Our Speech Therapy Team

All our therapists are members of Speech Pathology Australia and registered 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.

We are always looking for new talent! If you have experience in speech pathology or a complimentary profession, a student looking to work with us or just a fantastic person feel free to call Yasemin or Alana on (02) 9899 7853 for a chat. We would love to hear what you can bring to the team.

  • Alana Adolphs
  • Yasemin Burmin
  • Emma McRorie
  • Emma Marsden
  • Katrina Clarke-Bruce
  • Lauren Harker
  • Fiona Streatfeild
  • Caitlin Chaney
  • Virginia Wassif
  • Catherine Maude
  • Emma Charters
  • Alana Adolphs

    Alana Adolphs

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

    Alana has spent the last 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 has been fortunate to be able to work together with some amazing organisations such as The Yenu Allowah Child and Family Centre where an on-site speech clinic and early intervention play group has been established. Alana is also passionate about literacy development and spends much of her week 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 Sam, her speedy 1 year old and Hattie, her golden retriever.

  • Yasemin Burmin

    Yasemin Burmin

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

    Having worked full time for 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 times, Yasemin has developed and presented training workshops to educators and professionals around the Hills. She has been invited as a guest speaker on various occasions to present on language and communication disorders and their impact on learning in the classroom. She also spends much of her time ensuring her team is well trained and up to date with the latest research and methods in speech therapy in order to provide a supreme level of service to all families that walk through the door. One of her biggest messages is to spend time finding out what makes each child really tick! She balances her work and life with frequent bouts of travel and adventure.

    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

  • Emma McRorie

    Emma McRorie

    2005-2009 Speech & Language Therapy BSc (Hons)

    Emma qualified as a Speech Therapist in 2009 in Scotland. She has extensive experience in working with children with a range of needs in schools and clinics in the UK, working closely with parents, teaching staff and other health professionals. Emma has a special interest in working with children with Autism; particularly those with high functioning autism and Aspergers. She also enjoys working with young children who are late talkers and those with other complex needs.

    Outside of work, Emma likes to go walking and enjoy the Australian countryside and beaches.

    Special Training

    2015 Social Thinking
    2015 Nuffield Dyspraxia Training
    2014 Therapy Approaches for Speech Sound Disorders in Children
    2013/14 British Sign Language Level 1 & 2
    2012 Attention Autism
    2012 ASD & Deafness: A Combined Perspective
2012 TEACCH: 3 day course
    2011 SCERTS: 3 day course
    2011 TEACCH
    2011 An Introduction to Shape Coding (SLI Intervention)
    2010 Video Parent Child Interaction
    2010 Intensive Interaction
    2009 Sensory Integration

  • Emma Marsden

    Emma Marsden

    Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) at University of Western Sydney

    Master of Speech Language Pathology at University of Sydney

    Emma has worked as a Speech Pathologist in private practice, preschools and schools with children aged between 2 and 15 years in 1:1 and group therapy. She has experience working with children and their families with speech, language and literacy difficulties, stuttering, ASD and ADHD. During her Masters, Emma received a scholarship to complete a clinical placement at the Department of Education in Tasmania. She experienced how Speech Pathologists can be used within the school system. When she doesn’t have her speechie hat on, Emma loves to travel and cook.

    Special training

    Spalding trained
    Voicecraft trained
    BLADES trained

    Emma currently provides onsite services to:

    The Hills Grammar School
    Our Lady of the Angels Primary Rouse Hill
    The Berry Patch Preschool Rouse Hill
    John Vianney’s Primary Doonside

  • Katrina Clarke-Bruce

    Katrina Clarke-Bruce

    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 school aged language and literacy. When Katrina is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children and practising yoga.

    Katrina currently provides onsite services to:

    Hills Sports High School
    Hills Grammar ECEC
    Bird House Early Learning Centre

    Winston Hills Public School

  • Lauren Harker

    Lauren Harker

    Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at Sydney University

    Lauren enjoys working with preschool and school aged children with difficulties in speech, language and literacy. She also enjoys and is experienced in providing intervention for adults with speech and language difficulties and dysphagia. Lauren enjoys developing a close relationship with families in her care. When she doesn’t have her speechie hat on, Lauren is an keen baker and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


    Lauren currently provides onsite services to:

    Rouse Hill Anglican College
    Pitt Town Early Learning Centre
    Oakville Preschool
    The Hills Grammar School

  • Fiona Streatfeild

    Fiona Streatfeild

    Fiona has always had a desire to help others and loves working with kids and families to make a difference. She has worked in various private practices across Sydney supporting children aged 2-18 years of age. She is walking encyclopaedia of disney and Harry Potter and her knowledge sure doesn’t go to waste at the practice!

    Special Training

    HANEN trained

    Fiona currently provides onsite services to:

    North Rocks Public School
    Carlingford West Public School
    The Hills Grammar School
    Rouse Hill Anglican College

  • Caitlin Chaney

    Caitlin Chaney

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

    Hills local Caitlin combined her love of science and English to become a speech pathologist. Under the guidance of the senior therapists at the clinic, Caitlin is completing the new graduate program at Hills District Speech Therapy. She takes special care with each and every family to ensure they receive the highest quality care. She enjoys working with children who have various communication difficulties but particularly likes learning about her client’s interests and using them to make therapy motivating and enjoyable for them and their family.

    Special Training

    Currently undertaking further training at HDST

    Caitlin currently provides onsite services to:

    Early Childhood Education Centre (ECEC) at The Hills Grammar School
    The Hills Grammar School

  • Virginia Wassif

    Virginia Wassif

    SUPPORT TEAM – OFFICE MANAGER

    Our Office Manager, Virginia 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 and baking.

  • Catherine Maude

    Catherine Maude

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

    Under the guidance of the senior therapists at the clinic, Catherine is completing the new graduate program at Hills District Speech Therapy. Catherine enjoys getting to know clients and considers it a privilege to join clients on their journey toward improved communication and swallowing. Catherine also values working in partnership with children and their families to help children find their voice.

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

    Catherine currently provides onsite services to:

    Pitt Town Early Learning Centre
    Oakville Early Learning Centre

  • Emma Charters

    Emma Charters

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

    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 commited 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.

    Emma is a new mum to Ellie – who is a lovely reward to come home to after a fun and challenging day at work!