Carissa Bernal Carrillo Carissa graduated from James Cook University in 2007. During her studies, she worked privately for a family with a child with Autism and has also worked in residential care for at risk boys aged six-18 years with Churches of Christ Care, with a focus on daily routines, social interaction and skill development.
Carissa worked for Queensland Health for seven years after graduation and her experience included working in developmental, neurological and physical impairment paediatrics, including working in the Cerebral Palsy Health role where she was responsible for their ongoing management.
This included liaising with specialist teams in Brisbane after interventions such as Botulinum Toxin Injections for casting, therapy and aids/equipment prescriptions. During this time Carissa also worked in the ADOS team for early identification and assessment of children with suspected Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Since relocating to Brisbane, Carissa has worked in a community paediatrics team and in a hospital setting in senior OT and team leader roles, gaining ongoing experience in neurological and physical impairments.
Carissa also holds a Masters Degree in Neurological Occupational Therapy and has completed her Early Start Denver Model for Early Intervention training.
Carissa enjoys working with children and their families to identify their goals and assist their child with reaching their full potential in a fun and supported environment.