Staff profiles

Tracie McInnes – Managing Director and Senior Occupational Therapist

Staff profile: Tracie McInnesTracie completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) at Charles Sturt University in 1997. She then worked in regional community based aged care, hand therapy, Rehabilitation in the Home, Acute General Medical and as a Senior OT in neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation.

In 2000, Tracie took up the role as Senior OT and the Manager of Therapy Services at the Independent Living Centre, Disability SA before transferring to the private sector in 2007.

Tracie owns Living to the Max with her husband, Darren and now specialises in:

    • Adult and adolescent disability including those with highly complex needs
    • Objective assessment and intervention with individuals dealing with a significant functional change post injury
    • Specialised wheelchair assessment and prescription and in-depth postural evaluation
    • Disability access and major home modification design to enhance safety, independence and function (all ages)
    • Assisting with equipment implementation and familiarisation in the home environment to enable carers and the individual to manage personal care and daily living tasks
    • Medico-legal ADL assessments

Darren McInnes – Director

Staff profile: Darren McInnesDarren completed a Bachelor of Business at Charles Sturt University in 1999 before completing a Graduate Certificate in Management at Flinders University in 2009.  As co-owner of Living to the Max with his wife, Tracie, Darren joined the business in 2013 after working for 12 years with the University of South Australia.  Darren is responsible for the business operations of Living to the Max with a clear focus on exceptional customer service and meeting the needs of our valued clients.

Deborah Harvey – Chief Clinical Lead/Senior Occupational Therapist

Deb is an OT of 18 years and has worked across multiple clinical areas in the assessment and treatment of adults with injury, illness or impairment. Deb joined us from the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NAHLN) where she was the Occupational Therapy Manager for 7 ½ years. She has also worked in acute hospital settings, spent 3 years in the private sector and also worked as a tutor/ lecturer at the University of South Australia for 3 years.

Deb is committed to continual improvement and creating a learning environment, where all staff take responsibility for their learning, contribute to quality improvement projects, research the latest evidence and contribute to education sessions.

Deb has exceptional experience working with clients with complex needs including equipment prescription and home modifications. Furthermore, Deb is a trained driver assessor and has a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Rehabilitation.

Deb’s Occupational Therapy team describe her as self-motivated, enthusiastic, able to ‘wear many hats’, supportive, consistent, fair and a skilled clinician. Everything we were looking for in a Chief Clinical Lead at Living to the Max.

Tammie Betchley – Senior Occupational Therapist

Tammie graduated from the University of South Australia in 2008 and has worked in a variety of roles at the Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) including spinal, stroke, medical, orthopaedic, amputee and burns rehabilitation.

Tammie has worked as a Senior OT since 2011 and has developed extensive, specialist skills in spinal cord injuries and complex disabilities.

Tammie’s knowledge of complex equipment prescription (including wheelchairs and seating) and major home modifications further strengthens Living to the Max’s reputation as a leader in adult and adolescent disability and again demonstrates our commitment to providing specialist services to those with complex disabilities.

Katie Tait – Occupational Therapist

Katie Evans compressedKatie graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Occupational Therapy from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. Katie joined Living to the Max after 3 years with Home Support Services working in a clinical case coordination role overseeing three programs – Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Rehab in the Home (RITH) and Hospital Care in the Home (HCH).

Katie is experienced in home safety assessments, Activities of Daily Living (ADL), falls risk assessments, equipment reviews & prescriptions, home modifications and liaising & referring to external providers for long term supports. Her commitment to client centeredness ensures Katie is a highly valued member of our team.

Molly Schultz – Senior Occupational Therapist

Molly Schultz 110x150Molly is an integral part of Living to the Max and she has extensive clinical experience in residential aged care and adult disability. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy in 2013, winning the UniSA Medal for Academic Achievement for the Division of Health Sciences.

Molly has considerable experience in adult disability including equipment prescription (including wheelchairs) and home modifications.  Molly also has considerable experience in manual handling, manual transfer assessments and plans, pressure care assessments and activities of daily living (ADL) assessments.

Most recently, Molly has worked with many NDIS participants, providing occupational therapy services for those living in the community with a disability.  This has included those with very complex needs with intervention ranging from equipment and home modification prescription, seating assessments and wheelchair prescription through to activities of daily living assessments, functional assessments and accommodation options.

Molly is a key presenter in educating carers about manual person transfers and manual handling.

Annika Schipanski – Senior Occupational Therapist

Annika Schipanski 110 X 150Annika completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2009 at the University of South Australia and then spent 6 years in the vocational rehabilitation industry, 5 years with JobFit.

Annika has extensive experience in ergonomic assessments, work site assessments and injury prevention education sessions. She is also experienced in ADL assessments, having worked in the ‘rehabilitation at home’ program, assisting clients returning to their homes post discharge from hospital.

Annika also has extensive experience working with clients with Acquired Brain Injuries and physical injuries as a result of motor vehicle accidents. This has included home assessments, equipment prescription, home modifications and coordinating service provisions.

Most recently, Annika has worked with many NDIS participants, providing occupational therapy services for those living in the community with a disability.  This has included those with very complex needs with intervention ranging from equipment and home modification prescription, seating assessments and wheelchair prescription through to activities of daily living assessments and functional assessments.  Annika is also key presenter in educating carers about manual person transfers and manual handling.

Kelly Cook – Occupational Therapist

Kelly graduated from the University of South Australia in 2016 and joined Living to the Max from Helping Hand where she provided OT services to Transitional Care Package (TCP) and Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) clients.

Kelly has provided clinical intervention to clients with a range of conditions, comorbidities and disabilities including home based (ADL) assessments, equipment prescription and home modifications.  Kelly’s passion for Occupational Therapy stems from her strong personal values in client-centred practice and social justice; qualities that well align with Living to the Max.

Kelly continues to work with a wide variety of NDIS clients and is also one of our key presenters in educating carers about manual person transfers and manual handling.

Emma Johnson – Occupational Therapist

Emma graduated from the University of South Australia in 2017 and joined Living to the Max upon graduation.  Prior to this, Emma also completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, majoring in Neuroscience and Physiology.

Emma has also been a successful personal trainer, demonstrated by her caring approach and ability to build meaningful and lasting relationships.

Of particular note, Emma and a fellow student undertook a placement at the St Morris Unit School for Children with Severe and Multiple Disabilities.  There, they applied for and received a $5000 grant from the Rotary Club to fund a customised sensory room for children with complex disabilities.

Emma’s passion though lies with working with the elderly and adults with a disability.  This, together with her client-centred approach, means that Emma is working in the perfect environment to meet the needs of our valued clients.

Sydney Cunningham – Occupational Therapist

Sydney graduated from the University of South Australia in 2016 and joins Living to the Max from Develop Occupational Therapy where she worked with a diverse range of children and families across Adelaide to provide clinical and community based therapy and support.

Sydney also has experience providing OT intervention to NDIS participants and their families so her insight will prove invaluable as the scheme is rolled out across South Australia.

As an Occupational Therapist who values respect, commitment, creativity and providing high quality, client-centred care, Sydney possesses all the attributes we love at Living to the Max.

Emily Camac – Occupational Therapist

Emily completed her Master of Occupational Therapy in 2018 at Flinders University, where she also completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Principles of Occupational Therapy).

Emily joins Living to the Max from Positive Rehab where she worked in a residential aged-care based service for the elderly and adults with disabilities.  This included working with clients with dementia, Parkinson’s disease and other chronic conditions.

Emily also contributed to pain management and manual-handling care plans, including the training of care staff.

What we love most about Emily is her passion and commitment to her profession as evidenced by her employment, while studying, as an Allied Health Assistant at Calvary Rehabilitation Hospital and over a year volunteering as a mentor with Interchange Disability Support Services.  Emily has also volunteered internationally.  Emily has a strong passion for improving the quality of life of all people, with a particular interest in neurological conditions and rehabilitation.

Julia Parini – Occupational Therapist

Julia joined Living to the Max as a new graduate OT but had exceptional life experience in related roles…….experience that will add outstanding value to our clients.

Julia completed the Bachelor and then Master’s program at Flinders University, graduating in 2019. While studying, Julia worked for 2 years as an Allied Health Assistant at Southern Adelaide Local Health Network’s (SALHN) Rehab, Aged and Palliative Care service. Prior to that, she was a Home Support Coordinator with Country Health (10 years) where she managed 28 staff and 15 volunteers.

Julia also worked as an Assessment and Liaison worker at Carers SA (8 years), a Placement Officer with Anglican Community Care (1 year), a Case Manager with Disability SA (1 year) and a Personal Care Attendant with Resthaven Residential Aged Care (2 years). Julia has also held several direct support roles for those with a disability.

Julia has a passion for working with adults with a disability as evidenced by her placements at Brain Injury SA, Hampstead’s spinal cord injury service and Rehab Vita.

Aleisha Zamperin – Occupational Therapist

Aleisha joined Living to the Max as a new graduate OT.

Aleisha graduated from the University of South Australia in 2019 and did clinical placements at Modbury Day Rehab, Resthaven and QEH (GEM ward). She has a special interest in aged care and is excited to work in a community setting.

While studying, Aleisha worked as a Allied Health Assistant at Hampstead, as a Disability Support Worker and volunteered with Projects Abroad working with disabled children in Vietnam. Qualities that we love at Living to Max.

Ula Carter – Administration Officer/Receptionist

Staff profile: Ula CarterUla joined Living to the Max in 2012.  Ula holds a secretarial certificate and has worked as a medical receptionist for over 18 years where she has undertaken all facets of office administration. Prior to her entry into the health sector, Ula worked as a Legal Secretary at a private law firm.  Ula’s excellent customer service skills and phone manner make her a highly valued member of our team and ensures that our clients are receiving exceptional service every time.

Ula is a key liaison between Living to the Max and other allied health professionals and General Practitioners and is the first point of contact for our practise.  Ula’s primary role is to coordinate our out-patient service for all our therapists, ensuring that our clients are receiving effective, timely and client-centred care.

Amy Felix – Therapy Coordinator

Amy is a confident, detailed-oriented person with experience in leading and mentoring others.   Amy takes great pride in administering our therapy services to ensure our client’s feel supported from the very first enquiry.  Amy’s passion is in helping others and to make a positive difference to those around her.

Amy held a similar roll in an allied health clinic in Seattle, USA before relocating to Australia where she worked at Medical HQ.  She also loves to give back to her community, having volunteered with a number of charitable organisations in the US and Australia.

Amy has particular responsibility for helping our NDIS clients navigate their way through the scheme and ensuring all our clients are treated with dignity, compassion and respect.