MEET OUR TEAM

Jessica

Position – Founding Director, Speech Pathologist  
What do you like to do in your spare time? I love spending time with my family – taking my daughter to the beach sounds like the perfect day!              
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 preschool 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?     My role has evolved so much as the business has grown – now it’s not just the reward of seeing the children I work with grow, but also being a part of the growth of our amazing clinicians and team members. I genuinely love that both as a business owner and as a speech pathologist, you never know it all and there is always more to learn.
What is your most cherished memory from working at Young Allied Health?    There have been so many special memories – there’s been the big milestones like moving to our new offices in Kirwan in 2019, but it’s really the little achievements that make it all worthwhile. I just love that we get to work alongside families so closely and watch their children grow up and achieve their goals – it’s such a privilege to be part of their journey!

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!
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.

Renee

Position – Occupational Therapist             
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born in Bowen and moved to the big smoke of Townsville in 2011 to study at JCU.
What are your hobbies/interests?   
In my spare time I love to practice yoga, read, paint (poorly!) and relax with a good movie or TV show.
What is your favourite food?   
I love to cook and enjoy eating all varieties of food. Some of my favourites are rice paper rolls, lasagne, pasta, and Pavlova. The list goes on!
What made you want to become an Occupational Therapist?   
I have known since early high school that I wanted to work in the health sector. When I was in mid high school I read a description about what occupational therapists do and it just clicked for me.
What is your most memorable moment working as an OT?     There have been many memorable moments in my time so far as an OT. The ones that really stick out are when a child and/or parent are so excited to tell me they have achieved something they have been practicing so hard for at home and in therapy. Recently a client was over the moon to show me how he can tie shoelaces all by himself now!

Renee is available Tuesdays - Fridays.

Jess W

Position – Occupational Therapist   
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I'ma Townsville girl, born and bred.
What are your hobbies/interests?   
I have 2 energetic young children and they keep me super busy being a mum. I love a good ol’ cappuccino, sleeping in til 7am, and holidaying on Magnetic Island with my family. I enjoy playing strategy-type board games, with Ticket to Ride and Settlers of Catan as my more recent faves.
What is your favourite food?    
Avocado, hands down! To be honest, I‘ve always had a handful of food intolerances that I have to juggle, but that certainly doesn’t stop me. I have a weakness for coffee and hot chips; not together though.
What made you want to become an Occupational Therapist?    
Truthfully, the choice to study OT came about in such a serendipitous way. I always knew I wanted to work in allied health in some capacity, but I am truly grateful I pursued the OT route. I have such a passion for working as a paediatric OT - I doubt I’ll ever change!
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     Therapy is often filled with joy and celebration as we recognise a child’s achievements, no matter how small, and cheer alongside the family as their child blossoms. This is what it’s all about for me.

Stacey

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born in Sydney but grew up in Darwin. I moved to Townsville to complete my Speech Pathology degree at James Cook University.
hat are your hobbies/interests?   
I enjoy puzzles, spending time with friends and family, and being outdoors.
What is your favourite food?    
I love pasta dishes, and of course, chocolate!
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?   
I wanted a job within health care that was interesting and different, and gave me the opportunity to work within the paediatric population. I became interested in speech pathology because my nephew was born with a cleft palate and was heavily involved with speech pathologists from birth, which I found very fascinating! Speech pathology not only works with populations from babies to the elderly, but also incorporates so many different topics and areas including speech, language, swallowing, voice, and stuttering. There are always new things to learn, and so many different places it can take you!
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?    I love that every day is different, that it is challenging, and that there are always new things to learn! I love being a part of making a difference in the lives of both children and their families, and watching the achievements that can be made, no matter how big or small it may be.

tiffany

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born and grew up in Rockhampton. I moved to Townsville in 2012 for university.
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 I enjoy playing volleyball, making clothes and socialising with friends.
What is your favourite food?    
Chocolate ice-cream and Spaghetti Bolognese
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    I knew I wanted to be a health professional but not necessarily which profession. I started Speech Pathology as a suggestion from a family friend. After beginning I fell in love with what we do and how we can help people achieve their goals. When I then began clinical sessions at university, I knew this is what I wanted to do.
What's your favourite thing about working with kids?    How raw and unfiltered they can be, they will say what comes to their mind. They brighten my day and make me laugh.  

Natalie

Position – Occupational Therapist             
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I grew up on the Atherton Tablelands. I moved to Townsville to study Occupational Therapy in 2017, and decided to stay!
What are your hobbies/interests?   
I enjoy being active, going rock climbing, kayaking and trying new things! I also love spending time with my family and friends and being outdoors.
What is your favourite food?   
My favourite food is gnocchi, although cookies and cream ice-cream is a close second.
What made you want to become an Occupational Therapist?    
I always knew that I wanted to pursue a career working in healthcare, as I love helping people and empowering others to help themselves. I wanted to be a part of a profession that allowed me to help change lives in a positive way, and OT seemed like the perfect fit! I appreciate the OT role in supporting one’s ability to maintain wellness through occupational engagement. It is such a rewarding job and I am excited to be working in a field that I am so passionate about.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     There are so many reasons why I love working with kids. I admire their curiosity, passion and creativity and how they see the world in ways I sometimes couldn’t even think to consider. Working with kids is so much fun, and I enjoy that no two days are ever the same.

Brianna

Position – Occupational Therapist              
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I grew up on a cattle station in central west Queensland in between the towns of Winton
and Boulia. I came to Townsville to complete my high schooling years after attending school of distance education (home schooling) for my primary school years. I then stayed in Townsville to complete my Occupational Therapy studies and am now finally back after spending 5 years living in Western Australia.
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 My favourite hobbies are doing fun outdoor activities with my two little boys aged 2 and 3 and my partner. We particularly love riding horses, water skiing and going swimming.
What is your favourite food?    
My favourite food would have to be Nachos or crumbed steak! I love savoury food!
What made you want to become an Occupational Therapist?  
  I love the creativity and “thinking outside the box” interventions you can adopt as an OT.
There are so many different and exciting areas OTs can work in, the diversity is endless. I love being able to work with people/families to achieve their own goals rather than what others think they should, as our profession is always so focused on client centred care. The joy you share with clients when they are finally able to achieve their goal is such an incredible experience.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?   I get to play all day! I love seeing their little faces light up when they have finally achieved
something they have been working so hard towards and then getting to celebrate this moment with their caregivers. I love the energy and expressions they can bring to each session, there is never a dull moment working in paediatrics!

Holly-Marie

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I am from Cairns and moved to Townsville to complete my bachelor of Speech Pathology at James Cook University.
What are your hobbies/interests?  
I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and dog. I like to stay busy and live an active lifestyle. When I can’t be outside I enjoy keeping busy by scrapbooking, sewing, reading, and cooking.
What is your favourite food?  
 I love all food! Anything Italian or sweet!
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    I always knew that I wanted to work with people and make a positive impact on someone’s life! When I was in high school I began shadowing local speech pathologists and fell in love! I loved the diverse range of practice and clients which allowed me to combine my love for science with creativity to positively impact people’s lives.
What's your favourite thing about working with kids?    I love that I get to witness so many wonderful “firsts” and be a part of the messy and amazing learning process. Working with children and their families means that every day is different and challenging, this motivates me to work hard to ensure that all children and their families I work with reach their goals and full potential. I think the thing I enjoy the most about working with kids is how unabashedly genuine they are. 

Amelia

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born in Oakey but have lived in Townsville most of my life. My father was in the defence force which is how we ended up here.
What are your Hobbies/ Interests?
I love jigsaw puzzles! I could finish a 1000pc jigsaw puzzle in as little as three days. I also love reading adventure fiction books like the 7 Ancient Wonders by Matthew Reilly.
What is your favourite food?
Spaghetti Bolognese has to be my favourite dinner meal! 
What made you want to be an SpeechPathologist?
I knew I wanted to work with children but didn’t want to be a teacher. A friend suggested speech pathology so I enrolled and loved it!  
What’s your favourite thing about working with kids?
I love the hilarious things children say and do and find it very hard to keep a straight face at times! They are brutally honest and are so fun to work with. It is also incredibly rewarding when a child achieves their therapy goals and seeing their proud faces when they have loads of success!

Marie

Position – Practice Manager     
Where are you from?
Townsville
How did you end up in Townsville?
I've lived in Townsville my whole life!
What are your hobbies/interests?
I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, fishing and doing home craft activities.
What's your favourite food?
Anything Caramel....chocolates, cakes and tarts
What do you enjoy most working at Young Allied?
Meeting new people and learning about everyone as individuals and their families.     

Helen

Position – Reception