Meet the Team

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Catherine Crestani

Principal Speech Pathologist

B App Sc (Sp Path) (Hons), CPSP, MSPAA

Profile

  • Star sign: Cancer
  • Favourite colour: Blue
  • Favourite food: Gnocchi
  • Favourite chocolate: Pana Chocolate
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Pilates
  • Worst sport/hobby: Running
  • Favourite quote: Life is too short not to be happy
  • Favourite book: The Rosie Project

Professional Profile

Catherine has been working in private practice since late 2008. She was co-owner of a growing practice in Penrith until recently so she could shift her focus on working and providing speech therapy services closer to home. Catherine has worked with a range of communication impairments including Autism Spectrum Disorder, intellectual delay, a variety of developmental delays as well as childhood apraxia of speech, speech delay, language delay, literacy impairments and social skills.

Catherine enjoys providing services to the community and works closely with preschools and schools in the area to provide information about assisting children with communication impairments as well as resources that will assist teachers.

Catherine has completed a range of training including Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk, More Than Words, Talkability, ABC & Beyond) and has begun to focus on attending training on working memory and how this can help strengthen skills.

Presentations/publications

  • AGOSCI Conference 2009, Canberra - Paper Presentation
    Crestani, Clendon, & Hemsley
    Words Needed for Sharing a Story: Implication for Vocabulary Selection in AAC
  • ASPIRE - SPA Conference 2009, Adelaide - Paper Presentation
    Crestani, Clendon, & Hemsley
    Words Needed for Sharing a Story: Implication for Vocabulary Selection in AAC
  • ISAAC 13th Biannual Conference (2008), Motreal Canada - Poster Presentation
    Crestani, Clendon & Balandin
    Children with Complex Communication Needs - They need words for story telling too!
  • Crestani, Catherine-Ann M., Clendon, Sally A. and Hemsley, Bronwyn (2010) Words needed for sharing a story: Implications for vocabulary selection in augmentative and alternative communication. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, 35 4: 268-278.

Chantel Gill

Senior Speech Pathologist

B Speech Pathology, CPSP, MSPAA

Profile

  • Star sign: Capricorn
  • Favourite colour: Turquoise
  • Favourite food: Lasagne
  • Favourite chocolate: Ferrero Rocher
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Painting
  • Worst sport/hobby: Running
  • Favourite quote: Live everyday like it's your last
  • Favourite book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Professional Profile

Chantel graduated from the Australian Catholic University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology. She has a passion for working with children with speech and language disorders, and being able to assist their families in reaching their goals, and helping their child reach their fullest potential. Chantel has provided assessment and intervention to children between the ages of 2-16 in a variety of areas including speech, language, swallowing, stuttering, and multimodal communication.

Chantel has worked closely with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder and Down Syndrome. She has completed volunteer work and professional placements at schools for children with disabilities to broaden her knowledge.

Chantel has attended Keyword Sign and Fussy Feeding Workshops, and plans to continue to seek professional development, in order to provide current and high quality speech pathology practice.

Caellie Jackson

Speech Pathologist

B. Speech Pathology, CPSP, MSPAA

Profile

  • Star sign: Aquarius
  • Favourite colour: Baby Pink
  • Favourite food: Doritos
  • Favourite chocolate: Ferrero Rocher
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Weight lifting
  • Worst sport/hobby: Running
  • Favourite quote: "You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." -Dr. Seuss
  • Favourite book: Da Vinci Code

Professional Profile

Caellie has worked with children in disability based settings, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Intellectual Disability, and aims to continue to further her knowledge in this area.

Caellie has attended Key-Word Sign workshops. She is a life-long learner and intends to continue to seek professional development, in order to provide up-to-date and high-quality speech pathology services.

Katharine Franklin-Tripodi

Therapy Assistant

B. Speech and Hearing Sciences

Profile

  • Star sign: Aries
  • Favourite colour: Pink
  • Favourite food: Pasta
  • Favourite chocolate: Caramilk Marble
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Dancing
  • Worst sport/hobby: Running
  • Favourite quote: "All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them" - Walt Disney
  • Favourite book: Alice in Wonderland

Professional Profile

Katharine graduated from Macquarie University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences and is currently studying my Master’s in Speech Pathology at the University of Technology Sydney, due for completion at the end of 2022.

Katharine has a passion for paediatric speech pathology and aims to help individuals reach their speech and language goals. Katharine hopes her work will enable each child to perform at their highest potential and with confidence.

Katharine is excited to be in a profession where there is always something new to learn from the amazing speechies around her and the children she meets. Katharine looks forward to this opportunity to become the best clinician she can possibly be!

Angelina Santaguida

Therapy Assistant

Profile

  • Star sign: Capricorn
  • Favourite colour: Yellow
  • Favourite food: Taco's
  • Favourite chocolate: Rocky Band
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Art
  • Worst sport/hobby: Running
  • Favourite quote:"A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows there!"
  • Favourite book: The Song Of Achilles

Professional Profile

Angelina is currently studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University. She has a strong passion for working with people with disabilities to ensure they gain the best quality of life possible. Angelina has worked in Disability care for a few years, specifically with teenagers who have rare diseases, and it is an area that will always be close to her heart.

Angelina’s goal is to work in an environment that allows her to grow as a student and to be the best speech pathologist that she can possibly be, but more importantly to allow the opportunity for people in her own community to have the best access to communication that they can. In the future Angelina hopes to have wide knowledge in different areas of the Speech Pathology field and skills in Australian Sign Language.