Staff Members

Dr James Fitzpatrick, FRACP, MBBS, B.Sc (Psychology), PhD (Medicine)
James is a consultant paediatrician, researcher and service entrepreneur. James established PATCHES Paediatrics to harness the creativity of social enterprise and the precision of science to address seemingly intractable health problems.

James was the 2001 Young Australian of the Year, and is currently Director of PATCHES Paediatrics, Director of Telethon Kids Institute’s FASD research program, a member of the Australian National Advisory Council on Alcohol and Drugs, and inaugural Chair of the Australian FASD Clinical Network. His PhD on FASD prevalence in the Fitzroy Valley was described as “the best of all clinically oriented doctoral theses that I have read over the last forty years” by reviewer Professor Ken Jones, the University of Washington dysmorphologist who first coined the term ‘Fetal Alcohol Syndrome’ in 1973.  James is a finalist for the 2017 WA Australian of the Year awards.

James is an invited Ambassador for NO FASD Australia (National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

For appointments with James, please email

Director – Neuropsychology Services
Dr Carmela Pestell, 
B. Psych M. Psych (Clinical) M.Psych (Neuropsych) D. Psych (Clinical) MAPS

Carmela is a Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist and joins PATCHES from 2017 in the role of Director – Neuropsychology Services.  Carmela brings over 20 years of clinical experience delivering neuropsychological services to children and adults, and is also currently the Director of the Robin Winkler Clinic and Associate Professor (School of Psychological Science) at the University of Western Australia; as well as being an Honorary Research Fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute (Alcohol & Pregnancy & FASD Research Group).

Carmela is very experienced with neurological, neuropsychological and/or psychiatric conditions within a medico-legal, forensic and/or clinical context including FASD assessment and diagnosis.  In late 2016 and early 2017, Carmela and James were integral in the completion of FASD assessments for vulnerable youth and adult witnesses in the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.  She also had input into the Australian FASD Diagnostic Guidelines.

As Director – Neuropsychology Services at PATCHES, Carmela will oversee and lead the delivery of multidisciplinary diagnostic clinics, assessment processes and agency stakeholder networks specifically for FASD referrals within the Justice system and community settings. She also  provides medico-legal and clinical neuropsychological assessments for children, adolescents and younger adults, particularly those who have sustained brain injuries as a child or are involved in the justice system requiring comprehensive assessments. Additionally, Carmela will conduct neuropsychological assessments to assist with the diagnosis of ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Carmela is an invited Ambassador for NO FASD Australia (National Organisation for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders).

For appointments with Carmela, please email


Clinical Services Manager: Perth
Anne Hawkins

Anne Hawkins joined the PATCHES team in 2017 as the Clinical Services Manager for National Programs and Project Manager for the PATCHES lead FASD Diagnostic Services and Models of Care National Consortium. Anne’s professional journey started at the University of Arizona where she completed Master of Science in Genetic Counselling and worked as a paediatric genetic counsellor serving remote and indigenous populations, and providing genetic counselling for a wide range of rare disorders and effects of prenatal exposures including FASD. In 2008, Anne returned to her home state of California to work at the Stanford University Perinatal Diagnostic Center in the agricultural community of Salinas Valley, where she provided prenatal genetic counselling in English and Spanish to migrant families, many of whom were indigenous in their home countries. In 2013, Anne returned to her family roots in Perth. At Genetic Services of Western Australia, Anne established the role of Manager – Clinical Service and spearheaded business development and strategic planning to facilitate the department’s transition to Activity Based Funding, and produced successful business cases to expand and adapt the clinical service to meet significant increases in demand. In 2016, Anne completed the North Metropolitan Health Service Diploma of Leadership and Management, and then achieved the Master Health Administration, Policy and Leadership at the Sir Walter Murdoch University School of Public Policy and International Affairs in 2017. Anne is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and actively pursues professional development and networking opportunities.

Practice Manager: Perth
Kate Campbell

Kate coordinates key administrative duties to support PATCHES organisational and operational requirements, including safety & quality compliance and financial management.  For any general enquiries regarding PATCHES clinical services, please email Kate.

Clinical Coordinator – Diagnostic Clinics: Perth Metro
Sonya Laidley 

Sonya leads the coordination of Neuropsychology services provided by PATCHES.  She also provides quality administration support and coordination for the expanding Justice-related clinical services needed within the metro, regional areas and interstate.  If you have a query regarding clinical neuropsychological services, please email Sonya.

Clinical Coordinator – Justice, Neuropsychology, Outreach

Tiffany Kempton

Clinical Keyworker: Perth Metro

Aimee Dawson 

Aimee is a Physiotherapist with over 5 years of experience working in the Disability Sector in Perth and recently relocated to Perth from Broome.  As an experienced clinician, Aimee provides assessment and intervention expertise for metro clinics.  Please email Aimee if you have queries about upcoming metro clinics in the Perth metro area.

Clinical Neuropsychologist – Registrar: Perth Metro and Outreach

Candy Cheung

Dr Candy Cheung has completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Neuropsychology through the University of Western Australia in 2017. She is a fully registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and the College of Clinical Neuropsychologists (CCN). Dr Cheung has conducted neuropsychological assessments for the justice system, within multidisciplinary FASD clinics, and as part of outpatient hospital services. Dr Cheung is currently completing the registrar program for endorsement in Clinical Neuropsychology, and works under the supervision of Dr Carmela Pestell (Clinical Psychologist and Neuropsychologist).


Clinical Services Manager Pilbara/Kimberley 

Chris Briody

Chris Briody is an Accredited Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Chris has dual Bachelors and Master degrees and has been practicing clinically for 8 years where he has worked in Queensland Health, non-for-profit organizations, occupational rehabilitation and private practice. Chris worked in a joint project with Education Queensland and the Australian Sports Commission to deliver therapy to primary school children with disabilities. Chris has worked for a Youth Detention Centre, where he was a programs officer where he rehabilitated young men (95% indigenous) with the assistance of Education Queensland through recreational activities which include working with a multi-disciplinary team in therapeutic programs. Key Achievements included:
Drug and alcohol intervention strategies, men’s health, self-esteem and parenting programs. Chris has also worked at children’s summer camps in America where he saw first hand one of his favourite quotes put into practice daily – Play is the highest form of research “Albert Einstein”.


Administration Officer 

Vicki Ball



Provisional Psychologist: Broome 

Katie Parker

Katie Parker is a provisionally registered Psychologist, based in Broome. Katie has a Master’s degree in Psychology and five years’ professional experience working in the fields of mental health and disability. Katie is an eclectic practitioner, bringing together a range of strategies and techniques to support individuals and families to reach their goals, improve their mental health, and support their overall wellbeing. Katie is currently providing therapeutic interventions to people of all ages in Broome and the surrounding areas. In addition to therapy for emotional, social, and behavioural challenges, Katie provides specialist interventions including the Alert Program® to support children to develop self-regulation, and the PATCHES Parent and Carer Support Program; tailored education and practical strategies for parents and carers of children with FASD, Autism, and/or early life trauma.

Occupational Therapist: Broome 

Robyn Doney

Robyn is an Occupational Therapist who has lived and worked in Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, and Halls Creek for the past 9 years. She currently lives and works in Broome. In addition to her Occupational Therapy degree, Robyn has also completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management. She is currently completing her PhD through the School of Public Health at Curtin University in relation to fine motor skills of children in the Fitzroy Valley. Robyn has previously worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in the areas of chronic pain management, general surgical, and home visiting to provide adaptive equipment and home modifications for adults returning home from an acute hospital admission. She is experienced working with children and adults across the lifespan, and provides comprehensive assessment, therapy, and case management to promote optimal performance in activities of daily living.

Occupational Therapist: Broome 

Heather Gale-MacLaren

Holds a Bachelor of Science (OT), with over twenty years’ professional experience as an Occupational Therapist in a range of public and non-government roles in WA. This includes many years in tertiary hospital OT services plus clinical research and university tutoring, private practice hand therapy and telehealth program management with the WA Country Health Service. In recent years, Heather’s focus shifted to community disability services, and she was part of Disability Services’ WA NDIS rollout in the Kimberley.

Heather is committed to supporting individuals to achieve their best possible outcomes. In 2009, Heather was awarded the OT Australia WA “OT Entrepreneur of the Year” for the promotion and benefit derived to Occupational Therapy especially rural therapists through the telemedicine initiative. She also completed a Master degree in Health Professional Education in 2013.

Heather’s person-centered approach is based on her holistic understanding of the impact of illness and disability on function for individuals and their supports, across the lifespan. Heather has a comprehensive clinical background which includes assessment and treatment of functional performance of individuals of all ages, from children to adults. She understands the importance of equity of care and access for all people and is committed to providing quality work and optimal results, with a high attention to detail. She has had training with PATCHES Paediatrics in the field of FASD and Autism assessment and management, and is part of the PATCHES multi-disciplinary team.

Speech Pathologist: Port Hedland 

Courtney Horsman 

Occupational Therpapist: Port Hedland 

Jennifer Dinsdale

Clinical Team:

PATCHES is fortunate to bring together the following individuals and organisations who provide an excellent clinical service in some of the most challenging environments imaginable:

Dr James Fitzpatrick – Paediatrician

Dr Gavin Hutana – Paediatrician

Dr Shveta Patel – Paediatrician

Dr Desiree Silva – Paediatrician

Dr Fiona Kay – Paediatrician (Darwin)

Dr Mantho Kgosiemang (Darwin)

David Szczecinski – Milan Therapeutic Services

A/Prof Carmela Pestell – Neuropsychologist & Clinical Psychologist (Private Practice & Director of Robin Winkler Clinic, School of Psychology University of WA)

Dr Tien Do and Tania Bianco – Neuropsychologist (NeuropsychEd)

Irene Long – Speech Pathology (Karratha Speech Pathology Services)

Dianne Raby – Speech Pathologist

Aimee Dawson – Physiotherapist

Cindy Cabeleira – Clinical Neuropsychologist – Registrar (Solutions Health Psychology Group)