Speech Pathologist Brisbane | Our Team
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Our Team

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Natasha Blackmore

Director and Senior Speech Pathologist

Natasha is the founder and director of Key to Speak and Swallow. She completed her studies at the University of Queensland before doing some work for Education Queensland. Despite her love of helping children she soon found her passion in dysphagia (swallowing disorders). Natasha created her practice to bring together her aspiration to help all persons despite age or difficulties. Through her years of working in private setting, schools and hospitals she has gained vast knowledge and experience to help you and your loved ones. Natasha is enthusiastic about completing relevant and effective treatment and management, ensuring the best possible outcomes for clients. Natasha continues to be a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is dedicated to continuing her professional development. When she isn’t working, Natasha can be found with family and friends or competing in local and international marathons.

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Juanita Leitch

Senior Speech Pathologist

Juanita graduated the Masters Speech Pathology program from University of Queensland in 2014 after completing a Bachelor of Language and Linguistics at Griffith University. Juanita has worked at Key to Speak and Swallow in all areas of speech pathology. Juanita enjoys working as a generalist with both children and adults across all areas of communication and swallowing. She has a particular interest in swallowing management, voice therapy and end of life care. Juanita also has a growing interest in paediatric development, as a new mum. Juanita is passionate about advocating and supporting quality of life and maximising results for all her clients. Juanita continues to update her professional knowledge by being a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist as a member of Speech Pathology Australia. When not at work, Juanita enjoys spending time with her family and friends, chatting over good food and wine, doing yoga or going for walks.

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Sophie Randle

Speech Pathologist

Sophie graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) in 2019 and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Sophie enjoys supporting clients across the lifespan and works in collaboration with clients and their families to conduct assessments and provide intervention that best supports their goals. Sophie particularly enjoys supporting clients in managing Dysphagia (swallowing disorders) and has a particular interest in the area of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) aiding to support all individuals to communicate. Sophie has recently started developing her skills as a team leader within the Key to Speak and Swallow team. Outside of work, Sophie enjoys running, travelling, socialising with friends and a good cup of coffee!


Steph Alimin

Speech Pathologist

Steph is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who is passionate about delivering speech therapy across the lifespan. She obtained her Masters of Speech Pathology from The University of Queensland, where she also completed her Bachelors of Arts (Psychology & Linguistics).She believes that it’s never too early or late to receive intervention and strives for everyone to have access to quality communication and mealtime experiences. Steph has worked on speech, language, voice and swallowing/eating with a range of clients, including toddlers, the elderly population, post-head-and-neck-cancer patients, and people with varying neurological conditions. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and speaks multiple languages, including Indonesian and Japanese. On her days off, Steph enjoys food styling, playing the bass guitar, and exploring small local shops.

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Maddy James

Speech Pathologist

Maddy graduated from Australian Catholic University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2020. She enjoyed all of her university placements where she gained valuable skills to help adults and children within hospital, school and private settings. She has experience administering assessments and working collaboratively with clients and their family to set goals and provide intervention that is relevant and functional for them. She has an interest in swallowing, speech and language management, as well as helping people across the lifespan with voice, literacy and multimodal communication. She has been a member of Speech Pathology Australia since being a student, so she is able to stay up to date with the latest evidence.
Outside of work, Maddy enjoys walking her dogs, going to the gym, catching up with friends and travelling.

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