Sharon Cannell Director and Principal Occupational Therapist   Sharon started working in private practice in 1995, which evolved into O.T.WEST in 2001. Sharon works fulltime dividing her time across management and clinical work.  Sharon has over 38 years experience working as an OT in acute hospital, rehabilitation and community settings in both public and private systems. She is committed to empowering and enabling people to achieve their personal goals whilst overcoming the challenges that injury and illness bring.  Sharon commenced working at SJOG Hospital Subiaco in 1995 and over the next 22 years developed the OT service as a private practice, encompassing inpatient acute services, oncology and palliative care, rehabilitation, neurology and neurosurgery, dementia assessment and management and home-visiting services. Sharon continues to provide SJOG Subiaco with home-visiting services.  Currently Sharon provides specialised dementia care, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits and Veteran Affairs services in the community and through our clinic. Sharon is Co-Convenor of the O.T Services in the Home Special Interest Group.   Special Interests : Sharon has a passion for “all things neurological”, specifically Dementia Assessment and Management, cognitive and perceptual assessment and rehabilitation, and working with young adults with Brain Injury. She also loves working in aged care with people at home.   Her favourite things : Swimming, walking, yoga, travelling with her husband, crocheting, embroidery, strong coffee, dark chocolate and her succulents.   Favourite Quote:  “My challenges won’t defeat me rather enrich me.”

Sharon Cannell
Director and Principal Occupational Therapist

Sharon started working in private practice in 1995, which evolved into O.T.WEST in 2001. Sharon works fulltime dividing her time across management and clinical work.

Sharon has over 38 years experience working as an OT in acute hospital, rehabilitation and community settings in both public and private systems. She is committed to empowering and enabling people to achieve their personal goals whilst overcoming the challenges that injury and illness bring.

Sharon commenced working at SJOG Hospital Subiaco in 1995 and over the next 22 years developed the OT service as a private practice, encompassing inpatient acute services, oncology and palliative care, rehabilitation, neurology and neurosurgery, dementia assessment and management and home-visiting services. Sharon continues to provide SJOG Subiaco with home-visiting services.

Currently Sharon provides specialised dementia care, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits and Veteran Affairs services in the community and through our clinic. Sharon is Co-Convenor of the O.T Services in the Home Special Interest Group.

Special Interests: Sharon has a passion for “all things neurological”, specifically Dementia Assessment and Management, cognitive and perceptual assessment and rehabilitation, and working with young adults with Brain Injury. She also loves working in aged care with people at home.

Her favourite things: Swimming, walking, yoga, travelling with her husband, crocheting, embroidery, strong coffee, dark chocolate and her succulents.

Favourite Quote: “My challenges won’t defeat me rather enrich me.”

  Emily Mackaway  Senior Occupational Therapist  Emily has been working with O.T.WEST since 2012. She previously worked for us on a full time basis, however is on  Maternity Leave from December 2018.   Emily has worked as an OT across all stages of the lifespan. She has worked for 2 private paediatric occupational therapy clinics in Perth, providing services in schools and clinics where she gained extensive experience with children who have Autism, developmental delays, cerebral palsy and challenges with sensory processing, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, play skills and visual perceptual challenges. She has also volunteered as an OT in many communities around the world working with children who have developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy and mental health issues. This experience cemented her passion for enabling and empowering children and their families.  With O.T.WEST she has worked at SJOG Subiaco covering all wards and in our home visiting service including Veteran Affairs, Rehabilitation, and Pre/Post Discharge Services. She also set up and runs our Paediatric Services.   Special Interests : working with people of all ages, with her youngest client being 2 and her oldest being 101. Emily especially loves working with Paediatric, Oncology/Palliative Care and Aged Care clients.   Favourite Things:  All forms of Chocolate, travelling with her husband and exploring new places (especially on the back of a motorbike), Beach, Yoga and her dog Sammy.   Favourite Quote: “ Be the change you want to see in the world”- Gandhi

Emily Mackaway
Senior Occupational Therapist

Emily has been working with O.T.WEST since 2012. She previously worked for us on a full time basis, however is on Maternity Leave from December 2018.

Emily has worked as an OT across all stages of the lifespan. She has worked for 2 private paediatric occupational therapy clinics in Perth, providing services in schools and clinics where she gained extensive experience with children who have Autism, developmental delays, cerebral palsy and challenges with sensory processing, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, play skills and visual perceptual challenges. She has also volunteered as an OT in many communities around the world working with children who have developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy and mental health issues. This experience cemented her passion for enabling and empowering children and their families.

With O.T.WEST she has worked at SJOG Subiaco covering all wards and in our home visiting service including Veteran Affairs, Rehabilitation, and Pre/Post Discharge Services. She also set up and runs our Paediatric Services.

Special Interests: working with people of all ages, with her youngest client being 2 and her oldest being 101. Emily especially loves working with Paediatric, Oncology/Palliative Care and Aged Care clients.

Favourite Things: All forms of Chocolate, travelling with her husband and exploring new places (especially on the back of a motorbike), Beach, Yoga and her dog Sammy.

Favourite Quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world”- Gandhi

  Danita "Dani" Ooi  Senior Occupational Therapist  Dani has been working with O.T.WEST since 2010. She currently works with us part-time as she enjoys variety of alternative OT positions.  Dani began her OT career in 2008 at a Nursing Home where she developed skills in seating, pressure care and pain management. She joined O.T.WEST in 2010 and worked in our hospital contract at SJOG Subiaco in orthopedic, geriatric and palliative care.  Currently Dani works in our community home visiting service doing pre/post-discharge home-visits, rehabilitation, seating and equipment prescription, home modifications and home care package assessments.  Through Dani’s other OT roles she has gained  extensive  experience in ergonomics, pain management, soft tissue, seating and wheelchair prescription, equipment prescription, return to work and manual handling training.   Special Interest:  working with adults in seating, pressure care, home modifications, pain management and manual handling services.   Favourite things:  Gizzy her cat, art, crafts, music, travel, family and friends.   Favourite Quote : Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.  AND success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.

Danita "Dani" Ooi
Senior Occupational Therapist

Dani has been working with O.T.WEST since 2010. She currently works with us part-time as she enjoys variety of alternative OT positions.

Dani began her OT career in 2008 at a Nursing Home where she developed skills in seating, pressure care and pain management. She joined O.T.WEST in 2010 and worked in our hospital contract at SJOG Subiaco in orthopedic, geriatric and palliative care.

Currently Dani works in our community home visiting service doing pre/post-discharge home-visits, rehabilitation, seating and equipment prescription, home modifications and home care package assessments.

Through Dani’s other OT roles she has gained extensive experience in ergonomics, pain management, soft tissue, seating and wheelchair prescription, equipment prescription, return to work and manual handling training.

Special Interest: working with adults in seating, pressure care, home modifications, pain management and manual handling services.

Favourite things: Gizzy her cat, art, crafts, music, travel, family and friends.

Favourite Quote: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.

AND success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing.

 
  Kellie Petersen  Senior Occupational Therapist  Kellie has been working with O.T.WEST since 2012. She previously worked full time however since having her son works 2 days a week.  Prior to starting with O.T.WEST, Kellie was a Senior OT with a private hospital in Perth. She worked across all acute and rehabilitation wards including upper limb therapy. She also worked in the home-visiting department- which included equipment prescription and home modifications. It was during this time she realised she has a passion for Community Health Care and specifically aged care.  With O.T.WEST Kellie has continued her passion for community home-visiting. Kellie has further developed her skills in community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages. Kellie is passionate about enabling her clients to stay in their home for as long as possible.   Special Interests:  Upper limb therapy, home modifications and working in aged care.   Favourite Things : spending time with her family, young son and friends, her chihuahua Summer and staffy Reef, the beach and holidays to tropical locations.   Favourite Quote:  “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” - Napoleon Hill.

Kellie Petersen
Senior Occupational Therapist

Kellie has been working with O.T.WEST since 2012. She previously worked full time however since having her son works 2 days a week.

Prior to starting with O.T.WEST, Kellie was a Senior OT with a private hospital in Perth. She worked across all acute and rehabilitation wards including upper limb therapy. She also worked in the home-visiting department- which included equipment prescription and home modifications. It was during this time she realised she has a passion for Community Health Care and specifically aged care.

With O.T.WEST Kellie has continued her passion for community home-visiting. Kellie has further developed her skills in community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages. Kellie is passionate about enabling her clients to stay in their home for as long as possible.

Special Interests: Upper limb therapy, home modifications and working in aged care.

Favourite Things: spending time with her family, young son and friends, her chihuahua Summer and staffy Reef, the beach and holidays to tropical locations.

Favourite Quote: “whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve” - Napoleon Hill.

  Lesa Miller  Office Manager  Lesa has been working part time with O.T.WEST since 2014. She has been our Office manager since July 2017.    Prior to joining O.T.WEST, Lesa worked in the Door Hardware Industry for 23 years. Her background is Bookkeeping, Secretarial, Reception, moving into Sales and Office Administration.  Lesa enjoys a challenge and finding out what makes people tick. She is happy to put her hand to anything. She is super organized, a whiz on Quickbooks, keeps the Office running smoothly and has the biggest heart you will ever meet.  Her  favourite things  include spending time with love ones, baking, sharing a home cooked meal and watching a good movie or Netflix series   Favourite Quote : Be the best version of yourself.

Lesa Miller
Office Manager

Lesa has been working part time with O.T.WEST since 2014. She has been our Office manager since July 2017.

Prior to joining O.T.WEST, Lesa worked in the Door Hardware Industry for 23 years. Her background is Bookkeeping, Secretarial, Reception, moving into Sales and Office Administration.

Lesa enjoys a challenge and finding out what makes people tick. She is happy to put her hand to anything. She is super organized, a whiz on Quickbooks, keeps the Office running smoothly and has the biggest heart you will ever meet.

Her favourite things include spending time with love ones, baking, sharing a home cooked meal and watching a good movie or Netflix series

Favourite Quote: Be the best version of yourself.

  Belinda Turna  Community Occupational Therapist  Belinda has been working full-time with O.T.WEST since 2016.  Prior to commencing with O.T.WEST, Belinda worked in work place rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist in a case-management role.  At O.T.WEST Belinda has developed skills in community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages. Belinda is super organised and loves new challenges.   Special Interest:  Belinda loves working with all populations, however has a  special interest  in aged care, orthopaedic clients and neurological rehabilitation.   Favourite Things:  include coffee, her online shopping addiction, a good trashy tv series, family & friends and her cat.   Favourite Quote:  "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

Belinda Turna
Community Occupational Therapist

Belinda has been working full-time with O.T.WEST since 2016.

Prior to commencing with O.T.WEST, Belinda worked in work place rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist in a case-management role.

At O.T.WEST Belinda has developed skills in community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages. Belinda is super organised and loves new challenges.

Special Interest: Belinda loves working with all populations, however has a special interest in aged care, orthopaedic clients and neurological rehabilitation.

Favourite Things: include coffee, her online shopping addiction, a good trashy tv series, family & friends and her cat.

Favourite Quote: "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade"

 
  Kat Webb  Administration & Accounts Assistant  Kat started working part time with O.T.WEST in 2017.  Prior to starting with O.T.WEST she was a roaming school photographer, where she developed her passion for organisation, systems and administration. Prior to this she worked for 2 years as admin assistant in the construction industry.  Kat is an organisation and systems queen. She is one of the friendly voices on the phone and loves chatting to our clients, their families and colleagues. She likes the variety her O.T.WEST position provides.   Favourite things  are Chocolate, Dogs & movies   Favourite Quote:  Aim for the moon if you miss you'll land among the stars

Kat Webb
Administration & Accounts Assistant

Kat started working part time with O.T.WEST in 2017.

Prior to starting with O.T.WEST she was a roaming school photographer, where she developed her passion for organisation, systems and administration. Prior to this she worked for 2 years as admin assistant in the construction industry.

Kat is an organisation and systems queen. She is one of the friendly voices on the phone and loves chatting to our clients, their families and colleagues. She likes the variety her O.T.WEST position provides.

Favourite things are Chocolate, Dogs & movies

Favourite Quote: Aim for the moon if you miss you'll land among the stars

  Emily Sykes  Community Occupational Therapist  Emily has been working part-time with O.T.WEST since July 2018.  Prior to having her daughter in 2017, Emily worked for a few years at another community occupational therapy practice.  Emily's current role includes providing occupational therapy within the home environment to ensure our clients remain safe and independent. She provides community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages.   Special Interests:  Equipment prescription, functional retraining,falls and home environment assessments and orthopaedics.   Favourite Things:  Emily enjoys spending her down time with her little family and two Labradors.   Favourite Quote : Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful  - Joshua J. Marine

Emily Sykes
Community Occupational Therapist

Emily has been working part-time with O.T.WEST since July 2018.

Prior to having her daughter in 2017, Emily worked for a few years at another community occupational therapy practice.

Emily's current role includes providing occupational therapy within the home environment to ensure our clients remain safe and independent. She provides community based rehabilitation, pre/post discharge home visits, equipment prescription, home modification and community aged care packages.

Special Interests: Equipment prescription, functional retraining,falls and home environment assessments and orthopaedics.

Favourite Things: Emily enjoys spending her down time with her little family and two Labradors.

Favourite Quote: Challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful

- Joshua J. Marine