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The Earlysteps Team

Staff at Earlysteps


Clinicians at Earlysteps provide all clients with varied and in depth experience in their relevant fields. They have national registration and are regularly engaging in professional development. All staff at Earlysteps are also required to have working with children checks.

Brett Waddell
Podiatrist and Occupational Therapist

Brett is the director of Earlysteps which commenced in 2007 following many years in the private sector.


He completed a ‘Bachelor of Podiatry’ and a ‘Master of Occupational Therapy Practice’ at Latrobe University, in Melbourne Australia.


Brett has a passion for working with children and their families to help overcome the functional difficulties they experience, as well as foot and lower limb conditions that they may present with.


In addition to his work at Earlysteps, he has experience working in early intervention, at the 'Cerebral Palsy Education Centre' (CPEC) and in educational settings.


Brett has contributed to various publications ('Helping children put their best foot forward', 'Teaching your child to get dressed', 'Feet First') and presented at the Australasian Podiatry Conference in 2009. He has been involved in the Australian Podiatry Association (Victoria) Paediatric Special Interest Group.


Given his varied background, Brett provides a unique view to children and their functional performance. Brett has three children aged between eight and fourteen years. He enjoys spending time with his family, running, cycling, as well as watching movies and comedy series.

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Aimie Waddell
Occupational Therapist

Aimie completed a 'Bachelor of Occupational Therapy' at LaTrobe University and prior to this studied in graphic-design. She works part time as an Occupational Therapist at Earlysteps.


Aimie has previous experience working in autism specific early intervention, in special education settings, mainstream schools and in clinic and community based private-practice.


She has completed training in areas of Sensory processing, including the Alert Program, Play based therapy, DIR Floortime and Parental Education. 


Aimie is aware of the challenges families can face in raising children and utilises this knowledge in her clinical practice. She is the mother of two boys and a girl. 

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