Our Services

Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology provides evidence-based assessment and therapy for adults with speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders.

We provide care in the areas of acquired communication and swallowing disorders including those associated with brain injury, progressive neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, head and neck cancer and the multitude of voice disorders among others.

The Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology team provides care through:

  • Comprehensive assessment
  • One-on-one outpatient therapy
  • Remote therapy via Skype
  • In-home therapy
  • Patient and family education and support

We are able to provide specialist programs including Lee Silverman Voice Treatment, as well as facilitate multidisciplinary care through local Ear Nose and Throat Specialists and on-site Audiology and Physiotherapy teams.

If you or a family member have concerns regarding:

  • Slurred or imprecise speech
  • Difficulties understanding what others are saying or writing
  • Difficulties finding words and/or forming thoughts into sentences
  • Difficulties writing
  • A strained, tired or changing voice
  • Coughing or choking episodes during meals
  • Generalised difficulties with eating and/or drinking

The Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology team has the skills and expertise to help. We are registered providers with Medicare, NDIS, DVA, and a wide range of Private Health Insurance funds. We work with HICAPS to provide on the spot rebates for those accessing our in-rooms services.

Our Team

Therese Dodds - Principal Speech Pathologist

Therese Dodds - Director and Speech PATHOLOGIST

Therese Dodds is the Director of Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology. She has thirteen years of experience in providing high level Speech Pathology care to adults presenting with communication and swallowing disorders. She is highly skilled in the areas of Voice, Laryngeal Dysfunction, Head and Neck Oncology and other disorders arising from the Ear, Nose and Throat. Having worked in major tertiary referral hospitals throughout her career, Therese has likewise developed a high level of skill working across the Aged Care, Neurology, Palliative Care and General Medical and Surgical Speech Pathology Caseloads. With contributions to papers and guidelines, and presentations at National Conferences, she has been a long-time contributor to the Speech Pathology profession. Having created and led Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology from conception to present, Therese is known for her excellence as a Clinician and in Healthcare Management. Her patients have fed back over time that her warm, professional nature has made the process of working with her both positive and highly successful. Therese takes pride in leading her team in the provision of outstanding services across Sydney and Rural NSW.

Caitlin Guyatt - Speech Pathologist

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Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology warmly welcomed Caitlin to the team in 2018. With experience working in metropolitan hospital in and outpatient settings, Caitlin brings a broad range of skills in the area of adult Speech Pathology care to our team. As a key contributor to our Palliative Care Service, Caitlin combines her empathetic approach with high level clinical decision making to ensure that patients receiving end of life care have the best opportunities to communicate and swallow according to best practice and their own wishes. Her experience working in Stroke Units means that her long term communication and swallowing rehabilitation work in the community is of a high standard. Caitlin is a keen contributor to those living with a broad range of disabilities. She provides individualised communication services and mealtime management plans in the community for those receiving support through the NDIS. A member of NSW Dysphagia Interest Group and lifelong learner, Caitlin has quickly stepped up to be at the forefront of Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology Quality Improvement projects.

Luisa Krein - Speech PATHOLOGIST

Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology is fortunate to have Luisa’s services contracted for 2 days per week every week! Making a significant impact on the lives of those living with complex communication challenges, Luisa brings high level Speech, Language and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) skills to our practice and patients. When she is not with Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology, Luisa is busy completing her PhD in the area of Dementia and Communication. We’re grateful for her Clinical and Academic skills!

Sarah O’connor - Speech PATHOLOGIST

Known for her excellent skill-base in adult disability care, Sarah is an asset to the Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology Team. With particular experience working with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sarah approaches her assessment and management of communication disorders with everyday function in mind! Given Sarah’s experience working in the community and managing adult swallowing disorders in metropolitan and rural residential care facilities, she is a practical, resourceful and kind clinician! You will find Sarah working with us 5 days per week.

Scarlett Ritchie - Speech PATHOLOGIST

Joining the practice in 2019, Eastern Suburbs Speech Pathology is thrilled to have Scarlett working with the team in a casual role.  With 2 years experience in both public and private hospitals, Scarlett has developed a broad range of clinical skills managing communication and swallowing disorders in a variety of contexts.  Areas of specific interest and clinical knowledge include swallowing rehabilitation after stroke, Neurology, Head and Neck Oncology and managing clients within the Palliative Care setting.  Scarlett also has a background in Performing Arts and with this comes a keen appreciation of the challenges facing professional voice users and those interested in accent modification and public speaking.   She is passionate about working collaboratively with clients and families and takes great care developing strong therapeutic relationships and applying evidenced based clinical solutions to treat the unique needs of the individual.