Our Therapists are passionate and dedicated to ensuring a positive experience that is unique to all clients and their families. A caring, friendly and professional approach is central to our practice.
Sarah Hickey (Occupational Therapist and Director)
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy) - The University of Sydney
Sarah has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist for over 11 years. During this time she has developed extensive knowledge and skills in Occupational Therapy Assessment, treatment and evaluation. Prior to setting up Kids First Occupational Therapy she spent much of her employment in paediatric practices located across Sydney conducting clinic, school and home therapy services. She also spent a year working in a country hospital in paediatric intervention. She has worked with a wide range of conditions including Autism, Perceptual Motor Difficulties, Handwriting difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorders, Learning Difficulties, ADHD, Hypermobility and Motor Dyspraxia and Fine and Gross Motor Skill Acquisition. From her experiences she has developed a love and passion to work with children and their families which is why she founded Kids First Occupational Therapy. Sarah is extremely passionate about continuing professional development and has completed numerous courses and training programs throughout her career.
Sarah is a highly dedicated and motivated individual who values the importance of working closely with families, health professionals and educators. She believes that therapy should not only boost confidence, learning and skill development but also be a positive, fun and enjoyable experience for the child and their family. Sarah is known for her warm and friendly nature and building caring relationships with her families.
Kim Guess (Occupational Therapist)
BHlthSc (Hons), Masters of Occupational Therapy - University of South Australia
Kim is a friendly paediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for creating individualised therapy for children. She has experience working with children with learning difficulties in pre-school services as well as primary schools in areas including fine motor, gross motor, visual motor/perceptual, behavioural and sensory processing.
Having completed her degree in Health Sciences (with Honours) and Masters in Occupational Therapy in Adelaide, she recently moved to Sydney to pursue career opportunities and explore NSW in her free time.
Her honours year involved hospital research into nutrition during pregnancy to provide optimal developmental outcomes for infants and has a published paper on the results.
She has experience working with children with developmental disabilities and autism having developed tailored primary school sensory rooms to aid in self-regulation whilst developing informative resources for teachers and parents regarding sensory regulation.
She is passionate about promoting functional skills for children for participation in activities they enjoy and values play as an avenue for therapy and learning.
Kim actively continues to improve her professional development to translate into improved outcomes for therapy and believes in a strong partnership with children, parents, teachers and other health professionals to ensure a wholistic approach and optimal outcomes.
Kylie Krost (Occupational Therapist)
BArts Masters of Occupational Therapy - The University of Sydney
Kylie is an Occupational Therapist who has previous experience working with children in various community and early intervention settings. She is passionate about supporting children to participate in meaningful everyday activities, to help them to reach their full potential and develop their confidence. Kylie has worked with children who have a broad range of conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Delays, Learning difficulties, ADHD and Down Syndrome. She has also worked with children in developing their fine motor, gross motor, visual motor/perceptual, behavioural and sensory processing or regulation skills . Kylie believes in using a strengths based approach to therapy that is fun and meaningful, but also provides the right challenge for the child. Kylie is creative in her therapy approach and believes that therapy should be individualised to meet the needs of each child. Kylie values the importance of working collaboratively with families, teachers and other allied health professionals to ensure that therapy goals can be worked on in a functional and practical way across all environments relevant to the child. She is committed to ongoing professional development and has completed various paediatric courses and training programs.
Jessica Roze-Polura (Occupational Therapist)
BHlthSc, MOT - The University of Sydney
Jess assists children to develop their confidence and resilience, as well as build their independence skills. She believes that each child has unique strengths and it is her passion to work with children and help them reach their full learning outcomes and academic potential.
Jess graduated with a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Sydney and previously completed a Bachelor of Health Science at the University of Western Sydney.
Jess has over five years experience providing occupational therapy services to children including; children who have been diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Down Syndrome, have handwriting difficulties as well as various other developmental, neurological and behavioural impairments.
She has a particular interest in early childhood and considers that the early years of schooling are the most important in a child’s life. Positive early school experiences can only be achieved through good preparation, smooth transitions to school and supportive learning environments at school and at home. Jess enjoys educating parents and teaching children life skills, in order to guide them to become more independent and confident. Jess thrives on hearing positive feedback in relation to a child’s progress from both teachers and parents, be it in their social, emotional, academic or developmental domains.
Improving the life of a child is at the heart of her approach to therapy; in particular, watching them master new skills, regain function and ultimately gain independence.
Throughout the course of therapy, Jess liaises with both families and schools in order to help implement home and school programs including (but not limited to):
Jess believes that Occupational Therapists who specialise in paediatrics pave the way in providing strategies for enhancing early childhood development – beginning in the classrooms and spreading to the wider community.
She is committed to ongoing professional development and has undertaken courses in the
Annabelle Hope (Occupational Therapist)
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy) - The University of Sydney
Annabelle is a paediatric Occupational Therapist with previous experience working within early intervention, community based and private practice settings. She has a strong interest in supporting children with Autism, ADHD, ADD, sensory processing and emotional regulation difficulties, Visual Perception and learning difficulties. Her passion in working with children was developed through a motivation to help a child reach their potential and participate in everyday activities and environments, by supporting the development of their gross motor, fine motor, visual motor and sensory processing skills.She provides a fun and supportive therapy service based on a child's strengths and interests, while also supporting their areas of need. Annabelle strives to provide functional strategies to families and teachers to assist with achieving a child’s goals within all environments. Her therapy approach is supported through a keen interest in ongoing professional development with other allied health, educational and early intervention professionals.
Annabelle’s caring and fun personality aims to promote a positive and enjoyable therapy experience for children, their parents and other professionals.
Amisha Bhana (Occupational therapist)
BAppSc (Occupational Therapy) - The University of Sydney
Amisha graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Sydney in 1999 and has extensive clinical knowledge and experience across a variety of settings. Amisha has worked in the settings of hospitals, insurers, homes, schools and pre-schools. Amisha has worked in the occupational rehabilitation setting for many years focusing on assisting people return to work following injury. Amisha has made the transition across to the paediatric world over the last three years, due to her keen interest and passion in working with children and her desire to help children strive to achieve their full potential.
Amisha is a mum to two beautiful children. Her role as a parent allows her to provide meaningful therapy sessions to school aged children and to also provide support to parents who may be experiencing difficulties adjusting to looking after a child who faces daily life challenges .
Amisha has a keen interest area in working with pre-schoolers, primary aged children and children with Autism, sensory processing disorders and visual perceptual issues.
Amisha is committed to evidence based practice and is continually engaging in professional development to ensure she is best equipped to help children reach their full potential. Amisha’s therapy sessions are fun, engaging and meaningful to the child and parents. Children always leave Amisha’s therapy sessions feeling happier and confident.
In her spare time, Amisha enjoys relaxing with her family, playing tennis and netball, and dancing in the kitchen with her two children.
Sabrina Smart (Occupational Therapist)
BSc (Occupational Therapy) - The University of Witwatersound
Integrated Learning Therapist
S.N.H.S. Dip (Naturophathy), Live Blood Analysis and Functional Nutritionist
Sabrina graduated overseas in 1998 and started her career in paediatrics setting up her private practice at various schools assisting children with learning difficulties and developmental delays. She is passionate about early intervention and the focus of her work is to assist children to reach their full potential and enabling them to fulfill their occupational roles in everyday life activities, with ease. She has a strong interest in working with children with sensory processing difficulties, learning difficulties and visual perceptual difficulties. Sabrina furthered her studies with Integrated Learning Therapy, which focuses on neurodevelopment. She is a strong believer in empowering parents to assist their children and as such treats the child holistically, using her Naturopathic studies to provide guidance on improving areas such as nutrition, sleep, screen time, and stress reduction.
Sabrina ensures therapy is fun while providing the just-right challenge to support the child through the therapy process. She works closely with parents and teachers to ensure therapy is carried over into the classroom and at home, allowing the child to be supported in their environment.
When not working, Sabrina enjoys spending time with her two active daughters and husband, spending time outdoors going for long walks, going to the beach and exploring new and wonderful places. When relaxing, Sabrina loves to write children’s books and has a book in the process of being published.
Lacey McWhirter (Occupational Therapist)
BOccThy (Hons) - The University of Newcastle
Lacey is a paediatric Occupational Therapist with a passion for helping children achieve their full potential in life. She has experience working with children of all levels of Autism, Developmental Delay, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning difficulties. Conducting group, individual and joint sessions with other health professionals within the clinic, school and home environment.
Lacey strives to deliver a holistic and bottom up approach to therapy, and believes in working closely with Families, Teachers and Health professionals to create a supportive setting for the child to learn and grow. She believes in implementing evidence-based practice in conjunction with new and fun strategies, into her programs and sessions to improve the outcome of therapy. Her goal is to make every encounter with the child and their families enjoyable and informative.
Lacey is enthusiastic about continuing professional development and has completed multiple paediatric workshops such as Zones of Regulation, Handwriting workshops, and Traffic Jam in my brain. She is excited to further expand her skills through upcoming workshops in the future.
Lacey recognises that every child is different, and she strives to make therapy, goals and outcome measures tailored specific to each individual child’s wants and needs in every day life.