Our Team

Karen Siao

Speech Pathologist

Karen Speech Pathologist

Karen completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and a member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Her clinical experience includes working with children with autism and children who have difficulties with articulation, language, fluency (stuttering) and literacy. Karen is also experienced in working with adults who present with swallowing and communication difficulties. Karen has worked in numerous settings, including hospitals, aged care facilities, community health, home, pre-schools and in schools.

Karen strongly believes in working collaboratively with the family and all the important people involved. This allows the provision of therapy that is tailored to the unique needs of each family and child to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Clinic days: Monday to Friday

Clinic: 118 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Additional language: French 

Fiona Chrispjin

Senior Speech Pathologist

Fiona Speech Pathologist

Fiona is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and a trained Special Education/Early Intervention teacher.  She has a Master of Speech Pathology from Latrobe University in Bundoora and a Master of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education from the University of Melbourne.  As a speech therapist Fiona has worked in schools, in private practice and community health and sees children in kindergartens/child care, school at home or in the clinic   Fiona has extensive experience in working with children with a broad range of communication and learning difficulties, including children with autism and developmental delay.

Fiona is very committed to working with families and their children and focuses on the interests and personality of children to gain the best outcome for their speech and language development.  Fiona is constantly updating her skills through training and workshops and has completed the Lidcombe Program to treat stuttering in children, plus the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), PROMPT therapy for speech sound disorders, and is certified in the Hanen programs It Takes Two To Talk and Target Word.

Clinic days: Alternate Tuesday & Saturday

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Sashini Senadeera

Speech Pathologist

Sashini Speech Therapist Languageforlife Speech Pathology

Sashini has experience in providing speech pathology assessment and intervention services to children and teenagers through speech and articulation therapy, language therapy, and building social and pragmatic skills. Sashini graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology from Flinders University in South Australia and holds a bachelors degree in Arts (Psychology) from The University of Melbourne. She has experience working with children from different cultural backgrounds as well as those who have a range of communication difficulties including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD) and Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

Clinic days: Monday to Friday

Clinic: 118 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Additional language: Sinhalese

Natalie Pace

Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

Natalie completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy in 2009 at La Trobe University. She is a certified practicing Occupational Therapist and has experience in various settings including hospitals, schools, community health and specialized eating disorder clinics. She has worked in Europe and in Melbourne and firmly believes that involving the family is an essential component to therapy.

Natalie has experience in working with children and adults in the areas of social skills, handwriting, activities of daily living, sensory skills, relaxation and play. Natalie firmly believes in advocating for her clients needs and collaborating with schools and those involved to ensure clients needs are met.

Clinic days: Friday

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Additional language: Maltese

Jody Collins

Speech Pathologist

Jody has had 25 years of experience as a speech pathologist, working in Community Health and Early Childhood Intervention. She has worked as a sole therapist, which required the provision of direct care and service coordination to a wide range of clients, including paediatric and school age speech pathology clients, children who require early intervention, and adults, working in a variety of settings. She has also worked as part of a transdisciplinary team providing a group program for children with special needs and their families. Jody has a passion for supporting children with special needs, and their families, and works to promote ‘family centred practice’ and collaboration with other services if required. She has also run community groups which promote language development, such as the ‘Parent-Child Mothergoose Program’. Jody is committed to her ongoing professional development, and has been a clinical educator for 4th year speech pathology students.

Clinic days: Monday to Friday.

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Jenna Maher

Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist

Jenna has completed Bachelor of Health Science (Speech Pathology) at Charles Sturt University. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) and a member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Jenna has years of experience working with children of all ages, especially children aged 0-7 years. Jenna is interested in all aspects and areas of speech pathology especially language, articulation and literacy. Jenna has completed both Hanen It Takes Two To Talk and Hanen More Than Words courses. Jenna has worked within a range of settings including special education, community health, home, kindergarten and community as well as working with children and families within Out of Home Care.

Jenna enjoys incorporating creativity and fun into each session to enable each child to engage and learn as best they can.

 

Clinic day: Thursday

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Sherry Bajaj

Occupational Therapist

 

Sherry Bajaj is a senior Occupational Therapist who has 12 years of experience in this industry.Sherry completed her Masters of Occupational Therapy in 2007 from India. She worked in India for almost nine years with the paediatric population and then moved to Ausralia and has been working since the last three years.She is a certified practicing Occupational Therapist and has experience in various settings including private clinic set up, schools, home, childcare and kindergarten.
Sherry is trained in paediatric early intervention, sensory profiles, gross and fine motor difficulties, writing, food aversions and autism.

Additional languages: Hindi, Punjabi

Clinic day: Monday & Saturdays

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Nicole Calleja

Occupational Therapist

Nicole completed her Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University. Her clinical experience includes working with children with autism and learning difficulties in the areas of social skills, handwriting, activities of daily living, sensory skills and play, both within Australia and in Malta. Nicole is enthusiastic to work with children and their families in order to ensure each child reaches their full potential.

Clinic days: Monday to Saturday

Clinic: 118 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Sandra Brokenshire

Senior Admin and Client Support Officer

Sandra Admin Assistant

Sandra is is a valuable and experienced Admin and Client Support Officer here at Language for Life Speech Pathology. With her friendly and positive approach, she is committed to providing our customers with the best quality customer service and to assist them with all their administrative needs.

Sandra is able to apply her knowledge and skills to complete reception and administrative tasks in a confident and efficient manner. This includes: Processing Hicaps, Medicare, Fahcsia and NDIS payments, answering all phone enquiries, Diary Management, Scheduling of Appointments and ensuring all administrative tasks are completed to help the therapists provide the best care they can to their families.

Clinic Days: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Prekshi Tandon

Admin and Client Support Officer

Language for Life

Prekshi is Graduated with Masters of Commerce (Management & HR) from Charles Sturt University, Melbourne. Past 8 years of experience in Human Resource Management – Admin with various Multi National organizations and now working as Client Support at Language for Life Speech Pathology. With her friendly, positive approach and multilingual ability, she is committed to providing our customers with the best quality customer service and to assist them with all their administrative needs.
Prekshi is courteous, professional, and helpful toward all our valuable customers. She is very much comfortable when interacting with people, even in complex situations she is able to apply her experience, knowledge and skills to complete multitasking activities including reception, front desk and administrative tasks in a confident and efficient manner.

Additional language: Hindi ,Punjabi and Gujrati

Clinic: 118 Derrimut Road Hoppers Crossing 3029

Manisha Mitruka

Admin and Client Support Officer

Manisha is a charismatic confident girl from Nepal. She is Graduated with a Master of Business Administration from Charles Darwin University and Bachelor of Information Technology from Sikkim Manipal University. She is smart, and professional about her work. She has several years of experience in the Customer Service Industry. Her polite nature and customer handling ability are the best virtues that are leading her to the path of success she deserves.

Manisha is an exceptionally good communicator, and she can create positive rapport with the clients as well as peers. Her extensive knowledge of customer service and ability to multi-task along with the command in 4 languages makes her one of the best persons at her workplace.

Additional language: Nepali, Hindi, Marwadi

Clinic: 188 Heaths Road Hoppers Crossing 3029