Our Staff

Educational Psychologist - Danielle Lonsdale  

Certifications include: Bachelor of Arts Honours (Psychology) Master of Child and Educational Psychology and Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

With over 20 years experience Danielle is a registered Educational and Developmental Psychologist specialising in assessment and intervention of children and adolescents.

She has vast experience in her field and a keen interest in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Learning Disability and Social Skills Programming. Danielle strives to work with children and their families from initial consultation assessment through to achievement of all therapy and program goals.

Psychologist - Christine Ernest

Christine is a registered Psychologist who has Bachelors and Masters degrees in Psychology from the U.S, as well as a Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Melbourne in Australia. Her specialised training includes expertise in assessment and diagnostics in brain functioning and the associated cognitive and behavioural presentations. She has previously worked in various academic and research settings, including being a Research Fellow with a number of publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals to her name. Christine has been a Member of International Neuropsychological Society and an Associate Member of the Australian Psychological Society for over 20 years. Christine has recently returned to practice after a period of being a stay-home Mum to her five boys. She has considerable experience in parenting and working with pre-school and primary school- aged children in various capacities.

Speech Therapists - Donna Anderson, Vanessa Hally, Anastasia Spanos, Liana Siskos ( Liana Siskos currently on Maternity leave)

Donna is a Certified Practicing Speech Pathologist (CPSP) who has a Masters of Speech Pathology and a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, with 7 years teaching experience in kindergarten/Pre-prep and early intervention, and over 10 years as a Speech Pathologist. Donna has a Paediatric focus in articulation, phonological awareness, receptive and expressive language, social/pragmatic skills, including social skills and ready for school groups for children with ASD and similar issues.

Vanessa is a Certified Speech Pathologist with a Masters Degree in Speech Pathology from The University of Melbourne and a Bachelor Degree from LaTrobe University in Health Science majoring in Rehabilitation Counselling.  Vanessa has been working successfully for 3 years as a Speech Pathologist in Early Childhood Intervention assisting children with speech, language, literacy and pragmatic difficulties.  Vanessa’s caseload work come from clients presenting with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability, developmental delay and various genetic conditions and syndromes.  Vanessa has a passion for helping children thrive, her passion has continued from her earlier university days where she volunteered at Focus on Speech assisting in a Lego Club Social Skills Group to her contribution to a research study which she is now co-author of in the Journal of Clinical Practice in Speech-Language Pathology for the study “A rural clinical placement: Children’s outcomes” published in 2019.

Ana is a dedicated Speech Pathologist who aims to provide high quality, functional services to paediatric and teenage clients and their families. Ana has a masters of Speech Pathology and Bachelor in Psychology from the University of Melbourne. Ana has clinical interest in motor speech, language intervention and working with neurodiverse children and their care teams. She has experience working with clients, caregivers and their extended support networks to achieve client goals and maintain client satisfaction. Ana offers services in clinic and via telehealth and offsite. She has effective communication skills and is fluent in English and Greek. Ana has strong clinical knowledge and is dedicated to maintaining evidence-based practice in her work.

Admin Staff - Michelle Barrass & Karalyn Thakur

For all payments, accounts or general queries Michelle and Karalyn are in the office Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs & Fri between 9.30am and 2.30pm.