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

Speech Pathologist

B Speech Pathology, Provisional 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.

Kelly Tena

Speech Pathologist

BA–Psych, GradCertSphComm, MSpchLngPath, Provisional CPSP, MSPAA

Profile

  • Star sign: Gemini
  • Favourite colour: Blue
  • Favourite food: Ice-cream
  • Favourite chocolate: Snickers
  • Favourite sport/hobby: Baking
  • Worst sport/hobby: Fishing
  • Favourite quote: Change your thoughts and you change your world
  • Favourite book: The Alchemist

Professional Profile

Kelly graduated from Macquarie University in 2017 with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. She is enthusiastic about facilitating positive and meaningful changes in a child’s school and social life via supporting their speech and language development. Kelly has provided assessments and intervention for pre-school and school-aged children with speech, language, stuttering and literacy difficulties.

Kelly has had clinical placement experience in a range of settings, including home-based services, hospitals and community health. She can also speak and understand conversational Tagalog. Being bilingual, Kelly is also interested in language and speech development in children with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Kelly continues to seek professional development opportunities to keep up to date with evidence-based speech pathology practices.