Speechcare Team

the TEAM

Alison Jackson | Director

In a few words: I love working with all my clients to achieve the best possible communication outcomes. I enjoy working with children who are delayed in speech and language development and with people of all ages who have a stuttering problem. I also particularly enjoy leading Hanen parent and teacher training programmes.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Therapy (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist ( Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words, Talkability, Learning Language and Loving It and Teacher talk.

In times past: I worked at the Mater Children’s Hospital, seven years as the senior speech pathologist.

Why Speechcare? I’ve been attached to Speechcare ever since I founded it in 1992. I love working with a talented, caring and dedicated team of people.

When not at Speechcare I... am attempting to learn French, trying to keep fit and would like to travel and read more.

I can’t live without... my family and my morning cup of coffee.

Emma Bray

In a few words: I enjoy the challenge of working in all areas of paediatric speech pathology, however I have a lot of experience in and a passion for working with children and adults who present with fluency difficulties.

My credentials: Master of Speech Pathology Studies (University of Queensland); Bachelor of Behavioural Science / Criminology and Criminal Justice (Griffith University); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); trained in the Lidcombe Program, the Camperdown Program and the Management of Stuttering in School Age Children.

I have also attended a range of professional development events for further training in the assessment and management of stuttering in the preschool aged, school aged, adolescent and adult populations. I am also a Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk.

I continue to work in tertiary education as a clinical educator and casual lecturer at the University of Queensland, specialising in teaching and educating students in stuttering assessment and treatment across the lifespan. 

In times past:  I have experience across a variety of settings including tertiary health, community health, and working with school aged children the within the school setting. I have also previously worked as a speech pathologist with a medico-legal Occupational Therapy firm.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy working with a team of enthusiastic Speech Pathologists who are motivated to make a difference in peoples' lives.

When not at Speechcare I... am a keen cook and enjoy sharing a meal with friends and family. I would love to travel more.

I can’t live without... my husband, my family and a good glass of wine with friends.

Terese Fullerton

In a few words:  I love working with children and their families and helping to stimulate communication development. I have a particular interest in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with babies and children with feeding issues.

My credentials:  I have a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (University of Queensland). I am trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Social Stories and the Graduate Paediatric Feeding Program.

In times past:  I started my career working with adults and paediatrics and specializing in dysphagia. In the last 15 years I have worked in early intervention, with children with complex developmental needs and Autism. Since relocating to Brisbane 3 years ago I have been focusing on being a parent.

Why Speechcare?  It’s a fantastic team with very experienced therapists who are supportive and passionate about communication.

When not at Speechcare I...  am playing with my 2 children (or cleaning up after them). I love to cook and eat. Because of this I also run (in the style of Cliffy Young) and keep fit.

I can’t live without...  coffee, my girls, chocolate, my family/ friends, shoes.

Kate Ledingham

In a few words:I consider myself incredibly lucky to have a job that I look forward to doing every day. I work with children of all ages in the areas of speech and language, early literacy, fluency and with people with disabilities. I have specific training and experience working with people with autism and social communication difficulties.  

My credentials: Masters of Speech Pathology (UQ), trained in the Lidcombe program, SCERTS, Autism teacher and parent training and whole school development, Colourful Semantics, Sensory feeding (SOS), Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism and ComFor assessment of symbolic understanding, play development and social stories. 

In times past: I worked in Ipswich and Brisbane after I graduated and then in London for three years.

Why Speechcare? A well established practice with core values of evidence-based practise and client care.

When not at Speechcare I... am learning about behaviour and communication through my daughter, reading, eating and enjoying the company of my family. 

I can’t live without... laughter and a good book.


Amy Amberg

In a few words: Childhood is magic, and kids are fun!  So I feel like I have one of the best jobs in the world.  Building strong speech and language foundations in childhood is imperative to a child’s overall growth.  I will work hard to help your child develop their speech, language, and/or literacy skills to the best of their potential.  And hopefully we’ll have a lot of fun along the way.

My credentials: I initially graduated from the University of Iowa (USA) with a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Spanish.  I received my Bachelor of Science, Speech Pathology, from La Trobe University in Melbourne.   I have additional training in Hanen ‘It Takes Two To Talk’ as well as PROMPT technique.   Over my 18 year career I have attended a wide range of professional development.  I have a special interest in literacy development, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and working with children who have cerebral palsy or autism.

In times past: I have cleverly managed to incorporate my love of travelling into my career: Melbourne, Darwin, New Zealand, and Ireland to name a few!  Since ‘settling down’ to have children, I’ve spent the last 13 years working in Brisbane in the field of paediatric early intervention. 

Why Speechcare? I want to work for a quality organisation that genuinely values the development and well-being of children. The team at Speechcare has a wide range of expertise and knowledge to draw on.  Plus, they’re a friendly lot who like coffee.

When not at Speechcare, I.... pretend that I can jog and then sneak chocolate from my secret stash (don’t tell my kids!!)

I can't live without.... my family, long walks, a good book, my sewing machine, a sense of humour, and nice stationery.

Beth McBride

In a few words: My passion is helping children and adults to get the most out of life by supporting their speech, language and literacy development, as well as healthy voice production. Supporting parents to support their kids is a big part of the process.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with First Class Honours (University of Queensland, 1995). Although Speech Pathology is my ideal profession, I couldn’t resist following my interest in singing, so I have since studied a Master of Music, and a Graduate Diploma in Opera. 

In times past: As a Speech Pathologist I’ve worked in various private practices (Speechcare is my favourite), the Education Department and briefly in Disability Services. As a Singer, I worked for 3 years as a Young Artist at Opera Queensland and delivered Music Education workshops in metro and regional high schools.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy seeing a diverse range of clients with language delays, speech disorders, literacy difficulties, and voice problems. Alison is a great manager who leads an experienced and caring team.

When not at Speechcare... I love holidays (camping and beach trips) and having fun with my husband and young boys. I’m always singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and contributing to community music projects. I also perform regularly with the Opera Qld Chorus and in chamber ensembles.

I can’t live without... singing, music, my boys, my husband, challenging projects, personal development, holidays, nature.

Rachel McKenzie

In a few words: I enjoy helping clients and their families to reach their goals. I am always pleased to celebrate successes and gains with clients. I love my job and particularly enjoy working with school age children who have language, speech, literacy and fluency needs.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (University of Queensland). I have attended professional development courses including the Lidcombe Program for stuttering, Speech and Language Assessment Administration and Interpretation by Pearson, and the implementation of Assistive Communication Devices (Proloquo2Go).

In times past: I have worked with young children in a childcare setting and school age children through the ACT Government. I have worked with mainstream clients as well as children with severe disabilities and complex needs. I enjoy working across all areas.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy working within a large team of healthcare professionals in a friendly and supportive environment.

When not at Speechcare I...  love to cook and spend some time outdoors.

I can’t live without... tea and more tea, good TV, my husband and family.

helen chiu

In a few words:  I really enjoy working as a speech pathologist with children and their families to assist them in reaching their full potential in regards to communication. I am passionate about using family-centred care in therapy, and enjoy working with children in the areas of speech, language, and literacy development. I am also particular interested in working with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons 1); Masters of Audiology Studies (University of Queensland); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia). I am a Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, and also trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS).

In times past:  I have enjoyed volunteering overseas in China and using my speech pathology knowledge to train staff and health workers in the areas of speech and language development, and paediatric feeding.

Why Speechcare? I enjoy being part of such a diverse team of speech pathologists who are passionate about different areas of communication. The opportunity to share experiences and learn from other clinicians is what I find most rewarding about working at Speechcare. 

When not at Speechcare... I enjoy working as an audiologist at to provide diagnostic hearing assessments and aural rehabilitation services to children and adults. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, doing craft, and going to the beach. I also love to travel!

I can’t live without... my family, my wonderful friends, and all things sweet!




Deb Kolomeitz

In a few words: I delight in working in all areas of Speech Pathology and feel so privileged to be part of people’s communication journey. I have a particular interest in the area of fluency, working with both children, their families and adults.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) from the University of Queensland; Bachelor of Health Science - Public Health (QUT); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); Lidcombe Program trained and Certificate of Dental Therapy.

In times past: I have enjoyed working in oral health care for many years in community and hospital settings and in more recent times have delighted in working in Speech Pathology delivering care to both children and adults supporting fluency, language and swallowing.

Why Speechcare? To be part of a dynamic, experienced and professional team dedicated to supporting communication and making a difference to people’s lives.

When not at Speechcare Iam busy being a mum to two boys (frequently found on cricket pitches and mountain bike trails) as well as enjoying the great outdoors of Redlands City.

I can’t live without...my treasured family and friends, a spot of camping, my morning coffee and lots of laughs.



Claire Scott

In a few words: I love working as a speech pathologist because I love working with children and adults and their families. I love getting to know families and supporting them through their communication or swallowing concerns. I especially love working in early speech and language development and providing health promotion presentations for childcare and kindergarten teachers to help with early identification of speech and language concerns in children. 

My credentials:  I graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009. Since then I have trained in the LSVT program and in the Hanen "It takes two to talk" program along with attending a number of other training events in paediatric speech and language.

In times past: I have worked for 6 years for Queensland Health at Dalby Hospital providing adult and paediatric speech pathology services. I have worked in a broad range of clinical areas from early language development to end of life swallowing management.

Why Speechcare?  Speechcare is a wonderful family friendly workplace that's the perfect fit for me as a mother of my young family. Its a great environment to maintain and develop my speech pathology skills.

When not at Speechcare I...  am taking care of my two young sons, my husband and my two crazy dogs. I am also a sewing fanatic with a love of beautiful fabric, patchwork and quilting. I love making things. 

I can’t live without... my family, my fabric stash, my sewing machine, my iPhone (for taking pictures of the before mentioned family and sewing), and my Harry Potter audiobooks. Listening to Harry Potter makes the most boring housework much more enjoyable

janet McKee (formerly sheehy)

In a few words: I love working with adults, whose personal and social well-being and quality of life is affected by a communication disorder. I have a lot of experience in helping people with aphasia, dysarthria, or cognitive –language problems associated with brain injury or early-onset dementia. I also have experience in helping people with hearing impairment, stuttering and voice difficulties. In my work, I like to include communication partners in the family, who also feel the effects of the communication problem.

My credentials: I have a Bachelor of Speech Therapy (First Class Honours) from the University of Queensland.  I have continued to develop my qualifications and special interest areas with regular professional development. I am a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP- Speech Pathology Australia).

In times past: Throughout my career, I have had extensive experience in hospital settings, both in outpatients and in rehabilitation units- most recently for 20 years at the Mater Adult and Private Hospitals. As well, I have worked with the Mater (Adult) Cochlear Implant Clinic team.

Why Speechcare? The opportunity to continue to do the work I love in a well-established, ethical private practice in the company of a team of skilled speech pathologists.

When not at Speechcare... I try to keep fit, run family BBQ’s, go camping, or hike a trail.

I can’t live without... My wonderful husband, hearing my granddaughter’s latest new word, travel with big doses of nature.

Belinda wade

In a few words: I am passionate about making a difference in the lives of the children and families I work with.  I enjoy working with children of all ages and have a special interest in young children with delayed speech and language development, children on the Autism Spectrum, children with complex developmental needs, infants and children with feeding and mealtime management difficulties and Augmentative and Alternative Communication. I also love to lead Hanen parent training programs.

My credentials: Bachelor of Speech Pathology (UQ); Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (Speech Pathology Australia); Hanen trained speech pathologist qualified to lead It Takes Two to Talk, Target Word, More than Words, You Make the Difference. I am also trained in the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Lidcombe stuttering program, Wilbarger Therapressure Protocol, and Triple P.

In times past: I have worked in a variety of settings including Education Queensland, special care nurseries, hospitals, community health, and private practice.

Why Speechcare?  It is wonderful being able to work with a team of speech pathologists who love to make a difference in the lives of the people we see.

When not at Speechcare I... love to spend time with my family mountain bike riding, camping and rollerblading. I also love reading a good book. 

I can't live without... my family and a good book!!


Alyse Marshall

In a few words: Speech Pathology is a fantastic and rewarding career, as you are always helping people work towards important communication goals.  I enjoy working across all areas of Speech Pathology, but particularly enjoy working with school-aged children with language and literacy difficulties.

My credentials: I graduated from the University of Queensland with first-class Honours.  Speech Pathology is my second career – I also have a Bachelor of Biomedical Science and a Masters in Clinical Physiology.  I used to work as a Cardiac Scientist before becoming a Speech Pathologist!

In times past: I have previously worked for an NGO in the Gulf of Carpentaria, servicing rural and remote communities within a multidisciplinary health team.  I have also worked for Children’s Health Queensland in a Health Promotion role, and in a Private Practice in NSW.

Why Speechcare? The friendly, knowledgeable staff and the diverse range of clients.

When not at Speechcare …  I’m usually playing with my little boy or trying to fit in some pilates!

I can’t live without ...Chocolate (I have a very sweet tooth!) and my digital radio.



Carla Stanley

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Vivien Wood

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Chloe Nickell

In a few words: 

As a future speech pathologist, I am excited to be working with such an experienced team of professional therapists. I have always enjoyed working with children and in the future, I hope to work with children and their families.

My credentials: 

I have a Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences) from the University of Wollongong and am currently studying a Master of Speech Pathology Studies at the University of Queensland.

In times past: 

I have had a number of customer service roles in retail and hospitality; while also having experience teaching children’s dance classes.

Why Speechcare? 

Speechcare offers a friendly environment with an experienced team of therapists for me to learn from as I begin to develop my career.

When not at Speechcare I

Being new to Brisbane, when not studying, I spend my time exploring what south east Queensland has to offer.

I can’t live without ...

My family and friends, books, music, and travelling.

Carley McKey

In a few words:  The best part of being a Speech Pathologist is the ability to work with a variety of people across the lifespan.  I get great satisfaction from working with both adults and children to help them be better communicators.

My Credentials:  Bachelor of Speech Pathology from the University of Queensland, Masters of community rehabilitation from Griffith University.  I am also a LSVT certified clinician and have a TESOL English teaching licence.

In times past:  I have worked in a variety of settings including rural, community health, tertiary health and rehabilitation units.  I have also had unique experiences volunteering overseas and have taught English in Chile.

Why Speechcare?  The team at Speechcare is fantastic, I enjoy working with such a dedicated and fun group of professionals.

When not at Speechcare I...  enjoy travelling, renovating and kayaking.

I can't live without... coffee, my loving husband, family and good friends.

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