Meet the Speech Pathologists

Our Speech Pathologists

katrine_elliott_350Katrine Elliott

B. Sp.Thy. M.S.P.A.

Speech Pathologist / Rehabilitation Consultant (communication) / Voice consultant

Company Director

Project Producer-developer-Phonic All Stars

Katrine is the imagination, hard work and inspiration behind not only Optimal Communications and the philosophy held by the clinic, but also the development and design of the Phonic All Star Program and the witty characters that teach kids speech sounds. She has handmade these puppets herself, in addition to writing the lyrics and producing the music,  “Cruising with the Consonants”,  in the studio with Bignote productions. The “teach-me-speech-sounds” program and the “how to fix…speech, listening, reading, spelling and writing” series are also her offspring, stemming from a well of knowledge and experience collected from supporting over 3,000 clients in the Gold Coast region over the past 20 years.

No project is too challenging and no condition too complicated for Katrine, as she is strategic in project planning and she has unique and creative problem-solving and critical thinking skills for finding solutions to clinical problems across a range of clientele.

Katrine’s expertise ranges from paediatric speech, language and literacy challenges, to adult rehabilitation of aquired brain injury to neurodegenerative conditions. Katrine is also a voice consultant and provides specialised voice therapy for clients with voice disorders, workcover injuries and professional singers and voice users.

Katrine is the developer and mind behind not only the “Once Upon a Time Therapy Clinic” in Southport but also the “Phonic All Star Program” being well known now to make massive impacts on the correction of speech impairment and literacy impairment in children. Katrine sees her work with children as valuable, beneficial and mandatory to support children in their early years. Early intervention is clearly understood as making a significant impact on children’s development of speech, language and literacy skills.  Failure to provide this affects their success with communication, academic performance and confidence in themselves. This is why Katrine makes therapy fun and exciting!!!!  A session with Katrine feels like play and games with the nourishment of education and therapy hidden behind the brightest of toys and exciting puppets. She is easily our “Pied Piper” of the team as children willingly follow her into the room, awaiting the fun that will unfold in the session that day in the “snowwhite forest room”. Look out for the seven little men and Little Red Ridinghood when you enter the forest with pears on the wall and the HUGE red apple. 

Recent specialised projects include:

  • No limits…No boundaries – being a tertiary stage rehabilitation project with her client of 17 years, Peter Blundy, with success of orchestrating his 95% speech impairment with locked in syndrome to Global Communication. This project has now lead to the development of “Inward Bound” being group therapy for tweens that have an artistic and creative edge whilst developing their academic capabilities and pathways forward in life based on “who they are”. 
  • Case management from home – being a support program developed for clients and families with complex and long term disabilities to navigate and support them through the medical and education systems. Katrine is passionate about achieving the goal of reaching the disadvantaged children held up on a waiting list for government services. She prefers action and outcomes to “small talk” …when it comes to political issues stopping kids from accessing the support they need.
  • Golden Goose Program-being a professional support program for Speech Pathologists in Private Practice. As now an experienced Speech Pathologist with 20 years under her belt in being the Director of OPtimal Communications, Katrine understands the professional skills and “talents” needed clinically, in regards to business operations and also personally to provide a comprehensive and effective service to the public. Given th einflux of new graduate Speech Pathologists directly into the “private practice market place”, Katrine understands the responsibility for experienced therapist to share their knowledge and expertise to enable duty of care to the public…thus providing the highest standard of allied health care. In line with “Once Upon a Time Therapy and our Giant Beanstalk growing in the foyer, The Golden Goose Program was aptly named as a program supporting Speech Pathologist to lay the Golden Eggs of treatment. 

Meet the Speech Pathology team:
Speech therapy Optimal Communications Gold Coast Katrine ElliottCarley Fahey (Speech Pathologist)

B.Sp.Path M.S.P.A.

Before I became a speech pathologist, I was a registered nurse in Melbourne working on general surgical wards, specialising in Plastic surgery and Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery.    I then joined the Royal District Nursing Service, providing medical care for the aged  in their homes.  After moving to Queensland, I followed my long term dream of becoming a Speech Pathologist when Griffith University offered their Masters program in 2012.

I am drawn to speech pathology because of the rewarding nature of the work and my interest is working with the little ones. I have a firm belief in early intervention and aware of the importance in building strong foundations for children to extend into their school years.  As a mother of 3 school-aged boys, I believe that speech therapy for kids needs to be fun as well as flexible to be able to work it into our busy lives!

Now that I am working as part of the Optimal Communications team, I am excited to be providing family-focused therapy,  practical and effective ideas in a fun environment. I am committed to helping parents and carers to create speech and language-rich opportunities within daily routines and everyday opportunities.

I am  dedicated about acknowledging each child’s communication potential whether that be through increasing receptive and expressive language, enhancing speech clarity, or supporting them to strive towards success in literacy which includes reading, spelling and writing.   I look forward to working  with you and  supporting your child to become a successful and happy communicator when you visit us at “Once Upon a Time Therapy.”


Smiles on children’s faces when therapy is made fun.


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