Speech Pathology in Melbourne

Our Team

Elissa Dunn - Speech Pathologist

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Elissa graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 2003 from La Trobe University. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Elissa worked for over five years in the Catholic primary and secondary school system. During this time she worked in partnership with parents and teachers to assist children with a range of communication difficulties to achieve their full potential within all settings, including the classroom.

Prior to joining our team, Elissa spent three years working in Early Intervention, with preschool children with developmental delays and disabilities, including Autism and Downs Syndrome. Elissa gained invaluable experience working in a team with other professionals and parents to ensure the best communication outcomes for children, whilst also ensuring intervention was fun and family-centred.

Elissa highly values ongoing Professional Development. She has completed training in the Lidcome Program, PECS, the Hanen training programs It Takes Two to Talk and More than Words, as well as DIR/Floortime training.

Elissa is a highly committed therapist who enjoys working with preschool and school aged children with speech and language difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorders and literacy difficulties. Elissa is passionate about parent training and involvement in therapy, helping parents to focus on their child’s communication skills in everyday routines and play. Her therapy sessions are engaging, motivating and designed to meet the individual needs of each child and family.


Mariam Mangioros - Speech Pathologist

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Mariam completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, graduating in 2003. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and participates in the Professional Self-Regulation program. Mariam joined the Speech Results team in August 2015.

Mariam began her clinical experience by working in the field of Complex Communication Needs & Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) with school aged children and adults. She then took this experience and diverged into Early Intervention, specialising her skills for the last 10 years at Specialist Children’s Services and at the Royal Children’s Hospital Early Intervention program, Uncle Bob’s Child Development Centre. Over this time, Mariam has collaborated with teams of professionals to work with preschool children who have a range of developmental disabilities and delays, learning difficulties and complex communication needs, including children with autism spectrum disorders, global developmental delay & language delays, Cerebral Palsy, complex and high medical needs and sensory processing difficulties. She is trained in Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and the Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She also has a special interest and wealth of experience in working with children who have complex feeding difficulties, including fussy eaters and tube feeders, and has completed both the Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Feeding and the SOS Approach to Feeding Workshop.

Mariam is a sensitive therapist, who naturally engages with children and provides motivating activities to support the development of their learning, language, social skills and communication through play. She strongly advocates the importance of family participation in the child’s development, both in clinic sessions and most importantly in the family home. Mariam endeavours to equip families with the knowledge, tools and strategies to progress their child’s learning of language and communication within their natural environment and daily life and also to help families be better engaged with and cued into their child’s communication strengths as well as their needs.


Morgan Hurst - Speech Pathologist


Morgan graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Melbourne University and a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Australian Catholic University. Since then, Morgan has gained experience across a diverse range of settings, including early intervention and school settings across Melbourne.

She has had experience working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), global developmental delay, speech and language impairments and hearing impairments. Morgan has also had extensive experience in implementing alternative and augmentative communication systems including PECs and speech generating devices.

Morgan is passionate about working with children and their families to support communication and language development. She contributes her valuable expertise with assessments and therapy and ensures that each session is tailored to the specific needs of a child. Morgan works with the upmost commitment to help children and families with the process of diagnosis and early intervention.

Morgan is dedicated to continuing to develop her professional skills with further training in Hanen More Than Words, Key Word Sign, PECS and Little Learners Love Literacy.

Morgan strongly believes in close collaboration with parents and families to ensure a holistic therapy model that can be used in all environments; including home and school life.


Imogen Hay - Speech Pathologist


Imogen graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) from La Trobe University in 2006. Since then, she has worked with pre-school and school aged children in Community Health, Early Childhood Intervention and school settings in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Imogen has a passion for working with children and their families to support communication development. She has spent the last five years working in Early Childhood Intervention in Melbourne's northern suburbs, working with children with a range of developmental concerns, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and global developmental delay.

Imogen is dedicated to continuing to develop her professional skills, and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. She is Hanen Certified in the It Takes Two To Talk and More Than Words Programs. Imogen is also trained in the PROMPT Technique for treating motor speech disorders, and has experience with alternative and augmentative communication systems including PECS and the LAMP approach to using voice output communication devices. Imogen also has experience in the treatment of feeding disorders, and is trained in the SOS approach to feeding.

Imogen considers a child's family to be vitally important in developing their child's communication skills, and works with family members to be a part of their child's therapy program and transfer strategies from the clinic into their everyday lives.


Sarah Cunningham - Speech Pathologist

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Sarah graduated as a Speech Pathologist from the University of Queensland in 2006. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. She joined our team at Speech Results in February 2013.

Sarah has worked in Canberra and Melbourne with a broad range of preschool, school age and adolescent clients and their families. Sarah has extensive experience and a special interest in working with preschool children and school aged children with a range of developmental delays and disabilites, complex communication needs and feeding difficulties. Sarah has specific experience working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. She is also experienced in working with children with acquired brain injury.

She is a warm and highly dedicated therapist who also brings a sense of fun to her therapy sessions. She prides herself on her ability to achieve functional outcomes for the clients she works with. She is committed to working closely with parents and families both in the clinic and the community to achieve the best outcomes for your child.

Sarah attends regular Professional Development. She has completed training in the Lidcombe Program, PECS, Hanen training programs (It takes two to talk and More than Words), DIR/Flooritme, SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) approach to feeding and the Paediatric Feeding Education Program.


Stephanie Rickard - Speech Pathologist

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Stephanie graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 1987. She has had many years of Paediatric experience in a range of settings including Hospitals, Community Health, Early Intervention and Specialist Children’s Services. She worked in the United Kingdom for two years and gained invaluable experience working in a Language Unit with school aged children with severe language and learning disorders.

Stephanie established the practice in 1997. It has been located in Ivanhoe since 2006.

Stephanie is a dedicated Speech Language Therapist who enjoys working with families in the long-term. She works with a wide range of children with communication, speech and language difficulties. Her special interests and expertise are Developmental Language Disorders, Stuttering in young children, Literacy issues in School-aged children, and Articulation and Phonological disorders. While working directly with the child, Stephanie’s focus is always on parent education and involving parents in the therapy process, to ensure that they are able to work with their own child to attain the best communication skills possible.

Stephanie has also been trained to deliver the Camperdown Program, a stuttering treatment program for adults and adolescents. 

Stephanie is committed to continual Professional Development. She is a Member of Speech Pathology Australia and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist.  


Kathleen Perrone - Paediatric & women's health dietitian / Lactation Consultant


Kathleen is an Accredited Practising Dietitian with many years experience working with children and families. Kathleen currently works both publicly in community health and privately.

She has completed the Royal Children's Hospital's 'Certificate in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics' as well as being trained in the ‘Sequential Oral Sensory Approach to Feeding’ (a therapy for very fussy eaters/problem feeders). She has also completed training in Ellyn Satter's Feeding Dynamics Model.

Kathleen loves working with children and their families to assist them in meeting their nutritional needs and support them in developing positive relationships with food and their bodies. The goal is happy, harmonious mealtimes!

Kathleen is passionate about supporting and normalising breastfeeding. She is qualified as a Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), a member of the Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ) and is a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

As a mother of two young boys, Kathleen appreciates first hand the challenges of feeding young children and the need for easy to implement, practical recommendations.

Please call Kathleen directly to make an appointment. Information about her services for women and children can be found here:http://www.healthystartnutrition.com.au.