We are a team of passionate Speech Pathologists who all have many years of experience in paediatrics.
Our experienced therapists are all working independently, sharing resources, knowledge, support and skills.
We are all here because we care about your kids and you.
Betty Mihelakos (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Betty graduated at Latrobe University, and has also completed further studies in psychodrama, family therapy and paediatric feeding. Due to long waitlists for speech pathology services in the public service, Betty began Northern Speech Pathology in 2000. In 2015 Melbourne Kids Developmental Services was formed. This consortium now encompasses allied health professionals who are equally passionate about helping families flourish.
Betty is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia who has over 25 years’ experience in working with children aged 0-12 with a variety of speech, language, play, social, literacy and feeding difficulties. Betty believes children are wired to connect with people, not machines or programs! She invites you to come move, play, learn, sing and laugh with her in therapy sessions.
Pippa Lambiase (Wednesday at the clinic, and Thurs/Fri mornings out of the clinic)
Pippa graduated from LaTrobe University in 1993, and have been practising for 17years. She started within the public sector (Specialist Children’s Services, Dept of human services) on a multidisciplinary team, before moving into private practice. Pippa worked in the United States of America in the 90s and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is trained in Hanen, Floor-time, Key word signing, Cued articulation, Talking Mats and Mother Goose. Pippa enjoys working with children and being entertained by their individual behaviours and characteristics. She likes to use humour and fun within the clinical setting to teach both the parents and child. Sessions are practical and provide functional strategies for the home setting, given the time-constraints of most parents. The session will always end with a prize (usually a stamp) and a chat with the parents.
Renata Winkler (Friday)
Renata graduated from the University of Sydney and has over 20 years experience as a Speech Pathologist in Australia and the United Kingdom. She currently works part time for Victoria Paediatric Rehabilitation Service as well as being a mother herself. Renata enjoys seeing children between the ages of 0-12 years and believes therapy is more effective when it is in partnership with parents and other professionals.
Katrina Wenham (Wednesday, Thursday)
Since graduating from the University of Queensland, Katrina has 20 years experience working with preschool and school-aged children on a range of speech and language difficulties. A Certified Practising Member of Speech Pathology Australia, Katrina’s approach to building your child’s confidence is practical and evidence-based. Her priority is to ensure that your child is comfortable in our clinic and she takes the time to understand your concerns and your child’s abilities within the family context. Speech sound disorders and language and literacy difficulties are among her particular areas of interest. Katrina is available on Wednesday and Thursday.
Linzi Fowler (Monday, Friday)
Graduated from Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh, Linzi has gained varied experience working in a range of special school and mainstream settings in the UK before moving to Australia in 2011, where she has worked in schools, private practice and early intervention. A certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia, Linzi enjoys working with children from 0-12 years, with a range of speech, language, social and literacy difficulties, with a particular interest in preparing children for their school years. Linzi has completed training in a range of speech, language and literacy courses, including Hanen More Than Words, Nuffield Dyspraxia Program, PECS, Floortime and Karen Stagnitti’s Learn to Play program. Linzi believes that there is no ‘one fits all’ approach and likes to cater therapy and support to meet the individual child and their family. She believes children learn through play and that laughter leads to learning.