MEET OUR TEAM

Jessica

Position – Director, Speech Pathologist                
What are your hobbies/interests?    
I am a total bookworm - I love reading all genres. I love music and playing the piano and drums.        
What is your favourite food?    
I love a good pasta.  
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    
I think it was a long journey to figure out what I was going to do, starting with my introduction to speech therapy when I was in pre-school with a lisp! I deferred going to uni fora year after school and took a gap year in America, and it was when I was studying anatomy and physiology over there that I realised I had chosen right. Now I can't imagine doing anything else!
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     Getting to share in so many precious moments with families as their kids develop. Sharing in a child's first words, eating a new food - it is so rewarding to get to be a part of each family's journey!
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    I love that the kids I work with teach me just as much as I teach them. These little people come up with such wisdom and insight that it blows me away. My favourite quote from one of my kids was when facing a challenging work task, instead of whinging or complaining, he smiled and said "I've got my brain, and it tells me to never give up - let's do it!". What an awesome attitude!

PETA

Position – Speech Pathologist                
What are your hobbies/interests?   
Netball volunteering with the Pyjama Foundation, eating out and cooking during the holidays and loving my cats and my Fiancé Adam.
What is your favourite food?    
I have lots of favourite foods, butt nothing beats a dinner (out or at home) made with love.
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    
I really loved learning about health and I was good at talking so it seemed like a match to me. It wasn't until my final year of studying that I realised just how well suited I was to being a Speech Pathologist.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     I love love love working with children and their families. For me it's seeing the successes, big and small. From mastering a new skill in therapy or hearing about them doing really well in daycare or school.
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    I love the warm smiles and hugs the kids give me when they arrive at speech, they always just seem so excited to be here.

Cassie

Position – Speech Pathologist        
What are your hobbies/interests?     I enjoy playing tennis and soccer, listening to music and being outdoors.
What is your favourite food?    Does coffee count as food?  
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    I have always wanted to work in healthcare, and chose speech pathology because our profession involves many different topics; speech, language, voice, fluency, swallowing; from babies, toddlers, school aged children to the geriatric population. There is always something new to learn!' think it was a long journey to figure out what I was going to do, starting with my introduction to speech therapy when I was in pre-school with a lisp! I deferred going to uni for a year after school and took a gap year in America, and it was when I was studying anatomy and physiology over there that I realised I had chosen right. Now I can't imagine doing anything else!
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?    I love that each and every day is different and challenging, and it gives me a chance to make a real difference in the lives of the students we see. I love following their journey week to week and seeing them achieve things that many of us take for granted.
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    Its hard to choose just one, but it has to be the session I introduced one of my students to an AAC system (Proloquo2Go). The smile on their face was incredible as they began to learn to combine words to make requests and comments, where previously their expressive language was limited to single words. Those moments make coming to work so rewarding.

SAMANTHA

Position – Speech Pathologist                
What are your hobbies/interests?   
I love spending time with my family including going to the beach, swimming and camping.
What is your favourite food?    
Anything sweet!
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    
I wanted to do a job where I could not only help people but that was interesting and rewarding and speech pathology seemed to tick all of those boxes!
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     Working with lots of beautiful young people and watching them achieve their goals, whether they are big or small.
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    I can't pinpoint only one memory but one of my favourite things that I get to be apart of is sharing many milestones, achievements and ongoing developments within the lives of the people we support.

Christy

Position – Occupational Therapist              
What are your hobbies/interests?   
I grew up in the country and even though I've lived in the city for a long time, I still love to escape to the country! I love to get out of the suburbs with my husband and children and explore the great outdoors and take some photos along the way.
What is your favourite food?    
Dark chocolate.
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?   
 I always wanted to do something where I could help people. I love working with children and seeing them reach their full potential.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     The most rewarding thing about my job is meeting all the beautiful children and their families and having the honour of being a part of their journey.
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    I was working with a child with limited play skills and we had been focussing therapy on developing his pretend play. The moment when he first fed the baby with a spoon and the look on his mum's face to see her son playing in the way she had hoped for so long is one of my most cherished memories