Specialities: Speech Pathologist
Locations Serviced: Perth
I graduated from Curtin University in 1990 after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech and Hearing Science) with Distinction. I received the Research Prize for my 4th year undergraduate research project which looked at the speech patterns of people with Parkinson’s Disease.
As a new graduate, my first job was as sole clinician at the Mandurah Community Health Centre in the thriving Mandurah area where I was responsible for all paediatric clients which was challenging because of the population growth in the area at the time. I was successful in receiving funding for a part-time speech pathologist to assist me in meeting the needs of the clients.
In 1994, I worked as Senior Speech Pathologist at the Armadale Community Health and Development Centre and was responsible for the paediatric case-load there. I left Armadale in November 1996 to have my first child. After having children, I have worked in private practice (Fremantle), student supervision work (Curtin University), for a group called SPEECH Inc. (Melbourne) and for the last 13 years, at KZ Speech.
I enjoy my work at KZ Speech, seeing children (and some adults) of all abilities. I enjoy being involved in the groups that we run at the clinic and also seeing individual clients with speech difficulties (including phonological delay and dyspraxia), language difficulties (including comprehension and expressive language delay/disorder) and literacy difficulties (including reading, writing and spelling problems). I also see children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to help them with their verbal and non-verbal communication and associated issues.
I enjoy working alongside the administration staff, other speech pathologists and occupational therapists at KZ Speech as everybody brings with them, different attributes and skills of their own. I also have a husband, Rob, two adult children, Sam and Tom, and Sophie, in high school, and a golden retriever called Gracie.