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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Caitlin Stacheel

Speech Pathologist

Caitlin graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours). Caitlin has experience working within many different settings across the community, including acute care, rehab, schools and was previously a disability support worker. Caitlin is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA and loves continually expanding her knowledge across areas of practise, with a keen interest in aphasia, multimodal communication, and child and adult dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). Caitlin also has completed an 'Introduction to Auslan' (Sign Language course) through Deaf Services Queensland. She enjoys working with clients to maximise meaningful changes in their lives. Outside of work, Caitlin loves listening to podcasts, bouldering, seeing her favourite bands play and being with friends, family and pets.

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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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Sophie Randle

Speech Pathologist

Sophie recently graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA). Through clinical placements, Sophie has gained experience working within schools, hospitals (rehab and acute care) and community centres. She has worked in collaboration with clients and their families to conduct assessments and provide intervention that best supports their goals. Sophie has experience working with all ages across the areas of speech, language, literacy, voice, swallowing and multimodal communication. She has a special interest in dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) as well as paediatric speech and language.

Outside of work, Sophie enjoys running, travelling, socialising with friends and a good cup of coffee.

Steph

Steph

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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