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 has been with Living to the Max for several years 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

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 is now in her 6th year of 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 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 – 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.

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.

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.

Mirena de Miranda – Senior Occupational Therapist

Mirena completed her Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia in 2013.

Mirena joined Living to the Max from the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) where she worked in the orthopaedic / orthopaedic geriatric department.

Mirena has extensive experience in the aged care, rehabilitation, disability and mental health sector and knowledge around a variety of complex health conditions and NDIS planning.  She has also worked in a variety of community settings working with clients with learning, sensory, intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

Mirena has provided a wide range of assessments to assess function, capability and cognition, and she has extensive experience in prescribing assistive equipment, mobility aids (including wheelchairs and scooters) and home modifications.  Importantly, Mirena brings  to Living to the Max, skills in working with individuals with challenging behaviours and mental health conditions.

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.

Dana Tierney – Occupational Therapist

Dana completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2018 at James Cook University in Queensland.

Dana joins Living to the Max in her first occupational therapy role however while she was studying, she worked as an Allied Health Assistant at Cairns Hospital.   There Dana worked in the older person’s rehabilitation ward which allowed her to see a variety of geriatric conditions, both cognitive and physical.  As a new graduate, this has provided Dana with an excellent foundation in which to launch her OT career.

Dana has a strong passion for working with our older clients and maximizing their independence.  This includes home based assessments, the prescription of assistive aids and appliances, the design of home modifications and preventing social isolation.

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.