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).