Clare Edgecome (née Stampa)
Occupational Therapist / Clinical Supervisor
Clare Edgecome née Stampa is the Senior Occupational Therapist at Baobab. She graduated with a B.Sc (Occupational Therapy) from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Clare has over thirty years experience specifically in Paediatrics. She has a special interest in children with Co-ordination Difficulties and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
Clare has done extensive training in Sensory Integration Therapy (SI) and is qualified to administer the SI Praxis Test and SI treatment including techniques such as Therapeutic Listening and the Wilbarger Brushing Protocol. She is also trained to use the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding for assessing and treating children with feeding difficulties. She has completed an introductory course in DIR Floortime, a treatment technique specifically developed for children with ASD.
As the teams’ clinical supervisor, Clare shares her expertise regularly through in-service training, coaching, seminars and supervision.
Occupational Therapist / Practice Manager
Nicola initially discovered a passion for supporting young people experiencing a range of challenges through her extensive experience working in the childcare and disability sector. She completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at The University of Melbourne with a focus on Developmental & Behavioural Psychology before deciding to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become an Occupational Therapist, completing a Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University.
Nicola believes strongly in supporting families and children to thrive using a family-centred, practical and playful approach. She has specific training in the Evaluation of Social Interaction (ESI) assessment. Nicola has also trained as a Teacher of Children’s Creative Dance & Yoga at Mangala Studios and so brings her passion for music, movement and creativity to her work as an Occupational Therapist.
Alongside her clinical work, Nicola manages the practice. She currently works at the clinic on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Jill is qualified with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Swinburne University of Technology. In addition, Jill is qualified with a Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Recreation and is a registered Yoga Teacher.
Jill has worked with children of varying abilities extensively in a range of roles, including as an Outdoor Recreation guide, school camp Program Co-ordinator and Education Aide at a special needs school. She has a passion for music, movement and adventure. Jill is passionate about using creative play to help children find their strengths, so they can build their capacities from a position of confidence and enjoyment.
Jill works at the clinic on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays.
Josie is qualified with a Masters of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University. In addition, Josie is qualified with a Bachelor of Sciences (Major in Human Structure & Function) and a Bachelor of Music (Honours).
Josie has extensive experience working with children, young people and adults with a range of abilities both in Australia and internationally. She is passionate about
enabling any child to participate in occupations to their full potential, by drawing on their strengths and building capacity. She brings her warmth and passion for music and creativity to her work as an Occupational Therapist.
Josie works at the clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Rachel Kerr is a qualified and experienced Speech Pathologist with a depth of experience across many clinical areas and settings having worked in Melbourne, Brisbane, and the UK. She has a true passion for working with children.
She is skilled in feeding difficulties and communication difficulties related to complex medical or surgical conditions (e.g. cleft palate) and neuro-developmental disability. In addition to this, Rachel has experience in working with children with speech, language, and literacy difficulties.
Rachel is an independent practitioner who works at the clinic on Tuesdays.
Teagan Kircher is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice degree at La Trobe University. She is also qualified with a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance specialising in Occupational Therapy support. She has experience supporting with children with diverse abilities in both Australia and internationally. She is passionate about using her emerging skills and knowledge in the area of Occupational Therapy to support to children and families to reach their therapy goals.
Andy Bain completed a Diploma of Education Studies in 2017 and is currently studying a Bachelor of Teaching. Andy has extensive experience working with children and adolescents of various abilities in a range of settings including High School, school camps and in the home. He is particularly passionate about supporting children emotionally and socially using a playful and dynamic approach that is tailored to their unique learning style and needs.