Meet The Team
Director and Senior Speech Pathologist
Kathy has worked as a speech pathologist since 2000, after graduating from the University of QLD. She worked for Education Qld in Cairns before commencing private practice in 2009, initially working from a home office before expanding into this beautiful space.
Kathy thoroughly enjoys her work with children and loves seeing the improvements and the successes achieved by students. She is committed to working within best practice guidelines and maintains her skill-set by regularly attending conferences, workshops and ongoing professional development. She is trained in the Lidcombe Program for stuttering, the PROMPT technique for severe speech disorders, and the PEERS Program, for adolescents with social skills difficulties.
Ainjali is a Cairns local who studied her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of QLD. She enjoys the challenge and the variety that private practice offers and loves getting to know the children and families who she works with.
Ainjali is committed to extending her knowledge and is particularly interested in child feeding. She has completed training in the SOS Approach to Feeding (Sequential-Oral-Sensory Approach) and is offering this program to families in Cairns.
As well as feeding, Ainjali also enjoys working with children who have speech, language and literacy difficulties. She is also trained in the Lidcombe Program for stuttering.
Sam lives in Julatten and is primarily providing services in the Mossman and Port Douglas areas, out of our Craiglie clinic. She graduated from James Cook University in 2014 where she received the JCU academic medal and membership to the Golden Key International Honour Society. She has since worked in the day care setting as both a speech pathologist and Early Childhood Educator.
Sam is looking forward to delving more deeply into evidence-based speech therapy interventions and is pleased to be able to bring a service closer to the Mossman and Port Douglas communities.
Allied Health Assistant
Therapy Dog in Training
Chelsea is our compassionate Allied Health Assistant who joined the practice early in 2022, after completing her Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance. Chelsea loves helping our clients to grow and develop new skills, in a meaningful and supportive way.
All clients who are seen by Chelsea are overseen by one of our speech pathologists, who do the assessments, programming and reviews.
Tiarna enjoys meeting all of the families who come in to the practice. She handles all of our enquiries, bookings, payments, service agreements and the online store.
Tiarna also has an interest in photography. She is currently working through an online diploma in photography and has created some of our advertisements and fliers using her expertise.
Oscar has recently joined our team as a therapy dog in training! He is a miniature poodle and is loving his role in the clinic. Under Tiarna's guidance he will be progressing through regular puppy school and dog obedience training, as well as formal therapy dog training.
Until Oscar completes his formal training his main role will be socialising, learning manners and getting to know everyone.