Every person who is part of the Everyday Independence team is working to delivery on our goal of supporting people to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life. We recruit and support our team members based on their passion for this goal and their commitment to our values as well as holding high standards of professional skills and the use of evidence based practice.
We invest heavily in training, mentoring and supporting our team members to continually improve our clinical practice and to focus on the needs and goals of the people we work with.
Our Executive Team
Leanne Healey has worked as an occupational therapist in Australia for over 30 years. She founded Everyday Independence in 1997 and has developed it into a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, allied health organisation that achieves great outcomes for people and their families, that they experience everyday. Her focus is to make a lasting difference in the lives of the people she works with by understanding what is important to the person and their family to be able to provide services that will have the most impact, and endure the ebb and flow of daily life. Leanne is passionate about developing the Everyday Independence team to be the best in the world at providing people centred therapy services. She is regularly asked to present across Australia on the latest evidence based therapy approaches and practice, and she has also acted in advisory roles to Occupational Therapy Australia in the development of industry best practice and supported many individuals and organisations with their NDIS planning. Leanne leads the clinical excellence team at Everyday Independence and still retains a clinical caseload specialising in complex support needs.
Ingrid Cole is a physiotherapist with a postgraduate Masters in Neurological Physiotherapy from Edinburgh University. Ingrid has an accomplished clinical background including specialising in supporting children and families. Ingrid joined every Everyday Independence in 2012 as the Clinical Operations Manager for NSW. Ingrid now leads our NDIS growth and the development of our people.
Mal Healey has 20 years experience leading community service organizations. Mal has a Masters in Management and leads the business support and development functions of Everyday Independence. Mal works with a dedicated team of admin people who deliver systems that make us easy to work with.
Our Team Leaders
Jaqui Bond has worked in physiotherapy for most of her career. Jaqui has worked as a physio around the world including the USA, Hong Kong and Saudi Arabia. She has also spent time lecturing in various universities and enjoyed educating and mentoring the next generation of physios. Coming from a clinical and academic background she has joined Everyday Independence as a Physiotherapist and Business Development Lead in the Sydney Office.
Bridie Telford completed her Masters in Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University and has over five years experience working with complex support needs. As the team leader in our Sydney office, Bridie has a high level of experience and skills in delivering person centred practice and identifying what therapy supports participants might need to increase their capacity and potential for change in the future.
Kate Morris has been a Speech Pathologist for 18 years with experience working with both adults and children in a variety of settings including acute and rehabilitation hospitals, community health and aged care facilities. Kate has a particular interest in stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. Kate is the team leader for the Hunter New England region and is based in Newcastle.
Brianna Massey joined the Everyday Independence team in 2015 after completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University. With a background in paediatrics Brianna enjoys working closely with children and their families to support them to build capacity and independence. Brianna also has an interest in Acquired Brain Injury, sensory processing and behavioural support. Brianna is the team leader for the North Eastern Melbourne and Western Melbourne teams and is based in Epping.
Elyse Hower has been an Occupational Therapist at Everyday Independence since 2013. With extensive expertise in paediatrics she loves having the opportunity to work closely with families and see each child grow and develop. Just recently Elyse has shifted her focus to working with adults and has a keen interest in assistive technology, vehicle modifications, sensory processing and behavioural support. Elyse is the team leader for the Inner Eastern Melbourne team which is located in Blackburn.
Madi Koehler studied Occupational Therapy at Deakin University. She joined Everyday Independence in 2015 and is the Team Leader for the Barwon team, located in Geelong. Madi’s passion is paediatrics and she enjoys working with children and their families in their natural environments whether that be at their home, at school or in the community. Madi has a keen interest in establishing routines to support the families she works with to have more positive and successful days.
Karen Gordan has worked at Everyday Independence since it was founded in 1997. Based in Bendigo, Karen’s oversees the Intake Team and manages the enquiry and referral process for the organisation. Karen and the intake team work with each referrer to understand the specific needs of the participant and ensure that relevant information is provided in order to make the initial support decision.
Jade has always been passionate about helping people with communication difficulties have a voice and connect. Jade completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) at Charles Sturt University in Albury Wodonga and then moved to Melbourne to work as a Speech Pathologist. Since joining Everyday Independence In 2016 Jade has worked as part of the North Eastern Melbourne team and has helped hundreds of participants reach their goals and enjoy an everyday life. In July 2018 Jade moved back to Albury Wodonga in the role of Team Leader to extend Everyday Independence's regional services to support people in the Albury Wodonga region.