About Us

 

Welcome to Forest Allied Health

Forest Allied Health provides a diverse range of home-based Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy services in the Northern Sydney area including the Northern Beaches, North Shore, Hornsby area, Epping, Ryde and Hills District. OT’s specialise in working with the individual, their carers and family to facilitate and enable participation in daily tasks. Forest Allied Health provides home or community-based services for adults and young people so that you can be assessed within your home, work or leisure environment. To see the range of services provided please look at our Services page.

Operating within NDIS since 2017 as Forest Occupational Therapy, we are the same fantastic team just with a brand new name!

Forest Allied Health is committed to providing Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy services that are person centred and goal driven. Your therapist will work with you to restore function, optimise safety and facilitate independence. We pride ourselves on providing comprehensive functional assessments and writing high quality reports to support applications for admission to the NDIS, applications for Assistive Technology, Supported Independent Living Funding, Specialist Disability Accommodation or to ensure appropriate supports are identified for NDIS Plans.
All our therapists are highly experienced, AHPRA registered and members of OT Australia.
Inquiries are welcome from individuals, family members and carers, GP’s, community care service providers, residential care facilities, support coordinators and other allied health or medical practitioners.

Our Therapists

Ilona Cook

Principal Occupational Therapist

Since graduating from The University of Sydney in 2000, Ilona has worked as an Occupational Therapist in a range of public and private hospitals, community-based services, aged care facilities, disability services and case management. Ilona established Forest Occupational Therapy in 2015 and has been working with NDIS Participants since 2017. At the commencement of 2021, with an expanding team of committed and talented therapists, Ilona was excited to launch Forest Allied Health.

Ilona is a dedicated and compassionate therapist who understands the needs and potential difficulties people may have due to either illness, disability, post surgery or a following a fall.

Ilona has a special interest in Dementia and is trained to deliver the COPE Program https://copeprogram.com.au/
In her free time Ilona enjoys relaxing with her husband, two children and two adorable Whippets, camping, binging TV series, BBQ’s by the pool and going on adventures with Scouts.

Sumei Wrigley

Occupational Therapist

Sumei has over 20 years experience working as an Occupational Therapist in both acute and rehabilitation settings, within hospitals and community and in both public and private sectors. Sumei has had the privilege of practicing Occupational Therapy in South Africa, England and Australia.
Sumei is a strong advocate for empowerment and she strives to achieve this by working towards making a positive difference to a person’s life by facilitating independence, improving safety and enabling maximum function. She is passionate about what Occupational Therapy offers and strives to be an advocate for all clients.
In her spare time, Sumei loves tending to her succulents, photography, reading and bushwalking with her husband and two children.

Annarie Hildebrand

Occupational Therapist

Annarie has over 20 years’ experience working in a variety of clinical settings in adult disability and mental health. Annarie has worked both in Australia and the UK. She has extensive experience including working as a rehabilitation consultant and case manager within various insurance schemes, providing expert opinion and medico-legal reports, and within hospital and community settings. Annarie is an APHRA registered Occupational Therapist and is FIM accredited.

Annarie is passionate about facilitating and supporting individuals and families to reach their maximum potential and capacity to live independently and reach their goals. Annarie has a specialist interest in mental health and home modification and enjoys the challenge of finding creative solutions for complex problems and situations.

In her free time, Annarie enjoys printmaking, ceramics, cycling and camping with her husband and three children.

Dr. Katherine (Kate) Gill

Occupational Therapist

Kate has a background in Occupational Therapy and research. She has post graduate qualifications in Occupational Therapy and has been working in community mental health and disability since 2010. Kate has a passion for inclusion of people with disability and ensuring that people with disabilities are appropriately supported and able to reach their full potential.

Kate is experienced working with children and adults with mental health challenges, trauma histories, mild to moderate cognitive impairment and neurological difficulties. She also advocates for co-design in service delivery, research, and knowledge translation. Kate has undertaken many co-design projects and has written numerous papers and book chapters on mental health, eating disorders, physical health, recovery, co-design and suicide prevention. Kate also lectures at a number of Universities and mentors students in their studies.

In her spare time, Kate undertakes volunteer work, supporting people with Functional Neurological disorder and undertaking research to improve community awareness of the disorder.