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 Pathologist
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.
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.
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
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.