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.

Psychologists

Alana Wilson

Provisionally Registered Psychologist

Alana recently graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) from Curtin University. She has extensive work experience as a Support Worker for Identity WA, which included supporting individuals with ASD, intellectual disabilities, and other complex diagnoses.

Additionally, she has worked as a specialist mentors at Curtin University to support individuals with ASD in navigating the various challenges of tertiary education.

Alana’s areas of professional interest include working with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and children. When she isn’t working, she enjoys going to the beach, reading, and yoga.

Ash Jackson

Provisionally Registered Psychologist

Ash is a provisionally registered psychologist and recent graduate from the University of Western Australia with First Class Honours in Psychology.

Ash has a professional, clinical interest in working with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, work-related issues, stress and behaviour support. She works to offer a respectful and safe space where all her clients can feel empowered and supported.

With a background in the disability sector, Ash is passionate about diversifying and improving psychological services available and accessible to the neuro-diverse community and individuals with lived experiences of disability. She is also committed to working towards an improved public approach to mental health and establishing effective prevention strategies across populations.

In her free time, Ash enjoys painting and spending time outdoors.

Gillian Kelly

Provisional Psychologist

Gillian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology with First Class Honours in Dublin, Ireland. From there she furthered her studies at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, with a Masters of Science in Applied Psychology, graduating with a Distinction. 

Since then Gillian has had experience working as an Assistant Psychologist in Primary Care Child and Adolescent Mental Health, as well as experience working with adults with acquired brain injuries and disabilities in residential and day services. She’s also worked with breast cancer survivors using CBT to prevent the development of depression and anxiety. Her clinical interest includes working with children, adolescents and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, emotional regulation and social communication difficulties. 

Gillian is passionate about increasing access to mental health support and has conducted research and worked clinically with internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy programmes which can be accessed remotely.

Outside of work she loves to listen to podcasts while out for a walk and enjoys sea swimming and going to the gym. 

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.

Kylie Rigg

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.

Daniela Di Ciano

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.

Erin Akerstrom

Registered Psychologist

Erin is a Registered Psychologist who has worked in multidisciplinary teams in disability organisations for several years, supporting children, adolescents and adults to manage complex behaviour support needs. She specialises in the area of Positive Behaviour Support, providing comprehensive assessment and intervention for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Intellectual Disability.

Erin has also worked in family therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and behavioural intervention programs for clients in foster care and clients involved in the justice system. She has experience in addressing challenging behaviours, emotion regulation, depression, anxiety, trauma and other mental health concerns. Erin uses a holistic approach and works collaboratively with families, carers, teachers and other professionals.

When not at work, Erin enjoys being outdoors, often paddle boarding and hiking.

Andrea Corbett

Provisionally Registered Psychologist/Counsellor/Therapy Assistant

Andrea has been working as a therapy assistant for many years and has recently completed her Graduate Diploma in Psychology, in addition to her Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Graduate Certificate in Counselling from Murdoch University. 

Moving away from FIFO life, Andrea moved from Mandurah to Karratha along with her husband and three children. Passionate about her new home in the Karratha community, Andrea enjoys getting out and about in the amazing surroundings.

Kyle Chan

Provisionally Registered Psychologist

Kyle is a provisionally registered psychologist and has recently 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. As a new member of the Kalgoorlie team, he looks forward to making a positive impact in people’s lives in the region and being part of the community. 
In his free time, Kyle loves to cook with cuisines from around the world and learn about different cultures.

Speech Pathologists

Katie Moore

Speech Pathologist

Katie recently graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech Pathology and has since enjoyed working in a multidisciplinary team focusing on holistic healthcare.

Katie’s professional interests and passions include speech, language, AAC, autism, fluency and neurogenerative diseases.

In her spare time she enjoys watching documentaries, playing sports and having brunch with friends.

Lorraine Lau

Speech Pathologist

Lorraine graduated from Curtin University with a Master of Speech Pathology in addition to her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology obtained in Hong Kong.

Lorraine enjoys working with both children and adult clients, as well as their families, and aiming to maximise their potential. Her professional interests and passions include early intervention, speech, language, AAC, autism and disabilities.  

She is also a foodie and likes to spend her free time cooking and writing recipes!

Carolyn Lynch

Senior Speech Pathologist

Carolyn is a certified practicing speech pathologist with over 15 years’ experience working in the paediatric disability sector, as well as the private sector.

Since 2008, Carolyn has worked predominantly with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, and she has a keen interest in the Australian-based research for people with ASD. For several years, Carolyn has specialised in ASD assessment and diagnosis and is a board member of the West Australian Autism Diagnosticians Forum.

Jessica Boam

Speech Pathologist

Jessica began working as a paediatric speech pathologist in 2015 in Sydney after graduating from The University of Newcastle. She then spent two years working in Kalgoorlie focusing on remote and Indigenous health, before moving back to Perth in 2020. 

She is passionate about working with families to develop and achieve goals relating to talking, learning and eating. She is particularly interested in the areas of:

  • Language
  • Speech
  • Stuttering
  • Early literacy
  • Picky and fussy eaters
  • Transition to solid foods

When she is not at work, Jessica loves to take her dog, Ernie, to the beach.

Michelle Brankovic

Senior Speech Pathologist

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

Emily Jones

Occupational Therapist

Emily completed her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) at Edith Cowan University in 2020. Throughout her study and in between degrees (first one being Exercise and Sport Science) Emily worked as a family support worker within the community. 

She thoroughly enjoyed her time building therapeutic relationships with many families to help achieve their goals of independence.  Emily’s experiences include working with children as young as 18 months of age with developmental delay, autism, cerebral palsy, sensory processing. She also has experience with adults with intellectual disabilities. 

The areas in which Emily can make a particularly positive impact include:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills
  • Motor planning
  • Daily living activities such as eating, toileting and showering
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Handwriting
  • Scissor skills
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor development skills
  • Social skills
  • Emotional regulation

Emily enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and taking her dogs- miniature dachshund called Schnitzel and cavalier cross called Luna to the park. 

Jenn Worrell

Occupational Therapist

Jenn completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2019 at James Cook University in Townsville and graduated with Project Honours. She has experience working with children with Autism, Global Development Delay, ADHD, and FASD, II.

Jenn has also worked with adults who require Assistive Technology, functional capacity evaluations and reports, as well as provided therapy to assist with daily tasks. Jenn is passionate about advocating for her clients to ensure they can reach their maximum potential.

Her areas of interest include:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Gross motor skills 
  • Motor Planning 
  • Hand-eye coordination 
  • Handwriting and scissor skills  
  • Visual perceptual and visual motor development 
  • Social skills
  • Emotional regulation 
  • Sensory processing
  • Activities of daily living, such as eating, toileting, and dressing

Outside of work, Jenn enjoys taking her dog out, four-wheel-driving with her family and exploring the Kalgoorlie countryside. She also enjoys cooking, snorkelling, going to the beach, swimming, and arts & crafts.

Kaili Shaw

Occupational Therapist

Kaili completed her Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2017 and has since gained experience working with children with Autism, sensory processing difficulties, Global Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome. Throughout her studies she also worked as a family support worker providing personalised supports to children and adults living with disability and their families.

She is passionate about having a holistic approach to healthcare to achieve overall well-being for her clients and their families. She has a strong focus on working collaboratively with clients, their families and all key stakeholders to ensure the best possible result is achieved.

Areas of interest:

  • Emotion regulation 
  • Sensory processing
  • Activities of daily living (e.g. eating, toileting, dressing)
  • Fine & gross motor development
  • Social skills
  • Hand-eye-coordination
  • Assistive technology / equipment 
  • Body awareness
  • Retained reflexes 

Outside of work she loves exploring the local swimming holes and gorges of the Pilbara region with her partner and young kids, spending time with her dachshund, and doing arts & crafts.

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 Masters 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:

  • Goss motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Handwriting
  • Daily living activities including eating, toileting, showering etc
  • Function and mobility
  • Assistive technology and equipment prescription
  • Social skills

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

Therapy Assistants

Tracey Goldhawk

Senior Therapy Assistant

Tracey is trained in Early Childhood Education and worked as an educator for 25 years. She previously worked as an Education Assistant supporting an autistic student and then worked as a Therapist Assistant for a therapy centre for children with special needs. She has been working in the role of Therapy Assistant for the past four years. Tracey is very passionate about the education and wellbeing of young children and strives to deliver a dedicated all round approach to their development.

Tracey is married with two adult children and, after migrating from Zimbabwe to Australia in 2005, is delighted to now call Australia home. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, as well as do some gardening. She is a keen crafter and up-cycler.

Lize Roberston

Therapy Assistant

Lize completed her degree, B.Ed. (Intermediate Phase) in Education, in 2013. She pursued her studies further and received her degree in B.Ed. Hons. in Professional Psychology of Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa, in 2014. Lize has six years’ experience working with children in education and care facilities. 

Lize’s previous experience includes working as a primary school teacher teaching science and robotics. She is passionate about supporting and teaching children to reach their full potential.

She enjoys taking part in social sports and loves travelling and spending time with her family.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioners

Emilly Hockley

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner

Emilly is a trained and professional Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner. In addition to her certificate in Positive Behaviour Practices from Monash University, her varied certifications and accomplishments include:

  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Swinburne University
  • Diploma of Counselling, Trainsmart
  • Neuro-linguistic programming, Wild Success Academy
  • Certificate IV in Ambulance, Medic One
  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Health and physical education/sports science), Notre Dame University

Emilly has a wealth of professional experience with extensive involvement in children’s sports development, Telethon Institute child health research, innovative medical drug trial development and support work. Her professional interest is in taking a holistic approach to understanding communication and behaviour, and channelling her fascination in human behaviour into her PBS work.

In her spare time, Emilly can be found at the beach, downhill mountain bike riding, or just about anything outdoors. When she’s not moving outside, she can be found reading a book, watching a doco or listening to a podcast.

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.

Administration

Caris Henderson

NDIS Administrator

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.

Rachael Middlewick

NDIA Administration

Rachael has a passion for helping families who have received or are in the process of searching for a diagnosis for their child. She understands the difficult journey these families experience and has both the experience and desire to help them receive the information and support they need to achieve the best outcomes for their child.

Additionally, Rachael has personal experience in accessing the NDIS and receiving and managing NDIS funding. She takes pride in being able to help families receive the funding they need to achieve the goals that best support their child.

Rachael, with her husband, is busy looking after three boys, and in her spare time enjoys walking along the beach or through the local bushland areas

Annette Sparks

Payroll Officer & Bookkeeper

Annette brings over 10 years of experience to her role as One Central Health’s payroll officer and 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.

Nicole Stone

Medical Receptionist

Nicole is the medical receptionist at the One Central Health clinic in Kalgoorlie. In addition to completing her Western Australia Certificate of Education (WACE) and Certificate II in Tourism, she is also studying for a Certificate IV in Business Administration.

Outside of work, Nicole loves watching movies and documentaries, going to the gym, and playing netball. With the rest of her spare time, she enjoys seeing friends, learning new skills, and furthering her knowledge in anything and everything.

Renae Cavanagh

Medical Receptionist

Renae is the youngest member of our reception and administration team. Despite this being her very first position in an admin assistant role, she is passionate about all things healthcare and medical, and would love to grow her business and administration career in this field.

Outside of work hours Renae enjoys playing lots of sport, particularly softball and netball, but also doesn’t mind a bit of binge watching her favourite Netflix shows.

Management

Alana Maley-Berg

CEO/Founder

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

Over the past two decades Alana has been working as a psychologist and recently retired from clinical practise. 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. The expansion of One Central Health across the state is a direct result of Alana travelling to many of the towns and regional centres across the state, and seeing the need for a greater range of high quality services for everyone to access.

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

Keren Franklin

COO

Keren is One Central Health’s Chief Operations Officer. Keren has over 20 years of experience in administration, most recently having managed an early intervention centre in the Goldfields.  

Keren has also completed her Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Outside of work, Keren enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Aaron Posner

Communications & Business Development Officer

Aaron Posner graduated from Curtin University in 2014 where he completed a degree in commerce and economics, and has since worked in a variety of industries in corporate communication, sales, marketing and business development roles. Additionally, he has completed certificates and qualifications in both leadership and management. 

He has a particular passion for providing excellent communication services to corporations and helping to develop and implement business development strategies to grow and develop organisations.

When he’s not working, Aaron enjoys consuming as many books, films and podcasts as time allows.

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