Meet Our Team

Did you know over 1.1 million Australians have a communication difficulty?

The ability to communicate is a complex skill that most of us take for granted. We need to understand and use language so that we can interact with others, express our wants and needs, and develop meaningful relationships.

Our Speech Pathologists strive to provide the most effective and evidence-based services for both children and adults. We believe communication is the foundation for lifelong learning and success. We are passionate about enabling children and adults to reach their full potential by supporting their communication.

Meet our team…

Renae King (née Nash) – Owner & Speech Pathologist

Renae has worked with children and adults in school, preschool, and clinic settings for over nine years. She is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia. Renae enjoys working with clients and their families to make a positive and meaningful contribution to their lives. She is passionate about educating and empowering families and educators to support children with communication challenges. 

In 2012, Renae travelled to Canada to present her research which studied reading ability in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Renae’s research was published in the Journal of Research in Reading in 2014. She continued as a Research Assistant at the University of Sydney while working in a busy private practice in Western Sydney.

Renae moved to Drummoyne at the start of 2017 and opened Nash Speech Pathology shortly after. We initially shared a space with her husband, an audiologist, at Acute Hearing NSW. After outgrowing the space, Nash Speech Pathology found a new home across the road (Suite 1, Level 2, 224 Victoria Road) in mid-2019. We are now happily settled in our new clinic where we can provide a greater range of services to our community.


Trained In

  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication.
  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” – engaging parents in their child’s early language intervention.
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • The Hanen Centre “TalkAbility” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to foster the higher-level language and social skills needed for successful conversations and social relationships.
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)– interventions designed to increase positive behaviours, teach new skills, and generalise behaviours to new environments or situations.
  • Fussy Feeding Workshop –supporting children who have fussy or picky eating, food selectivity, food refusal, and/or problem mealtime behaviours.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills.
  • “The Traffic Jam in my Brain” course – a sensory processing approach to challenges associated with Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences.
  • Early Screening and Transition to Preschool workshop via Autism Spectrum Australia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder workshop via Child Sense Occupational Therapy
  • Cleft Palate Speech Therapy Hierarchy workshop via Columbia University
  • Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop – understanding feeding and oral development, assessment and treatment for feeding difficulties, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding and early solids difficulties.

Presentations and Publications

  • July 2012 – the Society for Scientific Studies of Reading (SSSR) conference, Montreal, Canada
  • December 2012 – the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) conference, Sydney, Australia
  • Publication – Nash R. and Arciuli J. (2014), Prosodic awareness is related to reading ability in children with autism spectrum disordersJournal of Research in Reading. doi: 1111/1467-9817.12033

Jessica Van Der Leeden – Speech Pathologist & Clinical Mentor

Jessica is a fantastic Speech Pathologist who is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and adults by helping them achieve their right to communication. She is energetic, hard-working and compassionate. Jessica is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia. Jessica joined our team in 2018 and is a Clinical Mentor for our Speech Pathologists and Speech Pathology students. She has previous experience working in a busy private practice in Southern Sydney.

Jessica is dedicated to her clients and is passionate about helping them achieve success through engaging and effective speech therapy. 

Trained In

  • SOS Approach to Feeding – a clinical program for helping fussy eaters to develop a healthy and enjoyable relationship with food.
  • Secret Agent Society (SAS) Small Group Program – an evidence-based, multimedia program to help children improve their social and emotional resilience.
  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills
  • ReST Rapid Syllable Transition – a treatment used for children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Ultrasound Biofeedback – a treatment used for children with persisting Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS)
  • Mental health training at Concord Repatriation General Hospital.
  • Cultural awareness training at the Greater Western Aboriginal Health Service
  • Sensory Processing Disorder workshop via Child Sense Occupational Therapy

Catherine Penrose – Speech Pathologist & Clinical Mentor

Catherine is a bubbly Speech Pathologist who brings passion, energy and empathy into each of her sessions. Catherine enjoys working with children, adults and their support networks to enable them to reach their communication goals. Catherine’s determined and positive attitude allows her to overcome challenges and accomplish goals. Catherine is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

Catherine joined our team in 2019 and has previously volunteered in Vietnam to provide much needed speech and language skills to their communities.

Trained In:

  • The Spalding Method – an evidence-based, explicit, systematic and multisensory approach to teaching language and literacy skills.
  • Facial Nerve Education at John Hunter Hospital
  • Paediatric Feeding at John Hunter Hospital
  • Smooth Speech Program at Newcastle University Stuttering Clinic
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills
  • Intensive Interaction – an approach to teaching pre-speech communication to people with severe learning difficulties and/or autism.
  • Early Screening and Transition to Preschool workshop via Autism Spectrum Australia
  • Sensory Processing Disorder workshop via Child Sense Occupational Therapy

Rachel HortonSpeech Pathologist & Clinical Mentor

Rachel is a wonderful Speech Pathologist who is passionate about working with children and their families. She is friendly, bubbly and dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for her clients. Rachel joined our team in 2020 following experience at another private practice. Rachel is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

Prior to becoming a qualified Speech Pathologist, Rachel worked as an allied health assistant as well as a swim instructor for 8 years. Rachel currently works with us three days per week (M/T/F).

Trained in:

  • Sounds-Write First Rate Phonics – a direct, systematic and phonics based approach to literacy intervention
  • Understanding Dementia MOOC Course
  • Syllable Timed Speech approach to stuttering treatment
  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills
  • Sensory Processing Disorder workshop via Child Sense Occupational Therapy
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.

Louisa Wilson Speech Pathologist

Louisa is a kind and caring Speech Pathologist who is dedicated to supporting children and adults achieve their goals. Louisa’s calm and nurturing personality enable her to easily build rapport with her clients and their families. Louisa joins our team with experience working as a disability support worker and coordinating AAC voice, which is a charity that raises awareness of and advocates for people who use augmentative and alternative communication. Louisa is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Louisa is passionate about working with both children and adults to improve their communication outcomes. She also provides whole class and withdrawal group Speech Therapy as part of her role as Drummoyne Public School’s onsite Speech Pathologist. This sees her collaborating with teachers, learning support staff and executives to provide quality services to our local school.

Trained in:

  • Social Thinking – helping children build their social skills
  • Sensory Processing Disorder workshop via Child Sense Occupational Therapy
  • Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop – understanding feeding and oral development, assessment and treatment for feeding difficulties, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding and early solids difficulties.
  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.

India Rose – Speech Pathologist

India is an experienced Speech Pathologist who is committed to supporting our clients and their families. India joined our team in 2021 following three years of experience in Early Intervention and Community Health settings. India is committed to helping children and adults achieve their communication goals. India is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

India provides evidence-based and engaging treatment strategies to her clients to keep them motivated whilst maximising their therapy outcomes.

Trained in:

  • SOS Approach to Feeding – a clinical program for helping fussy eaters to develop a healthy and enjoyable relationship with food.
  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” – engaging parents in their child’s early language intervention.
  • Assessment Options for Children with Phonological Impairment Workshop
  • Autism Forum – Embracing Strengths Based Practice: Practical Strategies for Clinicians
  • Thinking and Talking about Trauma in Children, Young People and Families Conference
  • Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Update
  • Adult Interest Group: The Upper Esophageal Sphincter
  • Dysphagia and Upper Esophageal Sphincter (UES) Dysfunction

Ally Rowe – Speech Pathologist

Ally is a thoughtful Speech Pathologist who is passionate about helping children and adults to achieve the best possible communication outcomes. Ally’s kind personality and dedication to evidence-based practice ensure clients feel supported and empowered during their speech therapy journey. Ally brings creativity to her sessions through her passions for art and writing.

Ally joined our team in 2021 following previous experience at another private practice in the Northern Beaches. Ally is also a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

Trained in:

  • ‘Literacy Read and Write’, ‘Invincible Vocab’, ‘Language Comprehension’ and ‘Story Writing’ programs via the Language Tree
  • Sign Language 1 Course via the Deaf Society
  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication
  • Working with People from Refugee Backgrounds Conference via NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors
  • Lindamood-Bell Program – a learning program for students with reading and other learning difficulties

Liz Manak, Melissa Van Der Leeden & Dannielle Nash – Administrative Assistants

Liz, Mel and Dannielle are the smiley face that greet each family at reception. They ensure all appointments, payments and processes run smoothly. Liz, Mel and Dannielle are happy to answer any questions or pass them on to one of our Speech Pathologists. They enjoy getting to know all of our families and making sure they feel comfortable in our clinic. Their kind and nurturing qualities are highly valued as part of our team!