Our Team

Sydney Speech Clinic is a professional, positive and supportive speech pathology and occupational therapy service located in Lane Cove on the lower north shore.  We assist children and adults of all ages with speech, language, literacy, learning, social, feeding, attention, self-regulation, fine and gross motor and self-care skills.

Catherine Lavery - Clinic Director and Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

With over 20 years of 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.

Anthea Hannan – Certified Practising 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 – Certified Practising 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.  

Kelsea Green - Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Kelsea is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist. After graduating with Honours from The University of Newcastle, Kelsea went on to work in central Victoria, and Newcastle before joining the Sydney Speech Clinic team.

Kelsea has comprehensive and diverse experience providing speech pathology services through clinic- and school-based therapy in both individual and group sessions. She has worked with a range of diagnoses and abilities including Childhood Apraxia of Speech and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), providing speech, language, literacy, fluency, social communication, play, and AAC therapy.

Continual and extensive professional development has led Kelsea to pursue the specialised practice of Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) and to work with children with orofacial myofunctional disorders.  OMT is a specialist area that focuses on re-training the nerves and muscles of the mouth and face for optimal function. The aim of OMT is to re-establish the function and tone of the face, tongue, jaw and neck muscles to address disorders, which directly impact speech, dentition, chewing, swallowing, proper tongue positioning, and nasal breathing.

Kelsea is passionate about inclusion, health, and providing holistic care to increase the wellbeing of all. Her passion for speech pathology is strengthened every day by the outcomes individual clients achieve in and out of their sessions.

When not at work, Kelsea loves to indulge with chocolate, quality time with her family and staying active by the ocean.

Sam Court – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Sam completed her Bachelor of Speech and Language Therapy degree in Auckland, New Zealand in 2012 and has been practicing as a speech pathologist for the last 8 years. Sam worked in various settings in New Zealand before relocating to Australia in 2016. Sam has diverse experience in a range of clinical settings, including in-clinic, telehealth, schools, and preschools. Sam has experience in both education and private practice settings and works with both privately funded and NDIS participants to achieve their goals.

Sam is passionate about early intervention and has recently completed a Postgraduate Diploma focused on early language development (0-3 years). She has experience providing speech, language, fluency, literacy, and social communication therapy. She also has experience working with children with a range of diagnoses, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

Sam uses a family-centred approach and works in partnership with families to create the best environment for their child’s development and wellbeing. Sam has received training in the Hanen 'More Than Words' Program. She has also been involved in running parent and teacher workshops to equip parents and educators with the tools they need to best support their child’s communication development.

Mariam Khan – Certified Practising 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.

Ashleigh Vos – Occupational Therapist

Ash is an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about making day to day life easier for the children and families she works with. Ash completed her Master of Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Health Sciences (Hons) at the University of Sydney and has worked as an OT in a variety of settings ever since. She has developed her skills even further through leading intensive occupational therapy camps in Sydney and Perth, and by providing supervisory services to studying and new-graduate occupational therapists.  

Ash has enjoyed collaborating and working closely with speech pathologists, early childhood educators, teachers and psychologists throughout her career and strongly believes in an interdisciplinary approach. Ash uses a family-centered approach to ensure that each individual and family she works with feel heard and supported throughout the therapy process. Ash is particularly passionate about working with children with handwriting and learning difficulties, sensory processing disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Ash relocated to Sydney from South Africa ten years ago and loves what Australia has to offer! She adores animals and has recently added a new furry member to her family – a beautiful kitten called Misty.

Emma Bartlett – Occupational Therapist

Emma is a passionate and highly motivated Occupational Therapist who is committed to supporting children and their families to achieve their goals in fun, creative and individual ways! Emma chose to study Occupational Therapy due to her passion to help others and a strong interest in health science. Emma completed her Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy at the Australian Catholic University in North Sydney. Emma also has a background in Psychology where she finds that it compliments Occupational Therapy well, by assisting individuals to learn, develop and master different aspects of their lives.

Emma uses a family-centred approach in order to support children and their families to help them make their own decisions that best suits them. She enjoys working closely with team members and other important people in the child's life in order to support those decisions and create the best environment for their overall wellbeing.

Having worked as a disability support worker for over five years, Emma has worked with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing disorders, handwriting and learning/developmental difficulties. While Emma helps children and their families achieve their goals through her positive and creative personality, she is also passionate about allowing the children to be the best version of themselves.

Amy Hanna – Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Amy is an enthusiastic, conscientious and dedicated speech pathologist who is committed to achieving great outcomes with her clients and families. She completed a Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences and a Master of Speech and Language Pathology at Macquarie University. Amy has experience working with children and adults in several settings, including private practice, schools, homes, and hospitals. She is also a Certified Provider of the PEERS® social skills program.

Amy has specific clinical interests in the areas of literacy, speech and social skills, and always keeps up to date with the latest research to continue developing her clinical knowledge. She is passionate about collaborative goal-setting with clients and their families, other health professionals and teachers to ensure her therapy is both functional and fun for each client. She particularly enjoys working with children as part of a greater family unit and believes in a holistic and family-centred approach to intervention. Amy is experienced in running groups and loves to see children apply the skills they learn in their individual sessions across settings into groups and also into their everyday lives.  

Outside of work, Amy loves to cook, do puzzles, hike, watch TV shows and listen to podcasts.

Renu James - Customer Service Coordinator

Renu is our welcoming, caring and compassionate Customer Service Coordinator who goes above and beyond for every family that walks through our doors. She is a Lane Cove local and the mother of two school-aged children, one of whom has additional needs. Renu's thorough understanding and knowledge of therapy services comes not only from her time behind the front desk, but from genuine firsthand client experience.

Renu knows all about the importance of our family-centred approach and prides herself on being able to assist and support families with any questions or concerns they may have. Renu works closely with all of our therapists in regards to referrals, scheduling, re-booking and practice management.

In her spare time, Renu enjoys reading, working on 1000+ jigsaw puzzles and spending time with her family.

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.