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. 

Gillian Bennett

MSLP (Speech Pathology) MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Gillian graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. She spent two years living and working as a Speech Pathologist in London before joining the team at Inner West Paediatrics. Gillian has experience working in school and clinic-based settings with children, their families and teachers on a variety of communication difficulties in both the public and private sector. She has worked with a wide range of children with speech, fluency, and language difficulties as well as with Autism Spectrum Disorder and loves early language development. Gillian is a dedicated and caring therapist and is passionate about supporting children and their families to meet their goals and achieve positive outcomes.

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.

Bridget Quinlivan

BSpHearingSc, BSPath(Hons), MSPAA, CPSP
Hanen Certified Speech Pathologist

Bridget graduated from the University of Newcastle NSW with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). She initially worked in private practice in Sydney before moving over to London to work for the National Health Service for 18 months. Bridget has worked in various settings such as clinics, mainstream schools and support units. She has experience working with children with a range of difficulties including articulation, language, fluency and feeding with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Bridget completed Attention Autism training in 2018 and enjoys running groups. Bridget is a passionate and empathetic therapist who strives to make her sessions fun and engaging. She believes that there is always a way to troubleshoot challenges in order to help children reach their full potential. Bridget advocates for a family centered approach, ensuring that parents are involved in the goal setting and therapy so that they feel empowered to continue working towards progress at home.

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.

Annabelle Abbruzzo

BOccThy
Occupational Therapist

Annabelle graduated from the Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. She has always had a passion for helping people and loves to engage and interact with children which led to her desire to become a Paediatric Occupational Therapist. Annabelle believes in making therapy fun to motivate children to meet their goals and increase their functioning in everyday activities. She believes it is important to collaborate with families and teachers to ensure the best outcome. Annabelle has had experience in teaching strategies for emotional regulation, particularly with children impacted by developmental trauma and has an interest in both physical and intellectual disabilities. She has a range of experience working with children with varied strengths and diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay, fine and gross motor difficulties and emotional regulation difficulties. Annabelle is dedicated to supporting children to reach their full potential using a strengths based and family centred approach.

Gina Vella

Receptionist

Christine Battiato

Receptionist

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.