Rachel is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with a wide variety of clinical experience in inpatient and outpatient paediatric care in both Australia and the UK which enables her to translate theory into real life application across diverse clinical contexts. Her latest adventure, Speech Parent is changing the face of paediatric speech pathology internationally by empowering and educating parents of children with communication and feeding difficulties. She describes herself as a recovering work-a-holic (we all know she isn’t actually recovering – seriously who else sends emails at 4:30am!?). Rachel is passionate about: business leadership; literacy and feeding difficulties; educating and empowering others; and optimising therapy outcomes. Although these interests may seem diverse, the recurring theme through them all is a love for facilitating growth and development in others so they can achieve their own unique potential. Things I like: “Lamb roast, reading, helping others and creating systems that work…I may or may not enjoy these together!” Things I don’t like: “People not respecting each other and children missing out because of bad care or broken systems.” Favourite colour: “Can I have the whole rainbow?” How the TAG team describe Rachel: “Passionate”; “Hard working”; “Creative”.
“Be there for others but never leave yourself behind” -Dodinski
Anny is a certified practising speech pathologist (CPSP) with experience working with children from birth right through to 18 years. Anny loves change and variety, and trying new things. She frequently takes up new hobbies, and is willing to give most things a go. Anny is passionate about helping families find the right support for their child, and empowering parents to know how to support their child at home. In particular, she loves working with infants and young children (0-5 years) who have difficulties with feeding and communication – probably because things change so quickly for little kids! Anny also enjoys solving problems, and loves it when she can help figure out why an older child is having trouble at school. Things I like: “too many to mention, but here’s a few: learning new things, running, art, baking, and helping people feel good”. Things I don’t like: “Tinned spaghetti and crowds”. Favourite colour: “I like anything bright”.
“Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde
Mynn is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with experience working with children and adults with disabilities, supporting them with their speech, language and swallowing/feeding needs. She has clinical experience in a range of settings including education, community health, and hospitals. Mynn is most passionate about working with children in the 0-5 year age group and has an interest in paediatric feeding and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC). Mynn is always looking for new and creative ways to make therapy as fun and engaging as possible, and aims to go above and beyond to make a positive difference in her clients’ lives. Things I like: food, singing when no one is listening, spending time with family and friends. Things I don’t like: the cold, swooping birds, pickles. Favourite colour: Blue
“Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic” – Albus Dumbledore
Helen is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with extensive experience working in schools in both Australia and the UK. Her passion is getting great outcomes for children and enabling them to achieve their potential. She’s especially good at helping children with language difficulties (both understanding and speaking). Helen is extremely persistent – seriously, she trained her cat to use the toilet! We suspect Helen loves to work with children because she never actually grew up and that’s probably why the kids love her too. She’s obsessed with kids picture books and rarely does a therapy session without using at least one. Things I like: “Animals and spending time in my garden.” Things I don’t like: “Paperwork and taking life too seriously.” Favourite colour: “Green” How the TAG team describe Helen: “Funny”; “Caring”; “Picture book hoarder”.
“Don’t take life too seriously; you’ll never get out of it alive” – Anonymous
Isabel became a Speech Pathologist because she is passionate about helping people and loves to watch her clients reach their goals. She loves to work with clients across a broad range of ages and presentations. If you love bad jokes and even worse puns, you’ll get along with Isabel just fine! Isabel likes: baking, crime documentaries, puppy dogs, and ice cream. Isabel dislikes: spiders, cockroaches, and running out of ice cream. Favourite colour: orange
“Always be a little kinder than neccessary” – Anonymous
Julia is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist who has recently returned to her hometown of Toowoomba to join the TAG team. She began her career travelling around Central Queensland providing speech, language and literacy services in a number of rural communities. Julia is passionate about working with children and loves seeing her clients learn, grow and reach their unique potential in all aspects of life. Things I like: breakfast, lunch, dinner and all snack times in between. Things I don’t like: parsley, sunburn and mosquitos. Favourite colour: blue.
“Jesus wants me for a Sunbeam” – Peter Goldsworthy
Leah is a Speech Pathologist with a passion for working with people across the lifespan experiencing communication difficulties. Originally from the Gold Coast, Leah moved to Toowoomba to join the TAG team and is enjoying exploring the area and getting to know all of her clients!
Having completed previous studies in Psychological Science and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Leah is looking forward to carrying this knowledge into her work as a Speech Pathologist. Leah believes that strong communication skills play an important role in supporting a person to build meaningful relationships and engage with the world around them, and she loves that her work as a speech pathologist allows her to help others develop these skills!
“Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown and be a little bit sweet on the inside” – Kat Gaskin
Georgia is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with a passion for working with adults with a variety of communication and swallowing difficulties. After completing her studies Georgia returned to her hometown of Toowoomba to begin her professional career. Her clinical experience includes providing evidence-based and functional interventions in hospitals, the community and private practice. Georgia is an enthusiastic clinician and believes in the importance of providing education and training to family members and key support people in ensuring a holistic approach to client care. Things I like: dancing, my succulent collection, my pets, spending time with family and friends. Things I don’t like: bananas, being cold. Favourite colour: Purple
“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows” -Ralph Marsten
Kathleen is a local Toowoomba girl who studied Psychology and Linguistics, before completing her Master Of Speech Pathology Studies. Kathleen enjoys and has experience working with both children, teens and adults with a wide range of communication and swallowing difficulties. She has a particular interest in swallowing and communication rehabilitation following brain injury. Things Kathleen likes: puppies, pot plants and sequins. Things Kathleen dislikes: feet and spiders (especially spiders feet!). Kathleen has also been known to spontaneously break out into song, so beware!
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr Seuss
Simone is a certified practising speech pathologist (CPSP) with a passion for working with children with complex communication needs. She has worked as a Speech Pathologist in schools throughout Toowoomba and Chinchilla for the last four years and is excited to be able to work more closely with families at TAG! Simone’s favourite parts of being a Speech Pathologist are learning how to connect with children who haven’t yet developed spoken language and making people laugh.
Things I like: new adventures, new toys, caramel lattes and flowers.
Things I don’t like: clowns, staying inside and doing the same thing every day.
Roshni is an Speech Pathologist who graduated from the University of Queensland with Honours and is passionate about helping children and adults reach their unique communicative potential. Roshni has a special interest working with children under the age of 5 and adults with communication and swallowing difficulties. Roshni is a happy and enthusiastic clinician that believes in providing holistic care to her clients and their families/support system.
Roshni likes coffee, snacks, hiking and binge watching TV shows. Roshni does not like tomatoes, thunderstorms and traffic.
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr Seuss
Shan graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence from the University of Queensland. She grew up in Brisbane, where she completed all of her schooling and was a School Prefect.
Shan is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist of Speech Pathology Australia. She loves all facets of Speech Pathology and enjoys working with children and adults experiencing speech, language, literacy, social pragmatic and swallowing difficulties. Shan is an empathetic speech pathologist who strives to go above and beyond to help clients achieve their goals and improve communication ability. She is highly passionate about supporting individuals to reach their unique potential and create a positive impact in their lives.
Shan likes: Spending time with family and friends, puppy dogs, floral patterns, reading and learning new things!
Favourite Colour: Purple
“Wherever you go, go with all your heart” – Confucius
Morgan graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours and the Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. She’s much more that just a smart cookie though. Her clinical experience across both adult and paediatric services in hospitals, the community and private practice have provided a solid foundation for her ongoing career at Therapy Alliance Group. Her previous work as a disability support worker, teacher aide for Autism Queensland and an Occupational Therapy Assistant prior to graduation have provided her with a deep understanding of what life is really like for children with special needs and their families. She has a real knack for engaging and relating to children and helping parents to understand exactly how to help their child. Things I like: Netball, trashy TV, outdoor adventures, and time spent with family and friends (particularly when food is involved). Things I don’t like: Insects and spiders. Favourite colour: Purple.
Tricia is a qualified Occupational Therapist and she is passionate about helping children and adults with various needs to achieve their full potential, by building on their strengths and providing strategies to manage or overcome their difficulties. She has a diverse experience working with clients of all ages in various settings, from young children to older adults. She believes that genuine care and holistic support can make a world of difference to those receiving it. Things I like: quality time with family and friends, music, Netflix and food! Things I don’t like: Lizards, coriander, being hangry (hungry+angry). Favourite colour: purple and white.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Teddy Roosevelt
Alicia is a qualified Occupational Therapist who has experience working in schools, hospitals and an overseas community development setting in Vanuatu which have all provided a great foundation for her career with Therapy Alliance Group. Alicia graduated from The Australian Catholic University with an honours research degree and has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Alicia is very passionate about being an evidence-based occupational therapist who advocates for, and works collaboratively with children and their families to equip them with the strategies they need to participate in meaningful life activities. Things I like: Spending time with family and friends, food, binge watching TV series, exercise, dogs and travel. Things I don’t like: Rocket lettuce and not seeing my family and friends for a long time. Favourite colour: Pink.
Bridget is a registered Occupational Therapist who graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Dean’s Commendation for Academic Excellence. Through previous employment and practicums, Bridget has abundant experience working with people of all ages. She is passionate about providing early intervention and evidence based practice, through working collaboratively with children and their families to enable them to live their lives to the fullest.
Bridget Likes: being outdoors, travelling and cooking.
Bridget dislikes: spiders
“A person’s a person, no matter how small” – Dr Seuss
Thalia graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours and multiple Deans Commendation for Academic Excellence. She truly cares about working collaboratively with her clients to achieve their unique potential. Each day she is dedicated to understanding her families and their needs. She has a special interest in child and youth mental health and if she can, she will always try and weave in her musical background into sessions.
Things I like: Singing, Fried Rice and TV Shows
Things I don’t like: Capsicum and a day without music or laughter
“There will always be someone who can’t see your true worth. Don’t let it be you” – Mel Robbins
Casey graduated from the University of Queensland with First Class Honours and a Deans Commendation for Academic Excellence. Her previous role as a support worker and practical experience in community and hospital settings instilled in her a deep sense of compassion and care for our community. Casey just likes to be a child herself, and so it’s no surprise that she is particularly passionate about children’s learning and development through play; their most important occupation. Casey is also new to T-bah town! Things I love: seashells, Thai red curry, hiking. Things I don’t love: the cold, waking up early, boring things. Favourite colour: pink!
“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of” – Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)
Emma is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian with experience working with infants, children and adults across a range of areas including allergies, feeding difficulties, fussy eating, growth difficulties and chronic conditions. She is passionate about nutrition during pregnancy and early years, and helping children and their families discover the joys of food and eating together. I like: camping/outdoor adventures, strong family and friend connections, being active, and of course all things food! I dislike: snakes, being cold, and I have an irrational phobia of ET – one day I’ll get around to working through it! Favourite colour: blue
“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans” – John Lennon
Kiri’s past experience in medical and surgical administration has developed her compassionate, customer service skills. Together with Karla and Rose, they make a great administration team making sure the office is running smoothly and clients and their families are getting the best possible service. Kiri is the mum of three beautiful girls and is passionate about helping people find their smile. I like: Music, laughter, rainbows and mermaids. I don’t like: Thunderstorms.
Karla’s past is in Medical reception. She enjoys all administration and reception duties. She loves to welcome all staff and clients at the front desk and have a friendly chat. Karla is the mother of three very active teenage boys who always keep her on her toes. When not at work, Karla loves to cook and bake up a storm at home. Things I like: Spending time at the beach with family and cooking for them, spending time with friends. Things I don’t like: Snakes, mosquitoes and brussell sprouts. Favourite colour: Green
“Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of little children” – William Makepeace Thackeray
Carly is returning to the workforce to join the administration team after being a stay-at-home mum to two beautiful girls for the last six years. Carly will be taking care of NDIA Claiming and general office administration. Having a daughter who has medical needs gives Carly an understanding of how important services like TAG are to families. I like: Spending time with her family and friends, good food and going to the beach. I don’t like: Spiders or the cold.
“Just because you’re taking longer than others does not mean you’re a failure. Keep going.” – Anonymous
Leonie currently works in our administration department. She enjoys being apart of the exciting behind the scenes work that is involved in running TAG. Leonie has also recently completed study to become an Allied Health Assistant and is very excited to go on your TAG adventure with you! Leonie has previously worked in childcare, where her interest in Allied Health (in particular Speech Pathology) first began. Leonie is super passionate about being a part of the journey and the moments whereby our clients achieve their milestones, overcome their challenges and make their dreams a reality! Leonie is also a very proud mum to her beautiful (yet cheeky!) toddler. You will often find her off on an adventure with her husband and daughter (of which her favourite is camping) or playing in a park on a lovely sunny day. Favourite colour? – Blue! Favourite food? – Cheese! Something I don’t like? – Coffee and insects!
“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
Linda is our Receptionist and Finance Administrator at our office at St Vincent’s Private Hospital. She is also a mum and step mum of 4 busy children. She likes organisation, structure and getting things ticked off her list. Her past experience in Administration and previously in Childcare has given her the skills to be able to relate to children and their parents with a big friendly smile and help them any way she can. Linda loves the beach, her friends and her family. Linda doesn’t love frogs, stress or the cold.
“Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” – Kat Gaskin
Leanne joined the TAG Team in March of 2019. She brings with her over 28 years of administration and customer service experience. Leanne loves everything admin and enjoys learning about digital marketing, websites and information technology. She makes clients feel welcome with her warm and friendly personality.
Leanne is a devoted wife of 29 years and mother of two adult daughters. She likes tiling, golf and watching movies and dislikes brussell sprouts!
“A person’s a person, no matter how small” – Dr Seuss
Rose’s past experience in community services helped her develop her excellent problem solving and customer service skills. She manages the daily operation of the office – everything from saying hello when you walk in to making sure the therapists have everything they need to give your child the best service possible. Rose is a fast learner and enjoys helping people and making a difference is children’s lives. Her smiley son is always a welcome visitor when he pops in to say hi – and we know he got that gorgeous grin from his beautiful and kind Mumma. I like: “Picnics in the sunshine.” I don’t like: “Snakes” My favourite colour: “Red obviously – red Rose!”
“Be somebody who makes everybody feel like somebody” – Kid President