Our Team

Meet our Team

 

Nadine Bakka (Director & Speech Pathologist)

Nadine studied a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at the University of Sydney. She is bilingual & is able to speak English, as well as Arabic. Nadine has a special interest in the all areas of communication. She has a passion for working in the community, and loves being able to help families and educators, help children. Nadine initially established Nadine Bakka Speech Pathology Services in 2013, which has grown and expanded to become The Speech & OT Centre. Her objective is to always create changes that are sustainable, so that her clients continue to develop, even long after they need her help.  Nadine is a certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia, and is also trained in Hanen It Takes Two To Talk, and Hanen More Than Words.

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Rachel (Senior Operational manager)

Rachel is a qualified Speech Pathologist who joined the team in 2016. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). She is a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia, and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP). Rachel is also fluent in Mandarin, and has been trained in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk.

Rachel is passionate about working with all children and their families to help them achieve their full potential. She has provided assessments and intervention to children 18 months-16 years with communication difficulties including speech, stuttering, language, and literacy. Rachel also has experience working with children with complex needs (ADHD, Global Developmental Delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Down Syndrome), and has delivered services in arrange of settings, including clinic, primary schools, Community Health Centres and in homes.

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Novem (Senior Speech Pathologist)

Novem graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology.

She is a certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia. Novem is fluent in English, Cantonese and is also able to communicate in moderate Mandarin.

Novem has worked with children 18 months – 13 years with communication difficulties in a range of settings including the clinic, home, childcare, school and Community Health Centre. She has a special interest in Early Childhood Interaction and Speech Sound disorders. Novem is passionate about developing a strong relationship with her clients and significant others (i.e. family, teachers, and allied health professionals), providing support and empowering families. Novem aims to provide quality care and to help her clients achieve desirable outcomes. Novem is also committed to providing therapy that is both functional and enjoyable for the client.

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Mariam (Speech Pathologist)

Mariam graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia. Mariam is bilingual and fluent in English and Arabic.
Mariam has worked with children aged 2-15 years and has experience working in a range of settings including schools, clinic and community. She has experience providing assessment and intervention in the areas of speech, language, literacy and fluency.

Mariam is passionate about working collaboratively with families to achieve their goals and ensure that therapy is fun and engaging.

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Eleni (Occupational Therapist)

Eleni has a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree, and is a registered Occupational Therapist. Eleni is fluent in both English and Greek. Eleni has always had a passion for working together with children and their families, to reach their goals and aspirations in therapy.

Eleni has had experience working as a Disability Support Worker, where she worked with children and their families to reach their goals, complete Occupational Therapy-based activities in the home environment, and establish rapport. Eleni has also had a lot of experience in paediatrics, through university placements in both hospital and private practice situations. Through these placements, Eleni has been able to gain practical experience in providing therapy to enhance school readiness, fine and gross motor skills, emotional regulation, social skills, and self-care in children with ASD, developmental delay, sensory processing disorders, palliative care and brain tumour.

Eleni is keen to establish great rapport with each child and their significant others, in order to ensure their growth and development through providing holistic and tailored interventions.

Eleni is keen to establish great rapport with each child and their significant others, in order to ensure their growth and development through providing holistic and tailored interventions.

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Racha (Occupational Therapist)

Racha is a registered Occupational Therapist  and a member of Occupational Therapy Australia. She holds a Bachelors Degree of Applied Science ( Occupational Therapy) and a Masters degree in Public Health.

Racha has over five years of experience working with children with Autism, developmental delay and disability. Her experience has centred around working with families to support children up to school age with their learning, social skills,  gross and fine motor skills as well as sensory processing. Racha focuses on providing a fun, friendly and supportive play environment that children can enjoy and flourish in.

Racha has worked in both the private and public sector and has a passion for community based work. She is fluent in both English and Arabic . Racha is committed to ongoing skills and knowledge development in order to provide a valuable and professional service to children and their families.

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Grace (Speech Pathologist)

Grace studied a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP). Grace is able to speak English, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Grace has worked with children aged 2-18 years with communication difficulties, in primary school, childcare, clinic and community health centre. She has provided assessments and interventions in the following areas including speech, language, fluency, and literacy. She has a particular interest in working with children with speech sound difficulties and stuttering.

Grace believes that collaborating with family members and other allied health professionals during the clients’ therapy journey will encourage a holistic approach to achieving their goals to their optimal capacity.

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Hiba (Senior Intake Officer)

Hiba is our intake officer, and is the friendly voice you will hear on the other end of the phone, when you contact us. Hiba has extensive background in customer service and administration, making her perfect for the role of connecting clients with our team members. Hiba is also a busy mother of three, so she understands first hand how busy your lives can get, and will go above and beyond to make things happen for you!

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Jenny (Speech Pathologist)

Jenny graduated from the University of Sydney with a Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Jenny is bilingual and is fluent in English and Korean.

Jenny has worked with children aged 2-17 years in areas of speech, language, fluency and literacy. She has delivered services in a range of settings including clinic, school, community health centre and in homes. She has particular interest in early language and speech sound disorders.

Jenny strongly believes in family-centred practice, ensuring that clients and their family feel supported and empowered throughout the therapy process. Jenny finds joy in seeing children thrive and build confidence as they achieve their goals. She is motivated to continually develop her clinical expertise to provide the highest level of care for her clients.

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Rachel (Speech Pathologist)

Rachel graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech Language Pathology. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with Speech Pathology Australia.

Rachel is bilingual and is fluent in English and Mandarin.

Rachel has worked with children aged 2 – 12 years old with communication difficulties in various settings, in the clinic, kindergarten, primary schools and therapy group settings. She has provided assessments and interventions in the areas of language, speech, literacy, and fluency. Rachel has a special interest in Early Childhood Interaction and Speech and Language Disorders.
Rachel believes in providing holistic care for the clients by collaborating closely with family members, teachers, and other health professionals. She is passionate about working with all children and helping them achieve their full potential.

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Kate (Speech Pathologist (CPSP)

Kate graduated with a Masters in Speech Pathology from the University of Sydney. She completed an undergraduate degree majoring in Child Studies and has received a diploma in Autism in and Behaviour Science.

Kate has experience working with children aged 2-8 with a range of communication difficulties in schools and community health settings. Before completing her degree in Speech Pathology Kate worked as an ABA therapist for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and continues to be passionate about working with children with communication differences. Kate believes that supporting families and working collaboratively is essential in helping children and families to meet their communication goals.