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 - occupational therapist & director

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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 cooking, gardening and watching her Wyandotte chooks scratch around the yard.

damien - property manager & strategic direction

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Damien, has been involved with Occumax since day one. He has been a key driver in helping Occumax to grow into the organisation that it is today. His current roles include strategic direction and property maintenance. Damien has a background in administration and advocating for people with disabilities. Outside of work Damien enjoys photography and playing Lego® and dinosaurs with his son.

hannah - allied health team leader

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Hannah Keogh is our Allied Health Team Leader and she is also Certified Practising Speech Pathologist by profession. Hannah 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 is currently enjoying maternity leave with her own little one. Hannah 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.


grace - senior occupational therapist

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Grace graduated from James Cook University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2017. Check back soon to learn more about Grace.

monique - occupational therapist

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Monique Porter joined the Occumax team in 2014 and has many 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.

emma - occupational therapist

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Emma Kennedy graduated from James Cook University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Check back soon to learn more about Emma.

jacquie - occupational therapist

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Jacquie Widdison has been with Occumax since the beginning of 2021. Jacquie graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy)/Masters of Occupational Therapy and completed a Graduate Certificate in Counselling Vulnerable Children and Young People in 2020. Jacquie has lived in a few different places around Australia and was working as an Occupational Therapist in the Northern Territory before moving to Mackay. Jacquie is passionate about helping young people develop their self-efficacy and meet their potential. Jacquie loves doing professional development workshops to advance her skills, drinking cups of tea and digging into the snack draw that she keeps full under her desk! Outside of work Jacquie is kept busy by her two dogs, tending to the garden and coaching netball in the local competition.

tania - occupational therapist

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Check back soon to learn more about Tania Henderson.

ashley - occupational therapist

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Check back soon to learn more about Ashley Vella.

sam - occupational therapist

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Check back soon to learn more about Samantha Banks.

tara - occupational therapist

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Check back soon to learn more about Tara Krome.


danielle - certified practising speech pathologist

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Check back soon to learn more about Danielle Bruin.


bianca - accredited mental health social worker

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Bianca Bozzo completed her Bachelor of Social Work at James Cook University in 2019. Prior to completing her social work studies, Bianca worked as a youth worker and this experience helps to inform her practice at Occumax. Check back soon to learn more about Bianca.


lachlan - provisional psychologist

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Check back here soon to learn more about Lachlan Rebetzke.


emily - practice manager

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Check back here soon to learn more about Emily Mereu.

amanda - administration assistant

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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.

charlotte - administration assistant

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Charlotte Vassallo's profile is coming soon.

holly - allied health assistant

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Holly Brand's profile is coming soon.