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Meet The Eat Speak Learn Team

Our team is our biggest asset. They embody our values as well as bringing fun, creativity and meaning to your experience. Our team pride themselves on being lifelong learners as well as being compassionate, empathetic and playful. Our team are respectful and will be candid with you on all fronts.

We believe that rapport is a key ingredient to any good relationship. In addition to aligning our practitioners’ clinical skills, interests and experience with your needs, we will do our utmost to provide you with a practitioner that can create a bond with your child.

Are you a practitioner interested in joining the Eat Speak Learn team? View our current opportunities below!

Meet The Eat Speak Learn Client Experience Officers

Chris MacDonald

Owner & Director

Chris is an owner and Director of Eat Speak Learn. Chris has had extensive government experience working for the Australian Parliament and Community Services Directorate of the ACT Government. A tireless advocate for community engagement, Chris has been a regular volunteer for local charitable organisations, schools and sporting clubs as well as a father to three sons. Chris embodies our motto ‘we’re here to help’ as he strives to ensure that Eat Speak Learn is an industry leader in the way allied health services are delivered. Enthusiastic about innovation, Chris drives the continual improvement program so that we can best meet client objectives in all aspects of service delivery. Chris is always open to ideas about how we can do better for our clients.

Tarnie Dean

Practice Manager

Tarnie is our hard-working Practice Manager. She’s a super organised mother of two and will do everything she can to make sure your experience at Eat Speak Learn is perfect. She’s responsible for making sure all the little things that matter happen from the welcome greeting you get on your first day though to trying to get you the best time for appointments. Tarnie also ensures that our clinic is compliant with all our legislative requirements, that our scheduling is correct, that payments are up to date and the myriad of other tasks that are required to make sure your services are delivered smoothly.

Amy McDonnell

Client Support Team Leader

Amy joined the Eat Speak Learn team in April 2020 and is our client support team leader. Amy completed a Bachelor of Event and Tourism Management from the University of Canberra in 2019. She made the moved to Canberra from a small country town in the Riverina of New South Wales. It is her community upbringing and the country lifestyle that has taught Amy the importance of working together as a team to achieve great things and where she gets her friendly and can-do attitude. Amy looks forward to welcoming our clients and their families into our wonderful clinic!

Ruby Sheaves-Gibson

Client Support Officer

Ruby started at Eat Speak Learn as a year 10 work experience student in 2018. Not soon after that she became a permanent member of the Eat Speak Learn team, working in the Client Support Team. She has a passion for children and learning which has led her to her current field of study in a Bachelors of Secondary Education at the University of Canberra. She has aspirations to one day be in charge of a learning support unit in a local school helping kids just like the ones that come through the doors of Eat Speak Learn. Ruby wants every client to feel welcome and special and knows that it takes less muscles to smile, then it does to frown.

Jaimee Henman

Client Support Officer

Jaimee is apart of the client support team and loves working in such a passionate, enthusiastic and rewarding environment. Jaimee loves laughter and making people smile. She appreciates all things animals and physical activity, living on a 600 acre family farm located 30 minutes from Canberra. Jaimee is currently completing a bachelor of occupational therapy at the University of Canberra and is very much looking forward to a rewarding and meaningful career in occupational therapy. Jaimee loves children and hopes to specialise in paediatrics within her future profession. Jaimee understands how there is an important correlation between speech pathology and occupational therapy, and is inspired by all our amazing speech therapists making a difference for many families.

Katie Austin

Client Support Officer

Originally from Sydney, Katie moved to Canberra to complete a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) and plans to do a Master of Speech Pathology at the University of Canberra in 2022. Katie joined Eat Speak Learn at the start of 2021 as part of our client support team and loves working in such a friendly and supportive environment. She loves to have a chat with clients and enjoys making them feel as welcome as possible.

Rishi Chakma


Rishi is Eat Speak Learn’s journeyman. Although a man of few words, he loves to tell us that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. Rishi’s journey began in Bangladesh many years ago. He moved to Australia when he was four where he completed year 12 and an IT certificate before starting with Eat Speak Learn. Rishi does all our odd jobs and we love the way he goes quietly about his business. He is the most respectful young man you will come across.

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