Founded in 2018, Hunter Speech Pathology’s vision is to provide holistic health care in the private setting for people of the Hunter region.


The team achieves this by operating from within The Lorn Surgery, which houses a multidisciplinary team of medical and allied health professionals.


Founder Nikki Stambolie is passionate about providing specialist care to her local community.


“Having worked in major Sydney hospitals and overseas, I’ve gained knowledge and experience in my field that isn’t readily available in regional communities. I believe that everyone deserves the best of health care, regardless of their geographical location; it’s why I started Hunter Speech Pathology,” she said.


Expanding to ensure local families have timely access to speech pathology services, the team is committed to meeting the growing needs of its valued clients.



Nikki is a Senior Certified Speech Pathologist, practising since 2005. Throughout her extensive career, in Australia and overseas, she has held senior and management roles in the public health system, including years dedicated to training junior speech pathologists as a Clinical Educator.


Nikki’s area of expertise is managing swallowing, speech and voice disorders in the adult population, as a result of neurological conditions or head and/or neck cancer.


Her specialist skills translate to motor speech disorders in children (an area of special interest to Nikki). She also takes great pride in supporting early intervention with children, including the treatment of late talkers, literacy difficulties and stuttering.


A continuous learner, Nikki is always looking for ways to innovate speech pathology services, most notably developing and introducing the role of a Head and Neck Speech Pathologist into Calvary Mater Newcastle's Department of Radiation Oncology (a first for the region).


Personally, Nikki is a mum of two boys, and a growing number of fur and feathered babies. She understands the challenges of raising children, juggling work and life, and offers a realistic approach to therapy plans for all ages.



You'll find me working with The Lorn Surgery.

21 Belmore Rd, Lorn NSW.