Meet Our Awesome Team

Speech Pathology Team

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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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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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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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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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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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Shannon Banner

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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Rebecca Smith

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS)

Rebecca graduated from The University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Rebecca completed her Graded Honours project on the collaboration between speech pathologists and audiologists in the workplace, and the perceived benefits of this relationship for clients who are deaf or hard of hearing. Rebecca is excited to present the findings of this project at the Speech Pathology Australia 2017 National Conference in Sydney.

The decision to work with children was easy for Rebecca as she has a passion to help children develop skills that can be used as they grow and find their way in the world. She assists children aged from 18 months through to teenagers. Rebecca has a particular interest working closely with preschool children and their families to develop communication skills. She is also highly motivated to work with school aged children to develop their language and literacy skills to assist their learning in the school environment.

Rebecca enjoys building strong relationships with the families she works with, and gains a great deal of joy in seeing clients achieve their personal goals. She loves to incorporate each child’s interests into therapy sessions.

Rebecca not only loves teaching clients new skills, but she also enjoys taking part in professional development events to increase her own skills as a speech pathologist. Rebecca was lucky enough to work as part of a research team under the guidance of Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley at The University of Newcastle. She is also looking forward to all opportunities to continue her professional development at Chatterbox Speech Pathology.

When Rebecca isn’t busy helping clients achieve their communication goals, she loves to spend time with her friends and family and exploring new places, whether that be Melbourne or London. She also enjoys immersing herself in a good book or movie when given the chance.

 

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Ellie Farlow

Speech Pathologist

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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Rachel Tassone

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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Elisa Calcopietro

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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Sophie Simmons

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS)

Sophie graduated from the University of Newcastle, with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Sophie hoped to study Speech Pathology from a young age as she has always been interested in helping others to achieve their full potential and working with children and their families. She believes communication is a key component to our everyday lives and helps us to learn, participate, make friends and understand the world around us!

Sophie has completed placements in both rural and urban settings and during her university degree had the opportunity to advocate for Speech Pathology in the remote communities of Alice Springs. Sophie joined other university students from around Australia to talk to upper primary and high school students about how wonderful Speech Pathology really is. She spoke about how it can help people to achieve their speech, language and literacy goals, which in turn can support children to create a bright and exciting future. Sophie also volunteered in a school during her degree to help children develop phonological awareness skills which are integral components for reading and writing.

Sophie has a genuine interest for working with young children and their families to develop early language skills and supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to enhance their communication skills. Sophie also has a passion for supporting students with school aged literacy difficulties and the importance of targeting these skills early in order to support academic skills. The correlation between hearing impairments and speech sound delays is also an area of speech pathology Sophie hopes to keep learning about.

Sophie enjoys continually learning through professional development workshops and gaining knowledge from experiences and people she meets along the way. Sophie is a positive and understanding individual who believes building rapport with children and their families creates a wonderful foundation for therapy gains.

Sophie enjoys going on nature hikes with friends, cooking and spending time with her family; including her 5 beautiful nieces and nephews.

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Cassandra Lingonis

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (HONS)

Cassandra graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from The University of Newcastle. Cassandra has always known that she wanted to work with people and make a difference. Her love for working with children was enhanced further throughout her studies, when working to assist children and their families in achieving functional communication and life skills. She believes communication is such an important basic human right and during her studies volunteered in a school to help children from low socioeconomic areas who did not have access to speech pathology services.

Cassandra works with clients that range from two years of age, all the way up into the teenage years. With these clients, she works on a range of different aspects within the speech pathology scope of practice. She has had the opportunity to work across different contexts including clinics, schools and within the client’s home. Cassandra has also worked in both urban and rural settings, which allowed her to become more understanding and flexible based on the client’s individual needs.

Cassandra enjoys building rapport and a good relationship with the clients and families, as she finds it is just as important as the speech pathology service itself. By building that foundation with the family, it allows a more holistic approach, developing a comfortable and enjoyable environment. She also enjoys working with preschool children to develop their speech and language skills to get them ready for school.

Cassandra finds Professional Development to be an important part in developing her skills. She has participated in workshops to work on alternative communication and further understanding different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Cassandra will work towards continually developing her skills across all Speech Pathology aspects.

When Cassandra is away from the Chatterbox clinic, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, playing netball and is always looking for another adventure overseas.

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Lucy Gillett

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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Samantha Kanaan

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Health Science (Hearing & Speech)
Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Samantha has been with Chatterbox Speech Pathology since 2018. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences. She then went on to complete a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. 

Samantha is extremely passionate about helping children, and has a particular interest in early intervention, Autism and stuttering.

Samantha believes in building strong relationships with the families she works with. Her caring and gentle nature helps her to empower families and clients, as she works towards joint communication goals. She enjoys getting to know each child, in order to make therapy fun and relevant for them. She loves to see the impact that Speech Pathology has on the life of a child and their family. Samantha is also passionate about researching up-to-date therapy approaches, and believes that all therapy should be evidence based.

When Samantha isn’t at Chatterbox, she enjoys reading a good book with a hot cup of tea, and spending time with her family.

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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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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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Sandra Mankarios

Speech Pathologist

Sandra graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology.

Sandra is passionate about helping children, and has a particular interest in early intervention and stuttering. She would love to be able to gain more knowledge in voice disorders, Autism and paediatric feeding and swallowing.

Sandra had the pleasure of attending a placement at Hornsby Hospital Community Health and working with early intervention, which she really enjoyed. She found it particularly interesting working with children from CALD populations.

Sandra believes that communication is a human’s most powerful tool, whether it be verbal or non-verbal. She feels like communication has the power to create and develop relationships. Sandra strives to help all people young and old to achieve goals they set to reach. She enjoys working with children because she gets to incorporate therapy with fun activities. Sandra is kind, caring, supportive, friendly, considerate and very honest. It is with these qualities that helps her build solid relationships with client’s and their families.

Sandra believes in the importance of parental involvement and that is why she likes to make sure families know how important it is to participate in therapy in the clinic and at home in order to set and achieve functional goals.

Sandra is motivated to continue learning by developing her professional and clinical skills through participating in and looking out for online courses.

When Sandra is not at work she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and dogs and collecting sneakers

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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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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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Raquel Lobo

Speech Pathologist

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

Raquel is a fun, enthusiastic and engaging clinician. Her welcoming and bubbly personality enables her to develop and maintain positive relationships with the children she works with and their families.

Raquel believes it is essential to work collaboratively with the children, their families and all other relevant parties to ensure that therapy is fun, effective, functional and individually tailored to each child. Raquel works hard to create an environment for the children and their families that facilitates a positive learning experience and open discussion.

Raquel has always been passionate about working with children of all ages. She has a particular interest in early intervention and literacy skills.

Raquel values the importance of continued professional development and staying up to date with relevant literature to support her as a Speech Pathologist. She believes that there is always room to learn and improve clinical and professional skills, in order to provide her clients with effective and efficient speech pathology management.

Outside of Chatterbox, Raquel loves to bake and decorate cakes, stay active and crack a tricky Sudoku puzzle !

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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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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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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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Carolyn Bartlett

Receptionist (Penrith)

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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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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Lynne Micallef

Work Health and Safety Officer

Adv. Diploma of Work Health and Safety
Adv. Diploma of Management.

Lynne Micallef has been a Work Health and Safety specialist and HR Generalist for the last 10 years but she has had a passion for helping people her whole life. Communicating and connecting with people is how Lynne conveys the importance of safety in the workplace and she is very passionate about everyone’s safety and wellbeing at Chatterbox.


Previously working in hospitality Lynne enjoys mentoring, sharing her knowledge and experience and is very excited to be part of the Chatterbox team.

When Lynne is not at Chatterbox, she is a keen photographer and illustrator, loves spending time with her husband, children and their partners, catching up with friends, and being with her gorgeous grandchildren.

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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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