The Team

Director

JeanLoth: – B Ap Sc (OT), SIPT cert, Grad Dip Educational Studies (Learning Difficulties)

Jean graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1979.  She began her career in Psychiatry and moved to adult rehabilitation.  She began working in Pediatrics in 1997 and set up Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson R for Children in 2001.  In 2008 she went into partnership with Gillian Baker to develop Sound for Life, a service for children and adults with a focus on sound stimulation. Jean’s motivation in working with children has come from her own personal experience as a parent of three children. Her clinical experience has demonstrated that  Sensory Integration and Extra Lesson R is a powerful tool to treat children in a fun and motivating way.

Jean has been on a constant journey of professional development. Her foundation of neurology and neurosurgery has laid a strong knowledge base for her understanding of sensory processing. Her passion for treating in a holistic manner has resulted in her doing training in Sensory Integration and praxis testing, Extra Lesson, Therapeutic Listening, Floor time, Symbolic Play (Karen Stagnitti), PRPP and recently the Integrated Listening System. Jean has an interest in research to support evidenced based practice. She herself has been involved in four pilot studies. She relies heavily on her own clinical experience to deliver best practice. Jean has aspired to deliver a boutique service to her clients with a focus on the therapeutic triad of the child, parent and teacher to deliver lasting benefits of intervention. Hence laying the foundation to their future. She has a healthy vision to preserve childhood.  She sees her role is to empower the parent with knowledge and technique.  She believes that deep down the parent always knows what is right for his or her child.

Melanie Donkersley

Melanie started with Melville Occupational Therapy in 2004 and gained Cert III in Allied Health (OT Assistant) in 2009. She enjoys the variety and interaction with the children and their parents. Mel is married with 2 children and enjoys time with family, traveling, riding motorcycle and looking after pet lizards.

Cher Fay

Cher has worked at Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson in reception for approximately eighteen months and loved every minute of it.

She has two adult children and taught Gymbaroo for twelve years. Prior to this, she ran her own Music and Movement sessions for Pre-schoolers. She has always enjoyed working with children and finds it very rewarding.

She is thrilled to be back working in such a positive environment with children, their wonderful parents and the amazing therapists who work with these families.

Elaine Vandenbos

Occupational Therapist MOT, B. Ed

As a primary school teacher Elaine completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2013.  After graduating as DUX from Curtin University, Elaine lived for six months in Thailand where she worked in government orphanages as an occupational therapist assisting children with severe disabilities. Since returning to Australia in August 2013, Elaine has directed her passion for helping children and her expertise in teaching towards assisting children with learning difficulties experience success in school.

Elaine continues to develop her skills and understanding in sensory processing and sensory integration. Her time at Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson for Children is divided between the clinic in Myaree and a newly opened satellite clinic located in Byford.

Kate O'Brien

Kate graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice from La Trobe University in Victoria. She has always been passionate about helping others in a purposeful and functional manner which was the reason behind her choosing to study Occupational Therapy. Kate has loved working with young people and their families to achieve life enriching outcomes.  She has experience working in the disability sector and early intervention service and is very enthusiastic to continue to develop her skills and knowledge in paediatrics at Melville Occupational Therapy and Extra Lesson for Children.”

Olivia Sellers

B Sc (OT)

Olivia graduated from Curtin University of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Olivia has experience working in both community and clinic based paediatric occupational therapy. She has done training in Sensory Integration, The Impact of Posture and Movement on Sensory Processing, Karen Stagnitti’s Learn to Play and recently, Early Intervention and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Olivia is highly passionate and motivated about working with children, their families and all key stakeholders involved in the child’s life. She strives to provide a client focused and holistic approach to her therapy. Her intervention is playful and purposeful.

Jane Yeates

B Sc (OT)

Jane completed her Bachelor of Science – Occupational Therapy at Curtin University in 2002. Following graduation, Jane lived in the United Kingdom for 7 years where she worked in a variety of different settings including a special school for children with acquired brain injuries. Jane moved to Melbourne in 2009 and began working at a paediatric private practice as a Senior OT and practice manager.

Jane returned to Perth following the birth of her 2 children and has continued her passion for working with children and families at Melville Occupational Therapy.

Jane has completed post graduate training in Sensory Integration, Autism, Floortime, Play, Social Stories, Therapeutic Listening, Toileting & Feeding.

Amanda Cabrera

B Sc (OT) (Honours)

Amanda  recently returned from maternity leave. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) at Curtin University, Perth in 2008 and has previously worked at Armadale and Fremantle Child Development Services. She enjoys working with the children and their families and finds it a very rewarding experience.

Alycia Pitts

B Sc (OT)

Alycia has recently returned from maternity leave after having her second child. She graduated from Curtin University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. In 2006 she went to the United Kingdom (UK) and worked for 5 years in a variety of paediatric roles including both the public health service as well as private practice. She has experience with specialist seating, equipment prevision, home modifications, child development, sensory processing and worked with children of various ages with a variety of diagnoses. Whilst in the UK, she completed a number of masters units in Ayre’s Sensory Integration through the Sensory Integration Network. Upon her return Australia in 2011, she commenced work at Melville Occupational Therapy as well as other part time roles at both Therapy Focus and Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital (PMH) in the early intervention teams. She also worked in the Acquired Brain Injury and Spinal teams at PMH. Her specialty and areas of interest are early intervention (0-5 years) and Sensory Processing.

Emma Forbes

Emma grew up in the picturesque south west town of Margaret River where she still calls home today. She moved to Perth 10 years ago where she has worked in the sale and marketing industry before taking time off to become a mother to her son.  Emma started at Melville Occupational Therapy in 2017 as part of the front office team. In her spare time she enjoys Yoga, gardening and spending time with her family.