Together OT was established in 2021, beginning with a single Occupational Therapist, Christy. Our growth was driven by the increasing demand for our services in the Canberra and Queanbeyan areas. Our team now includes allied health assistants, occupational therapists, and administrative staff. Initially, we operated as a mobile service, but we soon established a small clinic in Queanbeyan and later expanded to Deakin in late 2022. Our approach is innovative, with a strong emphasis on play and connection as the foundation for therapy, which is reflected in our name, Together OT.
These values guide our decisions, actions and interactions, and are the foundation of our commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.
We genuinely care about the well-being of every child, their families and members of our team. We approach our work with empathy, understanding and kindness, creating a safe and supportive environment for children, their families and our team.
We recognise that every child, family and member of our team is unique, with their own strengths, challenges and goals. We tailor our interventions to meet the specific needs of each child, respecting their individuality and promoting their personal growth and development.
We believe in the power of teamwork and collaboration. We work closely with our team members, families, educators and healthcare professionals to ensure a coordinated and holistic approach to therapy, fostering open communication and shared decision-making.
We take a holistic view of child development, understanding the interconnectedness of physical, cognitive, sensory and emotional aspects. We address the whole child, considering their environment and context, to support their overall well-being and promote optimal functioning.
We are committed to delivering the highest quality of care and achieving excellence in all aspects of our services. We continuously seek professional growth, stay updated with the latest research and best practices, and strive for continuous improvement to provide optimal outcomes for our clients.
We recognise that Occupational Therapists require a high degree of adaptability to do our best work for clients, each with unique needs, abilities, and goals. This adaptability allows us to modify treatment plans, utilise different therapeutic techniques, and adjust our approach based on the individual's progress and needs each session, ensuring the most effective and beneficial outcomes.
We treat all individuals with respect, dignity and integrity. We uphold ethical standards and maintain confidentiality in all interactions. We value diversity and embrace inclusivity, creating an environment where everyone feels valued and accepted.
What makes Together OT unique?
At Together OT, our mission is to empower children and their families with the skills and abilities they need to thrive in their daily lives. We are a dedicated allied health practice committed to providing comprehensive and individualised therapeutic services. Our goal is to foster each child’s potential, promote their independence, and enhance their overall well-being.
We are a vibrant and forward-thinking paediatric clinic, committed to providing exceptional care through a play-based bottom-up developmental approach. Our team is a mix of dedicated occupational therapists, allied health assistants and administration staff who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children we serve. Our values are compassion, teamwork, holism, development, adaptability, individualised and respect.
Our therapy approach is based on the Canadian Occupational Therapy Inter-relational Practice Process framework. This framework emphasizes the collaborative and individualized approach to working with each client and their families based on their goals, context and needs. The process highlights that each client’s occupational therapy journey is unique and that some clients will require a quick time limited intervention while others will need to be reviewed regularly with the therapy plan and end date adjusted based on their needs.
We implement this framework and play-based approach through our clinic spaces that have been designed to embed sensory integration and play as the foundation of all therapy sessions. All therapy rooms can provide gross motor, fine motor, sensory processing and play approaches that can be adapted to how each child presents on the day. This means you won't see rooms with plain white walls and just a desk in the therapy rooms.
Since opening our doors, Together OT Allied Health Services has developed and grown, mostly because of our exceptional team. We’re proud of our staff’s skill and contribution for clients and the team.
Occupational Therapist and Director
Christy is an occupational therapist with over 14 years experience covering rehabilitation, community and paediatrics. Working together with the client and their key people is at the heart of her approach to therapy.
All therapy activities are based on the client's interest and chosen goals. Play and learning through fun is the basis of every session. Christy provides up to date assessments and therapy in line with practice evidence.
- Bachelor of Health Science (Occupational Therapy)
- AHPRA registration number: OCC0001726657
- WVPP and WWCC cards
- A current National Police Check
Karly is a highly experienced OT who most recently was the hand specialist at The Canberra Hospital. She supported many children with a variety of hand related injuries and rehabilitation needs.
Michelle is an experienced OT who has significant experience across a variety of community sectors including supporting children with Autism and neurodiversity, supporting families during pregnancy and birth, and environmental modifications.
Administration Team Leader
Creates amazing workflow systems including online forms and business processes. Designs unique client handouts and business resources. Eddie is a true asset to the growing Together OT team.
Allied Health Assistant
Jordan has background working with children and as of July 2023 has completed his Cert 4 in Allied Health Assistance. Jordan is skilled in working with children, in particular young boys with ODD, ASD and ADHD
Non-Clinical Allied Health Assistant
Will has a background working with children and has been a friendly and supportive addition to the Together OT team. Will's duties include the essential behind the scenes tasks for organising, infection control and making resources.