about us

Adult Speech Pathology is passionate, and purpose driven about the work that we do. Our services are focused on assisting adults and adolescents, so they are able to communicate and be understood clearly. Whether you are experiencing communication difficulties due to a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), an intellectual disability, autism or learning difficulties, we work with you to assist you achieve your goals. We also help clients who are experiencing a change in their voice.

We are a small team of motivated professionals ready to help you live an enriched and meaningful life. Our team provides a personalised service so once you start seeing one of our qualified and experienced Speech Pathologists, you will remain with them until your goals are achieved.

about us Adult Speech Pathology team

Vanessa Sciacca

about us - Vanessa

Vanessa is the owner and principal Speech Pathologist at Adult Speech Pathology. She founded and built the business over 10 years ago through a strong referral base on the Central Coast with GPs, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Specialists, Neurologists and NDIS Support Coordinators. With over 30 years of experience, she is a Certified Practising Speech Pathologist and is a member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).

Vanessa is committed to making a difference to the lives of her clients. With her strong clinical skills, she primarily works with clients who have had a stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, Neurological conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Functional Neurological Disorders (FND), voice problems and chronic cough conditions. She has a clinic in Central Coast Neurosciences at Erina which is dedicated to seeing clients in person.

Vanessa is accredited to run programs including Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT ©) LOUD and SPEAK OUT! for Parkinson’s voice problems. These programs have proven to be effective through years of research.

Through referrals from a network of ENT specialists, Vanessa specifically assists clients diagnosed with voice disorders, chronic cough, laryngeal hypersensitivity and Exercise Induced Laryngeal Obstruction.

Rachel Howarth

About us - Rachel

Originally from Mudgee, Rachel has over a decade of experience in the disability sector working with people with different disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, learning difficulties, hearing impairment and intellectual disabilities. She has the capability to work with clients with complex needs, varying stages of communication skills and knows Key Word Sign (KWS).

Rachel has extensive experience with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and the functionality of alternative communication supports such as tablets, apps, communication devices and communication books. The benefits of using AAC include the ability to express yourself, understand and regulate emotion, access the community, increase social communication and enable you to live a more independent life. Rachel will recommend the most suitable AAC for you according to your needs.

Rachel supports workplaces and the community to become more accessible environments. She works part time at Adult Speech Pathology and undertakes outreach in rural and remote NSW.

Donna Beswick

Working remotely from Melbourne, Donna utilises her 5 years of experience supporting adults and conducts all sessions via telehealth.

Donna’s experience includes working closely with people to support them with new diagnoses or changes in their communication (including reading and writing) and swallowing. Donna also loves working with people who want to build their confidence in social skills, skills for the workforce and dating.

Donna is happiest when she is running groups, including education and support groups for people following strokes and with Parkinson’s.

Donna is passionate about providing therapy that is individual and which empowers people to be more included in their community, choices and healthcare.

Donna is accredited to run programs including Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT ©) LOUD and SPEAK OUT! for Parkinson’s voice problems.

Erin Karp

Erin grew up on the Central Coast but discovered her love of all things communication while travelling the world. She has a background in teaching English as a Second Language in various countries, working to assist and rehabilitate incarcerated youth and assisting Speech Pathologists here on the Central Coast.

Erin is supporting our Allied Health professionals while studying a Masters of Speech Pathology.

Erin is passionate about social communication and ensuring each and every person has the tools, motivation and support to communicate, engage and participate in daily activities as they desire.

Clare Donkin

About us - Clare

Having grown up on the Central Coast, Clare looks after the administration for the practice and provides support for our clients. She comes with a background of over 10 years of admin experience working in the medical industry in various roles.

Clare has a kind, caring and compassionate nature and priorities the individuals needs of clients. In her down time, Clare enjoys going to the beach and weekends camping with her young family.


Working remotely from Regional Victoria, Sheridan has a background in the dental industry with experience in practice managing and administrative duties; Sheridan joined the Adult Speech Pathology team to look after our clients and all administrative tasks behind the scenes.

Sheridan is very passionate about helping others achieve their goals; Sheridan is also passionate about social media content creating. 

Our Locations

In addition to our fully mobile service across the Central Coast we are proud to provide clinic appointments at The Element Building on Level 4 in Erina. We see clients at the clinic wishing to access comprehensive services we offer including management and remediation of voice disorders, chronic cough, rehabilitation following stroke, Functional Neurological disorders, swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) and other difficulties relating to speech, voice, communication or literacy. Parking is available underneath the building in Karalta Lane, including disabled parking and a lift up to level 4 where we are located.

Contact us to speak with our friendly and experienced Speech Pathologists.