Nikki founded Hunter Speech Pathology in 2018 with the aim of providing an accessible and evidenced based Speech Pathology practice to the community of the Hunter.
Hunter Speech Pathology continues to operate from the Lorn Surgery along other skilled speech therapists as well as Occupational Therapist which allows for close collaboration for our patients.
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.