Our Mid North Team

Our team are available to those families in need of services, in the Mid North of South Australia.

Jo Brenecki – Senior Speech Pathologist

Jo is a speech pathologist with over 25 years experience in supporting children with communication difficulties and their families. She has worked with children of all ages and a wide range of skills, challenges and disabilities. She has worked in clinic, school, preschool and child care settings, in both rural and metropolitan areas.

Jo is passionate about working together with parents, teachers, carers and other professionals to offer the best possible support for each child’s individual needs. Jo is accredited to provide diagnostic assessments of Autism Spectrum Disorder and has completed training in PECS, PODD and SOS feeding.

Jo has a particular interest in early intervention for children with speech and language delays as well as in supporting children of all ages who are on the autism spectrum and their families. Jo also enjoys supporting students and early career speech pathologists to develop their clinical skills. She loves to work in a team setting, sharing skills and knowledge with other health professionals, as well as sharing information about speech, language and communication with parents, educators and the community.

Sheree CroweSupport Coordinator | Social Worker 

Sheree has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of South Australia in addition to a Bachelor of Business in Administrative Management.  Following many years of working in customer service positions, she decided to follow her passion for working with people and working towards an inclusive community.

Sheree’s strengths are her passion for her community, her person-centred approach and building on their strengths, connecting families to supports and advocating for their rights.  Sheree developed a passion for working with people with disability which she has been building on as a Local Area Coordinator for an NDIS partner in the Community.  Sheree is driven to see all people given the same opportunities in life to reach their full potential. She feels a real privilege to be working with children and their families to connect with supports to build on their skills and capacity.

Jade Hanna – Speech Pathologist 

Originally from Kent in England, Jade moved to South Australia with her family in 2008 and completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2014.
Jade is an enthusiastic and caring speech pathologist whom has extensive experience working with a range of communication difficulties. Jade has worked across a variety of settings including community, school and private practice.

Jade is passionate about creating and maintaining positive working relationships with her clients and their families. Jade is a strong advocate for her clients and seeks to assist them to reach their full potential.

Jade has also completed training in key word sign and picture exchange communication systems (PECS).

Grace Vella – Occupational Therapist

Originally, from Port Pirie, Grace graduated from the University of South Australia in 2014 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Grace has previously worked within a multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Team working with individuals who experience difficulties with their mental wellbeing. Through this time, Grace developed her interest in exploring and understanding how an individual’s sensory preferences play in their engagement of daily life an, also understanding how attachment interacts with an individual’s development and engagement.

These interests have continued to develop as Grace moved into her current work with children with disabilities to support them to achieve success in their goals. Grace is a bright bubbly individual who has a passion for working with kids and their families to improve their wellbeing while acknowledging the challenges of living in rural South Australia.

Grace will be based in Kadina to provide services to through the Yorke Peninsula.

Emma Hayes Occupational Therapist

Emma is a highly motivated and dedicated Occupational Therapist with a passion for working with children and their families. Following completion of her degree at the University of South Australia, Emma returned to her hometown of Port Pirie bringing with her knowledge of the Mid North community.

Emma has a strong interest in attachment and trauma and recognises the important role of parents/caregivers in the therapeutic process. Emma loves working within a team setting and collaborating with other services and professionals to create the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Within therapy, Emma promotes a child-lead approach and values the power of play in strengthening relationships with her clients. Emma enjoys using her creative skills to motivate her clients to overcome their challenges.

Alexander Young Occupational Therapist

Alex is a passionate Occupational Therapist recently graduated from the University of South Australia, excited to bring his skills and experience gained from university placements to the team. Alex is highly motivated to assist those with specific needs to reach their full potential by promoting health and well-being through the use of occupations. Alex’s empathetic approach assists him in building strong relationships with clients and their families, allowing them to work collaboratively towards their goals.

Originally from the Mid North, Alex has good understanding of the needs of the community and provides a sense of familiarity and relatability to clients. Alex’s interest areas include regional health care, mental health, attachment and sensory processing.