Polly McCarthy - Speech Pathologist

Polly - Village Therapy

Polly - Village Therapy

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.

Chad Lazaro - Speech Pathologist

Chad - Village Therapy

Chad - Village Therapy

Chad graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications). He was inspired to pursue a career as a speech pathologist after working at an American summer camp for children and adolescents with special needs.

During his Masters degree, Chad completed clinical placement across a range of settings including community health and inpatient rehabilitation. He is equally passionate about working with children and adults, and has practical experience in the assessment and treatment of various speech, language, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and voice disorders.

As a Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia, Chad is excited to work with a diverse caseload and use his skills to deliver quality, evidence-based intervention. He enjoys working collaboratively with families to maximise his clients’ potential and ensure that therapy goals are functional and tailored to their needs.

Cathy English - Speech Pathologist

Cathy - Village Therapy

Cathy - Village Therapy

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.

Bridget Sloane - Occupational Therapist

Bridget - Village Therapy

Bridget - Village Therapy

Bridget is an Occupational Therapist with 20 years of experience in hospital and community healthcare settings. She is passionate about working together with children and their families to achieve meaningful goals. Bridget is committed to evidence based practice and using a strengths-based approach to therapy.

Bridget has a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder and sensory processing difficulties.

Bridget is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Laura McCormack - Speech Pathologist

Laura - Village Therapy

Laura - Village Therapy

Laura graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Speech Pathology.

Laura was motivated become a speech pathologist after working as a Secondary School English and Music teacher.

During her Masters degree, Laura completed clinical placement across a range of settings including community health and acute hospital care.

Laura is passionate about literacy intervention for school aged children who are struggling to read and spell accurately and efficiently. Laura is also interested in the assessment and treatment of various speech, language, fluency (stuttering), swallowing and voice disorders.

Laura enjoys working with families to ensure therapy goals meet the specific needs of each client

Lisa Brown - Speech Pathologist

Lisa - Village Therapy

Lisa - Village Therapy

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.

Bethany Fern - Speech Pathologist

Bethany - Village Therapy

Bethany - Village Therapy

Bethany graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Speech Pathology degree. Bethany was inspired to pursue a career as a speech pathologist as she has a passion for supporting people of all ages to access their right to communicate.

Bethany enjoys working with children, adults and their families to achieve meaningful goals and has clinical experience across the acute, rehabilitation, community and disability support sectors.

Bethany also works part time providing early intervention services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities.

She currently provides services from Village Therapy’s Diggers Rest and Sunbury locations. Bethany is registered as a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia.