Heidi Cornwell, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP, Clinic Director, has been working as a Speech Pathologist within the Northern Beaches for a  number of years. Heidi has experience in early intervention for children with speech and language delay, with a special interest in the area of Childhood Apraxia of speech (Dyspraxia). Heidi has worked closely with preschools and schools in the area to provide support for educators working with children with communication difficulties. She is trained in Lidcombe Program for stuttering, PROMPT, Sounds-Write, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and many more. If you have any questions about the clinic please feel free to contact her at any stage.

Farran De Wet, B.Arts Speech Language and Hearing therapy, CPSP Senior Clinical Speech Pathologist. Farran completed her Speech Pathology Degree at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Farran is part of our Talk-Time leadership and is our Senior Clinical Speech Pathologist. Farran has worked throughout the world in New Zealand, Qatar and Sydney. Her extensive experience with a variety of different families means that she sees clients across a wide range of age groups with different areas of need. Farran is ABA trained (Applied Behaviour Analysis), Sounds-Write trained, and Hanen certified in ‘It takes two to talk’ and ‘More than words’. Farran’s passion for Speech Pathology means that she creates quick connections with all of the clients and families she works with. Farran runs our program for Speech Pathology students and loves sharing her abundant knowledge to the next generation of Speech Pathologists .

Laura Green, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP, is an experienced Speech Pathologist who has worked within schools and clinics across Sydney and Melbourne. She has experience working closely with teachers, paediatricians, psychologists and other professionals and strives to deliver a child-centred service.  Laura has worked with children who present with a wide range of communication difficulties and has a particular interest in school age language and literacy difficulties (Sounds Write trained) as well as preschool children with speech and language delays.  Laura works closely with families to tailor therapy to their needs. 

Kathren Lemmetty, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP. Kathren completed her Speech Pathology Degree at Sydney University and has been working with families from a variety of backgrounds for the past 20 years in private practice in Sydney’s West, Northern Beaches and on the Gold Coast.  Kathren has worked with children with ASD, genetic disorders, speech delay, dyspraxia, stuttering, developmental delays, learning difficulties, and delayed literacy skills. She is trained in the Spalding Method of Literacy instruction – a direct, explicit, systematic, rule based program for teaching reading and spelling. Kathren is also trained in ABA (Applied Behavioural Analysis) and the Triple P Positive parenting program to assist in the management of behaviour.

Lydia Cole BA(Hons) PgDip Speech & Language, CPSP is an experienced Speech Pathologist who has worked for several years in London and Sydney in both the private and public sector. Lydia’s clinical experience includes working with preschool and school aged children with a range of speech, language and communication needs in a variety of settings. She has gained valuable experience working collaboratively with teachers, parents, educational psychologists and other professionals to provide a holistic approach to working with children and their families. Lydia has an interest in Developmental Language Disorder and speech disorders. Lydia is trained in Key Word Sign (KWS), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Sounds Write, and Shape Coding. Lydia works on Thursday in schools.



Gabrielle Bent, B.App.Sc (Speech Pathology), CPSP, has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Speech Pathology and is a practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia. She has over 30 years experience working in this area. Gabrielle has experience with caseloads ranging from speech to language, literacy, fluency and voice disorders.

She has expanded her knowledge through attendance at workshops and various courses throughout the years.

Gabrielle has previously worked at Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme, Ryde Hospital and Glenda Browne Speech Pathology. Gabrielle enjoys working with children and their families to assist them in developing functional communication skills so that they reach their full learning potential and become effective communicators for life.


Natalie O’Connor, MSLP, CPSP is a Speech Pathologist who completed a Masters degree in Speech and Language Pathology at The University of Sydney. Alongside studying, Natalie worked as a speech therapist assistant to provide intervention to preschool and school-aged children within the home and early learning environment. This role enabled Natalie to pursue an interest in working closely with children and their families to reach their specific communication goals.


Natalie has experience in the areas of speech, language delay, and social communication therapy. She has delivered therapy to both children and adults in a range of contexts, including the preschool and primary school setting, as well as a range of public health and disability services. Natalie is dedicated to implementing therapy using the most recent, evidence-based practice.

She currently works Monday – Friday.

Sophia Mellino, MSpPath, B.SpHLSc, CPSP, is a passionate and motivated Speech Pathologist who strives to help every person to reach their full, communicative potential. She is committed to delivering client-centred therapy, where she works closely with her clients and their families to achieve functional communication goals. Sophia completed her Bachelor of Speech, Hearing and Language Sciences at Macquarie University, followed by her Master of Speech Pathology at The University of Technology, Sydney.

Sophia has had the opportunity to work with children and adults in a range of settings such as disability day programs, community health and in other private practices in Sydney. She has had experience providing assessment and intervention within the clinic and via telehealth. Sophia has also had experience working as an Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Therapist, where she focused on implementing behaviour and communication strategies for children with ASD.

Sophia continues to expand her knowledge and learning through courses and workshops. She is committed to keeping up to date with the latest evidence-based research to best inform her practice. Sophia can speak English and Italian. Outside of work, she loves to play netball and catch up with friends.