Meet Our Team

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Kristin Bayley: Clinical Director

 

Kristin started her career in behaviour analysis in 1998, working for New England Center for Children, recognised as a global leader in education for children with autism and related disabilities.  During her 4 years at NECC, she worked in the residential setting with adolescents and in home programs with preschool children.  After completing her Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis, she moved to London to work as a program consultant at TreeHouse School (now known as Ambitious for Autism), and became certified as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in 2003.  Whilst at TreeHouse, she also led a team which opened an ABA specialist support classroom in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

After relocating to Sydney in 2007, she commenced her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology program at Macquarie University, finishing 4 years (and 2 children) later.  After working for a year at The Shepherd Centre, as specialist service for children with hearing impairments, she struck out on her own into private practice.

Kristin has always had a clear idea of the business she wanted to create.  She believes deeply in the science of Applied Behaviour Analysis and the significant positive impact it can have for children with ASD and their families. With TMB, she is hoping to offer a service that 1) provides effective programs of the highest standard 2) works closely with families to provide the support they need during their journey, and 3) educate parents, teachers and allied health professionals in the application of the principles of behaviour analysis in their daily practice.

In 2019, Kristin was given an incredible opportunity to lead the development and delivery of the second graduate programs in Applied Behaviour Analysis in Australia at Griffith University.  She now spends three days per week as Senior Lecturer and Acting Program Director of the ABA programs.  Kristin feels privileged to have such an important role in the growth of the ABA field here in Australia.

People often ask how Kristin came up with the name, To the Moon & Back.  It all started on a bus into the Sydney CBD as Kristin was heading to a workshop.  Just that morning, her son, then 3 years old, had held her in a cuddle and whispered ‘I love you to the moon and back times a thousand million.’  As Kristin sat on the bus, thinking of that moment, it occurred to her that nothing else could better capture the essence of what she wanted to achieve with her new business.

A parent’s love for the children is boundless.

When equipped with the right tools, there is no limit to what children and their families can achieve.

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Adrienne Jackson: Senior Speech Pathologist

 

Adrienne Jackson (AJ) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Cognitive Science from the University of New South Wales and graduated with honours in Speech Pathology from the University of Newcastle in 2015. She has over ten years experience in medical and allied health administration having grown up and worked in the north and inner west of Sydney. Adrienne is trained in AUSLAN and key word sign as well as PECS, Hanen More Than Words Program and MultiLit. Adrienne is currently training as a Registered Behaviour Therapist to augment her speech pathology skills.

 

Adrienne’s final clinical placement was with the Cerebral Palsy Alliance where she fell in love with providing family centred and holistic speech and language services to children with disabilities and their families. She brings with her a devotion to helping each child reach their potential and a joy in language and learning. Adrienne relocated to join To the Moon & Back having been inspired by the ideals of the practice and the measurable outcomes that the combination of behaviour analysis and speech pathology provides in the lives of children and families.

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Binta Hellemans: Practice Manager

Binta Hellemans graduated from Macquarie University with a bachelors’ degree in Creative Arts, majoring in music. Since that time, Binta has been working as a Senior Manager and a member of the executive team for a leading not for profit organisation working with children and young people with Autism and other disabilities and their families for the past 9 years.

 

In her role as Senior Manager, Binta has managed over 30 staff members, managed all aspects of Human resources, office management, WHS requirements and marketing functions to name a few things.

 

Binta was inspired by the beliefs and mission of TMB and decided to join the team in February 2016. Binta hopes to bring her vast disability industry knowledge to the dedicated team of professionals at TMB and to personally continue to be a support for families and their children in their journey.

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Micah Street: Senior Behaviour Therapist

 

Micah is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at Macquarie University. He has worked with children in various aspects since graduating from Knox Grammar in 2013, including working as an Assistant Music Director for a children’s theatre company, and a private music tutor. Micah first started working in applied behaviour analysis in 2016, completing his initial training through the Lizard Centre. Since then, he has loved working as a therapist and seeing the benefits of the programs he is helping to implement. He particularly loves the high energy nature of therapy sessions. Micah was eager to join the TMB team, having been excited by the goals of TMB, and the constant support and education that it provides.”

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Melissa Lomax: Senior Speech Pathologist

 

Melissa has been working as a speech pathologist for over 8 years and holds a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Sydney. Melissa has experience working across a variety of speech therapy settings including within community health, not-for-profit sector, and private health. In 2010 she started working in a community health setting within clinics across the greater western Sydney area, providing intervention to children with speech, language, fluency (stuttering), and feeding difficulties.

 

Melissa then moved to London for 4 years, working for the National Health Service (public health service) and further developing her skills and training within the area of early intervention and Autism. Upon returning to Sydney in late 2017, Melissa sought out a role in which she could continue working within the field of early intervention and disability and eventually found her dream job at To the Moon and Back.

 

Melissa brings with her a passion to support and develop a child’s communication skills so that they can learn, engage, and actively participate within their communities. The values and intervention approaches of To the Moon and Back reflect what Melissa works within and what she believes contribute to the best outcomes for children and their families.

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Allison Lozes: Program Manager

Allison completed a Masters of Education in Autism & Developmental Disabilities at the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 and became a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) the following year. Allison also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Louisiana State University.

Allison has been working with children in a variety of contexts for over 13 years, but found her career path once she witnessed a family friend experience the positive results of ABA intervention.  Allison completed her BCBA experience hours in Austin, Texas, while working at a highly regarded ABA clinic with a strong focus on social skills and natural environment teaching. Here, she learned how to make effective therapy fun for children of all ages in both individual and group settings. She loved working with the little ones at the on-site inclusion preschool, but also became passionate about working with older children and enjoyed organising social events for teenagers, which helped encourage inclusion and acceptance within the local community.

Since moving to Sydney in 2018, Allison has been delivering family-focused behaviour support services to NDIS participants in the Sydney area in home, school and community environments. She enjoys working closely with a child’s support network to help decrease behaviours of concern and identify teaching moments within everyday routines.

Since coming to TMB, Allison has become particularly interested in applications of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, parent coaching and staff training.  She has also been working alongside Kristin, helping to develop content for the Griffith University Masters and Graduate Certificates of ABA programs.

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Amy Jones

Amy Jones: Behaviour Therapist

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