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Speech Pathology Team

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Alice Green

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science

Alice is a kind and caring clinician. Her warm and welcoming personality makes it easy for her to build rapport and relationships with both the children and the families that she works with. Alice believes in providing a high level of client care. She is continually reflecting and growing her skills as a clinician to ensure she achieves the best therapy outcomes.

Alice loves kids! She finds them so much fun. She loves being able to talk with them about anything and the funny random things they come up with. She strongly believes in giving children the best opportunities for communicative development and therefore quality of life.

Alice is passionate about working on speech sounds and has a specific interest in early language. Alice believes with support, patience and collaboration with the family, children are able to thrive and reach their true potential.

Alice has gained experience working in a private practice setting as well as in multiple schools. She has worked with children who had speech and language delays and voice disorders. She has also experience working in a school for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who were non verbal.

She is truly passionate and highly motivated about helping children. When Alice isn’t at Chatterbox she enjoys spending time with her family including her nieces and nephews. She also loves going on holidays with her husband.

She loves coffee, trying new cafes, cooking and eating food.

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Kristy Manassa

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences
Masters of Speech Language Pathology

Kristy is a patient, kind and caring clinician. She finds it easy to build rapport with everyone that she meets. Kristy is incredibly motivated and driven by seeing the children that she works with achieve their goals. She is results orientated and will do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Kristy has always been passionate about working with children. She admires their endless energy, creativity and resilience. She is very creative and loves making fun and exciting activities for therapy. Kristy believes it is important to focus on a child’s strengths to help them realise their true potential.

Kristy has a particular interest in working on speech sounds as well as developing literacy skills. She is motivated by seeing the children she works with make progress and therapy gains as this lets her know that she is making a real difference to that child’s life. Kristy loves learning new things and is committed to continually improving her skills as a Speech Pathologist.

Kristy has had experience working in a private practice setting as well as a communication disorders treatment and research clinic. She has also gained experience working with children over the years as both a tutor and babysitter.

Kristy has been playing the piano since she was 12 years of age and has performed at multiple concerts. When Kristy is not at Chatterbox she loves to bake. She enjoys making different types of cakes and desserts. She has an interest in visual arts and loves to paint and sketch. She also loves to keep fit and exercise by taking her beloved dog for walks.

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Sarah Yildiz

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Sarah graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and has been working as part of the Chatterbox team since 2018.

The decision to specialise in paediatrics was easy for Sarah, given her great passion for working with children and making a difference in their lives. She believes that everyone deserves the right to communicate and interact with others, and loves that she can help children to do so. Sarah’s kind, caring and friendly personality allows her to easily build strong connections with children and their families.

Sarah is passionate about making therapy fun for children of all ages, and uses her bubbly personality to bring out the best in each child. Understanding and believing in the importance of parental involvement, Sarah empowers families and works closely with them in order to set and achieve functional and meaningful goals.

Sarah has a passion for early intervention with a special interest in working with children with developmental delay and Autism. She is a strong believer of helping children receive therapy as early as possible, to enable them to become confident members of their homes and communities.

Sarah is passionate about Professional Development and growing her clinical skills to ensure she is able to provide her clients with the best quality therapy and enjoys attending workshops and conferences.

When Sarah isn’t at Chatterbox, she enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures with her dog.

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Sinead Quinlan

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science (HONS)

Sinead is a fun, enthusiastic and passionate clinician. She is driven and always strives to provide the best level of care for the families that she works with. Sinead is passionate about working with children. She believes there is no greater feeling than helping a child to reach their full potential.


Sinead loves finding out what interests and motivates a child and then incorporates that interest into the therapy that she provides so that the child stays motivated and gets great therapy outcomes. She likes to keep therapy fun and believes that learning should be fun for all children.

Sinead is passionate about all areas of Speech Pathology but has a keen interest in Literacy and School Aged Language. Sinead also has an interest in disability and working with children who have intellectual delays.

Sinead has gained experience working in a community health setting as well as in multiple schools. She has worked with children with speech and language delays. She has also worked with children with severe intellectual delays and strongly believes in providing therapy in line with evidence based practice.

Sinead loves working with kids as she feels she is a big kid at heart. She loves Disneyland and still gets incredibly excited by Christmas and all of the Christmas decorations. A fun fact about Sinead is that she can count to 10 in 4 different languages. When she is not at Chatterbox, Sinead loves going out for breakfast, watching movies, attending concerts and music festivals and has a love for travelling.

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Melanie Arthur

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

Melanie is a passionate, fun and friendly clinician. Her kind and empathetic nature make families feel immediately at ease in her presence. Melanie has always wanted to help others. She feels that working with children is incredibly rewarding and she loves being able to make a real difference in their lives.

Melanie’s desire to become a Speech Pathologist came from her passion of wanting to help others. She loves making others happy and helping them to achieve their goals.

Melanie enjoys working with children of all ages but she has a particular interest in the areas of stuttering, play-based learning, articulation and early literacy – phonemic awareness.

Melanie has gained experience working in a rural community health setting as well as in multiple schools. She has a love for learning and values the importance of professional development and staying up to date with the latest research.

Melanie spent some time in Vietnam where she worked with Vietnamese university staff to educate parents on the importance of play and the impact it can have on speech and language development.

Melanie has a love for travel and she enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.

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Chelsea Lee

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science

Chelsea has a warm, inviting and personable nature. She is able to easily develop rapport with children and families. Chelsea strives to make therapy engaging, creative and fun for all children. She strongly believes in working collaboratively with parents and other key people in a child’s life in order to make the most significant impact. Chelsea believes in staying up to date on the most effective and current therapy methods to implement during sessions.

Chelsea has always had a love and passion for children, especially when there is an opportunity to make a real difference in their lives. Being able to work with kids means that no two sessions will be the same because every kid is special and different in their own way, which makes therapy fun!

Chelsea has a huge passion for all areas of Speech Pathology but has a particular interest in the area of stuttering, speech sound and articulation disorders as well as helping to develop early literacy skills.

Chelsea believes that the ability to communicate whether verbally or non verbally is an innate human right. The early years in a child’s life are so important for their communicative development and can greatly impact their future skills. This is why she is so passionate about targeting the most effective and relevant goals.

Chelsea was born in Melbourne and lived in Malaysia until she was 7 years old. When Chelsea is not at Chatterbox she enjoys baking and trying new recipes, spending time with family and friends and exploring new places to eat.

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Kelsey Brady

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences
Master of Speech and Language Pathology.

Kelsey is a warm and caring clinician. Her inviting and approachable personality enables her to develop strong connections with children and their families. She strives to make therapy fun, enjoyable and practical for all. Kelsey strongly believes in collaborating with family members to ensure that they are a part of their child’s therapy and progress. She enjoys working with families to set achievable, functional, and meaningful goals.

Kelsey’s desire to become a Speech Pathologist came from her passion of wanting to help others. She is a strong believer that every child has a right to communicate and has always loved working with children.

Kelsey enjoys working with children from a range of ages to support their individual needs. Her understanding of the connection between communication difficulties and academic development in the classroom, has led her to develop a particular interest in working with school-aged children to support their needs in the classroom. Kelsey understands the importance of gaining information from a child’s teacher to ensure goals are relevant to their individuals needs in the school environment.

Away from Chatterbox, Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends and drinking a good cup of tea.

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Cassandra Vom

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science

Cassandra is a fun, engaging and enthusiastic clinician who is passionate about providing personalised therapy to each individual child. She believes that by supporting a child from a young age helps to set them up for success and a positive future.


Cassandra has a love for working with children. She feels that there is never a dull moment when you work with children and they make a work day both fun and exciting. She is motivated by seeing children achieve their goals and increase their confidence in all settings whether that be at home, school or socially.

Cassandra is passionate about working on speech sounds and early literacy but also has a keen interest in disability. Cassandra believes that with support, patience, and collaboration with the family, children are able to reach their true potential.

Cassandra has gained experience in a disability school working with both verbal and non verbal children using low tech and high tech AAC. She has also has experience in a community health setting working with children aged up to 12 years.

Cassandra has a background in dancing. She danced between the ages of 4 up until 17 years of age. When Cassandra is not at Chatterbox she loves eating out at restaurants and trying new foods. She also loves to cook and bake and exercises to balance out all of the eating.

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Madeleine Saville

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS)

Madeleine also referred to as Maddi is a warm, empathetic, gentle and patient clinician. Her fun and bubbly personality makes building rapport with families seem effortless. Maddi is also very creative and loves to use that creativity to make therapy fun and engaging. She likes to tailor therapy activites to suit each child’s unique personality.


Maddi has always loved children. She loves their positivity, endless energy, and spontaneity. She also loves that you never know what they will say or do next which makes everyday fun and unique. She has always had a natural rapport with children and loves to see them smile. The fact that she looks like Emma from the Wiggles has proved to be a big hit when working with children!

Maddi has a huge passion for all areas of Speech Pathology but has a particular interest in stuttering, speech sounds, articulation and early literacy (phonological awareness). Maddi is highly motivated and driven by her love of helping others and assisting them to achieve their communication goals whilst also having fun. She believes that communication is a basic human right and therefore it is so important that every child has the ability to communicate as effectively as possible. She loves building relationships with her clients and their families and being someone that they can trust and rely upon.

Maddi has gained experience working with children in a community health and school setting as well as a private practice. She has also worked rurally within a hospital setting working on both voice disorders and stuttering.

Maddi was a ballerina for 13 years and danced in multiple concerts and competitions. She still has a love and passion for dancing. Maddi has always enjoyed working with children and has previously worked as a swim instructor and nanny where she has taken great pride in watching and helping the children grow and develop in their skills.

When Maddi is not at Chatterbox you will find her doing yoga, creative writing, drawing, and painting. She loves to stay active by walking and going to the gym. She enjoys spending time with family and friends catching up over coffee and loves to travel and explore new places.

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Lucy Gillett

Clinical Educator and Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Lucy studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the Australian Catholic University. Lucy’s desire to become a speech pathologist stemmed from her love of children, her concern for making a difference in the lives of others and passion for building meaningful relationships. Lucy believes that with support, persistence and collaboration, children are able to thrive and achieve their goals.

Lucy’s friendly, enthusiastic and caring personality allows her to easily build connections with children. Within the therapy process, she is dedicated to creating safe, supportive and fun environments, where children and their families are able to learn, grow and shine. Lucy understands the major impact a diverse team can have during therapy and is able to work efficiently along side colleagues and the community. She makes an effort to ensure she is always working closely with families in order to set and achieve functional and meaningful goals together, allowing a child to reach their full potential.

Although Lucy enjoys working with children of all ages and skill levels, during her studies she found a keen interest in developing speech and articulation skills in preschool and early school aged children.

When Lucy isn’t at Chatterbox, Lucy enjoys baking sweet treats, keeping active and spending time with loved ones.

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Alyssa Pacchiarotta

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Alyssa studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the Australian Catholic University. The decision to work with children was an easy one given Alyssa’s love of children. Alyssa was honoured to have been given the opportunity to volunteer in Chiang Mai Thailand teaching children to speak English.

Alyssa is passionate about developing communication and language skills in preschool aged children in preparation for primary school. Alyssa has completed placements in both primary and high schools working with a range of school aged children. Alyssa has taken an interest in working closely with high school students to not only improve their language and communication skills but to also provide education surrounding their difficulties. She strongly believes in providing her clients with the tools to help improve their communicative abilities.

Alyssa believes it is important to work closely in collaboration with the client and their family to build trusting relationships. These strong foundations will have great impacts on their journey through therapy. By building these relationships it is encouraging a holistic approach to therapy both at the clinic and at home. Alyssa enjoys attending professional development seminars as she believes it is important to provide her clients with up to date evidence based practice.

Alyssa enjoys spending time with family, watching a good tv series, finding new places to eat and keeping active.

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Bethany Calman

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology
Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSLP)

Bethany graduated from Sydney’s Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Science. She then went on to continue her study completing her Masters in Speech Language Pathology at Flinders University in Adelaide. She also has experience working in a private setting.

Believing that all people need to be in community with each other and that the ability to communicate effectively impacts on our ability to connect with our community, she strives to help individuals to communicate effectively in a manner which encourages the them to actively participate in their communities.

Bethany’s kind and caring nature makes it easy for her to build strong connections with children and their families and she loves to celebrate every victory in achieving their goals. With the desire to quickly develop rapport with families, it allows her to ensure that therapy is effective from the first session.

With an interest in working with preschool aged children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, her desire is to optimise their ability to be able to communicate effectively and functionally. She believes that functional goals are essential to assist goals going beyond the therapy room and spanning effectively into everyday life.

Trained in the Lidcombe Program, her desire is to continue attending many professional development opportunities in the future as she loves to learn and believes that you can never be finished learning.

Bethany is excited to be part of the Chatterbox team and can be found at our Penrith practice. She is looking forward to meeting her wonderful clients and working with families to establish functional therapy goals and celebrate with families when they are achieved.

Away from Chatterbox, Bethany enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as getting out to the beach, especially during summer!

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Kaavya Jaishankar

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Kaavya graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Kaavya’s passion and enthusiasm for working with kids has led her to become a speech pathologist, so that she can help her clients achieve their full potential and communicate everything they want to.

Kaavya’s bright and fun-loving personality allows her to form strong relationships with her clients and their families. She believes in working with families to create meaningful goals and supporting them as much as possible, to make therapy effective, fun and practical. She understands the importance of a safe environment for discussion and learning, and always strives to ensure that her clients and their families feel comfortable to discuss things that are important to them.

Kaavya loves working with children of all ages and skill levels, and has a special interest in working with school aged children with language difficulties. She strongly believes in building kids’ confidence alongside their language skills to help them achieve their goals. Kaavya also believes in therapy that not only supports her clients’ ability to improve their skills, but also helps them participate in activities at home, school and with friends.

As a clinician, Kaavya is always eager to build her skills and strives to use all opportunities available to develop her professional skills so that she can provide high quality, evidence based therapy for all her clients.

When Kaavya isn’t at Chatterbox, she loves to spend time with her cheeky dog and her equally fun family, as well as delving into a good book!

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May Mazidi

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

May is a patient, kind and caring clinician. Her enthusiasm and passion shines through in her sessions and interactions with the families she works with. May strongly believes in working collaboratively with families to ensure that she achieves the best therapy outcomes for their children. She is committed to lifelong learning to ensure she is the best clinician she can possibly be to help children and their families.

May loves working with children; they are always so much fun. They have great imaginations and unique individual personalities. She enjoys making an impact on a child’s life through enhancing their communication skills and helping them to reach their full potential. When working with children, May comments that there is no greater feeling than seeing them build their confidence and willingness to “have a go”.

May is passionate about all areas of Speech Pathology but has a keen interest in early language, speech sound disorders and early literacy skills. May finds it incredibly rewarding to see children achieve their therapy goals and actively engage in their learning. She always strives to provide therapy that is creative and engaging in order to foster a supportive and encouraging learning environment. Communication is a basic human right and knowing that the therapy May provides the families that she works with can make a real difference beyond just the goals she is targeting is one of the many motivating parts about the Speech Pathology profession.

May has had experience in the preschool environment, community health setting and in a mobile private practice. She has worked with children from 2 up until 12 years of age focusing on speech sound disorders, language disorders and literacy difficulties.

May has a background in music and has pursued this for many years. When May isn’t at work she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and exploring new places.

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Rachel Tassone

Clinical Educator and Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Psychological Science (BPsySc)
Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSLP)

Rachel graduated from Melbourne’s La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Psychological Science. She is proud to have spent some time teaching English in Cambodia while taking a break from studying. Rachel then found a passion for facilitating communication, going on to complete her Masters in Speech Language Pathology at The University of Sydney.

Rachel believes in an all-inclusive approach to working with children and families, making therapy as functional, realistic and enjoyable in and out of the clinic. Rachel enjoys brainstorming ideas with families to build therapy activities into daily routines, to optimise therapy opportunities outside the clinic. Rachel’s confident and bubbly personality allows her to build wholehearted connections with children of all ages and their families.

Rachel is interested in working with preschool aged children with speech and language difficulties, and enjoys helping children with Autism Spectrum Disorder develop their communication skills. She has a passion for helping children and families explore language and discover different ways to communicate together.

Rachel is excited to be part of the Chatterbox team and can be found at our Oran Park practice. Rachel believes providing high level client care can be achieved by collaborating with families to identify functional therapy goals, being creative and applying evidence into practice.

Away from Chatterbox, Rachel enjoys brunching, trekking, reading, and weekends in Melbourne visiting her little nephew.

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Shannon Banner

Clinical Mentor and Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS)

Shannon completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (honours) at James Cook University in Townsville. During her studies, she discovered her passion for working with children and watching their lives change as they achieve their full potential through the development of their communication skills.

Shannon sees clients from 2 years of age to 16 years of age across all areas of speech pathology. Shannon strongly believes in working collaboratively with the important people in each child’s life to ensure the highest quality of care.

Shannon’s caring and friendly nature allows her to easily build relationships and rapport with the child and their family, creating a safe and enjoyable learning environment. She enjoys working in a private practice such as Chatterbox as she believes this provides opportunity for development of close relationships with her clients and their families. With this close relationship, she can get to know what motivates the child and tailor the therapy accordingly.

When Shannon isn’t at Chatterbox, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing yoga and relaxing with a good book.

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Ellie Farlow

Speech Pathologist and Clinical Mentor

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Ellie graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science- Speech Pathology from the University of Sydney. Choosing a career to work with children was easy considering Ellie’s endless source of energy, passion for helping people and love for children.

Ellie’s caring nature makes it easy for her to build strong connections with children and their families and thrives off seeing them achieve their goals. Ellie develops rapport and relationships quickly with the families she works and is passionate in ensuring the families are included during the therapy process from day one. Ellie ensures her approach to therapy and homework is collaborative so it not only achieves her clients’ goals, but it is also functional for all the different families she works with. Ellie has an endless supply of energy so she feels it’s important to always make learning fun and incorporates her client’s interests into therapy sessions.

Ellie works full time at Chatterbox in Penrith seeing clients at all different ages. Although Ellie loves seeing children of all ages, she has developed a particular interest in developing speech and language of children in preschool. Ellie also has a keen interest in stuttering due to her family history of family members with fluency difficulties.

When Ellie isn’t at Chatterbox, she enjoys being active and staying outdoors, playing music and sport and spending time with her friends and family.

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Elisa Calcopietro

Clinical Educator and Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Elisa graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science Speech Pathology. She chose a career in speech pathology as she loves to talk and has a passion for helping children and families so felt it appropriate to help children to communicate the best they can!

Elisa’s bright and bubbly nature facilitates a strong relationship between her clients, families and other health professionals. She believes in working as a team towards common goals to catalyze progress and maximize potential.

Elisa has experience working in schools within classrooms providing support and education to class teachers about children’s developmental norms, and identifying children at risk of developing communication and learning disorders. Elisa strongly believes in the importance of early intervention to ensure that children receive services as early as possible to minimize impact of delay in future.

Elisa works at Oran Park seeing clients of a range of ages. Elisa has an interest in literacy and helping children progress and improve their skills. Elisa is also particularly interested in speech sounds and loves helping children say sounds and words (such as their name) that previously they could not! Elisa loves to see the impact of this success has on the child’s daily life.

On the weekends, Elisa loves discovering new and delicious places to eat, being active and spending time with family and friends.

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Emily Miller

Clinical Mentor and Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Anatomy and Histology) Masters of Speech and Language Pathology (MSLP)

Emily graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Anatomy and Histology). She then went on to complete her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology at The University of Sydney.

Emily has an interest in working with preschool aged children to help develop their communication and language skills as well as helping school aged children improve their literacy skills. Emily also has an interest and enjoys working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to develop and improve their communication.

Emily enjoys meeting children and their families, and to have the opportunity to build strong relationships. She believes that it is important to find out what her clients interests are to ensure that therapy is enjoyable and that every child has the opportunity to achieve their true potential.

Emily is excited to have gained a position at Chatterbox Speech Pathology, where she can provide the best therapy, following the latest scientific research to get the greatest results for her kids and their families.

When Emily isn’t at Chatterbox she enjoys spending time with her friends finding new cafes around Sydney and going on bushwalks.

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Ruth Bowron

Senior Team Leader

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Ruth has been with Chatterbox Speech Pathology since 2013. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology).

Ruth has experience working with clients across the lifespan from infants through to aged care. Ruth has experience working in private practice and public hospital departments providing speech pathology serves within preschools, primary and high schools as well as rehabilitation centres, nursing homes and within the client’s home.

Ruth’s passion is for early intervention with a special interest in working with children with developmental delay and Autism. Ruth enjoys empowering families to support and stimulate their children’s communication in natural settings. Ruth’s warmth and calm nature helps her build a strong and caring relationship with her clients and their families.

Ruth enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with all of the Chatterbox team. Ruth has an interest in clinical education supporting Speech Pathology students at Chatterbox in their learning and development.

Ruth is passionate about Professional Development and growing her clinical skills to ensure she is able to give her clients the best quality therapy. Since joining Chatterbox, Ruth has attended workshops presented by Dr Caroline Bowen, Dr Roslyn Neilson, Dr Jacqueline Roberts, Dr Rhea Paul, Professor Barbara Dodd, Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden and Professor Kevin Durkin. Ruth is also trained in Hanen Programs such as “More than Words”. When Ruth isn’t at Chatterbox, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children working in the garden or cooking tasty dishes in the kitchen.

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Lauren Azzopardi

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech & Hearing Science (B. Sp. & Hearing Sc.)
Master of Speech & Language Pathology (MSLP)

Lauren has been part of the Chatterbox team since 2014. She graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Speech & Hearing Sciences, and a Masters degree in Speech & Language Pathology.

Lauren has found her calling working with children. She enjoys working with children as young as 2 years of age through to their teenage years. She has developed a special interest in helping children develop their literacy skills. She has a strong passion, and gets super excited seeing children change from struggling to read to developing a love of reading, and coming in to show her their new favourite novel or book.

Lauren loves meeting new children and their families, and really enjoys working in a private practice setting such as Chatterbox as it gives her the opportunity to show her caring nature, and allows her to build close relationships with the families she works with. Lauren really believes in working with all the important people in a child’s life, as she knows that with the right support and help, every child can achieve their true potential. Lauren finds it extremely rewarding to have a job where she can make such a difference to a child and families life.

Lauren has carried out speech pathology services in primary schools which let her develop her skills in different settings and work more closely with teachers. She enjoyed working closely with the teachers to set up strategies and give support for each child in the classroom in order to achieve each child’s individual needs.

Professional Development is important to Lauren to continue to develop her skills. Lauren has attended workshops to develop her skills in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Language difficulties, literacy difficulties and Speech Sound difficulties.

Lauren married in April 2016. She enjoys spending time with her husband and with their large families they always have something to keep them busy on the weekends!

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Corinne Stanley

Clinical Manager and Senior Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Health Science (Hearing and Speech)
Master of Speech Language Pathology (MSLP)

Corinne is a speech and language pathologist who has been working as part of the Chatterbox team since 2013. Corinne graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (hearing and speech). She then went on to complete a Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. Corinne also has experience working in the community health and hospital setting.


Corinne sees clients across a range of age groups, but has a keen interest in developing communication and language skills in preschool aged children. She is also interested in working with school aged children and their families to help develop language and literacy skills.

With a vibrant and fun loving personality, Corinne instantly builds relationships and rapport with the families she works with. Corinne believes in discovering what motivates a child and then using this during therapy to make learning fun and enjoyable.

Corinne enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with the Chatterbox Team. She continually provides clinical support, mentoring and guidance to her Chatterbox family. Corinne not only provides a high level of client care, she also helps out with all administrative duties when she can.

Corinne is trained in Hanen principles of intervention including the More than Words program for helping children with Autism. Since joining the Chatterbox team, Corinne has attended workshops presented by Dr Caroline Bowen, Dr Roslyn Neilson, Dr Jacqueline Roberts, Dr Rhea Paul, Professor Barbara Dodd, Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden and Professor Kevin Durkin.

When Corinne isn’t at Chatterbox she enjoys spending time with her family, (especially her four nieces!) and catching up with friends.

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Kate Kelly

Senior Team Leader

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Kate graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and has been working as part of the Chatterbox team since 2006.

The decision to specialise in paediatrics was an easy one for Kate. She develops skills in children from 18 months through to teenagers across a range of different areas. Kate has a particular interest in developing communication and language skills in preschool aged children. She is also interested in working with school aged children and their families to help develop language and literacy skills.

Kate loves working in private practice due to the close relationships she is able to build with her clients. She feels that developing trust and understanding is crucial in order to get the best from her children and their families. Kate finds it most rewarding to watch as children grasp new concepts, develop confidence and reach their potential. She loves to see them embrace the world when empowered by the skills of speech, language and literacy.

Kate enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with all of the Chatterbox team and is actively involved in mentoring and peer support. Kate is also passionate about Professional Development and growing her clinical skills to ensure she is able to give her clients the best quality therapy. Since joining Chatterbox, Kate has attended workshops presented by Dr Caroline Bowen, Dr Roslyn Neilson, Dr Jacqueline Roberts, Dr Rhea Paul, Professor Barbara Dodd, Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden and Professor Kevin Durkin to name a few. Kate is also trained in Hanen Programs such as “More than Words”.

Whilst Kate’s motorbike has become a little dusty since having her children, she still enjoys going camping, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

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Jennifer Kay

Chief Executive Officer

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology)

Jennifer Kay graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She is the founder and Director of Chatterbox Speech Pathology and established the clinic in 2004.

Previous to this Jennifer worked as a Speech Pathologist in both government and private sectors providing therapy in clinic, preschools, schools and in home settings.

Jennifer is extremely passionate when it comes to Speech Pathology and has a particular interest in early intervention, language and literacy development. She believes that communication skills are the foundation for success later in life. Jennifer values the importance of developing intervention which is individually tailored to the child and their family. Jennifer believes that there is no better feeling than helping a child to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

Jennifer has a strong belief in providing a family friendly practice where learning should be fun! The therapists are provided with the latest assessment tools in order to obtain a holistic picture of a child’s strengths and difficulties. Jennifer supplies the team with a combination of bright colourful resources and technology in order to engage and motivate a child.

Jennifer works closely with her team of Speech Pathologists. She provides constant support, mentoring and training to ensure that Chatterbox delivers the highest standard of Speech Pathology services to children and their families. She has an evidence based philosophy and believes in the importance of Professional Development as it continually updates and develops a clinician’s skills. This ensures the Chatterbox team is able to provide families with the latest scientifically supported therapy.

Driven by a strong passion for Professional Development, Jennifer has sought out leaders in the field of Speech Pathology to present workshops to the Chatterbox team and Speech Pathologists Australia wide. She has worked alongside some of the leading Australian experts in Speech Pathology such as; Dr Roslyn Neilson, Dr Barbara Dodd, Professor Jacqueline Roberts and Dr Caroline Bowen. Jennifer has also hosted international guest speakers such as UK based Developmental Psychologist Dr Kevin Durkin and Speech and Language Pathologist Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden as well as Dr Rhea Paul author of Language Disorders: Infancy through Adolescence.

Jennifer understands the impact that speech and language difficulties have on young children and their families. She has presented numerous workshops and seminars over the years providing guidance and advice to both Teachers and Parents focusing on early intervention and language development. Jennifer has developed positive relationships with many of the local preschool centres and schools by offering support, advice and teacher mentoring.

When Jennifer isn’t living and breathing Speech Pathology she enjoys spending time with her 3 adorable kids – Sophia, Ava and Spencer as well as her husband Leigh. She enjoys indulging in a massage, catching up with friends and has a love for travel and looks forward to her next big family holiday.

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Sussan Makki

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences
Masters of Speech Pathology

Sussan is a kind, caring and empathetic clinician. Her bubbly and positive personality makes it easy for her to build rapport and relationships with both the children and the families that she works with. Sussan strongly believes in continually developing and reflecting on her skills as a clinician, so that she is able to provide the highest level of care to the families that she works with.


Sussan is very passionate about working with children. She finds it incredibly rewarding to see the positive functional impact that therapy has on a child in a school setting as well as in social situations. She believes that assisting individuals during the early stages of their lives plays an integral role in shaping their future and ultimately improving their quality of life.

Sussan is passionate about all areas of Speech Pathology but has a particular interest in Stuttering, Speech Sound Disorders and Literacy. She finds it incredibly rewarding to see the boost in a child’s confidence when their stuttering severity rating decreases. She loves helping to increase a child’s intelligibility and in turn helping them to overcome negative academic and social impacts due to speech sound disorders. Finally, Sussan loves helping children to develop their literacy skills as she understands that these are necessary skills for living independently in the community.

Sussan has gained experience working in a private practice setting as well as in multiple schools. She has also worked as a private tutor, assisting children of different ages and skill sets. Sussan found it particularly rewarding working with children with additional needs and celebrating their gains with the families.

Sussan is bilingual; she can speak both Arabic and English. She has always been an active person and loves to swim and play soccer. In her spare time Sussan loves spending quality time with her family and friends. She loves going out to brunch, going on road trips and shopping!

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Occupational Therapy Team

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Matthew Jones

Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Matthew Graduated from The University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Honours Degree.

Matthew has always had a passion for working with children and early intervention. Matthew is an innovative, versatile and highly motivated professional with creative skills to engage children and their parents in the therapy process. He strives with challenges and will always work towards the best outcome. Matthew enjoys being creative with games to engage each child and their family.

Outside of work Matthew enjoys being social with family and friends, going for rides, hiking, traveling, practicing Japanese and keeping active.

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Angelica Tadle

Occupational Therapist

Master of Occupational Therapy
Bachelor of Biological Sciences

Angelica is a patient, calm and caring clinician who is passionate about helping children to achieve their goals. She believes in taking a family centred approach to facilitate the best intervention outcomes. Angelica is creative and fun and always strives to incorporate this side of her personality into her therapy sessions to keep the children interested and engaged.

Angelica loves working with kids. She believes that there is no better feeling than to see the smiles on the kids and families faces when they achieve their desired goals. Angelica is a big kid at heart. She has a specific interest in pediatric Occupational Therapy as she finds it enjoyable to use play to achieve functional goals.

Angelica strongly believes in early intervention and the involvement of families/carers in order to shape therapy to best suit the child. Angelica has gained experience working in a private pediatric clinic which had a school readiness program in place. She worked in a transdisciplinary team to develop and execute both group and individual sessions that aimed to enhance a child’s communication, handwriting, and social skills.

Angelica is also a yoga instructor and has a great love for both coffee and chocolate. When Angelica is not at Chatterbox she is teaching yoga at her local gym, having movie nights with friends and family and going on hikes to discover new and exciting places.

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Nadine Martin

Occupational Therapy Clinical Mentor

Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy)

Nadine Martin supports our growing Occupational Therapy Team with her extensive clinical experience and knowledge in the field.

Nadine graduated in 2005 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Nadine has worked as part of a community based rehabilitation program run by the University of Sydney which was based in India. She has also worked in a private practice with a paediatric caseload for 8 Years in Blacktown before moving to Broken Hill and setting up school clinics and multidisciplinary assessment teams. She then made the decision to return to Woolgoolga, 20 minutes north of Coffs Harbour to raise her family. Nadine has 2 beautiful daughters who are aged 5 and 3 and a 3rd child on the way.

Nadine is currently working as a private paediatric mobile Occupational Therapist in the local Coffs Harbour Schools and Preschools on a part time basis. Nadine loves to help families and children who are faced with challenging behaviours and has always showed great interest in areas of play and engagement.

When Nadine is not supporting our fabulous Team of OT’s or seeing her wonderful families she spends her spare time taking her dogs down to the beach, rock climbing or going on remote caravan trips with her family.

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Administrative Team

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Leigh Hutton

Chief Financial Officer

Leigh Hutton is the Chief Financial Officer at Chatterbox.

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Lisa Rickard

Practice Manager

Lisa Rickard is the Practice Manager at Chatterbox Speech Pathology. Lisa has been part of the Chatterbox team since 2010. During this time she has developed a passion for Speech Pathology and working with children and their families. Lisa plays a pivotal role in developing strategies for business growth and development as well as maximising productivity within the workplace. Lisa also assists in recruitment, accounts payable, marketing and advertising.

Lisa is passionate about providing an excellent standard of customer service and client care. She strives to ensure our families feel valued and are consistently satisfied with the services they receive. Lisa provides constant support for the Team at Chatterbox. She is approachable, compassionate, friendly and a welcoming face at the clinic.

At Chatterbox Speech Pathology we value the importance of Professional Development and continuing to grow our clinician’s skills. Lisa works closely alongside Director Jennifer Kay to organise conferences and events where expert speakers present on various aspects of Speech and Language. Lisa has worked with high profile international speakers such as Professor Gina Conti-Ramsden, Professor Kevin Durkin and Dr Rhea Paul. Lisa is a natural in the events industry. Her warm and enthusiastic personality along with her flawless precision and attention to detail has helped contribute to the success of Chatterbox Events.

In her spare time Lisa enjoys shopping, pampering, spending time with her family and friends including her adorable nephew and gorgeous twin nieces. She also has a huge passion for travel and is looking forward to planning her next big trip!

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Wade Hutton

Operations Manager

Wade Hutton has been an integral part of the Chatterbox Team for many years. Wade’s main role at Chatterbox is the Operations Manager but he also helps in many other aspects related to Chatterbox and the clinics.

Wade has a strong background in both retail and sales management. Some of his previous roles included – National Sales Manager for an electronics firm and Store Manager for a national retail chain.

When Wade is not at Chatterbox he enjoys reading, watching documentaries and playing the guitar. He also enjoys spending time with his partner and gorgeous nieces and nephew.

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Carolyn Bartlett

Payroll Officer and NDIS Coordinator

Carolyn Bartlett is the Front Office Co-ordinator at Chatterbox Speech Pathology Penrith. Carolyn joined the Team in June 2015. She has extensive experience in Reception and Administrative roles within the allied health sector over the last 10 years.

Carolyn’s friendly and cheerful nature makes for a wonderful first point of contact for our Chatterbox families. Her happy, positive and caring nature, makes her a wonderful addition to the Chatterbox team. She strives to provide outstanding customer care to all of our wonderful families and is a constant support to the Therapists at Chatterbox.

Carolyn has a proven ability to maintain professionalism when interacting with families and other health care professionals. Carolyn consistently goes above and beyond to answer any family’s questions. Her positive can do attitude, means she will find the answer, and help the therapists, families or other admin team members in anyway she can. She has strong organisational and time management skills. Carolyn takes a keen interest in each and every child that attends the clinic. Having two beautiful children herself, she understands how important it is to celebrate a child’s progress and accomplishments.

Having a strong allied health background; Carolyn is able to apply her knowledge and skills to complete reception and administrative tasks in a confident and efficient manner. This includes: Processing Hicaps, Medicare, Fahcsia and NDIS payments, answering all phone enquiries, Diary Management, Scheduling of Appointments and ensuring all administrative tasks are completed to help the therapists provide the best care they can to their families. Carolyn is pro-active, has excellent written and communication skills and is an asset to the Chatterbox Team.

When Carolyn is not a Chatterbox, she enjoys spending quality time with her two children and her husband. She also enjoys catching up with friends for dinners and movies and also enjoys keeping fit.

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Nancy Evans

Receptionist (Penrith)

Nancy joined the Chatterbox Team in February 2018 after taking a break from her career to raise her three beautiful children. Nancy has a Medical Receptionist background and brings to this role extensive administrative and reception experience in the allied health field. Nancy is a warm bubbly and friendly person who is really just a big kid at heart. She has developed an extensive knowledge of the most popular kids toys, TV shows and children’s favourite characters and certainly knows what is popular with children these days.

Nancy enjoys meeting new people, building positive and joyous relationships and most importantly making children feel valued, cared for and important.

Away from the office Nancy enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves shopping, relaxing at a day spa and watching great TV drama. But mostly she enjoys spending time, laughing and having fun with her children.

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Renee Muller

Receptionist (Bella Vista)

Renee joined the Chatterbox Team in 2018 in the role of Receptionist at our Bella Vista clinic. Meeting new people and building long lasting relationships is second nature to Renee who has a strong customer service background which spans over 9 years.


Renee is known for her friendly, bubbly and positive nature and has a huge passion for helping people. She strives to provide outstanding customer care to all of our wonderful families at Chatterbox and understands how important it is to celebrate a child’s progress and accomplishments.

When Renee is not at Chatterbox she enjoys catching up with friends over coffee, and spending time with her mischievous dog. Renee has a huge passion for travel, so she loves exploring different parts of the world with her partner and daydreaming about her next big holiday.

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Lisa Curtin

Clinic Coordinator (Oran Park) and Social Media Coordinator

It’s been a fitting change for Lisa to come and join the team at Chatterbox, as she is the perfect mix of professionalism and fun, and is the happy face who greets our lovely families that come through the door at our Oran Park clinic.

Lisa brings her creativity, organisational skills and outgoing spirit to work each day and we love her enthusiasm to support the team as well as understand the world of Speech Pathology.

Lisa loves getting to know our families and celebrating the children’s individuality along with all of their wins.

When Lisa is not at Chatterbox, she enjoys spending quality time with her wonderful family and friends especially her gorgeous son Harrison. You can also find her singing and dancing in the kitchen cooking and baking or lounging around catching up on the latest trash reality TV.

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Stacey Meagher

Receptionist (Oran Park)

Stacey joined the chatterbox team as a receptionist in August 2018 after being home and raising her four wonderful children. Being a mum of four Stacey is excited to share her love for kids, organisational skills and patience that come with that title.


Stacey looks forward to meeting all the families from chatterbox, being a part of their therapy and making the whole family feel loved and welcomed.

When not at Chatterbox Stacey enjoys spending time with her husband and four kids and as a family they love sharing a meal with others at their house. Even getting in the occasional board game and fire pit night.

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