About Us

Sydney Speech Clinic is a professional, positive and supportive speech pathology service located in Lane Cove on the lower north shore.  We assist children and adults of all ages with speech, language, literacy, social and swallowing difficulties.

Catherine Lavery - Speech Pathologist

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

With over 20 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 client groups and has a special interest in supporting 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.

Anthea Hannan – Speech Pathologist

Anthea graduated from The University of Sydney nearly three decades ago and has extensive experience in a range of speech pathology services. Having worked in private practice, schools, disability services and hospital rehabilitation, Anthea has experience with adults and children treating all aspects of speech and language difficulty.

With Clinical Educator roles at The University of Sydney and The University of Queensland, Anthea has been involved in developing and nurturing skills in undergraduates while maintaining positive outcomes for clients. In addition, more recently Anthea has been involved with a research project on bilingual aphasia in collaboration with the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Anthea’s years of experience and wide ranging clinical experiences are a real asset to the Sydney Speech Clinic team. Anthea's practical, calm and supportive nature is highly valued by the team.

Anthea lives locally with her husband and two adult children. Anthea is warm and engaging and loves working with children and adults alike.

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.  Pip's specialist training in literacy programs such as "Sounds-Write" phonics and "Talk 4 Writing" allow her to apply current best practice in her sessions achieving positive outcomes for her clients.

Pip has years of experience specialising in stroke rehabilitation services having held the position of Stroke Liaison Officer at Westmead Hospital for many years. The primary role of this position was to provide education on stroke and its secondary prevention to patients and their families. 

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

Frances Simonson – Speech Pathologist

Fran is a warm, engaging 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 the 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 within disability 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 parents and child.  Fran also enjoys her work with older children treating literacy difficulties and Fran is trained in the "Sounds-Write" phonics approach for teaching reading and spelling.

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

Hannah Morton – Speech Pathologist

Hannah is a dynamic and energetic speech pathologist with a passion for complex disability and early language. She studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with honours at Newcastle University.

Before joining Sydney Speech Clinic Hannah worked as the primary speech pathologist for an early intervention practice where her caseload was predominantly Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyspraxia (motor speech disorder), intellectual impairments and various other speech and language delays. She has extensive experience working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations and bilingualism.

Hannah has also worked in high schools where she embraced a dual role as speech pathologist and Individual Needs Coordinator supporting vulnerable adolescents with various intellectual impairments, social challenges and language delays.

Hannah is a huge advocate for play directed learning and child-led practice. Hannah aligns her therapy practice to support confident and curious children! Hannah is trained in Hanen “More than Words” and is also certified in PROMPT for children with various motor speech disorders. Hannah is currently leading our social skills programs based on principles from the popular ‘Social Thinking’ and ‘Zones of Regulation’ Programs.

Mariam Khan – Speech Pathologist

Mariam is an approachable, fun and professional speech pathologist who is passionate about working with clients and their families to help them achieve their communication goals. Mariam is always striving to build strong relationships and rapport with both her paediatric and adult clients and their families, supported by her warm and friendly nature.

Mariam completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. Studying speech pathology has enabled Mariam to follow her passion to advocate for those who need extra help with their communication. Her clinical experiences include working with children in primary schools and community health services and working with adults in hospitals and aged care facilities. Mariam also has wider health administration experience from several years of volunteering in a hospital and charity organisations as well as working in a busy Medical Practice.

Mariam is trained in the "Sounds-Write" phonics approach which enables her to apply evidence based practice to support outcomes for her literacy clients.  Mariam also has a special interest in working with clients with speech sound delays and disorders.

Mariam is a certified practicing speech pathologist with recognition from our professional body Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Mariam is always keen to learn about and implement evidenced based interventions within her practice.

Tabitha Rooke – Practice Coordinator / Speech Pathologist

Tabitha is the friendly face at our front desk! Tabitha is a qualified speech pathologist who is passionate about children, families, and early learning & development. Tabitha works closely with our team to ensure that new clients are paired with the therapist that best suits their needs and schedules.  She strives to ensure that all families leave the clinic feeling welcome, happy and informed.

Tabitha studied her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland before relocating to Sydney. Tabitha has previously worked in both allied health and disability services, and is passionate about family-centred practice. Tabitha loves watching clients build relationships with their therapist and reach their long-term goals.

Tabitha holds current practising membership with Speech Pathology Australia and is always happy to answer any clinical or administrative questions you may have!

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.