Marion Giddy – Director / Speech Pathologist
The practice is owned and run by Marion Giddy (nee Cargill), qualified Speech Pathologist through the University of Queensland. Marion is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia (Member No. 13523). She is also a current member of the Professional Self Regulation (PSR) Program, and a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist. Marion established the Geebung clinic in April 2011 after returning from her honeymoon in France with husband James. A touch of renovation and some new toys later, and the pre-existing speech clinic took on a new shine along with plenty of new clients! Marion’s area of interest is in working with school aged children, in particular language and literacy difficulties, and how the two can interact and be enhanced.
Alecia Skidmore – Speech Pathologist
Alecia is a senior Speech Pathologist with more than 7 years experience. Alecia joined the team in June 2014 after moving to Brisbane from London. Alecia graduated in 2009 from the University of Newcastle and has since worked in mainstream and special schools, early childhood development settings, and clinic based settings both in Australia and in London. Alecia has a special interest in children with complex communication needs and early language development. Alecia enjoys developing her clinical skills and is an active member of Speech Pathology Australia (Reg. No. 13828). She enjoys working closely with families providing individualised intervention.
Hanna Corfield – Occupational Therapist
Hanna Corfield is Cooee’s Occupational Therapist (Reg. No. 1746915) who began in October 2012. Hanna graduated from the University of Queensland in 2010 and established an interest in working with children. Prior to Cooee, she worked for Education Queensland where she developed an interest in play, early intervention for children’s access/participation at school and understanding of the demands on children in the school environment.
Hanna works Tuesday and Thursday afternoons only.
Lauren Crumlish – Speech Pathologist
Joining the Cooee Speech Pathology team in early 2015, Lauren is a recent graduate from the Masters of Speech Pathology program at the University of Queensland. During this time, Lauren received first class honours for her research examining the role of brain stimulation on the language abilities of individuals following stroke. Previously working as medical researcher, Lauren has a special interest in communication difficulties arising from neurogenic bases and for the provision of evidence based therapy. As an active member of Speech Pathology Australia (Reg. No. 21444) with a strong passion for supporting early speech and language development, she looks forward to working closely with families.
Lauren Lacey – Speech Pathologist
Lauren is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist who joined our team in April 2016. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and a Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. She is also a current member of Speech Pathology Australia (Reg# 20079). Lauren has always had a love for communication and is thrilled to be able to apply that passion to her everyday work. She has gained previous experience during her work in a mobile private practice working with children to develop their speech, language, literacy and fluency skills. In her spare time Lauren enjoys bushwalking with her husband, and talking about superheroes with her 3 year old nephew. Lauren is a firm believer in family-centred practice and her special interests include early language and literacy development.
Emma Lefever – Speech Pathologist
Emma is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist and active member of Speech Pathology Australia, (Reg. No. 19490); with a passion for helping clients and their families. Joining the Cooee team in 2016, she previously worked in a private practice in Hervey Bay, with a general caseload. Emma especially enjoys working with children and using her experience to help them reach their full potential. She has a particular interest in children with speech delays and disorders, early language development and school age language and literacy. She also enjoys working closely with families to individualise intervention.
Emma graduated from the University of Queensland with a Masters degree in Speech Pathology in 2010 and has since worked in a variety of settings in the Far North Queensland. She has experience in both the paediatric and adult population with a particular interest in working with children with special needs in communication. She enjoys working closely with families to help them achieve their goals.
Michelle – Head Of Client Care
Michelle came to Australia from Ireland four years ago. She graduated with a Bachelor in languages and linguistics, and has worked in translation and English language teaching for the past six years. In January 2016, Michelle started volunteering at Cooee for two days a week, and is planning on studying her masters in Speech Pathology next year. She now works full-time as the Head of Client Care, and loves meeting all the children and families in the clinic!
Francine – Client Care
Hi everybody! I joined the team after completing a week of work experience from school in 2016. I now work as part of the client care team on Saturdays. I am interested in studying Speech Pathology next year, so working in the clinic is a great way for me to learn about the role of a speech pathologist and the clients that they work with. I really enjoy the clinic environment as I am learning a lot from the clinicians and have the opportunity to meet all the lovely children and their families.