Joy graduated from the University of Queensland in 1992 and completed a Master of Science (Hand Therapy) in 2003. She has worked both in Australia and the UK within the public and private sector. Whilst in the UK, she had the opportunity to manage a large team of occupational and physiotherapists as work as a clinical lead within a regional specialty unit for hand and plastic surgery. Joy has presented at both national and international conferences in Australia, the UK and the USA and has taught at a number of universities in the field of hand therapy. She has published in the field of hand therapy. Joy is a course presenter/developer for the Australian Hand Therapy Association. She is a past president of the Australian Hand Therapy Association. With over 20 years’ experience in hand and upper limb rehabilitation, Joy enjoys sharing her knowledge of hand therapy but remains passionate about achieving a personal best for each and every patient.
Colette graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1994 from the University of Sydney. Throughout her career she has worked across the public and private sector both in Queensland and the UK with experience in most areas of Adult Health Care. After a number of years in neurological rehabilitation, burns and plastics her interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation became a focus and she has worked exclusively in this area since 2004. Colette worked as the clinical leader in hand therapy at the Mater Adult Hospital for four years prior to commencement with EKCO Hand Therapy in 2013. She presented at the AHTA national conference in 2009 and enjoys providing undergraduate and graduate mentoring and education.
Gilkey graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and has worked exclusively in hand and upper limb rehabilitation since 1994. Leesa - who actually prefers to be called Gilkey - has spent the last fifteen years working as a hand therapist in Australia. Gilkey is both a member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association and the American Society of Hand Therapists Gilkey is the coordinator at the EKCO CBD Clinic. Her passions include splint fabrication and working with tendon injuries.
Jodie Ottley graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 1993 and has worked in a variety of clinical and management roles both in Australia and the UK in public and private sectors. Her clinical roles have included working within hands, lymphoedema, plastics, burns and orthopaedics. Jodie has also worked as an Occupational Therapy Department Manager. Jodie commenced working in hand therapy in regional Queensland prior to joining the EKCO Hand Therapy team in 2002. She has continued to work within hand therapy over the subsequent years, returning to regional centres, before recommencing with the EKCO team in 2015. Jodie is the Clinic Co-ordinator for our Brisbane Private Hospital clinic.
In 1996, Terra graduated with a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Since then she has worked in a variety of public and private Occupational Therapy clinics throughout Canada and the United States and, in 2002, obtained a certification in Hand Therapy(USA). She became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in 2009 and served as the Queensland Divisional Representative in 2013. During a brief stint in California from 2014 to 2017, Terra was an Adjunct Professor at Stanbridge University where she lectured at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. She served as a postgraduate research advisor on projects focussed on Yoga as a therapeutic modality for complex regional pain syndrome and on goniometric measurement techniques for wrist flexion/extension. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Queensland.
Christina graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of Queensland in 2001. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout the UK and Australia, before focusing on Hand Therapy full time in 2004. Christina became a Member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association in 2006 and has previously served as both a State Representative and Membership Secretary. Constantly looking for the next challenge, Christina has completed research projects on scar management, splinting for rotation deficits of the forearm, and most recently midcarpal instability; all of which she has presented at both national and state conferences. She was co-author of her first published paper in November 2015. Christina has a special interest in wrists, trauma and sport injuries, and also teaches hand therapy courses for the AHTA.
Sarah Hislop graduated as an occupational therapist with honours from James Cook University in 2003. She worked in a variety of acute and rehabilitation caseloads in Geelong before commencing in hand therapy in 2005. She has continued to work exclusively in hand therapy from this time, working in public hand therapy clinics at the Geelong Hospital and the Townsville Hospital. She first joined EKCO Hand Therapy in 2008 subsequently fulfilling a number of different roles within the team.
Natacha Moucheron graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 from the University of Queensland. She has worked in a variety of caseloads at the Gold Coast Hospital before focusing her clinical practice in hand therapy in 2009. Natacha then relocated to London where she worked in hand therapy at a respected London Hospital. Natacha became a member of the EKCO team in 2011.
Anna graduated as an Occupational Therapist from La Trobe University in Melbourne in 1998. She then completed a Bachelor of Teaching and taught in various primary schools for almost 10 years, before deciding to return to her original profession and work exclusively in hand therapy.
Originally from Melbourne, Anna has relocated to sunny Brisbane. She has worked in a private practice setting in Melbourne, treating both chronic & acute upper limb injuries. In addition to this, Anna has competed as an elite athlete in multiple championships for Australia including the Commonwealth Games.
Anna Wishink graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Following graduation she worked in hand and upper limb research before joining the EKCO team in 2016 completing a fellowship program. Anna has completed a number of professional development courses and currently co-ordinates a journal club. Anna has competed internationally as a junior tennis player.
Åshild graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of South Australia in 2003. Having already developed a strong interest in hand therapy through her honours research project she started working as a practitioner in hand therapy in Adelaide before moving to Brisbane in 2005. She joined the EKCO team in 2007 and after a four year stay in her home country Norway, was pleased to again be welcomed back to the EKCO team in 2017.
Emily Marchant graduated from the University of Queensland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. At the completion of her studies, she gained experience in private practice prior to joining the team at EKCO in 2016. With a strong interest in hand therapy; she is constantly building on her knowledge as well as her overall professional development. In addition to this, she is currently working towards achieving accreditation with the Australian Hand Therapy Association. While she has a passion for treating all hand conditions, she has a particularly keen interest in the treatment of traumatic injuries as well as wound care.
Emma Allardyce graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Deakin University Victoria in 2009. Since then, she has worked in a variety of acute and rehabilitation adult caseloads before finding her passion and focusing her clinical practice in hand therapy. Emma has been working in hand and upper limb rehabilitation at The Princess Alexandra Hospital since 2013, before joining the EKCO team in August 2015.
Emma graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2003 and identified a keen interest in hand therapy from this time. She has worked extensively in the public health system in both adult and children’s hospitals, providing quality care for people with hand and arm challenges, including acute and chronic injuries and illnesses and tone and contracture management. Emma enjoys working with all age groups to promote function of the hand.
Germaine graduated as a physiotherapist in 2009 from the University of South Australia. She has worked in a variety of acute care and rehabilitation settings in Australia and overseas. She began working exclusively in upper limb management in 2013 and became a member of the EKCO Hand Therapy Team in 2016. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Queensland.
India graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2014 from the University of Queensland. Since graduating, she commenced her career as an Occupational Therapist working in a private hand therapy clinic in Cairns, before moving back to Brisbane to join the EKCO team in 2017. India has completed a number of professional development courses and is the chair of the mental health and well-being committee for the team.
Jackie graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 1992. She first became a full member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (AHTA) in 1995 and served on the national executive as well as a term as the State Co-ordinator. She has worked in public and private Hand Therapy clinics in Australia and England, including her own private hand therapy practice on the Sunshine Coast. Jackie has lectured at an under graduate and post graduate level and has presented many upper limb workshops for therapists training.
Jay graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She began working in hand therapy in 2011. Jay has worked at the Redland Hospital, Logan Hospital and Princess Alexandra Hospital prior to joining the EKCO team in 2013. She has a strong interest in treating trauma and tendon injuries.
Jessica graduated from the Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy). She worked in a variety of clinical areas including trauma and acquired brain injury before developing a strong interest in hand and upper limb rehabilitation. Jessica has worked in both public and private practice settings in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland. She commenced working for EKCO Hand Therapy in 2017 and has a keen interest in treating acute wrist injuries. Jessica is currently completing a Masters from Derby University in the UK.
Kerry Du Plessis
Kerry du Plessis graduated as an occupational therapist in 2005 from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Since completing her degree, she has worked as an occupational therapist within a variety of community and acute hospital settings in both South Africa and Queensland. Kerry joined EKCO in 2015 to pursue her career in hand therapy.
Kate Harkin has over 20 years’ experience in managing upper limb injuries. She has been a full member of the AHTA since 1995 and has served on the National Executive. Kate has lectured both in Australia and overseas and was a 1997 Churchill Fellow. She undertook a six month training fellowship in hand therapy in centres of excellence in the USA.
She has also undertaken post graduate studies in hand therapy through Curtin University (WA) and has been involved in research on tendon injuries. She is published in the American Journal of Hand Therapy on ‘Compliance to Hand Therapy Programs’. Kate established the EKCO Hand Therapy Unit 20 years ago.
Katie Licciardello joined the EKCO team in 2010 on return from working in the United Kingdom for a variety of hand therapy services. She has worked exclusively in treatment of the hand and upper limb since 2007 when she managed the hand therapy service at Geelong Hospital. Since graduating as an Occupational Therapist from James Cook University in 2004, Katie has provided treatment to a range of orthopaedic, burns and plastics, neurological and rheumatology caseloads in acute hospital and rehabilitation settings.
Louise graduated from the University of Queensland in 2015 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Since graduating, she worked in the public sector in both hospital and community settings and gained experience working with children and adults. Louise has always had a keen interest in hand therapy and joined the EKCO team in 2017 through the Fellowship program. She enjoys managing wounds and treating hand and forearm fractures. Louise is constantly building upon her knowledge base.
Rachel graduated from the University of Queensland as an Occupational Therapist in 2014. Her enthusiasm for hand and upper limb rehabilitation arose as a university student through her clinical placements. Rachel began her career in hand therapy in regional Queensland in January 2015, prior to joining the EKCO team in June 2016. She has presented a research poster at the AHTA conference and is a strong advocate for her patients.
Rowena Allan graduated with a Masters in Occupational Therapy Studies from the University of Queensland in 2007. Since graduating she has worked in a variety of caseloads including inpatient adult rehabilitation, outpatient hand therapy and community based aged care. She joined the EKCO Hand Therapy team in 2012 and completed a 6 month Hand Therapy Fellowship.
Sally graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2000 and has worked in Australia, England and Ireland in a variety of clinical areas including hand therapy, burns and plastics and spinal injuries. Sally commenced working at EKCO Hand Therapy in January 2015 and while she loves treating all hand conditions, is particularly interested in treating traumatic injuries, wounds and oedema management and sport injuries. She is a member and trained in the Kinesio Taping method. She is strong advocate for the profession and sits on a number of local and national forums for the AHTA.
Sathish graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the Tamil Nadu MGR University, Chennai, India in 2001 and completed a Master of Occupational Therapy (Musculoskeletal condition) from the Manipal University, India in 2004. He has worked as an Assistant Professor and Senior Occupational Therapist in India for three years. He moved to Australia and worked in Public hospitals and ran his own private hand therapy clinics in Hervey Bay for nine years. Sathish joined EKCO in 2017 and enjoys working with a wide variety of clinical conditions.
Philippa received her physiotherapy degree from Macquarie University in 2016. Since graduating, she has worked at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney in a variety of acute, rehabilitation and outpatient roles. Philippa has worked at Lismore Base Hospital where she refined her skills in orthopaedics and fracture management and commenced work in the field of hand therapy. In 2019, she joined the EKCO team and completed the EKCO Hand Therapy Fellowship.
Taryn Collins graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 2004. Upon graduation, she worked in a large hospital setting, gaining experience across a variety of caseloads including rehabilitation, orthopaedics, lymphedema, vascular and hands. Working in hands in a hospital setting was Taryn’s passion and she made the decision to join EKCO in 2018 so that she could focus on her clinical practice in hand therapy.
Laura graduated as an Occupational Therapist in 2016 from the University of Queensland. She commenced her career at the Princess Alexandra Hospital where her passion for hand therapy bloomed. Laura was working in a private hand therapy clinic in Townsville, before moving back to Brisbane to join the EKCO team in 2021. Laura has completed a number of professional development courses and is working towards becoming an Accredited Hand Therapist with the AHTA.
Mikayla graduated from Bond University in 2015 with a Doctor of Physiotherapy. Following graduation she worked in a private Hand Therapy practice on the Gold Coast prior to joining the EKCO team in December 2019. Mikayla published her research on “A retrospective cohort study of QuickDASH scores for common acute trauma conditions presenting for hand therapy” in the Journal of Hand Therapy in 2015 and has presented at several Physiotherapy and Hand Therapy national conferences. She has a keen interest in musician’s injuries and a previous Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Western University, Canada.
Dr Celeste Glasgow
Dr Celeste Glasgow has over 20 years’ of clinical experience in Hand Therapy and graduated with her PhD from the University of QLD in 2012. Both her research and clinical interests lie in the area of upper limb trauma and in particular the management of joint stiffness and contracture. She is a past President of the Australian Hand Therapy Association (2002-2004) and has held a variety of other different executive roles within the Association over the years, including Membership Secretary, Vice President and chair of the Advocacy and Research subcommittees.
She is currently a member of the Australian Hand Therapy Association Credentialing Council. Through her research endeavours and publications she has made a substantial contribution towards the field of Hand Therapy that has influenced practice internationally. She recently received the Australian Hand Therapy 2019 “Founders Lecture Award” at the national conference held in Brisbane in recognition of her contribution to the development of Hand Therapy in Australia. Dr Glasgow has mentored many therapists over the years and has helped many, many patients regain functional use of their hand and improved quality of life. She is both a talented clinician and researcher and enjoys the opportunity to work in both capacities through her work at EKCO Hand Therapy and through her affiliation with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland.
With over 30 years in finance, administration and customer service, Amaris brings dedication, enthusiasm and experience to her role of Senior Administration Officer. Her focus is on providing patients and therapists with the best possible care and support, upholding the EKCO values of passion, understanding and resourcefulness.
Jane started with EKCO in March 2015 and has been working as a medical receptionist for over 10 years having worked in GP practices prior to starting with EKCO. Jane enjoys providing the best possible customer service experience for patients.
Lee-Anne Karena Currie
After a few years concentrating on family, Lee returned to work as part of the EKCO Ipswich team. Her years of retail and reception experience have been a valuable tool when engaging with our clients who are looking for the great customer service that EKCO offers. Lee takes her job very seriously but does love a good laugh.
Peita De Waard
Peita holds a Diploma of Business Administration and has worked in a variety of broad roles before finding her passion and specialising in medical administration. Peita is passionate about great customer service and loves being a member of the Ipswich team.