Our Team


Speech Pathologist

Cynthia Chong-Christianto loves working with children and adults to improve their language and ability to communicate.

She has experience with a broad range of speech and language impairments. She enjoys working with both adults and children with pronunciation, literacy and spelling difficulties and helping them to freely express their feelings and ideas. Cynthia sees many stutterers, both children and adults each week who progress on to be stutter free. She is experienced with the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs.

Cynthia has done extensive training in helping children with feeding and swallowing problems.

She has a special interest in working with children and adults on the autism spectrum and with developmental disabilities and complex needs.

Cynthia has worked extensively with adults with pronunciation difficulties and with those who wish to improve their accent. She is also able to help adults with a range of challenges commonly experienced following strokes and head injuries as well as from other neurological impairments.

Cynthia has an interest in literacy and is skilled in identifying reading and spelling issues and helping children and adults overcome them.

She has completed advanced training in PROMPT(C) Bridging Technique to Intervention and is skilled in treating motor speech disorders.


Speech Pathologist

Divya has worked for more than 10 years with children across a wide variety of speech therapy settings including some of Sydney’s main teaching hospitals (St George Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, and Canterbury Hospital), community health care centres, schools and private clinics. Divya has also worked with adults after they have acquired a brain injury or suffered a stroke.

Divya enjoys working with children and their families and gains enormous joy in helping children develop their full communication potential. Divya’s varied experience in working with children from diverse backgrounds has also contributed to her ability to relate warmly with all the families she has worked with and develop communication goals in close collaboration with parents.

Divya has gained extensive paediatric clinical experience and works with children of all ages children of all ages, particularly children who are experiencing pronunciation, language, speech or stuttering difficulties. Divya is experienced in using the Lidcombe program to help many children she has worked with, achieve stutter-free speech. She has also been trained in PROMPT(c) Introduction to Therapy Technique and advanced training in Bridging PROMPT Technique to Intervention.

Divya also has an interest and experience in working with children who have autism spectrum disorder. She is also experienced in assessing and assisting children with reading and spelling challenges.

EDWINA Richardson

Speech Pathologist

Edwina is passionate about working with children & young people who have challenges in their ability to communicate clearly, understand what they hear or read, or who are living with a disability or a delay. She loves children & is keen to engage in evidenced-based early intervention. Edwina enjoys working alongside families to improve the ability of children to communicate & be part of their community.

Edwina is experienced in treating speech delays and in treating children with autism spectrum disorder. She is HANEN trained and experienced in using PECS. Edwina has also completed advanced PROMPT (c) Bridging training, and is experienced in treating significant speech motor disorders. Edwina is experienced in treating stuttering using the Lidcombe program. Edwina has a special interest in helping children to improve their reading and spelling and spelling and is Spalding trained. She is driven to achieve the best outcome for children and their families. Edwina speaks Cantonese.


Speech Pathologist

Elizabeth Barty has previously held senior speech pathology roles at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Western Australia. Like many of our Eastside therapists, she is experienced in working with both children and adults. She has been a speech pathologist for more than 30 years.

She has experience in using PROMPT therapy and has completed introduction and bridging courses. She has extensive experience working with children with cerebral palsy after managing the Centre for Cerebral Palsy WA for 6 years. Elizabeth also has extensive experience in adult and paediatric swallowing disorders and management. She has an interest in working with literacy problems.

Elizabeth has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) in 1980 and a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) in 1987. She is passionate about providing effective evidence-based contemporary therapy to individuals and their families.


Speech Pathologist

Joanna loves working with children who have challenges communicating. She is passionate about actively engaging with families, teachers and other professionals involved in your child’s care to ensure communication goals are achieved.

Joanna has experience in assessing and treating children with speech delays, literacy difficulties, and a range of language disorders. She is experienced in treating children’s and adult’s stuttering using the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs. She has be trained in Hanen “It Takes Two to Talk”. Joanna has done the advanced PROMPT(c) Bridging training.

She speaks fluent Greek and has experience in working with clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, which contributes to her ability to develop strong relationships with all families.

Joanna is experienced in using Key Word Sign and helping early communicators make themselves understood. She has dedicated her time in volunteering to working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.  


Speech Pathologist

Maddy is passionate about working with children and adults who experience challenges with their ability to understand and communicate with those around them. She loves working with children and adults and their support networks, from their family to friends and carers involved in their everyday lives, in order to facilitate communication success across everyday routines. She has experience working with children and young people living with a disability in rural areas and is passionate about supporting and building functional communication.

Maddy has experience in assessing and treating children and young people with speech, language and literacy difficulties. She has experience using the Lidcombe program for the treatment of stuttering. Maddy also has experience working with children with a disability to build functional communication both through verbal speech and with the use of Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC). She has completed PECS training and has experience implementing PECS and also with trialling and implementing high tech AAC including the use of Liberator dedicated language devices, in addition to the use of LAMP and PROLOQUO2GO applications for iPad. She has also completed SOS training for feeding difficulties. Maddy has done the advanced PROMPT(c) Bridging training.


Speech Pathologist

Lisa loves journeying with children, families, and adults as they develop skills enabling them to communicate as clearly and effectively as possible. She is passionate about facilitating parent-child interactions, literacy development, clear pronunciation of words and sentences and strengthening the communication skills individuals need for their daily interactions.
Lisa has experience working with children and young people with a diversity of skills and challenges. This includes speech difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays, language impairment, learning difficulties, dyslexia, and stuttering. Lisa has worked extensively within a multidisciplinary team and is skilled at integrating a person’s sensory, attention and self-regulation skills into therapy sessions.

Lisa has received specialised training including ‘HANEN It takes two to Talk’ © for early language development and the ‘Sounds Write’ structured synthetic phonics program for literacy. She is PROMPT © trained and has experience delivering the ‘Lidcombe Program’ for preschool stuttering and ‘Rapid Syllable Transition Training’ for children with Apraxia of Speech. Lisa is committed to all those she works with, to provide evidence-based, holistic and tailored interventions.


Speech Pathologist

Emily loves working with children, adults, and whole families, to help them communicate effectively. She became passionate about speech pathology when she was a child and saw the effectiveness of speech therapy for a family member. Many years later, Emily is passionate and keen to provide a high standard of therapy that is evidence based and effective, as well as being a positive experience for the client.

Emily has previously worked in the UK with both children and adults, and has also worked in Australia as a senior speech pathologist in adult rehabilitation. This involved helping adults with communication difficulties that can be experienced through stroke, head injury, or other neurological impairment. She has also had extensive experience assessing and treating children with a variety of communication difficulties, including: speech delays, literacy difficulties, language impairments, Autism Spectrum Disorder, developmental delays and stuttering.

Emily has done further training in PROMPT, stuttering therapy, and literacy. She has many years experience in using the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs. She also has worked as a registered counsellor for a number of years, and brings empathy and warmth to her practice.

Tina Cai

Speech Pathologist

Tina loves working together with children and adults to help them conquer the barriers to their communication. She is passionate about involving families, partners, teachers and other professionals to provide holistic care for her clients.

She enjoys working together to provide the best possible outcome for her clients. Tina has experience working with children with speech sound disorders/delays, developmental language delays and literacy difficulties including dyslexia. She works with children with disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Agnosis of the Corpus Collosum and Intellectual Disability. She has also worked with children with selective mutism.

She is experienced in treating individuals who stutter using the Lidcombe and Camperdown Programs. She is trained in HANEN ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ and DIR/Sensory Connections ‘The Action is in the Interaction’ and has experience using Key Word Sign. Tima is PROMPT (c) trained.

She speaks Shanghainese (dialect of Mandarin) and Mandarin. She has experience working with and assessing clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, which contributes to her ability to develop strong connections with all families.


Speech Pathologist

Ainsley Poulos, the principal of Eastside Speech Solutions has more than 27 years experience as a Speech Pathologist. She has worked in a broad range of settings with both adults and children.

Having children of her own who have experienced significant speech and language problems, Ainsley understands the anxiety experienced by parents of children with communication difficulties. She also speaks at many forums and appreciates the importance of effective communicating and maintaining a good voice!

She has a particular interest in treating children with developmental and acquired communication disabilities including:

  • Down Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Klinefelter Syndrome variants
  • Preschool speech and language delay
  • Intellectual disability
  • Head injury (acquired brain injury)
  • Stroke
  • Autism

Ainsley has many years experience working in adult rehabilitation including brain injury and stroke, as well as voice injury and accent modification.

She sees many pre-school, school-aged, and adult stutterers each week who progress on to be stutter free for the rest of their lives. She has many years experience in using the Lidcombe and Camperdown programs.

Ainsley is a PROMPT(c) Instructor, training speech pathologists in PROMPT(c) technique, and is the only PROMPT(c) Speech Pathologist in Sydney.

She also has experience in using the ReST (Rapid Syllable Transition Training) program.

Anna Cole

Practice Manager

Anna has a speech pathology background and has worked in customer service and administration for many years.

She loves helping our clients and is a favourite with the children who visit our clinic!

Laura Matthei


Laura is studying linguistics and languages at university. She has lots of experience working with children and loves helping our clients at the admin desk when they come in for their appointments.

Lyndal Salter


Lyndal has a background in Biomedical Science. She has experience working in medical practices and logistics for Australian humanitarian teams working in Rwanda. Her unique skillset and first-hand knowledge of parenting active boys is an asset to our team and clients.

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