Meet Our Team

Inner West Paediatrics is a team of dedicated Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.

Our team of caring and committed professionals are here to help with the challenges faced by children when they are developing and growing. As a result of our commitment to be the best therapists we can be, and to provide a service of the highest quality for our children and their families, we are a busy practice built largely upon word of mouth referrals.

We undertake frequent and varied professional development to ensure our knowledge is continually being developed and our skills are refined. We work closely as a team and are supported internally and externally though supervision with peers and mentors to ensure we can offer you the best in care.

Inner West Paediatrics is proud to have therapists who are extensively trained in many speciality areas and techniques.

Our team have attended a range of courses including:

We have extensive experience in supporting children and their families with the challenges associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) including communication and social difficulties, sensory processing disorders, difficulties interacting and socialising with peers, restricted play and difficulties transitioning and dealing with new and unfamiliar situations.

Inner West Paediatrics is a provider of services under the FaHCSIA Helping Children with Autism Initiative, the Better Start program and the NDIS.

Stephanie Black

BHlthSci, MOT
Occupational Therapist

Steph graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Occupational Therapy. Steph is a compassionate and motivated paediatric occupational therapist with a gentle and caring nature. Steph has previously worked in an early intervention preschool program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability and genetic disorders, and is committed to collaborating with all the important people in a child’s life to move children toward independence and successful participation in their daily lives. 

Kirsty Bruce

MSLP (Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP
Speech Pathologist

Kirsty graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. Since graduating Kirsty has worked in a variety of paediatric private practices, in school and clinic-based settings. She has experience working with a wide range of children and their various strengths and challenges. Kirsty is passionate about the importance of early intervention in giving a child the skills to carry forward through life. Kirsty has a particular interest in early language development, and loves helping children learn through play.

Cassandra Lingonis

BSP (Hons) (Speech Pathology), MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Cassandra graduated from the University of Newcastle with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Since graduating, Cassandra has experience with working with speech, language, fluency and literacy difficulties across a range of paediatric private settings, where she provided services in both the school and clinic-based environment. Cassandra also has experience working with children with additional difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, genetic disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Attention Deficit Disorder. Cassandra has worked closely with children and their families, as well as collaborating with teachers and other professionals involved, to develop the most holistic approach in achieving each individual goal for families. Cassandra has a strong passion working with children to get them ready for school, particularly with their speech, language and stuttering difficulties. Cassandra believes that communication is a right for each individual person and she is dedicated to provide the support required to gain this outcome.

Helen Collier

BHlthSci, MOT
Occupational Therapist

Helen graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Master of Occupational Therapy. She has worked in a number of settings including private practice and non-government organisations specialising in providing support for children with a disability or developmental delay and their families. Helen has a passion for supporting children of different ages and abilities, using creative, fun and evidence-based strategies to enable children and their families to get the best outcomes. She has a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has experience in a range of strategies and approaches to help support children with ASD and their families. Helen believes strongly in the importance of early intervention and working as a team with the tribe of people in a child’s life.

Rebecca Morgan

BSpPath, MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Rebecca graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. Rebecca is a bubbly and skilled Speech Pathologist who joined the team early in 2017. Rebecca has experience across school and clinic-based settings, working closely with children facing speech, language and fluency difficulties. She has a strong interest in early language development and has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome and articulation difficulties. Rebecca is committed to effecting meaningful change in a child and their family’s lives.

Monique Helmers

B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Monique graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She has experience working in a variety of clinic and school-based settings. Monique has worked with a wide range of children with speech, language and literacy needs and has experience working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability and Global Developmental Delay. Monique has a particular interest in early language development. Monique is passionate about taking a family-centred approach to intervention and supporting people with communication difficulties to reach their full potential.

Virginia Carabez

B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Virginia graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology).  She has worked in a variety of settings including NGOs, private practice, and early intervention. She has a love for helping children with a span of disabilities, with a particular interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and has a wealth of knowledge and extensive practical experience on the most effective ways to treat children with a range of challenges. While having a strong belief that early intervention is important for giving children the best start in life, her experience has given her an equally strong belief that children of any age can continue to develop and learn in order to reach their true potential and loves working with families to achieve their goals.

Megan Pollett

B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP
Speech Pathologist

Megan graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Megan has worked for many years in private practices, delivering clinic and school-based therapy and assessment to children from different cultural backgrounds and with different disorder types and disabilities. Megan is a methodical, calm and skilled therapist who connects well with those she is working with and has a particular interest in working with school-aged children and their families to help develop language and literacy skills including improved reading and writing. She is also interested in developing communication and language skills in preschool-aged children and she works hard to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients.

Rebecca Goetz

BAppSci (Occupational Therapy)
Occupational Therapist

Rebecca Graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and has worked in paediatric occupational therapy in private practice since. Rebecca has experience working with children with fine and gross motor difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing difficulties/differences. Rebecca enjoys facilitating fun and functional therapy sessions to improve children’s abilities to engage in everyday activities and to enjoy their lives. She has a special interest in supporting children with physical and genetic disabilities, emotional regulation difficulties and developmental disabilities.

Rachel Smith

BA, MOT
Occupational Therapist

Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Rachel has experience working in a range of children’s health settings including private practice, NSW Health and non-government sector. Rachel is passionate about building resilience, emotional intelligence and confidence with children through participation in meaningful play-based activities. Rachel’s strength is collaborative coaching with schools, educators and parents to build an understanding of the implications of health issues on a child’s learning, emotional, social and play development. Rachel endeavours to empower teachers and parents with practical strategies customized to a child’s individual learning needs. She has experience working with children with a range of strengths, abilities and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorders, developmental delay, ADHD, ADD, ODD, intellectual disability, genetic conditions, trauma, sensory processing difficulties, learning difficulties, gross and fine motor difficulties.

Louise Colvin

BAppSci, OT
Occupational Therapist

Louise graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). Louise is passionate about providing family centred goal directed therapy that is fun and engaging. Louise has experiencein providing therapy to enhance independence, self-care, play and social skills for young children with disabilities and developmental delay. Louise has a special interest in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and has enjoyed previous work as a support worker at ASPECT, giving her an excellent insight into daily living for adults and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her experience has taught her that a team approach is of incredible benefit to a child and she seeks to collaborate with all members of a child’s team.

Corinne Freeman 

Occupational Therapist

Corinne graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. Corinne worked as an Occupational Therapist in the non-government sector in an early intervention preschool program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, Intellectual Disability and genetic disorders before moving to the United Kingdom for three years. Whilst there, Corinne worked at specialist disability schools for children and adolescents with autism, physical and visual impairments as well as working in the community as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in the National Health System (NHS) working in clinics, school and satellite hubs. Corinne has a passion for working with children and young people to help make meaningful, lasting and positive changes to their lives. Corinne has a flexible approach, individualising therapy to the needs of the individual.

Monrada Vongphakdi

BPsySc; MSpPathSt, MSPAA, CPSP
Speech Pathologist

Monrada graduated from the University of Queensland with a Master of Speech Pathology Studies. She loves working together with families to help them achieve their goals, using a client-centered approach in all aspects of therapy. Monrada is a calm, caring and supportive therapist who has experience working with children with various diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Down Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment and Global Developmental Delay, and has a particular interest in working with school aged children in the areas of phonological awareness and literacy skills to access the school curriculum. She enjoys making sessions fun and functional, and combines evidence-based strategies with the child’s interests to ensure the best therapy outcomes. Monrada is passionate about the importance of communication for social and academic success, as well as for overall well-being.

Sophie Cole

Occupational Therapist
BAppSci (Occupational Therapy)

Sophie graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy). She has experience working in paediatric private clinics with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder, attention difficulties, developmental delays and fine and gross motor difficulties. She works with the child, parents, teachers and other health professionals to create individualised and family-centred goals and interventions. Sophie is a passionate and caring OT, who strives to make each therapy session fun and motivating for all. Sophie has a passion for working with preschool and school aged children to develop the skills required for the classroom.

Susanna Cornish

Speech Pathologist
BAppSci (Speech Pathology)  

Susanna graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She has experience working with children with a range of diagnoses in schools, clinics and community health centres. Susanna is a passionate and caring clinician with a particular interest in fluency and voice. Her broad experience means she is able to deliver quality service to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental delay, language delay and articulation difficulties. She believes in the power of communication and is dedicated to helping children and their families work to achieve their goals.

Georgia Kollias

Occupational Therapist
BOT

Georgia graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Georgia is an enthusiastic and empathetic therapist who endeavours to make therapy sessions fun and interactive. She is passionate about helping children and their families in achieving their desired goals and maximising their independence in daily activities. Georgia has experience in working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Fine and Gross Motor difficulties and behavioural challenges. Georgia believes in collaborating with significant people in the child’s life and working as a team to ensure the child receives the best possible outcomes.

Holly Huckstepp

Occupational Therapist
BOccThy

Holly graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She has experience working with people with a range of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delay, learning difficulties and motor coordination difficulties in school and community settings. She found her passion for working with children and their families through her previous work, as well as whilst studying and supporting people with disabilities in a disability support worker role. Holly is passionate about supporting children and their families to live their lives to the fullest and feels it is pivotal to apply a family-centered approach to make sure the child gets the most out of their therapy. She has an interest in promoting independence in everyday tasks by developing fine and gross motor skills and social skills interventions. When providing therapy, she ensures each person’s session is individualised, fun and beneficial.

 

Susan Roberts

Speech Pathologist
BSpHLSc, MSpchLngPath

Susan graduated from Macquarie University with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. Susan is a supportive and caring therapist who is passionate about working collaboratively with children, their families and teachers to achieve meaningful communication goals to help children reach their full potential. She has a particular interest in early language development, as well as working with children with speech difficulties.

Nicole Muscat

Speech Pathologist
MSpPath

Nicole graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech Language Pathology in 2013, with a clinical background in human physiology and motor learning. She joined the Inner West Paediatrics team in 2020.

Nicole is a confident, highly empathetic and engaging therapist who is skilled in the assessment and treatment of paediatric fluency, literacy, language, speech and social skills difficulties. She has a special clinical interest in paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders.

Striving for professional growth and continued skill development, Nicole’s work has spanned vastly different Sydney communities, as well as all stages of the educational curriculum. Of note are her several years of experience as the in-house speech pathologist at a private Sydney boy’s school.

Nicole believes firmly in delivering evidence based and holistic interventions that are guided by each child’s unique strengths, personality and needs.

Kate Hodge

Speech Pathologist
B.App.Sc(Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP

Kate graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Developing a particular interest for paediatric feeding Kate has worked extensively in Multidisciplinary Feeding Teams in both clinic, hospital and private settings in Australia and the UK for over a decade.

With a speciality in paediatric feeding and swallowing difficulties, Kate has worked with a wide range of children from neonates to adolescents. She has a particular interest in premature infants, medically complex children and tube weaning.  Kate is also passionate about working with families to develop enjoyable and rewarding mealtime relationships. As a mother herself, she finds it both motivating and deeply fulfilling to make a positive difference to the lives of children and their parents.
Hannah Woods

Practice Manager

Ciara Mulhall

Allied Health Assistant

Gina Vella

Receptionist

Christine Battiato

Receptionist

Chris Anastasiou

Administration Support

Join Our Team

We’re always on the lookout for great therapists to join our dynamic practice. Inner West Paediatrics offers a friendly, inclusive team culture with strong values of trust, integrity, communication and fun. Interested in making a difference? Get in touch at info@innerwestpaediatrics.com.au.