Allied Health Therapies

Meet the Team

Sarena Jones

Occupational Therapist

Sarena began her career in an occupational rehabilitation role for youth with brain injuries then spent several years in acute and rehabilitative rotational positions across Victorian hospitals.  Shortly after she travelled to the UK and for many years, worked across London and regional areas in general acute, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, complex neurological rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, rapid response, intermediate care and community health / social services positions.  In between, upon short visits home to Australia, she worked in transition care and community rehabilitation positions, before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast.  Here she has worked across adult in-patient rehab, out-patient rehab and leadership roles for 15 years. In 2016 she created Allied Health Support Services to support other health professionals. In early 2018, however, her vision of creating the Australian Allied Health Awards came to life.

As an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience, Sarena is super passionate about supporting, linking and celebrating health professionals.

Now Sarena enjoys seeing a variety of clients under the NDIS and supporting a team of amazing health professionals as well as managing national Allied Health businesses

Sarena’s ideal super power: not requiring sleep!

Sarena’s secret skill: b***sh*t radar!

Sarena’s interests: eating, travelling, reading, beach, dance, Pilates, walking the doggo and her kids (better say that!)

Emily East

Emily East

Occupational Therapist

Emily graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of occupational therapy (Honours).  She is passionate about ensuring each client’s journey is individualised and their personal goals are the forefront of their treatment. She is motivated to support the client to remain independent and safe to ensure they remain living within their own home. Emily’s achieves these outcomes by implementing evidence-based practice and using this to guide her assessments and interventions.

Emily has experience amongst a broad range of conditions and has provided occupational therapy services to individuals with cognitive and neurological conditions, intellectual disability, chronic conditions, physical & psychosocial disabilities. 

Emily also holds a Cert 4 in Mental Health!

Emily’s ideal super power: Time travel

Emily’s secret skill: Napping

Emily’s interests: Beach, travel and baking

Eliza Weis

Occupational Therapist

Eliza has been working as an Occupational Therapist for 16 years. She commenced her career in Brisbane at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and Greenslopes laying down a foundation of skills in rehabilitation, orthopaedic and the acute settings.

She then travelled to the UK and had a further 6 roles all over England from Hastings all the way up to Sunderland. The roles were varied from Community Hospitals, chronic brain injury facility, inpatient Rehabilitation, orthopaedic and facilitating discharges.

Returning home she relocated from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and commenced work as a Case Manager in a Community Rehabilitation team for Queensland Health. The role progressed to periods of Clinical OT seeing clients in their own home and then facilitating discharge from the Emergency Department. Secondment opportunities occurred also allowing her a year in the Community Chronic Conditions Service. During this period Eliza developed a strong desire to work clinically with clients in their own homes.

After 11.5 great years with Queensland Health, Eliza is delighted to embark on a new journey where the opportunity to support people to optimise their quality of life and work towards goals important to them is the main focus.

Eliza’s ideal super power: To be able to teleport to different locations within seconds – relinquish the need for long haul flights.

Eliza’s secret skill: seeing people’s strengths.

Eliza’s interests: exercise, reading, the beach, going to parties, spending time with family, friends and her beloved Schnauzer Louie.

Lesley Greenwood

Occupational Therapist

I have been an OT for 18 years and I absolutely love my job. I have been fortunate to have work in places that have provided me with a vast range of experience both inpatient and community. I have predominantly worked in the community both in the UK and in Australia. I am passionate about maintaining a person’s ability to stay in their own home safely, as well as maximising their independence.

  • Complex care
  • Rehabilitation and retraining 
  • Minor and Major Modification
  • AMPS Assessments
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Dementia Care
  • Aged Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Spinal and Brain Injury
  • Assistive Technology
  • NDIS

Lesley ideal super power: Talk to Animals

Lesley secret skill: I am a pretty good singer

Lesley interests:, Travelling, reading, going to theatre, singing, spending time with great people, being outside in nature, swimming.

Sarah Bloomfield

Dietitian & Nutritionist

Sarah is an accredited practicing Dietitian-Nutritionist with 20 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical and leadership roles within the public and private healthcare sectors in Queensland.

Sarah has experience providing nutrition assessment and support for a diverse range of acute and chronic conditions, including physical, neurological, and intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, cancer care and gastrointestinal disorders.

Sarah is a caring clinician who works alongside clients experiencing a variety of nutrition issues which may include; gut issues, malnutrition, dysphagia, food avoidance, sensory issues, weight management, immobility, fatigue, food access and nutrition knowledge.

Her passion for providing high quality, evidence-based nutrition services has been demonstrated through her contribution to service planning and development of innovative and multidisciplinary models of care for health services on the sunshine coast.

Sarah enjoys working in a team environment and appreciates the value this brings to patient care. She draws on evidence-based nutrition science as the foundation of her consultations, incorporating this into the provision of practical and holistic nutrition therapy and support aimed at optimising health and quality of life.

Sarah appreciates a work-life balance spending valuable time with her husband and two daughters, embracing the Sunshine Coast culture of a healthy lifestyle.

Sarah’s ideal super power:  To be in 10 places at once.  Literally…..

Sarah’s secret skill:  Has MC Hammer moves… hehe (well I did)

Sarah’s Interests: Yoga, Reading, Laughing, Shopping, Travel, My beautiful daughters and my Golden retrievers (oh and of course my husband)

And being a super Dance Mum!

Jeremy O’Leary

Physiotherapist

Jeremy has been a physiotherapist for over 40 years the majority of that in Queensland Health. On graduation however he worked for 3 years in a musculoskeletal private practice in Gympie. He has worked in regional (Townsville) and metropolitan (Princess Alexandra) hospitals before settling on the Sunshine Coast. It was at PAH that he found his passion for rehabilitation physiotherapy. He particularly enjoyed working in the spinal injuries unit where he was challenged everyday with the complexity of client presentations.

On the Sunshine Coast his clinical focus continued to be rehabilitation but he also worked in the acute and outpatient settings covering cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal caseloads.

He was based in Caloundra Hospital since 2001 when he became the Assistant Director of the Physiotherapy department. While there he was lucky to be a founding staff member of the Day Therapy Unit which grew into the current Community Rehabilitation Team. Jeremy worked in this team as an advanced physiotherapist and or manager helping to steer it through the ever-changing health landscape until he resigned early 2022.

Jeremy has expertise in neurological, lower limb amputee and general rehabilitation working with adult and adolescent clients. He collaborates closely with his client’s team, family and other stakeholders for the best client outcomes.

Jeremy’s ideal super Power: ability to stop time

Jeremy’s secret skill: seeing connections between seemingly unrelated fields

Jeremy’s interests: exercise, reading, travel (caravanning), exploring new places – what’s around that headland? – meditation and spending time with his wife and family.

Natalie Love

Social Worker

Natalie has over 15 years experience working as a Social Worker in Community, Government and Private settings. With a passion for working through complex needs in a person centered and collaborative way, Natalie enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams to get the best outcomes for her clients.

Natalie has experience working with health and disability needs, ASD in Children and Adults, Child Safety Matters and Housing within the NDIS Sector. Natalie has a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work by research where she explored the role of Animals in Social Work practice.

For the last 10 years Natalie has been working as an Equine Assisted Therapist and is currently training in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy to expand her practice. Natalie has studied with the University of Denver and completed a certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy, Activities and Learning through their Graduate School of Social Work.

While completing her Masters Natalie worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she supported Social Work students on their placements. Natalie continues to have a commitment to support emerging social workers and other allied health into their profession with a focus on career direction and sustainable practice.

Natalie’s ideal superpower: Speaking all Animal Languages 

Natalie’s secret skill: Reading a Room

Abigail Kent

Administrator

Abi is our clinical administrator here at Allied Health Therapies and has 7 years-experience in all things allied health administration! She has experience across many different professions including occupational therapy, psychology, social work and general counsellors.

She has a strong focus on organisation, productivity and attention to detail whilst building strong relationships with clients, families and their support teams. If you any questions, Abi is your go to!

Abi is also mum to three beautiful kids…

Abi’s ideal super power: super speed, so I can keep up with my kids and clean up in 3 seconds!

Abi’s secret skill: can fall asleep anywhere

Abi’s hobbies include: cooking, swimming, spending time with her girls and her dog Freddie!

Karina Patrick

Administrator

Karina began her career as a registered nurse, working for 8 years in various areas including acute spinal, neurosurgery, general medical, and care coordination. After taking time off to be full time mum to her three beautiful children, she’s back to work with all things Allied Health administration!

Karina loves getting to know people and their stories and will go above and beyond to help someone with any problem. She believes organisation is the key a happy mind and loves getting stuck into a good challenge.

Secret Skill: Karina is also a qualified Aerial Pilates instructor, so when not working or dealing with her family, she can generally be found upside down ‘hanging out’ in her silk!

Ideal Super Power: The ability to instantly heal wounds and injuries.

Interests: Gym, Pilates, Reading, Dining out with wonderful people, Travel, Walking the dogs, Hanging out with my family.

Sarena Jones

Occupational Therapist

Sarena began her career in an occupational rehabilitation role for youth with brain injuries then spent several years in acute and rehabilitative rotational positions across Victorian hospitals.  Shortly after she travelled to the UK and for many years, worked across London and regional areas in general acute, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, complex neurological rehabilitation, acquired brain injury, rapid response, intermediate care and community health / social services positions.  In between, upon short visits home to Australia, she worked in transition care and community rehabilitation positions, before finally settling on the Sunshine Coast.  Here she has worked across adult in-patient rehab, out-patient rehab and leadership roles for 15 years. In 2016 she created Allied Health Support Services to support other health professionals. In early 2018, however, her vision of creating the Australian Allied Health Awards came to life.

As an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience, Sarena is super passionate about supporting, linking and celebrating health professionals.

Now Sarena enjoys seeing a variety of clients under the NDIS and supporting a team of amazing health professionals as well as managing national Allied Health businesses

Sarena’s ideal super power: not requiring sleep!

Sarena’s secret skill: b***sh*t radar!

Sarena’s interests: eating, travelling, reading, beach, dance, Pilates, walking the doggo and her kids (better say that!)

Eliza Weis

Occupational Therapist

Eliza has been working as an Occupational Therapist for 16 years. She commenced her career in Brisbane at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital and Greenslopes laying down a foundation of skills in rehabilitation, orthopaedic and the acute settings.

She then travelled to the UK and had a further 6 roles all over England from Hastings all the way up to Sunderland. The roles were varied from Community Hospitals, chronic brain injury facility, inpatient Rehabilitation, orthopaedic and facilitating discharges.

Returning home she relocated from Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast and commenced work as a Case Manager in a Community Rehabilitation team for Queensland Health. The role progressed to periods of Clinical OT seeing clients in their own home and then facilitating discharge from the Emergency Department. Secondment opportunities occurred also allowing her a year in the Community Chronic Conditions Service. During this period Eliza developed a strong desire to work clinically with clients in their own homes.

After 11.5 great years with Queensland Health, Eliza is delighted to embark on a new journey where the opportunity to support people to optimise their quality of life and work towards goals important to them is the main focus.

Eliza’s ideal super power: To be able to teleport to different locations within seconds – relinquish the need for long haul flights.

Eliza’s secret skill: seeing people’s strengths.

Eliza’s interests: exercise, reading, the beach, going to parties, spending time with family, friends and her beloved Schnauzer Louie.

Lesley Greenwood

Occupational Therapist

I have been an OT for 18 years and I absolutely love my job. I have been fortunate to have work in places that have provided me with a vast range of experience both inpatient and community. I have predominantly worked in the community both in the UK and in Australia. I am passionate about maintaining a person’s ability to stay in their own home safely, as well as maximising their independence.

  • Complex care
  • Rehabilitation and retraining 
  • Minor and Major Modification
  • AMPS Assessments
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Dementia Care
  • Aged Care
  • Palliative Care
  • Spinal and Brain Injury
  • Assistive Technology
  • NDIS

Lesley ideal super power: Talk to Animals

Lesley secret skill: I am a pretty good singer

Lesley interests:, Travelling, reading, going to theatre, singing, spending time with great people, being outside in nature, swimming.

Emily East

Emily East

Occupational Therapist

Emily graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of occupational therapy (Honours).  She is passionate about ensuring each client’s journey is individualised and their personal goals are the forefront of their treatment. She is motivated to support the client to remain independent and safe to ensure they remain living within their own home. Emily’s achieves these outcomes by implementing evidence-based practice and using this to guide her assessments and interventions.

Emily has experience amongst a broad range of conditions and has provided occupational therapy services to individuals with cognitive and neurological conditions, intellectual disability, chronic conditions, physical & psychosocial disabilities. 

Emily also holds a Cert 4 in Mental Health!

Emily’s ideal super power: Time travel

Emily’s secret skill: Napping

Emily’s interests: Beach, travel and baking

Sarah Bloomfield

Dietitian & Nutritionist

Sarah is an accredited practicing Dietitian-Nutritionist with 20 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical and leadership roles within the public and private healthcare sectors in Queensland.

Sarah has experience providing nutrition assessment and support for a diverse range of acute and chronic conditions, including physical, neurological, and intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injuries, cancer care and gastrointestinal disorders.

Sarah is a caring clinician who works alongside clients experiencing a variety of nutrition issues which may include; gut issues, malnutrition, dysphagia, food avoidance, sensory issues, weight management, immobility, fatigue, food access and nutrition knowledge.

Her passion for providing high quality, evidence-based nutrition services has been demonstrated through her contribution to service planning and development of innovative and multidisciplinary models of care for health services on the sunshine coast.

Sarah enjoys working in a team environment and appreciates the value this brings to patient care. She draws on evidence-based nutrition science as the foundation of her consultations, incorporating this into the provision of practical and holistic nutrition therapy and support aimed at optimising health and quality of life.

Sarah appreciates a work-life balance spending valuable time with her husband and two daughters, embracing the Sunshine Coast culture of a healthy lifestyle.

Sarah’s ideal super power:  To be in 10 places at once.  Literally…..

Sarah’s secret skill:  Has MC Hammer moves… hehe (well I did)

Sarah’s Interests: Yoga, Reading, Laughing, Shopping, Travel, My beautiful daughters and my Golden retrievers (oh and of course my husband)

And being a super Dance Mum!

Jeremy O’Leary

Physiotherapist

Jeremy has been a physiotherapist for over 40 years the majority of that in Queensland Health. On graduation however he worked for 3 years in a musculoskeletal private practice in Gympie. He has worked in regional (Townsville) and metropolitan (Princess Alexandra) hospitals before settling on the Sunshine Coast. It was at PAH that he found his passion for rehabilitation physiotherapy. He particularly enjoyed working in the spinal injuries unit where he was challenged everyday with the complexity of client presentations.

On the Sunshine Coast his clinical focus continued to be rehabilitation but he also worked in the acute and outpatient settings covering cardiorespiratory, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal caseloads.

He was based in Caloundra Hospital since 2001 when he became the Assistant Director of the Physiotherapy department. While there he was lucky to be a founding staff member of the Day Therapy Unit which grew into the current Community Rehabilitation Team. Jeremy worked in this team as an advanced physiotherapist and or manager helping to steer it through the ever-changing health landscape until he resigned early 2022.

Jeremy has expertise in neurological, lower limb amputee and general rehabilitation working with adult and adolescent clients. He collaborates closely with his client’s team, family and other stakeholders for the best client outcomes.

Jeremy’s ideal super Power: ability to stop time

Jeremy’s secret skill: seeing connections between seemingly unrelated fields

Jeremy’s interests: exercise, reading, travel (caravanning), exploring new places – what’s around that headland? – meditation and spending time with his wife and family.

Natalie Love

Social Worker

Natalie has over 15 years experience working as a Social Worker in Community, Government and Private settings. With a passion for working through complex needs in a person centered and collaborative way, Natalie enjoys working in multidisciplinary teams to get the best outcomes for her clients.

Natalie has experience working with health and disability needs, ASD in Children and Adults, Child Safety Matters and Housing within the NDIS Sector. Natalie has a Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work by research where she explored the role of Animals in Social Work practice.

For the last 10 years Natalie has been working as an Equine Assisted Therapist and is currently training in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy to expand her practice. Natalie has studied with the University of Denver and completed a certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy, Activities and Learning through their Graduate School of Social Work.

While completing her Masters Natalie worked at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she supported Social Work students on their placements. Natalie continues to have a commitment to support emerging social workers and other allied health into their profession with a focus on career direction and sustainable practice.

Natalie’s ideal superpower: Speaking all Animal Languages 

Natalie’s secret skill: Reading a Room

Abigail Kent

Administrator

Abi is our clinical administrator here at Allied Health Therapies and has 7 years-experience in all things allied health administration! She has experience across many different professions including occupational therapy, psychology, social work and general counsellors.

She has a strong focus on organisation, productivity and attention to detail whilst building strong relationships with clients, families and their support teams. If you any questions, Abi is your go to!

Abi is also mum to three beautiful kids…

Abi’s ideal super power: super speed, so I can keep up with my kids and clean up in 3 seconds!

Abi’s secret skill: can fall asleep anywhere

Abi’s hobbies include: cooking, swimming, spending time with her girls and her dog Freddie!

Karina Patrick

Administrator

Karina began her career as a registered nurse, working for 8 years in various areas including acute spinal, neurosurgery, general medical, and care coordination. After taking time off to be full time mum to her three beautiful children, she’s back to work with all things Allied Health administration!

Karina loves getting to know people and their stories and will go above and beyond to help someone with any problem. She believes organisation is the key a happy mind and loves getting stuck into a good challenge.

Secret Skill: Karina is also a qualified Aerial Pilates instructor, so when not working or dealing with her family, she can generally be found upside down ‘hanging out’ in her silk!

Ideal Super Power: The ability to instantly heal wounds and injuries.

Interests: Gym, Pilates, Reading, Dining out with wonderful people, Travel, Walking the dogs, Hanging out with my family.