Our Allied Health Partners
Melbourne Infant Sleep
Protea Therapy offers personalised and evidence-based private speech pathology services to children and their families. The speech pathologists at Protea Therapy are highly trained and experienced across a range of clinical areas. We provide assessment, therapy, and parent training for families whose children are experiencing difficulties with:
- Eating, drinking, and swallowing
- Speaking clearly and pronouncing speech sounds
- Understanding and using words, including late talking
- Literacy (reading and writing)
- Fluency (stuttering)
- Voice (e.g. hoarseness)
Bookings and enquiries can now be made either via their website www.proteatherapy.com.au or by contacting the Doctors on Nicholson reception team on 9088 2322 or email@example.com.
Dr Katherine Sanchez
BA BSpPath(Hons) PhD CPSP
Dr Jessica Boyce
BA MSpPath PhD CPSP
Introducing Protea Therapy’s newest Speech Therapist Naomi Lourensz
Naomi Lourensz is a speech pathologist who comes to us with several years’ experience at the Royal Children’s Hospital and CoHealth Community Health. She has a special interest in working with young babies, and is working towards qualifying as a lactation consultant. Naomi also has interests in working with late talking toddlers, children with speech sound disorders, and children with medically complex histories (e.g. premature birth). She will be working on Tuesdays, starting February 1st, 2022.
Clinical Psychologist, MAPS
Jedrek is a Clinical Psychologist experienced in supporting people with a range of issues, including anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and relationship difficulties. He has worked with emergency service personnel such as police and members of the Australian Defence Force, individuals having experienced accidents and bullying at work, and men and women struggling with emotional, relationship or drug and alcohol problems.
Jedrek is a registered psychologist, a member of the Australian Psychological Society and has completed his Masters in Clinical Psychology. He has worked both in private and public psychiatric settings, as well as in crisis counselling.
Jedrek provides individual therapy for adults and young adults. He employs various evidence-based therapeutic modalities in his work, including Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Psychoanalytic Therapy (PT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Jedrek focuses on building a trusting relationship with his clients and aims to understand complex beings shaped by their life experience. In addition, Jedrek is committed to working with people across a range of cultural backgrounds, LGTBIQ people and other minority groups.
Melbourne Paediatric Occupational Therapy
Amy is a registered paediatric Occupational Therapist who has substantial experience and skills in providing comprehensive and holistic assessment and intervention for infants and young children.
Amy has the skills and capacity to provide the following services:
- Assessment and developmental surveillance of babies born premature or who have had a difficult start to life (e.g. with a hospital admission)
- Assessment and developmental support for babies with identified risk to their development, e.g. high risk for Cerebral Palsy, genetic or congenital diagnosis
- Therapy and support where there are identified challenges with motor skills – e.g. using hands for play and mealtimes, tolerance for playing in a variety of positions, sitting for mealtimes and play
- Therapy and support where there are identified challenges with play and thinking skills – e.g. exploring and engaging in play, functional play like cause and effect play, developing pretend play skills
- Therapy and support where there are identified challenges with sensory processing, impacting on participation or engagement in activities of daily living – e.g. tactile sensitivity impacting on tolerance for messy play or finger feeding
- Assessment and recommendations for assistive technology (e.g. equipment) to support the infant or child’s participation in activities of daily living, e.g. seating for children with complex movement and postural needs, equipment to support participation in self-care activities like bathing
Amy has 15 years experience working with infants and young children with a diverse range of backgrounds and needs. Her passion is to help infants and children participate in meaningful activities and interactions, and to meet their fullest developmental potential. As a busy mum, she understands the juggle that comes with having a family and she strives to support families in this journey with relevant and meaningful therapy and care.
You can find out more about the services provided by Melbourne Paediatric Occupational Therapy here: www.melbpaediatricot.com.au
Dr Fallon Cook
Melbourne Infant Sleep
Dr Fallon Cook draws on her vast knowledge of paediatric sleep science to help parents gently improve their baby, toddler, or pre-schoolers sleep. Fallon will work in partnership with you to develop a sleep plan that is sensitive to your child’s temperament, considerate of your parenting ethos, and is grounded in evidence. She also provides high level ongoing support while you work through your child’s sleep plan.
Fallon can help with a wide range of sleep problems in children aged 0-5 years, including:
- Difficulties settling to sleep
- Frequent night waking
- Transitioning from bed sharing to sleeping in a cot/bed
- Identification and treatment of behavioural sleep disorders and circadian rhythm disorders
Fallon loves seeing the change in families when their child starts to sleep well – when parents go from dragging themselves through each day, to genuinely enjoying parenting. Appointments are offered in the clinic, via Home Visit, and via Telehealth. You can book a free 10 minute phone appointment with Fallon to find out if her service is the right fit for your family.