Your Child Is Precious So Experience Matters
Meet our team.
Staff Who Really Listen To Where You & Your Family Are At
Our staff are all committed to evidence based, occupation based practice and a family centered approach. They regularly participate in continuing professional development opportunities with leading national and international Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists to ensure they provide your family with cutting edge Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology. Our staff strive to go above and beyond to ensure the best outcomes can be achieved for your child.
natalie - senior occupational therapist & director
Occupational therapist and Director Natalie Brown, has been practicing since 2001 and has worked with children and their families for her whole career. Natalie has also completed her Masters Degree specialising in Occupational Therapy for children with learning and coordination difficulties. Occumax was established by Natalie Brown in 2007, covering Mackay and surrounding regions. Natalie and her husband Damien, have assembled a team of dedicated Occupational Therapists and support staff who believe in putting the needs of their clients and their families above their own agendas. Outside of work Natalie enjoys playing trucks and loaders with her son, craft and cooking.
damien - director
Damien Brown is a Director of Occumax and pictured here during the River To Reef charity bike ride, where he participated as part of the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Sports Association. He met Natalie while she was on placement at university, working together at Albury City Council on building access audits, they married not long after and the rest is history as they say. Damien has a background in administration and advocating for people with disabilities. His current role in Occumax is strategic planning, book keeping and maintenance. Outside of work Damien enjoys fishing at Armstrong beach and catching up with neighbours and baking cakes with his son.
monique - paediatric occupational therapist
Monique Porter joined the Occumax team in 2014 and has over seven years experience as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. She has experience working with children who have physical disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory processing issues, anxiety and other mental health concerns. Monique has had additional training in sensory processing, management of upper limb conditions, handwriting issues, anxiety and behaviour management.
In her spare time Monique enjoys going to the beach with her family and baking.
hannah - certified practising speech pathologist
Hannah Keogh graduated from James Cook University in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours. She has worked with children her whole career and was with Autism Queensland and Education Queensland before joining Occumax. She has advanced certification in the Hanen Program®, having completed both the More Than Words® and Talkability™ workshops. She is also completed the a Picture Exchange Communication Level 1 workshop many other professional development courses is the areas of PODD communication books, autism, stuttering and literacy.
karla - certified practising speech pathologist
Karla Wright graduated from James Cook University in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Karla is a creative type and comes up with engaging therapy activities that normally therapists who have been working in the field for years would only think of. When not working, Karla enjoys horse riding.
amanda - administration assistant
Amanda Scriha keeps the Occumax engine running by taking care of client bookings and other administrative duties. Amanda also is a mum of three and has a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education, so she understands what life is like in the trenches. Outside of work Amanda enjoys spending time with her family and enjoying a rare quiet moment with a cup of tea.