Our Talented Team
clinical paediatric psychologist (Founder and Director)
Leorah Kagan is the Founder and Director of Wishing Wellness, est. 2011. Leorah is a clinical paediatric psychologist with over 17-years experience in the private sector. Leorah works with children and families using a holistic model of care. She commenced her career as an ABA therapist, then clinical psychologist, hypnotherapist, children’s yoga instructor, Meditation teacher and soon to be Naturopath! Leorah uses all her training and skills to formulate the best ‘Wellness Therapy’ for each child and family. Leorah focuses on the body and mind being in balance and tailors her therapy to meet the needs of each individual and family. Leorah uses an eclectic approach to therapy, including CBT, ACT, play & art therapy, family therapy, parenting advice and workshops, nutrition advice, natural remedies, aromatherapy, yoga, Mindfulness, hypnotherapy and meditation. Leorah also runs ‘Rainbow Tribe’, the ever-popular yoga and Mindfulness-based social skills and emotion-regulation group for primary school-aged children.
Sherianne is a psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Sherianne assesses children for Autism, ADHD, and conducts full cognitive (IQ) assessments. Sherianne is part of the Multidisciplinary Autism Assessment Team at Wishing Wellness.
B.A, Grad Dip (Applied Psychology), Master of Educational & Developmental Psychology, MAPS
Fiona is a psychologist with over 20 years’ experience working with children and their families. Her speciality is Educational and Developmental psychology. Her services include school readiness assessments, autism assessments, emotion regulation & coping skills, full cognitive assessments, assessment of learning disorders, ADHD, anxiety management, and social skills development. Fiona has worked extensively with schools in the private and public sectors. She is also the mother of three school aged children.
Robyn is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. She obtained a BA Honours in Speech & Hearing Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has extensive experience working with adults and children with speech, language and literacy delays.
Robyn has a special interest in reading, writing and spelling and is trained in the Spalding and Orton- Gillingham Methods (MSL) of teaching. Robyn continues to expand her knowledge by attending professional development courses and mentors newly graduated Speech and Language Pathologists. Robyn delivers therapy in a delightful and engaging manner. Robyn has also co-authored two books on promoting Early Literacy Development in pre-school learners.
Robyn works closely with our practitioners, as part of our multidisciplinary Wellness Team.
Jenna is a speech pathologist with experience working with children of all ages both in private practice and in schools and kindergartens. Jenna visits schools and kindergartens and works with the children at the clinic. Jenna is also one of the social skills groups’ practitioners together with Robyn Gamsu and Leorah Kagan.
Kinesiologist & Reiki practitioner
Lisa Sellyn is the Wishing Wellness Kinesiologist & Reiki practitioner. She also has also had over 15-years experience as a Primary School teacher. Lisa works with both adults and children using holistic natural therapies to increase overall energy, wellness and balance for the mind, body and soul.Lisa is a member of both the Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA) and the Australian Reiki Connection Inc. (ARC).Kinesiology taps into the subconscious mind (where you store memories, thoughts and belief systems) and identifies emotional, physical, mental or spiritual imbalances through muscle testing.Reiki sends flowing energy into your body and releases stagnant energy blocked from negative emotions & feelings. It promotes better health, allowing you to feel energised, lighter and uplifted. Lisa works closely with our practitioners, as part of our multidisciplinary Wellness Team.
Maxine is our in-house ABA Therapist (Applied Behaviour Analysis). She has over a decade of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Maxine designs and implements high quality intensive programs that best meet the needs of her clients. This includes behaviour planning, development of fine and gross motor skills, toileting, language and communication skills, social skills, play and daily living skills. Maxine works closely with the other practitioners at Wishing Wellness, as part of our Multi-disciplinary Wellness Team. Maxine also provides intensive school-holiday ABA programs.
Accredited Practising Dietitian
Melinda is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with further postgraduate training in paediatrics including her Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics and Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding Program. She enjoys being able to inspire, motivate and support families to better manage or overcome the nutritional issues in which they face with their children. Working in paediatrics Melinda has a special interest in gut health in particular irritable bowel syndrome, food intolerances, food allergies and coeliac disease. Melinda also works with children diagnosed with Autism and ADHD, and fussy eaters. In addition to working in paediatrics, Melinda has a passion for fertility and pregnancy nutrition and enjoys helping mums-to-be navigate their fertility and pregnancy journey and providing them with the knowledge they need to give their child the best possible start to life.