Meet the Patch

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.’

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’.