Meet the Team

Julia Wishart  [BOccThy (Hons)]

Director and Occupational Therapist

AHPRA registration: OCC0001946401


Julia received her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Honours from Deakin University.  Julia has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and fine motor skills, having completed her honour's research on the underlying skills of handwriting.  Julia is experienced in working with clients from a wide range of culturally diverse backgrounds. This includes indigenous Australians, new Australians and individuals with a refugee background, who may or may not have a trauma history, diagnosed disability, developmental delay, or are at risk of developmental delay. 


Julia's experience includes working in private practice, and as the head of the Occupational Therapy department in a mainstream P-12 school providing professional supervision and expertise to Occupational Therapy placement students and the schools new graduate Occupational Therapist.  


Outside of work, Julia enjoys spending time with her dogs and pet lambs, and completing art projects. 


 Julia has two articles published in international journals exploring the topic of handwriting

  • The association between measures of visual perception, visual-motor integration, and in-hand manipulation skills of school-age children and their manuscript handwriting speed - British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • The visual perception, visual-motor integration (VMI) and in-hand manipulation (IHM) skills of children ages six to eight years: Are they associated with manuscript handwriting legibility?  - Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 


Certified Pets as Therapy Animal


Tiny Tackers Therapy is fortunate to have a certified therapy animal, Luna. This allows Tiny Tackers to provide animal assisted therapy. Luna is a three year old Beagle cross who works closely with Julia. Luna enjoys playing frisbee, fetch and going swimming in the river in her spare time. 


Click here to read more about Animal Assisted Therapy.


Therapy animals have been shown to;

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Increase happiness and fun
  • Help children to focus better
  • Increase children's self confidence
  • Increase motivation to complete challenging activities during therapy sessions

Helen Parkes

Business Manager


Helen (known as Hel) provides support with the management of all things business related. She also manages the billing and invoicing so you may interact with her in regards to payment or funding inquiries such as NDIS or Medicare.


Hel has a strong background in accounting and administration having worked in public and private schools as well as health practices for over 30 years. Helen enjoys working with online technology and is usually found during the week on her laptop from dawn to dusk working out how to make the office function better!


In her spare time Hel is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying mountain bike racing, road and track (velodrome) cycling, kayaking, bush walking, camping and travelling to obscure parts of the world with her family. In addition, Helen is a cycling coach and a member of the State Emergency Service specialising in operations management.   


Bridie Armstrong

Occupational Therapy Assistant 


Bridie is currently studying her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University, Geelong. For the past four years, Bridie has gained extensive experience working with children aged 3-18 years, in her role as Education Support in a Specialist School and Kindergarten. 


Outside of work Bridie enjoys going to the beach with her two dogs, horse riding, camping, playing netball and Polocrosse.     


Maggie Suhan

Occupational Therapy Assistant 


Maggie is currently studying her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University, Geelong. For the past 18 months, Maggie has gained experience working as an Allied Health Assistant in Torquay. Most recently Maggie completed an 8 week placement in a mainstream primary school in Geelong facilitating groups focusing on handwriting and self-regulation.