Emily Hayles – Principal Physiotherapist & Owner

Hi! I’m Emily, the owner and principal physiotherapist for Move and Play Paediatric Therapy. I founded Move and Play Paediatric Therapy in 2015 in order to meet a growing need for private paediatric specific physiotherapy services within the Mackay region, while also providing me with flexibility to look after my little girl.

I have worked in the area of paediatric physiotherapy for almost 10 years. I have extensive experience in managing the needs of infants and children with a wide range of conditions, from mild conditions and injuries to complex neurological conditions.  I have worked as a Senior Paediatric Physiotherapist across a number of settings in both Mackay and Brisbane, including hospitals and community health services.

I have a special interest in the treatment of children with developmental delay, movement difficulties, and/or disability, in particular cerebral palsy and brain injuries, and I have undertaken substantial postgraduate education and training in this area. I am a member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association and National Paediatric Group, and the Australian Bobath Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association.

As well as my clinical experience, I have also completed a Masters of Physiotherapy, through which I researched how parents of children with cerebral palsy experience health care for their child. As a result of this degree, I have published a thesis, a number of research articles on health care service delivery for children with cerebral palsy, and presented my research findings at national and international professional conferences.

Anna Deguara – Senior Physiotherapist

Hello. My name is Anna. I love working and playing with kids and am constantly inspired by them. I also like yoga, hiking and gardening.

I have worked in the paediatric field for 4 years with a wide range of developmental conditions, in Brisbane and more recently in Mackay. I have also completed post graduate studies and courses around Developmental Orthopaedics, Pilates Matwork, Neurodevelopmental Therapy, the ‘Floortime Approach’ of interaction, and taping in children.

I have a special interest in working with children with Vision Impairment and additional difficulties such as developmental delays and cerebral palsy, and have presented at a number of conferences about my experiences in this field. I am also passionate about helping all children to be active, whether or not they have a disability.

My dream is to help every child to realise their self identity through movement and play.

Rachael McConochie – Physiotherapist

Hi!  My name is Rachael and I joined the Move and Play Paediatric Therapy team in January 2018.  I graduated with my Physiotherapy degree in December 2017 and found my love for working with children whilst at clinical placement at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane in 2016.

Growing up in Mackay, I decided to return after graduation in order to be closer to my family and also to give back to the community that helped build me as a person.  Before going away to Townsville to pursue my career in Physiotherapy, I participated in sports such as netball, basketball and touch football, however my true passion was Irish Dancing where I competed at state and national levels and also qualified for the world championships numerous times.

I have a special interest in working with children with chronic respiratory conditions such as Cystic Fibrosis and Bronchiectasis and also children who are at risk or have sustained a sporting injury.

Melissa Cachia – Physiotherapist

Hi! My name is Melissa and I relocated to Mackay in January 2019 to pursue my career in paediatric physiotherapy with the Move and Play Paediatric Therapy team. I was born and raised in a small town in northern British Columbia, Canada. In December 2018, I graduated from the University of Queensland with my master’s degree in Physiotherapy studies and in 2014 I graduated from the University of Calgary with my bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology.

From a young age, I dreamed of being physiotherapist and developed an interest in working with children through volunteer work with therapeutic horseback riding. I enjoy spending time outdoors horseback riding, hiking, and biking as well as participating in sports such as TRL, soccer, and ice hockey. I also have a passion for music and love to play violin, trombone and sing.

My aspiration is to partner with children and their families to assist each child in realising and reaching his or her full potential.

Kathleen Davey – Occupational Therapist

Hi! My name is Kathleen and I have just joined the team at Move and Play after graduating from my Occupational Therapy degree in 2018.

My interests include anything outdoors! Mostly: travel, gardening, and playing with my two beautiful pups.

Prior to becoming an OT, I studied 18-months of early-childhood teaching. During this time, I developed a passion for supporting children who experienced challenges in everyday life, due to their physical, cognitive, social or emotional barriers.

Since completing my degree, I have gained a particular interest in neurological development and rehabilitation; Autism Spectrum Disorder; and psychosomatic disorders.

Call our clinic today to talk with one of our therapists about your child’s needs