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Get to Know Us and Our Philosophy

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(on extended leave)


Jess (she/her/hers) has worked with children and families in private practice, community health, and at the Royal Children's Hospital. As well as working at Protea Therapy, Jess is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne's Master of Speech Pathology.


Jess' areas of research interest include cleft and craniofacial differences, speech, language and stuttering. Her research has led to publications in scientific journals and awards at international speaking engagements.

Jess is a multilingual speech pathologist and provides services to families in English and Mandarin. She has a particular interest in working with children experiencing:

  • Communication difficulties related to cleft lip and/or palate

  • Speech sound disorders

  • Difficulties learning to read

Outside work, Jess enjoys cooking, pottery and taking her son swimming.

Jess is currently taking extended leave and not seeing clients.


BA BSpPath(Hons) PhD CPSP

Katherine (she/her/hers) has more than 15 years' experience working with children across a number of settings including the Royal Children's Hospital, early intervention, and private practice. Her PhD research investigating the feeding, speech, and language development of children born preterm was published in international scientific journals. In addition to her work at Protea Therapy, Katherine works with the Informed SLP, translating the latest research evidence into useable information for speech pathologists, and is a regular guest speaker at universities and conferences.

Katherine is currently only taking new referrals for complex eating, drinking, and swallowing concerns.

Outside work, Katherine enjoys reading, bushwalks, and watching her children try to fit entire croissants in their mouths.

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Jasmin (they/them/theirs) is a speech pathologist with a commitment to evidence-based and compassionate healthcare. They have experience working with children in clinic-based and school-based settings. They also have experience in speech pathology research and worked with Katherine to publish and present research on language development in children born preterm.


As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Jasmin is passionate about the interplay between social justice and healthcare, and is dedicated to their role as an advocate for their clients.

Jasmin's main clinical interests include:

  • Feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing concerns

  • Early communication delays and late talking

  • Alternative augmentative communication (AAC), including communication books, Key Word Sign, speech devices and more.

When not wearing their speechie hat, Jasmin can often be found rock climbing with friends, cycling to a good coffee spot, or at church with their family.



Why Protea?

The protea flower symbolises growth, change, and hope. The proteacae family of flowers is remarkable for being diverse and adaptable, evolving to nourish and shelter all kinds of fauna in a range of different environments. At Protea Therapy, we are always evolving and adapting to provide you and your child with what you need to achieve the change and growth that is important to you.

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