Jo completed her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle (UON) in 2019. After completing occupational therapy placements with a diverse range of people in hospitals, primary schools, a university clinic, rehabilitation centres, the community and a non for profit organisation, Jo always felt her calling was within the paediatric field.
After working on the central coast for twelve months in a multidisciplinary clinic helping babies, children, teenagers and adults living with cerebral palsy and other neurological and physical disabilities, Jo’s passion to work in the paediatric field was finally fulfilled when she started working in her “dream job” with the AFOT team. Jo loves working with families to set meaningful goals and likes to find fun, interesting and engaging ways to work towards achieving these goals.
Jo’s previous career as a special education teacher working with infants, primary and high school aged children sparked her initial interest in pursuing a career in Occupational Therapy. Additionally, Jo also has experience as an allied health assistant, a coordinator of supports and has conducted a scoping review which researched the use of sensory diets in occupational therapy.
Jo is really a big kid; she loves to play and is always on the lookout for new toys and resources to make her sessions fun and engaging.
Fun fact: Jo has a menagerie of pets at home including two crazy dogs, two cuddly cats and a fish tank filled with lots of different creatures including fish, snails and shrimp.