Irene Peters – Speech Language Pathologist
Hello! My name is Irene. I am originally from Moranbah but have lived and worked in the Townsville region for almost 10 years now, so practically a local. I completed my Masters Degree in Speech Pathology at the University of Queensland in 2006 and have worked within the education sector ever since. During my time with education I was a Speech-Language Impairment verifier, developing a good understanding of the Education Adjustment Program (EAP) and access to additional funding for students with disabilities.
My passion lies in supporting children with literacy, language and other related disorders to reach their full potential. An important part of this is assisting families, and educators to understand their child’s needs and supporting them to create successful learning environments.
When I’m not in the clinic, I enjoy baking up a storm! I am also a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).
Elyce Mitchell – Occupational Therapist
Hi, my name is Elyce. I grew up and completed my high school years in Rockhampton, but have lived in sunny North Queensland for over 10 years now.
I completed my Bachelor of Occupational Therapy at James Cook University in 2009 and have been working as an OT for 7 years. I have previously worked in Spinal Cord Injury and the Education system before joining the team at Speech and Language Development Australia.
Over the years I have developed a strong interest in working with school age students with developmental delays, particularly those affecting language and access in the classroom.
When I am not at the clinic you will find me fighting for survival at CrossFit 4810, or watching the mighty North Queensland Cowboys.
Heidi Dugdell – Speech Language Pathologist
Hello, my name is Heidi. I grew up on the Atherton Tablelands before moving to Townsville to study at James Cook University.
Since graduating with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2013, I have worked in Queensland in the Disability sector before joining the team at Speech and Language Development Australia.
I have developed a passion for working with children and their families to reach their communication goals; in particular, helping those with language difficulties and those who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). I am also interested in working with children who have speech difficulties, English as a second language, mealtime difficulties and developmental delays.
When I’m not at the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running and travelling.