Kate Kinch BSc (Health Science and Human Geography) MSLP CPSP
Kate is a Certified Practising Speech and Language Pathologist with over 14 years of experience working with children and young adults with a wide range of speech, language and communication needs.
Kate obtained her Master of Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University before beginning work in Canberra in the not-for-profit and government sectors. Since moving to the Milton/Ulladulla area she has spent a number of years in the not-for profit sector. She is now the joint owner and director of Milton Therapy and Learning Centre.
Kate has specific training in The Lidcombe Program (stuttering), ReST program (for Childhood Apraxia of Speech), Picture Exchange Communication – PECS, Proloquo2go, Keyword Sign and PODD (Alternative and Augmentative Communication Systems).
Kate loves living on the South Coast of NSW with her husband and 4 boys. She feels proud to be able to offer a quality, local service to families in the region.
Simon Kinch B MedSc Dip Ed
Simon is a specialist educator with nearly 15 years working in schools in the ACT and NSW. He is now joint owner and director of Milton Therapy and Learning Centre.
Simon has taught children aged 4-13 years old within the primary school setting. He has taught and supported a wide range of young people in mainstream classrooms and worked closely with families and therapists to strive towards inclusion in this setting. He has also had extensive experience holding positions of leadership in schools.
Simon has specific training in Autism with Aspect, literacy skills using evidenced programs including MacqLit and MiniLit and he is a trained facilitator of the ‘Rock and Water’ program, a program that decreases bullying and depressive feelings, and increases self-esteem, self regulation and social acceptance. Simon will be completing his training in the PEERS program in March this year to support social skills in teens and young adults.
Simon loves the outdoor lifestyle that comes with living on the south coast with his wife and children and can often be found in the ocean when not at work. He also has a passion for music.
Naomi Dampney B Sc Dip Transpersonal Art Therapy MSW
Naomi is a qualified Social Worker and Art Therapist who utilises a strengths-based approach in her work with clients. She has a particular interest in working with concepts of self-identity and well-being using art-making processes.
With a background in photography and visual arts, Naomi studied Transpersonal Art Therapy at the College of Complementary Medicine in Sydney, completing her studies in 2012 and went on to complete her Masters in Social Work.
Working in community-based programs for the last four years, Naomi has run Art Therapy workshops in a variety of settings. Some of her projects have included work with children with ASD, programs with Indigenous adults and youths, and an ongoing program with adults who are working on their recovery with mental health issues.
Moving to the area over 10 years ago with her husband, Naomi loves the community and the natural environment of the south coast, and feels blessed to be able to bring up her family here.
Maria Hogan B Ed (Early Childhood) Dip Child Services
Maria is a qualified and experienced Early Childhood Teacher. Maria is excited about her Keyworker role here at Milton TLC as it allows here to use so much of her experience working with children and families but in a different setting.
Maria and her husband enjoy the coastal life here in Milton Ulladulla and has lived here for over 10 years.
Amy Smith B Creative Arts Grad Dip Edu (Secondary Music) Dip Music Therapy
Amy is a qualified and experienced Music Teacher and registered Music Therapist. Amy has experience working with children and adults in both the mainstream and special education settings as well as providing individual therapy sessions in the clinical setting.
Amy grew up in the Milton Ulladulla area and after some time away has settled back here with her husband and two young children.
Nakita is an enthusiastic fourth year Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) student with a desire to meet young children’s current needs to help shape their futures.
Working in many of the Shoalhaven and Eurobodalla Primary Schools as a School Learning Support Officer, Nakita has significant experience working with young children with disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nakita draws on this experience to provide therapeutic and program-related support in a variety of assistant roles.
With an infectious positive attitude Nakita thrives on being a member of our local community, recognising the importance of a collaborative approach to best support young children and adults varying needs. One of Nakita’s key strengths in her role lies in her ability to connect with children from a variety of backgrounds and harness this connection to create a positive learning environment.
Nakita and her husband are kept busy outside of work hours raising their two young children whilst remaining active in the local community. They spend their weekends enjoying the South Coasts’ beautiful beaches, National Parks and coastal towns.
Sarah Sakora (Administration Officer)
Sarah is an experienced administrator for allied health professionals and medical professionals and also has has a strong background in hospitality. She brings with her a passion for helping others as well as a great eye for detail.
Sarah moved to the Milton Ulladulla area 2 years ago with her husband and three children. They have quickly made this beautiful place home and enjoy spending time in the outdoors.
Mandy Greenhalgh (Administration Officer)
Mandy is a very experienced receptionist and administrator who loves that this role allows her to support so many families in the area she grew up in.
Mandy and her husband have three children and they love the the Milton Ulladulla area and the community they belong to.