OUR SPEECH PATHOLOGY TEAM

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Catherine de Beaux

Catherine is a Director of Smart Talk Therapy for Kids and provides services at our Wembley and Joondalup practices, as well as at schools.

Catherine has over twenty years experience in both disability and mainstream caseloads, has additional training in Orofacial Myology and is PROMPT trained.

Catherine has a special interest in early language, Autism and literacy. She is passionate, energetic and loves discovering how children’s minds and brains develop to help them achieve their goals.

When she isn’t working she can be found with her husband, two crazy cool sons or tending her plant babies. Catherine also loves jazz, anything creative or design-orientated. Currently this is working with her brothers to design their new home.

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Lauren Miko

Lauren is a Director of Smart Talk Therapy for Kids. Lauren provides speech pathology services at our Wembley practice and loves working in the school environment. Lauren is passionate about continuing to expand her knowledge and skills and loves consulting with other health and educational professionals.

Lauren has a special interest in school-aged language, literacy and articulation. Lauren was one of the first speech pathologists in WA to undertake extra training in orofacial myology and is passionate about helping children stop sucking their thumbs. Lauren divides her time seeing clients and managing and supporting the Smart Talk team.

When she isn’t working, she can be found hanging out with her husband, playing with her little girl and new baby.  Lauren loves being a mum, baking, watching period dramas and is currently on maternity leave.

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Irene Orkopoulos

Irene is the director of The Feeding Clinic and an experienced speech pathologist in infant and childhood feeding difficulties, include tongue-tie assessment for feeding, oral motor treatment, myofunctional therapy as well as behavioural/sensory approaches to feeding using SOS approach to feeding.
 

Her experience includes:

  • Breast feeding difficulties
  • Bottle Feeding Difficulties
  • Transition to Solids
  • Feeding difficulty secondary to neurological/cardio/respiratory and gastrointestinal conditions
  • Reflux/Crying, fussing and irritability with feeds
  • Disability including Down Syndrome / Cerebral Palsy /22q11 deletion/ Autism

Outside of work Irene is a wife and mother of two children and her spare time is spent with her family. Her professional and personal life are closely aligned, as she enjoys creating lasting culinary and social experiences for those she loves through experimenting with tastes and flavours in the kitchen and cooking and entertaining for her friends and family.

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Emma Corry

Emma provides speech pathology services at our Joondalup practice as well as at schools and is a Sounds-Write certified practitioner.

Emma has additional training in Orofacial Myology, Key Word Sign and is Sounds-Write trained. Emma has special interests in early language, social skills, Autism, and receptive and expressive language.

Emma prides herself on her enthusiasm and bringing positive energy into sessions to help children achieve their goals.

When she isn’t working, she can be found dancing, admiring her indoor plants, and doing Pilates. Emma loves nothing more than curling up with a good book, eating chocolate and gardening.

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Lisa Goddard

Lisa provides Speech Pathology services at our Rockingham practice as well as within schools.

Lisa has additional training in Auslan (sign language) having worked as an interpreter for over 10 years. She is also trained in Orofacial Myology, Key Sign and Sounds Write. Lisa has special interests in stuttering, literacy and hearing impairment.

Lisa is enthusiastic about helping students build confidence and realise their goals in a supportive, flexible environment.

When she is not working, Lisa can be found out and about adventuring with her family. Lisa loves nothing more than relaxing with a good book or catching up with friends over coffee.

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Courtney Lamond

Courtney provides speech pathology services at our Wembley practice as well as at schools, and has additional training in Orofacial Myology.

Courtney has a special interest in school-aged language, literacy and articulation. Courtney is also Sounds-Write trained. She enjoys helping to develop children’s speech and language skills through fun, individualised therapy.

In addition to providing fun, engaging therapy Courtney is also our NDIS co-ordinator, and is also employed by Curtin University as  Clinical Supervisor.

When she isn’t working, Courtney can be found having fun with her friends and family and watching the West Coast Eagles.

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Kelly Mackean

Kelly provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Joondalup practices, as well as at schools.

Kelly developed a passion for teaching language skills to students while she was an early childhood educator. This prompted her to further her studies and become a Speech Pathologist.

Kelly’s background in education has provided her with valuable skills enabling her to ensure that individual therapy goals generalise into the classroom environment. Prior to joining the Smart Talk team, Kelly worked as Speech Pathologist at schools around Perth.

Kelly has a special interest in early intervention for articulation, phonology and language skills and helping children develop their social skills.

When Kelly isn’t working, she can be found snuggling her new baby girl, attempting to read books and write whilst on maternity leave.

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Sam Osborne

Sam provides Speech Pathology services at our vibrant Joondalup practice as well as within schools.
 

Sam has a special interest in early language, literacy and articulation.
 

She brings her enthusiasm and energy to each session, and helps children reach their goals in a fun, supportive environment. After all kids that are engaged are more likely to reach goals more quickly. 
 

When she isn’t working, Sam can be found at the beach, catching up with friends, or curled up with a good book.

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Kelly Walker

Kelly provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Joondalup practices, as well as local schools.

As a mum of three boys and a cranky cavoodle, she studied speech pathology later in life but has a long history working with children in many different capacities.

Kelly has a special interest in paediatric feeding, tongue-tie assessment, articulation and phonology. Kelly is trained in Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy, PROMPT therapy, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment and Intervention, and Sounds Write.

When she isn’t working, Kelly loves cooking, reading or spending time with her family and friends. Kelly is likely to be cheering for her boys on the side of a football field or basketball court most weekends.

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Tayla MacPherson

Tayla provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Rockingham practices as well as within schools, and has additional training in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Sounds Write.
 

Tayla has a special interest in early language, pre-school and school aged phonology and articulation.
 

Tayla is especially passionate about providing individualised and functional therapy for all children through fostering a positive and nurturing environment.
 

When she is not working, she can be found spending quality time with her friends and family, relaxing on the beach or curled up on the couch, having a netflix marathon or curled up with a good book.

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Merryn Behn

Merryn provides speech pathology services at our Rockingham practice and is a Sounds Write and Talk for Writing certified practitioner.
 

Merryn has a special interest in working with school-aged children with developmental delays through to children with special needs (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder or cleft palate) in the areas of: language, literacy, articulation and social skills.
 

She enjoys finding innovative and fun ways to engage children in therapy, so the child enjoys participating in the process whilst seamlessly learning new skills.
 

When Merryn isn’t working, she enjoys getting away and going caravanning for the weekend to spend quality time with family and friends. She also enjoys quiet time at home listening to music, reading a book or bingeing on a really good TV series.

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Lani Gibson

Lani provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley practice as well as within schools.

Lani has experience with working with infants, children, and adults with a range of different backgrounds including developmental delays, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, Intellectual Disability and chromosome abnormalities.

Lani has additional training in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Key Word Sign. Lani also has experience with DIR Floortime, Social Thinking and Talkabout programs, Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding and Mealtime Management, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems to promote a Total Communication approach.

Lani has special interests in neurobiology, understanding how children learn and explore their environments, the importance of play, and development of early language, literacy, and social communication skills.

Lani is passionate about helping children experience success in a fun and playful environment that incorporates a range of modalities including play and movement to achieve goals. Lani uses evidence-based practice to support children and adolescents with additional needs, their families, their educators and their communities.

When she is not working, Lani can be found out and about with her husband and two young kids, out chasing the perfect cup of coffee or enjoying hikes in one of the many beautiful national parks in and around Perth.

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Paige Baxter

Paige provides Speech Pathology services at our Wembley and Joondalup practices, as well as at schools.

Paige has a special interest in early language, autism and feeding difficulties. She is passionate about making mealtimes enjoyable experiences for the whole family.

Paige prides herself on creating a fun, positive and opportunity-rich learning environment in therapy as children learn best when having fun.

When she is not working Paige can be found relaxing at the beach, cooking up a storm with her fiancé, or engrossed in a sci-fi book or series.

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Elizabeth Sydney-Smith

Liz provides speech pathology services at our Joondalup practice as well as at schools.

Liz is also  Sounds-Write trained and has additional training in Autism, Picture Echange Communication System, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder(FASD), the Hanen 4 “I”s to Socialize™ Program, and language development. Liz has special interests in early language, literacy, social skills, Autism, and AAC. 

Liz is enthusiastic about helping kids develop skills in a supportive, fun environment.

When she isn’t working, Liz can be found amongst friends and family. Liz loves nothing more than to go walking in the outdoors and 

hanging out with friends.

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Mel Davis

Melissa provides Speech Pathology services at our Joondalup practices, as well as at schools.

Melissa has a special interest in articulation and phonology, early language and literacy and is a Sounds-Write certified practitioner.

Melissa is passionate about building and fostering positive relationships with her clients and their families. Melissa is also passionate about engaging clients in programs that are tailored to their interests and increase their engagement and confidence in real world settings beyond the therapy.

When she is not working, Melissa can be found volunteering at her local junior sporting clubs, as well as travelling and exploring WA’s coastline with her husband and 3 kids.

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OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY TEAM

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Naomi Liddelow

Naomi is a senior occupational therapist who provides OT services at our Wembley practice. She has over 20 years of experience working in disability organisations, private practice settings and in schools.
 

Naomi loves being a therapist because she thinks children are the funniest and most interesting humans on Earth and every day is creative and different. Naomi enjoys forming strong, collaborative relationships with families and children to help them achieve their goals. She is Talk 4 Writing trained with a special interest in developing written expression and using assistive software especially in students with specific learning disorders, developmental coordination disorder and autism.
 

Naomi loves group training, writing and chasing beauty and bargains online.  She is house-mad wannabe designer who can be found pottering about the house and organising more than is strictly necessary. On the weekends, Naomi loves sleep-ins and going on outdoor adventures and trips with her husband, 3 kids and super dog Chewie.

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Kylie Kemsley

Kylie is a Senior Occupational Therapist who provides services at our Joondalup practice. Kylie has experience supporting children with a range of needs and is passionate about helping each child and family reach their full potential.
 

Kylie loves being a therapist because kids are just so much fun to be around and play is such an incredible tool for therapy.
 

Kylie has a keen interest in sensory processing and regulation, and enjoys developing therapeutic relationships with families where she can assist in setting and achieving goals.
 

When Kylie isn’t at work she can usually be found at the park with her two littlies, spending time with family or catching up with friends for a good yarn!

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Rhianna de Vries

Rhianna provides occupational therapy services at our Wembley and Joondalup practices, as well as at schools. 

Rhianna has a special interest in motor skill development to help children reach their goals. She has experience working with children with a range of needs to reach a wide variety of goals. Rhianna has completed ‘Talk 4 Writing’ training and enjoys supporting children with developing their handwriting and written expression skills. 

Rhianna is passionate about seeing children enjoying their occupational therapy and having fun whilst making progress towards their goals. 

When she is not working, Rhianna can be found bushwalking with her dogs, going on roadtrips and spending time with friends and family. 

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OUR ADMINISTRATION TEAM

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Jess de Beaux

Jess is our Office Co-ordinator, both her  enthusiasm and organisation are valued by the team. She previously managed an Autism charity and loves the opportunity to work within child-centred practices.

When she’s not working she can be found with her husband and daughters, tending to her ever growing plant gang. She also loves a good Netflix marathon relaxing on the couch with her cats and her husband.

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Cheri Amaranti

Cheri is our part-time receptionist and accounts manager at our Wembley office. She loves children so working at Smart Talk is perfect. It gives her a chance to interact with some younger children, as her two gorgeous sons are adults now!

When time and money allows she loves to travel with her husband. She also loves going to the movies, listening to music, reading and walking in the bush, since moving to the hills.

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Yvette Whyte

Yvette is a receptionist at our Joondalup office. She has spent the last 15 years working in a busy physiotherapy practice, from part time receptionist right thru to office manager. After a long and rewarding period of employment she was ready to make a change. 
 

The chance to work in a child rich environment is the main reason Smart Talk was a perfect fit for Yvette.  She loves all things kids!
 

She has 3 grown up kids, still living at home.  In her time away from the office, you will find Yvette spending time with her husband or curled up on the couch with her fur babies Tank and Dozer, watching her favourite TV shows.

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Michaela Di-Russo

Michaela is a vibrant receptionist at our Wembley office. She has a background in childcare so enjoys the opportunity to interact with children at any chance.

She is also passionate about supporting heart kids WA

Michaela comes from an Italian background and enjoys participating in cultural traditions such as making her own pasta , biscotti and tomato sauce.

When she’s not working Michaela enjoys reading books, getting her caffeine fix with family and friends at local cafes and chilling at home with her cat Harvey

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