Coastwide Therapy Services
 
 
Phone: 4388 1110
 
   
 



  OUR TEAM

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Rebecca Penfold

Rebecca is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and has had extensive experience in providing Occupational Therapy to children, adolescents and adults. She is proud and excited to be opening an innovative, goal directed, person centred clinic here on the Central Coast. Rebecca was born and bred on the Central Coast and resides here with her husband and two children. She has spent 15 years working for DoCS and Ageing Disability and Homecare where she has worked with clients with varying levels of physical and intellectual disabilities, Autism, mental health, drug and alcohol addiction and behavioural problems across the lifespan.

Her role as an Occupational Therapist involved prescription of equipment, home modifications, fine and gross motor assessment and interventions, sensory assessment and interventions, living skills assessment and programing, manual handling and vehicle modifications.

She has been the lead therapist in the development of new purpose built group homes on the Central Coast for those clients with complex intellectual and physical disabilities. She is an accredited trainer in Person Centred Approaches and has over recent years been a conjoint lecturer at Newcastle University.

She has worked across the lifespan from early intervention through to palliative care clients and is committed to working with clients through all stages of their life as part of this practice. Rebecca became the Senior Occupational Therapist at ADHC three years ago where she became responsible for supervising 8 Occupational Therapists, coordinating training, reviewing service delivery models and heading up numerous projects. Through Rebecca' s long career in disability services she has worked collaboratively with Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Behaviour Intervention Clinicians and Case Managers to provide a coordinated family and person centered model of service delivery.

Rebecca is passionate about her role as an Occupational Therapist and working with clients and their families within in a holistic, goal directed service delivery framework where people feel empowered to identify their dreams (life goals) and become more independent in their daily lives. Coastwide Therapy Services is committed to encouraging and supporting all people regardless of their disabilities to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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Katrina Chad

Katrina Chad is a physiotherapist who has been working in the field of paediatrics for almost 20 years. She is registered with the NSW Registration board, and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. Her career in children's physiotherapy commenced in 1991 at Sydney Children's Hospital. A year spent in the UK saw Katrina work at The London Hospital, and in the community in London's East End. She returned to Australia in 1992, and returned to Sydney Children's Hospital, setting up the new hydrotherapy programme, and ultimately working in a senior position there. From there she took up a senior role in the Brain Injury Unit at Tamworth Base Hospital in 1995.

The year 1996 saw a return to paediatric therapy, with Katrina taking up a position at the John Hunter Children's Hospital, treating a wide variety of conditions in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. She became the physiotherapist in charge there, a position she held until she re-located to the Central Coast in 1999.

A combined role at Central Coast Area Health Service, and in the DOCS disability team, (particularly at Glenvale School for Special purposes), saw Katrina further broaden her experience and knowledge of physiotherapy provision in the community setting.

The years 2000-2004 saw the arrival of Katrina's 3 beautiful children, and Katrina working part-time at Gosford District Hospital. In those years her knowledge of children's' development was further enhanced through observing her own children! In 2007 Katrina returned to children's physiotherapy, working in the Community Health Centre at Long Jetty Hospital.

Katrina's years in the field have provided her with a rich depth of knowledge and experience. She has worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams, and in the home and school settings. Katrina has skills in a wide variety of conditions and disabilities, and is looking forward to her new venture as part of Coastwide Therapy Services!

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Sue Watson

Sue has 13 years experience working with children and adolescents in Australia and the UK. Sue has worked for the NHS and Northcott Disabililty Services where she worked with clients with varying disabilities and diagnoses; physical, intellectual, ASD, DCD and LD.

Sue has a wealth of experience prescribing equipment, teaching active manual wheelchair skills, fine and gross motor assessments and treatment, sensory assessments and programmes, manual handling assessments and programmes, home and school building modification assessments and reports, living skills assessments and programmes. Sue ran a DCD clinic and helped run a school readiness programme.

She has worked across the lifespan and is committed to providing a holistic, evidence based service to all her clients. Sue is passionate about family centred practice and enjoys working with her clients to help them meet their potential in a goal directed way.




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Venessa Hewitt - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Vanessa has worked in the disability sector for six years. Commencing as a community support worker, supporting adults with a disability to access their community as well as providing in home and centre based respite for families. Vanessa graduated from the University of Newcastle with a bachelor of Occupational Therapy and is a current member of Occupational Therapy Australia and Hunter Occupational Therapy Paediatric Interest Group.

Upon graduation, Vanessa commenced employment with Aging, Disability and Home Care based at Maitland. She has had the privilege of working with individuals across the lifespan from early intervention to ageing and palliative care clients all with varying levels of physical and intellectual disabilities living in both urban and rural communities.

During this time, Vanessa has developed extensive skills in equipment prescription, home and vehicle modifications, pressure care, manual handling, sensory assessment and recommendations, fine motor assessment and programming and daily living skills assessment.

During her career Vanessa has completed further training in seating and positioning, pressure ulcer prevention and treatment, person centred thinking, home modifications, sensory processing and technology. Vanessa is passionate about seeing people with disabilities as integral members of their community and working with unique individuals and their family to support their journey across the lifespan.

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Breanna Luppino

Breanna Luppino is a registered Occupational Therapist who studied and graduated from The University of Sydney. Breanna lives on the Central Coast and has always wanted to pursue a career in her local community where she believes she can support and encourage her clients to reach their full potential in therapy.

Breanna has a strong passion for working with children and adolescents and believes that supporting clients and their families to achieve their goals in a creative and realistic way leads to best outcomes.Breanna followed this passion in her undergraduate career completing professional placements in isolated rural indigenous communities. As part of her role in working with remote communities she coordinated and ran the ALERT program and also presented information to teachers re: sensory processing and visual perceptual skill development.

She is experienced in providing sensory, visual, fine and gross motor assessment and intervention as well as prescribing equipment and conducting minor home modifications.

Breanna has experience providing intervention to clients across the lifespan with a variety of diagnosis including Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and other learning difficulties. Breanna believes that providing a holistic, practical and client centred approach is essential when working with clients regardless of their disability. She has had experience working independently and in conjunction with other health professionals in a variety of settings. These include speech pathologists, Nursing staff, Physiotherapists, Equipment prescription companies, Doctors and teachers.

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Carrie Withers

Carrie Withers has been an OT for 21 years graduating from University of Queensland in 1994. She has worked with clients of all ages in a variety of settings in Australia and UK including families who have children/ adults with complex medical needs along with multiple disabilities. She has worked with clients across the lifespan in both school and hospital settings and has worked with a range of health professionals using both a multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary models-  including Speech Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, behaviour intervention clinicians just to name a few. 

She has worked in management and in the education of occupational therapists in the UK running the OT program for a University. Here in Australia she has managed a range of staff and overseen many complex cases having a unique understanding of disability systems, structure and policies. She brings with her extensive experience in understanding the “big picture” and how best to support individuals through the process of finding the support that suits them  best.


She is passionate about assisting others to live their lives to the fullest and reach their potential no matter what their age or disability. She has 3 children of her own and appreciates how challenging managing a hectic family life and work can be! Carrie works across our clinics through the week and some Saturdays offering services to children, families and older people.


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Jake Du Chateau - OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Jake Du Chateau is a registered Occupational Therapist who studied and graduated from The University of Newcastle. He lives on the Central Coast and is passionate about providing therapy within his local community. Growing up on the coast he has always been involved in team sports particularly Rugby – which he continues to play today.

This lead him to combine his passion as an OT and his sport to join the “Sense Rugby” team here on the coast. During his final year at Uni Jake assisted running the Sense Rugby program (an OT sports based program that works on sensory regulation, team work, social skills, motor coordination and core strength) – something we continue to support him to do within his role with us at Coastwide Therapy Services.

He has a strong passion for working with children and adolescents and believes that supporting clients and their families to achieve their goals in a fun and engaging way leads to best outcomes. He has experience in providing sensory, visual, fine and gross motor assessment and intervention and works across all 3 of our clinics along with servicing children at school, preschool and in the community. He assists in running our groups including but not limited to – social skills, school readiness and fussy eating.

Jarrad Fisher - KIDS PERSONAL TRAINER

Jarrad Fisher has graduated his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2015 at Australian Catholic University. While studying the benefits of exercise, he refined his skills in assessment and prescription, performance analysis and application of scientific principals to improve health and wellbeing.

He has current Certificate 4 registration, with over 3 years of experience in the health field. He has further specialty qualifications in children and adolescent exercise training. 

Jarrad is now currently studying his second degree in Occupational Therapy, where he aims to work in Paediatrics. Jarrad has a strong passion for enabling others to reach their potential and achieve their goals through a practical, creative and client-centred approach. He has a firm belief in that exercise forms an important part of everybody’s wellbeing. It should be fun, enjoyable and a learning experience centred around play.

He is motivated, dedicated and passionate about running sessions for children that are not only super fun, but provide specific therapeutic benefits for the individual.


Jemima Garvin -  EDUCATIONALIST/ TEACHER

Jemima completed her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Teaching at the Australian Catholic University and after working for 10 years as a Visual Arts teacher, Jemima pursued her original interest in learning difficulties, Autism Studies, and disabilities. She has since completed postgraduate qualifications in special education though Macquarie University, and is continuing with Autism Studies and learning difficulties. Jemima has worked in a variety of school settings including primary special needs, collaborating with a multifaceted therapy teams from which she gained experience working on communication, sensory needs, positive behaviour management, schedules, and learning difficulties.
Jemima has recently completed emotion based social skills training, and is continuing to pursue her interest in multisensory learning. She enjoys the opportunity to create learning situations that are play based and encourage communication and multi-skill development.

Jemima is passionate about building community inclusion and stronger informal networks for families. Her recent roles have been around building individual and community capacity for inclusion, including the Special Needs Nippers programs for both the Avoca Sharks and Toowoon Bay Stingrays. She also works with families to create a better understanding of disability inclusion and support within school settings. Jemima employs person-centred practices and loves to assist individuals to flourish, and families to achieve their goals.





Shayne Penfold - OPERATIONS MANAGER

Shayne is proud of the business he has built with his wife Bec Penfold. Together they are passionate about going over and above to service families across the Central Coast. Prior to commencing the business in 2011 Shayne worked in Sydney for 17 years, firstly a printer before moving into the medical industry.

He worked for KCI – medical; in varying roles including manager of customer services and operations manager. This extensive business experience has been an essential contributor to the success of Coastwide Therapy Services. He is a dedicated dad to their two children- Ben and Sarah; and juggles home life and work life for the Penfold’s.

He is passionate, caring and supportive of not only the families we work with but of each of our team members. He is a respected and valued team member who we simply could not do without.



Karen Hook - ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT

Karen works out of our Woy Woy clinic and is a local mum to her beautiful daughter Anaya. She  brings a wealth of book keeping and reception skills to our team and helps all team members to stay on track.

She is dedicated to supporting our families along with all our therapists across the coast.

She has extensive experience working in a range of local businesses and we genuinely value her skills and her pommy humour in our Coastiwde Therapy family

Margaret Slade - ADMINISTRATION SUPPORT

Mags works out of our Berkeley Vale Clinic and manages our scheduling and waitlists – a job not envied by others. She lives on the coast with her husband and son and has a level of insight that cannot be understated.

She is a mum of a gorgeous little boy Thomas who with his love of facts, special interests and his huge smile; also has ASD. She is caring, compassionate and relates to families with ease as she too, has walked your journey.

She is a great asset to our team and we love having her on board.
© Coastwide Therapy Services 2017