1. Core Beliefs
  2. Our Team
  3. Our Clinic
  4. Our Process
  5. Partnerships

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

·       PROMPT (dyspraxia)

·       Verbal Motor Learning (dyspraxia)

·       Early Start Denver Model

·       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

Nic is passionate about helping families with children with complex and multiple disabilities and play based therapy.

Nic is also the practice manager of the Voice Within. As Practice Manager, he is our liaison person for any queries, cancellations or payments, and will be able to answer all of your questions relating to appointments, costs and resources to assist your time at the Voice Within.

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VERONICA CHAN:
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

 

Veronica completed her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in 2014, following her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne, with a double major in Linguistics and Spanish. Prior to being a speech language pathologist, she worked in the University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Speech and Hearing Sciences) as a research assistant, where she gained knowledge and hands on skills working with multilingual children and families.

 

Veronica has joined the Voice Within team since 2015 and she has rich experience managing a variety of complex cases. She is a passionate therapist and devotes maximum energy to succeeding. She continues to increase her knowledge and has undergone different professional development programs in the areas of autism, stuttering, ADHD, phonological awareness, swallowing and apraxia of speech.

 

Veronica is also a multilingual speaker of Cantonese, Mandarin, English and Spanish. She is passionate in bringing out the best potential that is within a child. She believes in the importance of using a child’s special talents and interests to develop speech, language and communication goals. She looks forward to providing multilingual speech therapy services to children and families that are in need.

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ROSY PEARCE:
APPLIED BEHAVIOUR ANALYST

 

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.

SHELLEY BLIGNAUT:
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 OT could support with 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.

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BRACHA TSAP:
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

 

Bracha is a certified and experienced Speech Pathologist with a strong passion for improving quality of life through her clinical skills. Following completion of her Bachelor of Speech Pathology degree in 2006, she has had the privilege of being part of multiple environments of practice within the education system and private practices. Bracha has completed a number of specialised training which include Introduction to PROMPT, BLADES Language Therapy and Management of School Aged Stuttering. She was also part of the National Speech Pathology Conference in 2014. Her clinical skills combined with strong dedication and values, allow excellent flexibility in supporting our team and families.

NICOLA ANGLIN:
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

 

Nicola is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from La Trobe University with a Master of Speech Pathology. She has worked and volunteered with children, adolescents and adults in clinical, educational and hospital settings. Nicola is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the association’s Professional Self Regulation program. She continues to develop her knowledge and skills in areas including Key Word Sign, Cued Articulation and the Hanen and Early Start Denver Model approaches to autism.

Nicola is particularly passionate about voice in children and adults and has a special interest in voice feminisation for transgender clients. As leader of the Victorian Voice Interest Group, Nicola organises professional development events for speech pathologists to update their knowledge and skills and promote evidence-based therapy. She is also trained in the internationally renowned Lee Silverman Voice Technique for individuals with Parkinsons disease.

With her caring and creative approach, Nicola builds working relationships with clients quickly and personalises therapy for every individual. She involves the client’s support network to ensure outcomes are successfully transferred from the clinic to everyday life.

EMMA HARVEY:
SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

 

Emma is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She is passionate about working with children and adults with a broad range of communication difficulties, and is committed to using evidence-based approaches to promote functional communication skills to empower clients to participate in all aspects of life.
Emma has clinical experience across a variety of settings, including community health, hospitals, primary schools, and private practice, and has worked with people of all ages across various aspects of communication and swallowing. Her particular interest lies in developing the language, literacy, and social communication skills of school-aged children, to enable them to engage in learning and develop meaningful relationships with peers. Emma’s strength is her ability to provide consistent family-centred care; she engages with clients in a warm manner to develop rapport and include clients in the therapeutic process.
Emma is dedicated to ongoing education and professional development as a clinician. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the association’s Professional Self-Regulation program.

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.

ANTONIA McCURDY:
FAMILY SUPPORT COORDINATOR

 

Antonia is a Masters of Speech Pathology student and is our Family Support Coordinator. Antonia is our point of call for initial contact, scheduling and social media queries. She has a strong passion in literacy and has completed the Multisensory Structured Language (MSL) training for literacy and language development. Her interest in learning and connecting to families is in line with our goal of maintaining a family centred clinic.