Speech Pathologists

Cindy

Cindy Leighton

Team Leader – Speech Pathology CPSP

Cindy is a talented and experienced speech pathologist of more than 25 years. She holds the role of Team Leader – Speech Pathology whilst like everyone else still seeing some clients. Her primary focus is our Gawler Office and Clare outreach as well as working with Diana and Kim on the professional support program for all staff. She has long term experience with clients who have complex needs and require Augmentative or Alternate communication systems, children with early language needs and language and literacy within the school aged population. She also has a history of working in health with adults with Dysphagia.

Specialisations

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • ASD and Intellectual Disability
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Leadership and Professional Support

Kim Adams

Kim Adams

Team Leader – Speech Pathology CPSP

Kim brings a number of highly valuable skills to this practice. As well as an experienced speech pathologist and clinical educator, she is a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and a fluent Auslan speaker. Kim, up until recently has been the Deputy Principal at Klemzig Primary School which has a hearing impaired unit but has now joined Good Prospects on a full-time basis as Team Leader – Speech Pathology. Her leadership skills in this practice across her range of experiences are considered invaluable and she like all senior staff are involved directly in seeing clients.

Specialisations

  • Hearing Impairment
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child speech
  • Curriculum related issues
  • Clinical education
  • Auslan speaking
  • Leadership and Professional Support

Maria Kambanaros

Dr. Maria Kambanaros

Speech Pathology Consultant

Maria studied Speech Pathology at Flinders University of South Australia. In 2004, she received her doctoral qualifications in Speech Pathology and is also currently a Professor in the speech pathology course at UNI SA. She has worked as a clinician for 35 years. Her primary areas of expertise are in the assessment and intervention of bilingual adults and children with any of the above-mentioned conditions. She can also offer assessment and therapy services in the Greek language. She is an active researcher and has had several publications of her own, and with colleagues in the clinical areas highlighted below. Maria works out of our Prospect office on Thursday evenings and on Saturdays.

Specialisations

  • Neurotypical ageing (language and memory abilities)
  • Post-stroke and other neurologically induced language impairments including dementia and primary progressive aphasia
  • Developmental language disorder/specific language impairment
  • Professional support for less experienced staff
  • Greek Speaking

Alice Carr

Alice Carr

Senior Speech Pathologist – CPSP

Originally from Renmark, Alice worked at Novita in Adelaide for 2 years and has recently returned home from the U.K., where she worked for three years. She has gained valuable experience at several specialised schools and has worked with a variety of age groups. Enjoying working with young children, Alice is excited to bring her knowledge to Good Prospects’ clientele. She is also looking forward to bringing all of her experience back to the Riverland and developing more skills in working with the elderly.

Specialisations

  • ASD and disability
  • Early intervention
  • Complex needs and PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties)
  • AAC

Lakkari Rigney

Lakkari Rigney

Senior Speech Pathologist – CPSP

With previous experience in the private sector and provision of multi-disciplinary services, Lakkari is a talented and proudly indigenous (Ngarrindjeri) speech pathologist who holds a first class honours degree in swallowing. Experienced with AAC and early intervention, Lakkari also has a depth of experience with adults working with swallowing and adult rehabilitation, feeding and school aged clients. She is passionate about client centred care and strong collaborative practice.

Specialisations

  • Swallowing/Dysphagia
  • Early, pre-school, school and adolescent language (including Intellectual Disability and ASD)
  • Child and adult speech
  • Adult rehabilitation
  • Feeding and mealtime management
  • Alternate and Augmentative communication
  • Aboriginal-Ngarrindjeri

Henry Arrowsmith

Henry Arrowsmith

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Henry holds a Master of Speech Pathology, and came to the profession through a background in Acting. This is where he first discovered his passion for Voice, which is now a keen interest for him within Speech Pathology. Henry brings a variety of experiences and knowledge to working with his clients, no matter their age! He is passionate about working in a client-centred manner, and has experience working with language, speech, literacy and fluency disorders.

Specialisations

  • Voice Therapy
  • Transgender Voice
  • Fluency
  • Literacy
  • Speech and Language (adults and children)

Louisa Crotti

Louisa Crotti

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Louisa holds a Masters of Speech Pathology degree. She also has a Bachelor in Psychological Science and has placement experience in rehabilitation, school-based intervention and early intervention. Louisa is passionate about providing person-centred therapy and believes in the right for everyone to communicate and be heard by their loved ones and community.

Specialisations

  • Paediatric language/literacy
  • Paediatric speech
  • Early intervention
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive communication/social skills

Rebecca Jachmann-Evans

Rebecca Jachmann-Evans

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Bec holds a Masters of Speech Pathology degree. She enjoys the scope speech pathology has to offer and is very person-centred in her approach to diagnosis and therapy. Rebecca loves to work with a variety of clients (and their caregivers) to achieve the best possible outcomes for each personal circumstance across the lifespan. She particularly enjoys the triumphs and challenges associated with Early Intervention Therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Dysphagia (Swallowing). Bec understands that if therapy is a necessary part of life, it shouldn’t be boring. So, she aims to use play-based learning as often as possible to maximise learning through fun!

Specialisations

  • Early Intervention
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (particularly girls)
  • Dysphagia
  • Articulation
  • Communication & Social Skills

Gabrielle Lopa

Gabrielle Lopa

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Gabi is a speech pathologist who brings an extensive array of skills, knowledge and life and professional experiences to Good Prospects. She is a mother of four children (aged 5 – 27yrs), with clinical experiences working in disabilities in regional SA. She is passionate about high quality, holistic and person/family-centred care and making a positive contribution to increase the quality of life for clients and their support networks. In her continuing work as a professional musician and community worker she has lived and worked within diverse communities regarding identity, gender, socio-economic status, cultural and linguistic background, disability and neurodiversity. She has experience in a range of areas working with adults and children. Her primary focus is in voice and transgender voice.

Specialisations

  • Voice therapy
  • Transgender Voice Therapy
  • Fluency
  • Dysphagia
  • Feeding and mealtime management
  • Adult Disability and Rehabilitation

Hannah Luxton

Hannah Luxton

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

In addition to being a Speech Pathologist, Hannah has a degree in Behavioural Science (Psychology). She is passionate about working with clients and their families in a holistic and inclusive manner. Her areas of experience include working with children who have speech and language difficulties, fluency disorders (stuttering) and adult swallowing assessments. She has worked across pre-schools and schools in both metropolitan and country locations.

Specialisations

  • Child speech
  • Fluency
  • School age language and literacy
  • Dysphagia or Swallowing
  • Tele-health

Laura Mattiazzo

Laura Mattiazzo

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Laura has a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology with over 10 years’ experience in the Health Care Industry. She has a broad range of experience including being passionate about early feeding issues through to school age assessment and therapy and working with adults with complex disabilities. She has a strong volunteer history as well including mentoring less experienced speech pathologists and providing services in Thailand as a part of a volunteer Speech Pathology program.

Specialisations

  • Early feeding including babies
  • Adult Disability
  • School Aged children
  • Laryngeal issues and older people
  • Multi-cultural practice
  • Italian Speaking

Emily Meagher

Emily Meagher

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Originally from Sydney, Emily is a recent graduate from the University of Newcastle. Throughout her degree she has gained experience in preschool outreach, community health, and rehabilitation settings. She also has experience in transgender voice therapy, high level aphasia, and dysphagia.
Emily is looking forward to working with all groups in the Riverland, and will be doing some work within aged care facilities.

Specialisations

  • Language therapy
  • Dementia and Parkinson’s management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia
  • Aphasia, Dysarthria
  • Voice therapy

Rachel Rebello

Rachel Rebello

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Rachel originally completed her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology from Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Karnataka, India. She now also holds a Masters Degree from Flinders University. Being exposed to the profession for nearly six years, Rachel has developed a keen interest to grow in the field of Speech Pathology and provide evidence-based speech pathology intervention to individuals with various disabilities. She is a client-centered clinician who is always enthusiastic about creating a positive impact on their quality of life.

Specialisations (Adult and Child)

  • Early intervention
  • Adult speech and language
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Indian languages spoken (Konkani, Kannada, Hindi)

Emma Stewart

Emma Stewart

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Emma holds a Masters of Speech Pathology degree. In addition to her Masters, Emma also holds a Bachelor of Medical Science, where she gained experience and knowledge in how the body works, with emphasis on anatomy and brain function. She has a passion for improving the lives of both children and adults with delayed or disordered speech and language, cognitive communication difficulties and swallowing difficulties.

Specialisations

  • Paediatric language
  • Paediatric speech
  • Dysphagia
  • Cognitive communication

Justine Tilly-Ruffin

Justine Tilly-Ruffino

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Justine holds a Masters of Speech and Language Pathology degree, as well as a bachelor’s degree in History and Sociology and a graduate certificate in Multiple Disabilities. She has placement experience in adult brain injury rehabilitation, paediatric speech and language, and school-based intervention. Justine has a passion for communication and gives back in her community by volunteering for the Ice Factor Program, coaching Ice Hockey, and teaching life skills in her spare time.

 

Specialisations

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation (Stroke/ABI)
  • Paediatric – Adolescent Language/Literacy
  • Paediatric – Adolescent Cognitive Communication (social skills)
  • Paediatric Speech

Baenita Thiveanathan

Baenita Thiveanathan

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Baenita worked at Good Prospects via tele-health from Singapore due to COVID. She worked as a speech assistant with Riverland and metro clients and now has returned to Australia working as a fully qualified and talented Speech Pathologist in our Salisbury and Gawler offices as well as being an expert in telehealth. Baenita is passionate about working with speech and language disorders and has a very easy and approachable manner. She has experience in a range of areas working with both adults and children and is highly efficient and organised in everything that she does.

Specialisations (Adult and Child)

  • Speech
  • Language
  • Social Skills
  • Swallowing
  • Voice
  • Mandarin, basic Malay and Tamil speaking

Chelsea Walker

Chelsea Walker

Certified Practising Speech Pathologist

Chelsea is an Honours Graduate of Flinders University having written a paper on water protocols in relation to swallowing in hospitals. Her experience includes working with Autism, SA, Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre with Adults working with Children at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Specialisations

  • Early intervention
  • Child speech and language
  • Adult language and rehabilitation
  • Dysphagia (Swallowing)
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication
  • Working with complex Disability including ASD

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