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 and support services sector, driving positive changes in the sector and community to empower people with disabilities. We provide a range of individual and group services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of the person and assist them to live the life they want. We design our programs to ensure people with disabilities are receiving the supports they need to live comfortably and to access and engage with 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, helping them to best utilise their NDIS funding and to connect into existing community and government programs and services.

We strive to lead change in our local community by addressing the public’s perspectives of people with disabilities, through building greater knowledge and understanding of disabilities. This includes working with local businesses, governments organisations and community groups to build their understanding and ability 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 supportive, positive and happy workplace and team culture. Through ongoing investment in staff culture and training, we work to ensure we have a happy and productive team to provide high quality services to our Participants. We pride ourselves on maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, drawing on the unique individual strengths, experiences and backgrounds of each member of our team.

 

Our Commitment to Ongoing Training and Development

To meet the ongoing unique and individual needs of our participants, we are committed to ongoing staff training and development to ensure we are providing high quality and evidence-based services. We maintain this through a combination of regular staff supervision, quarterly full staff training and planning days and external professional development opportunities. Our training program includes specialist training in therapies, practices and disabilities, general best practice principle and standards training, and staff culture and team building programs.

Karen Pearson

Managing Director and Speech Pathologist

Quality service needs a quality team! Meet ours…

Leadership Team

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 [...]

Robert Godden

General Manager

Experience and background: Robert has responsibility for the non-clinical aspects of the PAHS operation. He brings a diversity of management consul [...]

Tracey Bourne

Accountant

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

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 [...]

Speech Pathologists

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 [...]

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 [...]

Occupational Therapists And Play Therapists

Jenny Witmitz

Behavioural and Play Therapist

Jenny is a Behavioural and Play therapist with a Bachelor of Special Education and Diploma of teaching (Early Childhood Education). She comes to us wi [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Social Workers / Support Coordinators

Christopher Smith

Specialist Support Coordinator and Social Worker

BSocWkSocPg   Chris has worked in the human services and disabilities field for over a decade, with roles including: Personal Care Worker, [...]

Nicola Hammond

Specialist Support Coordinator and Social Worker

Nicola joined the team at Pearson Allied Health Services in late 2018, Nicola is a social worker and has had experience working with families and yout [...]

Peta Hallett

Specialist Support Coordinator and Social Worker

Working days: Monday to Friday Experience and background: Peta has recently joined the Pearson team and has completed a Bachelor of Social Wo [...]

Zane Treleven

Social Worker and Specialist Support Co-ordinator

Before joining Pearson Allied Health, Zane worked in the youth homelessness field for two and a half years. During his first social work placement, Za [...]

Developmental Educators & Behavioural Team

Bec Weston

Clinical Lead, Behaviour Support Team

Working Days: Monday - Friday Experience and Background: Bec is a Social Worker who has been working in the community services sector since 2 [...]

Hannah Telford

Developmental Educator and Behavioural Therapist

Working days: Monday to Friday Experience and background: Prior to joining the Pearson Allied Health team in 2019, Hannah worked as a retail [...]

Megan Crome

Developmental Educator

Working Days: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays   Experience and Background: Children's Church leader Volunteer 2011- Current Chr [...]

Michael Smith

Social Worker and Behavioural Practitioner

Michael graduated in 2014, Prior to working at PAHS Michael worked in Junction Australia’s, Exceptional Needs Unit for young people and adults with [...]

Peter Rankine

(Consultant) Senior Psychologist & Behavioural Practitioner

Peter conducts Autism Spectrum Diagnostic assessments and is a leading clinician in PAHS behavioural support team. Peter has had a long and disting [...]

Administration Team

Brooke Brown

Group Coordinator & Scheduling 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 [...]

Chloe Kelleher

Client Services Officer

Proactive, hardworking and innovative Administrations Officer with extensive background in Administrative Duties, Service Delivery, Program Coordinati [...]

Kelsey Gore

Administration

Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (changes) Experience and background: Having a younger brother with disabilities Kelsey has h [...]

Mentors

Leanne Brown

Mentor Co-ordinator

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 [...]

David Beck

Mentor Coordinator

Experience and background: David’s main role is as the personal assistant to the Director and as such can be a jack of all trades, filling in whe [...]

Randal Fairlie

Working hours: Works full time Staff Background Experience and Background: Team Leader/House Manager in home support work/disability day option [...]

Arron Billing

Mentor

Working Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays - subject to change depending on his University Schedule   Experience and Background: I [...]

Luke Van Gool

Mentor

Luke works part time and while sharing care of his two young daughters. Luke enjoys martial arts (2 time Australian champion, in Taekwondo) , and k [...]

Robbie Poignand

Mentor

Working days: Monday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Experience and background: Robert has worked in the Aged Care and Disability secto [...]

Sam Jordan

Administration Assistant and Domestic Support

Experience and background: Sam joined the PAHS team in December 2016, with over 20years working in the domestic/hospitality industry, also raising [...]

Brooke Shaw

Allied Health Assistant & Mentor

Working days: Mondays, Tuesdays and weekends but is subject to change depending on her university schedule. Experience and background: Brooke [...]

Sam Webb

Mentor

Working days: Monday to Friday Experience and background: Samantha decided to care for people when her own father was diagnosed with Parkinso [...]

Pamela Stasiuk

Mentor

Working days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday (fortnightly) and Sunday (fortnightly) Experience and background: Pamela first got [...]

David Martin

Mentor

Working Days:   Experience and Background: David has 28yrs experience in Landscape gardening and Home Maintenance. He also enjoys the od [...]

Anne Drury-Godden

Mentor

Working days: It varies. Experience and background: Anne has a background in community services, primarily helping people with mental health [...]

Graham Beck

Mentor

Working days:   Experience and background: Graham has a lot of experience in Epilepsy with a close family member. His brother also had M [...]

Courtney Ross

Mentor

Experience and background: Courtney has 2 years’ experience within the disability field as a mentor and support worker. Interests and hobbies: [...]

Yuan Lau

Mentor

Interests and hobbies: Yuan has a cert 3 in Disability Support and enjoys helping people to reach their goals. He likes watching television and pla [...]

David Dishon

Experience and Background: David has spent 6 years with Legacy as a mentor on a voluntary basis previously. He enjoys being a mentor and improving peo [...]

Tara Muller

Working hours: Full time Experience and Background: Previously I have been a youth mentor and peer support leader. 1 child with ADHD and ASD, so [...]

Tracy West

Working hours: Every day Experience and Background: Customer Service Personal Training Motivation Support Guidance Interests and Hobbies: [...]

Helena Hyde

Working hours: Every day Experience and Background: Working with kids with behaviour challenges and trauma to behave in a group environment and [...]

Compton Nunes

Working hours: Mondays and Thursdays Experience and Background: Compton has 14-years’ experience with Aged Care and Disability Care in large n [...]

David Edwards

Working hours: Monday to Friday Experience and Background: David has lots of experience in working both in one on one and group mentor roles. Fl [...]

Louis Parcell

Working hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays Experience and Background: 2 years as a photographer - Now currently 2 years through his bach [...]

Angela Steel

Working hours: Monday - Friday Experience and Background: 16 years customer service supervisor. Personal care worker at Sandpiper lodge. Basic [...]

Tara Farris

Working hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Experience and Background: Tara has had business experience in Hair and Beauty salons. She also h [...]