Vicki Abraham (Managing Director / OT)
Vicki Abraham saw a huge need for additional community based OT sessions back in 1999 in order to provide OT services to people out in the community without them having to wait at least 6 months for this service. With this in mind she began treating people within their own environments, ensuring that they did not have a lengthy wait. As this need increased over time so did the type and level of service being provided. Vicki decided that it was time to stop being a sole practitioner and opened a practice of community OTs in order to provide the services required in the wider community.
Vicki has been awarded the 2013 George Alexander Foundation Fellowship under the guidance of the International Specialised Skills Institute. This will allow Vicki to further her knowledge in CI Therapy and other upper limb rehab therapies in order to be able to provide such therapies in the new AOTS clinic.
Nikki Beitner (Admin)
Nikki has joined AOTS to provide admin support to our team and our clients. Having worked in administration for most of her career, she brings with her expertise in operations management and IT solutions. Her bubbly personality will shine through when she welcomes you into our clinic or when you call the office.
Nikki also brings with her our new office mascot – Bruno. Bruno is very friendly and loves to play. If he is too excitable for you just let any staff member know and we will happily give him cuddles until he calms down.
Shannon has joined our team to provide administration support. Shannon has a background in nursing which includes hospital ward and administration experience. Shannon’s personal experience with NDIS makes her perfect for the role of supporting our team with all NDIS matters. You will get to talk to Shannon if you call or visit the clinic.
Nick Snowden (OT)
Nick has joined our team with a passion for upper limb and neurorehabilitation. Nick’s experience with inpatient neuro rehab enables him to assist our clients in their own environments to rebuild their independence. His interest in rehabilitation and technology allows Nick to treat clients in our upper limb clinic using our robots and computer-based devices. Nick’s motivation and determination provides him with the opportunity to build rapport with his clients and help each client reach their personal goals.
Emma Sutton (OT)
Emma has joined our team and brings her vast experience with spinal cord injuries and acquired brain injuries. After working in large hospitals for a number of years, Emma is ready to use her extensive knowledge to assist our clients in their own environments. Emma has also had the opportunity to use computer-based devices in the past and she is very excited to be able to further her skills in this area and assist clients in our clinic.
Maree Wanders (OT)
Verity joins the AOTS team after making the smart decision to move from her home in New Zealand to the big city of Melbourne! Verity studied to be an OT because she feels that everyone deserves to live a fulfilling life, regardless of their health or ability status. Verity’s experience in community services, specifically inpatient rehab and adult health services, sparks her passion for working with the older members of our community.
Tara has joined our team to head up our Support Coordination Service, she comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, skills and networks and a deep understanding of NDIS. Tara has worked in support services for many years and before NDIS worked with Fee for Service Case Management.
Tara’s passion is supporting individuals and their families to better navigate the service system. She works with our clients to link them to services that can best provide them the therapeutic interventions, assistance in their home, and access to the community that they desire. She is also motivated to assist participants to utilise their NDIS plan to its optimum, and ensures they have access to the supports they need every day to live a fulfilled life.
Mina has joined our team and brought his extensive knowledge within the mental health and community services fields of Support Coordination. Mina is committed to improving society’s overall well-being, especially for those who are the most vulnerable.
Sue has joined our team after working as an Allied Health Assistant for several years in rehabilitation. She has brought with her a vast knowledge in orthopaedics and neurological rehabilitation. Sue’s passion is completing upper limb programs with clients; however she is very eager to work with our clients to ensure they fulfill their goals.