Staff Spotlight: Clare, Speech Pathologist

Meet Clare, one of our Speech Pathologists in Western Australia!

Clare’s background in singing, fascination with voice and speech and previous experience in special needs education led her to pursue further studies to become a full-fledged Speech Pathologist! Clare graduated from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology with Honours. She also has a certificate in Teaching English through Theatre and Play from her time working in English summer camps in Italy. She is currently studying a Master of Clinical Rehabilitation through Flinders University.

Read on to learn more about Clare.

What made you study Speech Pathology?

I get asked this all the time! My elevator-pitch is this: my two favourite things in life are eating and talking, so I decided to become a specialist in both! The long(er) story is that there were a few things that led me in that general direction: I have a background in singing and performance and was always fascinated by the voice and how we speak; I taught English in Italy for a little while and enjoyed that, and was a Special Needs Education Assistant with children with disabilities. I had decided to go back to university and had no idea what I wanted to do, so I literally scrolled through courses on the university website and found Speech Pathology! I fell in love with it as soon as I started, and I’ve never looked back. I feel like I was made to be a speechie because I’m so passionate about communication as a basic human right, and I love the feeling I get from helping people.

What is your favourite part about working with our participants?

Connecting. We are very privileged to be welcomed into people’s homes and lives, at a very vulnerable time and to engage at a deeply personal level. I don’t take that privilege for granted, because I get to learn so much from my participants and to be a part of their story for a short time. If I can make their lives just a little bit better, it makes my job worthwhile.

Can you think of a time recently that made you feel really proud to be working with Better Rehab?

Every time I tell one of my friends or a new starter about how Better Rehab does things Better! I reflect all the time on my previous positions. When I compare that to Better Rehab and tell others about why I love working here, I’m so proud and happy to be a part of a company that is genuinely committed to being better, every day. I think it’s so rare, but important, that companies are constantly re-assessing, asking questions and trying to improve, for both their customers and their staff.

What is something unique or interesting about you?

As I mentioned before, I have a background as a singer and performer, and continue to sing now. However, arguably the most unique thing about me is that I used to be a match-maker for a local agency – I would sign people up, find out what they looked for in a partner, match them with someone else on the database, arrange the first date for them and then follow up afterward! One of these matches led to a wedding, thanks to me!

If you would like to book an appointment with Clare or another Speech Pathologist from Better Rehab, please call our friendly Admin team on 1300 0 REHAB (1300 073 422).