Optimum Movement prides itself in providing a friendly, welcoming environment for children and their parents. Our therapists and staff are carefully chosen for their expert knowledge and experience as well as their ability to engage with the children we see. This ensures we are able to deliver a playful and enjoyable therapy experience for the child.
FIONA CANNY (BOccThy)
Principal Therapist / Director
Fiona is a highly respected Occupational Therapist with a wealth of experience, including over 15 years specialising in paediatrics.
Fiona has specialist knowledge, skills and a passion for working with children with cerebral palsy and their families. Fiona was recognised as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist and was employed in this role at Bobath Scotland for 6 years, delivering specialist clinical neurodevelopmental services for children and young adults with cerebral palsy. While at Bobath Scotland she also assisted in the education of therapists both internally and throughout Scotland.
Since returning to Australia, Fiona was employed as a Senior Occupational Therapist for the Cerebral Palsy Health Service at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Brisbane. In 2010 Fiona decided to establish her own paediatric occupational therapy clinic and has continued to provide a high level of service to children and their families.
Fiona has extensive experience in an educational role presenting lectures and in-services to therapists and other medical staff, University students, education staff and parents. She is able to provide in-services and training to schools regarding a child’s difficulties and challenges and can advise the school staff how they can assist a child to progress their skills and reach their potential.
Fiona believes that providing education to parents and children within therapy sessions is a vital component of the therapy process to further strengthen a child’s abilities and self esteem and to develop areas of difficulty.
Fiona is a member of OT Australia and is an Advanced Accredited Bobath Therapist.
JAMIE HUNTER (BHlthSc, MOccThy)
Jamie is an enthusiastic member of the Occupational Therapy team and is a strong advocate of the Optimum Movement philosophy that the inclusion of parents and teachers is vital in the therapy process. Jamie has a passion for working with children, their families and teachers to support them to achieve their goals and loves involving family members in all aspects of therapy.
Jamie’s approach to therapy was founded whilst completing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at The University of Queensland where she undertook a research thesis titled: “The importance of parent engagement in paediatric therapy interventions”.
Since graduating Jamie has provided therapy interventions in both early intervention and education settings. She enjoys helping children to identify their own goals so they feel a sense of ownership and purpose about the therapy process. These goals are then addressed in fun, meaningful & practical sessions with strategies that can be implemented in the home and school environment
Jamie is a member of OT Australia.
Vicki is the friendly, welcoming face of Optimum Movement. She has a wealth of experience in practice management having worked for several years for a Podiatry clinic in Tasmania. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Vicki.
Michelle joins Optimum Movement with a background in Early Childhood. Her warm and friendly disposition is supported by a unique skill set being a mother of a child with special needs.
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