Brain Injuries, learning difficulties and children with limited prior exposure to western education. I have a strong background and experience in supporting indigenous families and communities in a culturally sensitive and safe practice.
I have been fortunate to continue my professional learning beyond my tertiary
studies throughout my work. My professional training includes a range of therapeutic approaches including, Trauma informed care and childhood trauma, DIR Floortime Training, Behaviour and Emotion Management for Children with ASD, No Scaredy Cats (reducing anxiety and building resilience in children), domestic and family violence response training, gravity and sensory integration training, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) training, life skills training and many more.
Reception & Administration Officer
Born and raised in Wellington, I have worked in a range of industries in the region and overseas. I was originally trained in early childhood and nannied in many different countries before I moved into teaching English to different nationalities and ages.
Whilst overseas, I ran a halfway house in Cambodia for disadvantaged youths and enjoyed my time living and volunteering in this amazing part of the world. I have also completed a Graduate Certificate in International Health and attained a certificate in Accidental Counselling.
I moved back to Wellington when I was pregnant with my son (my greatest achievement) to be closer to my family and friends after living overseas for ten years. I love the people of Wellington and the small community spirit. I also value the strong connection I have with the community members having grown up here.
Working in the supportive environment and close team of Kidmotion is great. I enjoy working for a company that cares for and wants the best for their clients and families. I share Mardi’s dream of having a facility that caters for all children’s services.
I love getting to know our clients, witnessing their progress, and making a connection with them. I like to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable. Talking and interacting with all clients and being able to listen and support parents is what I enjoy the most. Coordinating appointments between all therapists to make it easier on families to attend is what my role essential entails.
PO Box 490
Wellington NSW 2820
Phone & Email
Phone: 02 6845 4494
76 Percy Street
Wellington NSW 2820
Mon - Fri : 8:30 - 17:30