About Us

 

OUR STORY

Welcome to Boost Therapy. Boost Therapy was established in 2012 by Christine Boers, Occupational Therapist and Kate Sharma, Speech Pathologist. We first worked together in a charity organisation in remote Queensland. We were able to learn a lot from working together and combining the skills and knowledge from each of our professions to help children reach their full potential. Together, we formed Boost Therapy so that we could strive to provide a high quality, family-focused therapy service that will give your child’s development a Boost. 

 

OUR VISION & MISSION

Our vision is to provide high quality speech pathology and occupational therapy services that offer flexibility for families. We believe that families are the centre of a child’s world and can be empowered to support their children.  Through team collaboration, excellence in clinical practice and our warm and responsive approach, we aim to help children and their families develop the skills and confidence that they need to participate and thrive in life.

 

OUR VALUES

The way that we work is founded on our following core values:

  • Excellence in clinical practice: We use evidence-based approaches to deliver individualised services that achieve positive outcomes.
  • Family Involvement: We support families to participate in all aspects of their child’s therapy.
  • Collaboration: We work closely with important people and professionals in our clients’ lives in order to deliver a rounded and comprehensive service.
  • Excellence in customer service: We are warm and empathetic, and respond quickly to our clients. We aim to provide convenience for families.
  • Innovation: We evolve quickly, and strive to find new and better ways of providing our services.

 

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Meet Our Team

Directors

Christine Boers – Director/Occupational Therapist

Kate Sharma – Director/Speech Pathologist

 

Administration Support

Vicki De’Ath – Administration Manager

 

Occupational Therapists

Rob Maurer – Occupational Therapist

Mikaela Schlumpf – Occupational Therapist

Lauren Gill – Occupational Therapist

Casey Palmer – Occupational Therapist

 

Speech Pathologists

Taylor Funk – Speech Pathologist

Melody Sha – Speech Pathologist

Chloe Turner – Speech Pathologist

Michael Markovic – Speech Pathologist

 

Christine Boers – Director/Occupational Therapist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 2008

As a paediatric Occupational Therapist I have been lucky enough to work in a number of diverse settings.  My passion for working with children and their families began when I worked in remote North West Queensland, for a charitable organisation.

Working in Brisbane over the past 6 years, I have worked with many children recently diagnosed with autism within the private sector and worked in the community for Queensland Health with children with concerns in the areas of self care, school readiness and sensory processing.

I enjoy working with families and especially love hearing the joy in parent’s voices as they tell me about their child’s progress. My areas of special interest include working with children with autism and children with difficulties with sensory processing or with school skills including handwriting. I am always looking for opportunities to build on my skills as a therapist and regularly attend workshops to continue gaining knowledge about the most recent research-based therapy techniques.

 

Kate Sharma – Director/Speech Pathologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours Class 1), University of Queensland, 2007.

My career has taken me on some exciting journeys, and before establishing Boost Therapy in 2012, I worked in both Roma and Mount Isa. I loved working in the country, where the strong sense of community made family-focused therapy all the more important. I have also worked for Queensland Health in a program that worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to help improve children’s hearing health.

I have special interests in working with children with literacy or learning difficulties and children with speech sound difficulties, though I enjoy and strive to continually update my skills across all areas of children’s speech pathology, including language, stuttering, and working with children with Autism or a disability. As my team all know, I am very passionate about evidence-based practice and ensuring that the intervention we facilitate and recommend is based on robust research.

Since establishing Boost Therapy, I continue to be inspired by the families that we work with, who are so dedicated to supporting their children. There is nothing more rewarding than watching a child blossom while their proud family looks on. I am currently taking a break from working with clients due to the pending arrival of my second child, but am busily engaged in co-directing Boost Therapy and supporting our staff to continue doing the great job that they do.

Kate holds certifications in the following therapy programs and techniques, but uses a combination of modern, research-based approaches when working with children, to suit each individual’s needs:

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Vicki De’Ath – Administration Manager

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vickiweb2Vicki has worked with Boost Therapy since early 2015 and is the administration superglue that holds our team together.

Vicki has an extensive background in administration, having held roles in secretarial, personal assistant and executive assistant roles in a range of different industries in the past. There is no task too big or too complex for Vicki, and both our team and clients are grateful to have Vicki’s support.

Vicki oversees everything relating to the day to day operations of the practice, such as matching clients with the most suitable therapist, managing accounts and supporting families with payment, rebates, funding and appointment bookings.

In addition to Vicki’s work with Boost, she volunteers as the District Secretary for the Brisbane Ladies’ Golf Association. She says that this keeps her busy and involved in helping to grow the sport of golf amongst women and junior girls in the Brisbane District. When Vicki doesn’t have a keyboard at her fingertips, it’s a safe bet that she’ll have a club in her hands and can be found on the golf course!

 

Rob Maurer – Occupational Therapist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 2008

As a paediatric occupational therapist I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from and share in the experiences of children and their families. We get the chance to work together and celebrate achieving goals. Prior to starting with Boost Therapy, I gained valuable experience providing early childhood therapy working for Disability Services. In this community-based team, I gained experience and skills for work with infants to primary school-aged children with significant development delays and disabilities.

Each child brings their own unique collection of strengths, as well as some areas where they might need a bit more help. I enjoy the opportunity to assist kids to develop skills that they can use in all aspects of their life. I have experience with equipment prescription, resource development and home modification design, which can all help a child to become more independent.

The approaches I use are research-based and flexible enough to suit the needs and goals of the children and families I work with. I love that I get to help families design individualised programs to help kids identify and explore their interests and to develop their skills. My support of their learning and skill acquisition is always infused with a sense of fun and lots of encouragement. I aim to nurture their creativity and build their confidence so that they can reach new milestones and achieve their goals.

 

Mikaela Schlumpf – Occupational Therapist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 2014.

Throughout my studies at the University of Queensland, I gained valuable clinical experiences that set me up for pursuing a career working with children. This included a placement at the Royal Children’s Hospital where I worked with children with feeding difficulties. My studies also allowed me to support students at a primary school to assist them with the challenges they faced in the classroom.  Meanwhile, I worked with children with autism through a home-care organisation.

I have worked with the Child Development Service at Queensland Health which has helped me to gain valuable experience in providing early childhood assessment and therapy to children with developmental delays and disabilities. I enjoy working with Boost Therapy and providing support within children’s home and school environments.  I value early intervention and am driven to provide a holistic and family centred service.  One of the things I love most about being an OT is being able to develop goals with children and their families and then create individualised therapy programs tailored to these.  Seeing progress, whether small or big is very rewarding, and having the opportunity to help with this is wonderful.  I am always looking to further my knowledge through workshops and training, and I place high value upon the skills I pick up from parents and teachers.

 

Lauren Gill – Occupational Therapist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, 2011.

I have always held a passion for helping kids develop the skills and confidence needed to express themselves, learn, play and grow. Consequently, over the past 8 years, I have worked and volunteered for a number of community organisations who support children to achieve their goals. I have a range of experience in both hospital and community settings, having previously worked at Queensland Health, in the Indigenous Health sector and with families from refugee backgrounds.

I am delighted to be working with Boost Therapy, alongside children and their supports to ultimately foster happy and satisfying school and family lives. I always look forward to helping each child build the skills needed for home and school life, as well as offering support and strategies to parents, teachers and carers too.

Whatever the challenge, whether it be writing, drawing, cutting, sitting and concentrating at school; tying shoelaces and doing up buttons to help get dressed; sharing and turn taking for playing; or identifying sensory needs to help with self-regulation, toileting and eating, I’ll work alongside each family to help identify meaningful goals to work towards.

I am committed to evidence-based practice, and seek to update my skills and knowledge through ongoing research, supervision, training and workshops. In my spare time I enjoy exploring nature, playing the piano and playing with my 7 month old adorable niece.

 

Casey Palmer – Occupational Therapist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours, University of Queensland 2016.

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Throughout my studies and career as a gymnastics coach I have been provided with innumerable experiences which have set me on the path of becoming a paediatric occupational therapist. My clinical placements with children at Nanango State School and Murri School provided with the opportunity to develop targeted classroom and individual therapy programs aiming to improve engagement with classroom occupations, for example; reading, writing, listening, sharing and socialising. I also have experience with home modifications and equipment prescription through my work with Montrose Access (in-home and community respite). I have also been lucky enough work with a volunteer company in creating an occupational therapy presence in a developing country (Cambodia).

In my experience as a gymnastics coach I have worked with children from 2 years to 18 years. I have gained a great deal of skills in not only improving whole body strength and coordination, but more importantly communication, empathy, patience and above all, the ability to have fun whenever and wherever I may be!

I have always had a particular interest in the social occupations of children and have a great deal of experience in working with children who may need a bit more time or help in bringing these skills to the forefront.

I use a variety of hands-on, flexible, fun and individually tailored techniques to give the child and their family the skills that they need to engage in everyday life. The best part about working with children is their uniqueness, eccentricity and ability to view the world positively, even when others cannot see it. These particular attributes resonate very strongly within myself. I believe as a therapist it is important to recognise that I have as much to gain from working with children and their families as I have to give.

 

Taylor Funk – Speech Pathologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours Class 1), University of Queensland, 2012.

I have practical experience working with government and not-for-profit organisations with clients across a range of ages in rural and city locations. I enjoy bringing a holistic and family –centered approach to my speech pathology sessions. I particularly love discovering what makes each child “tick” and personalising our sessions so that they are both motivating and enjoyable. I consider parents and carers to be an essential component of therapy and seek to include, encourage and empower them.

I enjoy learning and continually seek to update my skills across all areas of children’s speech pathology, including speech sounds, language, literacy, autism, disability and how trauma can impact on a child’s development. I’m also very interested in finding or creating communication systems or tools for those children who are non-verbal or require additional support to assist with their verbal communication.

Taylor holds certifications in the following therapy programs and techniques, but uses a combination of modern, research-based approaches when working with children, to suit each individual’s needs:

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Melody Sha – Speech Pathologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland, 2014.

I have been working in private practice since becoming a speech pathologist, and have gained experience working with children with a range of different abilities. I have experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and supporting their families, and have worked with children between the ages of 2 to 18, for speech, language, stuttering and literacy intervention in clinic, school and home settings. My clients really look forward to coming to speech therapy each week as I have a fun and functional approach to therapy.

One of my special interests is working with culturally and linguistically diverse children. I have had the opportunity to provide speech pathology services on Brisbane’s south side, working with children who are learning English as a second language. I am also passionate about working with children with speech sound difficulties and have completed training in Cued Articulation – one of the many tools that can help children to develop their speech.

I find working as a mobile therapist at Boost Therapy very rewarding, visiting children in a familiar environment in which they are most comfortable in.  I believe that it is extremely important to educate and involve parents in the assessment and therapy process as they spend the most time with their children and it is so helpful for us to work collaboratively when setting goals for kids.

Melody is also a fluent speaker of Mandarin.

Melody holds certifications in the following therapy programs and techniques, but uses a combination of modern, research-based approaches when working with children, to suit each individual’s needs:

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Chloe Turner – Speech Pathologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland, 2014.

Prior to joining the Boost Therapy team, I worked between two Brisbane paediatric private practice clinics. I gained invaluable experience helping children from 2-17yrs with a broad array of speech and language difficulties. These include children with articulation, phonology, language, and/or literacy difficulties, stuttering, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cornelia de Lang syndrome and Down syndrome.

I deliver therapy in schools, kindergartens, homes and clinics in Brisbane and Logan. I often work with children with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and with families who have recently migrated to Australia. Over time I have developed a particular interest for working with children with fluency and motor speech disorders, including stuttering and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

I absolutely love working with such a diverse range of children. I love seeing their personalities come to life and watching their confidence and self-esteem increase. I deeply believe in family-centred therapy, where parents are a pivotal member of the therapy team. I also believe in making therapy individualised and fun, so that speech therapy is a highlight of every week!

Chloe holds certifications in the following therapy programs and techniques, but uses a combination of modern, research-based approaches when working with children, to suit each individual’s needs:

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Michael Markovic – Speech Pathologist

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Qualifications: Bachelor of Speech Pathology, University of Queensland, 2013

Since becoming a speech pathologist, I have gained valuable experience working in the city and the outback. I have worked in both government and private practice settings with children who have speech, language and literacy difficulties.

I particularly enjoy working in a mobile private practice. This gives me the chance to see how children function in their natural environments such as home and school. Seeing how children’s communication difficulties affect their activity and participation in these natural settings provides valuable information that assists me to set goals that are meaningful and individualised for each child. Working as a mobile therapist also gives me more opportunities to speak directly with parents and teachers and to set goals collaboratively.

I have a particular interest in language and literacy. Finding ways to make therapy for these targets engaging and enjoyable is a fun challenge! Even though I aim provide evidence based and responsive strategies for parents and teachers to help their children develop their communication skills, I believe in teamwork and I greatly value what I learn from the families and teachers I work with too.

Michael holds certifications in the following therapy programs and techniques, but uses a combination of modern, research-based approaches when working with children, to suit each individual’s needs:

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