Voice Within Team

We are a team of dedicated, multidisciplinary therapists and professionals who are passionate about partnering with individuals to help them develop to their best potential.

Meet the team

Nichols Pakkiam

Senior Speech Pathologist & Practice Manager

Lisa Newman

Senior Speech Pathologist

Yakira Sarachik

Speech Pathologist

Nicolette Choo

Speech Pathologist

Carmen Chan

Speech Pathologist

Shelley Blingnaut

Occupational Therapist

Rosy Romanella

Applied Behaviour Analyst

Madeleine Rochecouste

Managing Director

Nichols Pakkiam

Senior Speech Pathologist & Practice Manager

Lisa Newman

Senior Speech Pathologist

Yakira Sarachik

Speech Pathologist

Nicolette Choo

Speech Pathologist

Carmen Chan

Speech Pathologist

Shelley Blingnaut

Occupational Therapist

Rosy Romanella

Applied Behaviour Analyst

Madeleine Rochecouste

Managing Director

Nichols Pakkiam

Senior Speech Pathologist and Practice Manager

Nichols (Nic) is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from University of Queensland with a Masters of Speech Pathology. He is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is involved in their professional self-regulation program. He has worked across a variety of settings including private practice, hospitals, community health, supported accommodation and education.

Nic is passionate about helping families with children with complex and multiple disabilities and play based therapy. Supervision of clnicians and stakeholders is also an area of professional interest.

Nic has extensive experience working with complex disorders and managing diverse needs. He has had professional development in:

  • PROMPT (Apraxia of Speech)
  • Verbal Motor Learning (Apraxia of Speech)
  • Introduction Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) – Introduction to ABA training
  • Lidcombe for stuttering
  • AAC with complex disabilities
  • SOS for feeding
  • Hanen “Takes Two to Talk”
  • Teaching people with visual and hearing impairments
  • Multisensory Structured Learning (MSL) training for literacy – Play Skills Training – Zones of Regulation for Emotional Regulation

Nic is also the Practice Manager of the Voice Within.

Lisa Newman

Senior Speech Pathologist

Lisa Newman is a certified practising speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a dedicated and passionate therapist and enjoys providing support to clients and their families. Lisa has worked across a variety of sectors, including the Education Department, Catholic Education, in Public and Private Schools and Private Practice.

Lisa provides assessment and remediation for a range of communication disorders in pre-school and school aged children and is committed to early intervention. She is particularly interested in working with children with speech and language delay, pragmatic, social and cognitive communication disorders.

She is especially passionate about providing Social Skills Group support to children with social and emotional challenges. Lisa works together with families and other multi-disciplinary specialists, including education and support staff, in order to facilitate optimal outcomes for children and their families.

Therapy may be provided in the clinic, home, school environment or by telehealth, and may consist of individual or small group sessions or a combination of both. Lisa believes therapy should be fun, creative and play based, in addition to using evidence-based therapy techniques.

Lisa is committed to her ongoing personal professional development to improve knowledge and skills.

Yakira Sarachik

Speech Pathologist

Yakira is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from La Trobe University with a Master of Speech Pathology. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Yakira has a passion for early intervention and enjoys problem solving with complex cases, always showing versatility as a therapist using a variety of approaches.

She enjoys combining play with evidence-based therapy techniques to ensure that children have fun whilst they attend therapy. Yakira looks forward to helping every client exceed their potential.

Nicolette Choo

Speech Pathologist

Nicolette is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She has experience working with children and adults who have difficulties with speech, language, literacy and/or social communication; in a variety of settings including private practice, hospital and schools. She is also a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in their Professional Self-Regulation program.

Nicolette has a keen interest in helping children who are struggling with their speech, language, literacy and/or social development and is passionate about early intervention for young children. She always strives to combine evidence-based approaches with fun and creative therapy ideas to help her clients reach their communication goals. As a clinician, Nicolette believes that family-centred care is an important and integral aspect of therapy and is committed to working collaboratively with her clients and their families during the therapeutic process.

Nicolette is also a bilingual speaker of English and Mandarin. She is passionate about empowering her bilingual and Mandarin-speaking clients to reach their full potential and helping their families understand ways to support their children communicatively.

Carmen Chan

Speech Pathologist

Carmen is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from Latrobe University with a Master of Speech Pathology. She is passionate about providing family centered care to children and adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.

Carmen is particularly interested in working with preschool and school aged children who present with speech sound disorders, literacy difficulties, pragmatic difficulties and language delay. Carmen enjoys working collaboratively with her clients and their families to develop family centered goals and therapy plans. Carmen aims to make therapy as fun, engaging and functional as possible whilst within the realm of evidence-based practice.

Carmen is dedicated to lifelong learning. She enjoys participating in professional development and keeping up to date with the latest research through the International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology.

Shelley Blingnaut

Occupational Therapist

Shelley is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist (OT) who studied in Auckland, New Zealand. Originally born in Zimbabwe, she has worked in New Zealand and England alongside children and adults in schools, community, rest homes and mental health settings. Since living in Melbourne she has worked in private practice, special development schools and in a non-profit organisation, as well as in the role of an NDIS coordinator.

With background in the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and continued professional development in various OT areas, Shelley has a special interest in play therapy, sensory integration and increasing school readiness skills.

Areas Shelley can support as an Occupational Therapist include:
1. Fine motor (physically playing with toys, pre-writing and writing skills)
2. Gross motor (jumping, hopping, riding bike, ball games etc)
3. Self-cares (toileting, sleeping, eating, dressing, bathing)
4. Sensory integration
5. Play/Social skills
6. Attention to tasks.

Rosy Romanella

Applied Behaviour Analyst – Clinical partner from ABA Kids

Rosy is a Board Certified Assistant Behaviour Analyst (BCaBA) and has been working in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis for 15 years. Over this time, Rosy has worked in a variety of locations designing and implementing early intensive ABA programs, with age groups ranging from 1-14 years of age. Rosy has a passion for evidenced based treatment, ensuring best outcomes for all that she serves. In her own time, Rosy enjoys dancing, stand up paddle boarding and playing with her pets. Rosy manages her team for ABA Programs through ABA Kids.

Madeleine Rochecouste

Managing Director

As Voice Within Therapy Centre’s Managing Director, Madeleine Rochecouste is passionate about empowering the Voice Within team members, clients, families and key stakeholders to achieve their goals and further develop to their best potential. With an expertise in creating, launching, growing, managing and marketing innovative solutions to those who need them, Madeleine has a strong and established business and marketing background, co-founding multiple products and start-ups – most notably NOWpresso portable espresso machine and co-creating the Milkshake App by Envato. Madeleine is grateful for the opportunity to now work alongside her husband Nichols Pakkiam in managing and growing the Voice Within.

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