About

What are we about?

We are an adult private practice experienced in assessing, diagnosing, and managing voice, swallowing, and upper airway concerns. We support those with brain injury, progressive neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease, motor neuron disease, stroke, dementia, disability, and various lesion, neurological, or functional voice disorders.

At Voice & Swallowing Speech Pathology (VASSP) we are passionate about providing person-centered care, meaning we listen with sensitivity, establish individualised goals based on need, preference, best evidence, and clinician expertise.  We are proud to say that our clients are culturally, linguistically, and gender diverse.

Natalie Trainor

Principal Speech Pathologist

Natalie Trainor initially trained in acting and presenting to camera at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, which sparked her interest in the human voice and its role in performance. After completing a Bachelor of Media and a Masters of Speech Pathology in 2012, she went on to work exclusively with adults in various settings including Flinders Medical Centre, rehabilitation, and residential aged care, supporting clients with complex swallowing and voice difficulties due to various congenital, acquired or progressive neurological diseases. Since 2017, she has worked as a voice therapist applying various evidence-based voice techniques, including Voicecraft® & Estill Voice Training®, and treatments for Parkinson’s disease – LSVT LOUD® and SPEAK OUT.

Natalie is now the director of VASSP, working in both clinic and community settings and is passionate about vocal health and authenticity and believes everyone has the right to be part of a conversation. She is aware that all clients are unique and benefit from an adaptable approach to therapy, establishing meaningful and targeted therapy goals.

Specific clinical interests:

  • Functional voice and swallowing disorders (child and adult)
  • Occupational voice users
  • Organic or muscle tension voice disorders
  • Pre/post operative voice disorders
  • Voice and swallow therapy (Parkinson’s disease)
  • Swallowing diagnosis and management
  • Chronic cough, ILO/EILO management

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Masters of Speech Pathology 2012
  • Bachelor of Media Communications 2008
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Laryngology Society of Australasia
  • Australian Voice Association
  • Functional Neurological Society

Training & Certification​

  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
  • Voicecraft® & Estill Voice Training®
  • LSVT LOUD® and SPEAK OUT® Certified Clinician
  • The National Institute of Dramatic Art - presenting to camera | acting short course
  • First Aid Training

Professional Development/Supervision

  • FEES course – SYD 2024
  • 5th LSA Conference – SYD 2023
  • SPEAK OUT® certification 2023
  • Debunking Vocal Myths (VMA) 2024
  • Dr Janet Baker – professional supervisor 2024
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT LOUD® Certified Clinician)

Louise O’Reilly

Speech Pathologist

Louise is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist, with a special interest in adult voice therapy, and paediatric swallowing disorders.

Louise holds a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) from Elder Conservatorium and has experience working as a voice and choral teacher, composer and professional singer. As an early career vocal teacher and regular performer, she recognised the value of understanding and caring for her instrument. This prompted her to enrol in a Master of Speech Pathology to learn more about the human voice and communication.

Louise completed her Master of Speech Pathology in 2015. Louise has since worked in hospital, aged care and community health settings, providing care and education to a diverse range of adult and paediatric clients with swallowing and communication needs.

She has attended a number of evidence-based voice therapy courses including Voicecraft®, Estill Voice Training® and numerous singing workshops and conferences. She has also attended training to support both adults and children with eating and drinking difficulties. Louise presents workshops and training in dysphagia management and oral hygiene to families, carers, food service and nursing staff. Louise has also presented on vocal hygiene and care to professional voice users.

Louise is a friendly, adaptive and understanding speech pathologist who strives to provide individualised and meaningful support to clients and families.

Qualifications & Memberships

  • Master of Speech Pathology 2015
  • Bachelor of Music (Jazz Voice) 2012
  • Speech Pathology Australia
  • Australian Voice Association

Training & Certification​

  • Certified Practising Speech Pathologist (CPSP)
  • VoiceCraft® Essentials for Speech Pathologist
  • Estill® Voice Remediation for Speech Pathologists Levels 1 & 2

Recent Professional Development

  • Functional Voice Disorders
  • Babble and Munch Infant Feeding Foundations Course
  • Speech, Mix and Belt Workshop

We believe that your
voice matters. mealtimes matter.

We look forward to helping you reach your goals

Enquire today to book an appointment for yourself, or an adult you care for, or to learn more about how we can help. Urgent cases are seen within 48 hours.

Or call us on 0430 271 622