We’ve put together our favourite bits and quotes from the team. The Patch are our Paedaetric Assessment and Treatment service. Find out what that means exactly by scrolling through the bio’s of our team and hearing what it is about The Patch that makes them love what they do so much.
Dr Mandy Li – Paediatrician
Dr Mandy completed her medical degree at Monash University before undertaking paediatrics training in various Children’s Hospital in Victoria, including the Royal Children’s Hospital and Monash Children’s Hospital. In 2016, Mandy commenced her role at the Patch. Mandy is fluent in English, Cantonese and some Mandarin. Her love of children and the enjoyment she gets from interacting with families is why she decided to become a Paediatrician.
‘I get to work with children and help families through the issues they encounter, seeing them through it by walking the path with them. I get to work in a holistic, multidisciplinary manner here at the Patch and I get to use my language skills here.’
Kate Gentilin –Patch Manager
I am a qualified podiatrist with a degree and post graduate diploma in podiatry from La Trobe University. I have spent 15 years working as a clinician in both Australia and the UK. I’ve also worked in a community health setting, as the first point of call for people looking to access a service. At the Patch I am the main point of contact for referrers, schools, kindergartens and child care centers. Most importantly, I support the families who see us to make sure they receive the best possible care.
‘The Patch don’t just have the clinical expertise to treat the children who came through our doors. They also offer a really personal service in they way that they make connections with children and build ongoing relationships with families. It means that they can get to the bottom of any issues the family are dealing with and provide effective treatment and solutions’.
Gwenda Moore – Paediatric Occupational Therapist
I have worked in Paediatric Occupational Therapy throughout my entire career. I have studied a Bachelor of Applied Science, a Master of Health Science and am certified in the Early Start Denver Model, an evidence based therapy program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have worked with a wide range of children, including those with learning and intellectual disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. My main aim is always to help build the child’s skills and confidence so that they are able to participate in their daily activities whilst at the same time being supportive of the family.
‘Working in the Patch is a unique experience. The opportunity to work so closely with a team from various disciplines, means that we are able to come together with any concerns, observations and progress regarding ‘our’ children’.
Bertha Wong – Child Psychologist
I completed my Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2006. Since then, I have worked in public hospitals, non-government funded family services and private practices. I have been working in paediatrics since 2010 and specialise in providing treatment and interventions to children and adolescents with autism. I also work with children and adolescents experiencing difficulties with separation anxiety, general and social anxiety, emotional and behavioral issues, as well as children with other developmental diagnoses.
‘I enjoy working at the Patch because I can work closely with the team to provide comprehensive assessments and all round care for children and adolescents in need’.
Ana Carey – Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Ana Carey graduated from La Trobe University in 1998 and she has worked as a Speech Pathologist for over 20 years across Melbourne, the UK and New Zealand. She has experience working with children with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder, speech, language and literacy delay and feeding difficulties. She enjoys working with children and their families in individual and group situations.
‘The Patch provides families with a unique opportunity to access multidisciplinary assessment and treatment in one centre. The Patch is comprised of very experienced professionals who are able to work together to support children and their families. This integrated approach to care takes the confusion out of accessing support for families, as it provides seamless intervention’.
Vera Kok – Paediatric Speech Pathologist
Vera has worked in schools, community health and private practices for over 10 years. She has a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University and a Master of Speech Pathology from La Trobe. Vera previously also worked as a clinic educator at La Trobe University. She has a special interest in working with families and educators, to support young children’s speech and language development. This includes language, speech and literacy difficulties.
‘I see the Patch as being a very passionate service. We help children across several areas of their health and I believe this is the best way to approach diagnosis and treatment for families’.
Shannon Nel – Patch Clinic Coordinator
Shannon has a Bachelor of Social Science in Nursing and has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Clinic Nursing at Melbourne University. She has experience working in health Emergency departments and specialist clinics. Shannon works with Kate (Path Manager) to help the team deliver the best possible outcomes to children and families.
‘The Patch is a great work environment and I love the way each team member aspires to bring out the best in each child. I also think it’s great how we go above and beyond our service offering to help families navigate their NDIS plan’.