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 spending time with my family.    
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.

Peta is currently away from the office experiencing the ultimate in paediatric professional development - becoming a mum! We look forward to her expected return to work in 2020.

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.

Sam is also taking time away from the office after welcoming her second baby boy in early 2019. We look forward to her expected return to work in 2020.

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

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                
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.

Rachel

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born in Sydney and moved to Townsville with my family when I was in Grade 4. I've lived in Townsville since then, except for last year when I moved to Chinchila. I had a great experience living and working in a rural town, but my heart was in Townsville. I'm very excited to be living and working back home now.
What are your hobbies/interests?   
I love playing the piano, doing jigsaw puzzles, walking around the river and spending time by the ocean.
What is your favourite food?   
I love italian food, so pretty much all pizzas and pastas!
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?    
I've always loved spending time with younger kids, so I considered working as a music teacher or primary school teacher for awhile. I did work experience with a speech pathologist when I was in Grade 11 and loved it. I thought that helping kids improve their communicaiton was such a special and important role because I saw what a difference it made when someone could communicate effectively. So I decided that I wanted to be a speech pathologist and have loved every minute of it.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?     I love being there while kids and families make progress and reach their goals. Every child is unique and I love getting to know each child as we work on new skills together.

Henryette

Position – Speech Pathologist                
Where are you from? How did you end up in Townsville?
I was born overseas, however most people can’t tell as I don’t have a very noticeable accent. Some people still hear it from time to time. Since moving to Australia, I spent most of my time in Mackay and moved to Townsville for university and to start my career as a Speech Pathologist.
What are your hobbies/interests?  
 I love spending time outdoors and doing activities that involve fitness such as hiking or water-sports. When I’m not outside, you can find me in a cosy corner with my little dog and a good book or in the kitchen baking or cooking something new.
What is your favourite food?    
I am known as the desert queen for a reason and will most likely never say no to a sweet treat after dinner.
What made you want to become a Speech Pathologist?  
  I always knew that I wanted to do something that helps other people; however, it was quite a journey to figure out what that would be. It wasn’t long before I realised that I do not cope well with medical equipment and injuries and therefore looked towards allied health. Being able to communicate is so incredibly important and moving to a new country and becoming fluent in a new language, made me realise just how important it is. Being a speech pathologist allows me to help others enhance their communication abilities.
What is the most rewarding thing about your job?    I love working with kids because they motivate me to be a better person, they allow me to learn from them, and they are just so much fun. Children have many admirable qualities that make working with them extremely valuable and allows for me to become a more knowledgeable, well-informed and healthier person. They are honest, creative, flexible, resilient and have endless energy and being able to let kids express themselves in my sessions is the most rewarding thing about my job.