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Virginia Hill

Speech Pathologist

Dr. Virginia Hill


Virginia has been working in private practice since 1978.  After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Flinders University she travelled to New York, where she obtained her Masters’ Degree in Speech Pathology from Columbia University in 1984.

She obtained her PhD from LaTrobe University in 1999.

Virginia is a member of Speech Pathology Australia, and is also a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).  She regularly attends conferences with ASHA in the USA.  She also edits journal articles for the Journal of Learning Disabilities.  She is an accredited diagnostician with Autism SA.

Areas of Interest: 

Virginia has experience working with most types of communication disorders.  Her current caseload comprises many adults with voice disorders, children with autism and dyslexia, adults with neurogenic disorders (stroke and head injury) and preschoolers and school-aged children with language and learning difficulties.  She also has a special interest in stuttering and language disorders.


Victoria Pantazis

Speech Pathologist

Victoria Pantazis


Victoria started working at the practice as a work experience student in 2003 and never left! Victoria obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology with Honours from Flinders University in 2010. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia, the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), the Australasian Society for Tongue and Lip Ties (ASTLiT) and Indigenous Allied Health Australia (IAHA). Victoria is an accredited diagnostician with Autism SA.


Areas of Interest: 

Victoria has a special interest in working with children and adults with speech disorders and difficulties.  She works with clients with tongue tie and/or lip ties, feeding difficulties, as well as tongue thrust swallow.  She also has a special interest in early intervention and working with toddlers with language delays.

Victoria works with a large number of preschool, school-aged children and teenagers with language, fluency, and executive functioning difficulties. She sees many adults with stuttering, and neurologically based communication difficulties.

Victoria is also able to provide therapy in Greek.



Speech Pathologist

Lucy Fitzgerald


Lucy joined the team at Virginia Hill Speech Pathology shortly after completing a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at The University of Sydney in 2013. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA), and is also a member of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and Talk Back Association for Aphasia.

Lucy is a member of the ASHA neurophysiology and neurogenic speech and language disorders special interest group. She is passionate about continuously expanding her clinical knowledge and skills.

​Lucy loves working with children and adults with a variety of communication difficulties.

Areas of Interest:

Adults with neurological communication disorders and swallowing difficulties.


Alex Ditching

Speech Pathologist

Alex Ditching


Alex ​​joined the team at Virginia Hill Speech Pathology in 2016 after completing a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at Flinders University in 2015.

Quickly developing her skills in many areas of focus, Alex is particularly interested in early intervention and Autism. Alex loves preparing children for the challenges they encounter in their school environment. Alex is friendly and capable and well liked by all our clients. She is an excellent therapist who sets clear goals for her clients. She has been a wonderful addition to our team.





Speech Pathologist

Lydia Hayek


Lydia joined us this year and has quickly become a wonderful asset to the business.

She has really enjoyed meeting all her new clients and has applied her experience skills and warm personality to every session.

She is interested in many areas of speech pathology with voice coaching being a particular area of interest for her.



Speech Pathologist

Georgie Bezzina


Georgie started at this practice as a new graduate in April 2018 after completing a Bachelor of Health Science/ Masters of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in Bendigo.

Her favourite things about working here are the friendly and supportive team and ability to provide innovative and fun therapy sessions with clients. She also loves having the opportunities to expand her clinical knowledge in all areas of Speech Pathology by working with children, adolescents and adults.

She is especially interested in language development, fluency and developing further skills in behavioural management and ASD.

Her hobbies include spending the majority of her free time at the beach, hanging out with friends and playing netball.


Ashlea Hamilton

Speech Pathologist

Ashlea Hamilton


Ashlea ​is our wonderful new part-time Speech Pathologist.

She works on Saturday mornings and Thursdays in our clinic. Ashlea has quickly created an excellent client base and is a very friendly and enthusiastic therapist.


Jess Goode

Allied Health Therapy Assistant

Jess Goode


Jess has been involved with the practice since 2005. She now works as an Allied Health Therapy Assistant as well as creating valuable therapy resources for the practice.

She particularly enjoys working on Saturday mornings and the variety of tasks she participates in for the clinic. Her favourite part of her role is assisting with therapy sessions.

In her free time she enjoys going to the theatre and she also particularly enjoys both watching and participating in musical theatre.




Brooke James

Receptionist

Brooke James


Brooke joined the team officially as our new part-time receptionist assisting us from January 2018 onwards. Brooke is very friendly, understanding, enthusiastic and energetic.

She has been getting to know all the clients and is very happy to answer any questions about personal accounts or NDIS claiming. She is a great addition to the team.

In her spare time she enjoys playing netball and spending time with her two boys.


Zara Zack

Student Practice Assistant

Zara Zack


Zara is a very valuable and dedicated team member.

She began with our practice in July 2017 and is our most experienced Student Practice Assistant.

Her favourite things about working here are the friendly and welcoming environment and innovative therapy techniques that she has not seen anywhere else.

Her main area of interest is behavioural issues.


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