PhD, BAppSc (SpPath), Dip Ed, MAppSc, FSPAA, CPSP
Debbie Phyland is a speech pathologist having primarily worked for the past 31 years in acute hospital settings, part-time lecturing at Latrobe, Melbourne and James Cook Universities in voice, neurological and dysphagia subjects and running her private voice practice. Debbie is also a music theatre singer-performer combining her love of performance with her speech pathology career, bringing voice medicine to the performing arts. In 2002, she was the recipient of a Churchill and Kilpatrick Fellowship and travelled to the USA and Europe to study performance fitness for professional voice users. She is currently the grateful recipient of a Garnett-Passe and Rodney Williams 2 year Research Fellowship to investigate the relationship between vocal load and inflammation and swelling of the vocal folds.
As well as heading up the VMA team, Debbie is a co-founder and partner of the multi-disciplinary clinic The Melbourne Voice Analysis Centre. She also currently works part-time as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the ENT Head and Neck Department of Monash Health. Along with Fellowship category (2014), Debbie has been honoured with the prestigious Speech Pathology Australia Association’s Elinor Wray Award (2010) for ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Profession’ and an Australian Voice Association Award for ‘Outstanding contribution to the Australian voice community’ (2014).
For twenty years Debbie has been the resident voice consultant for Melbourne Theatre Company and countless professional productions including Matilda, Kinky Boots, Mary Poppins, WarHorse, King Kong, Lion King and Les Misérables. She was the recipient of a Victorian Green Room Award ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Melbourne Stage’ in 2012 and is currently voice consultant and speech pathologist for the national productions of MammaMia the Musical and Aladdin. Due to her unique blend and expertise in the performing arts and vocal health arenas, Debbie has been regularly invited to give presentations in Australia and overseas. She has authored numerous journal publications and book chapters and in 2014 completed her doctoral thesis through the Department of Surgery, Monash University researching ‘The impact of vocal load on the vocal folds of professional music theatre singers’.
In addition to her experience in all things voice-related, Debbie has a keen interest in the medical and functional aspects of other inter-related aspects of laryngology particularly upper airway dysfunction, cough and irritable larynx syndromes and neurological speech disorders.
BSpPath (Hons), BMus (Perf), CPSP
Nicole has been practicing as a Speech Pathologist for over 14 years, primarily in the acute medical setting and with patients with voice disorders. She is an avid traveller, and has worked in hospitals in the UK and more recently spent 2 years working in New York City in the area of laryngology - evaluating and treating patients with disorders of voice, upper airway and swallowing. She graduated as a speech pathologist from La Trobe University in 2004 with first class Honours, completing research in the area of voice. Nicole also completed a Bachelor of Music Degree in Classical Voice at Monash University and as well as pursuing her own singing interests, has a keen interest in working with singers with voice problems. In addition, she enjoys working with patients with neurogenic voice disorders, such as Parkinson's Disease, vocal tremor and spasmodic dysphonia.
Nicole is currently undertaking her PhD at Monash University within the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences supervised by Dr Debbie Phyland, Professor Julian Smith (Monash) and Professor Joseph Stemple (USA). Her research topic is 'The impact of voice load and voice therapy on benign vocal fold lesions'
BSpPath, BMus (Voice), CPSP
Meaghan is a Speech Pathologist with over 17 years experience; her work has included sub-acute and neurological rehabilitation, as well as a large paediatric caseload. Meaghan completed a Bachelor of Music specialising in voice at the Victorian College of the Arts prior to entering the field of Speech Pathology. She has worked as a lecturer, Musical Director and singing teacher for various universities and performing companies including Federation University’s Musical Theatre degree. She now enjoys combining her love of voice and science. Meaghan also has a particular interest in management of upper airway disorders such as chronic cough and vocal cord dysfunction. Away from Voice Medicine Australia, Meaghan runs a private speech pathology practice in Ballarat and works with a range of clients including children with speech, language and communication difficulties.
BSpPath (Hons), CPSP
Kate graduated from La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology and first class Honours in 2011. She has since been practicing as a Speech Pathologist across the continuum of healthcare ranging from critical through to palliative care and voice clinic settings. In addition to her position at Voice Medicine Australia, Kate has worked closely with a variety of specialists including Neurologists and Neurosurgeons to treat patients who have neurogenic voice, swallowing, speech and language impairments. This has led to the development of a strong scientific and medical grounding in her approach to patient evaluation and management. Kate has a particular interest in the field of laryngology and, along with her focus on the upper airway, provides a videofluoroscopic (x-ray) evaluation service to investigate and diagnose swallowing disorders. Her passion for voice developed from a long history in the performing arts and Kate takes great pleasure in working closely with her clients to achieve their vocal, speech and respiratory goals. Outside of her speech pathology career, Kate is also a talented florist running a successful business making beautiful flower arrangements for special events!
BSc, BSpPath, CPSP
Stella has worked as a Speech Pathologist for 15 years in acute Melbourne hospitals. She has extensive experience working in a broad range of areas including neurological caseloads and In the last 10 years focusing mainly on critical care and head and neck cancer. Stella has a special interest in airway disorders, including tracheostomy and laryngectomy care. She also works at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, offering services to patients undergoing surgery and chemoradiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancers. Stella has a special interest and expertise in swallowing disorders and voice. Her broad range of skills and experience bring a strong physiological understanding to voice production and laryngology.
BA, MSpath, CPSP
Emma has a strong background in language, having completed a Bachelor of Arts/Languages and being fluent in Italian and French. Her love of linguistics led her to study speech pathology and she acquired her Master of Speech Pathology from La Trobe University in 2012. Emma also has a history in singing and the performing arts having participated in many productions and choirs throughout her school life. Emma worked at Austin Health prior to commencing her current position at Voice Medicine Australia. During Emma’s time at Austin Health, she worked across the continuum of care, specialising in acute treatment of neurological patients, and subacute rehabilitation of swallowing and communication disorders. Emma enjoys the variety of work in the field of speech pathology and particularly enjoys forming effective therapist-patient relationships.
Claire is a Speech Pathologist with special interests in voice, swallowing and upper airways disorders. She has worked in the acute hospital setting for over 15 years, predominantly in the neurological, respiratory and critical care setting. During this time she has also had an outpatient voice caseload in both Melbourne and the UK. Claire also has a senior position at Monash Health and works alongside Otolaryngologists at the Monash Swallowing Disorders Clinic diagnosing complex swallowing disorders with endoscopy and videofluoroscopy (x-ray). Claire was one of the first speech pathologists to be trained in Fibreoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) in Australia and has provided education and training to her peers, as well as presenting workshops in this area. Claire provides voice therapy at our Moorabbin site, as well as at Fitzroy, and her special interests include neurological voice disorders and respiratory based disorders, such as vocal cord dysfunction and chronic cough.