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Therapy Team

Jennya Charomova

Speech Language Therapist

I am grateful for the opportunity to join the team at Parkside. I got my Master’s degree in Speech Therapy from the University of Canterbury last year. I worked at the Ministry of Education as a contractor before coming to Parkside. I was born in Russia and came to Auckland when I was a child. I am passionate about Speech Language Therapy and I enjoy working with other therapists, teachers, teacher aides and parents to support children throughout their journey. Being able to work with children and help them achieve their goals makes my job very special to me.



Speech Language Therapist

Kia Ora
I am Givona.  I am a newly qualified Speech-Language Therapist with a Masters degree in Speech Language Therapy from the University of Auckland.  I am also a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and I have worked in the wider South Auckland area for many years.  I am also a Mum to two children – one of whom who has additional needs.
I have lived in Pukekohe for most of my life.  I feel privileged to be able to work with students and their whanau alongside a great team of specialist teachers, therapists and support staff at Parkside Specialist School.  It is so satisfying being a part of helping students achieve their goals in communication, while increasing their self esteem,  well being and social skills.  



Occupational Therapist

Kia Ora, my name is Shanelle! My family and I come from Malaysia and I was born and raised in Auckland, moving around from Waitakere to Papakura, which has now become my home.

Having only graduated from AUT in 2021, I’m in my early years of being an OT, working prior in mental health and am excited for my new journey here at Parkside.

I’m passionate about building relationships with people and their whanau to best support them in living their most meaningful and functional lives. 

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Therapy / Teacher Aide

San is one of our specialist teacher aides supporting therapy programmes across the school.

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Michelle Thompson

Speech Language Therapist

Currently on maternity leave

 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. I have my CAT level 1 accreditation allowing me to trial and apply for publicly fund communication devices through the Ministry of Health.

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Physiotherapy Assistant

Kia Ora, I am a committed, caring person who has a great passion for helping people of all ages. I am a qualified Physiotherapist in India and am awaiting registration in NZ. At Parkside I am supporting students with physiotherapy programmes as a Physiotherapy assistant. I have previous experience in supporting a variety of people ranging from children with developmental challenges to adults and the elderly affected by and recovering from injuries and movement disorders.

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Occupational Therapist

Kia ora, my name is Emma. I live in the Franklin area and I am grateful to be able to work locally with the amazing children of Parkside Specialist School. I love working alongside children and their whanau and teaching team in the school environment to achieve positive outcomes. I have experience working in community rehabilitation for people of all ages who are recovering from musculoskeletal injury, brain injury, or other conditions that impact on their ability to engage in their usual activities independently. In my spare time I like getting outdoors with my children, sewing, and doing crafts. I am an open book so you are welcome to approach me for a korero pai when you see me next in the classroom.

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