Moretalk was established in 2006 by Michelle Bonetti (SLT), to help children and adults live their best life through communicating. In recent years, the Moretalk team has expanded into Communication Assistant work in the Justice contexts, with Michelle the first ever SLT appointed to the role of Court appointed Communication Assistant in New Zealand.
The Moretalk team are all experienced Speech Language Therapists, with Michelle also highly regarded in a Leadership of development of the Communication Assistant role across New Zealand as a published author and leader of professional development in the sector.
Michelle Bonetti is passionate about empowering people to communicate. She is the owner of Moretalk and a highly experienced Speech Language Therapist and Lead Court appointed Communication Assistant, with over 27 years’ experience across New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Michelle has a Diploma in Primary Education and Speech Language Therapy, and over 15 years’ experience as a Paediatric SLT for the Ministry of Education, including three years in a Service Manager role, before establishing her own practice.
Michelle has held specialist roles overseas, working with children with autism and cerebral palsy, as well as adult rehabilitation. She has also undertaken health management roles in New Zealand, as Team Leader Allied Health for Northland District Health Board.
Michelle was the first SLT in New Zealand to be appointed as a Courts Communication Assistant for the Ministry of Justice and was the first Communication Assistant to receive UK based specialist training in 2017, including forensic questioning of children. Michelle has now worked on over 80 cases within New Zealand Courts, including Family, Youth, Matariki, District and High Courts, and has been involved as a presenter for continuing education of lawyers and Judiciary.
She continues to provide leadership mentoring and supervision to a growing group of CA contractors around the country. Michelle is a full member of the New Zealand Speech Language Therapy Association (NZSTA) and outside of work, she enjoys an active life with her husband and children.
Northland-based Speech Language Therapy Team Leads
Kristen Shepherd is a Speech Language Therapist with more than 15 years’ experience working with children and adults across a wide range of developmental and acquired communication disorders. Kristen additionally holds a BSW(hons) Bachelors of Social Work from Humboldt State University, California and has three years’ experience working adults with developmental delay as a Social Worker. She has worked across a range of settings including community rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury, clinic, school and preschool settings.
In the past year she has taken on a varied caseload including youth as part of the High and Complex needs team, with stroke patients and has facilitated communication groups for those with Parkinson’s Disorder. Kristen has worked within multidisciplinary teams and with providing training and support to parents and educators in a group setting. She is a current member of NZSTA (New Zealand Speech Therapy Association) in good standing and has a completed a wide range of professional development trainings, including assessment of Communication Assistive Technology.
Ellen (Nga Puhi/Pakeha) was born and raised in Whangarei, and has recently returned home after four years working at the Ministry of Education in South Auckland. She has a special interest in working with preschoolers and their families, and facilitating professional development workshops. She is also developing her skills in Te Reo Maori and is part of a national project to develop research and resources for SLT in kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Maori.
Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Linguistics (Victoria University of Wellington) and a Master of Speech Language Therapy Practice (The University of Auckland). She is a current full member of NZSTA (New Zealand Speech Therapy Association) and has completed additional training in a variety of areas, including Hanen It Takes Two to Talk and Literacy Development in Children with Complex Needs.