About Us

Sydney Speech Clinic is a friendly and professional speech pathology service located on the lower north shore.  We assist children of all ages with speech, language and literacy difficulties.

Catherine Lavery - Speech Pathologist

Catherine Lavery is the Principal Speech Pathologist and owner of Sydney Speech Clinic.

With over 18 years clinical experience as a Speech Pathologist, Catherine has worked both in the UK and Australia with a wide range of client groups experiencing speech, language, communication and swallowing difficulties. She has worked across a number of settings including day care centres, preschools, schools, hospitals, specialist rehabilitation centres and community clinics.

Catherine has extensive experience and a special interest in teaching and training others about the impact of speech, language and swallowing difficulties. She has devised and implemented training programs for nurses, medical students, teachers and speech pathology students.

Alongside her private clinical caseload, Catherine also works as a Clinical Educator for the Australian Catholic University (ACU) in North Sydney supervising speech pathology students undertaking the practical component of their training whilst on professional placements within schools.

Catherine lives in Lane Cove with her husband and three children. She is an active member of the local community and has strong links with local day care centres, preschools, schools and health service providers.

Alexis Paparoulas – Speech Pathologist

Alexis completed her Masters of Speech and Language Pathology degree at The University of Sydney and has further knowledge of the health care system from her Bachelor of Health Sciences degree. This has given her experience working in the speech pathology sector in areas such as hospital acute settings, rehabilitation of brain injury clients, the disability sector in the key worker model, not for profit organisations, schools, preschools, and home visit settings. Alexis has worked with a range of different clients, across both adults and children, however she has a special interest in the paediatric population and particularly those living with a disability.

In addition to being a Speech Pathologist, Alexis is a Coordinator and Certified Supervisor at Lane Cove Out of School Care. She has been a part of the team there for over 6 years and has developed extensive experience in this area. Alexis brings years of knowledge and experience working with children from a range of different socioeconomic and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She particularly enjoys working with children as part of a greater family unit and believes in a holistic and family-centred approach to intervention.

Alexis lives locally and having worked in Lane Cove for over 6 years she has strong links with local children, families, out of school care and various schools in the area.

Sarah Byles – Speech Pathologist

Sarah obtained her Master of Speech and Language Pathology and Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences from Macquarie University. The Master’s program provided opportunities for Sarah to gain experience working with children with a variety of communication difficulties in clinics, preschools, day care centres, schools and clients homes. Furthermore, Sarah has experience working in disability, stroke and brain injury rehabilitation and the acute hospital setting.

Sarah is a nurturing, engaging and enthusiastic speech pathologist who loves working with children of all ages. She has a special interest in working collaboratively with families to achieve the greatest outcomes for their child. Sarah is committed to ongoing professional development to ensure she is providing effective evidence-based intervention to her clients.

Sarah lives locally with her husband and three young children. Having her own preschool and school age children keeps her up to date with kids’ interests which she brings into the clinic setting together with a natural warmth, enthusiasm and positive teaching approach that brings out the best in her clients.

Pip Triggs – Speech Pathologist

Pip graduated from the University of Sydney in 2000 and has worked with adults and children in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, preschools and private practice in Sydney and regional NSW. She has considerable and wide ranging professional experience with a particular interest in the development of literacy skills.

Pip has a strong commitment to evidence based practice and regularly attends training and maintains professional networks to keep her clinical skills current.

As a mother to two young boys Pip appreciates that her clients are part of busy families and she aims to tailor her therapy to meet their individual needs.

Frances Simonson – Speech Pathologist

Fran is a warm, friendly and professional speech pathologist who is passionate about working with families to get the best outcomes. Her caring and friendly approach allows Fran to easily build relationships and rapport with children, fostering a safe and enjoyable learning environment.

Fran’s passion for childhood acquisition of speech, language and social skills led her to complete her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. Her clinical experiences include working with children in community health and schools, working with adults in hospitals, speech and voice clinics and aged care. Fran also has wider child development experience from several years of working as a nanny and not for profit organisations.

Fran’s particular area of interest is early intervention where her two loves of speech/language therapy and play are combined to form fun engaging sessions for both parent and child.

Fran holds current practicing membership with Speech Pathology Australia and is dedicated to learning and implementing evidenced based interventions within her practice.

Our Clinic

Our therapy rooms are conveniently located, modern, vibrant and engaging.  We are equipped with all the toys, books and therapy resources needed to help your children learn in a fun, supportive environment.


Sydney Speech Clinic therapists are all registered with Medicare and Major Health Insurance Providers.