Suzie Forbes, B(OT), GradDip(Psych)
Director and Registered Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Suzie is really passionate about the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children and families, and is so excited to share her knowledge and empower families to be the very BEST VERSION of THEMSELVES!
Suzie is an enthusiastic and experienced occupational therapist who has practiced in a variety of school, home and community settings in Australia and the USA, since her graduation in 1993. In addition to undergraduate occupational therapy training, Suzie completed a graduate diploma in psychological studies in 2003.
Suzie has presented papers and professional development in both the USA and Australia. She has extensive post-graduate training in sensory processing, DIR-floortime and basic neurodevelopmental training. While working in the USA, Suzie was a clinical supervisor for the Advanced Skills in Sensory Integration (graduate level subject) run by the University of Southern California at Pediatric Therapy Network.
Suzie enjoys the process of clinical reasoning as it applies to supervision of staff and students. She has a strong problem solving approach which aims to empower the learner to understanding both the processes involved and to set goals and interventions that are measurable, evidence based and achievable.
From 2012 to 2016 Suzie had the opportunity to work as a Teaching Associate in Monash University’s Occupational Therapy school within the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Suzie was a dynamic and well loved tutor, clinical supervisor and lecturer; enjoying her role in teaching across the undergraduate and masters level OT programs in problem based learning, psychology and lifespan development subjects.
Suzie started her paediatric private practice, Therapy & Learning Consultants, in 2008. Suzie’s key interests are in self-regulation including organisational skills; state regulation and stress management in children. She also has a demonstrated ability to pinpoint key underlying concerns for individual children and make functional differences in the child’s ability to participate in class routines, handwriting, playground activities, sport, art and social participation.
Suzie also especially enjoys the opportunity to provide education and insight for parents, teachers and other significant adults in children’s lives. She has found that this family and community based approach allows for more rapid and more sustainable gains for the children she is lucky enough to work with.
Jo Sudano BSc(OT), Cert 3 and 4 in Fitness
Registered Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Jo is an experienced Occupational Therapist having practiced in a variety of work, community and hospital based settings since her graduation in 1991. She is also a qualified group fitness and personal trainer specialising in pre and post natal fitness.
Jo is passionate about empowering people to achieve their goals.
Jo bases the foundations for her interventions from knowledge gained through many years of working with people with disability, illness or disadvantage: when people cannot do the activities they need or want to do their health and well being is significantly affected. Jo’s interventions are based on identifying and addressing barriers to enable children to access, participate, contribute and learn during educational activities, play and leisure pursuits both at school, home and the communities in which they live. Paramount to the success of intervention is open communication and engagement with families, teaching staff and other treating practitioners.
Jo is a valuable team member at TLC. She has 3 children of her own and is thrilled to have the opportunity to extend her skills to the team at Therapy and Learning Consultants. She is warm and engaging with children, parents and teachers alike, building lasting connections that help our children achieve even challenging goals on a consistent basis.
Jason Stergiou B(OT), Hons.
Registered Paediatric Occupational Therapist
Jason holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) degree from Monash University.
Jason has worked with children for a number of years: prior to being an OT, he was a Martial Arts instructor and leader; during his clinical placements while studying at Monash University; and doing volunteer work. He is excited to join the team at TLC after working as the head Occupational Therapist in a paediatric private practice in bayside Melbourne. Jason has worked with children ranging from 1 to 17 years old, including those living with disabilities such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delay, RETS syndrome, Sotos Syndrome and general developmental delays. During his time working in the private sector, he has also completed his Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) training, (a comprehensive evidence-based behavioural early intervention program for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder), and is a certified ESDM therapist.
Jason has demonstrated strengths in provision of individual and group intervention sessions for children living with developmental difficulties including sensory modulation and self-regulation, motor planning and sequencing, body and spatial awareness, fine and gross motor skills and strength. He is passionate about working with children, their families and communities to optimise their participation and success at play, self-care and school.
Kerry Corp, The Grounded Chic Integrative Health Coach
Certified Integrative Health Coach
Certified Advanced Gut Health Coach
Kerry has two integrative health coaching qualifications from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, NYC.
Kerry has a deep passion for health and wellbeing- believing in the power of wholefoods, movement and managing one’s stress.
After dealing with her own personal health crisis in 2014, she discovered the path to her recovery was one by incorporating food and lifestyle changes that not only transformed her health, but her family’s too. She continued on that path of discovery to study and become a health and wellbeing coach, so she can empower and guide others to do the same.
Kerry works closely with women and families to discover ways to incorporate positive changes, one step at a time, building in simple and achievable strategies around your diet, your movement and just as important, your wellbeing. It’s an integrative approach to health.
Kerry believes that all of us are individuals with different needs, challenges and lives, so taking a bio-individual approach is paramount. This is why she loves to work closely with you or your family to achieve your personal health and wellbeing goals.
Her approach is to take one step at a time, no perfection required – to work together as a team and be your support along this process of change.
Her professional background before becoming a health coach in 2015, was 30 years of hairdressing, owning 2 busy salons and a co-ordinator at a training college, so she knows the importance of building rapport and all about what juggling a busy life is. Kerry and her family have now moved from Melbourne to the Surf Coast to continue her desire to create more balance in her family’s life.
Her coaching clinic is in Torquay, Victoria but many of her clients can be anywhere in Australia, consulting via skype/zoom or phone.