Our Team

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Michelle Taylor, 
Speech Pathologist, Director, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP

Michelle has over a decade of experience working in Paediatric Speech Pathology. She has worked in a variety of settings including early intervention and school age clinics, playgroups, preschools, and schools, in Private Practice and NGOs. She has extensive experience and knowledge working with children with developmental disorders, communication, Dyslexia, literacy and speech needs.

 

Michelle has a keen interest in wholistic assessment and management of children with Learning Difficulties and speech sound disorders. Michelle has completed many workshops as well as run presentations for parents, other professionals and education staff. She is PROMPT trained and holds a level 5 certificate in Teaching Children with Learning Difficulties which she completed while working in a specialist school for children with Dyslexia and other Learning Difficulties in London. Michelle is also certified to run the Sounds Write Synthetic Phonics Program for children who are delayed in their literacy development.

 

Michelle is a mother of two who understands the needs of families and endeavours to provide family-centred therapy for her clients.

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Brooke Fitzgerald, 
Speech Pathologist, Director, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP

Brooke Fitzgerald (previously Calpis) has over a decade of experience working in Paediatric Speech Pathology, with the majority of this time being within the Sutherland Shire. She is also a mother of three!

 

Brooke has worked in a variety of settings, including preschools, schools and home based intervention. She has vast experience in a range of therapy approaches to treat speech, language, fluency (stuttering) and reading, spelling and writing skills. She has run many workshops in preschools and schools, providing inservice training to teachers and information for families. 

 

Brooke is a passionate and committed therapist who builds strong relationships with her clients, their families and other health professionals. She strives to constantly improve her knowledge and skills through keeping up with the latest research and by reguarly participating in professional courses. 

 

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Kristina Vulkanovski,
Speech Pathologist and Service Development Coordinator, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP 

Kristina is a highly-motivated and energetic Speech Pathologist. She provides a fun, family-centered approach to therapy and tailors her sessions to suit the needs of her clients.

Kristina has worked with young children, and school-aged children (primary and high school) across various settings including schools, preschools, private clinics, home setting and community health centres in Sydney and Darwin. Kristina has worked alongside many health professionals and loves to take a holistic approach to intervention.

Kristina is committed to ongoing professional development and maintains evidence-based practice in all her work. Kristina is formally trained in Hanen ‘More Than Words’ program and is accredited in the THRASS course for reading and spelling difficulties. Kristina has also completed introductory courses in DIR Floortime. She also has a keen interest in supporting clients with alternative, augmentative communication devices and has completed training across many of these devices.

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Eva Lindsay,
Speech Pathologist, B.Speech Path, MSPA, CPSP

Eva is a motivated and caring Speech Pathologists at Leap. Her calm manner ensure that children always feel comfortable in their sessions and therefore achieve to their best.

Eva enjoys creating vibrant and engaging sessions for all of her clients. She believes it is important to involve parents, families, teachers and other professionals closely throughout the assessment and therapy process to maximise progress towards functional goals outside the clinic.

 

Eva has experience working with children in a variety of settings including private clinics, primary school and community health centres. 

Eva is committed to ongoing learning by keeping up to date with the latest research and attending professional development courses.

Eva is currently on Maternity leave with her lovely twin girls.

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Lauren Pratt
Speech Pathologist, B.Speech Path, MSPA, CPSP

Lauren is a warm and enthusiastic Speech Pathologist who is passionate about supporting the speech, language, fluency and literacy needs of children and adolescents. Lauren has experience working across the public and private sectors. She has worked with children in clinics, schools, preschools and community health. Lauren has a particular interest in speech sound disorders and stuttering.

Lauren understands that every child is wonderfully unique. She is dedicated to working with families to develop individualised, functional and meaningful goals. Being a parent herself, Lauren understands the importance of having parents/carers involved in all aspects of the Speech Pathology journey and highlighy values a team-based approach to ensure holistic care and maximum gains.

Lauren is dedicated to providing care that is evidence-based and endeavours to stay up-to-date with best practice through ongoing professional development.

 

 

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Tina Goodman
Speech Pathologist, B.Speech Path, MSPA, CPSP

Tina is an enthusiastic and caring Speech Pathologist. She views clients and their families in a holistic manner to make therapy functional for their everyday lives.  

Tina has experience working with children in various settings including preschools, schools and private clinics. She has a passion for working with children with early language, literacy and speech sound difficulties.  

Tina is committed to providing evidence-based assessment and therapy that incorporates the interests of her clients. She is trained in Key Word Sign and has attended workshops such as Sue Larkey’s Making it a Success. She endeavours to continue developing her knowledge and skills through ongoing professional development.  

 

 

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Emily Carter,
Speech Pathologist, Masters Speech Pathology, MSPA, CPSP

Emily is a lovely member of our Speech Pathology team. She has a gentle, encouraging and friendly manner that allows children to feel comfortable and able to achieve. 

Emily is passionate about helping young children grow and develop their communication skills to achieve their full potential. She enjoys building relationships and helping children to reach their goals while making therapy fun and interactive. 

Emily has experience working with children in private practice, their childcare, school and home environments. She works hard and enjoys keeping up with current practice and research to ensure the best possible outcomes for her clients.

 

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Holly Dalziel
Speech Pathologist, B.Speech Path, MSPA, CPSP

Holly is a warm, calm and caring Speech Pathologist. She ensures that children and their families feel engaged and fully supported in meeting their goals and achieving their best.

Holly has a wealth of experience working with children in various settings including preschools, schools and private clinics. She has a passion for working with children with a range of abilities, early language, literacy and speech sound difficulties.  

Holly enjoys continuing to update her professional knowledge and skills and ensure that her therapy is evidence based. She is trained in Key Word Sign, PECS, Minilit and has attended workshops in infant feeding and sleep disorders & breathing and Myofunctional therapy. 

 

 

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Laura Ellis
Speech Pathologist, B.App.Sc (Speech Path), MSPA, CPSP

Laura is an energetic and enthusiastic Speech Pathologist who uses a family centred approach to therapy. She is passionate about helping families to develop personalised and functional goals and involving families in therapy. She has experience working in private practice, schools, preschools, and community health settings.

Laura enjoys workingwith children with a wide range of needs. She is certified in the Hanen It Takes Two To Talk program and the Sounds Write program for literacy. She has also completed additional training for treatment of school aged children who stutter using syllable-timed speech. Laura has a particular interest in helping children and young people in the areas of literacy, stuttering and speech and language disorders.

 

 

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Sarah DaCunha
Speech Pathologist, B.SpLH Sc, MSPA, CPSP

Sarah is an energetic and friendly member of our Speech Pathology team. She has an empathetic and patient nature which helps clients feel comfortable to reach their goals. Sarah is dedicated to providing tailored therapy to each child, ensuring their learning space is fun and engaging. She has a passion for early language development, language delays and social communication.

Sarah has experience working with children both online and face to face in a range of settings including private practice, schools, preschools and homes. She is committed to collaboration with all people involved in the child's development and furthering her own knowledge.

 

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Adrienne Del Din, 
Senior Occupational Therapist, BHlthSc., MOT, MOTA, MAHPRA

Adrienne is one of Leap's wonderful Occupational Therapists. She is passionate about ensuring that her therapy helps client's achieve greater engagement and confidence in their everyday skills. 

 

Adrienne's gentle and friendly approach enables client's to feel comfortable in the clinic and happy to attend and work hard towards their goals. Adrienne has experience working with children in schools, in the clinic and in their home environment. Her experience includes working closely with children with learning difficulties, autism and other developmental delays. 

Adrienne is always keen to further develop her professional knowledge through continuing Professional Development in order to keep up-to-date with all new research and information to best treat her clients.

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Anna Gibson,
Occupational Therapist, B.OccTherapy, MAPHRA, MOTA

Anna is an enthusiastic member of our Occupational Therapy Team. Anna strives to provide a fun, caring and family centered environment to help her clients reach their goals and build their confidence. She enjoys seeing her clients happy and thriving during their sessions.

Anna has experience working with children in a variety of settings including private clinics, primary and high schools, and in client's homes. Anna's experience extends to working with children who have a variety of diagnosis and abilities. Additional to her clinical experience, Anna has spent time working overseas as a nanny for children with additional needs and brings this understanding of a client's everyday living challenges to her therapy goals and sessions.

Anna is committed to further developing her professional knowledge to ensure she remains up to date with all new research and changes in her field.

 

Valentina Cardenas Lopez
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Val is a an experienced and confident therapy assistant at Leap. She is studying a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Val is a highly motivated therapy assistant who sees clients for sessions in the clinic as well as their home, child care and school settings. Val works hard to ensure that her clients are achieving success in the goals set by their therapist and makes sure that each client enjoys their sessions.

Val joined Leap after having experience at another practice running individual assistant sessions. She is an invaluable part of the service for many of our clients.

 

Emma Healy
Speech Pathology Therapy Assistant/ clinical administration

Emma is a warm and enthusiastic therapy assistant at Leap who is currently completing a degree in Hearing and Speech Sciences before completing her masters in Speech Pathology. Emma is a highly motivated therapy assistant who sees clients for sessions in their home, early learning and school settings. Emma works hard to ensure that her clients are achieving success in the goals set by their therapist and makes sure that each client enjoys their sessions.

Emma is also a valued member of our administration team making sure everyone who comes in feels welcome and well looked after. 

 

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Sarah Montgomery
Occupational Therapy Assistant/ clinical administration

Sarah is a bright and friendly member of the team. She is studying a Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. She supports clients as an enthusiastic and motivated therapy assistant to further target their Occupational Therapy goals in home, child care and school settings. Sarah is also a valued member of our clinical administration team. 

Sarah's bright welcome and calm and relaxed manner ensure that clients feel welcome as they enter the clinic and are motivated to achieve their goals.

 

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Ashlee Swindon
Senior Clinical Administration

Ashlee is a friendly, enthusiastic and highly organised Senior member of our administration team. Her bright welcome makes clients feel like they are walking into a friend's house when they come in for their therapy session. 

Ashlee always works hard to ensure everything is running smoothly to support both client's families and the team.

 

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Corrine Griffths
Clinical Administration

Corrine has been part of our administration team for many years with a gap to have her third child. Her bright welcoming smile and welcome makes all clients and families feel instantly at ease and comfortable.

Corrine has a wealth of experience working with children and families from her work as a Primary School Teacher. She understands the needs of children and how to help support their families.

 

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Ellen Thompson
Clinical Administration

Elle is a warm, calm and friendly member of our team. She ensures that our clients always feel welcomed and supported when coming into the clinic. She enjoys seeing smiles on the clients faces as they come out of sessions and to hear about the exciting things the kids have to tell her!

Elle brings with her a wealth of knowledge in working in client support in allied health clinics and this is highly valued amongst the team as well as client's families.

 

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Natasha Dixon,
Clinical Administration

Tash is one of our lovely Practice Managers. She has many years of experience in HR and came to Leap with a passion for being part of helping people. Tash is also our intake officer at Leap and her ability to support families through this process is invaluable.

 

Tash has a gentle, warm and welcoming presence which easily sets new and current clients and their families at ease. As well as being a lovely presence in the clinic, Tash is also Leap's intake officer and works tirelessly to listen to the needs of new clients and place them with one of our fantastic therapists.

Tash is currently on Maternity Leave.