Staff profiles

Tracie McInnes – Managing Director and Senior Occupational Therapist

Staff profile: Tracie McInnes

Tracie 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 McInnes

Darren 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.

 

Rebecca Horsell – Senior Occupational Therapist

Staff Profile: Rebecca HorsellRebecca joined Living to the Max OT Services after working in various acute and community settings including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Modbury Hospital, Helping Hand and private practice.  Rebecca also spent a year in the United Kingdom working as a community based Occupational Therapist.  She graduated with her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of South Australia in 2001.

In the 3 years prior to joining Living to the Max, Rebecca held the position of Senior Occupational Therapist in the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.  She has also shared her extensive knowledge and experience working as a Tutor in the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Australia.

Despite Rebecca’s broad OT experience, she has specialised in aged care including complex equipment assessment and prescription, maximising client function, dementia and returning to home following hospital admission.  Rebecca also has extensive experience in home modifications (minor and major), client and carer training, community services and aged care groups (based on cognitive stimulation therapy).

Jane McLeod – Senior Occupational Therapist

Jane McLeod 110 X 150Jane completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 1999 at the University of South Australia and spent the 10 years prior to joining Living to the Max at Inner East Community Health in Melbourne. There, she specialised in simple to complex equipment prescription, as well as postural assessment and wheelchair seating and prescription.

Jane established and coordinated a multidisciplinary Wheelchair Assessment Clinic to provide postural assessment and seating and wheelchair prescription for a wide variety of disabled clients. Working in a community health setting also included the prescription of complex assistive technology such as electric beds, multi-track, self-drive ceiling hoists and accessible vehicle modifications.

Jane also has extensive experience in working with aged clients as well as workplace ergonomic assessments for clients in both manual and office environments. She has also held clinical roles in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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 Evans – Occupational Therapist (currently on maternity leave)

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 – Occupational Therapist

Molly Schultz 110x150Molly comes to Living to the Max with 2 years clinical experience in residential aged care and 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.

From University, Molly went straight into clinical practice in residential aged care, completing mobility and manual handling assessments and care plans, pressure care assessments, activities of daily living assessments and assisting in delivering rehabilitation treatment to recently hospitalised residents or ongoing treatment for chronic conditions.

Most recently, Molly worked for ASSIST South, Disability Services, providing occupational therapy services for those living in the community with a disability. This has included simple to complex equipment and home modification prescription, seating assessments and wheelchair prescription, activities of daily living assessments, including educating on new techniques and skills, and referring on to other appropriate services.

Molly has shown a commitment to ongoing learning, to achieve positive outcomes for clients and is passionate about enabling adults to live safely and independently, with a high quality of life in the community.

Annika Schipanski – 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.

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.

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.

Gayle McInnes – Office Administrator (Finance)

Staff profile: Gayle McInnes

Gayle completed a Certificate II in Information Technology (Computer Applications) and Certificate III in Business (Office Administration) in 1999. Gayle joined Living to the Max in September 2011 after relocating from NSW and working for 23 years in Administration and Purchasing roles with Snowy Hydro Ltd.  Gayle is responsible for finance and payroll administration and relieves in the reception role as required.

Working within the health industry is quite a change from the production of hydro-electricity however Gayle finds her new role extremely rewarding and enjoys being associated with a team of highly dedicated OTs, all of whom are achieving amazing outcomes for our valued clients.