What inspired you to become an OT?
It was always my dream to work as an allied health professional and after learning about what OTs do, I knew it was the perfect pathway for me to make a difference in other people’s lives. I loved the idea of using creativity and innovation to advocate for others and help people reach their goals!
Who do you like to work with?
Paediatrics has always been my passion and dream throughout the course of my journey to becoming an OT. Even before I started OT I was always surrounded by younger children in my family and loved the spontaneity and playfulness of taking care of my younger family members. I have a particular interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In saying this I am passionate about working with any child to address their own goals as I believe that all children have a right to opportunities, fun and achieving all that they can in this world.
What has influenced you in your work as an OT?
The families and children I work with definitely shape who I am as a clinician. I am constantly learning from families and combining this with my own professional knowledge to support children in reaching their goals. Building long- term, trusting relationships with families is one of the most rewarding parts of being a paediatric OT and it drives me in every aspect of my professional work!
Watch Joey at Work
I love big movement activities like the swing or ball pit! I also love pretend play, encouraging spontaneity, playfulness and imagination to build play and social skills!
I love socialising with friends by going out for a coffee or exploring new places.
I am passionate about health and enjoy going to the gym or walking my dog! More recently I have enjoyed scrap booking and documenting memories with friends and family.
- Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Western Sydney University
- AHPRA registration
- DIR 101: An Introduction to DIR and DIR Floor Time
- Traffic Jam in my Brain by Genevieve Jereb (OTR)
- Sensory Processing – Griffin OT