For Irish-born Shauna, the desire to pursue a career in speech pathology was personal. Witnessing the experience of her 20-year-old cousin recovering from a stroke revealed the life-changing scope of the discipline. “I was amazed by how her speech and language therapist helped her to regain lost skills and begin to speak as she did before. This really taught me how much we take speaking and understanding language for granted,” says Shauna, whose training and experience includes an impressive array of therapeutic methodologies and spans young adults with learning disabilities, adults with acquired communication and swallowing problems, clients with acquired brain injury and degenerative conditions. Her insatiable curiosity and passion for learning new ways to improve the lives of clients and their families have also resulted in a special interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). But it’s not just knowledge and experience that makes Shauna such an effective and valued therapist. Her genuine empathy, compassion, warmth and encouragement help clients to transcend their perceived limitations and realise renewed confidence, abilities and freedom to participate in a rich and satisfying life engaged with peers, family and the community.