Meet the Team

Get to know our friendly therapy team

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Sheryl Willis

Director of Therapies

Tena koutou katoa

Ko Hekeia te maunga

Ko Pourakino te awa

Ko Aparima te Marae

Nō Murihiku ahau

Ko Sheryl Willis toku ingoa

I have been a Speech-Language Therapist at Parkside School since 2005, and are delighted to also be the Therapy Team Leader.  I am passionate about working with young people with profound disabilities and supporting them to have a way to communicate and to be the very best that they can be. I have a particular interest in the areas of Autism and always feel delighted when my students are able to express themselves. I enjoy working within a team to help empower students and their whanau, and that is one of the great things about working at Parkside School.
He waka eke noa (we’re all in this together)


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Alex Murphy

Occupational Therapist

Tena Koutou

He Mihi Ke Te whare e tu nei

I tipu ake ahau ki Auckland.

No Ireland, No England oku

Ko Alex Ahau

No Pukekohe Ahau.

He kaiwhakaora Ngangahau ahau


I am a NZ registered Occupational Therapist and have been working at Parkside since 2019, I started as a new graduate. I have grown up in the local area, attending Pukekohe High School and Pukekohe East School and have played netball in the area for many years.

Parkside has provided me with opportunities to develop skills in a variety of areas, I have particular interests in anxiety management, play skills and life skills. I love working with our students as they all have such amazing personalities and make any day brighter.


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Hannah Vautier

Speech Language Therapist

Kia Ora, 

Ko Rangitoto tōku maunga 

Ko Pupuke tōku awa 

No Auckland ahau 

Ko Vautier tōku whanau 

Ko Hannah tōku  ingoa 


I grew up in Dairy Flat on a small farm. I graduated from Massey University in December last year, Parkside is my first Speech and Language Therapy job.  I am passionate about helping others, communication and making therapy fun for my students. In my field, language is my most passionate area, because it’s in every situation and helps us express our individuality.  
I love talking about communication and feeding, so feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


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Karishma Hari


Kia ora koutou katoa

I graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor in Health Science Physiotherapy in 2018 and joined the Parkside team very soon after. I am outgoing, open-minded and dedicated to supporting my students to achieve their chosen goals. I especially enjoy building a strong rapport with my students and working closely with their families and the extensive interdisciplinary team at Parkside School.

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Sara Everitt

Occupational Therapist

Kia Ora,  I have been an Occupational Therapist for many years, having worked in the UK, Australia and NZ.
I am passionate about Occupational Therapy and take pride in striving for best practice. I relish working with students and their families to achieve functional and meaningful goals, which lead to success in everyday tasks, whilst having fun along the way. 


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Michelle Thompson

Speech Language Therapist

I have had the privilege of working at Parkside since 2016, and within this time I have developed a huge interest and passion with working with our students and families. I trained as a Speech therapist in my home country of Australia. I am passionate about Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and literacy. I feel very strongly about empowering individuals to have a voice and ensure that they can communicate with whoever they want to, whenever they want to, however they want to and wherever they want to.  


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Laurie Mills


I have had the privilege to work to at Parkside since 2015. Originally, I am from the USA but I came to New Zealand a long time ago (in 1999) - so I call NZ my home. I love working as a physio, analyzing movement, and helping people achieve physical things that they wouldn't otherwise be able to do. I also have particular interests in the respiratory system (breathing) and how that links to a person's core stability, developing balance, and disguising exercises into play!


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Len Nell


Len is a registered Educational Psychologist who works one day a week at Parkside to support staff and students.

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