Our Team

Our Commitment to our families and the local Community

Our Commitment to our Community

At Pearson Allied Health Services, we strive to be a leader in the disability sector, providing a range of individual and group services to assist people with disabilities to live a quality and wholesome life and to engage in their local community. We provide tailored and person-centred services to over 400 South Australians with disabilities throughout the Adelaide metropolitan area and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

I strongly believe that each and every person with a disability deserves the right to live the fullest and most fulfilling life. No person should be unable to participate in activities of their choice or have the ability to access their community limited due to inadequate facilities, accessibility, training or negative stigmas. Myself and my team will advocate to the best of our abilities to ensure any person with a disability has an equal opportunities to live their best life possible.

– Karen Pearson

We strive to lead change in our local community by addressing the publics’ perspectives by building greater knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities. This includes communicating with local businesses, school, aged care facilities and health providers to build their capacity to work with people with disabilities and ensure their services are appropriate and accessible.


Our Commitment to our Staff.

We recognise that our team is our most important asset and as such we strive to maintain a positive, supportive and happy workplace. At Pearson Allied Health Services, we pride ourselves on maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, drawing on the strengths, different experiences and backgrounds of our team to meet the unique and varied needs of our Participants.

We understand that to meet the unique needs of our Participants, not only do we need a diverse team, but we also need a highly skilled team, who employ evidence based practices throughout their work. We maintain this through our comprehensive staff training program that includes regular in-house and external professional development opportunities. This is complemented by our team of Senior Therapists who bring a wealth of knowledge from both the public and private sector and complete regular supervision sessions with all staff to ensure they are supported and best practice approaches are utilised.

Karen Pearson

Managing Director and Speech Pathologist

Quality service requires a team! Meet ours…

Amanda Hollingsworth

Senior Developmental Educator/Mentoring Coordinator

BDisComRehab Amanda has extensive experience working in the disabilities sector, working first as a Disability Support Worker before graduating in [...]

Andrew Gaborit

Operations Manager

GradCertDisSt Andrew has over two decades of experience working in the disabilities sector, working for both Government and Non-Government agen [...]

Breeanna Witmitz

Occupational Therapist

BSc(OT) Bree has previously worked in the aged care sector, providing pain management treatments to individuals in both metropolitan and regional S [...]

Brooke Brown

Client Support Officer

Brooke has always been passionate about working in a child focused industry as she has always enjoyed working with and being around children. Whilst B [...]

Jessica Crispe

Occupational Therapist

BHlthSc and MOT Prior to joining the Pearson Allied Health Services team in early 2017, Jess has provided therapeutic interventions to children wit [...]

Karen Pearson

Managing Director and Speech Pathologist

BSpPath Karen first became fascinated in the practice of Speech Pathology after two of her own children needed a Speech Pathologist. This interest [...]

Katie Laakmann

Speech Pathologist

BSpPath Katie joined the Pearson Allied Health Services team in mid 2016 as an Allied Health Assistant and Client Support Officer whilst she comple [...]

Leanne Brown

Client Support Officer and Mentor Scheduler

Leanne is passionate about children and ensuring they have access to the services they need to thrive and develop. She joined the Pearson Allied Healt [...]

Mary Ogle

Developmental Educator and Mentor

BDisDevEd(RehabCouns) Mary strongly believes that everyone has the right to participate in society, have equal access, and to have the same choices [...]

Melanie Mehuys

Social Worker

BSocWkSocPg After graduating in early 2017, Melanie joined the Pearson Allied Health Services team as a Social Worker and Support Coordinator. Thro [...]

Nicholas Smith

Chief Executive Officer

BPsychSc Joining the Pearson Allied Health Services team in 2014, Nicholas has had roles in service delivery, operations and management and has [...]

Rhianna Cheney

Speech Pathologist

BSpPath Joining the Pearson Allied Health Services team after graduating in December 2016, Rhianna has shown herself to be a conscientious and empa [...]

Sharon McGowan

Senior Speech Pathologist

BSpPath Graduating in 2003, Sharon has had roles in both Government and Non-government organisations in metro and regional South Australia in Healt [...]

Tegan Ashton

Speech Pathologist

BBehavSc and MSpPath Before commencing her Masters of Speech Pathology, Tegan worked overseas as a live in nanny and completed a Bachelor of Behavi [...]

Tracey Bourne


BCom(Acct) Tracey has more than 10 years finance experience, working in accounting and legal firms in Adelaide and in Port Lincoln. In these roles, [...]

Yasmine Smith

Morphett Vale Practice Manager and Scheduling Officer

Prior to joining the Pearson Allied Health Services team in February 2017, Yasmine held management positions in the retail sector, managing teams of j [...]