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THE MY THERAPY HOUSE® TEAM

Meet our caring and passionate team

Dana Baltutis

DIR Floortime® Certified Speech Pathologist and Trainer

BAppSc(SpPath), MSc(CommDisStudies), GradDip(EdAdmin)

“I believe the foundation for all relationships is understanding and communicating.”

Dana knows about communication and relationships. She is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. Dana was the first Speech Pathologist to be DIR Floortime® Certified in Australia. She has worked as a DIR Floortime® practitioner in her own private practice since 2007. Dana believes language is a complex process which not only involves understanding spoken words, but more importantly understanding people’s intentions, nonverbal information, what their bodies are doing and what is happening in their space. Dana works with children’s language and social-emotional development in a sensory-motor and play environment, taking into consideration, the children’s individual differences in a relationship-based context with their parents, siblings, peers and other significant people in their life.

Dana is a certified Profectum Academy Trainer in the DIR Model and Foundational Capacities for Development (FCD). She is also a certified Hanen® Speech Pathologist in It Takes Two to Talk®, More than Words®, Learning Language and Loving It™ and Talkability™ trainer. She is also a certified Marte Meo® Therapist and has an 'Expert DIR Floortime® Provider' qualification through the Interdisciplinary Council of Development and Learning (ICDL) and Profectum. She has worked with Georgina Ahrens, DIR Floortime® Certified Occupational Therapist in Sydney providing DIR Floortime® family consults as well as professional and parent training locally, nationally and internationally.

Celeste Dwarka

Family Support Worker and Administration Assistant

"I believe each family and child are unique and precious."

Celeste knows about families, NDIS and other systems and how to help families navigate through these, sometimes daunting and exhausting systems. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience from working in a number of industries and locations including London and Hayman Island. Celeste has a family of her own and knows what it is like to juggle family, work and other pressures and committments. Celeste has a Diploma of Management, Certificate IV in Frontline Management, Certificate IV in Language, Literacy & Numeracy Assessment and Training, Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Celeste provides our families and staff with administration and emotional support including understanding and sourcing funding options, scheduling and assisting with creating client service plans. Celeste assists parents by researching and sourcing any resource a parent may need. Importantly Celeste will help make parents and children feel welcomed and nurtured when they visit My Therapy House® .

PATSY TAN

MUSIC THERAPIST

PhD (MUSIC THERAPY) Board Certified Music Therapist, MT-BC (USA) Registered Music Therapist, RMT (Australia) Certified in Neurologic Music Therapy, NMT (USA) Certiified in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy, NICU-MT(USA)

"I believe music speaks when other forms of communication fail."

Patsy knows how emotions can be communicated through music. She uses music as a form of communication with clients who are not able to express themselves via words or gestures.

Patsy started classical music training at the age of 5 and attained the United Kingdom’s Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 certificate in piano at the age of 12 and flute at the of age 15. She then moved to the United States of America to receive further training to be a concert pianist until she had a hand injury that forced her to give up her career as a performer. It was during her rehabilitation period that she came to know about music therapy when she was invited by a music therapist to play for the elderly in a nursing home for a Christmas party. This experience changed her life and vocation. It allowed her to observe how the Music Therapist facilitated connection and relationship through music and highlighted to her how music can be used as a form of communication when people cannot express what they feel, want and need in words. This gave Patsy a new career pathway in her passion, music.

Patsy then embarked on a new journey to be trained as a music therapist. Today, Patsy is an American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Board Certified as well as Australian Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Registered Music Therapist who is also certified in Neurologic Music Therapy and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Music Therapy.

For the past 20 years, Patsy worked in the United States, Taiwan and Singapore as a Music Therapist. Music is the key to connection, communication, relationships across all cultures and regions. Patsy has worked across different cultures, and she understands that in some cultures in order for connection and communication to happen with the child, she needs to work with extended family members, such as the grandparents. Music is the bridge that brings everybody together to facilitate the child’s development.

Patsy moved to Adelaide in December 2016 and joined the My Therapy HouseⓇ team whereby she will be contributing her skills and knowledge together with the team in providing each child with individualized holistic intervention. Patsy believes that Adelaide is an ideal place for her to help educate her own teenage daughter and further develop and expand her knowledge and skills in working with children with special needs and their families.

Being a newcomer to the city and country, she strongly believes My Therapy HouseⓇ is a loving place that will be able to assist her in understanding special needs in Australia and that she will be able to receive valuable guidance from all her colleagues. She will be working closely with Dana and the team. Patsy is proud to be part of the My Therapy HouseⓇ family and looking forward to working together with all the children and families.

Patsy is one of the founders of the International Association for Music and Medicine and will be continuing her research and teaching in this area in Adelaide through The University of Adelaide and My Therapy HouseⓇ.

For more about Dr Patsy Tan's publications, please click here.

For more information about the benefits of Music Therapy, please click here.




Alyssa Cummings

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc(OccTh)

“I believe understanding our own and other’s individual profiles is the foundation for connection and relationships.”

Alyssa knows about people's bodies, the way they move and process information. She is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about DIR Floortime®. Alyssa has completed the Profectum Basic Course in DIR and the Functional Capacities for Development Certificate. She currently receives supervision by Georgina Ahrens BAppSc (OT), a DIR Floortime® Certified Occupational Therapist from Kids World Paediatric Therapy in Sydney, who works closely with Dana. Alyssa’s passion is helping parents understand their own sensory and motor profile and individual differences, as well as their child’s profile, and how these interact together to facilitate the child’s social-emotional, play, behaviour and daily living capacities and development.

Alyssa’s experience is helping the child to become more aware of and understand their body, the way they move and process information, sensory integration, social-emotional development, community health, groups and family interventions.

Kerry Herbert

Developmental Early Childhood Educator/Play Therapist Trainee

Dip. Ed. (Early Childhood Education)

"I believe that each child learns through play in their own way, and it is up to us to discover and embrace their way."

Kerry knows about play and learning. She is an experienced, energetic, understanding qualified teacher, passionate about working with children and families in a playful social-emotional context. Kerry has extensive experience in working with children and young people who require assistance in their formative learning years. Kerry has always included music, movement, dance and drama in her play and education sessions and programs. When planning and implementing a session for the child, Kerry considers each child's and young person's development, home background, interests, skills and abilities and provides experiences that encompass the whole child as they learn through play. Her sessions engage the children and young people in play experiences that stimulate and extend their natural curiosity and creativity and involve songs, music, drama, stories and play. Kerry is being supervised by Kaja Weeks who is a DIRFloortime® certified Music Educator in the USA. Kerry works therapeutically within a DIRFloortime® framework with the child’s family and My Therapy House® Team to help children meet their developmental milestones including social-emotional development, play, communication, gross and fine motor skills, learning and self-help skills. Kerry is currently a trainee in Therapeutic Play Skills.

Craig Clarke

Operations and Human Resource Manager

"I believe all families deserve a high quality service."

Craig Clarke works tirelessly behind the scenes organising employees and ensuring they feel happy and secure working at My Therapy House® to meet the needs of our clients and families.

Craig has a marketing and business degree and understands what is needed to get a business up and running and maintaining it's flow and function. Craig is the handyman, the negotiator, the tradesperson, and the person who listens to our needs and concerns as staff members. Without Craig, we would not be able to deliver a great service to our clients and families.