Our Practitioners

Ashlee Batchelder – BSpPath (Bachelor of Speech Pathology)

Ashlee is a Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a registered Medicare and Private Health Fund Provider. Ashlee completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia.

Ashlee has worked with children and families in education and early intervention settings in both metropolitan and rural locations. She has experience in the areas of language and speech difficulties, stuttering, social skills and voice.

Ashlee loves working with children and their families and is passionate about helping children learn and grow. She particularly likes to help children develop their speech and language skills so that they can better understand what they hear, express themselves and speak clearly.

Elyse Profenna – MOT (Masters in Occupational Therapy)

Elyse completed her Master of Occupational Therapy Practice at La Trobe University Bundoora. She is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist, a registered Medicare health fund provider and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia.  

Elyse has a background in ABA therapy and behaviour therapy, working with children on the Autism Spectrum. She also has experience supporting a range of individuals with complex physical and behavioural needs.Elyse is an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist who is passionate about assisting children to achieve their goals and participate in their everyday activities. With a strong interest in sensory regulation, Elyse is interested in finding out how individual’s sensory needs have an impact on their daily life.

Emma Dowd – MOT (Masters in Occupational Therapy)

Emma is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist, a member of Occupational Therapy Australia and is a registered Medicare health fund provider.

Emma has extensive experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum providing behavioural intervention. She is well equipped to support children with simple or complex behavioural needs to achieve their occupational therapy goals.

Emma is passionate about building self care and school readiness skills by developing an understanding of a child’s sensory needs and fostering engagement in play. She enjoys connecting with children and creating a fun environment for learning.

Emma is based in the Mill Park clinic and is also available for home visits, and school/ kinder-based occupational therapy sessions.

Kerry Lay – MSpPath (Master of Speech Pathology)

Kerry is a Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a registered Medicare and Private Health Fund Provider. Kerry completed her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in Bundoora.

Kerry has worked with children under the Department of Education and Training and in private practice. She has experience working with students with a range of communication needs, including speech, language, social skills, stuttering, and voice.

Kerry is passionate about helping children communicate effectively with those around them and in different environments. She loves seeing children learn, grow and develop into their best potential. She also likes working with families to build a good support network around the child.

Rachel Reinisch – MOT (Master of Occupational Therapy Practice)

Rachel is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist who graduated from La Trobe University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Occupational Therapy Practice.

Rachel is a passionate individual who strives to provide a holistic quality of care for all her clients. Rachel has a wealth of experience and knowledge with working with children which she utilises to support children in their daily activities and works alongside them to help them achieve their goals.

Outside of work Rachel enjoys playing netball and spending time with family and friends, including her two little bunnies Maple and Oreo.

Shellee Zavarella – MSpPath (Master of Speech Pathology)

Shellee completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Shellee has been working as a Speech Pathologist across Regional Victoria and Melbourne. Shellee’s work experience has included working with Autism Spectrum Disorder, motor speech, language disorders, fluency and voice disorders across the lifespan.

Outside of work Shellee enjoys hiking, yoga, reading, travelling and socialising with family and friends.

Stephanie Duca – MSpPath (Master of Speech Pathology)

Stephanie is a Speech Pathologist and a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a registered Medicare, Private Health Fund and NDIS provider. Stephanie completed her Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in 2019.

Stephanie has worked with primary school aged children and adolescents in a mainstream and special education setting. She has experience providing intervention in the areas of language, literacy/phonological awareness, speech, alternative & augmentative communication (AAC) and social skills.

Stephanie is passionate about helping children reach their full potential and develop strong communication skills. She loves incorporating children’s interests into therapy to create a fun and positive learning environment! She also enjoys working with families to reach communication goals and meet the needs of each child.

Tanya Cook – BSpPath (Bachelor of Speech Pathology), C.P.S.P.

Tanya lives in the local area and completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in Bundoora. She is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (C.P.S.P.) and current member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is a registered Medicare and Private Health Fund provider and a provider for the Helping Children with Autism Package (HCWA) and Better Start Initiative.

Tanya has worked with children in the school system (both public and Catholic) and in private practice. She has experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds with a range of communication needs.

Tanya is passionate about her work with children and uses a sensitive, caring approach with her clients and their families. She strives to improve communication while also building a child’s confidence, with a focus on specific positive reinforcement.