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Our Family

Our Family

Meet the incredible TalkHQ Family members…

Julie Sexton

Speech Pathologist

Director

What song do you sing aloud?: ‘All the small things’ by Blink182
Favourite game in therapy: Pop the pig
Why did you become a speech pathologist?: Someone told me I would be good at it so I thought, “Why not? Probably makes a better career than actress!”
Fun fact: I cannot touch my toes
Guilty pleasure: Watching ‘Boss Baby’ on Netflix even when my kids aren’t home
Harvey or Mike (from “Suits”): Harvey
Wonder Woman or Beyoncé: Wonder Woman
Swimming or athletics: Swimming

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Jenna Morello

Speech Pathologist

Director

What song do you sing aloud: ‘Seasons of Love’ – RENT
Favourite game in therapy: Any fishing game
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist? I grew up with cousins needing to see a speech pathologist and I always found it so fascinating seeing their progress
Fun fact: I have an extra bone in my foot!
Guilty pleasure: Nutella
Travel Europe or Asia: Europe
Beach or rainforest: Beach for sure – I love the sound of the ocean

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Megan Hamilton

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: Anything by Ed Sheeran
Favourite game in therapy: Mr Potato Head
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I’ve always loved working with children and helping others. It was my dream job and now here I am!
Fun fact: I can shape my tongue like a shamrock
Guilty pleasure: Candy!
Tea or coffee? Tea
Being hot or being cold? Being cold!!
Pasta or pizza? Pasta of course!

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Alex Wall

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: ‘Walking in Memphis’ by Marc Cohn
Favourite game in therapy: Such a hard decision…. but would have to be pop the pig
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I always wanted to teach children and work within the health sector so speech pathology seemed the perfect blend of the two!
Fun fact: I studied in America for a bit
Guilty pleasure: Arancini balls for savoury or Cannoli for sweet!
Travel Europe or Asia? Europe
iPhone or Android? iPhone
Tea or coffee? Coffee!!

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Ashling Barry

Speech Pathologist

NQPHN Allied Health Professional of the Year 2018

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Jessica Casale

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: “I wanna dance with somebody” by Whitney Houston
Favourite game in therapy: Pop up pirate
Why did you become a speech pathologist: I knew I always wanted to be in a role where I could help people and speech pathology was my first choice!
Fun fact: I have webbed toes
Guilty pleasure: Pasta… all the pasta!
Being hot or cold: cold
Tea or coffee: coffee
Flats or heels: flats

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Melissa Nicholls

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud?: Africa (Toto)
Favourite game in therapy?: Don’t break the ice!
Why did you become a speech pathologist?: I like talking … a lot
Fun fact: I play the violin
Guilty pleasure: Disney movies
Tea or coffee? Tea
Sea or rainforest? Sea
Thor or Ironman? Thor

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Madeline DiMarzio

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud?: Blurred Lines ….only when baking
Favourite game in therapy?: Yeti in my Spaghetti
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist?: It was recommended to me for work experience because I talk a lot!
Fun fact: I used to do tae kwon do as a kid
Guilty pleasure: Watching the ‘Friends’ series over and over again
Prince William or Prince Harry: Prince Harry
Skiing or Snowboarding: Snowboarding (but I am not very good at it)
Swimming in the ocean or in a pool: Ocean

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Lauren Hunter-Calligaro

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: Chandelier (Sia) … (No one said it had to sound any good)
Favourite game in therapy: Fruity Bugs!
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I loved the wide scope of practice. No two days are ever the same!
Fun fact: I’m good at Tenpin Bowling!
Guilty pleasure: Enjoying kid’s movies as a big kid!
Facebook or Instagram: Instagram
Choc-Top or Popcorn: Popcorn!
Theatre or Cinema: Theatre

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Michelle Petersen

Speech Pathologist

What Song Do You Sing Aloud: “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
Favourite therapy game: Mr Potato Head
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I loved the variety it offered… and I could work with kids without becoming a teacher!
Fun fact: I started coaching gymnastics when I was only 13 and was a qualified level 1 coach at 16
Guilty pleasure: King Island Triple Cream Brie
Pepperoni or Hawaiian: Pepperoni- fruit doesn’t belong on pizza
Tea or coffee: Tea
Sea or rainforest: Rainforest – my favourite smell in the world

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Kathryn Sullivan

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: ‘Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift
Favourite game in therapy: Tumbling Chimps
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist? I wanted to work in the health industry and Speech Pathology seemed very rewarding and fitting considering my nickname growing up was “Kathryn Chatterbox”!
Fun Fact: I can wiggle my ears!
Guilty Pleasure: Watching any of the Harry Potter films
Being hot or being cold? Being cold
Tea or coffee? Tea
Smooth or crunchy? Crunchy

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Lisa Parker

Support Services

What song do you sing aloud: This is Me (the Greatest Showman) whilst stamping to the beat around our dining table with my 2 boys before school
Favourite game in therapy: Anything with Nerf guns!
Why did you join the TalkHQ family: I’m in awe of the difference good speech therapy can do for childrens confidence and therefore their happiness. My boy’s stutter is gone! Thank you team!
Fun fact: Can I come back to this? I’m a mum of 2, I’m about to bake muffins and can’t think of anything but muffins…
Guilty pleasure: anything caramel
Crunchie or Cherry Ripe? Cherry ripe every time, thanks Mum for passing on the love for this amazing chocolate!
Pips or no pips? Always with the Pips, I just bought “Pulp free” OJ for my son today – like father, like son! I’m totally outvoted!
Ski or snowboard? My heart says snowboard but my body said ski, nothing but ski!

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Monique Pickering

Support Services

What song do you sing aloud: ‘Shake it off’ by Taylor Swift
Fun Fact: I can put both my legs over my head
Guilty Pleasure: Tiramisu
Sweet or savoury: sweet!
Tea or coffee : Tea
Book or movie : Movie

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Marsha Hearn

Support Services

What song do you sing aloud: “Chicken Fried” Zac Brown Band
Fun fact: My fave past time is fishing and crabbing
Guilty pleasure: Watching movies
Prince William or Prince Harry: Prince Harry
Crunchie or Cherry Ripe: Cherry Ripe
Tent or Cabin: Tent

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