Meet Our Team

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Kristin Bayley: Clinical Director

 

Kristin started working 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.  Kristin has always been striving to achieve truly family centred practice, so she worked at The Shepherd Centre, renowned for it’s innovation in family centred practice with children with hearing loss.

 

She started TMB because 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.

 

To the Moon & Back has many meanings to Kristin. It means that a parent’s love for their child is boundless. It also means that when equipped with the right tools, there is no limit to what children and their families can achieve together.

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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: Registered Behaviour Technician

 

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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Analise Vella: Registered Behaviour Technician

 

Analise Vella completed a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) in 2015 and currently studying a Masters of Education in Applied Behaviour Analysis at Monash University.



Analise first started as a junior therapist in 2014 and then continued to be a senior behaviour therapist at Woodbury Autism Education and Research in 2016. By working within a classroom for children with autism she discovered her passion for augmentative and alternative communication, which has been her focus of study in her current masters. She is an advocate for children who require alternative communication and strongly believes that all children have the right to communicate their needs, wants and thoughts. Through this Analise was eager to start with TMB because of its individualized programs for children with ASD and its collaborative approach with families and teachers. Since starting she has found her day to day schedule fulfilling as she can practice her study and work with a supportive team known as TMB.

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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.