YOUR TEAM

Natalie Diwakar

Principal Speech Pathologist, Director

Natalie is the Managing Director of Liverpool Speech Pathology
Services. She graduated from Macquarie University with double major in Linguistics and Psychology. Natalie is an expert in her field with over 25 years’ experience in helping children overcome any communication related difficulties.

Natalie worked in the public health services for over ten years whereby she gained insights into all aspects of speech pathology and now imparts this expertise into her own practice and amongst her team.

Natalie’s passion lies in treating children with autism to communicate effectively. She is actively involved in mentoring her staff to go over and beyond to achieve her mission to “Pursue Excellence in Communication”.

Natalie is dedicated to continuously build her knowledge through networking with allied health professionals and speech pathologists to ensure that the clinic provides an up to date professional care for your child.

Natalie is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia and devotes her time in participating in professional training and development programs to deliver the best service and experience to the patients.

Hiba Charbel

Speech and Language Pathologist

Hiba graduated from Macquarie University with a Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. Therefore, this positions Hiba as a specialist in hearing and its impact on speech and language development. Having worked at various allied health practices, Hiba’s specialities encompass assessing and treating children from culturally and linguistically diverse populations.

Being multilingual herself, Hiba has a deep appreciation and understanding of the needs of children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Hiba’s success lies in her passion to help children overcome any difficulties and for them to enjoy a fruitful and successful life in communicating with their friends, parents, teachers and everyone that is important.

Hiba is a certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia. She is actively involved in expanding and updating her skills in her field, through ongoing professional development.

Laura Turner

Speech and Language Pathologist

Laura graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Speech and Language Pathology. She has had experience working in various allied-health practices with children who have different communication difficulties.

She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Primary Education from the University of Wollongong and has over three years of experience in teaching. A combination of these skills has been an instrumental in Laura’s ongoing success.

Laura is dedicated at providing the best care possible by adopting an evidence-based and family-centred approach to her service. She proactively seeks ways in which she can refine and expand upon her skills by engaging in professional development training and reviewing current research to ensure that she provides the best outcomes for the child.

Laura is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia.

Amar Awad

Speech and Language Pathologist

Amar graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). Amar chose Speech Pathology due to the great impacts the profession has on children with communication difficulties and their families. Amar has had experience in a variety of settings including community health, allied health practices, not-for profit organisations and school based intervention programs. This has provided her with a great range of experiences working with children, families and teachers and with a variety of communication disorders.

Amar is bilingual (Arabic) and has a deep appreciation for assisting children from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. This enables Amar to work with and support families where English in not the first language. Amar provides evidence based and family centred therapy and aims to provide functional and individualized therapy.

Amar is a certified practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and is committed to expanding her skills and continual professional development.

Stephanie Grote

Speech and Language Pathologist

Stephanie graduated with a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Macquarie University. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences. As such, her knowledge base also includes the effects of hearing loss on a child’s ability to develop speech and language.

The driving force behind her work as a Speech Pathologist is the desire to provide every child with the opportunity to communicate to the best of their ability, to achieve in academic settings, and in doing so have the best quality of life.

Stephanie is a certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia, and is regularly updating her knowledge of Speech Pathology Practice through professional development activities

Munisha Patel

Speech and Language Pathologist

Munisha is a qualified Speech Pathologist who completed her Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) at Curtin University. Munisha strongly believes in the importance of helping children learn to communicate and interact with the world and people around them. Munisha's experience include working in school- aged speech and language and fluency.

Munisha is a certified Practicing Member of Speech Pathology Australia. and strives to take hold of all learning opportunities in order to provide the highest standard of Speech Pathology
Services to her clients.

Neda Bundalo

ABA Behaviour Management Therapist

Neda completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2014 and graduated with Masters of Teaching (Secondary) at the Western Sydney University in 2017.

Working in the profession since 2012, Neda has specialised in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and worked as a therapist for children with Autism and other related developmental disorders with organisations such as ABAlink and in private settings.

Neda is a highly experienced in helping children with behavioural issues in order for them to learn new appropriate skills and reach their full potential. She adopts “evidence based practice” and provides a holistic approach in assisting children to overcome their difficulties.

Neda is passionate about empowering children, their families and everyone that interacts with the child, with the skills to manage challenging behaviours. She works collaboratively with other health professionals including psychologist, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, other ABA therapists as well as with school educators to ensure best outcomes for every child.

Michael Costello

Clinical Psychologist

Michael has been working as a clinical psychologist since 2012, with 10 of these working in major public teaching hospitals in NSW in both clinical and senior management roles. Michael treats people both individually and in groups for a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, and addictive disorders.

Michael takes an "evidence based practice" approach and therefore, where appropriate, employs techniques that have been proven to be effective by independent research trials. Michael’s speciality is working in a collaborative manner, focussing on strengths and setting realistic goals, with the aim of developing a treatment plan that best suits individual needs.

His experience include the development and provision of training programs for student psychologists, clinical psychologists, counsellors, and other health professionals. Michael holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and professional memberships and associations include the Australian Psychological Society College of Clinical Psychologists, Adjunct Fellow with the University Of Western Sydney School Of Psychology, and The Australian Centre for Addiction Research.