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Our Family

Our Family

Meet the incredible TalkHQ Family members…

Julie Sexton

Speech Pathologist – Co-Founder & 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 Mottin

Speech Pathologist – Co-Founder & 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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Alex Hartley

Speech Pathologist – Director

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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Jade Baxter

Senior Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: Anything Elton John
Favourite game in therapy: Catch the fox
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: My high school friend’s Mum was a speech Pathologist and it caught my interest
Fun fact: I used to live in Singapore
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate Continue reading

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Jessica Kennedy

Senior Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: “Love the way you lie” by Eminem and Rhianna
Favourite game in therapy: I love kinetic sand, or any messy play activities!
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist? I could never choose between ‘science’ and ‘English’ focussed subjects at school. Speech Pathology sounded like it would give me a good balance of both, and I’ve loved it ever since!
Fun fact: I lived in Tokyo for 3 months.
Guilty pleasure: Trashy reality TV!
Dogs or cats: Dogs
Burgers or tacos: Tacos
Audiobooks or podcasts: Podcasts – my faves are Shameless, Just the Gist and Mamamia Outloud Continue reading

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Danica Kelly

Senior Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud?: Too many to count! Top ten includes ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by Mackmore & Ryan Lewis
Favourite game in therapy: Hide and seek
Why did you become a speech pathologist?: I had several family members see speechies and it sounded like a rewarding career choice.
Fun fact: I have very long arms! It really helps on the basketball/netball court!
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate
Beach or Rainforest?: Rainforest, I just love the sounds of birds calling and a bubbling creek.
Tea or Coffee?: Tea! I can easily drink 6 cups a day. Continue reading

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Nicole Marsh

Senior Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: So many different ones! Usually whichever random song has got stuck in my head from the kids’ music or movies.
Favourite game in therapy: Tumblin’ Monkeys
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I wanted a career in Health, speech pathology was the one I picked!
Fun fact: I have twins!
Guilty pleasure: Going out for a nice restaurant meal
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Summer or winter: Winter
Late nights or early mornings: Late nights Continue reading

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Melissa Cook

Senior 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 Continue reading

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Tessa Hawthorne

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: One Foot by Walk the Moon.

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Jordan Wellington

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud?: “Bohemian Rhapsody”- Queen
Favourite game in therapy: Fishing games or ring toss
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I love working with kids and Speech Pathology seemed like such a wonderful and rewarding area of work!
Fun fact: I can play the guitar.
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Swimming in the ocean or pool: Ocean

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Leah Zandonandi

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: I sing along to everything I know the words to, but at the moment I love 10,000 Hours by Dan + Shay ft. Justin Bieber.
Favourite game in therapy: Pop the Pig.
Why did you choose to study speech pathology?: My mum suggested it to me because I was so interested in how I talked as a kid when we rewatched home videos. I thought it was so cool seeing how my own speech and language developed!
Fun fact: I sat all of my tap dancing exams, right up to the highest level in the syllabus.
Guilty pleasure: My Nonna’s gnocchi.
Marvel or DC: Marvel (Spider-Man is my favourite!).
Takeaway or homemade: Homemade. Continue reading

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Dani Hautaniemi

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud: Forever by Chris Brown
Favourite game in therapy: There’s a few, but my go to is Gooey Louie
Why did you become a Speech Pathologist: I have always wanted to do something in the health industry. My Dad and I went to the uni open day when I was in Grade 11 and we started talking with one of the speech pathology students. He convinced me to give it a go, so I did!
Fun fact: I did horse riding for 8 years when I was younger!
Guilty pleasure: Anything chocolate
Travel Europe or Asia? Europe
iPhone or Android? iPhone
Tea or coffee? COFFEE! Continue reading

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Kate Price

Speech Pathologist

Why did you choose to study speech pathology: I really wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives and when I did work experience with a speech pathologist I was so drawn to it and thought “what a fun and rewarding career!”
Fun fact: I’ve been to Disneyland
Guilty pleasure: Watching Disney Classics
Travel Europe or Asia: Europe
Tea or coffee: coffee Continue reading

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Tegan Golding

Speech Pathologist

The song I always sing aloud: “Simply the Best” by Tina Tuner
Favourite therapy game: Nerf guns.
Why I became a Speech Pathologist: My sister is an OT and thought that I would enjoy doing speech, and I love it!!
Fun fact: I have never had wisdom teeth.
Guilty pleasure: Chocolate with peanut butter. Yum!
Tea or coffee: Tea
Festival or concert: Festival! They’re like a bunch of concerts rolled into one.
Controversial opinion: Mint belongs only in toothpaste and breath mints (and maybe mojitos) – not in chocolate or ice cream! Continue reading

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Ashton Moncrieff

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud?: Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts
Favourite game in therapy: Shopping List.
Why did you become a speech pathologist?: When I was little, I saw a speech pathologist for my speech sounds. As a child it was so much fun playing games and learning at the same time. So as an adult, I thought being a speechie would be such a fun career and I’ve always wanted to work with children.
Fun fact: I’m a pro at using chopsticks.
Guilty pleasure: Watching the same movies and TV shows over and over again.
Tea or coffee?: Coffee!
Travel to Europe or Asia?: Europe.
Thor or Ironman: Ironman. Continue reading

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Lyndsay Miller

Speech Pathologist

What song do you sing aloud? Cover me Up by Morgan Wallen
Favourite game in therapy: Connect Four
Why did you become a speech pathologist? I always loved English subjects and Speech and Drama! Combine this with my love for working with kids and I was enrolled in studying a Bachelor of Speech Pathology before I knew it!
Fun fact: I am a Surf Lifesaver.
Guilty pleasure: Caramel Tarts!
Theatre or Cinema: Theatre! Continue reading

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Charlotte MacMorland

Support Services Leader

What song do you sing aloud? ‘Dreams’ – Fleetwood Mac
Fun fact: I have two little kiddies and a puppy named Finche!
Guilty pleasure: Disney movies and M&M’s
Crunchie or Cherry Ripe: Crunchie
Country or Pop Music: I’m on the fence about both
Ski or snowboard: Both, i’m from New Zealand and lived on the slopes in my teenage years
Pips or no pips: Definitely no pips! Continue reading

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Casey-Lee Fleming

Support Services

What Song Do You Sing Aloud: “Push” by Matchbox 20
Fun fact: I became a qualified fitness instructor at 17
Guilty pleasure: Peanut M&Ms
Pepperoni or Hawaiian: Hawaiian 100% – Load it up with pineapple!
Tea or coffee: Coffee
Sea or rainforest: Sea! You’re not likely to catch me on holidays anywhere that isn’t a short walk to the beach. Continue reading

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