Steve Davies – Head of Therapy / Speech Pathologist
Steve joined the St Lucy’s team in January 2018. He started his professional journey working with people with disabilities in 2003, working in a group home for adults on the autism spectrum while completing his Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. From there, he moved into a school-based Speech Pathology role for a few years, before moving into roles where he assisted people in situations involving challenging behaviour (and related communication difficulties) aged between around 8 years to nearly 80. Steve has worked with people who have a range of disabilities, although his most extensive experience is with people on the autism spectrum.
Steve has a strong passion for helping people overcome the barriers which stop them from living the best possible life they can, and loves having a job which allows him to have a direct impact on this by helping to improve communication.
Melissa Miao – Speech Pathologist
Melissa joined St Lucy’s in May 2013, so has a wealth of experience she brings to her role every day. Her main passions are in high-tech Augmentative and Alternative Communication for Complex Communication Needs, and facilitating quality implementation of communication systems. Melissa came to St Lucy’s already experienced in supporting communication, learning and educational access for students from primary to tertiary education. She is also an accredited Key Word Sign Presenter with Key Word Sign NSW, and regularly presents signing and communication workshops on behalf of St Lucy’s.
Both academically and clinically, Melissa’s work has received high praise and official recognition locally, nationally and abroad.
Lisa Sakashita – Occupational Therapy Assistant
Lisa has a Bachelor Degree in Policy Studies and has been working with children with different needs for over 4 years. Lisa worked as a Senior Recreational Officer at the Royal Far West Manly that provides health and education services for children and their families from remote areas of NSW. Lisa has developed and implemented programs for children with learning and behavioural difficulties such as “the beach safety Program”. Lisa is currently working at St Lucy’s as Occupational Therapy Aide.
Raquel Noguez – Psychologist
Raquel is a registered psychologist who joined St Lucy’s in February 2018. She completed her Masters in Clinical Psychology and is currently completing the Clinical Psychology Registrar program in order to gain clinical endorsement.
Raquel has over 10 years’ experience working with children and families with a range of emotional, behavioural and psychological needs. She has extensive skills and understanding in the training and education of parents, carers, in evidence-based positive behaviour support programs, attachment programs, and emotional-regulation. Some of the roles that she has held include: allied health group facilitator, family and youth counsellor, family support worker, parenting groups facilitator, perinatal mental health support worker, child and adolescent psychologist, disabilities support worker, and youth correctional counsellor. These years of work and her personal experience have enabled her to see first-hand the difference it can make to have someone supporting you through difficult times.
Raquel is particularly interested in working from an attachment-based perspective and is dedicated to being a stable base from which her others are empowered to see and know their strengths, learn to use better emotional regulation skills, expand their resilience and find meaning and direction.