Polly McCarthy - Speech Pathologist
Polly has over 20 years experience working with children and adolescents. She currently works in both private practice and community health settings, where she helps children with a wide range of communication difficulties. Prior to becoming a speech pathologist, Polly worked in education and is a qualified student welfare counsellor.
She is passionate about giving all children the best start possible by improving their communication skills. Polly also enjoys working with adults in the areas of voice, stuttering and speech.
Polly is certified to deliver the Hanen Programs, More Than Words, and Learn Language and Loving It. She is trained in the Lidcombe Program for treating pre-school stuttering and is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.
Cathy English - Speech Pathologist
Cathy is passionate about her role supporting communication development. She has a particular interest in developmental disorders involving language and speech delay. With a warm and client centred approach, Cathy is a strong advocate for empowering parents to gain the skills and services they need to best support their children.
She has previously worked offering therapy to children with developmental delays and adults with complex communication needs. More recently Cathy has been working with the team at Village Therapy offering a wide range of speech pathology services to families. Cathy is also currently employed to conduct swallowing assessments in aged care facilities.
Cathy offers services from Village Therapy's Sunbury and Castlemaine offices.
Cathy is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.
Megan Wolfe - Occupational Therapist
Megan is a Registered Occupational Therapist and Member of OT Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Human Movement. Megan is a Better Access to Mental Health Care Provider.
Megan is passionate about working with children and their families. She strives to enrich the quality of independence in her clients’ lives.
Megan most enjoys working with children who present with sensory sensitivities, self-regulation difficulties, anxiety, developmental delay and Autism. She has over 15 years experience working with children (0-25 years) and adults to improve their physical and emotional well-being across acute, rehabilitation and community settings.
Megan provides assessment and individual therapy sessions that are clinic, daycare/ kindergarten/school and home based. She also provides ECEI Keyworker services and parent education sessions as a part of her therapeutic program.
Megan works collaboratively with children, adolescents and families to set achievable goals. She addresses concerns or difficulties experienced by children when performing self-care (including self-regulation and sleep), motor, organisational, learning, play and social skills in their everyday activities. Being an Approved Mental Health Care Provider, Megan also provides a holistic approach by guiding her clients to a calmer, happier state of being.
Megan uniquely brings with her a background in Sport and Exercise Science, allowing her to advise on exercise prescription.
Lisa Brown - Speech Pathologist
Lisa graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology. She is dedicated to working alongside families to provide a holistic evidence based speech pathology intervention.
Lisa is registered as a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.
Lisa also works in special education focusing on complex communication needs in children with intellectual disabilities.
Alex McLachlan - Speech Pathologist
Alex graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Speech Pathology. Previously, Alex completed a Bachelor of Arts/Music at Monash University and worked as a Disability Support Worker with Villa Maria.
Alex has experience across all areas of Speech Pathology that span adults in acute and inpatient neurorehabilitation hospitals, community aged care, and children in schools and early intervention. These clinical placements took place across metropolitan and rural areas, as well as isolated Indigenous Australian communities in NSW.
Alex has a passion for working in partnership with families and communities to provide functional and holistic therapy and support. Alex has a particular interest in complex communication needs, social and pragmatic skills, aphasia, swallowing and literacy.
Alex provides speech pathology services to homes, schools, kindergartens, as well as in our clinics.
Caitlin Grima - Speech Pathologist
Caitlin graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2018, with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She is passionate about client centred care and enjoys working alongside her clients and their families to achieve meaningful goals.
She has had clinical experience within a range of areas including community health, hospitals, schools and private practice. Caitlin enjoys working with adults and children equally and welcomes the challenges of working within a diverse caseload.
As a Sunbury local, Caitlin looks forward to developing connections and giving back to the local community.
Emily Jackson - Speech Pathologist
Emily graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Applied Science/Master of Speech Pathology in 2018. Prior to this, Emily completed a Bachelor of Arts (Musical Theatre) at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University) and a Diploma of Dance and Performance. Emily was inspired to pursue Speech Pathology after teaching singing throughout Melbourne and developing a passion for vocal health and function.
Emily has a strong foundation across all areas of Speech Pathology, and has completed clinical placements in paediatric disability/feeding and community health, adult fluency and inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation. Emily enjoys working across the lifespan, and has a particular passion for voice, fluency and literacy. Emily prides herself on her ability to deliver evidence-based practice, work collaboratively with families and other health professionals, and to instill a sense of confidence in all clients.
Emily is an avid member of the Speech Pathology community and represented La Trobe University as a Speech Pathology Australia student representative, as well as contributing and organising numerous Speech Pathology Student events.
Loryn Webber - Occupational Therapist
Loryn graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice from Latrobe University, as well as previously obtaining a Bachelor of Sport Science (Exercise Science) from Victoria University. She is a registered Occupational Therapist and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.
Loryn is dedicated to helping families in Sunbury and surrounds to enable their children to increase independence and complete productive and fun activities. Loryn is dedicated to providing a holistic and evidence-based approach to all of her therapy sessions. Loryn prides herself on being client centred to achieve the best possible outcomes for her clients and their families.
Loryn provides assessment and individual therapy sessions that are clinic, daycare, kindergarten, school or home based.
Nicki Dunn - Speech Pathologist
Nicki is passionate about working as a speech pathologist with children, young adults and their families. She is a strong believer that it takes a village to raise a child and that supporting parents, carers and teachers with communication strategies, as well as the child, leads to positive outcomes.
Nicki has worked as a speech pathologist in across urban and rural/remote Australia, as well as in the UK. She has a special interest in developmental delay, speech and language delay and alternative and augmentative communication (AAC), including key word sign.
Nicki has completed additional training in the Hanen - It Takes Two to Talk program, Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD), and DIR-Floortime. She is a presenter with Key Word Sign Victoria.