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 and the Director of People and Culture at Everyday Independence. Graduating from Latrobe University in 1999 Ingrid worked in a number of Melbourne Hospitals before moving to Dundee in Scotland where she worked at one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals as well as completing a postgraduate Masters in Neurological Physiotherapy from Edinburgh University. On returning to Melbourne, Ingrid worked at the Royal Children’s Hospital and later Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney before joining EI in 2012. Ingrid is passionate about the NDIS and building an allied health workforce that is NDIS ready and capable of delivering high impact outcomes to people with a disability and the disability sector.
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. Jaqui joined Everyday Independence in 2017 and is the Regional Facilitator for the Southern Melbourne region.
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 Regional Facilitator for the North and Western Melbourne teams and is based in Derrimut.
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 Regional Facilitator for the South and South Eastern Melbourne teams at Everyday Independence.
Karen Gordan has worked at Everyday Independence since it was founded in 1997. Based in Epping, 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.
Courtney Ireland joined the Everyday Independence team in 2017 after completing a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy in Bendigo. Courtney has experience providing therapy to children and their families and has a particular interest in working with children who have additional sensory and behavioural needs. As an OT Courtney supports her participants to be their best and enjoys seeing people achieve things that they thought were unachievable. Courtney is the team leader for the Inner Eastern Melbourne team which is located in Burwood.
Antoinette Rositano joined the Everyday Independence team in 2018 and is the Team Leader for the Western Sydney team based in Harris Park. Antoinette completed a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy and enjoys supporting people from all walks of life to encourage them to participate in the things they love and value. In her role she enjoys being part of her participants journey in achieving their goals and watching their independence and autonomy grow.
Kit Chan has worked in public accounting practice and various commercial industries over the past 20 years before joining Everyday Independence in 2018. Kit is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Practising Accountants (CPA). Kit overseas the finance team members at Everyday Independence and manages all functions within accounting, finance, taxation, and other related roles. He enjoys numbers and analytical review.
Bernadette is the Marketing Manager at Everyday Independence and leads our small but passionate marketing team. Bernadette has a business degree in marketing and has over twenty years’ experience in marketing roles across a number of industries and in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. She really enjoys being part of the Everyday Independence team, sharing the stories of our work supporting people to live to their potential and enjoy an everyday life. Witnessing the impact that our person centred therapy makes in peoples’ lives is the highlight of her day. Bernadette is passionate about the promotion of individual and community wellbeing. When she’s not working at Everyday Independence she is studying a Graduate Diploma in Psychology at Melbourne Uni and loves being active with her family including husband, two sons and Labrador puppy, Cocoa
Heidi Thomas joined Everyday Independence in 2018 as the Team Leader at the Melton Hub. She completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland. Heidi has a strong passion for working with children and their families. She enjoys supporting people to grow and develop so they can live an everyday life.
Tammie Tun joined the Everyday Independence team in 2017 after completing her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the Australian Catholic University. As a Speech Pathologist and team leader, Tammie has enjoyed creating an environment where people have the confidence to achieve their full potential. Tammie is particularly interested in working with people with complex communicate needs, Alternative and Augmented Communication and working alongside young children and their families in early childhood intervention.
Kaitlyn Dullard is one of our Team Leader in the North Eastern Melbourne hub. Kaitlyn is a Physiotherapist who has previously worked in hospitals supporting people with their recovery. Realising her passion lies within the community setting, Kaitlyn joined Everyday Independence where she can be more creative in her role and can make therapy fun and engaging.