Voice Connection is a multidisciplinary team of specialists dedicated to providing comprehensive analysis, diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders within a holistic framework.
Dr. Jonathan Livesey
BM, BCh, MA (Oxon), FRACS, FRCS (ORL), FRCS (Ed)
ENT Surgeon and Voice Specialist
After clinical studies in Oxford, Jonathan trained as an Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and Voice Specialist in England and Australia. He has been a surgeon and Voice Specialist in practice in St Leonards since 1997 with particular interests in general Paediatric and adult ENT, sinus and nasal disease as well as Voice. Jonathan is past Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee at the Mater Hospital, North Sydney and past Chairman of the Division of ENT at the Mater. He is a founder member of Australian Society for Performing Arts Healthcare (ASPAH) and a past President of the Australian Voice Association (AVA). He is a founding member and has been Secretary of the Laryngology Society of Australasia (LSANZ). He is an attentive listener who will compassionately listen and examine you in order to diagnose your Ear, Nose, Throat or Voice condition. He strongly believes that vocal problems are a result of a combination of medical, vocal skill, and usage, as well as emotional issues. Jonathan and his team are able to create a management plan tailored to you, the individual, to enable you to regain your true voice.
MA (App Ling), B App Sc. (Speech Path), MSPAA
Karin has specialised for over 30 years in the diagnosis and treatment of all types of voice disorders, including voice professionals such as singers, actors, teachers, call centre workers, fitness instructors and auctioneers. She initially worked for 12 years at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital as the Head and Neck/ENT Speech Pathologist and has worked in private practice for the last 16 years. She was associated with the Australian Centre for Applied Research in Music Performance, Sydney Conservatorium of Music and gained her Masters of Applied Linguistics from Macquarie University. Karin has published in peer reviewed academic journals and continuously updates her professional development in all areas relating to voice by attending both national and international conferences. Karin’s passion is helping people regain full voice by teaching them techniques that not only restore the voice but also ensure the maintenance of vocal well being. She is passionate about the holistic approach to voice care and loves working with the Voice Connection team and her patients to achieve their goals in therapy. Karin provides her services both on the North Shore and in the Eastern Suburbs. She is also involved in running workshops and courses for those disciplines which have a focus on voice.
Dr Freya Smith
“Counselling is about opening up, exploring and ultimately freeing the mind and the spirit. When mind and spirit are free, so too is the body. When the body is free, the voice will soar.”
“At Voice Connection we recognise that the voice is one of the main means by which we share our innermost being with the world.”