Speech Pathologist and Director
Caitlin Breheny studied Speech Pathology and Audiology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia. Caitlin moved to Australia after graduating and began her career working in early intervention with the Autism Association of WA. This ignited a passion for empowering families faced with disabilities and supporting each child holistically through family centred practice.
Caitlin has 15 years’ experience working in a variety of different paediatric clinical settings in Australia, Singapore, Indonesia and South Africa. Having lived and worked in rural remote Western Australia for 8 years, Caitlin is familiar with the difficulties and challenges faced by families needing to access health services in these regions. Her determination to provide more options for families in Karratha and surrounds drove her to open up Connect Paediatric Therapy services in 2016 with the aim of bringing evidence based, multidisciplinary services to the Pilbara.
Caitlin has a special interest in Developmental difficulties and has done extensive training in Greenspan’s Developmental Individual Difference Relationship Based therapeutic framework for which she is still studying. She is a Hanen trained therapist in both It Takes Two Too Talk and More than Words as well as a certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.
Caitlin and her husband have 3 boys aged between 3 and 8 years old. When she is not at work she enjoys adventuring with her family on a boat or in a caravan, exploring the beautiful Pilbara.
Emily completed her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Curtin University. Emily joined the Connect team in March, 2017 after falling in love with the beautiful Pilbara landscapes. Emily has experience in Indigenous health and community care, paediatrics and interdisciplinary aged care. Emily has also completed training in DIR Floortime, using this model in her work to identify the functional emotional developmental capacities to provide the foundation for lifelong learning and relating.
Emily is also a facilitator in Circle of Security – Parenting (COS-P). COS-P is an internationally recognised parent child relationship group that enables early childhood educators and carers to look beyond a child's immediate behaviour and think about how to meet their genuine relationship needs.
Emily has a passion for working with local families in the community using a strengths-based and family-centred practice model.
Natalie Dewson is a Physiotherapist who previously lived in Karratha and now returns to the region working with Connect PTS. She graduated from Curtin University of Physiotherapy in 1996 and has worked extensively in paediatrics.
Natalie can provide expert opinion on your child’s physiotherapy needs including second opinions and third party funding sources such as Better Start, NDIS and PITS funding.
Natalie is a registered Circle of Security Parenting Program presenter and has a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Policy and Management, a Certificate of Infant Mental Health and several units of a Masters in Paediatric Physiotherapy.
Natalie enjoys the complex physiotherapy client and working within an allied health team to provide the best outcomes for children and adults.
allied health assistant
Natalie has studied her Bachelor of Education at Edith Cowan University graduating in 2005. Natalie's first placement was at South Hedland Primary where she taught for one year before taking a different career path.
Natalie after having two children decided to return to work in her field of passion being children.
As an Allied Health Assistant she loves building relationships with families and watching individuals grow and achieve their goals.
Natalie Newton holds a certification in the delivery of Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).
Tara has many years’ experience in Practice Management under the Allied Health banner. Along with the understanding about what needs to happen “in the background” to make processes easier for families and clinicians Tara is now a Counsellor with Connect. Tara’s passions lie in Mental Health, child development and family relationships.
Tara holds a certification in Applied Behavioural Analysis with delivery as a Therapy Assistant and Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)certification. As well as her Diploma in Counselling with majors in Childhood Development and Family Relationships.
Tara resides with her family in the Pilbara and has done so now for 12 years on and off. She loves the community lifestyle that the Pilbara provides.
Joni Howell studied Human Communication Science at Curtin University, graduating in 2005. Joni moved to Karratha after graduating and began her career working for Pilbara Population Health with a wide range of clients, including the local indigenous towns.
In 2009 she commenced her own private practice to be able to provide further services for children over 5 years of age that were only able to receive limited services from the public system. A strong belief that all children should have access to the support they require led to this change in career.
Joni has a special interest in Early Language Development, as well as early literacy skills. She is a Qualified Hanen Therapist in It Takes Two To Talk as well as a certified Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator.
Joni and her husband have lived in Karratha for over 12 years and now have 2 girls, aged 4 and 6 years old. She enjoys exploring and camping with her family, as much as she enjoys quiet days at home surrounded by family and friends!
Allyce completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in Townsville in 2009.
She has worked in both a large hospital setting and rural and remote hospital as well as private practice over the last 9 years around having her own family.
Allyce has experience in Indigenous health, paediatrics, home modifications, hand therapy and interdisciplinary team consultation. During her time in a rural remote hospital as a sole practitioner Allyce’s paediatric caseload focused on fine motor and sensory development, handwriting skills and transition into school. Allyce has a passion for holistic family centred therapy and identifying and overcoming barriers to enable children to explore and learn.
Allyce and her husband have two young boys and have embraced the beautiful Pilbara lifestyle keeping themselves busy camping and boating as often as they can.
Claire Bregger is Connect Paediatric Therapy Services financial manager.
Claire looks after all aspects of the business in the background to keep Connect running to ensure continuity of service delivery. Claire is experienced in business management and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the management team.
Claire resides in Karratha with her young family and has been a local for over 8 years now. She loves the community feel of Karratha and that being a community everyone is open to pitching n and helping those in need.
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Chelsea moved to Karratha in August 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours at Curtin University in 2017. She has 5 years experience as an Education Assistant at Butler College, as well as 2 years experience as a support worker.
Chelsea plans to continue her studies to become a clinical psychologist and work in a rural community in Australia. Chelsea has a passion for creating positive change in people’s lives, as well as interests in Indigenous and Cross Cultural Psychology. She feels Connect is a fantastic place to experience working alongside other professional clinicians and use her knowledge and skills to benefit the Connect clients and team.
Chelsea loves the outdoors and her favourite activities include camping, boating and hiking. She has a passion for travelling the world and learning about the history and traditions of different cultures.
Sandy completed her Bachelor degree of Speech Pathology and Audiology in Taiwan. She has 3 years of experience as a speech pathologist in Taiwan, working with both adult and Paediatric clients. She moved to Perth in 2017 to study her Masters degree in Speech Pathology.
Sandy has an array of clinical experiences in hospitals, schools, aged care centres, and community clinics. She is passionate about working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, providing early intervention and supporting families in need.
Whilst completing her master she was fortunate enough to have clinical placements in rural areas / towns of Western Australia which she loved, this inspired her to move back to the country to support rural communities. Her passion to help those in need and with limited access to resources was a catalyst for her move to Karratha.
Sandy is fluent in English, Mandarin and Hokkien. She also enjoys travelling and playing musical instruments.
Amelia completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy Practice at Edith Cowan University in Perth in 2011.
She has worked in the paediatric disability sector for 7 years, within the Perth and surrounding areas, in-between having her children. Amelia has a passion for working with families and children, with a strength based approach to increase their independence and participation in their activities of daily living.
Amelia has experience in sensory processing, equipment prescription, fine motor and social skills development, emotional regulation, and daily activities skills.
Amelia recently moved to the Pilbara with her partner and two young children and is loving exploring the islands, boating, fishing and doing activities with the children in the community.