Meet the Team In Oasis Place

 

We are a team of passionate and dedicated Psychologists, Therapists and Health Professionals committed to helping the learning-different community grow and thrive. We are locally and internationally trained and collectively bring over a century of hands-on clinical experience to Oasis Place. Our clinicians are registered with the Malaysian Allied Health Professional Body or an international equivalent.

Practitioners

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Joanne Goh
School Psychologist
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Prakash Ravindran
Clinical Psychologist
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Ong Su Sen
Clinical Psychologist
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Michelle Chong
Clinical Psychologist
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La Veina Sangaran
Clinical Psychologist
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Siew Shu Ping
Associate Psychologist
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Lee Chui Ki
Occupational Therapist
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Ch’ng Mei Qi
Occupational Therapist
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Chong Poh Yin
Occupational Therapist
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Esther Lim
Speech Language Pathologist
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Petrina Cheong
Speech Language Pathologist
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Asako Mitani
Music Therapist
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Joanne Goh
School Psychologist
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Prakash Ravindran
Clinical Psychologist
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Ong Su Sen
Clinical Psychologist
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Michelle Chong
Clinical Psychologist
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La Veina Sangaran
Clinical Psychologist
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Siew Shu Ping
Associate Psychologist
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Lee Chui Ki
Occupational Therapist
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Ch’ng Mei Qi
Occupational Therapist
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Chong Poh Yin
Occupational Therapist
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Esther Lim
Speech Language Pathologist
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Petrina Cheong
Speech Language Pathologist
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Asako Mitani
Music Therapist

Clinical Mentors

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Jeanette Suen
Occupational Therapist
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Tan Cheng Yi
Chartered Educational Psychologist
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Jacqueline Tan
Speech Language Pathologist
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Dr Teresa A. May-Benson
Occupational Therapist

Customer Service

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Maalathi Sockalingam

Centre Manager

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Melissa Low
Customer Support Assistant
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Rebecca Krishnan
Customer Support Assistant

Registered Members of

 
  • Jeanette Suen

    Occupational Therapist

    Jeanette Suen was instrumental as an advisor to the founders of Oasis Place during its inception. She is a registered occupational therapist of Singapore and Canada with almost forty years of experience working with children in Hong Kong, Canada and Singapore. She has a private occupational therapy consultancy in Singapore and continues to serve as an advisor to Oasis Place.

    Jeanette is specialised in treating children with developmental delay, sensorimotor and/or neurodevelopmental issues, such as those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Developmental Delay, Cerebral Palsy and more. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests, and in the use of the Bobath Method. She has completed the advanced level training in Therapeutic Listening, and is experienced in using that to augment occupational therapy intervention programs. Other than clinical work, Jeanette is interested in training and education. She is an approved supervisor for Practicing Certification of the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) of Singapore, and has been actively involved in grooming young therapists. Jeanette has given numerous workshops and talks to professionals, parents and students on topics related to paediatric occupational therapy and sensorimotor development.

  • Tan Cheng Yi

    Chartered Educational Psychologist

    Tan Cheng Yi was one of the original team member who started Oasis Place in 2014. She served as the Head Psychologist for 5 years, setting up processes and establishing relationship with schools and other service providers. She supervised and shaped the Oasis Place Psychology Team and handed over the leadership to existing senior psychologists. Presently, she acts as a clinical mentor and consults privately on an appointment basis for Oasis Place. Cheng Yi is licensed by the UK Health and Care Professions Council, and practices under the title of Chartered Educational Psychologist, awarded by the British Psychological Society. She specialises in development, learning, mental-health and behaviour of children and young people. Her experience spans nearly 20 years. Between 2001 and 2011, she worked in London, Surrey and Peterborough, England; serving in public schools, the National Health Service (NHS) and Children Services. Since 2012, she has been providing psychological consultation, assessment and intervention in Malaysia.

  • Jacqui Tan

    Clinical Mentor

    Jacqui was part of the start-up team at Oasis Place in 2014. She set up and led the Speech Language Team, shaping the direction of the department and mentoring younger therapists. Currently, Jacqui serves as a clinical mentor and continues to offer consultation services and advice to the Speech and Language Team. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence with the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a certified Hanen consultant in It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words. Having practised since 2008 in the USA and Malaysia, Jacqui has had diverse experience working with children, adolescents and adults in different settings including: rehabilitation hospitals, schools, adolescent day care centres, clients’ homes, private clinics, and early intervention. Jacqui has experience working with a variety of communication needs including articulation, language, pre-verbal skills, social skills, voice and stuttering.

  • Dr Teresa A. May-Benson

    Occupational Therapist

    Dr Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., is a lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner in both private and public school settings as well as private practice. As an educator, she has worked at both the University of Indianapolis and Tufts University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Ohio State University and her Master’s from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She has received numerous awards including the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from The American Occupational Therapy Association, The Alice Bachman Clinician Award from Pediatric Therapy Network, and The Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapists. Dr May-Benson is also owner of TMB Education, LLC.

  • Maalathi Sockalingam

    Centre Manager

    Maalathi has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston, Texas. In 2010, Maalathi returned to Malaysia and began working in the cargo sector of the aviation industry managing the operations of several foreign carriers in Malaysia. After 10 years, Maalathi felt a need to expand her horizons and wanted to do more to contribute to society. Seeking to make a difference, Maalathi started teaching English to children and quickly realised that working with children and their families brought her much joy. Shortly after, Malaathi left the cargo industry and joined Oasis Place where she continues her own learning journey to assist clients and their families. In her free time, Maalathi enjoys yoga and learning about the benefits of the ancient practice of Ayurveda.

  • Melissa Low

    Customer Service

    Melissa Low has a Bachelor of Science with Honours (Plant Resource Science and Management) from the University of Malaysia, Sarawak. Melissa is passionate about psychology and caring for children, both mentally and physically. As a Customer Support Team Member of Oasis Place, Melissa provides administrative, emotional and customer service support to Oasis Place clients. Melissa believes the most enjoyable and meaningful part of her job is to be able to help people from all walks of life grow and thrive despite their learning differences.

  • Rebecca Krishnan

    Customer Service

    Rebecca Krishnan earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR). Rebecca is experienced in the multi-facets of management at both small and large organisations. Rebecca worked for 10 years in logistics in Perak Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, covering various management and operational practices. Rebecca loves working with children and her strengths are patience, adaptability and her ability to work well in a team environment.

  • Prakash Ravindran

    Clinical Psychologist

    Prakash is a Clinical Psychologist from Kuala Lumpur with an undergraduate degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) and Masters of Clinical Psychology from HELP University. Prakash is also an experienced fitness trainer and applies his expertise to help children with special needs through physical therapy. Prakash is well versed in the diagnostic tools needed in assessing, reporting, diagnosing and treating children with developmental conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD and other learning disabilities. He is also attending training in sensory integration and social thinking and incorporates these practices into his work. Prakash leads Oasis Place’s Social Thinking and Malaysia Day Camp and also plans and facilitates social communication sessions across age groups. Prakash conducts workshops, trainings and has been guest speaker on radio stations like BFM. Prakash is registered with the Malaysia Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP) and is proficient in English and Malay.

  • Lee Chui Ki

    Occupational Therapist

    Chui-Ki has a Bachelor’s Degree of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) from the University of South Australia where she worked in a variety of fields including Geriatrics, Acute Rehabilitation and Mental Health. After graduating, Chui-Ki further explored paediatric occupational therapy and has since worked with children from a variety of age groups, backgrounds and challenges. Chui-Ki believes in the importance of play, meaningful activities and flexibility when working with children – allowing them to explore, learn and develop new skills. She conducts executive functioning sessions for school age and teenage clients both in person and online. Chui Ki co-designed Oasis Place’s programmes “Movement to Mindfulness” (M2M) and “Cool, Focussed, Organised” (CFO) amongst others, and is fondly known as “Kiki”. She is currently pursuing her Certification Course in the Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration (PECSI), as well as a Yoga Alliance Certification. Chui Ki is registered with the Malaysian Occupational Therapists Association (MOTA) and is proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

  • P’Ng Jie Yi

    Associate Occupational Therapist

    Jie Yi is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about adventure, community and learning together. Jie believes in nurturing the unique potential of each individual client with various OT tools including: Sensory Integration (SI), Neurodevelopmental (NDT), Play-Based Therapeutic Listening, and client and family centered at-home and in-school therapies. Jie graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons), at UKM in 2009. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Occupational Therapy at UKM and is researching parent-mediated home programmes for toddlers with autism.

    Jie Yi is registered with the Malaysian Occupational Therapists Association (MOTA) and Hong Kong Sensory Integration Society (HKSISoc) and is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

  • Asako Mitani

    Music Therapist

    Upon completing her Bachelor in Sociology and Masters in Education for Special Needs, Asako Mitani went on to study music therapy at the Japan Welfare and Education College. Today, Asako is a certified Music Therapist registered with the Japanese Music Therapy Association. She has brought awareness of Music Therapy to many institutions in Japan, including the Poco-a-Poco Music Therapy Studio, Tokyo Women’s Medical Hospital, Koto-ku Special Needs Support Centre, and the Children and Family Support Centre. Asako works with special needs children and has worked with NASOM (The National Autism Society of Malaysia) and other private special learning centres in Malaysia since 2012. Asako is registered with Japanese Music Therapy Association and is proficient in English and Japanese.

  • Esther Lim

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Esther received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Flinders University in South Australia where she also worked as a Speech Therapist in children’s hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, private clinics and schools. Esther has worked with a range of communication needs including articulation, language, pre-verbal skills, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and stuttering. Esther is passionate about play-based therapies and believes that working collaboratively with families and allied professionals is crucial for successful intervention. Esther is registered with the Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing (MASH) and is proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia. She is a Hanen-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the More Than Words® Hanen Program offered via OPConnect or onsite.

  • Petrina Cheong

    Speech Language Pathologist

    Petrina graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Speech Pathology and Therapy from the Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK. While studying, Petrina worked with clients of varying ages and needs in community health centres, specialist residential centres, primary and secondary schools, and speech and language therapy clinics. Petrina is passionate about supporting children, parents and family members on their communication journey. Petrina has worked with children with autism, learning disabilities, aphasia, developmental language delay, global delay, Down Syndrome, speech and stuttering, and articulation difficulties. Petrina is registered with the Malaysian Association of Speech-Language & Hearing (MASH) and is proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia. She is a Hanen-Certified Speech-Language Pathologist in the More Than Words® Hanen Program offered via OPConnect or onsite.

  • Chong Poh Yin

    Occupational Therapist

    Poh Yin obtained her Diploma in Occupational Therapy from Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University College (KLMUC), Malaysia. She has gained work experience in a variety of areas including paediatrics, psychiatry, geriatrics and neurology. Poh Yin graduated from the Certification Course in Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration (PECSI). Before joining Oasis Place, Poh Yin worked in a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) where she was part of a Neurology & General Rehabilitation (NGR) team working with stroke, Parkinson’s disease and other neurology cases. After a year at NGR, Poh Yin transferred to the Paediatric Rehabilitation Department to further develop her experience with children with special needs. Poh Yin is registered with the Malaysian Occupational Therapists Association (MOTA) and is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

  • Ch’ng Mei Qi

    Occupational Therapist

    Mei Qi obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) Upon graduating, Mei Qi started work with interest in paediatrics OT and has started to extend her occupation therapy intervention to support transition to independent life and work skills. Mei Qi completed her Certification Course in Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. Mei Qi specialises in children with special needs and believes every child is special in their own way. Mei Qui enjoys using her love for creativity to plan unique and interesting activities as part of her intervention therapies. Mei Qi is registered with the Malaysian Occupational Therapists Association (MOTA) and is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

  • Siew Shu Ping

    Associate Psychologist

    Shu Ping graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology with Honours from Sultan Idris Education University, Malaysia. Prior to joining Oasis Place, Shu Ping worked as a preschool and primary school educator. Shu Peng’s transdisciplinary immersion experience with Oasis Place’s Social Thinking Camps, and other workshops, captures her love of working with children and individuals with learning difference. Shu Ping believes that early childhood development is crucial to a child’s future and with the right support and guidance, every child can truly thrive and reach their full potential.

  • La Veina Sangaran

    Clinical Psychologist

    La Veina is a Clinical Psychologist with a degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) with first class honors and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from HELP University. She is a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of Persatuan Psikologi Malaysia (PSIMA) and the Malaysian Society of Clinical Psychologists (MSCP). La Veina is passionate about existential-humanistic teachings and cognitive behavioural methods. She is passionate about helping those facing relationship issues, abuse, self-esteem issues, grief, and mental health disorders related to mood, trauma, stress, personality, substance abuse and disruptive behaviours. La Veina conducts Psychological and IQ Assessments for conditions such as ASD, ADHD, learning disabilities and disruptive, impulse control and conduct disorders. La Veina is registered with the Malaysia Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP) and is proficient in English and Bahasa Malaysia.

  • Michelle Chong

    Clinical Psychologist

    Michelle is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (BSc Hons) from HELP University. During her training, Michelle worked with children, adolescents, adults, LGBTQIA and refugees. She has worked with clients with neurodevelopmental disorders, learning difficulties, school refusal and a wide range of mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, trauma, suicidal thoughts, grief and loss, OCD, substance abuse, self-esteem, adjustment difficulties and personality disorders. Michelle’s uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and incorporates techniques from Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and uses expressive therapy to help clients with behavioural and psychological issues. Michelle is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

  • Ong Su Sen

    Clinical Psychologist

    Ong Su Sen is a Clinical Psychologist with a Masters in Clinical Psychology from The National University of Malaysia and a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) from The University of Queensland. Su Sen provides psychological assessments and psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults with autism, ADHD, behavioural difficulties, phobias, traumatic experiences and emotional issues. Su Sen is passionate about working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Before pursuing her Master’s degree, Su Sen was trained as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapist. Su Sen is registered with the Malaysia Society of Clinical Psychology (MSCP) and is proficient in English, Bahasa Malaysia and Mandarin.

  • Joanne Goh

    School Psychologist

    Joanne is a School Psychologist with a Masters (M.S.Ed) and Education Specialist (Ed.S) Degree in School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, USA, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A) in Psychology from Bemidji State University, Minnesota, USA. As a school psychologist, Joanne helps children grow academically, socially, behaviourally and emotionally. Joanne conducts training and workshops and has presented in SENIA Malaysia (Special Education Network International Asia). Joanne runs individual and group therapy using social thinking approaches. She is well versed in psycho-educational assessment, screening and progress monitoring, individual counselling, functional behavioural assessment (FBA) and behaviour intervention plans (BIP). Joanne has worked with children with autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, emotional and behavioural difficulties and more. Joanne is Wisconsin certified and is proficient in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.