Meet Our Team

Speech Language Pathologists

Trish Hull Co-Founder

Trish graduated as a Speech Pathologist in 1999 from the University of Queensland. She has been fortunate to gain experience working in Canada, England, China and Malaysia. Trish has extensive experience working with children 0-18 years and adults with learning difficulties. She has been in teams focused on disability, education, and early intervention, as well as setting up her own private practice. Since having three children, Trish has a much better understanding of family life and how to plan with families to incorporate therapy goals into every day life. She is passionate about empowering parents, carers, and teaching staff to help children reach their best potential. Trish’s areas of interest are in disability, ASD and early intervention for children with speech and language delays. She is a Hanen certified, Key Word Sign instructor and has training in DIR Floortime, Social Thinking & PROMPT.

Trish Hull - Co Founder

Lisa Holyman Co-Founder

Lisa graduated as a Speech Pathologist from Latrobe University in 1994. Since then she has worked with children from birth to 18 years in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Lisa has experience working with children with a disability, in particular children with a diagnosis of autism. Lisa is a Key Word Sign Instructor, and is passionate about supporting children with disabilities to develop functional communication. Lisa also loves to work in paediatric speech pathology and has a specific interest in the use of AAC, early intervention, early language development, learning difficulties, and speech disorders. She is a Certified Hanen Therapist, and an advanced PROMPT therapist. Lisa loves working in a multi disciplinary team supporting children in a family centred model, and feels privileged to be a part of your family’s life.

Lisa Holyman - Co Founder

Rachael Fairhurst

Rachael graduated from the University of Queensland in 2009 with a Masters of Speech Pathology. She also holds a Bachelor of Children’s Services. Rachael has worked as a paediatric Speech Language Pathologist across disability, hospital, community health and private practice settings. Rachael is passionate about providing evidence based speech pathology to young children (0-8 years), including those with significant communication difficulties as well as children with feeding and mealtime difficulties. She has extensive experience in working as a member of a multi disciplinary team supporting children and their families to optimise communicate and mealtime outcomes. Rachael has expertise in the use of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) including signing, core vocabulary boards, speech generating devices and PODD books. Rachael is a Key Concepts Sign Instructor, certified Hanen Instructor, PROMPT therapist and trained in a range of mealtime approaches including the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach.

Rachael Fairhurst

Kate Webster

Kate graduated as a Speech Pathologist from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Having completed a thesis on the topic of family-centered care, Kate keeps your family’s specific needs at the heart of everything she does. Kate previously worked within multidisciplinary teams at the Child Development Service where she was involved in the diagnostic process of children with complex needs and early intervention therapy for children with speech and language difficulties. While supporting children in developing early speech and language is a special interest of Kate’s she has completed additional training to support children with motor speech disorders, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (DIR training), children with language delays (Hanen: it takes two to talk) and feeding difficulties (paediatric feeding course at the Queensland Children’s Hospital). Kate is very passionate about supporting children, adolescents and young adults in accessing communication. She looks forward to working with you as a team to achieve your family’s goals.

Kate Webster

Sarah Cook

Sarah studied her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Throughout her degree Sarah has gained experience in working with children with speech and language delays and disorders and children with a range of different disabilities. Sarah is passionate about supporting children and their families to achieve their goals through individualised sessions that are unique to the child’s needs. Sarah’s evidence of being an engaging and fun therapist led her to gaining the position at My Therapy Space over the other applicants! When she’s not at work she likes reading and spending time at the beach. Sarah feels privileged to be a part of your family’s team and looks forward to meeting you.

Sarah Cook

Anna-Lee Philp

Anna-Lee studied her Masters of Speech Pathology at Griffith University. Throughout her degree, she gained experience working with children with a variety of complex communication needs including speech, language, fluency and literacy. Anna-lee has a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and early literacy skills. Anna-Lee also holds a Bachelor of Special Education, and has many years of experience in the disability sector, providing a range of support services to families. She is passionate about working with people with disabilities and finds her work incredibly rewarding. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the beach, cooking, travelling and aerial silking. Anna-Lee looks forward to meeting and working with you all!

Anna-Lee Philip

Jenna Christensen

Jenna completed her studies -Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) at the University of Queensland in Brisbane. She headed north for a Regional experience working in a public hospital and private practice gaining an array of experience working with adults and paediatrics. Jenna has a passion for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ACC), early language, Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS) and swallowing. Outside of work, Jenna loves taking her puppy (Ellie) for walks, going camping with her partner and family as well as travelling! Jenna loves working in a multidisciplinary team and is passionate about helping others achieve their goals while creating a holistic, fun and positive environment!

Jenna Christensen

Hollie Murphy

Hollie graduated from Griffith University with a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2017. Since then she has worked across several paediatric disability settings, and through these experiences has become passionate about working with neurodivergent children and their families in a strengths-focused manner within a multidisciplinary team. Hollie has recently completed additional training in the DIR Floortime approach, as well as in the areas of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) and gestalt language processing. Hollie has two main goals as a therapist - to help children make their voices heard; and to support them to make meaningful connections in a way that feels authentic to them. Hollie sees it as a

Hollie Murphy

Chloe Greaves

Chloe Greaves studied her Master of Speech Pathology at Griffith University. She also holds a Bachelor of Education and has experience teaching primary school children. Chloe has a particular enthusiasm for early speech, language and literacy skills. She is passionate about supporting and guiding the development of young people and helping them realise their potential. In her spare time Chloe enjoys baking, pilates, travel and anything that involves getting creative! Chloe is looking forward to helping children and families reach their goals and she can’t wait to meet you in the clinic.

Chloe Greaves

occupational Therapists

Cathy Trace

Cathy graduated as an Occupational Therapist from the University of Queensland in 1992. Since then she has specialised in working with children and adults with a disability and global delays. Cathy’s adventures have taken her to work roles in Australia, England and Ireland, supporting individuals, families and carers as a catalyst to increased participation in home, school and their community. This has included the development of interaction, learning, motor, regulation and sensory processing skills as well as the trial and prescription of equipment and assistive technology. Cathy is enjoying her new adventure in private practice and working in a supportive multi disciplinary team. You can contact Cath on 0409 759 548 or by email.

Cathy Trace

Shae Coughlin

Shae graduated from Bond University with a Masters of Occupational Therapy. She also holds a Bachelor of Psychological Science from Griffith University. Shae has a special interest in working with young children experiencing learning difficulties, Sensory Processing Disorders, ADD/ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders. She has worked in both private practice and not for profit organisations where she helped facilitate the development of social and classroom skills, improved fine motor skills and taught daily living skills such as toileting, dressing and self-feeding. Shae’s love of her job and clients is evident in everything she does, she takes a true sense of joy from seeing them achieve their goals.

Shae Coughlin

Kate Christensen

Kate graduated as an occupational therapist from Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Kate has a passion for enhancing the quality of life for her clients by supporting children to increase engagement in activities within the home, school and community. She has a particular interest in working with children experiencing global developmental delays, autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. As a daughter of deaf parents, Kate is also fluent in Auslan sign language. She is excited to use this as a resource to share her knowledge and life experiences with families on the Gold Coast that are requiring occupational therapy services for deaf or hard of hearing children. Kate is excited for her adventure in private practice and is looking forward to working with children, their families, carers, and other stakeholders to assist children in maximising their potential.

Kate Christensen

Pip Cordner

Pip graduated from James Cook University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with First Class Honours. Pip has worked as a paediatric Occupational Therapist across hospital, community health, not-for-profit and disability settings. Alongside clinical work, Pip enjoys undertaking research to ensure children are receiving excellent, evidence-based care. This has included presenting at national conferences and co-authoring work published in an international peer reviewed journal. Pip enjoys working as part of a multidisciplinary team to achieve goals important to children and their families. She has a special interest in early intervention and mealtime difficulties. Pip is trained in a range of mealtime approaches including Making Sense of Mealtimes and the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) approach. When she’s not at work, Pip is busy spending time with her husband and 2 young children, enjoying the Gold Coast beaches and coffee shops.

Pip Cordner

Sophie Mcgregor

Sophie graduated as an Occupational Therapist from Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Mental Health. Prior to moving to Australia, Sophie worked as a community Occupational Therapist in New Zealand and has since worked in both private practice and not-for-profit organisations, gaining an understanding of the NDIS. She has assisted her clients to achieve their individual goals, to increase their participation in their home, school and in the community. Sophie enjoys working alongside clients and their families to meet functional goals, enhance independence and quality of life. She has a particular interest in developing daily living skills, play based therapy, fine motor skills and handwriting. Outside of work Sophie enjoys cooking, staying active and spending time with family and friends.

Sophie McGregor

Vanessa Fuller

Vanessa graduated from James Cook University in Townsville with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours). Vanessa also holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Movement) Throughout her degree and since graduating, Vanessa has gained experience working with both children and adults across the lifespan. Vanessa has practised in both community/private practice and hospital settings. Vanessa has a particular interest in working with children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, as well as an interest in increasing her knowledge in areas such as sensory processing and emotional regulation.Vanessa is looking forward to assisting families to support their children to help them achieve their goals.

Vanessa Fuller

Dietician

Caitlin Rogash

Caitlin graduated from Griffith University in 2012 with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics after completing a Bachelor of Biomedical Science. She is an Accredited Practicing Dietitian and has advanced training in Paediatric Nutrition and Dietetics from the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne. Caitlin is a Senior Paediatric Dietitian trained in Responsive Feeding Therapy and has worked across the acute hospital, disability and community settings to provide evidence-based client and family centred care for over 10 years. She has a special interest in complex paediatric feeding therapy, and enjoys working as a member of a multidisciplinary team to support children and their families to meet growth and mealtime goals.

Caitlin Rogash

Audiology

Sara

Sara graduated as an Audiologist from the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a Masters of Audiology. She worked at a national hearing aid provider delivering rehabilitation services specialising in working with children and adults with disabilities. Sara also travelled to remote Australia to provide hearing services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She has followed her passion of working with children to Gold Coast University Hospital where she worked with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, global developmental delay, hearing loss and various congenital disorders. Sara understands the complexity of children's hearing difficulties and the intricacy involved with trying to understand the best intervention. Sara believes in individual care through evidence-based practice and by working with a multidisciplinary team the best care can be provided. Sara's goal is to identify hearing loss especially the transient middle ear issues such as glue ear that impact on a child's speech and language development and school behavior and guide families through the management and intervention options.

Sara

Practice Manager

Amber Devine

Amber has been working in GP and specialist practices for almost 20yrs and a Practice Manager for over 6yrs. With a dual diploma of Business and Management, Amber brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from her many years within the medical field. As Practice Manager, Amber will be working in all areas of the practice to ensure it runs as efficiently and smoothly as possible. Amber loves working with children and has a passion for patient care and customer service.When Amber is not at work, she enjoys time with her family, friends and camping.

Amber Devine

Administration Support Team

Crystal Knight

Crystal joins the team with a friendly personality, empathic nature and a strong administrative background having worked in a variety of roles over 24 years. The past 3 years Crystal relished her medical reception positions within a busy chiropractic and medical practice in the Snowy Mountains region. As a mother of 3 children, Crystal is well aware of what it takes to bring out the best in young creative minds and thoroughly enjoys working with their families. She always brings her enthusiastic and positive approach towards life and work into the office. Travelling, bush-walking, camping, music & creating mosaics are all hobbies that Crystal loves planning for her days off!

Crystal Knight

Holly Wickman

Holly is in the final stages of completing a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry). Upon completion, Holly wishes to study a Masters in Speech Pathology at Griffith University before pursuing a career as a paediatric speech pathologist. Having extensive experience as a support worker, Holly has supported children with diverse needs, gaining skills in key word sign and AAC. Known for her friendly and empathetic nature, Holly is committed to making a positive impact. In her spare time, Holly enjoy's playing with her labrador named Luxxy.

Holly Wickham

Elizabeth Hocart

Elizabeth works on the My Therapy Space team as a junior administration officer assisting the whole team to run smoothly as well as making visual supports for clients. She has known some of the therapists since she was 4 years old where she had therapy through Disability Services QLD. Elizabeth is a passionate sportswoman, she trains for gymnastics twice a week, swims 4 times a week and competes in the Special Olympics for both sports. She has competed for QLD and was a bronze medallist at the last Australian Titles in 2018. Elizabeth lives with mum, dad, sister Grace and brother Jack and Max, the mini schnauzer. As well as her training regime Elizabeth enjoys being part of a theatre group. She enjoys cooking, spending time with friends, the beach, writing, listening to music and heading to the gym for a PT session

Elizabeth Hocart

Therapy Assistants

Narelle McKenzie

Narelle has a strong interest in assisting individuals achieve their best and comes to My Therapy Space as a talented Therapy Assistant having attained her Certificate III qualifications in Allied Health Assistance. She is also a professional teacher of swimming and water safety for infants, children, adult learn to swim programs, teenage squads and disability. Narelle worked at the Gold Coast John Flynn Hospital for over 22 years in both personal and clinical assistance and practice managerial roles for Obstetrics, Gynaecology and presently for the Gold Coast Consultant Pediatrician. Narelle was born here on the Gold Coast and is a lover of the outdoors enjoying regular beach and camping trips with her family, exercising and dining out with friends. She believes her greatest achievement is being a Mum!

Narelle McKenzie

Bronte Hodgson

Bronte is completing her final year in a Master of Speech Pathology and also has a Bachelor degree in Psychological Science. Bronte has experience working with both children and adolescents with a disability and therefore understands the importance of providing services that will allow them to reach their full potential and take part in the community. Bronte also has experience assessing and providing therapy to children with various speech and language difficulties throughout her clinical placements, and is passionate about ensuring holistic practice that actively involves the child’s family and considers all aspects of their life.

Bronte Hodgson

Amy Harmer

Prior to moving to beautiful Burleigh, Amy was the Practice Manager at a busy physiotherapist practice. In this role, she gained valuable experience in customer service, accounting, diary management and any tasks in-between. When she moved to the Gold Coast with her young family, Amy shifted to working as an ESL tutor online, teaching kids based all over the world. Amy has always loved working with children, having also completed stints as a ski instructor and swimming teacher. She loves the energy that young people bring and understands that this energy can also sometimes require a lot of patience. Amy values building strong relationships and really enjoys working with the community that My Therapy Space is part of. When Amy isn’t at work, you’ll find her riding her bike to the beach or designing and creating an elaborate yet impossible ‘whatsitmacalled’ at the request of her sons.

Amy Harmer

We Work Closely with the Following Physiotherapists

Dominic Gunther

Dominic graduated with a Doctor of Physiotherapy at Bond University in 2011. Since graduating she has worked in both public and private sectors where she established her skills and knowledge in the area of paediatrics. Dominic has a special interest in working with babies and children with developmental delays and neurological impairments to reach their potential for physical function. Dominic has undertaken extensive professional development to provide the most up to date evidence-based practice intervention for her clients. She has experience in providing hydrotherapy as an alternative to land based physiotherapy. She also has expertise in prescription of assistive technologies for all daily living needs. Dominic is passionate about working with children and enjoys working closely with families to empower and maximize their potential. You can contact Dom on 0412 922 680 or by email.

Dominic Gunther

Jacqui Sharp

Jacqui graduated with a Physiotherapy degree in 1991. She has extensive clinical experience working with babies & children with a disability, especially in the area of Early Intervention. She has worked in both community and hospital paediatric settings alongside paediatricians, and in multidisciplinary teams in Australia & the UK. Jacqui has worked in child development services, orthopaedic & neurological rehabilitation clinics and education systems over her career. She is passionate about striving to achieve best outcomes for families, seeing your child in a holistic way, and finding the key to motivating them! Jacqui has a special interest in working with babies and children with developmental delays, and children on the Hypermobility Spectrum to assist them in reaching their full functional potential with their motor skills. Jacqui likes to keep up to date with professional development in order to provide evidence-based practice intervention for her clients. She is experienced in the assessment, prescription and training of Assistive Technology to enhance your child’s function in their home & community. Raising three boys, Jacqui has enthusiasm, energy , patience and knows the importance of realistic strategies incorporated into family life. You can contact Jacqui on 0411775809 or by email jacquibubsandkidsphysio@gmail.com

Jacqui Sharp

be part of our Family join Our Team.

If you are an allied health professional who is passionate about working with children and teenagers then My Therapy Space is for you.  We provide a flexible, supportive, multi disciplinary team experience.  We are driven to provide the best possible service for families that is family centred, and driven by families.  Staff are offered a flexible working environment, with regular supervision/mentoring and professional development. If this resonates with you, then please contact us to discuss further.

What Makes My Therapy Space Different?

Since opening a Speech Pathology private practice in 2001, directors Trish and Lisa have dreamt about forming the perfect multi disciplinary team. In 2018 that dream came true and My Therapy Space was born! Seven of our staff members had worked for between 5 & 20 years at a government organisation together. Our team is a wonderful combination of fabulous people working closely as a multi disciplinary team that supports children with all types of presenting difficulties, as well as teenagers and young adults with disabilities. We provide Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Dietician services.

The directors live and breathe our company and work alongside all the therapists daily on the ground. There is no corporate structure here! Only people who truly care for their staff and the families we support. They work hard to recruit exactly the right people that will fit with our company culture of being fun, innovative and caring. They are available any time for a check in and all staff members are very generous in sharing their knowledge. We don’t send our therapists out on visits all day long which can be isolating. We work from a brand new, purpose built office space with 8 spacious therapy rooms, including a large gym and a group room with full kitchen facilities. Did we mention we are only an 8 minute drive from beautiful Burleigh beach?! A fabulous way to begin or end your day.

Our team is passionate about family centred practice and work closely together with families in a holistic way. We want to be the place where they can go to feel welcome and well supported. We truly care about each family we work with and we sponsor events for our families such as wellness retreats for the mums, art therapy for the siblings and Golf days for the dads.

You will never be bored at My Therapy Space! We don’t just provide individual therapy sessions – we run a wide variety of Speech and Occupational therapy group programs including yoga, positivity, prep readiness, lego, dance and movement, scavenger hunts and “youtubers and gamers gang”. We love innovation and new ideas and are always open to trying new and exciting things! Therapists have a lot of input into the programs we run and are welcome to include their passions into therapy.

New Graduate? Only Worked a Year in Pediatrics?

If you’re a new graduate or early career clinician in your first two years of working in paediatrics, we have a specialised program for you: .We know it’s daunting entering the workforce as an allied health new graduate, especially going into a private practice. Our company is passionate about nurturing our early career clinicians, by having a well developed new graduate program that helps you ease into the working world. We do this by a slow build up of your caseload, weekly supervision, a second weekly support session and training program, on tap access to directors to support you, a generous professional development budget, reasonable client numbers of 20 hours per week so adequate time for research, planning and thinking. The majority of our sessions are within the clinic so you’re not spending a lot of time travelling and you will have access to a wonderful experienced team. New graduates will also have the other new grad members on the team for moral support!

Benefits and Perks for All Staff

  • A wonderful, supportive and fun team of 17 therapists who genuinely care for each other.
  • 6 senior clinicians with over 20 years experience each.
  • A detailed onboarding program where you will be allowed the time to fully understand the clinic and our process. Depending on experience, each clinician will gradually build up your client caseload while you build confidence in working with our procedures.
  • Realistic expectations for billable hours for all staff (at 20 hours per week for staff in first two years of graduating, building up to a maximum of 25 hours after 10 years experience). This includes direct sessions with clients, report writing and travel.
  • Fortnightly staff meetings and interaction with your team to brainstorm ideas.
  • Shared multi disciplinary sessions and observation sessions to learn from each other.
  • Beautiful brand new offices with extensive resources, equipment and toys.
  • Next door to shops, restaurants and public transport.
  • Flexible working hours, we know you and your family come first. There are options for 8am-4pm days, or 10am-6pm days and all the options in between! Some staff work slightly longer each day and have an RDO once a month.
  • Above award pay rates and bonuses
  • Free access to an “employee assistance program” which provides Psychology counselling for work or life challenges.
  • A generous Professional Development allowance including 3 paid days annually to attend training.
  • Regular social events as a team

We are proud of the company we’ve created and the wonderful team we have. If any of the above resonates with you, we’d love to chat with you further.