Fiona made the move out to Orange 10 years ago from Sydney to begin her career as an adult Speech Pathologist. She now lives here with her husband and three young boys and is well and truly converted to the country life.
Fiona graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 2009 and also went on to complete a postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation in 2014.
Fiona has worked for NSW Health as a senior specialist adult speech pathologist. She has advanced skills in assessing and treating adult patients with a range of swallowing and communication impairments. Her areas of interest include neurodegenerative disease, head and neck cancers, traumatic brain injury, tracheostomy and stroke rehabilitation. She has an emerging interest in voice disorders and has recently undergone additional training in this area, particularly for occupational voice users including teachers and singers.
Fiona is passionate about her job and feels very privileged to work with, and help, adults who require rehabilitation of their language, voice, speech or swallowing skills. She takes a functional, friendly and client driven approach to her practice.
Maddie was born and educated in Melbourne where she graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Master of Speech Pathology. Soon after graduating she left her city lifestyle to seek experiences in outback Australia, working in rural Queensland and with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.
Maddie has experience working with people of all ages and with a variety of communication needs including; neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, stroke rehabilitation, disability, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual impairment (ID). Maddie is committed to continual professional development to ensure she provides quality, evidence-based practice and has completed specialised training in treatment techniques for speech disorders associated with neurodegenerative diseases.
Maddie will be seeing adult clients at OST on a Wednesday and Friday.
Rachel was born and educated in Orange. She moved to Sydney to commence her studies in speech pathology. After over ten years in Sydney the appeal of country life drew her back to Orange.
Since graduating from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), she has worked extensively with children who have a wide range of speech, language and communication difficulties. Rachel continues to keep up to date with the latest research and therapy techniques by regularly attending professional development courses.
Rachel has worked for The Shepherd Centre and with NSW Health as a senior paediatric speech pathologist across a number of settings including daycares, preschools, schools, hospitals and community based health clinics. In 2014, Rachel returned to university to complete her Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning and has been working for the past 2 years as a K-6 classroom teacher.
Rachel has experience working with and providing training to daycare and preschool staff, teachers, other allied health professionals and families on speech and language difficulties and how to help children improve their communication skills.