Meet the Team
Suzie began working as Speech Pathologist in Central Victoria in 1990. She has worked with adults in acute hospital settings, rehabilitation and in nursing homes. She also worked for a number of years in early intervention, schools and in community based teams.
Suzie has a special interest in communication and swallowing disorders of neurological origins, as well as literacy and developmental delays. Outside of work, Suzie loves spending time with family and friends and cooking.
Aleshia joined Bendigo Speech Works at the beginning of 2017. She currently works with children with a variety of communication difficulties including those with delays in speech, language and social skills.
Aleshia is passionate about early oral language, as well as providing services to children with developmental delay, Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disability. Aleshia has a special interest in working with children to support their ability to communicate in a wide range of settings. Aleshia’s hobbies outside of work include playing sport, reading and enjoying good food.
Simone joined the Bendigo Speech Works team in 2018. She has over 13 years experience working with school aged children and teenagers in both mainstream and special school settings. Simone has worked in Melbourne, London and in the greater Bendigo area to support students with speech, language and communication needs.
Simone has a passion for developing oral language and early literacy skills using evidence-based approaches. When she is not working, Simone enjoys spending time with family and friends and is a keen dancer.
Janine started at Bendigo Speech Works in 2019. She studied Speech Pathology as a mature-aged student and is passionate about providing practical strategies and tools to assist people whose independence and function is impacted by their communication or intellectual difficulties.
Janine has particular interests in swallowing, literacy and Augmentative and alternative communication. When Janine is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and umpiring netball.
Ellena joined the team in 2020 with previous experience in schools, regional hospitals and private practices with a diverse range of clients.
Ellena has a special interest working with children of all ages with speech and language difficulties and AAC. In her spare time Ellena enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing sport
Olivia joined Bendigo Speech Works in 2017 and has recently returned to work from Maternity Leave. Olivia has experience working with both adult and paediatric clients.
Olivia’s special interests include fluency, developmental language delay and swallowing disorders, and she is enjoying running Social skills groups for clients in Primary and Secondary school. Outside of work, Olivia enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Victoria completed her Masters of Speech Pathology as a mature aged student, having previously achieved qualifications in Biomedical science and health sciences and working as a Scientist. She has also worked as a Breastfeeding Counsellor and Classroom Assistant in voluntary capacities.
Victoria is passionate about assisting others to live their best lives and is working with adults with communication and swallowing difficulties.
Victoria also enjoys working in the areas of literacy and language with school aged students. When she is not working, Victoria enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and her animals.
Naomi joined Bendigo Speech Works in 2023 with her experience in various settings including 2 years in Community Health in Mildura. She is passionate about working with socio-economically diverse families and vulnerable children. Naomi is Hanen trained and has an interest in developing oral language in pre-school children and enjoys working with children with speech and language difficulties.
Naomi’s hobbies outside of work include spending time with her family and friends.
Jessica joined the Bendigo Speech Works team at the start of 2024. Jess has a particular interest working with children - helping them improve their speech, language and social skills, but she loves working with people of all ages!
Jess has experience as a support worker and is passionate about assisting people to utilise AAC as a part of their communication.
Jess’ hobbies outside of work include playing netball and spending time with friends and family.
Lois joined the wonderful team at Bendigo Speech Works at the end of October 2021 as Practice Manager. She comes with her experience in Private Practice and is eager to make a difference and in assist any way she can to work efficiently within all aspects of this role.
Lois also provides back-up for the admin team and will often answer your calls and emails. She has many useless pieces of information in her head which she is always willing to share along with a great sense of humor. She enjoys a good story and a good laugh - mostly at herself!
In her spare time she enjoys reading, cooking, all sorts of crafty things as well as spending time with her husband of 24 years and her 2 grown daughters.
Tracey joined Bendigo Speech Works in 2022 as an Administration Assistant.
Tracey will be only too happy to answer any queries you may have & will endeavour to ensure that you will experience a professional and friendly environment whilst connected with Bendigo Speech Works.
Outside of work Tracey enjoys spending time with her Family and Friends.