Meet the team

We are a professional team of deeply enthusiastic, personable and evidence-based speech pathologists. The GRP promise is to exceed boundaries, expose communication potential and to enhance one’s capacity to lead a functional life.
Speech Pathologist and Director

Gabriella Ptasznik

Gabriella is the founding director of GRP Speech Pathology and a certified practising speech pathologist. Gabriella is a passionate clinician committed to assisting people on their journey of restoring their ability to communicate, capacity to eat and swallow safely and ultimately to enhance their quality of life through the highest quality and most evidence-based approaches.

Gabriella comes with a wealth of experience both locally in Australia and at internationally acclaimed teaching hospitals throughout the UK. This includes working as a speech pathologist at Monash, Austin and St Vincent’s health’s neurological department as well as time spent working in the UK at the Royal Free and Wellington hospitals and St Bart’s Health.

Gabriella established the Melbourne based mobile speech pathology practice in 2017 in order to provide a functional approach to therapy which facilitates the implementation of intervention within the comfort of client’s own homes. Gabriella believes in therapy that makes a tangible difference to each client’s communication function and overall quality of life.

Administration

Lauren

Lauren is an experienced administrator and coordinates the GRP team to ensure an excellent client experience. Outside of the GRP team, Lauren is a mother to a gorgeous toddler and is passionate about enhancing her client’s quality of life through her personal training work. Lauren enjoys being active and helping others look after their health. Lauren looks forward to being in contact with you to commence your journey with GRP Speech Pathology.

Administration

Emily

Emily is an Administrative Assistant who is thrilled to be working with GRP Speech Pathology. Emily’s background is in arts, where she trained and worked as a musical theatre performer. Emily has also worked as a makeup artist and nanny and is now turning her focus towards administrative work, while studying bookkeeping and accounting. In her spare time, Emily loves to cook, drink many cups of tea, play board games, write books and spend time with her family.

Senior Speech Pathologist 

Emma

Emma is a senior speech pathologist and clinical educator at La Trobe University with over 10 years of clinical knowledge working in health and education. After qualifying as a speech pathologist in England and completing extensive work with adults in a variety of hospital and community settings, Emma moved to Australia to work for Austin and Monash Health followed by attaining a role as voice clinic coordinator at La Trobe university. Emma is specialised in working with adults and children and is enthusiastic to help you and/or your loved one in achieving every therapy goal. In her free time, Emma enjoys playing and coaching field hockey for Yarra Valley Hockey Club, travelling and volunteering her time supporting animal rescues around Victoria.

Speech Pathology

Olivia

Olivia completed a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Olivia particularly enjoys working with a focus on functional and meaningful communication and enhancing connections between people. Prior to working as a Speech Pathologist, Olivia worked in kindergarten and primary schools as an Integration Aide, supporting children with additional needs as well as working with adults with communication impairments. Olivia is passionate about working with all ages and understanding the strengths and challenges of vulnerable populations. She strives to ensure her clients’ cultural background and individual circumstances are considered and integrated into her practice. Olivia is passionate about unlocking the communication potential through Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), and Social Communication skills. Outside of work hours, Olivia enjoys swimming, meditating and drinking coffee in the sunshine.

Speech Pathologist

Georgia

Georgia graduated from a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University after completing a Bachelor of Arts with double majors in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Melbourne and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Georgia developed a keen interest in speech language pathology at an early age whilst volunteering at a residential aged care facility. Here she witnessed the positive difference that speech therapy could make to the lives of people with communication and swallowing difficulties. This experience motivated her to pursue a career in speech pathology and has since inspired her to empower people to participate more actively and independently in their community. Georgia is particularly passionate about advocating for individuals with neurodegenerative conditions and helping all adults and children achieve their therapeutic goals. Outside of work, Georgia enjoys running, socialising and travelling.

Speech Pathologist

Chantal

Chantal initially developed an interest in speech pathology to expand her knowledge as a professional vocalist and singing teacher. She conducted a choir for Stroke survivors and saw the positive impact that music and speech pathology practices can have on communication, mental health and physiology. Chantal is a very passionate speech pathologist and worked for many years for Monash Health and Austin Health with a special interest working with adults with neurological communication, cognition and swallowing needs. She believes in the importance of advocating for her clients and helping them to achieve their functional and social therapeutic goals. Chantal continues to perform music around the globe and can often be found at a live music gig or cooking an elaborate dinner at home with friends.

Speech Pathologist

Brigitte

Brigitte is an empathetic and person centered Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Brigitte holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences and Masters of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University. Brigitte is passionate about assisting participants and their families achieve their speech, language, pragmatic and swallowing goals in a way that is functional for them. Brigitte has a special interest in working with adults who present with communication and swallow difficulties secondary to stoke, traumatic brain injury and other neurological diagnoses. Brigitte is also experienced in working with children and adolescents in the areas of social communication, fluency and speech sound disorders. Outside of work Brigitte can be found enjoying some down time with her family and pet pug.

Speech Pathology

Alina

Alina completed a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Alina is passionate about providing a personalised and holistic approach to helping people of all ages achieve their ultimate communication goals. Alina ensures that her therapy sessions focus on the individual needs of every client she treats. Alina believes that everyone has the right to communicate regardless of age, gender or culture. Prior to working as a speech pathologist, Alina worked as a medical scientist dedicating herself to helping people who were unwell. Whilst she enjoyed this work, she craved the opportunity to provide personalised face to face care and transitioned her skills to becoming a speech pathologist. Outside of work hours Alina enjoys spending quality time with her husband and two children, catching up with friends and helping out with her daughter’s basketball team.

Speech Pathologist

Elizabeth Cococcia

Elizabeth obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist. Elizabeth’s passion for speech pathology developed from a young age after her dad required intense speech therapy post head and neck reconstruction surgery for cancer. It was here where Elizabeth witnessed the positive impact speech therapy had on not only her father’s recovery but also on their family. Throughout her experience, Elizabeth has developed a clinical interest in head and neck cancer rehabilitation and neurological conditions, in particular stroke and assisting those individuals with their swallowing and communication difficulties. Elizabeth appreciates the value in implementing a holistic approach in order to achieve therapy goals and assist individuals in participating in activities that are meaningful to them. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys taking her dog on walks, cooking with her mum, socialising with friends and spending time with her big Italian family.

Speech Pathologist

Tarryn

Tarryn completed a Masters of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. Tarryn has extensive experience working in Regional and Metropolitan hospitals throughout Victoria where she specialised in adult swallowing, communication and cognition. Tarryn is passionate about collaborating and tailoring individualised therapy to increase functional participation and quality of life. Outside of work Tarryn enjoys Pilates, bush walking and eating chocolate.

Speech Pathologist

Sarah

Sarah graduated from LaTrobe University with a Bachelor of Health Science and Masters of Speech Pathology. Sarah has a passion for working with clients of all ages, with a focus on improving communication and swallowing impairments of a wide range of aetiologies. She is passionate about ensuring quality of life is maintained and truly understands the importance of working with clients and their families to meet their individual needs and goals. Before beginning her career as a Speech Pathologist, Sarah worked as a swimming instructor and nanny, with children of all ages and abilities. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys playing with her gorgeous puppy Gigi, getting outdoors and spending time with friends.

Speech Pathologist

Keerti

Keerti has completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology degree from La Trobe University and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. She has had a wide range of clinical experiences within Melbourne and in regional settings in Albury-Wodonga. These include working with children and adults with disabilities, head injuries, strokes, neurological disorders/impairments, palliative care, cancer, and voice, on their communication and swallowing to enhance their quality of life. In her spare time, Keerti loves to dance, sing, travel and volunteer.

Speech Pathologist

Danielle

Danielle completed a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Danielle enjoys working with clients of all ages with a focus on enabling clients to access functional and meaningful communication. Danielle is passionate about working with client’s strengths and challenges to achieve their personal goals. She recognises the importance of tailoring her therapy approach to integrate individual circumstances and cultural backgrounds. Outside of work hours, Danielle enjoys spending time outdoors, rowing, running and going for coffee.

Speech Pathologist

Grace

Grace is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia who is passionate about working with a team that is driven by evidence-based research to provide innovative interventions for people in their everyday home environment. Grace believes that the most impactful therapy involves changes that occur at an environmental level, and that achieving the best outcomes involves consistent teamwork from families, communities and the client. Grace is passionate about being a dual professional, and takes on the challenge of being an orchestral violinist, whilst also enjoying camping and meditating by the Himalayan ranges, where she had spent her childhood.

Speech Pathology

Kate

Kate completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University and also holds a degree in media and communications. Kate feels passionate about supporting the communication needs of people of all ages and has an interest in all areas of speech pathology practice. Kate has particular experience in adult rehabilitation, voice, paediatric speech and language, school-based literacy programs, and working with children with a disability. As a mother of two young children she understands the many pressures facing families today, and works closely with clients and their families to determine meaningful goals and deliver evidence-based therapy. In her spare time, Kate enjoys being with her family and getting out and about in the sunshine when Melbourne’s weather permits!

Speech Pathology

Lily

Lily completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. Lily is passionate about working with all ages and strives to individualise therapy to suite clients and family’s goals. Lily provides efficient, engaging and evidence-based services to best meet the needs of her clients. Outside of work hours, Lily enjoys going on outdoor adventures, running and painting.

Speech Pathologist

Anni

Anni completed a Masters of Speech Pathology and Bachelor of Applied Science. Anni is driven to provide and advocate for client-centred and evidence-based care for all. Anni’s clinical interests lie with neurological conditions, particularly Parkinson’s Disease and stroke, and assisting people with those conditions to communicate and swallow effectively. In her spare time, Anni enjoys trying out new recipes, reading and spending time with friends and family.

Speech Pathologist

Natalie

Natalie has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and is particularly interested in assisting adults clients who present with swallowing and communication disorders. Natalie is passionate about seeing progress in clients that moves them towards achieving goals that are functional and meaningful and enhance their quality of life.

Speech Pathologist

Shellee

Shellee completed a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University and is a certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and member of Speech Pathology Australia. Shellee has a specialised interest in assisting people with motor speech and language disorders, social pragmatic disorders, fluency and voice disorders across the lifespan. Outside of work Shellee enjoys practising yoga, reading, travelling and socialising with family and friends.

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