Get to Know Us and Our Philosophy
DR JESSICA BOYCE
BA MSpPath PhD CPSP
Jess 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, and post-doctoral researcher at Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
Jess' areas of research interest include cleft and craniofacial differences, speech, language and stuttering. Her research has led to publications in scientific journals and 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:
Difficulties learning to read
Early communication delays
Speech sound disorders
Communication difficulties related to cleft lip and/or palate
Outside work, Jess enjoys exploring a new sewing project while listening to a good podcast.
DR KATHERINE SANCHEZ
BA BSpPath(Hons) PhD CPSP
Katherine 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. Katherine holds appointments with the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (as a post-doctoral researcher), the Informed SLP (as an editor) and various universities (as a guest lecturer).
Katherine has a special interest in supporting children and families experiencing:
Feeding, eating, drinking, and swallowing concerns
Early communication delays and late talking
Speech sound disorders
Outside work, Katherine enjoys watching her sons try to fit entire croissants in their mouths, borrowing the Thomas the Tank Engine back catalogue from Yarra Libraries, and making up songs to convince her toddler to brush his teeth.
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.