Meet The Team


Melissa Walker-Tate
Founder/Senior Occupational Therapist

  •  I have experience working in mental health services, overseas in Australia with NDIS, in Ministry of Education, special education schools, Oranga Tamariki, and with ACC.

  • Through my experience working in the health care system it is clear there are services and programs our children need for their development and transition into primary school, that is not currently being offered in the Franklin Community (New Zealand).

  •  In learning how much our community is growing this is important to consider for our growing children.

  • I have a large interest and experience in Sensory Processing (SPD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

  • I have been fortunate enough to attend a range of training`s in my line of work, including the Dr Tony Attwood trainings on Understanding Autism, basic sign language, Sue Larkeys Workshops, Positive Behavioural Therapy Training and much much more.


Casey Sayers
Occupational Therapist


Paris Blaikie
Occupational Therapist



I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from AUT in 2020. 

During my last 8-week placement, I was fortunate enough to be placed with Melissa at Connecting Together, where I was able to develop my skills, observe, and then practice as an OT, run my own group, and so much more! 

Since starting as a contractor, I have made my way to becoming a full-time employee. 

I have attended trainings such as Trauma-informed care, FASD, and many online courses to ensure I can provide the best support. 

I thoroughly enjoy working with children and seeing their progress throughout therapy and intervention.