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) – Director & Speech Pathologist

Renae has worked with children and adults in school, preschool, and clinic settings for over ten 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.

At the start of 2017, Renae opened Nash Speech Pathology in Drummoyne. Renae loves sharing her passion for Speech Pathology through mentoring and supporting her team. In 2021, she became a mum to her gorgeous boy, Alexander, who is a regular visitor at Nash Speech Pathology.


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.
  • Enriching Language in Early Childhood Webinar
  • Roots of Literacy: Play and Language Webinar
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.

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

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
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.
  • The Lidcombe Program – a behavioural treatment for young children who stutter.

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.

Rachel has a special interest in treating dysfluency/stuttering in both children and adults. She also takes on the role of primary Clinical Educator to our Speech Pathology students. Rachel currently works with us on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

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.
  • Enriching Language in Early Childhood Webinar
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.

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:

  • The Spalding Method – an evidence-based, explicit, systematic and multisensory approach to teaching language and literacy skills.
  • 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.
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Roots of Literacy: Play and Language Webinar
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.

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:

  • The Hanen Centre “More Than Words” – engaging parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to facilitate their child’s social, communication and vocabulary development.
  • ‘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
  • Developing Sentence Complexity in Written Expression workshop
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.
  • The Shape Coding System for teaching spoken and written grammar.
  • Alternative and Augmentative Communication Foundations modules via Liberator
  • Infant Feeding Foundations Workshop – understanding feeding and oral development, assessment and treatment for feeding difficulties, including breastfeeding, bottle feeding and early solids difficulties.

Francesca Daly – Speech Pathologist

Francesca is a warm, nurturing and bubbly Speech Pathologist who joined our team full-time at the start of 2022, after providing casual support throughout 2021. Francesca is dedicated to her clients and their families to ensure they achieve their communication goals. Francesca’s enthusiasm, creativity and passion shines in each of her sessions to ensure her clients receive the best possible care.

Francesca brings prior years of experience working with people with disabilities through her roles at a disability support service and Autism Spectrum Australia. Francesca is also a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia.

Trained in:

  • 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
  • Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA)
  • Safe Swallowing Education and IDDSI Food and Fluid Modification Program
  • Key Word Sign – using manual sign and natural gesture to support communication
  • Enriching Language in Early Childhood Webinar
  • Treating Childhood Apraxia of Speech Module by Dr Edythe Strand
  • Taking Proloquo2go to the Next Level – AssistiveWare Training module
  • Colourful Semantics workshop – a method of teaching children how to understand and build sentences.
  • Developmental Language Disorder online learning module facilitated by Speech Pathology Australia

Charlotte Lemon – Speech Pathologist

Charlotte is a dedicated Speech Pathologist who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others by helping them achieve their right to communication. Charlotte brings her warmth and enthusiasm to each of her clients. She has a kind and nurturing personality that perfectly suits her passion for working with young children to support their early communication development. Charlotte is a member of the Professional Self Regulation program with Speech Pathology Australia. Charlotte joined our team in 2022 following multiple years experience working with children at another practice.

Charlotte enjoys working within a team of professionals to provide holistic care to her clients. Charlotte is committed to supporting and empowering children through fostering their communication skills

Trained In

  • The Hanen Centre “It Takes Two to Talk” – engaging parents in their child’s early language intervention.
  • Read3 method of literacy instruction
  • The Spalding Method – an evidence-based, explicit, systematic and multisensory approach to teaching language and literacy skills.
  • Learn to Play Therapy by Professor Karen Stagnitti
  • Developmental Language Disorder online learning module facilitated by Speech Pathology Australia
  • Lidcombe Program and Oakville Program for young children who stutter
  • Visualising and Verbalising for language comprehension

Liz Manak, Dannielle Jollow & Jes Short – Administrative Assistants

Liz, Dannielle and Jes are the smiley face that greet each family at reception. They ensure all appointments, payments and processes run smoothly. Liz, Dannielle and Jes 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!