Meet Our Founder

Emily MACKIE (Balam)

Founder, Director and Speech Pathologist

For almost the last 10 years, Emily has continuously worked within the public and private sectors with children ranging from birth up to 18 years of age and adults in hospital. Emily graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 2009.

Emily has always had a passion for helping children reach their communication goals and academic potential. Emily also has a passion for teaching and mentoring new graduate speech pathologists. She has developed within Speak About a thorough training program for new team members and enjoys sharing her expertise with the next generation of speech therapists.

Emily has experience with working with children who have receptive and expressive language difficulties, speech sound disorders, stuttering, voice, feeding and literacy difficulties. Emily has also worked with children who present with a variety of diagnoses and conditions (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia).

Emily is also trained in a number of literacy and reading comprehension programs, including The Spalding Method. Emily is a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a registered Medicare and registered NDIS Provider.

When Emily is not in at Speak About, she loves getting outdoors, travelling, spending time with her husband and family and trying new foods!

Meet The Team - Speech Pathologists

Brianna Simmons

Senior Speech Pathologist

Brianna (aka Bree) joined the Speak About team in January 2016. She completed a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Macquarie University in 2013 and then completed a Master of Speech and Language Pathology in 2015.

Brianna has grown up in the Hawkesbury region and has a passion for supporting families in the local community. Brianna has worked with a range of preschool and school age children with various communication difficulties including speech, language, literacy, stuttering and voice disorders. Brianna also has experience working with children with various diagnoses such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS), Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Global Developmental Delay (GDD). She has also completed The Nuffield Dyspraxia Programme- 3rd Edition course, developed for children with CAS.

Brianna also enjoys supporting students and new graduate speech pathologists as they enter the workplace. Brianna is a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a registered Medicare and NDIS provider.

When she is not helping children at Speak About, Brianna loves spending time with her two dogs (Sunny and Cooly), horse riding and shopping.

Anwyn Yap

Speech Pathologist

Anwyn (aka Wyn) has a huge passion for helping children. She joined the Speak About team in January 2017. She graduated from a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at The University of Sydney in 2015.

Anwyn is passionate about working with preschool, school aged and high school aged children who have language difficulties, speech sound disorders, stuttering and literacy difficulties. Her favourite part of the job is seeing kids grow in confidence when they realise that they CAN do it.

Anwyn has experience working with children who have additional diagnoses such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Global Developmental Delay (GDD), Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Cleft Lip and Palate. Anwyn is also trained in literacy programs, such as The Spalding Method.

Anwyn is a registered member of Speech Pathology Australia, Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP), a registered Medicare and NDIS provider.

When she’s not helping kids, Anwyn loves to spend her time travelling, doing yoga, hiking, trying out new restaurants and spending time with friends and family.

Angela Boylan

Speech Pathologist

Angela completed a Bachelor of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Macquarie University in 2011 and then completed a Master of Speech and Language Pathology in 2015.

Angela joined the Speak About Team in April, 2017. She is passionate about working with children and believes that every child deserves the right to participate fully in society. Angela has experience working with a range of communication difficulties, including speech sound disorders, receptive (understanding) and expressive (speaking) language delay/disorder, stuttering, literacy difficulties and social skill difficulties. Angela also has experience working with children with various diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Global Developmental Delay (GDD).

Angela says her favourite part of her job is seeing the children make progress and grow in confidence when communicating with others.

When she’s not helping the kids at Speak About, she likes playing soccer, playing the piano, bushwalking and spending time with her friends and family.

Brianna Schembri

Speech Pathologist

Brianna joined the Speak About team in January of 2018. She graduated from a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) at The University of Sydney in 2017.

Brianna has a huge passion for working with children and providing them with the opportunity to learn, express themselves and connect with others. She loves working with children of all different ages and abilities. Brianna has worked with a range of preschool, school and high school aged children with communication difficulties including speech, language, literacy, stuttering and social skills. Brianna also has experience working with children with various diagnoses such as Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Global Developmental Delay, genetic and neurological disorders.

Brianna is trained in Key Word Sign and enjoys exploring the many different ways people can communicate. She loves being able to provide people with the opportunity to communicate using augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

When she is not helping children at Speak About, Brianna loves exploring the outdoors, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

Alicia Molloy

Speech Pathologist

Alicia joined the Speak About team in April of 2018. She graduated from a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Australian Catholic University in 2017.

Alicia has a huge passion for working with children. She loves working with children with a specific disability and loves working with children of all ages. Alicia has worked with a range of preschool, school and high school aged children with communication difficulties including speech, language, literacy, stuttering and social skills.

Alicia is also a trained ABA behavioural therapist. Alicia has completed her ‘Introduction to PROMPT training’, developed for children with motor sequencing and speech sound production difficulties.

Alicia is a local and when she’s not helping children, she loves dancing and competitive cheerleading.


Meet The Team - Administration

Jessica Borg

Practice Manager

Jessica joined the Speak About Team in January of 2018. She is a working mother of two young children and is a local to the Hawkesbury area.

Jess’ daughter had her own journey with speech therapy which has given Jess the passion to ensure that all kids have the same wonderful experience. Jess has over 15 years of experience in management, administration and accounts and is always looking for continuous improvement within our clinic.

When Jess isn’t at Speak About, she loves spending time with her family.

Kathy Nies

Administration Manager

Kathy Nies is Speak About’s administration manager. She has over 10 years experience in speech pathology administration and takes a keen interest in all the children and their progress. Being a mother of two lovely children who are now adults, she is always willing to listen and help parents in whatever way she can.

Kathy has a wealth of knowledge and will be able to answer any questions that you may have regarding funding, payments, appointments and general enquires.

When she is not helping parents, Kathy loves to spend time with her family.

Kate Worner

Administration (Friday & Saturday)

Kate is our weekend administrator. She is behind the front desk on Friday and Saturday.

When Kate is not at Speak About, she is busy studying a Bachelor of Applied Social Science, to become a counsellor.

She loves socialising, shopping and getting out to exercise.


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