‘True multidisciplinary’ means we are a team of different specialists working together to support your child - not different therapists working under one roof.
We are experienced professionals working collaboratively for the best results, learning and growing from each other.

Danella Taylor – Psychologist

Danella is the founder and principal psychologist of On Track Therapy Group. She established On Track Therapy in 2009. Danella is passionate about working holistically with children, adolescents and their families. She established On Track Therapy to empower families in achieving their goals and helping children thrive. The team at On Track Therapy Group represents this vision and passion. We all work together with families to create a team around the child that helps support and develop each child’s unique abilities and skills.

Danella specialises in developmental and emotional childhood disorders, including Autism, Asperges Disorder, anxiety, depression and conduct disorders. She has worked with children, adolescents and their families for more than 17 years.

Some of Danella’s career highlights include:

  • Provided expert consultation for the Australian government department of Early Childhood Intervention Service in Community Health, where she led the establishment of a community-based assessment clinic.
  • Part of the first multi-systemic team in a United Kingdom clinical trial, following training in the therapy in the United States. She worked in London for eight years with disadvantaged children and adolescents and their families.
  • Worked in Child Adolescence Mental Health Service for five years where she set up a service for disadvantaged young people and their families with extremely challenging behaviour.

Developed and delivered a comprehensive training package for social workers, nurses, educators and other professionals.

Ben Hobson- Provisional Psychologist

Ben has a Master’s degree in Professional Psychology and is completing part of his 6th-year internship at On Track Therapy Group. Ben has a particular interest in treating emotional dysregulation, sleep and adjustment difficulties, and anxiety. As a therapist, Ben aims to provide a place of trust and warmth where children can feel free of judgment and gain self-confidence to achieve their goals. He seeks to work collaboratively with children and their parents to help mitigate the unique personal difficulties they experience and maximise their strengths.
Ben has been working as part of the On Track team since 2021. He has experience working with neurodiverse children and families in group and individual settings to reach their social and emotional regulation goals. Ben has also worked providing support to people with varied life experiences and ages and has experience in providing group and individual treatment for clients with insomnia.

Oh Boon Chin - Psychologist

Boon graduated with a Master of Educational Psychology and has been working with children, adolescents and young adults in the school and private setting. She is passionate and skilled psychologist with expertise in assessment, counselling and intervention for children, adolescents and young adults. She demonstrated success in working with diverse clients in school, group and one-on-one setting. She is a firm believer in promoting mental health and maximising the potential and strength of individuals through evidence-based programs and well-rounded support through face-to-face, online or telehealth services. Boon is also endorsed in the area of educational and developmental psychology.

Gosia Capuzzi – Speech Pathologist

Gosia is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). She graduated from LaTrobe University, Bundoora, in 2003 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Gosia has worked for the Department of Education in mainstream schools, Special Schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and in private practice. Gosia sees both children and young adults in a variety of therapy settings (kindergarten/ child care, school, day service and at home).

Gosia has worked within a multi-disciplinary team, alongside Psychologists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists for many years. Gosia enjoys working together with parents, kindergarten teachers, school teachers and support staff in order to meet each clients individual needs. Gosia was born in Krakow, Poland, and is fluent in both English and Polish languages.

Nadia Anderson - Speech Pathologist

Nadia is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia. She completed her Masters of Speech Pathology in 2007 at La Trobe University after an initial career as a business analyst, so she could pursue her passion of working with children. She has worked for the Department of Education in specialist schools for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and in private practice. She also has experience working in multi-disciplinary teams, alongside Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and Music Therapists. Prior to this, Nadia graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology and a Bachelor of Business in 1999. Nadia loves working with children and their families to help them create the best possible outcomes for our young people.

Fernanda Descouvieres – Speech Pathologist Assistant

Fernanda has studied Speech Pathology in Chile, where she also did a Graduate diploma in Paediatric Neurorehabilitation. She is currently finishing a Master of Education in Inclusive and Special Education at Monash University, where she is conducting a small-scale study on students’ personal experience with school inclusion. She has 7 years of experience working with children and adolescents in varied therapy settings which include mainstream schools, special education centres and private practice.

For the past 2 years Fernanda has worked in Australia as a Speech Pathologist Assistant, as well as providing learning and behavioural support for children, both in school/childcare settings and at home. She believes in a holistic approach to therapy where children are active participants in their learning. She enjoys working in a multi-disciplinary team, as well as working with parents and caregivers. Her interests are in inclusive practices, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems, parental training, and behavioural support. Fernanda is fluent in both Spanish and English.

Yiorgo Sgourakis – Psychologist

Yiorgs has been working with children and adolescents for nearly 15 years, having previously worked with young offenders through organisations including the Department of Health and Human Services (Youth Justice), Youth Projects (YNOT program), and Australian Community Support Organisation (PSBS). For the past 5 years, Yiorgs has been employed as a Psychologist with the Department of Education & Training, working at both primary and secondary schools in the Manningham & Boroondara regions. During this period, he provided counselling services for the students, and regularly undertook psycho-educational assessments. Yiorgs was also required to undertake assessments and write and submit applications on behalf of students who were potentially eligible for funding under the Program for Students with Disabilities.

A significant part of his role at the schools related to managing difficult behaviours in the classroom, which often involved working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Behavioural Disorders, working closely with teachers and parents in the process. This position of employment with the Department also required Yiorgs to regularly collaborate with other external professionals (e.g. Speech Pathologists, Psychologists & Paediatricians) who were providing additional support for students at these schools. Yiorgs developed and delivered a number of Personal Development Training sessions for staff at each of these schools, relating to areas such as managing students with anxiety, school refusal, and suicidal ideation.

He also carried out several sessions for parents and students relating to topics of interest to these groups, including depression, anxiety, resilience and mental fitness. Yiorgs has an interest in the areas of ASD, anxiety and depression, and is passionate about working with children and adolescents to help them confront and overcome difficult life situations, and to develop both resilience as well as a positive level of psychological wellbeing that they will be able to independently maintain.

Andrea Ponce – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Andrea graduated from La Trobe University in 2010 with a double degree in Occupational Therapy/ Psychological Science. She has experience in working as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in private practice, kinder and school settings. She also had the opportunity to work in Santiago/ Chile as an Occupational Therapist at sensory integration infant and child development centres where she gained skills working with various children and their families from different cultural backgrounds. Andrea has experience working with children with a variety of diagnoses including Global Developmental and Intellectual Delays, Autism-Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Angelmans Syndrome, Attention Deficit and Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorders.

Andrea enjoys working with children and their families to help reach their goals and independence. She helps them in areas including fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, visual perception, motor planning and organizational skills, attention, sensory regulation, and play/ social skills. She takes an interest in using a sensory integration approach in her interventions to help with sensory processing difficulties such as over-sensitivities to sights, sounds, textures, flavours and other sensory inputs, spatial/ body awareness and self-regulation. This approach has also been useful in developing emotional regulation, attention, learning and greater participation in daily life.

Ale Coronado – Occupational Therapist Assistant

Ale is a dedicated and compassionate professional with a strong background in occupational therapy and early childhood education. With a Graduate
Diploma in Ergonomics from Colombia, Alejandra’s journey in the field of helping others began. She quickly established herself as an advocate for inclusiveness, working tirelessly to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Yuki Sands – Occupational Therapist

Yuki has over 15 years experience working as a paediatric Occupational Therapist in Japan and Melbourne. During her early career in Japan Yuki worked as part of child developmental support teams in community health centres and hospitals. Since moving to Melbourne in 2010 Yuki has worked in private practices, providing occupational therapy service to children and their families in a variety of settings including kindergarten, childcare, primary school, and home visits. In addition to individual therapy she has also been involved in facilitating group programs collaborating with other professionals such as Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and qualified teachers. Yuki has experience working with children with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, handwriting and fine/gross motor difficulties, learning disability, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and various other developmental or behavioural difficulties.

Yuki is passionate about creating engaging, play based activities. She would like children to have a fun and successful experience in her sessions while assisting them in improving their fine and gross motor skills, self care skills, play and social skills.

Jo Kostopoulo – Support Therapist

Jo is currently undertaking her Master of Psychology (Clinical) qualification at Deakin University. Jo has been a part of the On Track Therapy Group since 2021, and has worked with children, adolescents and adults in a range of settings including the Epworth Hospital, The Royal Children’s Hospital and the Department of Education. Jo has a strong interest in emotion regulation and is passionate about working with neurodiverse populations. Jo brings a strength-based approach to her practice, and is passionate about supporting clients to reach their goals.

Casey Same – Psychologist

Casey is a registered psychologist with significant experience working and engaging with the neurodiverse community. She has a keen interest in supporting the development, mental health and wellbeing of children with autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities and other developmental, behavioural, social and learning differences. Casey provides a range of clinical services including diagnostics and assessments, parenting support, early intervention support, child psychology and group programs. She is a certified ESDM Therapist and ABA Therapist and has worked in a variety of settings, including a severe behaviour unit, feeding disorders clinic, diagnostic clinic, as well as in not-for-profit, community and private practice settings, kindergartens and schools. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, client-centred, playful, and compassionate. Casey is committed to creating a supportive space for children to overcome challenges, feel understood and empowered and reach their potential, whilst also fully supporting parents and families to gain knowledge and strategies and advocate for their child.

Govianna Rojas – Assistant Occupational Therapist

Giovanna completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in Chile in 2003. She specialised in sensory integration and worked in the public sector with children and their families with mental health problems and psychosocial vulnerability. She worked in multidisciplinary teams and contributed through inclusive and creative methodologies, focusing on the promotion, prevention and treatment of health. She has diplomas in mental health and community, promotion and prevention with a family approach. She was in charge of local and government programs, which led her to pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Since 2021 she has been working in Australia as an OT Assistant with children and adolescents with mental, cognitive and sensory processing disorders. Her goal is to reach their maximal potential regarding independence in daily living, motor and sensory processing. Also providing learning and behavioural support in different settings such as at home, school or in the clinic. She values ​​the possibility of rediscovering her career in Australia as a gift and feels great satisfaction in improving the quality of life of her clients and their family.

Maisie - PUG DOG

Maisie (a Pug) has joined Casey and the therapy team to enhance the positive therapy experience whilst teaching children important life skills. Dogs have a natural ability to spark enjoyment and create a sense of calm, particularly when clients feel stressed, anxious, or dysregulated. Maisie’s playful nature makes her an important and cherished member of the team. Her helpfulness in regulating children is a wonderful addition.

Lily Zhu – Provisional Psychologist

Lily has experience working as a behaviour support practitioner. Prior to pursuing her career in psychology, Lily used to work as a kindergarten teacher and for the early childhood partner of the NDIS, where she provided invaluable support to children and families with diverse needs and challenges and strengthened her commitment to making a difference in the lives of those she serves. Lily is fluent in both English and Mandarin. Lily completed her Master of Professional Psychology in 2022 and is currently undertaking her 5+1 internship at Ontrack under the supervision of psychologist Danella Taylor.

Rameen Asim - Provisional Psychologist

Rameen graduated with a Master of Professional Psychology from the University of Melbourne and has been working with On Track since July 2022. During her work at On Track, she has been involved in the Learning Project, the Executive Functioning group, Social Skills groups, and has worked individually with both clients and parents. Rameen has a keen interest in adolescent mental health, autism spectrum disorder, cognitive assessments and emotion regulation. She is passionate about building resilience, enhancing social skills, and boosting independence and self-confidence in her clients. Rameen is enthusiastic and dedicated to make meaningful changes in the lives of young people.

Sally Mills - Practice Manager

Sally joined us as our Practice Manager in February 2023. She comes with a diverse background – Management Consultant, Event Manager, Office Manager and Property Stylist! Sally is currently underatking a Diploma of Counselling and her passion for helping others is evident in everything she does at the clinic.

Tracey Gordon - Educational Consultant

Tracey Gordon is a teacher who has worked in a variety of schools in Melbourne. She works with school aged students and adolescents. Some of the teaching she provides includes working on language skills, helping with reading and writing and social skills. Tracey has a special interest in social skills, having attended numerous training and professional developments in this area. She also works in social skills groups which work on developing friendship skills, conflict resolution and problem solving. Tracey undertakes ongoing professional development in a broad range of courses in order to keep up to date with best teaching practices as well as studying counselling currently.

Emma Harty - Education Consultant & Learning Intervention Specialist

Emma is a qualified teacher and is fully registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology major), Bachelor of Education (Primary) and a Master of Learning Intervention (Specific Learning Difficulties). Emma has over 15 years teaching experience and has taught in a range of schools both here and in the UK. She is also trained in a number of evidence-based literacy programs, including The Spalding Method and Sounds-Write. Emma has a breadth of experience across a range of year levels and is skilled in implementing a range of supportive learning strategies.

Elana Melzak - Education Consultant & Learning Intervention Specialist

Elana is a primary school teacher, who is fully registered with the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She has had many years experience working at independent schools across Victoria. She has also undertaken positions within these school settings in the Curriculum Support Department and as an Integration Aide. Her passion has always been working with children with additional needs, whether that be educational/ academic only or also combined with social/ emotional/ behavioural issues.

She loves nothing more than working with children that unfortunately have been labelled as “ unteachable”.
Supporting and encouraging a child to reach their full potential brings enormous joy and pride to her.
She also relishes the opportunity to work collaboratively with home and school to provide the right environment for success.

Elana began her career at an Educational and Psychological Consulting Firm, working with children of all ages. She ultimately became the Director of Educational Services with a team of forty staff under her direction. She feels it is so fitting to be returning to a clinic style environment, facilitating social skills and educational workshops.

Her underlying belief system is that “children are here to teach us. We just need to be open to receiving those precious learning lessons”. We as educators no longer impart knowledge. We facilitate learning and growth.

Jacinta Conway

Jacinta is a trained primary school teacher and has taught in a range of school settings here and in the UK, in government and independent schools since 2002. Whilst in the UK, she worked closely with special educators and developed an interest in learning interventions. She has since trained in a range of evidence-based literacy programs, including The Spalding Method, the Multilit programs, Macqlit and has more recently consolidated this knowledge by undertaking her Masters in Learning Interventions at the University of Melbourne. Jacinta has been implementing Literacy and Numeracy interventions for more than ten years now.

With a special interest in social capabilities and how behaviour affects learning, she is now looking to integrate social capabilities into Learning Interventions for Literacy, to provide a more holistic approach for sustainable learning. Jacinta believes in Evidence-Based Practice, where parents are included in the journey for the intervention, and has experienced the most success when implementing interventions when this happens.

Maaku Angrish

Maaku is a highly experienced administrative worker new to On Track. As a registered counsellor and psychotherapist, Maaku loves working with people and helping them to find the right supports to help them grow into authentic versions of themselves. In her spare time, you’ll find Maaku expanding her brain with further study, exploring challenging new hobbies, or decompressing in nature.

Nami Mehra

Nami is a qualified special education teacher with over 15+ years of experience in the field, including as lead of the Head of Education Support Department at an independent school. She has a Masters in Special Education, Post-Graduate Diploma in Secondary Teaching and a Bachelors in Psychology. She has delivered 1:1 and small group interventions for Years 7-12, increasing student participation by modifying learning programs to improve curriculum accessibility. Nami has also been a mentor for students (Years 7-10) with diverse academic, behavioral, and emotional needs. She is passionate about embedding inclusive practices within the education setting which lead to her most recent role: the rollout of the government’s new funding model (Disability Inclusion Profile) at Victorian government schools. She supported schools and families to advocate for their child by identifying the strengths, functional needs and educational adjustments required to enhance the student’s participation and learning. She strongly believes that relationships are key (takes a village to raise a child) and works to ensure that every child has a champion! She believes that all students must have the opportunity to access their learning, and experience success, an ethos that underpins all her interactions with schools, families and, most importantly, the “young person” at the center.

Shirlene Van Sanden - Accounts and Administrative Assistant

An enthusiastic, self-sufficient and people-oriented administration and finance professional with extensive experience in administration and office management in allied heath and schools, as well as accounting in a large travel and finance corporation.

Renee Patel

Renee always knew she wanted to work with children. After completing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Mathematics, she then went on to complete a Bachelor of Education (Primary). Renee has extensive experience working in government, Catholic and independent schools, both in Australia and the UK. She has worked in classrooms for many years with children at all stages of development. In addition to her classroom experience, she initiated maths intervention programs to support all learners to have success in mathematics.

Combining her knowledge and expertise in mathematics, she developed an interest in supporting children with maths anxiety, dyscalculia and maths difficulties. She now works to support children with their maths anxieties, combining this to develop multidisciplinary interventions that cater for executive functioning skills, as well as their cognitive learning skills.

Renee now also supports children within the school environment to enable them to access and participate in learning. By collaborating with the child, parents, and teachers, she works to make appropriate adjustments to support learning. Renee has a strong belief that with the reasonable adjustments in place, every child can feel success in every environment.

Renee lives with her husband, two children and their two dogs. She loves regular family movie nights, bike riding with the kids and squeezing in catch ups with friends!

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