Meet Our RAR Team
Founder / Director
Kathy Luke graduated from The University of Queensland (Brisbane, St Lucia) in 1997, and since then has worked in a range of government and non-government professional roles, in Brisbane/Townsville and overseas.
She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team, including therapy with both children/families and adults, and 10 years with Disability Services as a therapist and manager of allied health teams (children and adults).
Director / Principal Therapist
Katrina grew up in the Coalfields region of Central Queensland and has a great love for outdoors pursuits whether its climbing rocks, swimming in the ocean, cycling through the canefields or sitting on a mountain looking out over the world below.
Katrina has worked in various roles in Occupational Therapy for over 20 years and stepped into private practice after leaving a senior role with Disability Services in 2012. In 2015 she was delighted to move the family to North Queensland to join with Kathy Luke in growing and developing Rural and Regional Therapy Services into the RAR Therapy of today.
Katrina’s special areas of interest are in supporting parents of children with learning and behavioural difficulties and in building and encouraging the Team of RAR Therapy.
Tam has 10+ years of experience working with children and their families and has four beautiful little ones of her own. She has worked in a variety of environments including community health, state and private schools, kindergartens and daycare centres over her career as an Occupational Therapist. Tam has worked with children with a range of abilities including ASD, ADHD, Sensory processing difficulties, and various learning difficulties. She especially loves helping children with ASD to become more independent and use their unique way of looking at the world to meet their full potential.
Tam loves family game night but her family won’t allow her to play monopoly for safety reasons 😛
Senior Occupational Therapist
Sharon graduated from UQ as an Occupational Therapist in 1989 and has worked as an OT in the Rockhampton region ever-since. She predominantly supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and much of Sharon’s work has been in situations where there are complex needs involved.
Sharon is a volunteer Counsellor with the Breastfeeding Association, has a keen interest in supporting infants and family relationships, and really enjoys having fun with bubbles!
Bria holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from James Cook University, Townsville. She has experience working across Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Disability with interest and skills in equipment prescription, physical disability and functional rehabilitation. She is passionate about working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to improve health outcomes through culturally appropriate service delivery. Bria enjoys working with people to build their independence in cooking as she spends most of her spare time being creative in the kitchen.
Jessica is an Occupational Therapist with the RAR Therapy Team in North Queensland. She completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University. Jessica works with adults in the community privately, through National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and Home Care Packages (HCP). Jessica is currently expanding her skill set into complex home modifications, having just completed a course through Assistive Technology Australia. In her spare time Jessica loves to go camping or to sew fantastic outfits for the Races.
Carla graduated from James Cook University in 2017 and has always had a passion for working with children. Carla is most interested in development of play, working towards hitting developmental milestones and ensuring all children get to participate in all aspects of life no matter what! When not working, Carla is dreaming of her next snowboarding trip and playing with her Border Collie, Cosmo!
Quality Manager / Sr Admin
Kirsty has over twenty years experience in the administration field and has worked in the Quality Management area for the past 10 years.
She has a Diploma of Quality Auditing, enjoys reading and is addicted to buying books – “I’m drawn to certain books when I’m browsing in the shops, it’s like they pick me”
Kirsty also loves lollies but balances it by being a Group Fitness Instructor and teaching Spin.
Allied Health Assistant
Aki worked for 11 years as a qualified Occupational Therapist in Japan before moving to Australia.
She worked in a rehabilitation hospital and was a chief therapist managing one of the wards.
Aki has now made the big shift to working in the Bowen community as an Allied Health Assistant, where she is passionate about supporting the locals and making a difference in their lives.
Aki loves beautiful beaches and gardening, including growing vegetables and fruits in her home garden!
Aki lives with her beloved husband and a Labrador puppy!!
Come and meet her in Bowen 😉
As a Practice manager, Amy is on the front line and works alongside her sister, Hannah, who is Practice Coordinator.
Amy assists with all new enquiries that come through and also deals with managing all current clients’ needs and requests. She works closely with all of the therapists and oversees scheduling and appointments.
Amy works remotely in northern NSW in a small coastal town where she lives 100 metres away from the beach.
Amy’s hobbies include a passion for all things fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, spending time with her husband and two kids, and anything to do with blue water and sunshine.
Amy absolutely loves being a part of the RAR family – “each and every member brings so much to the business that I am grateful to be a part of making a change.”
Lisa studied Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in Townsville, graduating in 2005. She has worked with children in various capacities since her teenage years, building on a desire to help them achieve more than they believe possible.
Lisa loves making therapy sessions fun, and using everyday games to teach important daily skills.
Lisa recently moved to Mackay with her husband and four kids to join the Standing In Therapy Services team 2 days a week.
Through her visits to schools, and by online contact, Lisa provides assistance to students who display differences in fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, attention, emotional self-regulation and more.
Aletheia is currently studying her Bachelors of Sport and Exercise Science and Psychology at James Cook University while working with RAR Therapy’s Support Team behind the scenes in Ayr.
Aletheia is a keen runner and enjoys getting out early mornings before the world wakes up for fast repeats, threshold runs or slow base runs.
Bree graduated from James Cook University in 2017 and then worked predominantly in the area of equipment prescription, where her interests lay with posture and maintaining the body’s integrity in seating and sleeping.
Bree has worked for RAR Therapy for 12 months and has engaged with participants through NDIS, working on life skill development, and equipment prescription.
Her other interest areas include rehabilitation and Bree strives to keep her knowledge as evidence-based as possible.
She is always looking for opportunities to grow with her clients and their families.
Bree loves anything that involves being on the water – in particular the beach – and she has a young family, so whenever possible they get out and explore our beautiful country, Australia!
Helen is a Physiotherapist with 10 years experience across a range of clinical settings from hospital-based, to mining, and disability.
Helen works primarily with adolescents and adults with a disability across the Mackay region.
Helen has a strong interest in assistive technology and also aquatic therapy.
When she’s not working, Helen likes to take the family camping across the state and eventually wants to do the “lap of the map”.
Nicole has been an Occupational Therapist for over 15 years, having worked with adults and children within both the hospital and community settings. Nicole specialises in working with children, carrying out comprehensive assessments to assist families to better understand their child, and helping her clients to reach their full potential within the home and community. Nicole loves spending time with her young family, bushwalking, going to the beach and having picnics together.
Liz is an OT with over 20 years working in the area of complex home modifications with the Department of Housing. She joined RAR therapy last year to broaden her horizons and is loving the challenges involved in working with our lovely clients and the NDIS. Liz has 3 adult children – oldest son is a nurse, middle son studying political science (wants to rule the world) and her daughter is also studying to become an OT (so proud…) Liz loves people – and is passionate about networking. When not working as an OT, Liz loves to work out with weightlifting, enjoys spending time with her family playing ‘Jackbox’, going out for breakfast with hubby and sleeping!
Talicia graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2016. She worked in acute hospital settings in Northern NSW and Brisbane before moving to Mackay to pursue a career in paediatric speech pathology in 2019.
During her time in Mackay, Talicia has worked in schools, collaborating with education teams to support students from prep to year 12. While in Mackay, Talicia has also managed to maintain her skills in assessment and management of adults with swallowing and communication difficulties in hospital and aged care facilities.
Talicia has a keen interest in clinical education, and is looking to soon support speech pathology students on clinical placement.
Talicia is committed to continuing her own professional development, and has recently completed training in the Hanen: It Takes Two To Talk Program.