LSA is led by a committee of representatives all of whom share a passion and commitment to the pursuit of excellence, collegiality, promotion and advancement of the laryngology field. The Society Executive comprises a President, Vice-President, Secretary/Treasurer (combined positions) and regional and specialist representatives from Australia and New Zealand.
Mr Bren Dorman, MB ChB, FRACS
New Zealand ENT (President)
Mr Bren Dorman is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon and inaugural member of the LSA Executive. He is the Clinical Director of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Auckland District Health Board, New Zealand (1985-present) and has been a Board member of Gillies Hospital Ltd until 2015. He is a Continental Chairman for the Medical Committee of the World Taekwondo Federation. He is a Clinical Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He has completed two Fellowships, the first in Boston in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology at Boston University School of Medicine, USA for 1 year and then a Cancer Research Fellowship in Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom for a further year.
He has a very wide range of experience in Otolaryngology but particularly in Laryngology and Head and Neck Surgery. He also has expertise in complex airway disorders and sleep medicine as well as specific interests in sports medicine with involvement in a variety of sports including Taekwondo, sailing and multisport events.
He has a significant number of publications in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at many international conferences as an invited speaker. He has an interest in medical and surgical education and has organised workshops and surgical courses on a wide variety of medical topics.
Dr Jacqueline Allen, FRACS
New Zealand ENT
Dr Allen was Visiting Assistant Professor in Laryngology and Bronchoesophagology at the University of California, Davis, for two years until deciding to return home to New Zealand to establish the first Centre for Voice and Swallowing in Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr Allen specializes in utilizing modern in-office techniques including endoscopy and laser surgery.
Dr Allen has published more than 30 journal articles, 8 book chapters and is Section Editor for Current Opinion in Otolaryngology and a reviewer for several international peer-reviewed journals. Her grant-funded research includes airway stenosis, laser technology, laryngopharyngeal reflux disease and cancer development.
She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Auckland.
Dr Anna Miles
New Zealand Speech Pathology
Dr Anna Miles is a speech-language therapist. Anna is a full-time faculty member at The University of Auckland. She is a researcher, lecturer and clinician in the area of swallowing and swallowing disorders. Anna runs a hospital-based student teaching clinic as well as an outpatient swallowing voice and chronic cough clinics. She is the New Zealand Speech-language Therapists’ Association Clinical Expert in Adult Dysphagia. Anna started her career in Barnet, London after studying at University College London in the 1990’s. Anna has been in New Zealand since 2000.
MRS Natasha Curham, BachSP(Hons), MNZSTA, MLSA
New Zealand Speech Pathology
Natasha is also an inaugural member of the LSA. She graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons) from LaTrobe University Victoria in 2004 and since then has had a keen passion for all things laryngology! She has had extensive clinical experience with dysphagia whilst working in adult hospital and neurological rehabilitation settings and also spent several years in a private practice focusing on voice at Voice Medicine Australia. In 2008 she took off for the UK where she gained further experience in ENT clinics and worked as the voice therapist at St Bartholomews & the Royal London Hospital. Natasha has focused her CPD on voice and laryngeal function in the past ten years. Since moving to NZ three years ago, Natasha has continued to contribute to the field working as Professional Lead for Speech Language Therapy in Wellington, in her Private Practice Voice, Speech & Language Connections, and is the Co-Convenor of the NZ National Voice Special Interest Group.
Natasha is really excited to be on board the LSA committee and looks forward to great things, stimulating conversation and a gold standard Australasian laryngology network.
Dr Theo Athanasiadis, FRACS, PhD
ENT (Vice President)
Dr Athanasiadis is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck surgeon (OH&N) and an inaugural member of the LSA Executive. He undertook his OH&N training in South Australia and received a PhD in ‘Bleeding and wound healing’ as part of his training. He then completed a further year of sub specialty training in laryngology based in Auckland (NZ). In addition he was fortunate to receive the Marjorie Hooper Travelling Scholarship from the RACS that allowed him to visit major laryngology centres in the USA. He is the Head Laryngologist at the Flinders Medical Centre Voice Clinic, is a Senior Lecturer in laryngology at Flinders University and has formed Adelaide Voice Specialists for care of voice and swallowing disorders.
Theo continues his active academic interest in voice and swallowing disorders with ongoing research into voice, papilloma and chronic cough. He has written numerous articles related to international peer-reviewed laryngology journals.
New South Wales
Dr Dan Novakovic, FRACS, MBBS, MPH, BSc
Dr Daniel Novakovic is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgeon who graduated from University of Sydney Medical School in 1999 and received a Masters of Public Health in 2004. After completing ENT Surgical training in Australia he undertook international subspecialty fellowship training in the fields of Laryngology/Neurolaryngology (New York Centre for Voice and Swallowing Disorders, USA) and also Head and Neck oncology (University of Toronto, Canada).
Daniel’s clinical interests are in laryngeal / upper airway disorders and care of the professional voice. He runs a multidisciplinary Voice & Swallowing clinic in Sydney. He is Clinical Senior Lecturer and medical director of the Dr Liang Voice Program at University of Sydney and consultant ENT surgeon to the University’s Voice Research laboratory. Daniel has research interests in Respiratory Papillomatosis, Laser tissue interaction, Minimally invasive and office based surgery, Neurolaryngology and Laryngeal Botulinum toxin and the development of a bionic voice prosthesis.
Ms Danielle Stone
Danielle Stone is a head and neck cancer specialist speech pathologist with 14 years clinical experience in both Sydney, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Danielle completed her research masters through The University of Sydney in 2014, investigating functional outcomes following transoral laser surgery for early glottic cancer, publishing her work in the Journal of Voice, presenting at national and international conferences over the last 5 years and winning the award for best Allied Health presentation at the World Congress on Larynx Cancer in 2015. Danielle's current research involvement includes predicting tracheosophageal voice outcomes following total laryngectomy in collaboration with national and international research teams.
Clinically, Danielle specialises in dysphagia, voice and speech management of head and neck cancer patients and non-cancer-related voice disorders.
Mr Paul Paddle, MBBS (Hons), FRACS, MPH, Dip Anat
Paul Paddle is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck surgeon (OH&N) with fellowship training in Laryngology. He completed his Bachelor of Medicine and surgery with honours at Melbourne University in 2003. In 2013 he completed his specialty training in OH&N surgery through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Paul recently completed a 1 year fellowship in Laryngology at Harvard University in Boston under the guidance of Associate Professor Ramon Franco, MD and Phillip Song MD. He gained expertise in all aspects of laryngology including swallowing, airway and voice disorders, operative and office-based treatments, and the use of established and novel techniques.
Paul also has a keen interest in public health and research, having completed a Masters of Public Health at Melbourne University in 2010, and a post-graduate diploma of Anatomy in 2006. He is currently principle investigator in a number of clinical trials in the fields of ENT and laryngology specifically. He holds public appointments at Monash and Alfred Health, has a private ENT practice and is a member of the Melbourne Laryngology and Melbourne Voice Analysis teams. His laryngology interests include the professional voice, swallowing and airway disorders, and office based procedures.
Claire Stanley, BSpBath, CPSP
Claire Stanley completed her Bachelor of Speech Pathology at La Trobe University in 1999. She has dedicated her career to working within the hospital and outpatients setting, predominantly in the neurological, respiratory and critical care setting. She also spent 2 years travelling and working in the UK for the NHS. Claire has expertise in dysphagia, including instrumental assessment (VFSS & FEES), postsurgical voice restoration, and behavioural management of vocal cord dysfunction.
Claire holds a senior position at Monash Health, and works alongside Otolaryngologists at the Swallowing Disorders and Laryngology Clinics.
The multidisciplinary team work together to diagnose and treat complex swallowing conditions, voice and upper airway disorders. She also works in private practise at Voice Medicine Australia and the new Melbourne Swallowing Assessment Centre in East Melbourne.
Claire’s research areas of interest include; swallowing outcomes for patients with unilateral vocal cord paralysis, surgical dysphagia options and behavioural management of vocal cord dysfunction. Claire is new to the role as Victoria representative of the LSA and looks forward to planning our next international conference in 2018.
Elizabeth Hodge is a Brisbane-based ENT surgeon. Following completion of her Australian training, and the awarding of her Fellowship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, she has completed two further sub-specialty fellowships. The first of these was in Head and Neck Surgery at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Secondly, she completed the Royal College of Surgeons “North Thames Laryngology Fellowship” in London. She was a recipient of the Morgan Travelling Scholarship from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons for the Laryngology and Airway Fellowship. Her work in London saw her appointed to Imperial College NHS Trust (Charing Cross Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington) and she also held honorary contracts with the Royal Brompton Hospital and UCLH/The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. Her special interests are in voice concerns, laryngeal hypersensitivity, paediatric otolaryngology, chronic cough, swallowing disorders, and head and neck malignancy. As well as practicing privately she also holds an appointment as a Visiting Medical Officer with the Metro North division of Queensland Health in Brisbane.
Mrs Kylie Perkins
Speech Pathology (Secretary)
Kylie Perkins received her Bachelor of Speech Therapy from the University of Queensland in 1989. Kylie was employed as a speech pathologist at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital for 17 years where she developed a specific interest in the evaluation and management of swallowing disorders. She has extensive experience working in a variety of clinical areas including head and neck cancer, critical care, neurological conditions and the aging population. More recently Kylie made the transition into private practice where she is able to provide a specialised service which spans the continuum from hospital to home. Kylie is highly regarded as a clinician, mentor and educator with a commitment to incorporating sound empirical evidence into clinical interventions in the area of swallowing assessment and rehabilitation. Her particular area of interest is survivorship and rehabilitation of patients with swallowing disorders following treatment for head and neck cancer. She co-authored two chapters in Ward, EC & Van As-Brooks, CJ 2nd Edition (2014) Head and Neck Cancer: Treatment, Rehabilitation and Outcomes, Plural Publishing, USA as well as a chapter in Harrison, N. Jones & John, C. Rosenbek, Dysphagia in Rare Conditions, an Encyclopedia, Plural Publishing USA, 2010.
Dr Ana Nusa Naiman, MD, FRACS
Dr Naiman is an Otolaryngologist, Head and Neck surgeon (OH&N) and an inaugural member of the LSA Executive.
She gained her MD and BST from the University of Medicine, Iasi, Romania. She completed her Otolaryngology Advanced Surgical Training in Lyon - France. She had the chance to obtain a Fellowship in Paediatric Otolaryngology and worked under the guidance of Professor Patrick Froehlich in Lyon. She developed an interest in Paediatric Otolaryngology and especially in respiratory papillomatosis. This was followed by some interesting publications regarding the safety and therapeutical value of using intralesional Cidofovir in laryngeal papillomatosis. She was involved in other clinical researches followed by congresses communications and publications.
Since arriving in Australia she has gained FRACS Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery in 2008. Ana currently works as an ENT surgeon in Hobart both in public and private practice. She continues to develop her interest in laryngology working closely with enthusiastic speech pathologists specialised in both voice and swallowing disorders.
Gudrun graduated from Flinders University SA in 1994 with a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) and has since worked in Australia and overseas before taking up her current role as Manager of Speech Pathology, Tasmanian Health Service (South) in 2004. Gudrun has had a passion for voice therapy since university and is a member of the Australian Voice Association and founding member of the THS voice interest group. Her clinical caseload is in voice disorders and transgender voice therapy.
Ms Stephanie Martin
Stephanie is a Speech Pathologist of 30 years’ experience. Clinical interests lie in the area of voice rehabilitation, laryngeal hypersensitivity and head and neck cancer rehabilitation. Stephanie currently works at Flinders Medical Centre as a Senior Speech Pathologist as well as in private practice. She coordinates the Flinders Voice Assessment Clinic and is a member of the Flinders multidisciplinary head and neck cancer team. Stephanie is a clinical educator of speech pathology students in areas of clinical practice as well as providing guest lectures through the Speech Pathology program at Flinders University. She completed a Research Masters in Clinical Science in 2013 through the Joanna Briggs Institute, Adelaide University.
Hayley Herbert completed her Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery training in New Zealand in 2014. She undertook subspecialty Laryngology training - the North Thames Laryngology Fellowship in 2014. Following this she completed a second Fellowship in Paediatric ENT at Princess Margaret Hospital in Perth. She is currently involved in a multidisciplinary Airway Voice Swallow Clinic at the hospital.
Kate received her Bachelor of Speech & Hearing Science from Curtin University in 2002. Her particular interests are in the management of voice, chronic cough and paradoxical vocal fold movement. She currently coordinates the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Voice Clinic and recently joined the Lung Health Clinic at Hollywood Medical Centre. Kate is an adjunct lecturer at Curtin University, teaching in the area of Voice Disorders. Kate also previously worked as a strategic planning coordinator and research metrics coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada.
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