Speech Therapy Team

All our therapists are members of Speech Pathology Australia and certified practicing speech pathologists.

We are a passionate team of speech pathologists and support staff with the collective goal of providing excellence in speech pathology.

Directors

Alana Adolphs

Co-director at HDST & Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Speech Pathology) at University of Sydney

Alana has over a decade working as Speech Pathologist in various settings including Community Health, support units within Primary and High Schools, not for profit agencies and private practice. Alana has taken these broad range of experiences to guide and support the development of Hills District Speech Therapy; a Practice that focuses on the relationship with families and the community, advocates for its clients and truly believes that communication is the essence of life and a basic right for everyone.

Alana is also passionate about supporting her staff to provide quality services and develop their skills, assisting them along their ongoing path of growth and development as allied health professionals. Alana is also passionate about literacy development and spends time upskilling her staff in this area of assessment and intervention. Alana feels extremely grateful to be working in a field she feels so passionate about and working with a team of like-minded people. When she doesn’t have her speechie hat on, Alana is kept very busy running after her two young boys Sam and Ned, and Hattie, her golden retriever.

Yasemin Burmin

Co-director at HDST & Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Speech Pathology) at University of Sydney

Having worked full time for over a decade as a Speech Pathologist in various settings, Yasemin is truly passionate about her practice. Hills District Speech Therapy was founded with colleague Alana Adolphs in 2011 out of the belief that speech therapy has a pivotal role in early intervention, education and disability. As Hills District Speech Therapy, her and Alana have enjoyed building close relationships with many schools, preschools and allied health practices in and around the Hills. She thoroughly enjoys supporting all the children, their families and clinicians in achieving their goals and is grateful to have such an amazing team at the clinic.

In more recent years, Yasemin spends much of her time ensuring her team is well trained, up to date and supported with the latest research methods in speech therapy in order to provide a supreme level of service to all families that walk through the door. Yasemin is also dedicated to developing the quality of the service as a whole and starts with the HDST culture as she believes that happiness and harmony in the workplace is beneficial for all! When not at the clinic, Yasemin is adjusting to life as a new mum and learning to balance motherhood and her passion for HDST.

Special Training

Voicecraft trained
HANEN trained
DIR Floortime trained
Connect Therapy trained

Yasemin currently provides onsite services to:

The Hills Grammar School
St Mary’s North Sydney

Speech Language Pathologists

Emma Baird

Speech Language Pathologist CPSP MSLP & Clinical Supervisor

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Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) – University of Western Sydney 2010

Master of Speech Language Pathology – University of Sydney 2013

Senior Speech Pathologist Emma has been working as part of the HDST team since 2015. Prior to this she worked at 2 other private practices in Sydney. Emma sees clients across a wide range of age groups, but has a keen interest in developing early literacy, fluency and speech sound skills in preschool children, and literacy skills in school aged children.

Emma instantly builds relationships and rapport with the families she works with. She believes in discovering what motivates a child and then using this during therapy to make learning fun and enjoyable. Emma finds it very rewarding to have a job where she can make such a difference to a child and their family’s life.

Outside of work, Emma enjoys catching up with family and friends, reading, exploring cafes and restaurants around Sydney, and going on road trips to the Blue Mountains and the coast.

Professional Development:

  • NSW Treatment of School Age Children Who Stutter. Presented by Cheryl Andrews (2019).
  • LDC Challenging Behaviours Seminar. Presented by Dr John Blythe (2019).
  • Optimising Outcomes for Children with Phonological Impairments – Elise Baker – 2-Day
    Workshop (2018)
  • Literacy and Learning Difficulties: Strategies to support students with reading and language disorders. Presented by Dr Samantha Hornery (2017).
  • Autism: Key strategies for school and home. Presented by Anna Tullemans (2017).
  • Lidcombe Program Workshop. Presented by Verity MacMillan (2017).
  • Speech Pathologists and Literacy: What is best practice? Presented by Dr Roslyn Neilson (2017).
  • Speech Pathology in the literacy domain: From prevention to intervention. Presented by Dr Tanya Serry (2016).
  • Blades – Adding meaning and interaction to language therapy for 2-5 year olds. Presented by Mellanie Sherwood (2015).
  • Spalding Multisensory Instruction of Language Arts 1. Presented by Robyn Grace (2015).
  • Speech Sound and Phonological Assessment and Intervention. Making it work! Presented by Professor Barbara Dodd (2014).
  • Voicecraft for Speech Pathologists Student Workshop. Presented by Jacqui Beaty (2013).

Emma currently provides offsite services to:

  • The Hills Grammar School
Katrina Clarke-Bruce

Katrina Clarke-Bruce

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Economics – Macquarie University
Graduate Diploma of Chartered Accounting – Institute of Chartered Accountants
Graduate Diploma of Speech and Communication – Macquarie University
Master of Speech Language Pathology – Macquarie University

Katrina came to Speech Pathology after a previous career working as a Chartered Accountant. Her love for assisting people with communication challenges developed after she volunteered at her local public school to assist children to develop their reading skills. She is particularly interested in developing early literacy and speech sound skills in preschool children, and literacy skills in school aged children. She recently achieved certification in LSVT LOUD, an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and other neurological conditions.

She enjoys getting to know her clients and likes to integrate their interests into the therapy sessions.

Professional Development:

  • Managing Challenging Behaviours Overview, presented by Anica Janssen SAL Consulting (Oct 2019)
  • Developing Written Text Construction: From 7 To 17 (Sep 2019)
  • LSVT LOUD Certification (2019)LSVT LOUD Webinar – Tuning your clinical ear (2019)
  • LSVT LOUD Webinar – Companion software demonstration (2019)
  • Learning Difficulties Coalition “Challenging Behaviours: Practical strategies for students with ADHA, ASD & ODD”. Presented by John Blythe (2019)
  • Vision Australia Inservice, presented by representatives from Vision Australia (Jul 2018)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication training, presented by Leanna Fox from Liberator Australia (Oct 2018)
  • Spalding Multisensory Instruction of Language Arts 1 (2018)
  • The Lidcombe Program Workshop ( 2018)
  • Learning Difficulties Coalition “Autism: Strategies for school and home”. Presented by Anna Tullemans (2017)

Katrina currently provides offsite services to:

  • Hills Sports High School
  • Hills Sports High School
  •  Model Farms High School
  • John XXIII Catholic Primary School, Stanhope Gardens
  • North West Disability Services
  • Inala

Lauren Harker

Speech Language Pathologist CPSP MSLP & Clinical Supervisor

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) – University of Sydney 2014

Lauren’s passion for helping people of all ages directed her to study Speech Pathology. She joined Hills District Speech Therapy in 2015 and has gained experience working with children of all ages and more recently, adults. Lauren engages her clients utilising their interests to build rapport and make learning fun. She has a particular interest in providing assessment and therapy for preschool age children with phonological and articulation delays.

During her time at HDST, Lauren has established a thorough understanding of children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Dyslexia. In 2017, Lauren was involved in developing the adult clinic within Hills District Speech Therapy. She has conducted assessments and therapy to those with dysphagia, aphasia and apraxia. Lauren is continuing to develop her knowledge and understanding of difficulties faced by those post stroke or with intellectual disabilities under the guidance of a Senior Speech Pathologist. Lauren is focused on working closely with her families in developing and achieving personally relevant goals based on their daily communication needs.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her family, baking cakes and playing board games with her friends.

Professional Development:

  • Evidence-based Aphasia Therapy Across Continuum of Care, presented by Dr Miranda Rose (2019)
  • LDC Challenging Behaviours Seminar. Presented by Dr John Blythe (2019)
  • NSW Developing Written Text Construction: From 7 To 17! (2019)
  • “Optimising Outcomes for Children with Phonological Impairments” – Elise Baker’ – 2-Day Workshop (2018)
  • “Autism – Key Strategies for school and home.” Presented by Anna Tullemans (2017).
  • “Developmental Language Disorder, Vocabulary targets and therapy techniques. What do SLP’s need to know?” Presented by Dr Natalie Munro (2017).
  • “Literacy and Learning Difficulties: Strategies to support students with reading and language disorders.” Presented by Dr Samantha Hornery (2017).
  • Observation at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse with Emma Charters, Senior Speech Pathologist (2017).
  • “Speech Pathology in the Literacy Domain: From Prevention to Intervention.” Dr Tanya Serry (2016).
  • Connect Therapy Training for planning and conducting intervention with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2016).
  • “Reflecting on Dysphagia Management. Evidence and Rationales.” Dijana Wollfram (2015).

Lauren currently provides offsite services to:

  • The Hills Grammar School
  • Rouse Hill Anglican College
  • Rouse Hill Public School
  • Home Visits for adult and paediatric clients

Caitlin Chaney

Speech Language Pathologist CPSP MSLP & Clinical Supervisor

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)- University of Sydney

Hills local Caitlin combined her love of science and English to become a Speech Pathologist. She graduated from University of Sydney in 2015 and completed the New Graduate Program at Hills District Speech Therapy in 2016. She is especially interested in working with young clients with early-language delays, clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and adolescent clients with written expression difficulties. Caitlin is continuing to develop her knowledge of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) through consistent Professional Development and liaison with Senior Speech Pathologists. Caitlin has also been providing assessments and therapy to adult clients since 2017 and is continuing to develop her knowledge of swallowing and communication difficulties. Caitlin enjoys providing family-based therapy and working closely with families to deliver holistic therapy focusing on current communication needs.

Outside work, Caitlin is an avid reader and always has a couple of books on the go. Caitlin is passionate about the environment and is always looking for ways to up-cycle materials into fun therapy resources. She also enjoys going snorkelling at the beach and catching up with friends.

Professional Development:

  • ‘Autism Update: A Clinically Focused Research Review.’ Presented by David Trembath in October 2016.
  • ‘Language-Friendly Classrooms- Supporting Primary and Secondary Students with Language and Literacy Difficulties.’ Presented by Dr Julia Starling in November 2016.
  • ‘Developmental Language Disorder, Vocabulary Targets and Therapy Techniques. What Do SLP’s Need to Know?’ Presented by Dr Natalie Munro in August 2017.
  • Attended presentation for Alternative and Augmentative Communication by representative from Liberator.
  • Ongoing observations and professional development at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse as supervised by Emma Charters (Speech Pathologist).
  • ‘A Series of Topical Issues in Adult Dysphagia.’ Presented by Dr Julie Cichero in March 2018.
  • A Series of Topical Issues in Adult Dysphagia.’ Presented by Dr Julie Cichero in March 2018.
  • Attended a Vision Australia in-service in July 2018.
  • Attended an in-service about LAMP Words for Life in October 2018.
  • ‘2E- Twice Exceptional Learners’ presented by the Learning Difficulties Coalition in October 2018.
  • ‘Challenging Behaviours- Practical Strategies for Students with ADHD, ASD & ODD’- presented by John Blythe in April 2019.
  • NSW Developing Written Text Construction: From 7 To 17! In 2019

Caitlin currently provides offsite services to:

  • The Hills Grammar School, including the Learning Enrichment Centre (LEC) and the Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC)
  • Endeavour Foundation
  • Home visits for adult and paediatric clients.
  • Lakeview Private Hospital
Catherine Maude

Catherine Maude

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Arts (Linguistics and Psychology) – University of Sydney
Master of Speech Language Pathology – University of Sydney

Catherine became a Speech Pathologist through pursuing her passion for engaging with people and her interests in psychology and linguistics. Catherine enjoys getting to know people and considers it a privilege to join people on their journey toward improved communication and swallowing. Catherine also greatly values working in partnership with children, families, teachers, and other health professionals to help people find their voice.

Outside of work Catherine enjoys skiing, baking, and going on 4WD adventures.

Professional Development:

  • Adult Swallowing Symposium, presented by USYD Honours and PHD candidates (Oct 2019)
  • DIR Workshop, presented by Georgina Ahrens (Oct 2019)
  • Managing Challenging Behaviours Overview, presented by Anica Janssen SAL Consulting (Oct 2019)
  • Learning Disabilities Coalition “Challenging Behaviours: Practical strategies for students with ADHD, ASD & ODD”, presented by John M Blythe (Apr 2019)
  • Evidence-based Aphasia Therapy Across Continuum of Care, presented by Dr Miranda Rose (Mar 2019)
  • Vision Australia Inservice, presented by representatives from Vision Australia (Jul 2018)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication training, presented by Leanna Fox from Liberator Australia (Oct 2018)
  • Learning Disabilities Coalition “Twice Exceptional Learners” presented by Dr Ruth Phillips (Oct 2018)
  • Preschool and Early School-age Language Update, presented by Dr Natalie Munro (Nov 2018)
  • ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ HANEN Certified (since Nov 2017)
  • HDST Literacy Training (2017)
  • Learning Disabilities Coalition “Autism: Strategies for school and home”, presented by Anna Tullemans (Sept 2017)
  • HETI The Wonderful World of Speech Pathology in Head and Neck Cancer Workshop, presented by Danielle Stone (Aug 2016)
  • Key Word Sign Basic Workshop, presented by Dr Andy Smidt (May 2015)

Catherine currently provides offsite services to:

  • Pitt Town Early Learning Centre
  • Home visits for adult and paediatric clients
  • Lakeview Private Hospital
  • Pitt Town Public School
Reta van Rensburg

Reta van Rensburg

Speech Language Pathologist CPSP MSLP & Clinical Supervisor

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Bachelor of Communication Pathology (1995)
Diploma in Learners with Barriers to Learning and Development (1999)
Postgraduate Certificate in Speech and Language Therapy (2013)

Reta has spent more than 20 years working as a Speech Pathologist in various settings including special schools, a not for profit organisation and private practice.

She has experience working with school aged children and their families with speech, language and literacy difficulties as well as ASD. She was a team leader at a special school in New Zealand and was responsible for implementation of literacy strategies across both the junior and senior school and adapting the curriculum to accommodate all children. She was also involved in many AAC projects and implemented high-tech devices as well as low-tech communication systems such as Core Boards, PODD and PECS. She presented at the AGOSCI conference in Brisbane as well as the ATANZ conference in New Zealand with Dr. Sally Clendon.

When not at work, Reta enjoys reading a good book, baking and cooking from a big library of cooking books, and spending time with family and friends.

Recent Professional Development:

  • PROMPT training 2019
  • Communication Assistive Technology Level 1 Accreditation – 2012
  • Balanced Literacy Approach – Dr. Sally Clendon – 2012
  • Pragmatic Organisational Dynamic Display (PODD) Introductory workshop – 2013
  • SEPANZ – Learning to Learn Conference – 2013
  • ATANZ – Assistive Technology Conference – 2013
  • PODD Alternative Access Workshop – 2015
  • Transforming Together – Coaching and Mentoring Conference – 2015
  • AGOSCI Conference – Brisbane – 2015
  • Traffic Jam In My Brain – online course – 2016
  • LAMP workshop – 2016
  • Child Protection Training – 2016
  • Accidental Counsellor Training – 2017
  • Literacy Intensive – 2017

Reta currently provides offsite services to:

  • William Rose School
  • St. Josephs, Schofields
  • St. John 23rd, Beaumont Hills
  • Beaumont Hills Public School
  • Inala
  • Unisson

Michelle Huynh

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) – University of Sydney

Michelle has had extensive experience working with children and families with a range of needs in private practice settings. She has a particular interest in working with preschoolers with language difficulties and children with developmental delays and disorders. Michelle enjoys discovering new and different ways to make therapy rewarding and motivating for each family. Seeing the changes that these new skills have on a child’s overall communication and confidence is what drives Michelle to encourage each child to reach their full potential.

When Michelle isn’t busy being a speechie, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends.

Professional Development:

  • Social Detective, Superflex® & Friends Take On Social-Emotional Learning. Presented by Ryan Hendrix and Kari Zweber Palmer (2019)
  • Emotions. Presented by Micelle Garcia Winner (2019)
  • VPI Update Seminar VIII for Speech Pathologists – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – 2-Day Event (2018)
  • It Takes Two To Talk Hanen Certified
  • Developmental Language Disorder, Vocabulary targets and therapy techniques. Presented by Natalie Munro (2017)
  • Speech Pathologists and Literacy: What is best practice? Presented by Ros Neilson (2017)
  • Key Word Sign Workshop (2017)
  • The Traffic Jam in my Brain. Presented by Genevieve Jereb (2017)
  • Evidence-based Diagnosis and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).Presented by Dr. Elizabeth Murray (2016)

Michelle currently provides offsite services to:

  • The King’s School
  • Hills Adventist College
  • Baulkham Hills North Public School
  • Toongabbie Public School
  • The Ponds School
  • Rainbow Village Harris Park
  • Children’s Village Toongabbie

Emma Charters

Speech Language Pathologist CPSP MSLP & Clinical Supervisor

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Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Speech Pathology) at University of Sydney
Senior Supervising Speech Pathologist – Adult Clinic

Emma has been working in major public and private hospitals within Sydney for ten years. She has developed a passion for ensuring quality of life for her clients in both the hospital setting and in the community. She is excited to join the team at Hills District Speech Therapy as a supervisor and mentor to the clinicians in the adult clinic.

Emma has a particular interest in speech and swallowing disorders associated with acquired neurological impairment and head and neck cancer, however has worked in a range of clinical settings such as aged care, progressive neurological diseases, intensive care and respiratory. She has advanced clinical skills in videofluroscopy swallowing studies, fibreoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing, tracheostomy, laryngectomy, nasendoscopy, paediatric feeding and voice.

Emma is committed to developing her clinical skills through further education. She completed her Diploma of Rehabilitation through Royal Ryde Rehabilitation and is currently writing her Masters thesis through the University of Sydney.

Remona Mekdessi Sarkis

Remona Mekdessi Sarkis

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA and Business Development Assistant at HDST

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Bachelor of Health Science (Hearing & Speech) at University of Sydney
Master of Speech Language Pathology at University of Sydney

Remona has extensive experience working with infants, children and young adults in both private practice and public health. Remona works closely with her clients and their families to deliver services that cater for the child’s interests and functional needs. She has a special interest in working with late talkers, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), high-school students and children with reading and spelling difficulties. Remona continues to build her knowledge and skills across all areas of speech pathology practice by participating in regular professional development and liaison with Senior Speech Pathologists at HDST.

Outside work, Remona enjoys spending time with her family and travelling.

Professional Development:

  • DIR Workshop, presented by Georgina Ahrens (Oct 2019)
  • Managing Challenging Behaviours Overview, presented by Anica Janssen SAL Consulting (Oct 2019)
  • Developing Written Text Construction: From 7 To 17 (Sep 2019)
  • Paediatric update on evidence for tongue tie and baby-led weaning – Dr Julie Chichero (2019)
  • ‘The Zones of Regulation – Leah Kuypers’ – 1-Day Workshop (2018)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication training, presented by Leanna Fox from Liberator Australia (Oct 2018)
  • Voicecraft for Speech Pathologists Student 2-Day Workshop (2014)
  • Key Word Sign Training – KWS NSW Basic Workshop (2014)
  • Lidcombe Program 2-Day Workshop – Australian Stuttering Research Centre (2016)
  • Assessment and Treatment Approaches for Children with Reading and Spelling Difficulties – Macquarie University Reading Clinic (2017)
  • Speech Pathology in Schools – A Whole School Approach – Speech Pathology Australia (2017)
  • Telepractice for children with complex disabilities – SPOT on DD (2018)
  • Writing NDIS reports for Assistive Technology Workshop – Uniting & SPOT on DD (2018)
Emma Harsanyi

Emma Harsanyi

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) – Australian Catholic University

Emma is a warm and enthusiastic new addition to the Hills District Speech Therapy team, with experience working with children and young adults across a variety of settings. Emma is passionate about helping clients to achieve their full potential, with particular interest in fluency and speech sound disorders. She loves finding creative ways to engage and make therapy enjoyable for each individual client and family. Emma is also passionate about furthering her learning, and loves to be involved in the latest research.

When she’s not working, Emma enjoys reading by the pool, playing Oztag, or playing saxophone in a big band.

Professional Development:

  • NSW Treatment of School Age Children Who Stutter. Presented by Cheryl Andrews (2019).
  • LDC Challenging Behaviours Seminar. Presented by Dr John Blythe (2019).
  • Lidcombe Program – Australian Stuttering Research Centre (2017)
  • It Takes Two To Talk Hanen Certified

Emma currently provides offsite services to:

  • Murray Farms Public School
  • The King’s School
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
  • Baulkham Hills North Primary School

Gemma Hughes

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Gemma joined the Hills District Speech Therapy team in 2018 and has experience working with children of all ages. Gemma has a special interest in early language and speech, as well as incorporating play into her sessions. In addition to seeing clients 1:1 at our clinic, Gemma also enjoys running peer and group Lego Therapy sessions and providing therapy at local schools.

When Gemma is finished up for the day, she enjoys catching up with family and friends,
going for walks with her dogs and reading her favourite romantic novels.

Professional Development:

  • VPI Update Seminar VIII for Speech Pathologists – The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’ – 2-Day Event (2018)
  • It Takes Two to Talk Hanen Certified
  • More Than Words Hanen Certified

Gemma currently provides offsite services to:

  • John XXIII Catholic Primary School, Stanhope Gardens
  • Riverbank Public School, The Ponds
  • St Josephs Primary School, Scholfields
  • William Rose School, Seven Hills
Alysha Johnson

Alysha Johnson

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Australian Catholic University)

Alysha is looking forward to joining the Hills District Speech Therapy team! Alysha has recently completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. She is an enthusiastic and dedicated Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with paediatric clients.
Alysha enjoys getting to know each client personally and loves finding creative ways to make therapy enjoyable for them.

Alysha is an adrenaline seeker and enjoys wake boarding and motor bike riding. Alysha also enjoys travelling and spending time with her family, friends and her puppy.

Professional Development:

  • 2019 – Hanen, It Takes Two to Talk, certified
  • 2019 – Hills District Speech Therapy Literacy Training
  • 2019 – ‘Challenging Behaviours: Practical strategies for students with ADHD, ASD & ODD.’ Presented by John M Blythe.
  • Paediatric Failure to Thrive Simulation for Speech Pathology Students (2017)
  • Key Word Sign Workshop (2016)
  • Paediatric Feeding and Swallowing Education eLearning Course (2017)
  • An Introduction to Human Rights in Disability Services (2017)

Nirmala Mudalige

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) (University of Sydney)

Nirmala (Nim) is thrilled to be joining the Hills District Speech Therapy team! Nim hopes to teach her clients skills and strategies to communicate and function adequately in everyday life and increase their quality of life in any way possible. She believes that for therapy to be successful it’s important to build strong relationships with clients and their families, and form collaborative goals that are fun and practical. Nim’s love for the speech pathology profession arose from her passion and love for working with children, as well as, her desire to help others. Nim has worked as a junior Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) for four years, during which she worked with a wide variety of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families. This experience has furthered Nim’ skills base in behaviour management, verbal and written communication with clients, their family and support team. When Nim is not working, she loves spending time with her family, particularly her 12-year-old dog, as well as making puzzles!

Professional Development

  • Key Word Sign training (2016)

Chloe Garrett

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Science (Macquarie University)
Master of Speech and Language Pathology (Macquarie University)

Chloe loves being a part of the Hills District Speech Therapy team. She is passionate about creating fun, engaging and effective sessions which integrate the child’s interests and strengths into therapy. Chloe always aims to make a difference in their daily life through working collaboratively with key adults in their life.

Chloe’s passion for speech therapy arose from her interests in language, science and working with children. This passion has been further developed through her experiences working with a speech pathology private practice, preschool phonics acquisition project, children with autism, and a social communication group.

When she is not busy with work, Chloe loves spending time with her family and friends, baking and playing board games.

Professional Development

  • Key Word Sign Workshop (2019)
  • ‘Challenging Behaviours: Practical strategies for students with ADHD, ASD & ODD.’, presented by John M Blythe. (2019)
  • Managing Challenging Behaviours Overview, presented by Anica Janssen SAL Consulting (2019)
  • DIR Workshop, presented by Georgina Ahrens (2019)
  • HDST Literacy Training (2019)
  • Joint Assessment for Family Focused Allied health Students (JAFFAS) workshop, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (2018)
  • Assessment of Play inservice (2018)
  • Tobii Eye Gaze Device inservice (2018)
  • Paediatric Feeding Disorders inservice (2018)

Chloe currently provides offsite services to:

  • The Hills Grammar School
  • The Hills Grammar School Early Childhood Education Centre
  • The King’s School
  • Oakville Preschool Learning Centre
  • Ability Options Seven Hills
  • Home Visits at Cherrybrook and Dural

Natasha Raveendiran

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Health Science (Hearing & Speech)  (University of Sydney)
Bachelor of Speech Pathology  (Australian Catholic University)

Natasha is one of our newest addition to the HDST team and she is thrilled to be joining us. She is passionate about working with clients and their families, to make an impact on their lives by achieving their communication goals and having clients realize their full potential. She has previous experience working with children in private practices and as a junior Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist, where she worked with a variety of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and their families.

As new graduate, Natasha is keen to continue building her knowledge and developing her skills across all areas of speech pathology practice by participating in professional development and liaising with Senior Speech Pathologists at HDST. She recognizes that the existing team members have a lot of on-the-job experience to further enrich her development.

When she is done for the day, Natasha loves spending time with her family (especially her nephew), friends and her fur baby, Ralph. She is also passionate about dancing, travelling and discovering new food spots!

Professional Development

  • DIR 101 Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® (2019)
  • ComTEC workshop-AAC devices (2018)
  • HMRI seminar on ischemic stroke (2018)
  • Key Word Sign Training – KWS NSW Basic Workshop (2014)

Natasha current provides offsite services to:

  • North Rocks Public School
  • Carlingford West Public School
  • The Hills Grammar School
  • Headstart ELC, Bella Vista

Claire Offord

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)- University of Sydney

Claire had decided that Speech Pathology was the right fit for her whilst still in high school. She not only enjoyed it, but found a lifelong passion in her studies of Speech Pathology and was awarded the Dean’s Scholar award for being the highest performing student. Although Claire loves working in all areas of Speech Pathology, she has a particular interest in working with social skills and school-aged children. She works hard with clients and their families to develop personally relevant goals. She enjoys making therapy fun, engaging and tailored to the interests of each child. Above all, she knows that therapy works best when it is in the context of a strong partnership between the clinician, client and their family and so prides herself on involving families at all stages of therapy, and maintaining open communication. Claire continues to build her knowledge and skills across all areas of speech pathology practice by participating in regular professional development and in liaison with Senior Speech Pathologists at HDST.

In her free time, Claire enjoys searching for the best coffee shops, going to the beach, and spending time with her friends and family (including 5 wonderful and energetic nieces and nephews!)

Professional Development

  • Key Word Sign Workshop presented by Dr Andy Smidt in 2016
  • ‘Translating Evidence to Practice.’ Presented by Dr Elizabeth Murray and Professor Leanne Togher in 2018
  • Hills District Literacy Training in 2019
  • ‘Challenging Behaviours: Practical strategies for students with ADHD, ASD & ODD.’ Presented by John M Blythe in April 2019.
  • ‘Analysing children’s oral narratives’. Presented by Associate Professor Wendy Pearce in May 2019.
  • ‘Paediatric Fluency: What to do when’. Presented by Dr Kate Bridgman in July 2019.

Claire currently provides offsite services to:

  • The King’s School
  • Shalvey Public School
  • Tallowood School
  • Gilroy Catholic College
  • Berry Patch Preschool, Rouse Hill
  • Bennett Road Public School
  • Inala Day Services
  • Home visits around the Hills

Kelly Tena

Speech Language Pathologist – CPSP MSPA

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Master of Speech and Language Pathology (Macquarie University)
Graduate Certificate of Speech and Communication (Macquarie University)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology (Macquarie University)

Kelly is a recent addition to the Hills District Speech Therapy team, and she is excited to be here! She has experience working with children and young adults, and is passionate about assisting individuals (and families) achieve their goals to potentially make positive changes in their everyday life. Kelly enjoys learning and furthering her clinical skills, which is why her clinical interests are always changing. She currently has a strong interest in working with individuals with literacy difficulties, and has a specific interest in developing early reading and spelling skills.

Outside of working at HDST, Kelly enjoys baking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Professional Development

  • Sounds-Write (2019)
  • Hanen More Than Words (2019)

Kelly currently provides offsite services to:

  • The Hills Grammar School
  • Newhope School
  • Pacific Hills Christian School
  • Rouse Hill Anglican College
  • Kellyville High School

Administration

Virginia Wassif

Office Manager / Accounts Liaison

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Our Office Manager/Accounts Liaison, Virginia has been part of our team since 2015. She started out as the office manager and has moved her way up to Accounts Liaison. She has over 15 years admin/accounts experience and is dedicated to supporting the families and staff in ensuring all queries and payments are organised in a friendly, timely and efficient manner. She directly handles most financial matter such as client billing, payroll prep for our contractors, Banking and assists with accounts receivable. She is also responsible for the supervision of the administrative team. She enjoys spending time with her family and baking.

Vicki Hargraves

Administration Client Liason Officer

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Our Admin Client Liaison Officer, Vicki is always delighted to answer any questions you may have and is the friendly voice at the end of the phone when you call to make an appointment. She is dedicated to supporting the families and staff in ensuring all queries, payments and appointments are organised in a friendly, timely and efficient manner. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and listening to music.

Therapy and Office Assistants

Catalina Bolivar Rodriguez

Catalina Bolivar Rodriguez

Speech Therapy Assistant

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Certificate IV Allied Health Assistant Specialising In Speech Pathology
Australian Academy Of Management & Science.
Diploma In Disability.
Certificate III Disability.
Certificate III & IV Aged Care.

Catalina is one of our wonderful Therapy Assistants here at Hills District Speech Therapy. She provides offsite therapy assistant services for HDST and works tirelessly at the clinic developing and maintaining assessment and therapy resources.

Abbey Wilkins

Therapy and Office Assistant

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Abbey is our new Therapy Assistant here at Hills District Speech Therapy. She has always been passionate about health science and helping others. She thoroughly enjoys assisting clients when they call and visit as well as providing support to our lovely team members in any way she can. Abbey is currently undertaking her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University to achieve her goal of becoming a speech therapist herself. In her free time, Abbey loves to head to the beach for a surf and watch Netflix!