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Clinic Staff

Medical Director

Dr Jonathan Cohen Fragile X ClinicDr Jonathan Cohen MBBS, FRACGP, FACTM, MFM holds a Postgraduate Masters Degree in Family Medicine, Adjunct Senior Research Officer with the Centre for Developmental Disability Health Victoria at Monash University Department of General Practice and President of the Fragile X Alliance Inc. He is involved with numerous research projects, the author of multiple articles for medical, allied health journals and the lay press and presents regularly throughout Australia and internationally on FXS.

Clinic Coordinator

Bev Sher Fragile X Clinic Speech PathologistBeverly Sher BA (SP&H), ATCL, LTCL co-ordinates the Fragile X Alliance Clinic and assists with administration and funding for clients. She is a Speech Pathologist as a well as a qualified Drama teacher. She uses drama extensively in her therapy across all ages and has found it to be an especially useful tool within the fields of pragmatic disorders and social skill training.


Astra King Psychologist Melbourne Fragile X ClinicAstra King BA (Disability Studies) Hons, MAPS, brings tremendous neurodevelopmental experience from her work with disability and attention deficit disorders.

Occupational Therapists

Debbie Isaac Occupational Therapist MelbourneDebbie Isaac B.App.Sci (OT), AccOT has over 20 years experience with intellectually disabled children and adults in hospital, community settings, and private practice, special developmental schools and early intervention programs. She is client and family centred in her approach and works on a wide range of areas including daily living skills, motor skills, hobbies and vocational options.
Beverley Kadish Occupational Therapist Melbourne Fragile X ClinicBeverley Kadish BSc (OT), with specialisation in Neurodevelopmental Therapy and Sensory Integration, has over 20 years experience. She has worked in a variety of settings in South Africa and Australia and is currently in private practice. Her special interests include Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X and school readiness.

Speech Pathologist

Felicia Schmaman Speech Pathologist Fragile X ClinicFelicia Schmaman M Ed, BA, BA (Sp&H) Rand has over twenty years of experience in children with developmental disorders and is one of the few practitioners in Australia offering auditory integration training.


Peter Altidis B App Sc, Dip Aud, offers a broad range of audiological assessments including educational evaluations. As both a speech therapist and audiologist, he brings his expertise in both these areas to the assessment process.


Shelley Cohen Behavioural Optometrist Fragile X ClinicRashelle Cohen B Sc (Optom), B Mus is a behavioural optometrist with great expertise in both assessment and vision therapy. Having been a clinical tutor at the Victorian College of Optometry and clinician at the Low Vision Institute, she is now very active in the area of paediatric optometry and vision therapy, working with children with learning disabilities, with a particular interest in FXS.

Genetic Counsellors

Nikki-GelfandNikki Gelfand, BSc PostGradDip(GC) FHGSA. is a HGSA board certified genetic counsellor with over 10 years experience in clinical practice both locally and overseas. She has a broad depth of knowledge in genetic counselling theory and practice, focusing mainly on reproductive and pregnancy based genetic counselling.

She also has experience in specialty fields of genetic counselling such as cancer genetics and neurogenetics and currently also works at a large, public genetics service in Melbourne.

Andrea LeiblerAndrea Leibler, BSc (Hons) PostGradDip(GC) MHGSA, is an associate genetic counsellor with experience in a range of prenatal genetic clinics throughout Victoria. She also has experience doing research in biochemistry laboratories in both Melbourne and Israel.

Andrea has worked at Villa Maria helping children with disabilities and is in tune to the sensitivities of families with chronic illness or special needs. As a result, she has an in-depth understanding of both the science of genetics and the psychosocial implications to individuals and families.