Brisbane and surrounds
0432 255 453
onestep.twostep@live.com.au

Meet the Team

One Step Two Step is a mobile Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology, Dietetics and Physiotherapy service that offers individual and group therapy for all children aged 3 years and over.

Occupational Therapists


Alyssa Balancio (Senior OT)

Alyssa graduated from The University of Queensland in 2009 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Alyssa has had a great deal of experience working with children, particularly those children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Alyssa is very passionate about her role as an Occupational Therapist and aims to provide a high quality service to assist not only the children she works with but also their families and significant others (e.g. teachers, teacher aides).

Alyssa strongly believes in working with families to assess a child’s needs and provide strategies that are going to work for the child and family. She thoroughly enjoys working with children and making a positive impact to their ongoing development. Alyssa wants to achieve the best outcome for the children and ensures she works with other important people in a child’s life including their family, childcare staff, teachers and other therapists.

Davis Bray

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Emmalyn Platell (Senior OT)

Emmalyn is an Occupational Therapist who graduated from The University of Queensland and has several years experience working with children with ASD, ADD/ADHD and physical and intellectual impairments in a variety of contexts.

Emmalyn is passionate about seeing children succeed in their goals and participate in their environment.  She understands the power of fun and positivity on learning and teaches the important skills required for participation both at school and at home through fun, play-based activities. These important skills include: handwriting and pre-writing skills, self-care skills (such as dressing and tying shoelaces), emotional regulation skills, fine motor skills (such as colouring and cutting) and social skills.

Hannah Wong

Hannah graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Hannah is passionate about working with children with special needs, with a particular interest in those children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Hannah strongly believes in taking a client-based and functional approach to therapy, with the aim to provide children with the life skills to be a functioning member of society by directly addressing the skills that the child needs to engage in their everyday life. These include fine motor skills (handwriting and cutting), self-help skills, play and social skills, toileting and mealtime skills. Hannah is dedicated in providing creative, fun, play-based therapy for children to learn these important life skills.

Hannah believes in developing a close relationship with the client and their families to identify a child’s needs and provide individualised intervention to support the child’s learning and development. Hannah is motivated and determined to achieve the best outcome for the children and their families. 

Jade Vu

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Jessica Chapman

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Jillian Hrstich

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Kyra Wilton-Hawkins

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Laura Masinello

Laura Masinello graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Laura has always enjoyed working with children within school and the community. She believes that as she is able to see them within their everyday environments, she is able to support and help them achieve their goals. Laura always seeks to implement evidence based interventions and attend regular workshops to continue learning about recent developments in her field of practice

Madison Quarmby

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Melinda Close

Melinda graduated from the University of the Sunshine Coast with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). She is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia. With a passion for working with children, Melinda has gained over 5 years of experience working with children in various settings. As an undergraduate she conducted outreach therapy in an underprivileged country; working with both adults, children and their families. She aims to excel in her services and provide children, families and carers with engaging individualised support and interventions.

Melinda meets every client with an inspired and motivated approach to their lifestyle; ensuring personalised and functional sessions, promoting confidence and engagement. She provides support for children to adapt their skills within the home, school and out in the community. Melinda enjoys collaborating closely with caregivers, teachers and other health professionals to ensure that services address all meaningful aspects of life. Communication and rapport, are two vital components that Melinda strives to maintain with children and their family, which she believes are essential for holistic support. She works to explore the child’s strengths and interests to centre each intervention around the individual. Melinda is dedicated to developing positive relationships and providing purposeful services which fit into the lifestyle of the child, their home and their school.

Melinda is a determined and enthusiastic therapist who values helping each individual.

Nicola Carmichael

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Stephanie Harm (Senior OT)

Stephanie Harm graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She enjoys working with children and their families in a variety of settings with a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Learning Difficulties. She strongly believes in a client -centred approach whilst undertaking thorough assessments to determine and provide individualised intervention plans that cover a range of developmental and academic skills.

Stephanie aims to deliver high quality and evidenced based interventions in the areas of gross and fine motor skills, executive functioning, sensory processing, activities of daily living and social skills. Through collaborative consultation with the client, family and all significant others, Stephanie has been able to work to achieve the best possible outcomes and goals for her clients.

Speech Pathologists

Ashli O’Halloran (Senior Speech Pathologist)

Ashli graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Before graduating university, Ashli worked as a Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) therapist, specifically working with children who presented with non-verbal autism, focusing highly on functional communication, social communication, play and decreasing challenging behaviours.
Ashli is passionate about  working with children, ensuring therapy is fun and engaging at all times. Ashli is a motivated individual that firmly believes in creating meaningful relationships with both the client and their families. Ashli believes that every individual should be provided with skills and strategies that allow them to communicate in their everyday lives.
Ashli enjoys attending professional development to ensure she is delivering evidence-based practise and the best quality of services within homes, kindergartens and schools.

Bethanie Ong

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Brittany Anderson 
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Claire Mayers (Senior Speech Pathologist)

Claire graduated from The University of Queensland in 2010 with a Masters of Speech Pathology Studies. Claire has had extensive experience working with children with special needs aged from 0-18. Claire is an extremely motivated and enthusiastic speech pathologist who aims to provide the highest quality service incorporating evidence based practice, her own clinical experience and a clients individual needs. Claire believes in engaging in family centred practice and always involves parents and carers in goal-setting and therapy planning.

Claire has extensive experience with paediatric feeding, early language, speech and articulation disorders, stuttering, school aged language and children with special needs. Claire constantly participates in professional development and enjoys providing the highest quality service to clients and their families. She enjoys getting to know families and working together with them to ensure their children have the best therapy experience and outcomes. Claire is always happy to involve and work collaboratively with teachers, family, schools, daycare, and believes this is important in meeting a clients goals.

Jade Monks

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Jessica Tognetto

Jessica graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She has worked with children with special needs such as ASD, ADHD and ID. Jessica enjoys working closely with clients and their families in planning goals and providing intervention strategies to help achieve their potential. Jessica is experienced with language, speech, literacy, and voice intervention,  and applies evidence based intervention in her practice to achieve the best outcome for clients.

Krista Woolsten

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Psychologists

Cody Morris

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Donna Bovey

Donna is a fully registered Psychologist (Educational and Developmental) and member of the Australian Psychological Society.  She is also a registered teacher and prior to becoming a psychologist, worked as a classroom and Special Education teacher.  Donna is passionate about working with children and their families to identify and address difficulties experienced in the areas of social, emotional, cognitive and behavioural development.  Donna is trained in Circle of Security and 123 Magic parenting programs as well as Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) for adolescents with autism.  Donna uses evidence based psychological practices to deliver psychotherapy, behavioural interventions, parenting skill building, school readiness interventions, social psychological/developmental and learning assessments.

Jenny Xu

Jenny completed a Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) at the Queensland University of Technology. Jenny is trained in Circle of Security, 123 Magic Parenting Program, Resourceful Adolescent Program (RAP) and You Can Do It! Educational Program. Jenny works with children, adolescents and their classroom teachers and families to deliver therapy focussing on addressing emotional, social, behavioural and learning difficulties; parenting support; and anxiety, depression and anger  management. She also has a keen interest in supporting children from traumatic backgrounds.

Jenny provides a range of support services, including developmental and learning assessments, counselling and evidence based interventions. Her key areas of interest are early parenting and child-parent attachment. Jenny has also researched the importance of prevention and intervention of school bullying and is committed to providing individualised support to children and their families. Jenny speaks native Mandarin/Chinese. She is available on Monday and Tuesday.

Roxanne Wells-Peris

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Susan Kohlsdorf

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Physiotherapists

Sarah Gower

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Stephanie Gallon

Stephanie graduated from James Cook University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy. She has worked in the area of childhood development for several years now, working with kids and families in their homes, community and also school environment. She is passionate about enabling children and families to fit into the community around them and working with them to meet their own specific goals that they have in the area of gross motor development.

Stephanie believes that when working with kids, having fun is one of the top priorities. She always uses superior evidenced based interventions for her treatment approaches, but always put a fun, games based twist to them to keep kids engaged and enjoying their physiotherapy.

Dietitian

Chloe Allendorf

Chloe graduated from Gold Coast Griffith University with a Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a member of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia. Before graduating, Chloe underwent a 6-week clinical placement with the Queensland Children’s Hospital and worked in a variety of Child Development Services throughout Brisbane and surrounding areas. This placement specifically worked with children across a range of areas including autistic children, fussy eating, failure to thrive, eating disorders and tube feeding. Chloe has covered many areas with autistic children and their families. Some of these include food refusal, selectivity by type and texture, liquid dependence, limited food intake, oral motor difficulties and the steps to eating which can be used to help children overcome the fear of trailing new foods,

Chloe is passionate about working with children and their families to make meal times less stressful for everyone. She loves working with parents and careers to improve the variety in children’s diets, ensure they are receiving adequate vitamins and minerals for their growth as well as good dietary behaviours and overall intake. Chloe uses evidence based dietetic practise to deliver and engage parent’s with creating specific goals and strategies in their therapy planning to achieve the best outcome for clients. Please contact the clinic if you’d like a Dietitian to help out with your child and their eating difficulties as Chloe would love to come out and see you!

Therapy Aides

Deborah Cosier

Emma Lister

Kelsey Trennery

Lauren Keane

Louisa Clarke

Maddi Moran

Sidney Townsend

Sophie Dowse