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.

Chad Lazaro - Speech Pathologist

Chad graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2016 with a Master of Speech Pathology. 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 passionate about working with both children and adults, and possesses experience in the assessment and treatment of various speech, language, fluency, swallowing and voice disorders.

Chad is excited to work with a diverse caseload and use his skills to deliver quality, evidence-based therapy. He adopts a client and family-centred care approach in his sessions to maximise his clients’ potential and ensure that therapy goals are functional and tailored to their needs.

Chad is a member of 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.