About Us

Atara Lebransky

Director | Speech Pathologist

Our director, Atara Lebransky is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) who has always had a special interest and passion in supporting people on the Autism Spectrum and its co-morbid counterparts, such as ADHD and anxiety. She understands that navigating the social sphere can be challenging and sometimes extra guidance is needed. Atara creates a warm, supportive, safe and inclusive environment. Atara also has extensive experience supporting clients with selective mutism. Through building social skills and supporting communication, she is motivated to empower and renew people’s sense of self confidence, independence, resilience, and optimism for the future. Atara undertook training with world renowned Clinical Psychologist, Dr Elizabeth Laugeson and was a recipient of the PEERS program adolescent training scholarship. Atara is also trained in the Michelle Garcia Winner Social Thinking program and has implemented this throughout paediatric settings including schools, clinics and holiday program intensives. In addition, Atara has experience supporting gender diverse clients with their voice transition and is the co-founder of the app VoiceShift.  

Laura Colaianni

Speech Pathologist

Laura is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with a Masters in Speech Pathology from the University of Melbourne. She has experience working in education, disability, public health, private practice and language teaching in Australia, the UK and Spain. 
Laura has worked with clients across the lifespan and is passionate about moulding communication therapy to fit meaningfully into the lives of clients and families. She aims to provide therapy that embraces individual differences and empowers clients to feel more confident in their connections with those around them. 
Laura speaks advanced Italian and Spanish and enjoys working with clients and families of all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
Outside of work, Laura performs around Melbourne as a musician.

Daliya Wald

Speech Pathologist

Daliya is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP) with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology from Australian Catholic University. She enjoys supporting clients to maximise their communication potential whilst also nurturing their strengths. Passionate about innovation in speech pathology practice, Daliya values learning about the latest evidence-based practices so her clients can reach their full potential. Daliya’s ability to connect with clients and their families is a source of pride for her, and she highly values each therapeutic relationship.
Outside of work Daliya enjoys eating out, spending time with friends and going to the beach.

Liora Sher

Occupational Therapist

Liora is a qualified Occupational Therapist with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) from Monash University. She is passionate about utilising fun and creative methods to work with children and families to maximise independence and autonomy in daily activities, with a special interest in school-readiness skills. Recognising each client’s unique personality and needs, Liora takes pride in her ability to build rapport and foster long-lasting therapeutic relationships. Liora values empowering clients to make their own choices and uses her gentle personality to create a safe and nurturing environment. In her personal life, Liora enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her friends and family and two dogs. 

Orla Finan

Speech Pathologist

Orla is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist with a Masters Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the University of Limerick, Ireland. Orla has experience working with both children and adults in schools, hospitals and the community; supporting those with communication differences and challenges throughout the lifespan. She is passionate about helping clients to develop their communication, language and literacy abilities as well as affirm and support the communication differences of neurodivergent clients. In her personal life, Orla enjoys listening to music, practicing yoga and catching up with friends.

Tal Bookatz

Provisional Psychologist

Tal Bookatz is currently completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has a special interest in working with neurodiverse individuals both individually and in group environments. Tal is passionate about empowering others to achieve their potential. She believes that this is best done by creating a warm, safe and nurturing climate where people feel comfortable to challenge themselves.

Kelly Sheeran

Practice Manager

Thriving in the dynamic world of Allied Health, Kelly coordinates all patient enquiries, bookings, and financial operations, ensuring the smooth running of the practice. As a parent to two beautiful neurodiverse children, Kelly has a unique perspective and appreciation of the strengths and challenges associated with neurodiversity, bringing a profound empathy, and understanding to her role as Practice Manager.

Sara Simenson-Braun

Provisional Psychologist

Sara is currently a provisional psychologist completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She is warm, charismatic, and has a natural ability to connect with people. Sara has a genuine passion for helping others and is committed to enabling individuals to reach their goals. She believes this is done through fostering a safe and supportive environment. Sara is particularly interested in developmental psychology and is dedicated to researching and understanding how early life experiences can affect emotions and behaviours.

Nya Gaddie

Allied Health Assistant

Nya has always been passionate about helping others and building connections to ensure clients feel supported. Known for her warmth, enthusiasm, and empathy, Nya is dedicated to fostering a safe and inclusive environment to help clients reach their communication goals.

As a passionate third-year speech pathology student, Nya is committed to improving her patients’ lives through effective and thoughtful communication. With excellent interpersonal skills, a strong desire to expand her knowledge, and a client-focused, fast-learning nature, she is dedicated to making a positive impact and continually enhancing her skills.

Nya’s experience includes handling a pediatric caseload with a range of language and communication difficulties, including Autism, CAS, ADHD, and Dyslexia. She also has experience working with adults with acquired neurological conditions, such as Aphasia and Dementia, and has collaborated with multidisciplinary teams, providing assistance in rehabilitation and therapy across various health fields.

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