Our Team

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.

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. 

 

Kristina Vulkanovski,
Speech Pathologist, 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.

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

Eva is one of our 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.

Jessica Beshara,
Speech Pathologist, B.Speech Path, MSPA, CPSP

Jessica is one of our vibrant and enthusiastic Speech Pathologists at Leap. Jessica has a sweet and caring manner that ensures clients and their families feel at ease in the clinic.

Jessica is motivated and passionate in developing goals and activities that children are able to work towards and achieve success with while having fun! She has a particular interest in speech sound disorders, language speech delays and disorders and literacy. She always ensures sessions are fun and rewarding for her clients.

Jessica is trained in the synthetic phonics programme 'Sounds Write' to support children with literacy delays and keeps up to date with the latest research and undertakes consistent professional development to ensure she is providing all of her clients with the best possible therapy and outcomes.

 

 

Amy Thompson,
Occupational Therapist, B.App.Sc(OccTherapy), MAHPRA, MOTA

Amy has over a decade of experience working in Paediatric Occupational Therapy. She has worked in a variety of settings including an autism specific clinic, early intervention program and disability specialist school with attached post school program where she played a key role in developing therapy programs.

Along with her Occupational Therapy degree, Amy also holds a certificate in Special Education (behaviour problems) and has worked as a behaviour clinician. Amy is constantly continuing to develop her skills. She has undergone additional training in sensory integration, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, Theraputic Listening Proticol, Handwriting Without Tears program, SOS Approach to Feeding and many more. 

Amy is a mother of three and understands the importance of working with clients families to achieve goals. She has experience presenting to families and preschools on a range of topics. 

Amy is also an approved provider under the Better Access to Mental Health Initiative.

 

Adrienne Del Din, 
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.

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 extneds to working with children who have a variety of diagnosis and abilities. Addittional 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.

 

Emily Carter,
Speech Pathology Student, Therapy Assistant

Emily is a Therapy Assistant and currently finishing her Masters of Speech and Language Therapy degree at the University of Sydney. She has a gentle, enouraging 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 works under the supervision of a client's therapist to practise and achieve further success in their current goals. She sees children in their schools, early childhood settings and home to achieve carry-over success in their normal environments.

 

Renee McMahon, 
Practice Manager, Early Childhood Educator/ Trainer, Therapy Assistant

Renee is the friendly and very helpful Practice Manager at Leap Therapy Group. Renee is an Early Childhood Educator and Trainer. She has extensive knowledge in early development of children and a wealth of experience in Early Education. Renee is trained in social skills group programs and school readiness teaching.

Renee is also a valuable member of our Therapy assistant team. She works under the supervision of a client's therapist to practise and achieve further success in their current goals. She sees children in schools and early childhood settings or home to achieve carry-over success in their normal environments.

 

Renee's lovely nature ensures a friendly and welcoming environment within the clinic for staff and clients as well as valuable experience in early childhood development and education.

 

Kathryn McCallum, 
Practice Manager

Kath is our other friendly and very helpful Practice Manager at Leap. She has 20 years experience in administration and office management. Her skills and organisation are a valuable asset to the team. 

Kath is the mother of two beautiful daughters and provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the clinic for our staff and families.

 

Natasha Dixon,
Practice Manager

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.

 

 

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