Jibber Jabber Allied Health is a multi-disciplinary clinic, offering Speech Pathology and Occupational Therapy services. We have two offices, in Lara and Corio Victoria and offer our service for pre-school aged children through to adult clients. Jibber Jabber Allied Health is a Medicare and NDIS provider and can accept claims through Private Health funds.

Founded in 2017 and incorporating in 2018, family owned Jibber Jabber Allied Health has always strived to ensure that we provide high quality service to our clients. We pride ourselves on providing people focused service that is evidence based and effective. We aim to be a stable part of our clients support system and will go that extra mile to ensure clients are always looked after by not only staying ahead of the latest developments in our field, but ensuring that everyone involved in the process of providing service is valued and supported.

Find out more about our people below.

OUR PEOPLE

SPEECH PATHOLOGY

Jane Amparis

Jane Amparis with a spring loaded popping toyJane had studied at La Trobe University and has been practicing as a qualified speech pathologist for over 10 year in a variety of settings ranging from schools to private practice. She has experience working with children, young adults and adults across a variety of clinical settings.

As a mother herself, Jane is highly motivated and enthusiastic about helping her clients to achieve their therapy goals. She specializes in dyspraxia and a wide variety of therapeutic needs for people with Autism.

Jane has also completed training in Secret Agent’s Society, Sounds Write and Lidcombe.


Kaitlyn McKenna

Kaitlyn received her Master of Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne, and is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist with Speech Pathology Australia. She has clinical experience with children and adults in hospital and clinic settings. She is passionate about family-centred care and helping clients to achieve their speech, language and communication goals. Kaitlyn has also completed training in Secret Agent’s Society.

As of December 2021, Kaitlyn is on parental leave.


Beth Binyam

Beth completed a Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Melbourne, gaining clinical experience in community health, hospital and private practice settings. As carer to a sibling with autism spectrum disorder, Beth is dedicated to supporting clients and their families through taking a holistic approach to assessment and therapy. She is passionate about helping children and adults achieve their goals so that they can reach their communicative potential and experience improved quality of life.


Emma Portelli

A photo of Emma playing doctor to a plush alligator!Emma completed a Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University, and has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

Emma has developed an interest in working with paediatrics across a range of communication areas, adopting a family centred approach.

She strongly believes in supporting children to achieve independence and the quality of life that every child should be able to access. Emma is trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding, Lidcombe and Sounds Write.


Chelsea Bell

Chelsea graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science and Masters in Speech Pathology from La Trobe University and is a certified practising Speech Pathologist registered with Speech Pathology Australia. Over her time studying, Chelsea has worked with people across the lifespan in a variety of clinical settings including schools, community rehabilitation, private practice, and transgender voice. She is passionate about providing functional, family centred care and loves working with clients and their families to achieve their goals.


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Cheri Strecker

Cheri is our Senior Occupational Therapist, based at our Lara clinic. She completed her BachelorCheri Strecker with a plush Eeyore toy ofOccupational Therapy (Honours) through Deakin University in Geelong and has experience working within the NDIS & Early Childhood frameworks.

Cheri is passionate about supporting children and their families to reach their potential and strives for child-centred and family-centred practice. Cheri thinks she is a bit of a big kid at heart which she uses to connect with her clients in a meaningful way through play and childhood occupations.

Cheri has had training to be a facilitator of Secret Agent’s Society (SAS) and is a Basic Provider of DIRFloortime. Cheri is also excited to start her journey in play therapy in 2023.

Outside of work Cheri likes to be creative and enjoys watercolour painting. She also values time with her family and all her nieces & nephews.


Hannah Dawe

Hannah completed a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at Deakin University in Geelong. Hannah has experience working with people across the lifespan who are supported through the NDIS.

She is passionate about working with children and their families to achieve goals and experience a meaningful everyday life. Hannah particularly enjoys running groups and seeing her clients achieve their goals!

Outside of work, Hannah enjoys snowboarding and spending time with her dog, Spud!


Lauren Hart

A photo of Lauren with a handpuppet she uses in her therapy sessionsLauren graduated with a Bachelor of Occupational therapy at Deakin University. Previously working as a kids birthday party host, this has made Lauren passionate to work with children and their families to have meaningful participation in everyday life.

Lauren has also had experience working in the NDIS framework as a disability support worker. Lauren is a big foodie, loves animals and going down to the beach.

In 2022, Lauren obtained a Graduate Certificate of Therapeutic Child Play.


Hannah Sleeman

Hannah is an AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children and families to facilitate their everyday lives. Hannah completed her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Hons) at Deakin University. Hannah has a particular interest in supporting children with sensory processing challenges and has undertaken her thesis researching sensory processing in primary-school aged children. Outside of work, Hannah enjoys keeping active in the gym, playing with her dog and bearded dragon, and catching up with family and friends.


Finlay Kennedy

A photo of Finlay with playdough, her favourite resource to use in her therapy sessionsFin has graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy with Distinction and is passionate about collaborating with children and their families to participate in their meaningful everyday activities.

Throughout her studies, Fin has worked as a therapy assistant to support children in various aspects of their life and strives to provide a holistic, empathetic, creative and fun approach to OT.

In her spare time, Fin enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, going to the beach and hanging out with her dog Lewy.


All our clinicians have an NDIS Workers Screening clearance, and Working With Children’s Check and are committed in ensuring you and your loved ones achieve their developmental goals and build confidence for the future.