The Kid Sense team of paediatrics professionals has over 45 years combined clinical experience and over 40 years combined business experience. All clinical staff members are full-time, registered with their professional body, have Police Clearance and First Aid Certificates.
Children need access to therapists that are not just suitably qualified but also very experienced.
Parents need flexibility of attendance so they need therapists that work a wide time span.
For these reasons, we believe it is important to have therapists working full time who are not only readily available for appointments but who continue to add to their already deep experience by constantly treating children.
So let us introduce ourselves:
- Joanna Buttfield: Founder and Managing Director - Clincial Services (Full Time)
- Renee Romeo: Clinical Director - Occupational Therapy (Full Time)
- Sarah Kellie: Occupational Therapy (Full Time)
- Rachel Stanley: Clinical Director - Speech Pathology (Full Time)
- Sheree Tamaray: Speech Pathology (Full Time)
Founder and Managing Director – Clinical Services (Full Time)
As a mother of 2 with more than 17 years clinical experience, Joanna founded Kid Sense with a simple vision: to help children to ‘be the best they can be’. Experience in medical, educational (school, kindergarten and child care) and private practice settings have served Joanna well in managing a clinical team as well as maintaining a full-time clinical caseload. Her particular interest is in exploring the blurred boundaries between where ‘therapy’ meets ‘education’ for children of all ages.
Clinical Director - Occupational Therapy (Full time)
Renée joined the Kid Sense team in 2007 after completing a Masters of Occupational Therapy, which was driven by her interest in working with children and helping people achieve. Her keen interest in physical activity and health promotion in children has seen her complete a Bachelor of Applied Science Human Movement, and has driven her wide experience in teaching children physical skills including swimming, karate, tennis, soccer, surfing and mountain-bike riding. Renée has experience in working with a vast array of children and has a keen interest in the younger age group experiencing sensory processing difficulties and those with gross motor challenges.
Occupational Therapist (Full Time)
After 4 years with the Children’s Development Team in Darwin, Sarah relocated to Adelaide where she worked in a private paediatric practice for a further 2 years before joining the Kid Sense team in 2012. Sarah’s experience working with a wide variety of learning difficulties and disabilities in both school and clinic settings is a great asset to the Kid Sense team, as is her interest in helping children and their families to reach their full potential.
Clinical Director – Speech Pathology (Full Time)
Rachel joined Kid Sense in 2011 as the first member in the Speech Pathology team. She spent a number of years in the UK working in a variety of special schools, mainstream schools with special learning units for children with specific language impairment and schools specifically established for children on the Autism Spectrum. She then returned to Australia where she worked in a private paediatric practice for several years before joining the Kid Sense team. She has experience in helping children with articulation difficulties, language delays and disorders, auditory processing disorder, literacy difficulties, paediatric voice and alternative forms of communication, including Key Word Signing and the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), in both of which she has been trained. Rachel has also worked with children with a variety of disabilities, such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome and Rhetts Syndrome. With over 10 years paediatric experience, Rachel is most interested in helping children (and their parents) discover their true potential in the art of communication.
Speech Pathologist (Full Time)
Sheree joined the Kid Sense team in 2013. She has more than 10 years experience working in private paediatric practices, hospitals and community centres and mainstream schools with special learning units for children with specific language impairment and hearing difficulties. Sheree is passionate about helping children with articulation difficulties, language delays/disorders, literacy difficulties and developing the skills of children who have specific disabilities including Autism.