Therapy Works CQ Team

We are proud of our highly experienced team who are committed to providing our clients with professionalism and care.



Sam is the owner of Therapy Works CQ and author of the multi-sensory literacy program Write2Spell2Read. Sam has 28 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist and after graduating from Occupational Therapy at the University of Queensland in 1990, Sam worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane in spinal injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation and hand therapy. She later moved to Rockhampton and worked for Queensland Health at the Rockhampton Base Hospital and at the Community and Public Health Service. In these settings, Sam provided therapy services to children (0-5 years) within the Neurodevelopmental Clinic and treated adults. Sam has also worked in the area of Adult Private Practice in acquired brain injury rehabilitation, workplace rehabilitation and medico-legal assessment. Sam is a certified Neurodevelopmental Therapist, and in 2006, established her own private practice Therapy Works for Kids in Rockhampton, and began working with children in a variety of settings, both independently and alongside Speech Pathologists and Physiotherapists. Sam was a practising therapist at Therapy Works for Kids until 2014 when she has moved to Brisbane to support her own children’s progress in their educational pursuits. Sam is excited that Therapy Works for Kids has expanded to become Therapy Works CQ, and can now provide therapy to all ages. Sam continues to work closely with the practicing therapists from Brisbane, and works with early learning centers, schools and therapists around Australia who are teaching the Write2Spell2Read multisensory literacy program.



Sue graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) and has worked the majority of this time in Rockhampton. Initially Sue worked for Queensland Health, seeing young children (0-5 years) and adults in the community and hospital setting.   She then spent time working in the area of mental health which included adult and child/youth services. Since having three children, Sue has worked part time in private practice including two years in Mackay seeing a range of clients (children, adults, elderly) and the past ten years with Therapy Works CQ seeing children from 2-13 years. Sue’s interest areas include working with young children and those with motor, sensory or learning difficulties.



Ryan completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2002 from James Cook University.  He has worked in the Rockhampton and Central West region for 15 years, initially in workplace rehabilitation and return to work and more recently at Disability Services Queensland. Ryan is experienced at workplace rehabilitation and return to work and has extensive knowledge working with local industries including Qld Rail, Ergon Energy, Rockhampton City Council and Teys Australia Rockhampton. Ryan is also well practised working with adults with disabilities and their carers to promote occupation across the lifespan and help people realise their potential and participate in the community.  

Ryan’s special interest areas are in complex and customised equipment prescription, Ergonomics and Manual Handling. 



Cresta has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) from Central Queensland University, having previously worked as a Naturopath for seventeen years.  Having three sons of her own and being a registered Foster carer for four years, Cresta is passionate about working with children and adolescents and their families to achieve their goals.  Cresta is an enthusiastic and motivated OT who has worked in both paediatrics and child and youth mental health services.  She is passionate about seeing children reach their full potential in their everyday play skills and social interactions. Cresta’s interest areas include ASD, sensory integration and learning difficulties. Cresta provides the school based service to some of our local schools in Rockhampton and on the Capricorn Coast, as well as servicing individual families at our Rockhampton Clinic. Each year, Cresta travels to Nepal to provide Occupational Therapy assessment, treatment and resources to the Special Education and Rehabilitation Centre for Disabled Children in Kathmandu and in her spare time, Cresta loves to go hiking and spend time with her family.


Bernadette Melrose,


Bernadette graduated from The University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2007. She worked for Queensland Health at the Rockhampton Hospital for the following 5 years. During this time, she worked in Outpatients, Surgical, Orthopaedics, ICU, Paediatrics and specialised in the Emergency Department. Bernadette went on to complete her Post-Graduate Masters in Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy in 2012. After a few years off to raise a family, Bernadette has been in Private Practice since 2016. She has always had a special interest in Paediatrics, and has just recently completed the first part of her Paediatric Specialisation process. Bernadette is passionate about assisting children achieve their full physical potential to allow them to participate in all aspects of daily life – at home, in sport, and at school/day-care. Improving quality of life is of the utmost importance. In her spare time, you will find Bernadette coaching the local footy team and Little Athletics, or volunteering her time at a number of local community groups focusing on health, access and inclusion. 






Bernadette has been working at Therapy Works CQ since we opened in Quay St in 2012. Bernadette also works closely with Sam to manage Sam’s Write2Spell2Read Multisensory Literacy Program.

With four children of her own, Bernadette especially enjoys the interaction with the children coming for therapy and their families. 




Sandra has been involved in the administration and accounts side of Therapy Works CQ since 2009. She has 3 teenage sons, one of whom has special needs. This gives her a first-hand awareness of the challenges families face when dealing with disability. When she is not crunching numbers, she likes to relax by playing the bagpipes!




Cathy has years of administration and reception experience, having worked in parish offices, for an East Timor project, with an Indigenous Catholic Council, and in the office of a secondary College. When she’s not working, Cathy loves to have new travel experiences, both in Australia and overseas, and follow her other passions which include landscape and nature photography, Australian wildlife, producing photobooks, Celtic music and sport.