I was born in Japan and came to Australia in 2001. I graduated from the University of Sydney as a Physiotherapist in 2013, and have since been working in the hospital and community setting, treating medical, orthopaedic, neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiothoracic and palliative clients with a varied range of conditions.
I have a keen interest in geriatrics, and orthopaedics. I also have a special interest in health promotion, which lead me to study Masters of International Public Health and do volunteering work in rural communities of Northern Peru. I strive to inspire and empower people to take control of their lives.
I enjoy visiting my clients and delivering the treatments at their homes. I like to involve the patients and their family and caregiver in the treatment strategies to ensure optimal continued delivery of care. I love working with the multidisciplinary team at Health Journey Partner to gain the best possible outcomes for my patients.
In my spare time, I enjoy doing yoga and Pilates, as well as travelling.
Sally completed her Bachelor degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Sydney in 2014. She has since worked in many different settings such as private practice, sports coverage, aged care facilities and community physiotherapy. Thus, she has worked with people with acute sports injuries, chronic pain problems, repetitive strain injuries, pre-rehabilitation and rehabilitation of orthopaedic surgeries, jaw problems, general and pre/post-natal women’s health condition.
She is also trained in pilates, Mulligan technique, dry needling and kinesio taping. She loves working in a community setting; she strives to keep the elderly independent and improve their quality of life at home.
Outside of work, she loves trying new things and doing different sports such as swimming, volleyball, pilates, cycling, etc.
Shaun graduated from Sydney University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Physiotherapy. Since then, he has worked across various fields of physiotherapy ranging from private practice, community & aged care and post operative rehab. Shaun believes in patient centered care, whereby the patient's health and wellbeing is always prioritised. Shaun enjoys treating lower back and cervicogenic headaches.
As a competitive swimmer for over 10 years, Shaun is no stranger to repetitive stress injuries. In fact, a visit to a Physio for a shoulder injury was what encouraged him to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. Shaun finds satisfaction in helping others get better and helping them return to work, sport and activities of daily living pain free.
On the weekends, Shaun enjoys blasting through the bush on his mountain bike! When he is not on his bike, he spends time with his wife and two young daughters.
Senior Occupational Therapist
Katrina is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience. She has worked across various settings such as mental health, intellectual disabilities, rehabilitation, workplace assessments, compulsory third party insurance, group homes and NDIS.
Katrina enjoys the opportunities to solve problems and help people as an Occupational Therapist. What she finds most satisfying are the little things that make a significant impact on people’s lives and consequently the smile that it brings to them.
The most important things that she wants her patients to remember about her are her fun therapy sessions, that she is a great listener, her passion in prioritizing what is important for them and making a difference in their lives.
In her free time, Katrina enjoys ocean swimming, having accomplished an 8km swim from Dee Why to Manly!
Senior Occupational Therapist
Kirstin grew up in a country area of NSW before moving to Sydney for her Occupational Therapy study. Graduating in 2004, Kirstin has had the opportunity to work in a diverse range of settings and workplaces covering acute care and neurological rehabilitation (predominantly seeing patients following spinal cord injuries, stroke, and traumatic brain injuries), paediatrics and some orthopaedics, as well as dabbling in other areas where there has been the need such as hand therapy and burns. More than half of her career has been spent working in Nepal in both the hospital and community settings as an Occupational Therapist, training local workers and supporting the development of Occupational Therapy services in Nepal.
Kirstin loves being part of people’s journey in life and walking alongside them, discovering what is important to them, and using her Occupational Therapy skills to help achieve their goals. She loves the practical side of OT and the challenge of problem solving to find solutions.
Outside of work Kirstin loves spending time with her family (having become a mum in mid-covid times), time in the outdoors and having people over to share a meal or chatting by a fire in winter.
Stelliphy completed her Master degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney in 2020. She has worked across various settings, including community and outpatient rehabilitation, as well as workplace assessments.
As an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, she has a strong passion for helping people with physical needs to maintain independence and achieve their potential in the community. She is confident in conducting comprehensive assessments, design and implement person-centred treatments. These include but are not limited to falls prevention education, equipment prescription and home modifications.
With an academic background in Psychology and previous research experience with cancer patients, Stelliphy is confident in building rapport with people from various cultural backgrounds. She is ambitious in promoting psychological well-being and quality of life, along with functional improvement.
Stelliphy enjoys cycling and jogging outside of work, having accomplished half marathons in Oxford and Hong Kong.
Having lived in rural locations for most of her life, Rachael is passionate about providing Occupational Therapy to people who have difficulty accessing services in their community, or who live in country areas.
Rachael completed a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) degree in 2013 and has worked with a variety of clients with complex health conditions living in low socioeconomic areas. Rachael is passionate about working with clients to assist them in achieving their therapy goals.
Prior to commencing work with Health Journey Partner facilitating telehealth, Rachael worked as a senior occupational therapist in the community. Here she gained experience working with people in a number of areas using a reablement approach; hospital discharge support, palliative care, progressive illnesses (Motor Neurone Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s) and cognitive impairment. Over the past year, Rachael has completed professional development within the area of mental health. She hopes to work more with people living with depression, anxiety and chronic pain to increase their quality of life.
Rachael is passionate about providing best practice; she received a best care award from Silver Chain (a nationwide not for profit organisation) in 2020 and currently helps to facilitate bimonthly meetings for an OT interest group in Perth.
When not at work, Rachael enjoys spending time with her 3 children and husband. She enjoys gardening and catching up with friends and family.
Aki completed her Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2008. Over the years, she has gained extensive clinical experience, both overseas and in Australia, in the community including aged care, individuals with physical disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, intellectual disabilities and other developmental delays.
Aki has a strong interest in enhancing her clients’ life skills and community living skills through the use of holistic, creative, practical and evidence-based treatment modalities. She appreciates the rapport that she builds with her clients and their families which makes her life as an occupational therapist fruitful and rewarding.
In her spare time, Aki enjoys gardening, hiking and reading books.
Edward completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Sydney in 2019. Since then, he has had the opportunity to work in the hospital setting providing rehabilitation services to inpatients and outpatients.
Edward is experienced in working with geriatric populations and believes that exercise is beneficial for people of all ages. He believes in empowering people to take control of their own health through goal setting with positive reinforcement.
Edward is passionate about resistance training and utilises well-structured exercise programs to help people reach their health goals and be the best versions of themselves.
Outside of work, Edward enjoys training in the gym and playing team sports, including basketball and volleyball.
Milena Katz is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist with over 18 years of experience in clinical nutrition and dietary therapy. She consults to aged care facilities and NDIS Clients to provide nutrition care, educate staff and work with chefs to innovate menus.
Milena understands the stress that modern families have trying to navigate today’s food environment. She is particularly passionate about the nutrition status of older adults and those with disabilities, identifying the latest evidence in nutrition research and applying it to every day eating. She has an interest in women’s health, food and evolution, complementary medicine and how the microbiome influences health as well as anti-ageing.
Milena provides practical diet advice that is scientifically tailored to the individual. She is experienced with both adults and children’s health and has been involved with media as a nutrition expert.
Make an appointment with Milena for: Aged Care Nutrition, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, Cooking Techniques, Heart health, Gastrointestinal Health, Weight management, Auto-immune and Inflammatory Conditions.
Lisa Forbes has been practicing for 15 years, and focuses purely on helping adults improve their swallowing and communication skills. She provides home visits, as well as attends Residential Aged Care Facilities, and covers most areas within Sydney.
Lisa is very keen to work with the Allied Health Team for better outcomes for the participants. She studied at University of Newcastle, and commenced working with adults due to her passion to help this caseload. Her experience has been within several public and public hospitals, aged care facilities, group homes, and the community.
Lisa has also been on the Allied Health Network board within CESPHN, as well as Speech Pathology Australia’s NSW/ACT Private Practice Network Leader to help at a higher level.
Lorna is a qualified Speech Pathologist with a special interest in adult rehabilitation, providing therapy for adults post stroke, neurodegenerative diseases and dementia to name a few.
She has experience working in hospitals, aged care facilities and clients' homes to assist participants with swallowing difficulties, language, speech and voice impairment as well as voice deficits. In particular, she has a passion for assisting others to communicate to their friends and family by incorporating alternative communication using both low and hi tech methods.
Lorna works from a holistic framework ensuring client and family goals are the primary focus in enabling everyday life participation.
In her spare time, Lorna enjoys doing yoga and Pilates, and training in the gym.
Katrina is a qualified Psychologist, with over 18 years experience in the field. Her interest in Psychology developed as a teenager, where she worked with autistic children, teaching them sport at a local shelter. This led her to a BA of Physical Education and Health, where she gained international experience teaching children both locally and overseas. But her desire to help people was too strong, so she furthered her formal studies, and launched her career as a Psychologist.
Throughout her years as a psychologist, Katrina has worked extensively with children, teenagers and adults. Her experiences include working within Corrective Services as well as private practice, where she works with people from all backgrounds and situations. She is a strong advocate for continuity of care, and effective psychologist-client communication skills. Her approach is to provide a safe, non-judgmental, nurturing space for exploring and understanding the impacts of experiences such as anxiety, trauma, grief, PTSD, illness, life transitions or a search for a meaning.
Katrina’s love of people, and the challenge of relating to all personality types, drives her towards continuous learning, always keen to stay up to date with the latest information via frequent seminars and other formal and informal learning paths. Her overall goal is to see her clients leave feeling satisfied and with a smile.
As a mother of 3 young children, and an international Ice-Skating competitor, Katrina’s no stranger to the challenge’s life can present. Her home is also open for the many animals she rescues and rehomes each year, there’s never a dull moment in the Smith household.
Katrina can help you with anxiety, depression, coping skills, behavioural issues, career guidance, life coaching, relationships, stress and more.
Vivian has been a registered Psychologist since 2012 and has a background in working with trauma survivors, military personnel, the general public (adolescent and adult clients), including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
She believes in a client-centred therapeutic approach, which acknowledges the client as the expert in their own lives. Vivian utilises a variety of interventions, including: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based therapies, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Narrative therapy. She sees her role as a Psychologist to walk alongside clients on the journey to discovering themselves, and using a variety of interventions that best suit the client to achieve their individual goals!
Vivian provides interventions for a range of psychological issues, including: anxiety, depression and other mood-related conditions, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Adjustment Disorder, relationship issues, self-esteem and perfectionism, trauma including sexual assault, domestic and family violence, and adult survivors of child abuse, grief and loss counselling and performance psychology.
In her downtime, Vivian enjoys singing, fiction writing, and self-care with her cats and dogs!
I provide counselling and coaching using a combination of evidence-based methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and mindfulness in a person-centred and trauma-informed approach.
I have extensive experience working with clients from a variety of different age groups and backgrounds, assisting them in managing their anxiety, depression, stress, phobias and obsessive-compulsive traits.
I also work with individuals on goals such as improving their self-esteem, establishing meaningful relationships and understanding why they respond in a certain way when dealing with situations. If those responses are maladaptive, I help them create more positive responses with the goal of achieving a more fulfilling and connected life.
My hobbies include basketball specifically losing in one-on-one against my partner, martial arts and playing the piano. I also enjoy playing PUBG Mobile with my son, it’s an online game. I really miss salsa dancing and karaoke singing. I enjoy food, in all its assortment.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you work towards achieving your goals.