Erin Gaffney

Speech & Language Pathologist (MSLP)

Erin has a passion for providing a relationship-based, holistic language approach to support youth to relate, connect, and find meaning in the world around them

Training and Education

Erin has a Masters in Speech and Language Therapy and a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is also a DIR-Floortime Certified Clinician.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Corgi

Favourite Movie/s? Romantic Comedy 

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Harry Styles

Any hidden talents? I can tell you way more than you’d ever want to know about astrology!

Funniest quote from a child at work?"It makes me laugh every time a child accidentally calls me "mum"."

Memorable Career Moment

Watching children's relationships with carers blossom when they enhance their communication abilities. 

Maria Magdalena Rybka

Social Worker (Masters Social Work)

Maria, a dual-qualified social worker and speech pathologist, joined our team with a rich blend of expertise and compassion. Deeply committed to her personal mission statement, 'our actions are the mirror reflection of what is hidden inside of us,' Maria strives to uncover and address the underlying needs of each client, ensuring a holistic approach to care and communication.

Training and Education

Maria's educational journey includes a Master of Social Work Qualifying from the Australian College of Applied Psychology, complemented by training in 'Accidental Counsellor' from the same institution, equipping her with a deep understanding of psychological support techniques. Additionally, she pursued a Master of Speech Therapy, providing her with a unique and comprehensive skill set, though it is important to note this qualification is not accredited.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dinosaur, what would you be? Pterodaktyl

Which Hogwarts house do you belong to? Gryffindor 

What is your favourite Movie? The Lion King (the original) 

What hidden skills do you have? I am a good singer! 

Funniest quote from a child at work? 'You look like a Frozen Elsa' 

Memorable Career Moment

Working for 12 weeks with a non-verbal 3-year-old child on the Autism Spectrum, who then one day said to his parents 'Good Morning mummy and daddy, I love you!' Celebrating that moment with his parents was the most significant story of my whole career. 

Michelle Hyde

Occupational Therapist (BaAppSc OT)


Graduating in 2011, Michelle has had a passion for working with children and their families. A self-professed addict when it comes to finding solutions to challenges faced in her community she will hunt for answers, especially for her clients.

Training and Education

Michelle has always enjoyed further education and learning. She is a level 1 Tomatis Practitioner, and is Level 1 and 2 Certified in Rhythmic Movement Training. She has training in Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, Neurodevelopmental Techniques, Emotional Freedom Techniques and much more!

Random and Facts About Me... 

If you were a dog, what would you be? Husky

Favourite Movie/s? Original Aladdin and Lion King

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would it be? 14th Dalai Lama

Any hidden talents? I can play clarinet and saxophone

Funniest quote from a child at work? *Child lets out wind* "Michelle, why are you crying? Is it because of my fart? Yeah... my mum cries too then puts the fan on!"

Memorable Career Moment

A non-verbal client's first word in session playing with myself and his mother. Then 3 years later, receiving his first written Christmas card.

Monica Basta

Speech & Language Pathologist (BaAppSc SP)

Monica finds her passion in empowering children to unlock the world of communication and learn about how great it can really be

Training and Education

Monica has a Bachelor's Degree in Applied Science in Speech Pathology. She has also completed both the Language Accelerator and Traffic Jam in My Brain courses.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Golden Retriever

Favourite Movie/s? Comedy

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Albert Einstein

Any hidden talents? Being a patissier (desserts chef) and a food reviewer

Funniest quote from a child at work? “I found someone shorter than my mum!”

Memorable Career Moments

A child is stringing a 3-word sentence correctly for the first time in session. Mum’s reaction was priceless!

Brittany Lynch

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Brittany is passionate about all children having a place they feel excited to come to every week where therapy doesn’t feel like therapy. She is also passionate about being in an environment where every family feels welcome, no matter how big or small their concerns are.

Training and Education

Brittany has received her Certificate in Children’s Services.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Labrador

Favourite Movie/s?  Pearl Harbour

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Michael Scott

Any hidden talents? My artistic side

Funniest quote from a child at work?“You’re not very pretty, but you have blue eyes.”

Memorable Career Moment

A child discovers new foods during feeding sessions, which are now part of his everyday diet.

Emma Parrish

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Emma finds her passion in providing children with support and guidance to reach their developmental milestones and goals and watching them fill with excitement when these are achieved.

Training and Education

Emma has a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and is currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Health Science.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Golden Retriever

Favourite Movie/s? Disney movies

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Daniel Riccardo

Any hidden talents? My Lego-building skills

Funniest quote from a child at work? "I asked a child to show me how fast they could run and they replied, "I can run as fast as a sloth."

Memorable Career Moment

Working with a student who had visual impairments and watching her perform in a concert.

Jada Matalavea

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Jada is passionate about helping children feel confident in themselves and their ability to perform a task or activity that they may struggle with.

Training and Education

Jada is currently working towards a Bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Dobermann

Favourite Movie/s? Cars

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Captain Holt

Any hidden talents? Knitting

Funniest quote from a child at work?" really like your blonde hair."

Memorable Career Moment

Teaching a child how to hold a paintbrush and create art.

Mariam Shukri

Speech Pathology Assistant

Mariam finds her passion in achieving an impactful and person-centered approach in her role as a speech pathology assistant.

Training and Education

Mariam holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Speech, Hearing, and Language Studies degree. She has a certificate for working with people with disabilities, and has completed the Human Rights Module.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Border Collie

Favourite Movie/s? Romantic Comedy

What’s your favourite TV show? Anne with an E

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Jane Austen

Any hidden talents? Embroidery

A funny quote a child has said to you: *After screaming out from behind the corner, they calmly said* "It's okay, it's just me."

Memorable Career Moments

Witnessing my little brother go from asking me to read for him to asking me to listen to him read aloud

Yustina Awad

Speech Pathology Assistant

Yustina has a passion for providing quality care and intervention to clients and their families to make a difference in their lives.

Training and Education

Yustina is currently taking a Bachelor of Science, has a Degree in Speech Pathology and Language Therapy and has been accumulating experience as a speech therapy assistant.

Random Facts About Me...

If you were a dog, what would you be? Cavoodle

Favourite Movie/s? Comedy

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Bruno Mars

Any hidden talents? Solving puzzles

Funniest quote from a child at work? "You were my best friend until I actually got friends.”

Memorable Career Moment

Seeing progress in a child who was unable to say the /s/ sound and now can say it in carrier phrases.

Princess Ali

Sales & Customer Service Advocate

Princess, our dedicated sales and customer service advocate with 8 years' experience in the field alongside a BS in Pharmacy, brings a unique blend of medical knowledge and heartfelt client care to the Spring Forward team. Guided by her personal mission to offer compassionate and patient-centered care, she ensures that each individual receives dedicated attention and support, a commitment she has embraced passionately since her graduation.

Training and Education

Princess holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, grounding her approach to customer service in a deep understanding of healthcare needs and solutions. Further enhancing her skill set, she has completed Six Sigma Management Training, equipping her with advanced techniques in process improvement and quality management, essential for leading efficient customer service operations.

Random Facts About Me... 

If you were a dog, what would you be? German Shepherd

What Hogwarts house do you belong to? It might be Ravenclaw

What is your favourite genre of movie? Comedy

If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? My grandma

Funny Quote from a Kid

'I'm not a vegetarian! I just prefer not to eat things with faces. Except cookies, their faceless and delicious!'