Clinical Leader Speech Pathologist

B Mus M Sp Path, MSPA, CPSP

Gemma is a talented speech pathologist who started her career with dedicated experience in the 0-5 age group, meeting the needs of toddlers and preschoolers in her work at Queensland Health. Since working at Therapy Matters she has broadened her experience to work more intensively with families and support school aged children with a range of speech, language, literacy and social communication needs. Gemma’s first university degree was a Bachelor of Music and she continues to enjoy weaving her knowledge, skills and passion in the field of music to creatively enhance and support the communication goals of her clients.

Gemma fulfils a Clinical Leader role in our team as a Therapy Assistant Mentor. Gemma supports and coaches our therapy assistants to deliver high quality services in the community. Gemma’s diverse clinical experience and calm, kind and supportive manner is invaluable in helping our therapy assistants to grow and flourish into the future of our speech pathology profession.

Gemma is a gentle, caring and kind speech pathologist who absolutely loves connecting playfully with her clients. Her clinical interests lie in supporting young children and their families and working collaboratively together with them.

Gemma has completed further training in:

  • Sounds Write

  • Hanen It Takes Two to Talk
  • Neurologic Music Therapy
  • Key Word Sign

Gemma works at our West Burleigh Clinic on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. She provides an on-site service to St James on Tuesdays (fortnightly) and Wednesdays. She visits our Murwillumbah Clinic fortnightly on a Tuesday.

What’s your favourite toy?

My favourite toy is Bluey, the lovable, playful and fun blue-heeler dog from the quintessential cartoon show, Bluey!

I was first introduced to this character by one of my clients who is a huge fan. Not only are the Bluey episodes great resources to use in therapy with fabulous storylines, imagery that matches our QLD lifestyle and wonderful playful content that can be replicated, the characters lend themselves to a variety of imaginative play activities that can be shaped for any therapy activities.

There is nothing too silly or fun for Bluey, her sister, friends and parents to do to achieve therapy goals.