Our Team

One Central Health is proud to offer our clients a professionally trained and experienced team of clinicians, practitioners, and therapists across a range of allied health services.

We welcome children, adults, and families to access our exceptional health care all in one convenient location.

Please click on a staff profile to find out more about our multidisciplinary team members.

Behaviour Therapists

Leon Xavier Banez

Behaviour Therapist

Leon Xavier is from the Philippines. He has been a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) under the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board (BACB) since 2022.

He is a client-focused, with four years of experience working with children with disabilities. Also has a strong passion for children’s continuous improvement to promote skill development.

He is currently completing his Masters in Psychology in the Philippines for BCBA Course in the future.

Psychologists

Ankita Mishra

Provisional Psychologist and ASD assessor

Ankita is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist and an Autism Assessor at One Central Health. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in counselling psychology and a Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology, both obtained from Amity University, India. Over the years, she has gained experience as a Clinical Psychologist, serving diverse client populations in various settings across India.

Ankita’s professional passion lies in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other developmental disabilities. 

When working with children and families, her primary focus is to empower them with a deeper understanding of their emotional and behavioural needs, enabling more effective support for their growth and development.

Outside of her professional life, Ankita finds joy in activities such as gardening and cooking during her leisure time.

Isabella Dragovic

Provisional Psychologist & PBS Practitioner

Isabella is a Provisionally Registered Psychologist and Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner at One Central Health. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from Curtin University and is an associate member of the Australian Association of Psychologists Inc (AAPi).

Isabella’s work centres on empowering clients by collaborating closely with their families to provide holistic support. She has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and other developmental diversities, always maintaining a neuroaffirming and inclusive approach in her practice. Isabella is dedicated to working with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds, emphasising a comprehensive and family-centred approach to enhance their well-being.

In her spare time, she enjoys trying out new restaurants, spending quality time with family and friends, and going on long walks.

Mariana Cavalcanti de Sa

Provisional Psychologist

Mariana is a caring and empathetic Provisional Psychologist who completed her degree in 2017. She utilises trauma-informed practises and takes a holistic perspective of her clients’ lives in order to achieve the best therapeutic outcomes.

Mariana is passionate about working with clients all ages, abilities and backgrounds, especially on presentations of Trauma, Perinatal Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  

One of her first supervised practice experiences was in a public hospital in Brazil, supporting families of medically complex babies who were staying in a Semi Intensive Care Unit. This experience sparkled a passion about working with families and supporting their journeys, whatever they might be.  

Since migrating to Australia, Mariana has worked as an Alcohol and Drugs Case Manager, as a Job Coach for Employment Services and then as a Provisional Psychologist with amazing neurodiverse clients, where she fell in love with neurodiversity affirming practises.  

In her spare time, Mariana enjoys spending time with her family and friends out in the nature, reading fantasy books and watching movies.

Olivia Byrne

Autism Assessor (Psychologist)

Olivia is a Registered Psychologist and Autism Assessor at the South Lake practice.

Olivia has been working in the disability sector providing psychology and positive behaviour support service, as well as counselling services in private practice for people of all ages and abilities. Olivia is passionate about supporting clients and their families to improve their quality of life and achieve goals through an empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative approach. 

Olivia enjoys cooking and going to the beach with her dogs in her spare time.

Daniela Di Ciano

Psychologist & Clinical Supervisor

Daniela is a trained psychologist in both clinical and educational fields and joined the team after practicing in the UK and other countries for over 10 years. She specialises in assessment and intervention of children and adults with complex neuro-developmental needs (such as Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disability, and Specific Learning Disorders) and associated emotion-regulation and challenging behaviours.  She also treats individuals with anxiety, depression, trauma, eating and behavioural disorders.

Daniela uses Applied Behaviour Analysis (including Positive Behaviour Support), Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Mentalisation-based approaches and Family Therapy. These approaches are individualised according to the client’s developmental level, preferences, and other contextual issues.

Daniela takes a holistic approach and works collaboratively with families, teachers, carers and other professionals in the network.

Kyle Chan

Registered Psychologist

Kyle is a registered psychologist and graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor’s degree with Honours. After spending six years in youth work and volunteering in poor townships in South Africa, he discovered his passion for working with youths and helping people improve their quality of life.

Kyle has worked for a few years as part of the One Central Health team in Kalgoorlie and, as a new member of the South Lake team in Perth, he looks forward to continuing to make a positive impact in people’s lives and being part of the Perth city community. 

In his free time, Kyle loves to cook with cuisines from around the world and learn about different cultures.

Michael Perry

Registered Psychologist

Registered Psychologist

Michael is a registered psychologist at One Central Health who works across all age groups. He graduated from Curtin University in 2021 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (Honours). Across 2022 and 2023, Michael lived in the Goldfields, working with One Central Health in Kalgoorlie while working towards his full registration as a psychologist.

Michael has experience working with people of all abilities and backgrounds as he has studied, worked and volunteered in the healthcare space for the last 6 years. Michael uses a wide range of therapy approaches with his clients to best meet their needs. This includes; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Schema Therapy. Michael has a particular interest and experience working with adults and young adults, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, people with anxiety and depression and neurodivergent people.

Michael currently works at One Central Health South Lake and One Central Health Balcatta, he also provides services via telehealth. 

In his spare time, Michael likes hosting board game nights, playing with his dog, going to the gym, and reading and writing fiction stories.

Speech Pathologists

Eloise Purdy

Speech Pathologist & Autism Assessor

Eloise graduated from Curtin University in 2020, with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology. She has worked in a range of settings with children and their families, with extensive experience in providing support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Eloise is certified in Hanen More Than Words and is passionate about early intervention and providing holistic services to families.

In her free time, Eloise enjoys spending time with her family, walking her dogs and reading.

Marie-Louise Brennan

Speech Therapist

Marie graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology in 2021. She originally worked in regional Western Australia (Geraldton) supporting young and school aged children across a range of areas including speech, language, literacy, mealtime management and AAC. Marie is passionate about providing family-centred care to support individuals and their families achieve their goals.  

In her spare time, Marie enjoys going to the beach, spending time with her family and friends, trying new restaurants, listening to podcasts and reading. 

Michelle Brankovic

Senior Speech Pathologist and Autism Assessor

Michelle has been a speech pathologist for over 15 years. Having acquired her qualification in 2000, Michelle initially travelled to Karratha to work and then relocated to Perth to work in a specialist position for autism clients. Michelle has a wide range of skills from general speech therapy to working with children with disabilities. Michelle enjoys building relationships with families and helping to coordinate interactions between teachers, carers and other therapists to achieve the best outcomes for their children.

Michelle enjoys playing and watching sport (especially basketball). But, in reality, she spends most of her time chasing around after her husband, three young children, three pet fish and three pet frogs.

Occupational Therapists

Ayushi Dhingra

Occupational Therapist

Ayushi completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2015. She specializes in brain injury rehabilitation and concussion management for children, adolescents, and adults. She has also gained experience in working with children with emotional regulation difficulties, ADHD, and sensory processing issues. She works collaboratively with everyone involved in her clients’ care, including families and schools, to ensure best possible outcomes and meaningful lives.

Ayushi can speak Hindi and in her free time, enjoys writing, playing beach volleyball, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.

Dawn Ginete

Occupational Therapist

I am Dawn, I am an Occupational Therapist registered both in the Philippines and Australia. I finished
my Bachelors Degree in 2014 and have worked in various Occupational Therapy settings such as
Acute Rehabilitation, Private Practice, Academe and Aged Care. With the various clientele I have
catered, I am always drawn back to paediatrics and believes in the therapeutic use of play as a form
of intervention.
Outside of work, I enjoy the beach and diving (if weather and/or location permits), being around
dogs and catching up with friends.

Rebecca Boshoff

Occupational Therapist

Rebecca has grown up in Kalgoorlie. She completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2022. She has a special interest in Dyslexia and ADHD. 

Rebecca has gained experience in functional capacity evaluations and cognitive assessments through working with older adults in aged care. She strives to work as a team to ensure her clients receive the best care possible. 

Her particular areas of high professional interest include:

  • Dyslexia and ADHD 
  • Gross & Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Sensory processing

In Rebecca’s free time she likes to spend time with her two children, painting and going for walks.

Zoe Tisdale

Occupational Therapist

Zoe has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Education) as well as a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Dance (Secondary Physical Education, Health and Dance teacher) and, more recently, graduated with a Master of Occupational Therapy at Curtin University and has since worked as a professional OT for a number of years across both metro and regional areas in Victoria and Western Australia.

Her particular areas of high professional interest include:

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills – including hand writing, strength and endurance
  • Daily living activities including eating, toileting, showering etc
  • Increasing peoples functional capacity and mobility
  • Assistive technology and equipment prescription
  • Functional Capacity Assessments
  • Motor Dysgraphia Assessments.

Outside of work, Zoe enjoys coaching gymnastics at state and international level, going to the gym, keeping fit and going for walks.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioners

Belinda Britton

Positive Behaviour Support Clinician

Before joining One Central Health as a Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner, Belinda had a number of other roles including :

– Working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis Therapy Assistant in the field of autism early intervention,
– An Education Therapist.
– A Family Dispute Resolution Mediator.
– A Support Worker for individuals and families dealing with mental health challenges.
– A Family Therapist working with families of trauma victims, in particular, traumatic brain injury.

After she completed her Bachelor of Social Science degree in Psychology, she continued to enrol in numerous courses, workshops and other training opportunities through the years, always wanting to extend her professional development in order to provide the best possible support that she could for her clients.

When not working, Belinda enjoys doing a variety of different things with her family, friends and two small dogs.

Ciana Cripps

Positive Behaviour Support & ABA Therapy Practitioner

Ciana works as both a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Practitioner. Before working as a therapist at One Central Health, she completed a Master’s degree in ABA from the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) and received her Board Certified Behaviour accreditation in August 2021.

Ciana has worked in a variety of professional settings providing support to children, adults and their families. Her main area of expertise involves using the principles of ABA to manage challenging behaviours and increase skill acquisition in early intervention settings.

When she’s not busy with her very rewarding work, Ciana loves going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and reading or listening to music.

Iasmina Lambi

Positive Behaviour Support Practitioner

Iasmina (pronounced Yasmeena) works as Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner, and part of her role is to identify behavioural risks and implement behavioural management plans working with clients of all ages. To complement this role, Iasmina has completed a Graduate Diploma in Psychology with Monash University, giving her the experience to undertake casual work as an online therapist. Her professional experience extends to Mental Health and Wellbeing, including crisis management.

Iasmina has worked in diverse professional settings, having completed her Bachelor of Social Science in Security and CT, as well as one-on-one career mentoring and coaching involving Disability Employment Services (DES) candidates.

In her leisure time Iasmina enjoys spending time with her family, friends, travelling, hiking, and long beach walks.

Paula Albarran

Positive Behaviour Support Clinician

Paula works as a Positive Behaviour Support  (PBS) practitioner at One Central Health.

Paula has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Systemic Psychotherapy.

Before joining the team, Paula worked as an assistant psychologist in a residential care home for young people, as well as a student support worker and community rehabilitation support worker. Paula also collaborated in the implementation of Trauma-informed practices in the social sector across Bradford (UK).

In her free time, Paula enjoys going to the beach, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Yara Lerga

Positive Behaviour Support Clinician

My name is Yara Lerga Martínez. I am 25 years old and I come from Spain. I have been living in Perth for a year and a half, and I have been working as a Support Worker since then. I have a degree in Psychology, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. I really enjoy working in multidisciplinary environments and learning from the people around me. I also love engaging in outdoor activities, dancing, and singing. Animals are my passion, especially cats.

Dietitians

Diana D’Auria

Dietitian

Diana is a dietitian with specialist training in the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach to feeding and an interest in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS).

She is a food enthusiast with a passion for helping people learn to enjoy all foods and manage their health without restrictive and depriving diets. Diana uses non-diet approach techniques, as well as intuitive and mindful eating principles, to help clients nurture a more positive relationship with food and their bodies. 

Diana specialises in helping people of all ages with chronic illness such as heart disease, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, high blood lipids and coeliac disease, as well as having experience in the management of under and over nutrition, eating disorders, food intolerances and gastrointestinal disorders. She is also interested in working with families who struggle with fussy eating and feeding problems.

Diana is a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practitioner and in her spare time enjoys cooking, fermenting and entertaining loved ones.

Client Liaison Officers

Carmen Watene

Client Liaison Officer

Carmen’s work life focus has always been ‘People First’, leading to her experience in the retail, public service, cleaning, hospitality and disability sectors.  Carmen is excited to move into Allied Health, to find a new avenue to serve others, whilst taking time for self-care.

When she isn’t at work Carmen enjoys family time dining out, travel, sports, concerts, K-drama, movies, catching up with friends and facetime with her grandchildren.

Kelly

Senior Client Liaison Officer

Kelly has worked in a wide variety of roles, predominantly in cleaning, from Administrator through to Site Manager.  As she approaches her ‘Golden Years’, she is looking for a change in direction and wants to explore new avenues in Allied Health. 

When she isn’t at work, you will find Kelly with her family – camping, fishing, at BBQ’s and at regular get togethers.

Megan Kummerow

Client Liaison Officer

Megan has a background in Allied Health and Community Support work. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge, loves  serving others and aims to provide good quality customer service to all clients at the Balcatta clinic.   

She prioritises looking after the needs of her family, and in her free time, enjoys catching up with friends and trying to see the beauty in each moment.

Sandra Micanovic

Client Liaison Officer

Tarra Cornell-Santos

Client Liaison Officer

Tarra is an experienced administration and client services officer, having spent the last few years working in NDIS, aged care and mental health services in Melbourne. She has a passion for helping people and working in the allied health sector, and is looking forward to contributing her own skills and knowledge to the team as she learns and grows.

In her free time Tarra writes poetry and novels, paints, enjoys yoga and spending time with her dog.

Support Coordinators

Caris Henderson

Support Coordinator

Caris works as an NDIS Administrator and ensures that all of One Central Health’s approved NDIS participating clients receive smooth and efficient therapy and care.

Plan Managers

Ruth Sandri

Plan Manager

Ruth brings her broad business experience to her role as NDIS Plan Manager. Ruth is a Chartered Accountant and has also completed a Bachelor of Arts in sustainable development which she pursued as part of her interest in social justice and diversity.

Ruth enjoys live music, yoga, cooking and exploring the local beaches and bushland areas with her dogs. 

Annette Sparks

NDIS Plan Manager, Payroll Officer & Bookkeeper

Annette brings over 10 years of experience to her role as One Central Health’s NDIS Plan Manager and payroll officer/bookkeeper. She also holds a Certificate IV in Financial Services (Bookkeeping) and has worked extensively as a paralegal specialising in banking and finance.

When Annette’s not working, she loves entertaining, travelling and spending time with her family and friends.

Consultants

Nina Shapiro

Registered Psychologist

Nina qualified as a psychologist over 24 years ago. Since then she has worked in a variety of schools, children’s therapy centres and in private practices. She sees both children and adults, and has extensive experience with trauma, anxiety and transitions (such as divorce, bereavement, moving, becoming a parent etc). 

When working with children/teenagers, Nina uses mostly play therapy, bibliotherapy, art, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. With adults, she also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (particularly with trauma), as well as BWRT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and the more traditional Talking Therapies.  

Nina recently completed training in Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She has also become a registered practitioner in Brain Working Recursive Therapy (BWRT), a unique and relatively new therapy which uses knowledge of the structure and functioning on the brain to make lasting changes for a wide variety of psychological difficulties.

Management

Alana Maley-Berg

CEO/Founder

Alana has a Bachelor of Psychology (UWA), Master of Education (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Monash University and a Master of Business Administration (University of Newcastle), and she is currently completing a Master of Arts (Writing and Literature).

Over the past two decades Alana has been working as a psychologist. She worked throughout the state of Western Australia over her years as a psychologist. Thanks to these experiences, Alana has developed a passion for ensuring easy access to multidisciplinary therapy for all Western Australians. Alana is an autism assessor and advanced positive behaviour support clinician.

In her spare time, Alana loves to travel, write, and spend time with her family.

Annie Schmidt

Admin Manager

Kylie Rigg

Clinical Manager & Registered Psychologist

Kylie has well over 20 years’ experience working as a psychologist. Having commenced in the Education Department as a school psychologist, Kylie moved on to specialise in autism and disabilities, working for Disability Services and the Autism Association.

Kylie is skilled in helping clients deal with issues such as anger management, anxiety, compulsive behaviours, toileting, school avoidance, study skills, self-harm, parental separation, child protection and peer/sibling interactions, as well as providing support for FIFO workers and families. 

Kylie has experience working in multidisciplinary therapy environments where clients can access support and achieve their potential.

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