OTFC has been directed by Dino and Michelle Mennillo since 2005. Dino is the Clinical Director and Michelle is the Operations and HR Manager. Together with the Clinical Management Team (consisting of Dino, Michelle, Ali, Michael and Jo) they lead a talented team of clinicians and support staff to ensure OTFC adheres to its core values; where children and families feel validated in their concerns, supported in difficult times, encouraged to be proactive and inspired to facilitate change.
The clinical team at OTFC has been developed and cultured over many years. Whilst Dino remains the clinical director and oversees assessment and treatment of all OTFC children, the evolving structure of OTFC has enabled the team to work collaboratively, dynamically and in doing so has met the challenges of providing a genuine, holistic and high quality service.
Dino has worked with children for nearly 20 years, has a background in child and adolescent mental health, and is internationally certified to practice in Ayres Sensory Integration (assessment and treatment). Similarly, Ali (OTFC clinical Manager) has international certification in Ayres Sensory Integration (assessment and treatment) and together with Michael (OTFC senior clinician. Whilst Dino no longer provides individual therapy, Ali and Michael continue to provide individual therapy and group sessions in order to maintain clinical skills essential in their development as therapists practising in Sensory Integration.
OTFC has invested significantly into acquiring therapists that complement the values of the practice, show initiative and drive to challenge the direction of services offered and have exceptional personal skills to deliver to clients and their families. Tyson, Kultar, Amy, Kyra, Michael (Sharpy), Veronica are all exceptional therapist and individuals. Their passion and desire to assist children and families is only matched by the unique set of skills they each bring to OTFC. Through intensive professional development training internally, complemented by various external opportunities the therapists at OTFC are able to provide a level of service that ensures consistency in the therapy process at OTFC. Over the last 18 months, this group of amazing therapists together with the management team have established several group programs, developed unique parent and teacher information sessions, contributed and planned the first sensory motor camp in SA, developed specialised programs for selected schools and has committed to providing ongoing field work placement for undergraduate and masters OT students through Uni SA and Flinders Uni.
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The support team consists of a wonderful group of individuals who love working with children from an administrative perspective. Their role is to make each families experience at OTFC as pleasant as possible and be there for you in any way they can with making appointments, funding and support concerns. OTFC is motivated to facilitate and empower our staff and the families that access our service to reach their potential because we care about helping others achieve their goals and dreams.