Capable Spaces provides occupational therapy for adults with neurological conditions.
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Karen is the Founder and Clinical Director of Capable Spaces. Karen has worked as a senior Occupational Therapist in both public and private health sectors across the Hunter region for more than 20 years.
Karen enjoys leading our team of passionate occupational therapists and has worked in Hunter/Newcastle Australia for over 25 years.
Karen has a passion for supporting adults with progressive neurological conditions, spinal cord injury, and palliative care, and is an approved Case Manager with icare.
As an educator, Karen presents online training to empower OTs across Australia in devising innovative solutions to help meet client needs. For fun, Karen enjoys walking at our amazing beaches, going to musicals, visiting Disney parks, and weightlifting.
Cheryl grew up in rural NSW and Newcastle and has worked in regional Australia and in Ireland before returning to Newcastle to practice for the last 16 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Newcastle in 2001. In recent years, Cheryl has returned to University of Newcastle as a casual academic to engage in training the next generation of Occupational Therapists.
Cheryl has experience in rehabilitation, acute hospital care, residential aged care and community care, working in the public and private sector in senior and specialist roles. Cheryl is a clinical specialist in Oncology. She has a special interest in pressure injury management, has presented on this topic at conferences and been the allied health representative on Wounds Australia National Committee. Cheryl has a passion for holistic care, incorporating breath regulation and mindfulness into work with shortness of breath and anxiety management.
At Capable Spaces, Cheryl enjoys working with a range of clients with a particular interest in progressive neurological conditions, palliative care and oncology. Cheryl is confident in the prescription of assistive technology and home modifications and brings a breadth of experience, flexibility, and enthusiasm to her work.
Erika has lived in the Hunter Valley for most of her life. She graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney in 2009 and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Sydney in 2018.
Erika is a kind hearted and empathetic person who has a caring nature and inquisitive attitude.
Erika has recently commenced her role as an Occupational Therapist after a period of time away. During her time away from OT practise, she has developed a deep understanding of the NDIS and its intricacies. Erika has also been involved in the public health system where she is a member of a number of committees at a local, district and NSW ministry level working to better the human experiences for all consumers of healthcare and advocate for the general populations’ needs. Erika has lived experience of disability and uses these experiences to shape the way she approaches each client’s unique situation.
At Capable Spaces, Erika works with a variety of clients with physical disabilities and utilises her knowledge of the NDIS processes to work towards achieving the best possible outcomes for all. Erika has a strong skillset in completing functional capacity and housing assessments and is confident in AT prescription.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Tracy came all the way out to Newcastle to pursue her studies in Occupational Therapy. She graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2021 and enjoys the ability to help people throughout different stages of life when returning to activities that are meaningful and important to them.
Tracy worked in the hospital sector until she joined the CS Team in 2023. She works with a variety of clients with different neurological conditions and has a strong desire to help people fulfil their life roles and participate in activities they need or want to do.
Tracy enjoys working as a team with her clients and values her client’s input to help achieve their goals. After all, you’re the expert in your own life. Tracy works hard to do whatever she can to help support you and your team along the way.
Outside of work, you’ll find Tracy doing all sorts of outdoor activities, including snowboarding (during winter seasons of course), scuba diving, rock climbing, camping and hiking.
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