Our team

Rose Purdie

Director & Owner

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Hi, I’m Rose! I completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology in 2003 (Flinders University SA). Over the past two decades I have worked in a broad range of settings, but always with kids, as that is my absolute passion! Some of these settings included:

  • multidisciplinary teams with the Education Department working in schools
  • heading up a pilot project in a child-care centre advocating for early intervention for toddlers and young children
  • working overseas (Falkland Islands) providing therapy for students with special needs in the mainstream setting, with a focus on Augmentative and Alternative Communication systems and home-based services in remote communities
  • allied health coordinator in a special developmental school supporting students with autism, intellectual disabilities and other special needs
  • early intervention for an autism specific service provider offering home-based family-centred practice

I am a Hanen-certified speech pathologist for the programs ‘It takes two to Talk’, ‘More than Words’ and ‘Talkability’.

In September 2012 I established Words in Motion Speech Pathology with a business partner. Since this time, the business has flourished and my passions have diversified to becoming a mother of three and becoming the sole owner and Director for a fabulous staff team.

Laura Williams

Clinic Manager

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Hi! I’m Laura and I’m a Senior Speech Pathologist and the Clinic Manager at Words In Motion Speech Pathology. I completed my Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University back in 2009 before embarking on an amazing professional adventure which has taken me all around Australia from the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, to Darwin in the Northern Territory, Sydney, Brisbane, and finally back home to Melbourne. Throughout my travels I have had the opportunity to work in a range of settings including hospitals, community health centres, mainstream and special education schools, and private practice.

I have experience working with children of all ages and with a diverse range of diagnoses, but am particularly passionate about the treatment of speech sound disorders including Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS).

I love working with children and their families, and feel so lucky and grateful to be a part of each individual journey. As a parent of two young children myself I am focused on ensuring that families feel well supported, confident, and empowered to best support their child’s ongoing communication development.

Carrie Adams

Practice Manager

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Hello, I’m Carrie. As the practice manager, I support the day to day running of the clinic and keep everything operating smoothly. I am one of the friendly faces who will greet you as you arrive to the clinic. I joined Words in Motion in 2020, bringing with me a strong background in retail management. Customer service and working with people is my passion. I thoroughly enjoy welcoming the children and families into the clinic everyday and in particular meeting new families. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my family, reading and shopping.

Lisa Trinca
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Hi, I’m Lisa! I completed my Masters of Speech Pathology degree at the University of Melbourne in 2019.

I am a neurodiverse Speechie and I am passionate about working with children of all ages and neurotypes and their families.

I have particular interest in working with autistic children, ADHDers, and children who stutter, and am trained in providing Lidcombe Program therapy.

I love to have fun. Every day. Every session that I run embraces child-centred therapy that is transferable to all areas of the child’s life, whether that be home, kinder or school.

In my spare time I enjoy drawing, playing with my cat, and spending time with friends and family.

Katherine Finster

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Hi there, I’m Katherine.  I completed a Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University (2006). I have dedicated my working career to supporting children with autism and spent close to a decade working in an educational setting with primary school aged children. I enjoy working closely with a team of professionals, including occupational therapists, music therapists, psychologists and teachers to achieve holistic communication outcomes for students.

I am skilled in the use of a range of strategies that are known to be effective in helping children with autism develop communication, play and social skills; including Aided Language Displays (ALDs), social stories, visual schedules and Alternative and Augmentative Communication systems. I have completed a range of additional professional training including PECS training, Hanen (It Takes Two To Talk), SOS (Sequential Oral Sensory) Feeding Therapy, ‘Learn to Play’ and Key Word Signing.

I take delight in working with children of all ages and in various stages of their communication journey and find great joy in seeing a child realise the power of communication. Since having a young family myself, I have a deeper understanding of family life and how to best to use daily routines to embed many communication, language and play opportunities. I enjoy working one on one with children, building relationships with families, getting to know their stories and building on their expert knowledge of their child.

Veronica Saad

Allied Health Assistant

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Hi, I’m Veronica! 

I work as an Allied health Assistant at Words in Motion.  I am currently a fourth year student completing a Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Speech Pathology at La Trobe university. I have completed placements working with a range of people of varying ages and presentations. These include adults at La trobe Voice Clinic and Footscray Hospital and children at La Trobe Communication clinic and Tarneit Rise Primary School.

As an AHA I help with resource development and clinical files. With the guidance of a speech pathologist I am also doing 1:1 therapy with children to help them progress towards their goals.  I can definitely see that my passion is directed towards working with children and their families. 

Outside of work and university I enjoy baking and going to the beach. I also coach a girls under 19 basketball team every Thursday and Saturday. 

Get in touch

Phone (03) 9217 6423

Fax (03) 9217 6444

Waters Edge Business Centre

Level 1, 2-8 Lake Street

Caroline Springs

Victoria, Australia 3023

Opening hours

Monday to Friday

9:00am to 5:30pm