Occupational Therapists Sydney
Servicing Sydney’s Hill’s District, Northern Beaches, North Shore And Surrounds.
Verve OT therapists are AHPRA registered and have extensive experience in aged care, disability, workers compensation and CTP settings. Verve OT therapists will see you in the home, community or workplace to assist you to achieve your goals in a setting most relevant to your needs. Our therapists are experienced across a diverse range of service offerings including AT and equipment prescription, minor and major home modifications, ADL and functional assessments.
Verve OT is a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme for Occupational Therapy services under the Therapeutic Supports registration group.
Meet Our Occupational Therapists
Sarah Collison – Principal OT
Our Principal OT, Sarah Collison, holds a special interest in home modifications, SIL and SDA. She has significant experience in the preparation of reports to a medico-legal standard, including goals, recommendations and outcomes relevant to equipment, modifications, therapy and housing. Sarah is a member of OT Australia and is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist. She is FIM accredited and has undertaken further training in the provision of Occupational Therapy assessment for complex home modifications. She is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly engages in training, courses and conferences, to ensure adherence to current best practice.
Sarah has worked as an Occupational Therapist for over 16 years in a broad range of clinical settings including rehabilitation, injury management, health, medico-legal and disability. Having worked as an Occupational Therapist and Case Manager providing OT assessments and intervention for people with complex needs following illness, injury or disability, Sarah has extensive experience in the provision of non-standardised and standardised assessment tools including but not limited to FIM, ABAS-III, Lawton’s, WHODAS 2.0 and CAN’s.
In her personal life, Sarah is a busy mum of three juggling class parenting with school drop offs and pickups. Sarah is also an avid netballer enjoying time on the court with her team the Bella’s!
Jenny Spiers – Occupational Therapist
Jenny is an experienced Occupational Therapist who has worked within multidisciplinary teams in acute and rehabilitation hospital settings and is now enjoying working in the community with people in their own homes. With over 25 years OT experience, Jenny has worked with adults of a variety of ages and with wide ranging medical conditions/disabilities. She also has specialised qualifications as a driver trained Occupational Therapist.
Jenny is loving being part of the Verve OT team with our focus on the individual person and providing excellent customer service. Her interests are in supporting people to manage everyday functional activities using alternative techniques or assistive equipment. She is inspired by the people she meets each day who overcome difficulties to live meaningful lives, as well as their families, friends and carers who provide care and support to enable people to live with dignity and to live the best life they can.
Outside of Verve, Jenny enjoys spending time with her family and is preparing for the weddings of both her children in 2020.
Bernadette Walsh – Occupational Therapist
Bernadette is a skilled and passionate occupational therapist with over 20 years’ experience in adult disability and multi-trauma rehabilitation. She has extensive experience in working with individuals, families and support teams to facilitate participation and enable independence. Bernadette has broad experience in several third-party funding schemes as both an OT and case manager, as well as sought-after skills in the medico-legal arena. As a driver-trained occupational therapist, Bernadette has taught in tertiary post-graduate education, and has many years of clinical driver assessment experience.
Bernadette is able to apply her insight and compassion to high-quality clinical assessments and interventions. She has a keen interest in SIL and SDA assessments, as well as functional assessments, assistive technology prescription and ADL retraining.
When she is not working, Bernadette loves being physically active at the gym and outdoors. She regularly volunteers at her children’s sport clubs, and she seeks any opportunity she can find to travel with her family.
Candice Fisher – Occupational Therapist
Candice has worked as an occupational therapist for over a decade. Candice obtained her Occupational Therapy degree in South Africa. Candice is passionate about working with people to unlock their maximum potential and has always enjoyed working in areas of disability and rehabilitation. Candice has experience in a variety of clinical settings including provision of occupational therapy services for both children and adult populations. Since moving to Sydney Candice has worked at both Children’s Hospitals in cerebral palsy, brain injury, orthopaedics, neurology and rehabilitation caseloads. She has also worked in state hospitals with adults so has a broad understanding of the NSW health system and the impact of a variety of medical conditions on an individual’s function.
Candice is enjoying the community element that Verve OT is able to offer their clients. Above providing therapy services in the home, she enjoys assisting people to engage in everyday meaningful activities and develop life skills so that they may be able to live a more independent life. Candice is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist. She is FIM accredited and has undertaken further training in the assessment and provision of assistive technology and upper limb management. She is committed to ongoing professional development and regularly engages in training, courses and conferences, to ensure adherence to current best practice.
When she’s not working Candice can often be found chasing after her son in the park. She enjoys cooking, exploring different cuisines and traveling with her family.
Jo Lee – Occupational Therapist
Jo obtained her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2001.
She has over 20 years’ clinical experience providing assessment, complex case management and occupational therapy intervention within hospital and community settings. Jo is an accredited icare Case Manager and has extensive experience working within various insurance schemes (including iCare, Workers Care, CTP, Workers Compensation and Income Protection). Her clinical experience includes acquired brain injury, degenerative neurological conditions, chronic pain, complex orthopaedic injuries, amputees, reconditioning and occupational rehabilitation. Jo was a FIM Facility Trainer and is a highly competent assessor and clinician in the areas of ADL, psychosocial barriers to rehabilitation, functional capacity, ergonomics, minor home modification, and equipment prescription.
Jo is passionate about assisting clients to optimise their participation and independence with daily activities. When not Jo is not working, she enjoys spending time with her children, baking, jigsaw puzzles and tackling endless renovation projects.
Sue Jones – Allied Health Assistant and Administrator
Sue comes to Verve OT with a wealth of experience both in Australia and the United Kingdom as an Occupational Therapist. Having graduated in 2003, Sue began working as a Return to Work Consultant in the area of workers compensation. She then joined a hospital setting working with a split caseload between both inpatients (namely palliative care) and outpatients (particularly focusing on rehabilitation for clients with neurological conditions). The desire to live in another country sent Sue to England, where she then spent three years working in elderly care inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. As a Senior OT, she often had supervisory management roles and set up training programs/protocols. Within her career, Sue has carried out therapy programs in different clinical settings, prescribed equipment and worked with families to holistically care for their loved ones.
Sue and her husband returned to Australia and took on another fulfilling role – raising three children and recently introducing a furbaby to the family! Sue likes to spend her time volunteering at her church and the children’s school, and her hobbies include traveling and hiking. Sue now brings her Occupational Therapy skills to Verve OT by assisting our therapists to identify equipment solutions and develop therapy resources in her capacity as an allied health assistant.