At Peninsula Speech Plus we are committed to the ongoing development of our team. We invest in training and career development for the whole team.

This enables us to improve our techniques all the time based on research outcomes. Applying an evidence-based practice ensures that our patients receive the most effective and relevant treatments.

Peninsula Speech Plus is the Team. 

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Megan Ingram

Speech Pathologist / Director

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I believe everyone has the right to live their best lives.  It is my job to support people and families to achieve their goals and dreams.  When I am not at work, I enjoy cooking, having people over for dinner and hanging with my teenage kids while I can. 

Margo O’Callaghan

Speech Pathologist / Director

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I came from a background in Customer Service and began my career as a Speech Pathologist over 20 years ago working with adults and the aged community. After a sea change to the Peninsula in 2001 to raise my family, I started work with PSPS in 2003, becoming a partner and Director in 2007.  I like to challenge myself, know how things ‘work’ and learn new things. The last 14 years have been spent developing expertise in Paediatric practice whilst continuing to work with adult clients.  I think I’ve learnt as much from my clients as might have from me. Seeing people strive so hard to be their best is humbling, and being able to contribute to their growth, a privilege. I love problem solving and coming up with novel ideas to help each individual. My family and I are proud, active members of the Disabled Surfers Association – Peninsula Branch. Secretly….I’m an old fashioned gal who can cook, sew, knit and ballroom dance!!

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Tracey Ayton

Speech Pathologist

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I have been a speech pathologist for a very long time and continue to find it an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. I love working with children, their families and teachers and feel so appreciative of being able to share the journey with them.  I love sorting out the puzzle that many children present with and celebrating the success of achieving independent communication, in whatever form best suits that child. 

Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, going to the beach, playing golf, travelling, fishing and generally spending time outdoors.

Jacinta Filliponi

Speech Pathologist

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Jacinta is a practising member of Speech Pathology Australia.  Since graduating from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology, she has focussed on assessment and treatment of paediatric speech and language disorders. Jacinta has worked with a variety of clients including children with: Autism, Down Syndrome, Cleft Palate, Selective Mutism, and other disorders. Jacinta has worked in a wide variety of settings including private practice, the Department of Education and private schools. Jacinta is experienced in running group sessions as well as individual therapy. Jacinta also graduated from The University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with majors in Anatomy, Human Biology and Physiology and has many years experience working closely with children as a Nanny.

Jess Carpenter

Speech Pathologist

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“Jess specialises in working with older children and young adults who have ASD, language difficulties/disorders and social, emotional and mental health difficulties. She currently runs clinical sessions and social groups across both Frankston and Mornington clinics, as well as working in schools across the peninsula. Jess loves seeing the difference therapy has on a client’s life and tries to make sessions as fun as possible. When she’s not working she enjoys spending time at the beach with a good book.”

Kerry Holland

Speech Pathologist

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With over 20 years of Speech Pathology practice, I have worked with children in the preschool years to well within adolescence.  Starting my career with the education department, I then moved to work with children and teens within the child and adolescent mental health sector.  I am currently working in preschool and school settings focusing on language and literacy.  There is nothing more satisfying than working with children and their families to achieve their communication goals.  

Kate Lovig

Speech Pathologist

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Kate joins Pen Speech Plus.  She loves working with families and children to build skills and capacity.  

Tiahn Holloway

Speech Pathologist

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My experience as a Paediatric Speech Pathologist has been based across Early Intervention as well as Private Practice caseloads. I get a lot of satisfaction advocating for my clients to help them progress across all day to day settings. Seeing children develop new skills and watching parents feel supported and become less stressed is what I enjoy most about my job. When I’m not at work my three children (particularly my energetic two year old)  keep my active and busy.

Danielle Vidoni

Speech Pathologist

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Danielle has graduated from La Trobe University with a Masters of Speech Pathology. She is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Professional Committee member for Aphasia Victoria. 

Upon completing a Bachelor of Design, she decided to become a speech pathologist due to her passion for helping people achieve their functional-communication goals. Her previous qualification and experiences have given her a unique, creative and engaging edge to her speech pathology practice.  

Danielle is interested in supporting the individual needs of her clients across the lifespan and is both passionate about advocating for her client’s needs and providing evidence-based intervention through a client-centred care approach. 

Danielle believes in working collaboratively and closely with her clients and their families to establish and achieve client-centred goals, increase participation and foster a sense of empowerment. 

 

When Danielle is not working, she enjoys walking her two fur babies (Billie and Cooper), cooking, gardening and eating out with friends.  

Roshen Thomasz

Speech Pathologist

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Since graduating from the Australian Catholic University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Speech Pathology, I have been busy supporting people across the lifespan achieve their communication goals. I currently work two days a week in the clinic, predominately supporting people experiencing a range of communication or swallowing issues. I became a speech pathologist as I wanted a career where I could help others achieve their basic human right to communicate so they can be full participants in their community. I have a wide range of interests and provide evidence-based treatments for people experiencing speech sound errors, childhood apraxia of speech, stuttering, adult dysphagia, aphasia, cognitive communication disorders, socio-emotional regulation, and complex-communication needs requiring Assistive Technology. When I am not in clinic, I am based in schools supporting children with disabilities in mainstream schools and on the No Limits literacy-based program.  I am also undergoing further training to provide treatments for sensory feeding issues and complete videofluoroscopic swallow studies. When I am not in the clinic, I am spending time with my three fur babies, who occasionally stop by the office to say hello!

Mark Le

Speech Pathologist

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Mark comes to us from the Department of Education and Noahs Ark.  He works with a diverse caseload which includes early intervention through to adult disability

Lesley O'Donohue

Speech Pathologist

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After almost two decades in primary school education, first as an aide and later as a teacher, I saw firsthand the vital role oral language plays in a child’s ability to access all aspects of learning and the curriculum. I also witnessed the difficulty parents in my regional area of Bass Coast had in accessing Speech Pathology services. So, becoming a speech pathologist was the obvious next step for me. I am very excited to be able to support local families and clients of all ages to achieve their speech, language and literacy goals, while based in Wonthaggi. When I’m not in the clinic, I love looking after my chooks and veggie garden, cooking and eating, crafting, and enjoying the outdoors with my family and Great Dane puppy. 

Tanya Van Prooyen

Speech Pathologist

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Tanya is passionate and committed to working with people with communication and swallowing difficulties across the lifespan. She strives to help clients achieve their goals and takes pride in her ability to deliver functional, motivating, and engaging sessions. Outside of work, Tanya enjoys learning Spanish, trying new restaurants, seeing live music and going on outdoor adventures.

Jess Geogry

Speech Pathologist

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Tayla is currently on Maternity Leave

Cecile Knights

Speech Pathologist

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Cecile is a warm, compassionate clinician who enjoys working with clients of all ages and walks of life. She understands that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and commits to providing quality services tailored to each client and their family’s needs, celebrating every success along the way. She has experience working in early intervention settings, schools, hospital and rehabilitation facilities and aged care. Outside of work, Cecile loves traveling, cooking and spending time in nature.

Nikola Dixon

Speech Pathologist

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I am a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working closely with kinder kids, school-aged children, and adults to develop communication skills and increase confidence. I have experience working in the areas of speech and language delays, literacy, fluency, and social communication. I enjoy meeting new people and working as a team with incredible individuals, their families, teachers, and educational supports to provide a holistic approach to achieving communication goals.

I am currently involved in the No Limits program, which targets oral language and phonological awareness skills in the kinder and early schooling environment. On the weekend, I enjoy spending time out on the water sailing or stand up paddleboarding, and hanging out with my family, friends and dogs!

Anni Cron

Speech Pathologist

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As a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, Anni is driven to provide and advocate for client-centred and evidence-based care for all. Anni has worked with a variety of clients across the lifespan to help them achieve their speech, language, fluency, voice and swallowing goals. As a LSVT Loud certified clinician, she has a keen interest in Parkinson’s Disease, as well as early intervention. In her spare time, Anni enjoys trying out new recipes and spending time with her family, friends and cat.

Stefani Pelosi

Speech Pathologist

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I am passionate about working with individuals with communication difficulties and their families to achieve their communication goals, no matter how big or small. This includes but is not limited to early learners with articulation, language and functional communication goals as well as children with ASD. I like to make learning fun, natural and functional to make the individual as independent as possible.

In my free time, I enjoy taking long walks in the outdoors, yoga, cooking and trying food from around the world. 

Carmen Roche

Speech Pathologist

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Carmen is a compassionate, caring speech pathologist who is passionate about her work. Carmen believes that developing a close relationship and working with individuals and their families on their goals is at the core of what makes a good speech pathologist. Carmen enjoys working in all areas of speech pathology and has specific experience in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). She has worked for the Department of Education as a speech pathologist for children and adolescents who have a physical disability (e.g. cerebral palsy), complex health need and often a co-diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Outside of work, Carmen loves spending time outside and appreciating the natural world with her young family. 

Jordana Korbl

Speech Pathologist

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Jordana is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with both adults and children of all ages. Jordana has experience working with paediatric speech and language delays, fluency, social communication difficulties as well as adult communication and swallowing. Jordana brings enthusiasm to her work and is dedicated to providing a client centered approach, working closely with families and caregivers to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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Krista Lenders

Occupational Therapist

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I graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (with honours) from Monash University. Since graduating I have worked with children across acute and private practice settings. I am a fun, warm, and nurturing therapist who loves to work with families as part of their ‘team’. I love nothing more than seeing the world through each child’s inquisitive eyes. I am passionate about working with children and their families to develop strong working relationships, and I love being there to celebrate the small milestones that they experience along the way.

I enjoy incorporating my love of being creative in my therapy sessions and getting to know my client’s interests and passions and integrating these into our sessions.

When I am not at work you will find me cooking up storm or getting messy and creative outdoors with my two little ones!

Kate Wormell

Occupational Therapist

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Kate has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist in private practice since graduating from Monash University in 2011.

Kate enjoys helping kids and families improve their independence, well-being and mental health. She always aims to make therapy simple, easy to implement and targeted. She loves her job and this shines through in her therapy sessions.

She will be working across the Frankston and Mornington clinics and will also be on the road visiting local schools and homes.

Eliza Bowen

Occupational Therapist

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Tiffany Banas

Occupational Therapist

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Tiffany is an Occupational Therapist with experience working with paediatrics and people with a disability.  

Janet Raminez

Occupational Therapist

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A big kid at heart I enjoy activity recommendations as much as the child. As a Paediatric Occupational Therapist I pride myself on my ability to connect with children and their families, adopting a gradual and individualised approach.

“I enjoy walking alongside families’, through their therapeutic journey, and supporting them in taking positive steps towards independence”.

Kate Driver

Occupational therapist

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Madeleine Wright

Occupational therapist

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Tash Lincoln

Occupational Therapist

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Tash is a graduate from Monash University. Having completed a Bachelor in Occupational Therapy (Honours) she is enthusiastic to begin working with children and families on the Mornington Peninsula.
 
Tash is extremely passionate and holds a special place in her heart for Occupational Therapy. She has seen firsthand the impact it can have in improving the quality of life for people of all ages and circumstances! She has always loved working with children and knows how important it is to work collaboratively with families to establish goals for the child. She believes families are the foundation of support and care in a child’s life and thus always wishes to involve them in therapy the best she can. 
 
Tash has grown up on the Mornington Peninsula and loves nothing more than going for walks down on the foreshore or hiking out at Greens Bush. When she is not working, she is out camping or playing with her cheeky dog Sabby. 

Deane Gilbert

Occupational Therapist

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Deane Gilbert is a graduate from ACU who loves working with people and being in a fun and positive workplace. She has always been passionate about working in paediatrics and is expanding her skills at peninsula speech plus.
She wants to assist in changing the lives of others and help her clients become the best versions of themselves in the most fun and creative way possible. She believes being an OT is one of the most important jobs that can have such a crucial role for children’s development and engagement throughout their lives. She wants to always work with families and their children coherently throughout their therapy experience to ensure client-centred practice.
She enjoys being active and outdoors, especially at the beach or playing with her dogs.

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Bec McDonald

Early Intervention Teacher – Hearing 

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Originally from an education background, I later became a Teacher of the deaf after completing a Master’s in Learning Intervention (Hearing Impaired) at Melbourne University. There are so many pieces to the puzzle for families of deaf/hard of hearing children to navigate –  from initial diagnosis to multiple specialist appointments, to accessing funding, to choice of communication such as listening and spoken language, Auslan or Key Word Sign or perhaps a combination of both. With a family centred practice approach, it begins in early intervention and a partnership with parents to ensure they become the ‘experts’ in providing language and communication experiences with their child through everyday routines and play. Later this extends to local community, educational and social settings where support for educators, parents and the child is essential to ensure an inclusive environment is provided in any setting. Building a team around the child may involve communicating with Hearing Australia, CHIC/PHLIC clinics, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Paediatricians and more. Supporting families and listening and learning together about their child’s strengths and needs is a privilege and an incredibly rewarding role.

 

 

 

 

Allied Health Assistants

Bec Long

Allied Health Assistant

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Meaghan Peck

Practice Manager

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Belinda Clementon

Practice Manager

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Dawn Knox

Practice Adminstrator

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Taela Derbyshire

Junior Practice Manger / Allied Health Assistant Coordinator

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Kerrie-Ann Johnston

Practice Adminstrator

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Hello, I’m Kerrie and I am one the Practice Administrators based at the Frankston Rooms.  I am here to assist with your concerns for all you parents and carers of children who need therapy.  As a mother of a boy with mild ASD, who as a young boy had a severe language disorder, I am here to advocate that your precious children are in good hands with our Clinicians at PSP both Speech and Occupational.  My son, has been on an upward journey, from a little boy running around in circles, not knowing when to calm and struggling to get his words out, through regular speech therapy over the past 10 years he is now in senior school achieving good to high results in English, Maths and Art.  He also now attends our Teenage Boys Social Group where he has made new friends, is more confident, and sometimes too confident LOL, with his communication and social skills amongst his peers.  Please do not hesitate to call me anytime you wish to talk about your child’s/children’s needs – I am here to listen to you and help in any way I can.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

Gemma Smith

Customer Service

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Gemma works in Mornington on Monday and Thursday

Barb Zanier

Customer Service

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Jack Knox

Customer Service

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Jack works in Mornington on Monday and Wednesday

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