Our Team

Therapy Team


Speech PathologY
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Kizzy Searle

Speech Pathologist

Kizzy is a passionate and dedicated speech therapist who joined the Umbo team in November 2020. Throughout her career, Kizzy has prioritised collaboration with clients and their supports to achieve holistic, meaningful, long term and functional outcomes. 

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Jessica Smith

Speech Pathologist

Jessica has 20 years experience working with children who have speech, language, fluency and feeding issues. She is passionate about developing and using Australian-specific therapy materials including culturally appropriate (where possible, including local language) materials for children who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders.

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Laura Thompson

Speech Pathologist

Laura is a certified Speech Pathologist with nine years’ experience working exclusively with adults. Laura has developed expert knowledge in the clinical areas of Stroke, Acquired Brain Injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurones Disease, Dementia, Aphasia, Dysphagia and Voice.

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Jeannie McDonald

Speech Pathologist

Jeannie is a Speech Pathologist that loves her job! She has 15 years of experience helping children improve their communication skills and works with children that have language, speech and literacy difficulties. She is passionate about providing family centered, evidence based practice to families throughout Australia.

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Anja Kalbus

Speech Pathologist

Anja completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney in 2010. Originally from overseas, languages and travel have always been her passion. It was also her goal to make a difference in people's lives and she has not looked back since.

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Francesca Coles

Speech Pathologist

Francesca came to speech pathology after starting a family, completing a Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne in 2012. She originally studied Linguistics at the Australian National University. 

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Shauna Moloney

Speech Pathologist

Shauna graduated from The University of Sydney with a Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology. She loves being a generalist therapist with paediatrics and adults, but has particular interest in speech, voice, stuttering, and feeding and swallowing. 

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Cath Fernando

Speech Pathologist

I am passionate about ensuring each person I see gets the best possible speech pathology outcomes to enhance their quality of life. As a former engineer and as a mother, I bring significant life experience to my role as a speech pathologist. I changed career at the age of 40 because I wanted to do work that makes a real difference in peoples lives.

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Mikaela Joffe

Allied Health Assistant

Mikaela is a South African qualified speech pathologist, currently working as an allied health assistant while she obtains the professional requirements needed to register with Speech Pathology Australia.

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Occupational TherapY
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Emily Thompson

Occupational Therapist

Emily is an occupational therapist who has worked and trained in various paediatric and adult settings within hospitals, schools, preschools, aged care and home environments including rural community health, acute adolescent mental health and outpatient care.

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Poorani Balasundaram

Occupational Therapist

For more than 5 years, Poorani has lived and experienced life in rural Australia, working as an Occupational Therapist in various rural locations in Victoria and New South Wales. She has a passion for caring for people in rural areas and transcending barriers to help them access the services they require.

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Rhiannon Crispe

Occupational Therapist

Rhiannon is an occupational therapist with over 13 years experience. She is passionate about coaching and supporting parents to help their child thrive in meaningful everyday occupations. Rhiannon embraces a holistic approach to wellbeing and weaves heart, mind and soul into the fabric of her professionalism.

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Hayley Johnston

Occupational Therapist

Hayley is an Occupational Therapist that takes pride in her job and recognizes what a privilege it is to be invited into peoples lives, learn their stories and support them in achieving their goals. Hayley has worked in various adult and pediatric settings in Victoria within home, kindergarten, school, hospital and community health centres.

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Carla Minnican

Occupational Therapist

Carla is an occupational therapist who has worked and trained in various adult settings including rural community health, residential aged care, occupational rehabilitation, and in-home environments. Carla has worked in many care roles and has a passion for working with and advocating for people living with intellectual disabilities and dementia.

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Sooyeon Kim

Occupational Therapist

I have been working as an occupational therapist for 3+ years. I have worked independently and as a member of multidisciplinary teams mainly with elders, children, young people and their families. We all need co-regulator in our lives and co-regulation happens through relationships. I have seen how much positive change clients can have by feeling accepted, not judged and empowered.

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Jennifer Star

Occupational Therapist

I grew up in rural Victoria and am passionate about improving access to health for rural and regional communities. I am an Occupational Therapist with 13 years experience working with adults of all ages with complex mental health and psychosocial disabilities. 

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Kristie Sahin

Occupational Therapist

Kristie describes herself as a generalist Occupational Therapist as she is passionate about enabling all individuals to reach their potential in day to day life. She works with people throughout their lifespan and is not subjected to work with a particular clientele. Kristie has a background in massage therapy and has always had an interest in the disability sector. 

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Tara Drinkwater

Occupational Therapist

Tara is a registered Occupational Therapist who has completed a Master in Occupational Therapy Practice. She has over 12 years experience working with children and families in a range of childhood settings and roles. 

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Management Team

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Weh Yeoh

CEO

Weh Yeoh is a five-time founder. After co-founding WhyDev, a non profit organisation committed to getting international development right, he founded OIC Cambodia - an initiative that aims to establish speech therapy as a profession in Cambodia. He also co-founded Happy Kids Clinic, a social enterprise which supports OIC.

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Francesca Pinzone

COO

Francesca has over 12 years of experience working in non-profit organisations, having previously worked with Medecins Sans Frontieres in Pakistan, UNICEF in India and CanTeen in Australia, and also currently teaches Creating Social Change: From Innovation to Impact at UNSW Sydney with the Centre for Social Impact.

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Ed Johnson

Clinical Innovation Advisor

Ed is an accidental speech pathologist and PhD candidate, and has practiced across rural and remote communities for the last eight years. He is also Chairman of Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH), and sits on the Clinical Council at the Western NSW Primary Health Network.

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Claire Salter Parry

Clinical Services Manager

Claire grew up in regional Vic/NSW and has spent most of her 18 years as a speech pathologist working in remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

She is committed to people in rural Australia having access to high quality services that are accessible and relevant.

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Piroska Bisits-Bullen

Head of Data, Technology & Growth

Piroska is passionate about using data and technology for scalable social impact. Piroska was an early employee at Mable, working as Chief Operating Officer during a period that saw a 100x increase in the number of clients booking on the platform. Following this she became Data Science Director where she was responsible for data analysis, technical infrastructure and machine learning.

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Helen Lajoie

Practice Manager

Helen is Umbo's welcoming, caring and compassionate Practice Manager who will go above and beyond for every client and their family. She is also a mother of a child with special needs. Helen's thorough understanding and knowledge of therapy services comes not only from her time as an administrator but from genuine firsthand client experience. 

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